Via de Tornabuoni may be the fashion avenue of Florence, but its along the citys winding tributaries where the locals shop.
Filled with the sort of info that only a Florentine would know, Louise Filis The Civilized Shoppers Guide to Florence is a must-pack for those whod sooner snap up Tuscan table linens than a pair of designer sunnies.
Featuring local cobblers, milliners, artisans and more, Filis discriminating guide will take you from one unique gem to another.
We love the idea of finding our own Florentine scent at perfumery Elisir or scoring a vintage Hermes scarf from Elio Ferraro.
Also included are dozens of dining suggestions, like Pugi for the best focaccia pizza in town.
Arrivederci Toronto, boungiorno Firenze!
The Civilized Shoppers Guide to Florence is available at Type Books, 883 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-366-8973, www.typebooks.ca