Under wraps: great paper stores in Florence!

Florence is well-known around the world for its art and artisan crafts. One thing you may not think to buy in Florence is the fine stationary products on offer.

Perhaps you wish to put quill to fine-quality paper as you seek the same poetic inspiration that befell Victorian writers such as Robert Browning and Elisabeth Barrett Browning amongst the fine cobbled streets of this here Renaissance city.

Maybe you are looking to hand-write your memoirs and travel adventures on hand-pressed parchment.

And then there are those seeking special souvenirs (that don’t take up much luggage space!).

We have trod the streets of Florence and sought out a list of great little places to find stationary in Florence for you…

For parchment paper, both the vegetable kind and the variety made from sheep’s skin are available at the famous art store Zecchi on Via dello Studio 19r.

You can also try Giulio Giannini & Figlio for Florence’s oldest marbled-paper maker, 37r Piazza Pitti.

Then perhaps try one of the various commercially successful Il Papiro stores at:
Via Cavour 49/R
Piazza Duomo 24/R
Lungarno Acciaiuoli 42/R
Via de’ Tavolini 13/R
Via Porta Rossa 76/R

We also like Parione, at Via Parione. 10/R Firenze and Via Dello Studio 11r.

Then there is Laboratorio Palazzo Pucci, Via dei Pucci 4.

Alberto Cozzi is a steady favourite on Via del Parione 35r, as is Pineider at Piazza della Signoria 13 ? this is perhaps the most expensive here, but good for special milestone gifts…

When buying stationary in Florence, it is wise to ask if what you are buying is made in Italy. From what we have seen, some market stalls near San Lorenzo do have very pretty but cheaper quality stationery. Check first if it is hand made locally in Florence or even in Italy. We have not noticed any market stalls with any really high quality stationary goods, but are happy to be corrected! Wherever possible Artviva likes to support local artisans. We call it supporting ‘Slow’ shopping! Please tell us how you go!

Authors, Artists and Aristocrats events allow you to meet local artists, artisans, authors and aristocrats. They are held each Monday evening throughout May, June, August and September offer visitors to Tuscany a chance to meet local authors, artists and aristocrats, including wine tasting and insights into Italian culture.

Have fun learning about the amazing history of Florence and the characters that made it so on our small-group Original Florence Walk tour.

Our Florence Walk is part of the Florence in One Glorious Day discounted Florence tour package including the skip-the line Uffizi Gallery Tour and skip-the-line Academia visit, The Original David Tour.

We have many more activities and things to do in Florence, including small-group Tuscany tours leaving from Florence.

Our Original Florence Walk tour also has a Roman cousin, the small-group Original Rome Walk tour.

For Venice, we also have a great range of fantatic small-group guided tours in Venice available too.

For our Grand Tour Italy special discounted package covering small-group tours in Rome, Venice and Florence, we have our Rick Steves’ Grand Italy Tour Special.

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