I've been in Florence for 3 months, and each time I've passed this temping dessert/candy store on the mail street, with its delectable confections so gorgeously wrapped or boxed, and said to myself, "I must go in here to buy nice things to take home as gifts before I leave."
Today I decided that *I* was the one who was going to get the gift. I'd walked for three hours, and felt I'd worked up enough exercise credit for a small treat. Unfortunately, a very small treat was all I purchased: a tiniest prepackaged bag of raspberry candies for €4.50. They were admittedly quite good, but not so much so that I would buy them again at that price, and those were the least expensive items I could find in the shop. Their panforte selections were astronomic, as noted by another recent reviewer. A pre-cut piece about the size of a sliver of cake went for €13-20 and waaaaay up. Unless they're putting precious gems inside, I cannot understand how their pasties are so much more expensive by far than anywhere else in Florence.
If you'd like to bring home some candy in a box the shape of the Duomo or the Campanile, by all means do. I almost did as well, until I saw that inside, there was very little actual candy. Naturally, you are paying for the novelty of the packaging. If you have several gift recipients, and would prefer to keep within a reasonable budget, it's best to patronize other shops - and there are many - with similar products, who don't pad the price by such a high percentage. I can recommend Scudieri, right there in the Piazza San Giovanni as well, or Sieni, in the Mercato Centrale / San Lorenzo area, five minutes down the road.
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