Tired of sightseeing want to do something different? Want to know where the locals shop?
Tuscany has many artisans, traditional and contemporary in approach,fashion and homeware stores as well as the outlets for those essential Italian labels. Here are some, to which we will add others as and when we hear of them.
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Ceramics and Terra Cotta
The towns of Montelupo Fiorentino, Impruneta and the suburb of Sesto Fiorentino are centres for Tuscanys several thousand year old pottery trade.
Bruno Gambone 9 Via Benedetto Marcello 39 055/355 358, by appointment only,www.brunogambone.com well known ceramist whose artworks appear in museum around the world but whose vases bottles and jugs are within reach of most pockets.
Ceramica ND Dolfi 1 Via Romoagnola N, Localita Antinoro, Montelupo Fiorentino +39 057151264 classic blue and white Zaffera vases, abstract plates and striped bowls created by the owner
Traditional ceramics in the main streets of Montelupo Fiorentino
Impruneta for terra-cotta urns visit M.I.T.A.L 31 Via di Capello +39 055201414 www.mital.rtd.it
Claudio Maccari 30 Via del Poggiarelli , Monteroni dArbia +39 0577372092
New generation ceramist porcelain,ceramic vases and floral plates.
Emporio Toscano 65 Via Fontebranda Siena +39 0577226305
Contemporary local made ceramics
Contemporary styled and traditional terracotta urns at Maurizio Benocci of Sinalunga ,Via Trieste 129 +39 0575632071, www.benocci.com
Crystal and Glassware
The medieval town of Colle di Val delsa has produced glassware since the 1300s and is still the centre for italys crystalware.
Crystal blowing workshop Vilca 53 Via Fratelli Bandiera Colle di Val delsa +39 0577929188 www.vilca.it weekday mornings only.
Cristallerie Mezzetti 13 via Oberdan,Colle di Val ddelsa +39 0577 920395 www.cristalleriemezzetti.com stocks all local producers.
Leonardo Luzzi 50 Frazione Viaio, Anghiari +39 0575 789226
Fabrics and Linens
Busatti : vaulted 16th century showrooms for linen and cotton, 14 Via Mazzini, Anghiari +39 0575788013 where Miuccia Prada and Valentino order made to measure table linen. www.busatti.com
Arezzo is a centre for the manufacture of gold the following are jewellers that shouldnt be missed:
Eclet 19 Via Cavour +39 0575 351 854 bold designs , chunky stones and updated medieval necklaces.
Unoaerre Outlet for gold and diamond jewelry at below retail prices.+ tormaline,citrine and goldbead necklaces 550 Via Fiorentina +39 0575 9251
Vennari 65R Via della Vigna Nouva Firenze www.venari.com classic pieces of jewelry made from unusual materials
Sugar, 21/23 and 43/45 Corso Italia, Arezzo +39 0575 354631. Fashion store in restored Palazzi with the latest looks from Gucci, Prada, Marni etcfrequented by Sting and Trudie Styler. A Sugar Lifestyle store is planned for 2004.
Liba via Cassia Foiano della Chiana , Arezzo.factory outlet for Italian business shirts with Jermyn street quality.
Rodopel next door - leather clothing factory outlet who manufactures for Harrods, Prada and Versace
Dolci Terme 4 Via del Moro, Siena +39 057746168
Clothes by emerging Italian designers and international names in store overlooking the cloisters of San Christoforo church.
Do you wonder at how all Italians always look so smart? Lovers of labels they look here:
The Mall - 8 via Europa,Leccio Regello +39 0558657775
Discounts of up to 70% off last seasons lines . VAT reclaims available also on outlet prices for non EU residents. Gucci,Ferragamo,Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneto, Armani, Sergio Rossi,Valentino all selling there wares.
Fendi 66/33 Via Pian dellIsola Rignano sullArno +39 055834981
Dolce & Gabbana 49 Via S.Maria Maddalena ,Incisa in val dArno +39 0558331300
Also but not least
PRADA I Pellettieri dItalia localita Levanelle ss69 Montevarchi +39 055 91901
Roberto Cavalli Outlet 3/3 Via Volturno Osmannoro,Sesto Fiorentino +39 055317754 for the less flamboyant well cut suede jackets and white shirts can be found.
Food and Wine
Pecorino cheese from Pienza
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Cantina Avignonesi,Via di Gracciano nel Corso,91 Montepulciano, prebook winery tours at Le Capezzine estate +39 0578 757872 www.avignonesi.it .
Brunello di Montalcino-Castello Banfi,Montalcino. www.castellobanfi.it. Prebook winery tours.
Combine fashion and food whilst at the PRADA OUTLET and visit La Rendola at Montevarchi exquisite food.
Vin Santo and Grechetto wine - Fattoria Santa Vittoria,Pozzo della Chiana,Arezzo
Antiques Markets and Fairs
Arezzo Fiera Antiquaria. The Old town is taken over by temporary stalls, adding to the existing 100 odd permanent shops. First Sunday of every month and preceding saturday.
Lucca Mercato dellAntiquariato, Piazza San Martino and adjoining piazzas
Third Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday.
For further information on any of the above or bookings during your stay with us contact us at the Villa.