Early april we went on a short trip to Florence to shoot our Firenze editorial. Shooting in Italy with a true local has always been a dream of ours! It were a few sunny days in all respects!
We enjoyed our days filled with strolling around the cobblestone streets, location scouting, soaking up the early spring sun in-between, shooting, having pasta for lunch and meeting locals. Florence has so many small hidden spots, beautiful art museums and architectural wonders, you can spend the whole day wandering around the city. Walk along the Arno, the river flowing through Florence, while enjoying some authentic gelato or settle down for an aperitivo at one of the many plazas when the late afternoon falls.
We have listed a few of our favorite spots that you shouldn’t miss on a future ritorno to Florence. Whether you’re up for a sun-filled citytrip, seeing art masterpieces with your own eyes or simply the best pasta – Florence has it all. We have also curated some behind the scenes moments of our shoot and other atmospheric snapshots that breathe the true Florentine spirit just well. Scroll down to catch a glimpse. Arrivederci Firenze!
- Vini E Vecchi Sapori / when looking for a cozy place to eat, we stumbled upon this osteria by chance. We shared some antipasti and a very delicious fiori di zucca pasta. Only later we found out that Vini E Vecchi Sapori is one of Emilia’s, the model of the shoot and a true Florentine, favorite restaurants.
- Gelateria Vivoli / a historic family-run gelateria that first opened in 1930 and is commonly known as one of the best gelaterias in Florence. Try their affogato for sure!
- Il Papiro / this Florence-founded company inspired by the long tradition of decorated paper and the ancient techniques of papermaking and bookbinding, offers high quality notebooks, cards and more. You will not leave empty-handed.
- Il Santino / this cozy, lively wine bar screams for aperitivos. If you’re looking for a pit stop after a day in the city, this is the place. Housed in a former wine cellar, this wine bar and deli serves fine wines and daily appetizers. You will often find a crowd of locals gathering outside extending the bar to the sidewalk.
- Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella / this farmaceutica sets its roots back to the Florence of 1221. Known as the world’s oldest pharmacy, this place opens the door to a world of artisanal beauty products. A visit to Farmaceutica di – Santa Maria Novella is an experience in itself.
- Il Guscio / this new-generation trattoria is definitely worth a visit as well. Nonna still visits the market twice a day to ensure the freshest ingredients for their dishes. Click here to read the full story on our visit to Il Guscio.
- Giardino Bardini / escape the fuzz of the city and explore the garden of Villa Bardini. You will find a green oasis of tranquility with a memorable view of the Duomo, the epitome of the city.
- Caffè Gilli / Gilli is the oldest café of the city and the place for your primo caffè when in Florence. Have your coffee and dulce standing at the bar for the true Italian experience.