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Florence: Cheap souvenir ideas for everyone on your list

Florence: Cheap souvenir ideas for everyone on your list

With the crazies of the holiday season upon us, our minds turn to those uber-important consumer questions: What will I bring home for my aunt so-and-so? What will hard-to-buy-for brother actually enjoy? What about Mom who’s awaiting both my present and my presence? Hey, you’re in Florence, consider this a good thing! Do not waste » Read more

Tuscan Wines: A quick buyer’s guide

Tuscan Wines: A quick buyer’s guide

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— Tuscany is world famous for its wine, so it make sense that every restaurant, bar, cafe, bottega, supermarket and even hotel in Florence is trying to sell you a couple of bottles. But how do you know the good stuff from the vinegar? Here are a few tips for navigating » Read more

Florence: Vintage shopping on a budget

Florence: Vintage shopping on a budget

By Laura Mongillo in Florence What would you rather take home as a souvenir from Florence? A pair of boxer shorts with the David’s (ahem) jewels printed on the front OR a gorgeous Florentine-made Italian leather handbag from the ’60s? Ok, I guess that may be a gender-biased question, but is it really that hard of » Read more

Florence: Cheap English-language bookstore

Florence: Cheap English-language bookstore

Has pluri-lingual traveling turned your Anglo mind to sludge? Thinking of cheaply nursing your neurons back to English reading form? Well, just a few streets away from the Duomo’s tourist circus in Florence is a little piece of paradise disguised as a bookshop called The Paperback Exchange. Florence’s English-language bookstore Located at Vialle delle Oche » Read more

Florence cheap souvenir: Fashionable outdoor markets

Florence cheap souvenir: Fashionable outdoor markets

Florence is a hot spot for fashion, but that doesn’t mean tourists have to pay high prices for ready-to-wear souvenirs. In fact, quality clothing and accessories can be found for only a few euros at a number of outdoor markets in Florence. Fashion in the streets of Firenze The outdoor Mercato Nuovo, the “Straw Market,” buzzes daily beneath » Read more

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