Caitlin Hoffmann

Florence

Caitlin Hoffmann
Florence

Romantic Getaway to Firenze

Stay

Belmond San Michelle

Pure luxury and incredible views of Firenze.  Just outside of the city center

 

Palazzo Magnani Ferroni

Restored Renaissance villa located in the hip neighborhood of Oltrarno

 

Four Seasons Firenze

Heavenly pool and lovely grounds. Exquisite luxury.

 

 

Explore

Spend the afternoon exploring the Boboli Gardens.  Lounge in the grass with some smuggled-in vino

Climb Giotto's Bell Tower at the top of the Duomo.  See Brunelleschi's architectural masterpiece up close

Wander the Oltrarno.  Known as the artisan district, with winding streets and pleasant squares.  

 Watch Sunset at Piazza Michelangelo

San Lorenzo Market

Florence is the perfect walking city.  Get lost, wander the tiny streets.  there is no better way to get to know this city, then a piedi

 
 

Eat

Trattoria Sostanza- No frill, just plain wonderful.  Don't just take my word for it... 

Trattoria Cammillo- Recommendation that contuines to be passed on.  True favorite

Osteria Santo Spirito- Indulge in their signature dish -- Truffle Gnocchi

Trattoria ZaZa- Classic spot with big patio and eclectic dining room

JJ's Cathedral- perfect for a mid-afternoon beer and people-watching

La Terrazza - Rooftop bar at the Continentale hotel.  Chic bar with fabulous views of the city

 

IN THE KNOW

Flats, wedges or espadrilles -- no heels. Two words for ya - cobble stone

Late summer or fall is best -- less crowds and Tuscan sun.  However the holidays can be quite magical

Don't be afraid to negotiate in markets -- go down half and work your way back up

Buy- Leather goods, cashmere, stationary, ceramics, specality fragrances at the famous Dr. Vranjes

FLORENCE