Travel to Italy and shop in fantastic Tuscany. It is also an area known for exquisite landscapes, cities with famous art museums, excellent varieties of food and the highest quality wines. Local food markets offer fresh produce from the nearby farms and weekly markets are also set up which sell locally produced hand-crafted items that can only be found in Tuscany, traditional baked goods, and hand-made jewellery. Typical Tuscany food products include pecorino cheese from Pienza, ricciarelli and panforte biscuits from Siena, Colonnata lard, and pan buccellato (bread) from Lucca. Delicious Tuscan wines, vinsanto and olive oils are also popular market products.
Smaller shops are run by local craftsmen. Products made by the local populous make perfect souvenirs and gifts. Tuscany is well-known for beautiful crystal, leather goods, terra cotta and hand-made laces. Alabaster beyond compare is made in Volterra; high quality knives are manufactured in Scarperia and Mugello; in Casentino clothing made from typical Tuscan orange wool called “panno casentinese” may be purchased; fantastic hand-blown and other glass items can be found in Colle Val d’Elsa; and ceramics according to Tuscany tradition are made in Montelupo Florentino.
Popular brand name clothing and outfits from Italian fashion designers, shoes and household products are available at the outlet stores in Tuscany. These large outlets provide great deals for anyone willing to search through a huge volume of clothing or other items. Gucci, Prada, Cavalli and other well-known Italian and international brand can be found in Tuscany outlets: Valentino Armani, and Tod’s Italian designs. International designers like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent, and Burberry are also found in these shops.
Tuscany is famous for its wines as well and they are readily available for purchase in local shops. Chianti is perhaps the most popular, but Montalbano, Chianti Rufina and other varieties such as Montalchino, Montepulciano, and Vernaccia from San Gimignano, and from Maremma: Morellino di Scansano.
The Tuscan area is famous as well for its olive oil. The excellent quality and flavour of Tuscany’s olive oil is famous worldwide. Buyers can choose from “simple” olive oil or those that are mixed with herb combinations such as basil, oregano, pepper and other flavourings. Local prices are reasonable, but depend on the type of oil and the particular shop selling it.
Everyone can appreciate travel deals on paintings, porcelains, furniture, and sculpture, unique for their style and beauty, also their artistic and historical value. Many galleries in Tuscany present a variety of eye-catching art. Some of them are Anitchita’ Flumar srl, Chiavacci Antichita’, the Romanelli Gallery, Bottega Basile, Atelier Farolfi, and Pandolifi Casa d’Aste. Some of these specialize ornamental art, bronzes, vases, fountains, gypsum reproductions of artworks, paintings, and items at auction. Fratelli Piccini, Cassani Gioielli, Morpier Argenteria Sas, and Oro Due all produce exquisite jewellery. ISOR produces hand-made jewellery boxes of wood covered with leather, and velvet or satin linings to contain one’s cherished jewels.
Obviously taking ticketed flights to Tuscany is a great idea in order to shop for anything desired as a gift for family, friends, or best yet oneself!
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