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Florence Italy Shopping - The San Lorenzo street market in Piazza San Lorenzo and side streets is a large array of stands offering all kinds of products including T-shirts, Gucci knockoffs, scarves, and much more. Haggling is accepted, and welcomed, and there are some great deals to be found.

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Mecato Centrale food market is an indoor market that offers all of the exotic foods one would expect to be available in a city like Florence. These stalls offer meat, cheese, baccala, dry goods and much, much more. Upstairs is entirely fresh fruits and vegetables. Prices are very reasonable and the selection is fantastic.

Fashion & Clothing – A visitor to Florence can not overlook the fact that this city is at the heart of the fashion industry. Home to some of the most respected names in fashion, there are several outlet stops that no visitor to Florence wants to miss. These stores include Giorgio Armani at Via Tornabuoni 48r, Gucci’s flagship store at Via de’ Tornabuoni 73r, or Enrico Coveri at via Tornabuoni.

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Florence Interesting Facts

  • Florence has a population of about 500,000 inhabitants.
  • Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
  • The “Historic Centre of Florence” was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.
  • Florence was established by Julius Caesar in 59 BC as a settlement for his veteran soldiers.
  • The dome of the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore is the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.
  • The Fountain of Neptune in Piazza della Signoria is at the terminus of a still functioning Roman aqueduct.
  • The Ponte Vecchio bridge is the only one in the city to have survived World War II intact.
  • In 1301, Dante was sent into Exile from Florence.
  • Florence is so rich in art, that first time visitors experience the Stendhal syndrome as they encounter its art for the first time.
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