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A Local’s Guide to Florence, Italy

A Local’s Guide to Florence, Italy

It’s laborious to stroll the streets of Florence and ignore the presence of those that tread earlier than you. The cobblestone streets, the magical structure, the nice piazzas which have every borne witness to centuries of Florentines—and classy ones at that. When visiting the town, you’ll wish to heed the recommendation of somebody with respect for its heritage. Fortunately, we’ve tapped Guido Conti Caponi, COO of Loretta Caponi and grandson of legendary girl Mrs. Loretta Caponi. The latter launched her label over 50 years in the past, and her embroidered linens, lace-trimmed slips, and striped tableware epitomize the Florentine lifestyle.

These are suggestions you don’t wish to take frivolously. Caponi has spent many years within the metropolis aggregating his standard haunts and hangouts. From an ‘80s-style trattoria with a killer arista (a Tuscan pork dish) to the proper garden-front loggia ( outside hall) to nurse a glass of wine in the summertime, to the most effective palazzo resort, his refined but relaxed strategies paint the image of a visit you’ll keep in mind for years to return. Forward, uncover each trendy suggestion on his moderately intensive record. And, after all, don’t overlook to go to the Loretta Caponi atelier in By way of delle Belle Donne.

Picture: Courtesy of Loretta Caponi

Favourite Eating places

Trattoria Sostanza: Historic Trattoria Sostanza has been an establishment of style in Florence since 1869. By way of interiors, that is in all probability one of the genuine osterias in the entire of Tuscany. Generally, I dream of their lemon and butter hen (they serve it straight within the pan whereas it is nonetheless frying, and I am keen on that sound) in addition to the artichoke pie. Scrumptious—the most effective issues on the earth.

Osteria delle Tre Panche: Right here, you may take pleasure in an impressive view over Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Vecchio. My musts are the “tortelli with pecorino di fossa,” the mozzarella in carrozza with truffle, and the meat filets. Even the best factor is nice right here.

Caffè del Cibreo: The environment is half-Parisian, half-Florentine. Stationed subsequent to a really typical meals market within the heart of Florence, the bistro has the delicacy and creativity of refined Italian delicacies. I attempted and preferred every thing.

Atelier de Nerli: A romantic restaurant within the San Frediano space (as soon as house to many artisans and nonetheless the one neighborhood teeming with craftsmen), Atelier de Nerli has a bohemian environment with nice consideration to particulars. This isn’t your typical Florentine delicacies.

Trattoria Ruggero: Although this trattoria is caught within the ‘80s, it is simply nice. Their well-known “arista” is to die for, and their roast beef minimize excessive is unimaginable.


Pasticceria Giorgio: It’s an establishment, even when barely exterior the town heart. My favourite.

Pasticceria Gualtieri: This is a superb pastry store (additionally vegan) simply exterior the middle close to Porta Romana.


Enoteca Fuori Porta: This one is within the San Niccolò neighborhood. It is so good to eat exterior overlooking one of many historical gates of the town with a little bit of a French bistro environment.

Enoteca de Pitti: Enoteca de Pitti boasts an unimaginable wine choice, nice for a dinner or a wine tasting with a view over the Pitti Palace in Piazza Pitti.

La Terrazza at Resort Continentale: An American bar with a terrace, Resort Continentale’s rooftop bar has a unprecedented view over the native buildings and monuments.

Rooftop Bar at Grand Resort Minerva: One other American bar with a terrace, Grand Resort Minerva’s rooftop bar has in all probability probably the most stunning views over Florence. It’s positioned in Piazza Santa Maria Novella.

Loggia Roof Bar: In Piazza Santo Spirito, Loggia Roof Bar is a little bit place in a Renaissance loggia good for an aperitif.

Locations to Keep

Grand Resort Minerva: Grand Resort Minerva faces the Duomo of Florence in Piazza Santa Maria Novella. It is a family-run resort with unimaginable consideration to element, artwork, and design, with a rooftop bar and swimming pool to die for. The eating room for breakfast is simply elegant.

Casa Howard: Casa Howard is an eclectic resort/residenza d’epoca subsequent to Officina Profumo Santa Maria Novella. Coming into this resort is like getting into a house with household recollections of three generations of chic, globetrotting men and women.

Palazzo Guadagni: With its distinctive Loggia, Palazzo Guadagni is an iconic landmark of the Oltrarno space, probably the most vibrant neighborhood of Florence. On the higher ground of a Palazzo inbuilt 1505, this resort has the elegant environment of a noble house adorned with vintage furnishings, frescoed ceilings, fireplaces, and home windows with unimaginable views over probably the most stunning monuments of Florence. A should is a glass of wine or breakfast within the Loggia, the terrace that gives an idyllic view of Florence and its hills.

Picture: Courtesy of Palazzo Guadagni

Picture: Courtesy of Palazzo Guadagni

Issues to Do

Go to the Uffizi, then Palazzo Pitti to go to the Galleria Palatina, earlier than exploring Boboli Backyard. From Ponte Vecchio, take a stroll on the hills via By way of San Leonardo, cease by Forte Belvedere to benefit from the gorgeous view of Florence, after which proceed to stroll in direction of Piazzale Michelangelo. Just some steps earlier than it, have a look as much as the correct to see my favourite church in Florence, San Miniato al Monte. Go inside, benefit from the unimaginable mild within the church and, as soon as out, the fantastic view. Lastly, go to the Piazzale Michelangelo and benefit from the sundown from there.

Go to Villa Bardini and its gardens. In the course of the summer season, take a glass of wine to the loggia and benefit from the environment till the open-air cinema begins, then sit and—once more—take pleasure in.

Attempt to go to the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, the place the traditional weaving of silk and the well-known Florentine brocades are nonetheless made with the identical equipment and strategies of the XVIII century. Go to Officina Profumo Santa Maria Novella and its 800 years of historical past. Take a look at Lorenzo Villoresi‘s atelier and museum of perfumes, each housed in an historical palazzo in By way of de Bardi, very near Ponte Vecchio.

When procuring, go to Saskia Wittmer, a made-to-measure shoemaker who apprenticed at Stefano Bemer. Then, head to Argenteria Pampaloni in By way of Porta Rossa to see their nice merchandise. Ask them to carry you to see the workshop (simply exterior the town heart)—it is merely implausible. Then, go see Aqua Flor in Borgo Santa Croce.


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