The Founder Of Aquazzura Shares His Favourite Spots In Florence, Italy
By Edgardo Osorio November 08, 2018
Edgardo Osorio's top spots for sightseeing, gelato, aperitivo hour and more in his hometown
Where To Stay
- JK Place: To me, the hotel symbolizes La Dolce Vita chic, with rooms designed by Michele Bonan, the Florentine designer that is also behind JK Place in Capri.
- Portrait Firenze: A hotel owned by Ferragamo, with rooms overlooking the Ponte Vecchio and a glamorous restaurant.
- Villa San Michele: The villa is close to the city but it’s a great place for a relaxing getaway, with a pool and amazing gardens.
- Villa Cora: Located in the hills just outside of the city, the villa is an elegant and classic building with a lot of history, as well as a great pool that makes it feel quite modern.
What To See
- The Vasari Corridor: The corridor was used by the Medici family to get between the Pitti Palace and the Palazzo Vecchio, and features a collection of Rubens and Botticellis. You can book a private tour, and it is also close to the Boboli Gardens.
- Museo Stibbert: It has an amazing collection of armours along with pieces from Japan.
- Antico Setificio Fiorentino: They make textiles here with machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci. It is home to some truly fascinating archives.
- Museo Bardini: This museum features Etruscan, Roman and medieval pieces.
Where To Eat
- Harry’s Bar: This is an institution.
- Trattoria Sostanza: For the best Florentine steak in town. I also love their artichoke omelettes.
- Enoteca Pinchiorri: One of my favourite restaurants in Florence.
- Trattoria Cammillo: A typical Tuscan restaurant that I consider to be my personal canteen.
- La Carraia: For gelato. When figs are in season, they make the most amazing fig ice cream.
- Se.sto on Arno: For aperitivo hour. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Westin Excelsior Hotel.
Where To Shop
- Flair: They have a beautiful selection of pieces from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
- Eredi Chiarini: A chic boutique that sells a lot of old-school Italian brands that you rarely find anywhere else, such as Caruso, Alessandro Gherardi and Cesare Attolini.
- Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella: I love their soaps and shower gels.
- Richard Ginori: For their beautiful porcelains.
- Loretta Caponi: For embroidered linens, tablecloths, silk pyjamas and nightgowns.