Cen­tro Storico

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Start at the Ponte Vec­chio on the city side of the Arno. Fac­ing the bridge, head right down Lun­garno Ac­ciaiuoli, and step into #4r Spumantino (see Wine Bars) for a for­ti­fy­ing glass of fizz, then skip down past Por­trait Firenze (see Ac­com.) to vin­tage trove Bou­tique Na­dine at #22r / 055 287 851 / bou­tique­na­dine.it. Head back to­wards the ho­tel and sashay through the tun­nel into the mini pi­azza for Con­ti­nen­tale and Gallery Ho­tel Art (see Ac­com.) with Fu­sion (see Bars). Trot to the top of the pi­azza onto Borgo Santi Apos­toli for #12r Gatto Bianco’s / 055 282 989 / gat­to­bianco­gioelli.com / be­spoke co­ral, turquoise, di­a­mond and gold jew­ellery. Exit left and zip down to #4r if you fancy mak­ing a cameo ap­pear­ance at mas­ter carver An­to­nio Spi­taletta / 055 239 8189 / or, head right out of Gatto Bianco down at­mosy Apos­toli. Take a right un­der the arch into Chi­asso Cornino, then a left onto Via delle Terme for di­vine ar­ti­san sparklers at #13 I Mas­sai (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping) – up the stairs with you! Suf­fi­ciently be­jwelled, re­trace your steps back to Santi Apos­toli, peek­ing into fusty old #36r Mes­ticheria Lapi / 055 215 067 / the Ital­ian ver­sion of a hard­ware shop, where three gens of the Lapi fam­ily work along­side each other sell­ing ev­ery­thing from make-up to nails. Next up at #40r, pop into the Aria Art Gallery / 055 216 050 / aria art­gallery.com / for ok art, plus comely green­house and gar­den. An­gela Ca­puti is at #44 / 055 292 993 / an­gela­ca­puti.com / and the queen of resin baubles, and next door is shirty Si­mone Ab­barchi (see Sar­to­ri­al­ista). Across the street, stop by the Bottega dell’Olio for ev­ery­thing olive oil / Pi­azza del Limbo, 4r / 055 267 0468 – this spot was once a grave­yard for un­bap­tised ba­bies, poor lambs. Check out the lit­tle plaque on the church show­ing the height of the wa­ter in the great flood of 1966. Back on Apos­toli, Bloom at #58r / 055 265 8262 / bloom­inte­ri­ors.it / has a nifty ar­ray of fur­nish­ing fab­rics, next up #45r Vi­a­jiyu / 055 290 380 / has beaut bal­let flats, and at the end of the street is the Ferragamo flag­ship store in the Palazzo Spini Feroni. Check out the lim­ited ed. shoes and purses, and the Shoe Mu­seum (see Sites). Pecky? Just be­fore you take a well-earned retail break, zip across the pi­azza to Santa Trinità and down the right aisle to the Sas­setti chapel. Pop a euro in the slot to il­lu­mi­nate Re­nais­sance mas­ter Ghirlandaio’s fresco de­pict­ing the Pi­azza Santa Trinità in the 1500s (not much has changed!). Al­righty, exit the church. If you’re nib­bly, run­ning down the side of Trinità is Via del Par­i­one for sand­wicher Mar­i­ano at #19r / 055 214 067 / or head left up fash­ion cen­tral Via Tornabuoni. Go right down Via Porta Rossa for #107r Spazio A / 055 212 995 / for a snazz-gal la­bel col­lec­tion, then a bit fur­ther is Pam­paloni at #99r (see Stand­out Stores), a ver­i­ta­ble sil­ver mine span­ning mod, retro and an­tique. Back on Via Tornabuoni at #20-22r is the ever-lovely, lux­ekalei­do­scopic Pucci / 055 265 8082, then why not end where the Ne­groni be­gan – Caffè Gi­a­cosa (see Bars) is but a few steps up on the cor­ner of Via della Spada. Oh, go on.

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