LUXE City Guides - Florence - - Santa Maria Novella -

Start at Pi­azza Santa Maria Novella, to see Ghirlandaio’s al­tar mas­ter­piece in the church (see Sites), then with your back to the church, exit the pi­azza right down Via della Scala and whip your purse out pronto for the very fab Far­ma­cia Santa Maria Novella 100m up on the right at #16 (see Spa). Now cross and dou­ble back for a min and turn right into Via della Por­cel­lana and trot to the in­ter­sec­tion with Via Palaz­zuolo. Choices: cross and keep go­ing on Por­cel­lana to lunch at Sostanza (see Rest./Re­laxed); or turn right onto Palaz­zuolo for pasta star Mo­ri­oni at #56r / 055 239 6173, then carry on 3 mins for small leather goods at #136r Il Bus­setto, and a fur­ther 5 mins to Leone (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping). Oth­er­wise, head left on Palaz­zuolo and turn right on Via dei Fossi for a slew of an­tique and in­te­rior lovelies in­clud­ing #41r Stu­dio Di­more / 055 287 632 / stu­diodi­more col­lec­ / with eclec­tic, el­e­gant fur­nish­ings, then on the right at #7r nip into the court­yard Cor­tile Fos­som­broni, a jewel of quirky/kooky an­tique shops. Across the way, slide into cus­tom brogues at #8r Bel­los­guardo / 055 808 9595, then on you go to hit Pi­azza Goldoni. On the left at the start of Via della Vigna Nuova is Mar­i­oLuca Giusti at #88r / 055 239 9527 / mar­i­ / with a kalei­do­scope of bright plexi table­ware in an­tique de­signs, then skip to leatherist Ben­heart at #97r / 055 260 8625 / ben­ Exit and go di­ag­o­nal left up Via del Par­i­one to pop a mon­u­men­tal carved foun­tain or Rape of the Sabines in your bag at Baz­zanti #37r / 055 215 649 / gal­le­ri­abaz­ – their cus­tomers span the Bel­la­gio to the Krem­lin! Aldo Cop­pola is on the left at #62r (see Spa), while Ri­le­ga­tore Al­berto Cozzi on the right at #35r / 055 294 968 / has beaut pa­per and bound books (and will hap­pily mono­gram in gold leaf), plus Il Bisonte at #31r / 055 215 722 / crafts rugged am­ber Tus­can leather totes, bags, etc. Now, swivel right down Via Par­i­on­cino, then left on Lun­garno Corsini to mono­chrome home heaven Flair at #24r (see Stand­out Stores). Hun­gry? Re­trace back to Via del Par­i­one and up to Mar­i­ano at #19r / 055 214 067 / for yum­some panini, then fire left un­der the arch­way into Volta della Vec­chia and left into Via del Pur­ga­to­rio for Cis­tern­ino on your right (see Sar­to­ri­al­ista). Next, spy cus­tom pages n’ ac­cou­trements at Floren­tine Pinei­der / 4/7 Pi­azza Ru­cel­lai / 055 284 656 / pinei­, then cross Via della Vigna Nuova, turn right at Etro onto Via dei Palchetti, then left down Via dei Fed­erighi to find Il Mi­cio at #6r (see Sar­to­ri­al­ista). Re­trace up Fed­erighi un­til it widens at the Museo Marini / museo­mari­no­ Tot­ter right on Via della Spada for beaded throat and wrist candy at #38r Apro­sio / 055 265 4077 / apro­, then rain­bow lin­ings at #35r Marik (see Sar­to­ri­al­ista), and a plethora of pashys, wraps and shawls at #24r Faliero Sarti / 055 239 6538. Turn left on Via delle Belle Donne and de­light in vin­tage Dior, Laroche and Givenchy at #16r Retrou­ver / 055 210 618, then next door is cute Os­te­ria Belle Donne / 055 238 2609, and a few doors up again is the back en­trance to Loretta Caponi (see Stand. Stores). Re­trace back to Via della Spada, and fin­ish up with per­fect caffè mor­rochino at Gi­a­cosa at #10r (see Bars), or Prossy and panini tart­u­fati at Pro­cacci (see Wine Bars) just three Ital­ian pixie hops left around the cor­ner on Via Tornabuoni (right side). Squisito, Paulo!

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