Florence is the capital of the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy. For centuries, this idyllic city has been a cultural centre of fashion, music, literature and art. Florence’s many art galleries and museums are home to some of the world’s most famous works of art. Countless architectural wonders line the streets, with the Cattedrale Di Santa Maria del Fiore attracting people from all over the globe. On top of all the cultural history, Florence is one of the best places to sample the top notch food and wine that Tuscany has on offer.
We recently visited this picturesque city for Pitti Uomo. Pitti is the home of innovation in men’s clothing and accessory collections. Held in the historical Fortezza da Basso, Pitti Uomo is the ultimate destination for fashion enthusiast such as ourselves.
After a week sampling some of the best food and drinks that this beautiful Tuscan city has on offer, we decided to compile all of our favourite places for our next 48 hour guide.
This luxury 17th Century Palazzo is situated in the very heart of Florence. Recently renovated to suit the modern traveller, Arte’ Boutique Hotel’s interior is contemporary yet still features the original architecture. Take in the breathtaking views of the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore from the rooftop.
Stay in the quintessentially Florentine 16th century residence of the noble Vecchietti family. This historical and elegant hotel has 14 suites and appartments located right in the middle of Florence. Want breakfast in bed? Ask for your for your breakfast to be served in your room at no extra charge.
This little known Florentine secret is a must stay. Architect Francesco Maestrelli collaborated with interior designer Matteo Perduca to create this classic, yet vibrant ancestral family mansion. AdAstra’s 270 square meter terrace overlooks the largest private garden in Europe. This slice of paradise is only a 10 minute walk from the centre of Florence.
Fuoco Matto is a must visit for locals and travellers alike. This traditional Italian eatery offers up a range of unforgettable meals. Whether you are after incredible wood fired pizza, mouth watering meat, or a simple yet delicious pasta dish, Fuoco Matto is the place to go.
This Michelin starred restaurant sits inside the Hotel Lungarno, offering up unparalleled views of the Ponte Vecchio. Chef Claudio Mengoni crafts each dish with the philosophy of authentic cooking with outstanding ingredients. Be sure to ask for a table on the terrace, so you can soak up the beautiful views of Florence.
La Giostra was opened 20 years ago by Hapsburg Lorena Princes. That’s right, this restaurant is operated by royalty. This restaurant has the most beautiful, cozy atmosphere. With dazzling fairy lights lining the ceiling, you will feel like you are dining under the stars. La Giostra’s outstanding menu, extensive wine list and gorgeous setting makes this restaurant one of our Florentine favourites.
Inspired by the 1920’s, this delightful speakeasy is a must visit for all cocktail lovers. Located in heart of Florence, in the lovely Sant’ Ambrogio neighbourhood, Bitter Bar boasts gourmet cocktails, great jazz and a relaxing atmosphere.
La Menagere is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With traditional Italian coffee alongside an impressive menu, topped off with delicious cocktails, what more could you ask for? La Menagere’s charming decor creates the perfect backdrop for everything from enjoying your morning coffee, to your late night drinks.
If you want to truly understand Italy’s cocktail legacy, then Manifattura Tabacchi is the place to go. This glam bar meets chemistry lab serves up unforgettable cocktails, each made to showcase Italian made spirits and liqueurs, to the sounds of 50’s Italian music.