FLORENCE CITY GUIDE

Being disappointed by Florence is nearly impossible, however some advices could certainly be useful.

Filippo&Filippo are often in the city both to attend fashion events and fairs like Pitti Immagine, and to take care of EDHÈN, whose shoes are made just outside the city. Over the years they grew to love Florence more and more and, also thanks to friends’ and acquaitances’ advice, they have created their own list of favorite places in the city.

So this is Filippo&Filippo’s Florence guide.

Where to stay

Florence city center and the sorrounding hills house many classy hotels, ready to accommodate various types of clients staying in the city.

To please and satisfy even the most traditional ones we suggest the Four Seasons, a heaven of peace and wellness away from the chaotic city center.

An excellent position between the inner city and the station, its well-finished design, an elegant and refined atmosphere make J.K. Place hotel in Piazza Santa Maria Novella one of the most beloved hotels of the entire city.

We recommend Palazzo di Camugliano to meet the needs of those wo are looking for a more intimate atmosphere with a unique, old-timey hospitality. The hotel has been realized within Marquis of Camugliano’s town mansion.

For those who prefer to stay in the hills above Florence, our choice is Belmond Villa San Michele, a luxury retreat overlooking the city; it has been made from an old monastery dating back to the 15th century.

Four Seasons hotel – Borgo Pinti 99, San Marco – Santissima Annunziata, 50121 Firenze
J.K. Place hotel – Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7, 50123 Firenze
Palazzo di Camugliano hotel – Via del Moro, 15, 50123 Firenze
Belmond Villa San Michele – Via Doccia, 4, 50014 Fiesole FI

Where to eat

In Florence there are countless restaurants, it’s almost an embarrassment of riches.

The average quality level of restaurants is good, but in order to avoid classic “tourist traps” we would recommend four addresses.

Among the Florentine cuisine icons for over 70 years, there are Cammillo in Borgo Santo Spirito, the Caffè Cibreo as well as the restaurant-theatre “Circolo Teatro del Sale“, placed at Via de’ Macci 111.

For those who are looking for a type of cuisine not exclusively Florentine, you should try the Torcicoda. Its rooms are furnished with elegant design items and they house a restaurant, a tavern, a pizza restaurant and a wine bar.

La Ménagère is a concept-restaurant which includes a flower shop, a design store, a tapas restaurant, a little bistrot and obviously a traditional restaurant.

Trattoria Cammillo – Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r, 50125 Firenze
Caffè Cibreo – Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 8, 50122 Firenze
Torcicoda – Via Torta, 5/red, 50122 Firenze
La Ménagère – Via de’ Ginori, 8, 50123 Firenze

What to visit

Florence is an open-air museum and it could be visited even without a detailed guide thanks to the multitude of masterpieces that enrich its city center.

In particular we suggest not to miss the renovated Museo del Duomo and the latest Museo degli Innocenti.

The first one houses artworks by Donatello, Michelangelo, Raffaello and the magnificent full scale recreation of the ancient Florence Cathedral façade planned by Arnoldo da Cambio, while The Museo degli Innocenti collects works by the greatest artist of all time like Botticelli, Piero di Cosimo, Luca della Robbia and it also narrate the history of this great Florentine’s reference.

You should not miss the opportunity to wander for a couple of hours in the marvelous Boboli boulevards, an excellent example of Italian garden and a real open-air museum.

If you want to enjoy a breathtaking view from above you should also visit the beautiful Chiesa di San Miniato al Monte.

Museo del Duomo – Piazza del Duomo, 9, 50122 Firenze
Museo degli Innocenti – Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 13, 50122 Firenze
Giardino di Boboli – Piazza Pitti, 1, 50125 Firenze
Chiesa di San Miniato al Monte – Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Firenze

Where to shop

Florence never lets you down even when it comes to shopping.

There are some addresses that you absolutely have to visit: the ancient and very famous Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of them.

House lovers should visit two of Filippo&Filippo’s favorite spots: the “sanctuary” of ceramic Richard Ginori 1735 in via Tornabuoni and the luxury furniture store Flair on Lungarno Corsini.

Eredi Chiarini and Luisa via Roma are two unmissable milestones to shop clothing and accessories.

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella – Via della Scala, 16, 50123 Firenze
Richard Ginori 1735 – Via dei Rondinelli, 17, 50123 Firenze
Flair – Lungarno Corsini, 24r, Firenze
Eredi Chiarini – Via Porta Rossa, 33, 50123 Firenze
Luisa Via Roma – Via Roma 19, 50123 Firenze

Where to party

Some of the best places to drink are the Four Seasons hotel café and garden, the Westin Excelsior Hotel with its terrace overlooking the river Arno, and also Locale, a nice café & cuisine inside an historical mansion dating back to 1200 in the middle of downtown, with even a beautiful vertical garden, where Filippo&Filippo love sipping a good glass of Johnnie Walker Whisky sitting at the bar.

Locale – via delle Seggiole 12, Firenze
Four Seasons hotel – Borgo Pinti 99, San Marco – Santissima Annunziata, 50121 Firenze
Westin Excelsior hotel –  Piazza Ognissanti, 3, 50123 Firenze

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