Window-shopping in Florence

Sweet things

Sweet things in Florence – a window full of sweets

More snow. Everywhere white. Not crisp but wet. Deep and slushy on the road. Sky like pewter.

Swathes of snowdrops and daffodils surging upwards like sky charging spears, raised hopes of spring. These have been blasted, a reminder that March is a fickle month. March lulls us towards thinking the cold weather has surrendered and we can safely anticipate warmer days, then attacks in a reminder that winter has not yet retreated.

Seeing through the window the relentless whirl of snow, my thoughts turn to images of warmer, sunnier times. Like last autumn when we spent a week in Tuscany.

A visit to Florence has to be the highlight of a holiday in Tuscany. The camera whizzes into overdrive on shots of buildings, statues, painted ceilings, the Duomo, the Uffizi. But along with these, window displays in shops in and around the old town are works of art also worthy of camera time.

Memory snapping

Cartier and me – I’m caught window-shopping and memory snapping

Legs to the fore

What Florence’s best dressed legs will wear in the autumn.

Shoes for Florentines

Feet first – shoes or boots with matching bag and accessories

And as the cost of buying goods in these establishments is probably equivalent to that of a modest painting or piece of sculpture, window-shopping for many of us is akin to looking at works in a gallery. Admire, enjoy then walk on.

Leather gloves

A lady is never without her gloves – there’s certainly no excuse to be without a pair for every occasions if you frequent this Florence shop.

Shoes with attitude

Artwork for feet – A woman can never own enough shoes – so if you found what your heart desired in the previous shop you could drag your other half along to this one.

There are sweets to tempt a sour palate, shoes, gloves, bags and clothes to draw drools and sighs of longing, and shirt boutiques to satisfy the pickiest male.


More sweets to tempt in a rainbow of colours.

Shirt shop in Florence

If you’ve lost your shirt you can always come here for more.

Florence is a feast for senses and memory.

Unforgettable moments in Florence

Unforgettable moments, unforgettable sights in Florence.


About jingsandthings

I am me. What do I like? Colour Shapes Textures Paintings, photographs, sculptures, woven tapestries, wonderful materials. The love of materials probably comes from my father who was a textile buyer, and I grew up hearing the names of mills and manufacturers which sounded magical and enticing. Glass in all its soft and vibrant colours and flowing shapes, even sixties glass which makes its own proud statement. A book I can immerse myself in. Meals with family or friends with lots of chat and laughter (and probably a bottle or two of wine). The occasional trip abroad to experience the sights, sounds, food, conversation, quality of light and warmth of other countries. To revel in differences and be amazed by similarities. I like to create and to experience, to try and to achieve. And then there are words – read, heard, written at my keyboard, or scrawled on sticky notes, or along the edges of dog-eared supermarket receipts excavated from the unexplored nooks of my handbag. What do I dislike? Cold Snow Bad design Fast food Condescension
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8 Responses to Window-shopping in Florence

  1. mamacormier says:

    It’s the first day of spring and winter hasn’t left us either. There’s more snow on the ground and the air is cold. Brrrrr!!!!!!!! The forecast for the rest of the week is more of the same. Beautiful pictures. There’s a chance that we may be going to Italy this summer.

    • Snow still hanging on here and a wind that flays your skin. For our Tuscan break we went to Lucca. Was a toss-up between it and Pisa as the flight landed in Pisa. Apart from the leaning tower we were told there wasn’t much else worth seeing and it looked somewhat run down. Lucca was much nicer. The old walled town was lovely and you can walk around the walls – not a narrow path but a wide street. Florence was amazing. Well worth seeing. Hope you make it to Italy. I’m sure your photos will let us know if you do.

  2. Rita Kay says:

    What a special treat, I love window shopping. I never thought that I would have been able to window shop in Florence, thanks to your post you made that dream come true.

    • What a lovely comment. Thank you so much. It’s great being able to share on a blog things I have liked and enjoyed . It brings all the original pleasure back again. So pleased you enjoyed it too.

  3. Sheila says:

    I love to daydream of Italy during these wet, cold days too! Never made it to Florence but will have to hopefully go there next time.

    • I can recommend Florence. Lucca is worth visiting too. You can walk round the walls of the old town, not on a narrow path but on a wide grass verged road with amazing views.

  4. mybrightlife says:

    Mmmmmm….those biscotti look delic! So do the boots and gloves. A bit of Italy would go down well for me I think!

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