“Wine is sunlight, held together by water" - Galileo Galilei
Galileo would have appreciated Florence’s beloved wine portals “buchette del vino” where wine was once sold to the public from the countryside estates brought over by the owners of the palazzi. Nowadays they serve more as relics of the past, simply part of the urban fabric of #YourFlorence, otherwise turned into mail slots or doorbell/intercom systems. Have you spotted any around town?
Vini e Vecchi Sapori is a rustic Osteria and true local institution, a convenient stone’s throw from Piazza della Signoria square.
It can be pretty hard to nab a table since it is (justifiably) very popular and inside seating is very limited, but the perks of January is that sometimes, just sometimes, you can nab a spot last minute. I appreciate their handwritten menu with not-so-subtle advice on what not to ask for (ie: pizza, ice, cappuccino, an aperol spritz) 😂 but definitely go for the delicious amatriciana spaghetti, polpette or anything with artichoke. Coffee is served via Moka, and all in all it was quite nice to revisit an old favorite. Have you been? #YourFlorence
I may spend most of my time indoors, in front of the computer, like many of you guys but every once in awhile I get the chance be a tourist in my own city, this time with help of @car2go and @musement. This video, made by the talented @lisa.marchiani, is just a small snippet of one fabulous day out we had last November. You can read more about tips on how to the most out of one day in #YourFlorence now up on the blog (link in bio). #Ad
Every second Sunday of the month Piazza di Santo Spirito plays host to an antique market that makes the art of perusing a variety of fascinating bric-à-brac practically a profession. It’s hard to pull yourself away from endlessly looking through vintage clothes, maps, old photographs, antique plate-wear and jewelry but I always manage to sneak a coffee in no matter what time of day we’re found there. What are some of your favorite markets to browse through? #YourFlorence
It’s never too late to make the reasonable assumption that the world will probably end sooner than we think (hey you 👉 climate change and polarizing world views) and that bread really IS your friend, not your enemy. I love veggies, salads and all of that good stuff but damnit, hand me a freshly-baked loaf and I’m your girl! Carb-loving in #YourFlorence
Portraits of January | There’s something so ethereally beautiful about wandering in a #YourFlorence blanketed in a cloud of fog. Yesterday, along my morning errands, I could barely see Ponte Alla Carrara nor the Ponte Vecchio from Santa Trinita’s river-edge.
First highlight of what I hope are many this 2019, chatting with @patrickdempsey about his love for fashion sustainability, family businesses, true craftsmanship and his connection to the 💯 #MadeinItaly menswear brand @kanoaitalia. Surprise, surprise—he’s even more charming in person. Plus, there’s even a Texas connection. Interview coming soon on @luxosmagazine#onassignment#pittiuomo
Stop at many corners of #YourFlorence and you are likely to run into one of the many tabernacles or religious “street shrines” often featuring the Virgin Mary in painting, serving also as alters with flowers, candles, left by local patrons. They rose to prominence after the 1200s as part of the religious struggles at the time, but interesting enough, they weren’t the first to do something like this. During Florence’s period as an Roman city during the Roman Empire, it would have been common to find small pagan temples venerating the gods around city streets. Nowadays you can see the city’s ancient tabernacles alongside contemporary street art by local artists like Blub @lartesanuotare, @cletabraham and @sedicentemoradi, a fascinating juxtaposition if you pay attention to details :-).
Expect the city of #YourFlorence to kick off their fashion sense a notch or three (pups too!) as the 95th edition of #PittiUomo, the famous menswear trade fair makes landfall tomorrow until the 11th. This year’s theme is ‘The Pitti Box’ a metaphorical play on parcels of creativity and innovation. My advice for anyone visiting the city: expect taxis to be tougher to find and make reservations at any restaurant you don’t want to miss; also prep yourself for the local pastime of people-watching, it’s pretty fabulous this time of year 😉.
The biggest street procession in #YourFlorence took place today, on Epiphany, when over 700 participants lavishly dressed in historical costumes make their joyful way from the Oltrarno to the Duomo cathedral. The Cavalcata dei Magi (Three Kings) celebration is a long-standing tradition around these parts, some say it first began in the late 14th century only to be halted various times in history during times of local tension. It’s one of my favorite traditions to watch as other cultural associations from nearby municipalities also participate and the costumes are marvelous! You can catch a video of the parade on my blog’s FB page and Buona Epifania to all those who celebrate.
Tomorrow is the epiphany, a day that marks the end of the Italian holiday season, best told via this old Italian proverb, ‘L’Epifania tutte le feste si porta via’ ’ (Epiphany carries away the holidays). Despite the #SundayScaries that will be in masse tomorrow, there is plenty to look forward to in regards to events, films at the Odeon, special lectures and the like around #YourFlorence. Check out my list on the blog (link in bio) and enjoy the rest of this treasured weekend!