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Florence, Colorado

Note: This website is a collaboration between the City of Florence, Florence Merchants Association, and the Florence Chamber of Commerce.

We will be adding more information soon on each organization as well as more business listings and area information. Please stop back soon to view our updates.


Named after the daughter of pioneer and settler James
McCandless, Florence is the Antique Capital of Colorado.
The friendly community is conveniently located in the
foothills of the Rocky Mountains and next to the Arkansas
River. Many of the original homes and buildings still remain
in this quaint historic district.

An antique-lover’s paradise, the town features more than a
dozen antique shops and is a favorite weekend destination
for treasure hunting Coloradans and out-of-state visitors.
Antiquers can work up an appetite easily quenched by over
fifteen options for dining in Florence from hearty downhome
breakfasts, fresh pastries, and hand-tossed pizzas to
filet mignon and sushi.

The arts are alive and well in Florence with its seven art
galleries hosting openings monthly for new shows. Visitors
can enjoy concerts and art exhibits and watch art students
learning their craft at The Bell Tower Cultural Arts Center,
offering classes year-round.

An active arts council and merchants’ groups collaborate on
window displays, concerts, and events to make any season
a great time to visit and shop. You’ll want to take home a
bit of the past still alive here in the many antique shops.
Or take home the spirit of Florence in a fresh painting or
locally-made craft.