LEFT Annie Féolde and Giorgio PInchiorri. (Image by Dario Garofalo) BELOW The chic new interiors at the iconic Cantinetta Antinori after a recent renovation.
then Cantinetta Antinori is a must-do. Located on the ground floor of the Antinori Mansion, the iconic family-run restaurant and wine bar makes all its own wine using grapes from the families various estates in Tuscany and in Umbria. Served by the bottle or glass and accompanied by firstclass nibbles if desired, Cantinetta Antinori offers some of the best wine in town and all from one of the best examples of 15th Century Florentine architecture. www.cantinetta-antinori.com DO THIS
Ora D’Aria Located directly behind the Uffizi Gallery, the restaurant originally takes its name from its previous site opposite a former women’s prison. Meaning ‘hour of air’, from the compulsory hour that prisoners had to spend outside in the fresh air, the Michelin starred restaurant is now one of the top venues in the city. Known for its excellent seafood menu and contemporary Italian dishes, Ora D’Aria is a great example of gourmet Tuscan gastronomy at it’s best. For an even more exciting experience, visitors of up to four people can reserve the chef ’s table in the beautiful wine cellar. www.oradariaristorante.com La Bottega del Buon Caffè With a ‘Farm to Plate’ philosophy as the driving force of La Bottega, guests can enjoy super fresh seasonal menus that showcase Florence’s select produce. Not only working with some of the finest producers of the region, the restaurant also has its own farm kitchen ensuring that their cuisine is both as authentic and honest as its ethos. Paying respect to their location, the menus are designed to reflect the region’s unique gastronomic heritage and vibrant culinary culture. Artisan butchers supply the kitchen with exceptional cuts of locally-reared meats whilst the very freshest fish are delivered from the Mediterranean. With some of the best sommeliers having curated the menu, there is also wine list to match the unbeatable cuisine. www.borgointhecity.com DRINK HERE
Il Bovaro As a country known for its premium selection of wines, it’s not hard to find somewhere to go and sample a good vintage on the streets of Florence. However, for those of you that prefer a malty alternative there craft brewers, Il Bovaro. Using Tuscan flavours and local ingredients such as chestnuts, honey and wild herbs, Il Bovaro make their own double malts, dark and speciality beers all from their lively venue near Porto San Frediano. www.ilbovaro.it Cantinetta Antinori However, if you happen to be in the historic centre of Florence and in desperate need of a crisp glass of wine 130
Known as the cradle of Renaissance due to the prominent characters that resided there: Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo among others, means that Florence is simply teeming with cultural gems. With an unrivalled concentration of churches, galleries and museums, visitors really do just need to step outside to find themselves immersed in some form of historic place of importance. However, if you are visiting Florence for the first time there are some iconic landmarks and activities that you simply won’t want to miss. The Uffizi Gallery is a must-see for art aficionados, but if this seems like a big undertaking time-wise then the smaller museums such as Accademia or the Bargello also offer great collections. Another great recommendation is to climb to the top of Brunelleschi’s cathedral dome, or the Tower of Arnolfo of Palazzo Vecchio for unrivalled views of the city and surrounding before heading down to the Piazza della Signoria for a pit stop at one of the many buzzing cafés and trattorias. Florence is not only architecturally beautiful; it is also an undeniably romantic city. Here, you can transport yourself to a bygone era just by enjoying a leisurely sunset stroll along the Arno River, crossing the infamous Ponte Vecchio and taking in the historic views from Piazzale Michelangelo.