Hey, collective hivemind. Need some good advice. My wife has just secured her training position for the next 4 years, and as agreed between us, we can now book a last minute 3 week trip away. We are slow travellers and will be spending a week each in Florence, Rome, and Paris. Suggestions for places you've been and enjoyed would be greatly appreciated either in the thread or PM. Granted, I have a list of shops already on my google maps and will post this next chance I get. Would like to add to the list. Going to buy a few nice things when there.
Just left Florence and Rome. I found the majority of food around the center of Florence to be typical tourist trap shit, it was hard to find decent restaurants while on the go walking around etc. Would be wise to get a few written down/location before you head out for the day. Lot's of local restaurants/shops/supermarkets (including the central food market) close on weekends too, some only Sunday's, others all weekend.
There is 'The Mall' located 40min drive out from Florence - designer outlet with brands such as Gucci/Lanvin/Salvatore/Prada etc.... Not really a whole great deal out there to buy, Salvatore had some nice Tramezza wholecut's that we're half the price of the same shoe they had in their flagship store in town. E. Zegna had a small selection of suits too, but it just comes down to luck on the day and your sizing to determine whether you get something or not. You can catch a bus from Florence out to The Mall for 8 Euro pp.
Rome, of course is spectacular. Very touristy around the archaeological sights but the city is quite large and easy to escape and relax. Check out Trastavere (suburb - 15min walk from centre) at night before the sun sets, beautiful little cobblestone streets with heaps of restaurants (some good/some bad) to choose from. Lot's of little pop-up style restaurants/bars along the Tiber river too, nice to walk along at night.
Up near the Villa Borghese gardens is the bespoke shoemaker Bocache & Salvucci store (http://forthediscerningfew.com/tag/bocache-salvucci/) definitely worth going to have a look.