Always in high regard as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Florence’s well-trodden streets have gracefully kept their charm and heritage that even the most contemporary travelers will feel like they’ve stepped into a scene of a renaissance drama series. While this treasure has a plethora of beautiful architecture to humbly show off, given that Florence is such a walkable city that even within a day you can explore the lesser known alleys, hidden gems and high-end boutiques.
Breakfast at Finisterrae
Italians like to start their day with a simple breakfast; a cappuccino and a croissant at the banco and they’re off with their day, or la dolce vita as they like to call it. However if you prefer to soak up the views and people watch for a little while Finisterrae in Piazza Santa Croce has an unbeatable location with stunning views. You’ll be spoilt for choice at this Europe meets US breakfast spot; with a selection of juices, coffees and culturally diverse delicacies.
Visit Secret Rose Garden
For a tranquil morning, bask under the Tuscan sun at The Secret Rose Garden. Enjoy the quietness away from the crowds in this extraordinary haven; home to a collection of roses, lemon trees, and a unique Japanese garden. Covering around one hectare of land giving you a panoramic view of the city, this land beautifully represents its twin city of Kyoto.
Lunch at Cafe Gilli
Florence’s oldest bar, Café Gilli has been serving coffee since 1733. This place is always buzzing with stylish aficionados enjoying an espresso or cold spritz. With a central location, classic interiors and dapper baristas you can take a seat on the terrace outside, enjoy a light lunch, people watch and take in the architecture around you.
Explore Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Home to many age-old buildings; the world’s longest operating pharmacy exists in this ancient city too. Located a stone’s throw from the Santa Maria Novella train station, this historic pharmacy has been serving it’s iconic products for over 800 years. Though many practices are no longer on site, you can appreciate the beautiful glass bottles and the scent of essential oils against the renaissance interiors that were once frequented by monks.
Wine Aperitif at Cantinetta Antinori
One of the biggest names in Tuscan wine offers a warm, understated locale tucked inside the courtyard of the eponymous family’s grand palazzo. Located on Florence’s Rodeo Drive – Via Tornabuoni – it is the perfect place to take a wine-infused shopping break.
Dine at Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura
Well, this time “the best of the best” has an amazing location in Piazza della Signoria and affordable prices. The food and presentation deserve a Michelin star. Definitely, worth a visit every time you are in the Tuscan capital. This is the perfect way to end your day in Florence.
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