The first time I visited Florence in 2011, I was really surprised by the shopping. I wasn’t expecting much at all, but I was totally taken in by the markets. The thing with many markets is that the quality reflects the prices, but Italian markets aren’t like that. Everyone knows that Italian leather is a mark of quality, and that’s what so many of the stalls sell. I am, and will always be, a bag junkie and so it was pretty much heaven for me - there are so many lovely bags on offer! I could have bought ten, although I restricted myself to one for me, one for a present.
I bought a bag in 2011 too. Since then, I’ve used it almost daily for work and constantly over-filled it and it’s still going strong... and it cost me about £40. So I was pretty confident about buying another one:
It cost me 50 euros (haggled down from 75) and is the perfect slouchy leather bag. It’s great quality, a good size and my new favourite. I was a little dubious about getting something so simple, but honestly, I know I’ll use it for years and it won’t date, so I’m pretty happy with it.
There are lots of little leather shops dotted around the city too, if you miss the market (it’s not on every day). There’s also an incredible food market - I really wish we'd gone self catering so we could have bought awesome ingredients and cooked up a dream.