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33 Years Of Amazing Shoes In The Salvatore Ferragamo Museum
When I arrive in Florence, one of the first pleasures I indulge in is browsing the shoe store windows and occasionally buying a pair. In all these 34 years of visiting Florence and three years living there ages ago, somehow I didn't get to the Ferragamo Museum until 2008. The Ferragamo's 700 year old Palazzo Spini Feroni on Via Tornabuoni at the Arno River, houses their retail store and the shoe museum downstairs (the entrance is at Piazza Santa Trinita 5r).
Salvatore Ferragamo Store in Rome
The museum shows you a dazzling array of shoes Ferragamo made from 1927 to 1960, the year he died. He was the "shoemaker of the stars" with clients like Audrey Hepburn and the Duchess of Windsor.
This incredibly creative man made everything from wedge heels with five layers of light green, gold, orange, magenta and burnt orange suede with gold leather straps, to classic high heeled sandals of gold leather braids, to sandals with silver and gold straps and a high red platform sole embroidered with jewels in Baroque designs. Other shoes look like they came out of medieval courts or The 1001 Nights.
The astounding range of colors, color combinations, fabrics, textures and flamboyant designs totally delighted my playful, creative, childlike side. I felt like a kid in a toy store, except I couldn't touch the shoes. A place I'll enjoy every time I'm in Florence from now on!
I strongly recommend reading Salvatore Ferragamo's excellent, inspiring autobiography, The Shoemaker of Dreams. He tells you how from his small town in southern Italy, through war and financial hardships in Florence, he persisted with his passion for making shoes and helping people have strong, healthy feet, and created the international business he dreamed of. It will make your visit to the museum much more meaningful.
How to Visit
Opening hours: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm everyday except Tuesday, when the Museum is closed all day.
Entrance: Piazza Santa Trinita 5r, Florence
phone +39 055 3360 456/455
fax +39 055 3360 475
Leonardo, Leonardo, Leonardo: ColleenK's Trip Report, and the specific day when she visited this museum
© Margaret Cowan 2009
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