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How To Buy Local in Tuscany

When in holiday most of us search for something to take home that reminds us of our trip abroad. Naturally you would you like to think that what you buy is made locally, and not from a factory far far away with an ‘Italy’ stamp on it. Luckily in Tuscany, artisans still exist even if you have to search a little harder for them in 2014.

The first key to buying locally is find out what typical products come from the area of Italy where you are staying. In Tuscany, you might be looking for extra-virgin olive oil (with us you don’t have to look far), leather products, fabrics, wood antiques, ceramic from Montelupo, wines from Chianti, salami and local cheeses.

Go to a place where you know they have making these products for generations and ask the people who know best, fellow locals! Many towns are experts at certain products, for example, a nice cheese farm not far from us in nearby Scarperia is Il Palagiaccio farm, in the ancient Reggia degli Ubaldini. Scarperia is also home to artisan-crafted knives, some of the best in the world.

We also encourage you to go to local markets where many people browse daily for items and it is a great place to ask for advice for specific things. Most Tuscan towns have at least one local market while the bigger ones, like Florence, have many throughout the month and weekends as well. Think antiques, organic foods and more, here is a great guide to ones in Florence via blog ‘Florence For Free’.

And don’t think you can’t go digital, we even discovered this handy ‘Made in Tuscany’ app that helps you find local products based on where you’re staying.

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