Spring might be slow to arrive but in my latest post now up on the blog (link in bio) are three places where you can experience food, and fashion, in the heart of #YourFlorence. Did you know that this is the ONLY baroque courtyard in the city?
By 10am yesterday, I was digging into salty, crusty schiacciata filled with salumi from San Niccolò bakery Forno Pierguidi, washing everything down with a tiny glass of wine. It was part of a street-art meets-local-treats tour with the lovely Lucia of @exclusive_connection_tours who is a delightful person inside and out. We followed this with a walk through the neighborhood as she pointed out her favorite street artists and the minds behind the movement(s). It was great fun to revel in a diverse kind of tour in the city of Florence, a reminder that there is much to appreciate in a city that isn’t solely located in the most famous art galleries. See where else we went during this @destinationflorence organized excursion in my stories. I’m already debating a return trip to pick up some more of their freshly-baked “pan di ramerino” a Florentine sweet bread with raisins, nuts, rosemary and spices that is typically made during Easter 😍. #destinationflorence
Embracing the psychedelic (for its bright color) vegetable that is broccolo romanesco, a fun veg in the same family as cauliflower and cabbage. Italy has introduced me to so many veggies I had never tried before and it’s great when they are so versatile because I’m not always that creative in the kitchen after a long day. I roast them, serve them sautéed with sausage or put them in pasta. What are your favorite ways to enjoy this alien veg? #yourflorence
The vernal equinox is upon us, Spring is meant to start tomorrow, yet our radiators are on full blast and I’m still wearing my my largest coat. However with all of that being said, tonight’s walk home and backdrops like this is quick reminder to appreciate the beauty around me. Even if that beauty is a bit savage (I mean, this IS a man holding a decapitated head) 😉. #yourflorence
Oblate on Via dell’Oriuolo: an ex-convent turned living time capsule and hip library was commissioned by one the more illustrious figures in medieval #yourflorence, Folco Portinari. He was the father of Dante’s one-true-love Beatrice and he also built the Santa Maria Novella hospital in 1288. The Oblate in its convent years was run by a secular order of devoted women who took voluntary care of sick women until 1936. Nowadays @biblioblate extends across three different levels with a ground floor section displaying many antique documents showing the ancient history of Tuscany and Florence, three large reading rooms, museum of pre-history, a children’s section, a newspaper library and of course the iconic cafe pictured here with a spectacular view over Brunelleschi’s cupola. It’s often filled with Italian students pouring over their studies with sun-lit strewn across their books under the magnificent loggia. Have you been?
Taking a break under one of the oldest porticos in #Bologna; the portico of Palazzo Grassi. It is unique because it is still made up of wooden beams, much like during the medieval times, and before 1568 when religious authorities banned wooden pillars and wanted them replaced by brick ones. Apparently those who did not respect this rule within three months of enforcement were fined, many pillars were not replaced until 1800 when it was decided that all the porticos of the city were to be standardized. Thanks to Count Giovanni Gozzadini we can still admire some rare examples of wooden pillars. Thanks for the great info @bebbolognanelcuore#bolognawelcome
Sometimes you just need an afternoon in another city, a chance to change air both physically and mentally, and Bologna makes it oh-so-easy with easy train connections or car ride from #yourflorence. Thank you @curiousappetite@jebloghan@nickpradier@alicebrignani for the wonderful company, I’m still dreaming about today’s cotoletta alla bolognese from Ristorante Ciacco 😍.
It can be easy to pass by Piazza de’Ciompi without even a thought about its history but isn’t it so much more fun to discover the curiosities of the past? These arches behind the bookseller are part of the “loggia del pesce,” commissioned by Cosimo I de’Medici as part of the festivities of his son’s wedding, the loggia designed by Giorgio Vasari to rehouse fishmongers from near Ponte Vecchio to the old market in piazza della repubblica around 1568 (note the colorful tondos on either side depicting fish-related scenes). Only in the late 1800’s (during a massive citywide renovation) did this loggia get moved to its “new” home today, the lovely Ciompi square; a place to take refuge, meet a friend or listen to an outdoor concert. Just another fascinating layer to #yourflorence
I’ve always been a fan of the always-creative street art around #yourflorence that gives another perspective to our Renaissance city, whether it’s @lartesanuotare@cletabraham@sedicentemoradi or the many others. Luckily there is now a google map where you can locate the art around town, I updated my archived article about the artists so have a gander at the link in bio. Happy exploring!
The ingredients to a memorable lunch (for me) is much more than what is solely on the menu. I love when ambiance matches so nicely with the quality and presentation of the dishes, and best of all the company with whom I’m enjoying the experience. It was great to recently catch up with @arttrav in the elegant surroundings of Osteria della Pagliazza in @brunelleschifirenze , a hotel restaurant (we were on the ground floor) that is actually something to write home about, albeit nestled in a Byzantine-era tower. Besides several four-course tasting menus, the a la carte menu offers a slam-dunk beef carpaccio with a caper crumble, pine nuts and goat cheese mouse and I adored my maialino di latte (suckling pig) and of course, dessert was an epic take on tiramisu. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to visit.. #yourflorence