CC's Guide to Florence

Posted on February 17, 2017

We visited the birthplace of the Renaissance and got fully immersed in all things Florence. Although it's impossible to not love this city, here are our top tips to help make your future stay even better.
Note: Heels and cobblestones are more foe than friend.

CC's Guide to Florence

Piazza Pitti Palace - For a luxe city base that also feels like you've stepped through a time portal, Piazza Pitta Palace is perfection. We were pampered like Italian royalty and especially loved waking up in the morning surrounded by frescoes and other historical artworks. The hotel's location is excellent, a few minutes walk from many of the major spots, and the owner-operator is a delight. She will happily suggest local restaurants and bars for you to visit. 

Piazza de' Pitti, 13, 50125, Florence, Italy
+39 055 277 6333

www.piazzapittipalace.com

 

Harry's Bar - A beautiful bar in the heart of Florence, Harry's opened in 1953 and is still one of the best places to visit. Their outdoor terrace overlooks the Arno river with the Ponte Veche in the distance, while inside the mood is one of romance and seclusion. If you favour champagne, order the French 55 as your aperitif. The shrimp cocktail is
another must try.

Lungarno A. Vespucci 22/r, Florence, Italy
+39 055 239 6700
CC's Guide to Florence
 
Trattoria Anitco Fattore - Visit the Uffizi Gallery in the morning, then have lunch here for an authentic Firenze experience. Since 1865, they've been dishing up the best Florentine and Tuscan dishes. The homemade pasta and the wine list are fantastic, they also happily cater for gluten-free diners. Despite its central location, Trattoria Anitco Fattore is mostly a locals haunt. On Sunday, you'll find large banquet tables full of Italian families as they partake in long
lunch traditions. 

Via Lambertesca, 1 50122, Florence, Italy
+39 055 288 975

 

Uffizi Gallery - The home of one of L & O's favourite paintings, Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, and the inspiration behind our in house jewellery label, Olympia. The hallways here are filled with sculptures, which are as breathtaking as the views over the Ponte Vecchio.

Via Lambertesca, 1 50122, Florence, Italy
+39 055 288 975
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Royal Apartments at Pitti Palace - An absolute must see. The rich history of the palace is depicted in elaborate ceiling frescoes, and as you move through the rooms you'll see three different styles that relate to three different historical periods. Visit the apartments close to closing time so you can walk the halls without the usual crowds. 

Via Lambertesca, 1 50122, Florence, Italy
+39 055 288 975

 

Luisa Via Roma - there's shopping, and then there's shopping at Luisa Via Roma. The Florence concept store is the offline HQ for what is one of the most influential and well edited fashion websites in the world. Located in the city's international shopping area, it's right around the corner from the Duomo di Firenze. Tip: the store is closed on Sunday.

Via Roma, 19/21r 50123, Florence, Italy
+39 055 9064116

 

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For those planning other Europe pit stops, see our guides to Milan and Paris. If you need assistance in packing carry-on, we've also made a list of our must-take luxuries. Happy travels x

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