We had the chance to discover Firenze and back in Paris, we wanted to share with you our favorite tips. We hope you’ll enjoy it !
- L’Agriturismo de Monterregi
It’s in the middle of the vineyards and a hilly Tuscany that we had the pleasure of escaping during our first days in the countryside. A small house hidden in an endless field of olive trees. A true heaven where it’s also good to chill by the pool. You can live this experience alone, each house has its own small kitchen, or interact with other guests during lunch or dinner at the restaurant. That one offers a terrace with a view of the vineyards or the interior courtyard of the main villa. An address that Italians use to escape the city for a weekend.
This charming holiday resort is run by a Tuscan family. During your stay, you will meet grandparents, children and even grandchildren. Feeling like home.
The Agriturismo Monterregi is located in the village of Fisiole, 20 minutes by car from the heart of Florence. It is possible to go also by bus or train.
2. The Numeroventi artistic residency
Via Pandolfini represents the typical street of Firenze. Narrow sidewalks, buildings hiding courtyards bathed in the sun and surrounded by columns and statues, in Florence nothing is too poetic. Get in the habit of pushing tall wooden doors as soon as possible and take a look. Numeroventi, numero 20 of this street, is the address that reflects a traditional Florence and a modern architecture. You have always dreamed of finding yourself in the heart of an editorial signed by Milk Déco or by Cereal Magazine ? We couldn’t make it better with these 5 magnificent loft-type rooms with a minimalist and a sharp decor proposed by the Numeroventi.
Each piece of art is for sale, artists come from all over the world and come to do a residency in this place, looking for inspiration. The Blood Orange singer has even put his name on it and goes there regularly to write and record his albums. The team is made up of a happy cultural mix led by Daniele, an Italian photographer who has recently returned from New York. Annika, her assistant is Norwegian.
If you like beauty, calm, intimate addresses and meet new people (the kitchen is shared) then this place will meet your expectations perfectly. Be curious and do not hesitate to ask if it is possible to visit the offices and artistic production workshops… Everything worth it.
3. The Gucci Garden museum
Firenze is also the city of the historic Italian house Gucci. In terms of fashion, Gucci has always offered avant-garde collections mixing Italian rococco with good taste. An exercice that all artistic directors do with talent.
Leather, glitters and sequins are at the heart of each collection. Guccio Gucci had the idea of launching his brand of leather goods by observing the wealthy clients of the Savoy in London, coming and going, from his position as groom. A few years later, in 1921, the Gucci house was born in Italy.
The Gucci Garden presents the most striking collections of the last 10 years. Original creations anchored in the spirit of the times. Inspiring campaigns where parties, contemporary art, travel and nature always find a place. Each piece is more surprising than the previous one. We won’t tell you everything…
4. Lunch at the Libreria Brac
Our friend, Sabine, gave us the idea of this beautiful spot. The food is mostly vegetarian AND Italian. After the bling bling and impressive exhibition at Gucci Garden, here is something to reconnect with sobriety and give yourself a well-deserved break.
It was a great pleasure to hear the chef happily singing hits from the 2000s in the middle of his kitchen when it was time to pay. It’s a “feeling good” place.
The bookstore of the Libreria Brac mainly offers art and poetry books. Don’t forget to take a look at it.
5. The wine break at Le Volpi e L’Uva
Only the small bench was available that evening. A perfect point of view on the terrace and the atmosphere of dolce vita which hovered over this small place in the background. Good wine, natural or just organic, delicious antipastis made with vegetables from the sun, cheese and Parma ham. Florentines love this address. What more ?
Go early, the Volpi e L’Uva is a quite popular place.
6. The Boboli gardens
Unmissable, this historic park in Firenze is a real open-air museum. At the bend of each walk you will come across sublime fountains or Roman and Florentine statues dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Arrived on the heights of the Boboli gardens, you will face a panorama of the city. Do not hesitate to make your wishes at each fountain, just in case… The best known and the most eccentric of them remaining the fountain of the little Bacchus, the Fontana del Bacchino.
7. The concept-store we have missed : the Bjork store
That day it was closed, but the attentive team of the Bjork store apologized for a technical problem that had arisen in their premises. We might as well say that we wanted to meet them even more and walk through the door. The window was beautiful, the curation looked original and the brands are also selected for their green label.
We will try our luck again, next time!
Arriverderci e presto !
Sonya for The Other Sight