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!
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.
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!
Very close to this museum, only at 10 meters away, try a wonderful restaurant called Vini e Vecchi Sapori, in Via dei Magazzini 3r.
Pretty cool and very cheap. Sadly they do not allow photos inside so you must be sneaky! >:]
Come on! Do you really need to ask if worth a visit? ;)