June 14, 2019 5 min read
The urban fabric of this small but, lively city was the birthplace of the Renaissance and has hardly changed since; narrow cobbled streets, exquisite art, and elegant palaces of the past. Florence is home to the quaint river of Arno, an amazing spot to absorb the natural charm of the city. It is also a core feature that flourishes the cities wine rich hills and fresh ingredients, a hallmark trait of their cuisine & culture.
Friendly service, breathtaking views, and the time for 'dolce far niente' (sweet idleness) is what makes up our Florence guide, aspiring travellers to discover something new.
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7
Modern in design, this 20 room boutique hotel is one of the most stunning hotels in Florence, situated right in the centre of the city. If you’re able, don’t miss a few moments on the terrace to soak in a sweeping view of the Santa Maria Novella.
Piazza Sant'Elisabetta, 3
An incredibly romantic and charming hotel, housed in the ancient ruins of a church, is a personal favourite of Carey Melnichuk’s. It’s warm staff and walls decorated by original frescos are the perfect welcome. The suites are so close to the Duomo, you feel as if you can reach your arm out the window and touch it. It was also recently included into Forbes 2017 Travel Guide.
Vicolo dell'Oro, 5
This boutique hotel includes modern day amenities done with a Florentine flair. It’s hard to miss entrance always includes an installation of sorts, whether it’s a series of bicycles running up the side of the building or an array of giant scattered spoons. The most interesting, it houses a beautiful gallery showcasing contemporary art and world renowned photographers.
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 4
Located just around the corner from the Ponte Vecchio, Portrait takes a bespoke experience to a new level. Perfect for the traveller looking to indulge, or those travelling with little ones. The team at Portrait will do its utmost to customize your entire Florence experience.
Via dei Conti, 9
A luxurious hotel for those with wellness in mind. This rather new addition, hidden away from the tourists, houses the best hotel fitness centre in town. Complete with yoga and pilates classes, this oasis will allow you to keep your workout regime on track while indulging in the Tuscan cuisine. Be sure not to miss their spa, with their interpretation of Ayurvedic rituals.
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
Famous for their plethora of ancient sculptures and paintings dating back during the Renaissance period. The Gallery boasts an invaluable collection of ancient statues and busts from the Medici family, which adorns the corridors and consists of ancient Roman copies of lost Greek sculptures.
Via Ricasoli, 58/60
We encourage you to hire a guide, if only to by pass the (at some times) lengthy lines. Known to showcase the immense talent of Michelangelo, this brilliant statue is best seen during day light. The fluidity and detail in the marble seems impossible.
Piazza del Duomo
One of Italy’s largest churches, completed in 1436, this beautiful structure will have you stand back in awe at the beauty man can create. It also includes one of the largest brick domes in the world, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.
Piazza San Giovanni
Also known as the Baptistery of Saint John, this building is one of the oldest remaining in Florence. One visit you definitely cannot miss, the ceiling houses the most breathtaking mosaic ceiling with a background in gold.
Spanning over the Arno river, the Ponte Vecchio is a medieval bridge popularly associated with love or lovers. Perhaps introduced by the padlock shop owner towards the end of the bridge; lovers are known to attached a lock symbolizing their eternal love for one another, and throwing the key into the river. The practice is no longer allowed, but you can still see glimpses of locks and scribbles of love decorating the bridge.
Via de' Bardi, 58/r
One can admire many features that the Golden View offers including the Ponte Vecchio, the Vasari Corridor, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Arno River all in the background. Diverse menu includes a variety of options ranging from meat to fish and from seasonal vegetables to Mediterranean specialties.
Via dei Macci, 122r
A restaurant that avoids freezing, vacuuming, and other practices that may degrade the quality of their food. The well-informed servers are a pleasure to speak with and makes your visit more of a delight, even before the traditional Italian dishes arrive.
Via dei Georgofili, 11R
The restaurant philosophy comes from the intent that all staff offer their guests a relaxing environment, a moment to detach from their work, and enjoy the essential & elegant surrounding that the Ora d'Aria reflects.
Via Ghibellina, 87
A unique restaurant that balances history and the modern era. This former Renaissance palazzo contains a large wine cellar, housing over 70,000 bottles. Creativity is a key ingredient that the kitchen excels in, continuously searching & redefining their techniques. Try sitting outside the piazza with an aperitivo, you won't regret it.
Via Roma, 1r
The oldest café in the city of Florence. Always known for having elegant decor and a lively energy, Caffè Gilli served as a meeting place for famous writers, intellectuals, and artists.
Piazza degli Strozzi, 5
The Colle Bereto creates original recipes made with selected and high-quality ingredients. It is also a reference point in the city for those looking to enjoy the best selection of wines. All this while surrounded by dim-lighting and music for everyone.
Via delle Seggiole, 12/red
The Locale bar comes with a history that shows within it's walls. It was once situated in the courtyard outside but has now been located indoors with dramatic interior decor. Their drinks are one of a kind, presented in unique ways that one didn't know could be done.
Piazza di S. Pancrazio, 1
The Manifattura bar is known for their 50's retro style and drinks. A small-sized bar with lacquered tables, suited barmen, and an up-beat scene. If you're looking for authentic Italian drinks, Manifattura's menu nods to the countries older traditions and ensures everything liquid is from Italy.
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7
The J.K Palace is an example of elegance and modern style. The interior carries the signature of Michele Bonan who combines the seductive atmosphere of the 50’s in an overall masculine tone. The lounge is connected to two other sections which include a cozy champagne bar and the terrace overseeing Santa Maria Novella.