A visit to Florence should include shopping, from window shopping on the Ponte Vecchio to actual buying at places like the San Lorenzo market. A good place to begin is with the Ponte Vecchio itself, which is impressive from either side of the Arno.
The shops on the Ponte Vecchio are beautiful and inviting. There are always lots of people peering at the display windows. The jewelry is carefully arranged and the shops themselves are unique. There are many places to stop and take pictures to keep as souvenirs.
Nearby is the San Lorenzo market, which features row after row of things you really want at reasonable prices. I didn’t bargain with the vendors, but lots of people did. They seemed to be successful when they were buying in quantity. Since I was buying one item at a time I checked several places to make sure the price was reasonable before I’d make a decision. Among the things for sale were shoulder bags in black, brown, red, or other colors. There were also shoes to try on and scarves and pashminas to consider.