Friend of August, Gwen, took a dream trip to Florence, Italy - home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Below she gives us her rec's on where to eat, what to see, and what to do in this charming and most populous city of Italy's Tuscany region.
EAT: Mangiafoco for an afternoon bite or an after-dinner glass of Barbaresco or Dolcetto. La Giostra is a must and you’ll need a reservation. The quaint restaurant has an authentically magical ambiance with twinkle lights hanging from the ceiling. Take our word on the pear ravioli. Wine bar Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina is another gem. If the weather permits, request a table outside and take their word on the best small-production, high-end wines of the region. Top off any meal with a selection from Gelateria Santa Trinita, the city’s best gelato.
SEE: In order to fully appreciate the city's art and history, you need some guidance! We booked the wonderful Aniko for a private half-day tour of the Florentine highlights. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes demonstration of how classic Florentine paper is made and cut the lines for museums such as the Academia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David. The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is quite the spectacle.
DO: Visit the Giardino Bardini Gardens for a walk through lush foliage and the ultimate prize of beautiful city views at the top. If you plan your trip for late April or early May, you'll witness the canopy of wisteria in bloom. For a full panorama view of Florence, walk the steps up to the Piazzale Michelangelo in the late afternoon or early evening. Make sure you leave time to see the hilltop church of San Miniato al Monte.
WEAR: By far my favorite travel purchase was my black leather jacket from Mossimo Leather, which I wore with my favorite J Brand jeans, white v-neck T, Vince Blair slip-ons (in Woodsmoke), and the crossbody Ash Mosaic Capri.