I have to admit, at some point I have had my share of traditional art museums even in Italy so for the fashionista in me I headed to the Gucci museum. A walk through history with a different eye. Plus they have a wonderful café with fabulous food and cocktails. How can you go wrong!
The Oltrarno area is famous for its typical art and craft shops where to take part in workshops or just discover the secrets of ancient jobs looking at the artisans at work! The area is plenty of ceramic, book binding and restoration, wood carving or textile restoration shops. Of course you cannot miss a stop in one leather shop, where buy handmade bags and belts or, if you prefer, you can stop at the leather school near Santa Croce church. Another well kept secret is the Museo dell’Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, the oldest pharmacy of Florence that dates back to 1221. Today is a wonderful museum where to buy handmade products like perfumes, soaps, cosmetic products, liquors, chocolate and many other things! Indeed, the fashion victims will be surprised to know that Florence hosts two unusual Fashion Musems: Ferragamo and Gucci!
Pretty cool and very cheap. Sadly they do not allow photos inside so you must be sneaky! >:]
Lovely brand museum. Only of interest if you like fashion and want to learn about the history of this house. More about the evolution of style than the actual history but nicely presented. Most personalized / attentive museum visit I have had. The attached cafe is also gorgeous. The museum also hosts small special exhibitions.
The latest museum to open in Florence isn't about painting or sculpture but the creations of the Gucci fashion house. Set in a 14th Century palazzo on the Piazza Signoria, the museum offers 1,700 sq metres of displays over three floors devoted to the clothing brand whose history has always been closely linked to the city of Florence.
Very close to this museum, only at 10 meters away, try a wonderful restaurant called Vini e Vecchi Sapori, in Via dei Magazzini 3r.
Come on! Do you really need to ask if worth a visit? ;)
Interesting place but extremely small and not so in depth. The sales people in the book store aren't so friendly.