Shopping in Tuscany
Tuscany is renowned for its stunning landscapes, the famous art cities, the good food and the excellent wine. In addition Tuscany is a great destination for shopping in Italy.
In the larger cities of Florence and Siena, you'll find many large shops and brand name boutiques but also the smaller workshops run by local craftsmen, neighborhood markets and crafts markets. Smaller towns and villages host the workshops of local craftsmen as well as food markets and weekly village markets. If you're interested in shopping for brand name and Italian fashion designer clothes, shoes and house items, there are several outlets in Tuscany you should head to to find great deals.
Shopping means also hand-crafted products that you can find only in Tuscany and that are produced just in restricted areas or cities. These products are perfect gifts and souvenirs. In Volterra, for example, you have the alabaster, in Scarperia in Mugello you have knives, in Casetino you have the "panno casentinese" a typical orange wool, in Montelupo Fiorentino you have ceramics and in Colle Val d'Elsa glass.
Then you can taste typical food products such as the pecorino cheese from Pienza, the panforte and ricciarelli biscuits from Siena, lard from Colonnata, pan buccellato from Lucca. In addition you have the delicious Tuscan oil, wine and vinsanto. The most famous Tuscany wine is certainly Chianti wine, that is not the only one. You have also other Chianti such Montalbano and Chianti Rufina, as well as wine from Montepulciano and Montalcino, Vernaccia from San Gimignano and Morellino di Scansano from Maremma.
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Tuscany offers beautiful landscapes, great food and great shopping opportunities. If you're looking to have some fun outlet shopping for name brands and Italian fashion designer items, head to these shopping outlets near Florence and across Tuscany!