If there's such a thing as a temple for footwear, this is it. The shoes in this dramatically displayed collection were designed by Salvatore Ferragamo (1898–1960) beginning in the early 20th century. Born in southern Italy, the late master jump-started his career in Hollywood by creating shoes for the likes of Mary Pickford and Rudolph Valentino. He then returned to Florence and set up shop in the 13th-century Palazzo Spini Ferroni. The collection includes about 16,000
shoes, and those on exhibition are frequently rotated. Special exhibitions are also mounted here and are well worth visiting – past shows have been devoted to Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, and Marilyn Monroe.
Via dei Tornabuoni 2, Florence, 50123, Italy