From haute horology to artisanal shoes, Florence is a wonderful place to seek out unique souvenirs and top designer products. With its mixture of old-world charm, standout specialist stores, local brands and luxurious international labels, Florence is one of the best places in Europe to shop. The city, known as the shoe capital of the world, is an ideal place to purchase new-season footwear. Make a beeline for Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo in the city where the brands made their names. Emilio Pucci was also founded here in 1947 and remains a key player in the fashion world; Florence is the perfect place to pick up one of the brand’s famous patterned silk scarves. In our gallery we offer our edit of the top things to buy in Florence – while you’re there, be sure to support local designers such as Roberto Cavalli, whose Oud perfume would make an exceptional gift.