Italy: Florence: Introduction: Cheat Sheet
Firenze, famously dubbed the “city of stone” by writer Mary McCarthy, regards itself as a living museum.
Also in this report: The city’s best hotels under Where to Stay, authentic restaurants under Where to Eat, sights not to miss under What to See & Do, a guide to the shopping scene under Where to Shop, great guides, insider recommendations, travel specialists and villa rental in Indagare Intelligence and what to read before you go in Library.
INDAGARE TOP TEN:
SLEEP…just steps from the Ponte Vecchio in the Ferragamo property Gallery Hotel Art
EXPERIENCE…a candle-lit meal at Alle Durate, in a former 14th-century guild hall
SPLURGE…on one of the Junior Suite at the boutique J.K. Place
EAT…at La Casalinga, a rustic trattoria in the Santo Spirito neighborhood
DRINK…the city’s best cappuccino at Café Giacosa, a favorite of insider Holly Dunlap
SAVOR…the scene at Prive Attico, the upstairs lounge of a disco above Louis Vuitton
VISIT…nearby Forte dei Marmi, Florence’s version of the Hamptons
SEE…exquisite and little-known Museo Horne for its collection of fine and decorative art
SHOP…at Elio Ferraro for vintage fashion , furniture and objet
KNOW…Friends of Florence who can get you into the Uffizi and Accademia off-hours