By nicky.swallow

Shopping in Florence: the Artisans

The Oltrarno, the area of Florence that lies ‘beyond the Arno’ was solidly working class until the Medici moved into Palazzo Pitti in the mid 16th century.

Shopping in Florence: for foodies

Begin in front of the huge 1874 cast iron and glass building that houses the bustling Mercato Centrale (Via dell’Ariento, open Mon-Sat 7.30am-2pm).

Shopping in Florence: fashion and shoes

Even if your budget doesn’t stretch to designer labels, you should at least take a walk along Via Tornabuoni where Prada, Gucci, Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Carti