The Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence

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Eight walks take shoppers to unique shops that uphold Italian standards of quality, craftsmanship, and creativity.

With this discriminating book as a guide, visitors will find a trove of eighty shops that only native Florentines know well. In its pages you’ll find exquisite handmade lingerie, jewelry inspired by Renaissance paintings, handcrafted leather boxes, beautifully tailored shirts for men and women, vintage French and Italian designer clothing, shoes, hats, gourmet ...

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Overview

Eight walks take shoppers to unique shops that uphold Italian standards of quality, craftsmanship, and creativity.

With this discriminating book as a guide, visitors will find a trove of eighty shops that only native Florentines know well. In its pages you’ll find exquisite handmade lingerie, jewelry inspired by Renaissance paintings, handcrafted leather boxes, beautifully tailored shirts for men and women, vintage French and Italian designer clothing, shoes, hats, gourmet items, and much, much more. The walks include forty dining recommendations from where to get a quick caffe-ciok (“the best thing to ever happen to espresso, hot chocolate, and steamed milk”) to a sumptuous Tuscan meal. The book also serves as an informative guide to often perplexing opening days and hours, the always perplexing street numbering system, and shopping etiquette. 

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Editorial Reviews

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"Where do Florentines go to for the finest handmade shoes, leather gloves, jewellery inspired by Renaissance paintings, artisanal chocolates, exquisite lingerie, and more? This discriminating guide of eight walks will take you to shops of legendary quality and fine craftsmanship. Also featured are dozens of dining recommendations, from where to find cioccolata da bere ('drinkable chocolate') to a sumptuous meal served in a former convent." --Tuscany Unlimited

"The Civilized Shopper's Guide To Florence, by Louise Fili lists Santa Maria Novella, of course, and dozens of other fascinating places to buy handmade shoes, leather gloves, jewellery inspired by Renaissance paintings, exquisite lingerie and much more besides. The perfect companion for your next city break in Tuscany." --The Mail on Sunday (UK)

"Before we left on our trip (to Italy)...it was nice to be able to retreat quietly into...the handly little Civilized Shopper's Guide to Florence by Louise Fili (I saw a preview copy; this one is out in September). Fili also did the adorable design and photography. ...So by the time I actually stopped in at Florence's fascinating shop Bizarri (spices, extracts, and elixirs from around the world) I was excited and ready to just...go with it." --Barbara Fairchild, Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit

"I think it's the best I've ever seen...It's tiny enough to fit in your purse and jam-packed with great information...This is the kind of shopping you hope for when you travel--the marvelous, unique, often handmade treasures, perfect for gifts or to indulge yourself--in a range of prices." --Paula Russell, co-founder and owner of Time of Your Life Tours

"This small new York publisher is producing some of the most innovative, beautiful and rewarding guidebooks on the market." –Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Little Bookroom...wants travelers to slow down. They've carved themselves a niche in the over-crowded travel book industry by thinking small with titles that define the character of a city." –The Pittsburgh Tribune

"For pocket-sized, covetable books, turn to The Little Bookroom." –Vogue [UK]

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892145475
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.03 (w) x 4.01 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Fili is a graphic designer specializing in logo, package, restaurant, type, and book design. She was art director of Pantheon Books from 1978 to 1989, where she designed more than 2000 book jackets. She has received awards from every major design competition, has taught and lectured on graphic design and typography, and her work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, the Coooper Hewitt Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and is the co-author of 11 books on design. Fili was recently inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame.
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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    No Visitor Will See All of Florence NOR Shop All of Florence-

    This is an exquisite little book and its contents will lead the most selective of shoppers. If you are a person that wants to hit all of the designer houses, then this is NOT the book for you. If you are the type shopper that wants to find the shops that are in the city central, but off the main path- this may interest you. If you are the person that wants to shop for the very best of what Florence has been known for for centuries- then look no further.
    The walks are arranged in a logical and easily walkable course. And you will find everything from enamalled custom signs to the best of foods to the finest papers and materials. And it will take you to the places where the looms have worked for centuries and you have to pass through two locked gates to enter. Noone would "stumble" on some of these gems.
    It all is presented with excellent photos and the most engaging of descriptions. While not every location mentioned for food and drink is pictured, they are all first class.
    It is a well conceived and beautifully printed small book. If your ticket says "FLR", then there should be room in your bag for it. At least on the trip there. Ta ta!

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