We visit the city of Florence twice a year during the PittiUomo, the biggest and most important event in menswear. Through the years I have absolutely fallen in love with Firenze.
First of all there are all the architectural highlights such as the Duomo & Ponte Vecchio and the city is famous for its museums and art. Uffizi is one of the oldest and most famous museums of the world and you can find Michelangelo's David in Galleria dell'Accademia.
However, for me the best part of Florence is across the river Arno. Here you can find a more authentic feel of the city. A walk through the majestic Boboli-gardens is the perfect medicine for a busy day in the city.
To be honest, there is even a better part about Florence: "Bistecca Fiorentine", a t-bone steak grilled on open fire. If you like beef, you need to eat this at least once in your life. If you order, the cook always shows the uncooked steak with a certain pride, after it is served grilled you understand why! Note: you order by the kilo, so bring a friend!
I can recommend Florence to everybody. The city offers great history & culture, great food and really nice shops. If you are planning to go, here is my list of favorite restaurants!
Osteria dell’Enoteca, Via Romana
The greatest selection of wines of Florence. They don't have a wine-card, you are taken to the cellar to select your bottle of choice!
4 Leoni, Via d'Vellutini
Pasta, Pasta & Pasta! Try the Ravioli with Pear & Gorgonzola!
Borgo Antico, Piazza Santo Spirito
The place for a 'pizza & prosecco' lunch! Or am I the only one who does that?
ZaZa, Piazza del Mercato Centrale
A wide selection of choices, they even have a separate 'Steak Tartare' menu. Do I need to say more?
Mangiafoco Osteria Tartuferia, Borgo S.S. Apostoli
Small & authentic, but could be the absolute favorite for dinner!
La Terrazza Continentale, Vicolo dell’Oro
Terras on the roof of the Continentale Hotel. A little posh, but great for afternoon-cocktails and even better for views of the river Arno and Ponte Vecchio!
Gilli’s, Piazza Replubica
One the oldest bars in Florence and our 'hang-out' during the PittiUomo. Gilli's is actually a pastry-shop, so also the place for an authentic Italian breakfast, standing at the bar with a espresso and freshly baken Dolce pastry!