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If you’ve explored Florence’s top attractions before and are ready to delve into the city’s more authentic treasures, read on. Beyond the Duomo, these insider tips will bring you to gems that capture the romance and charm of the Renaissance City.

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Shop

SCUOLA DEL CUOIO
Via S. Giuseppe 5r
The Florence Leather School: A workshop tucked inside the monastery of Santa Croce where Florentine leather artisans have been working since the 1930s. Watch them use centuries-old techniques as you browse the high quality leather goods.

GIULIO GIANNINI E FIGLIO
Piazza Pitti 37r
This quaint shop is owned by one of Florence’s oldest artisan families and is the city’s original marbledpaper maker. Choose from an array of marbled paper made by hand, stationery and hand-tooled leather book bindings.

Eat

BUCA LAPI
Via del Trebbio 1
Plan ahead and make a reservation at this lively subterranean restaurant located in the 15th-century wine cellars of Palazzo Antinori that attracts locals and visitors alike. Order the classic bistecca alla fiorentina.

 I DUE FRATELLINI
Via dei Cimatori 38
Owned by two brothers, this quick and casual sandwich nook serves up some of the best paninis in Florence on their freshly baked bread. Choose from a wide array of fillings, everything from Tuscan porchetta to truffle pecorino and arugula, for a delicious made-to-order lunch.

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Visit

MERCATO DI SANT’AMBROGIO
Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti
An intimate indoor and outdoor food market where the locals actually go to do their daily shopping. Try local cheeses, cured meats, an array of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and feel like a true Florentine.

 LUCCA, TUSCANY
About a 1-hour drive from Livorno
Take a day trip to this medieval Tuscan village to experience the best of the region without crowds of tourists. Discover its unique Renaissance-era walkable walls, browse the shops along Via Fillungo and relax at one of the historic cafés with a glass of local wine.

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