Where To Stay
Photo: Courtesy of JK Place
- JK Place: To me, the hotel symbolizes La Dolce Vita chic, with rooms designed by Michele Bonan, the Florentine designer that is also behind JK Place in Capri.
- Portrait Firenze: A hotel owned by Ferragamo, with rooms overlooking the Ponte Vecchio and a glamorous restaurant.
- Villa San Michele: The villa is close to the city but it’s a great place for a relaxing getaway, with a pool and amazing gardens.
- Villa Cora: Located in the hills just outside of the city, the villa is an elegant and classic building with a lot of history, as well as a great pool that makes it feel quite modern.
What To See
Photo: Courtesy of Museo Stibbert
- The Vasari Corridor: The corridor was used by the Medici family to get between the Pitti Palace and the Palazzo Vecchio, and features a collection of Rubens and Botticellis. You can book a private tour, and it is also close to the Boboli Gardens.
- Museo Stibbert: It has an amazing collection of armours along with pieces from Japan.
- Antico Setificio Fiorentino: They make textiles here with machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci. It is home to some truly fascinating archives.
- Museo Bardini: This museum features Etruscan, Roman and medieval pieces.
Where To Eat
Photo: Courtesy of Se.sto on Arno
- Harry’s Bar: This is an institution.
- Trattoria Sostanza: For the best Florentine steak in town. I also love their artichoke omelettes.
- Enoteca Pinchiorri: One of my favourite restaurants in Florence.
- Trattoria Cammillo: A typical Tuscan restaurant that I consider to be my personal canteen.
- La Carraia: For gelato. When figs are in season, they make the most amazing fig ice cream.
- Se.sto on Arno: For aperitivo hour. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Westin Excelsior Hotel.
Where To Shop
Photo: Courtesy of Loretta Caponi