by Laura Morelli
Buyer Beware: Florence is full of tourist traps and knockoffs passed off as authentic. Do you know how to tell the treasures from the trash? In Florence, it’s not easy. This is true now more than ever before, as increasing numbers of souvenirs flood in, imported from overseas and passed off as authentic. There is no substitute for an educated buyer. Laura Morelli leads you to the city’s most authentic arts–the centuries-old trades of leather working, wood turning, silk spinning, and other traditions. Wouldn’t you rather support authentic Florentine master artisans than foreign importers looking to turn a quick profit? Laura Morelli leads you beyond the souvenir shops for an immersive cultural experience that you won’t find in any other guidebook. This indispensable guide includes practical tips for locating the most authentic goods in one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. Packed with useful information on pricing, quality, and value, and with a comprehensive resource guide, Laura Morelli s Authentic Arts: Florence is the perfect guide for anyone wanting to bring home the unique traditions of the birthplace of the Renaissance.