Its hard to choose a favourite place to visit in Italy but one of my top picks would have to be Florence. It's full of old world charm, iconic architecture and delicious food! These are my favourite places to see, eat, sleep and shop in Florence.
This polaroid was dropped on our table whilst having breakfast at La Ménagère. The sweetest memory.
Firenze Number Nine Hotel
The award-winning Firenze Number Nine, named Best Urban Hotel in 2016 by CondeNast Johansens, is set in a restored 17th century palazzo. While it is two minutes walk from the Duomo, it is magically tucked away from the crowds on a gently curved, cobbled stoned lane. Step into the chic living room, dressed in classic Florentine materials such as stone and marble, and find yourself in the capable hands of the expertly trained and ever so friendly staff.
TIP: Its next door to one of my favourite restaurants in Florence!
This is one of our favourite places for dinner. The cuisine of the chef, Beatrice Segoni, well known in the best restaurants of the city, offers dishes of the Italian tradition reinterpreted with elegance. Arrive early and have an aperol outside and people watch! When you are ready for dinner, make sure you ask for a table by the window. We had such an incredible meal, and ended up staying until close, having cocktails with the staff. I personally love the tasting menu (we went back again the next night to have it all again) as it showcases the best of each course. Please note there are two Konnubio's in Florence, we went to the one on Via dei Conti.
We discovered this place by mistake, taking a turn left instead of right. La Menagere is a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, florist and all round incredible place to just sit and take in. We first went here for dinner and sat at the long communal table. Our experience with the food, wine and staff was so good we found ourselves back here the next morning have coffee and ricotta pancakes for breakfast! This place is a must visit just to see the fit out.
So much to see in Florence, so I've narrowed it down to my top 3.
1. Galleria dell'Accademia (aka DAVID)
Enough said, you know you want to!
2. Ponte Vecchio
It may just be a bridge but the jewels are incredible. My husband and I purchased his wedding band at one of the stores which was so special and a fond memory of our time in Florence.
3. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
If you don't have time to wait in the long queues to get in, the architecture is just as beautiful on the outside. Grab a gelato and walk around the beautiful cathedral.
Florence is home to gorgeous leather bags. Head to the markets and find yourself a leather overnight bag. I promise in a few years time it will have an amazing worn look to it. Other than the high end boutiques there are some great stores for the guys to pick up polished cotton suits, perfect for the Australian heat. Keep your eyes peeled when roaming the streets. My favourite purchase from florence were these amazing placemats. The interior stores are addictive so beware of excess luggage when returning home!