Cliktrips likes the beach, palm trees, mountain hikes, desertscapes, forest walks, the jungle, tropical islands, swimming pools, lake swims, rocky seaside cliffs, sunsets, soundbaths, hot tubs, the occasional cold plunge, bicycle rides, road trips, spritzes of all kinds, lots of snacks and the colors pink and green. Cliktrips also enjoys late night techno parties, balearic rooftop hangs, weird weekenders, tropical sounds, trippy disco, and dancing ‘til dawn.

 

A Guide to Florence with Jeff Bratton of Cascine

A Guide to Florence with Jeff Bratton of Cascine

A short guide of where to eat, stay, sip coffee, go shopping and chill in some piazzas and museums in Florence. 

Florence is a medieval city, most famous for being the cultural hub of the Renaissance. Unlike Paris and Rome whose beauty falls on top of you, much of Florence’s art and architecture is tucked within its 14th century palazzos. The city is positively stunning though and there’s tons to discover. 

Florence is busy with tourists in the warm weather, so Fall and early Spring are best bets for a chiller experience. Christmastime is perhaps most special, with the city sleepy and dressed in white lights.

My mother’s lived in Florence for 10 years and the city’s become a second home for us. Below are some top picks for a short stay.

FOOD

Libreria Brac

A tiny contemporary art library that doubles as a cafe. Go for lunch. Very casual and cool.

Via dei Vagellai, 18, 50122 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 094 4877

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4 Leoni  

Traditional Italian fare. Moderately dressy, good for a night out.

Via de’ Vellutini, 1r, 50125 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 218562

www.4leoni.it

Centopoveri

Every day they serve a two course (with wine) 10€ lunch menu. The food is fabulous. It’s the best deal in the city.

Via Palazzuolo, 31r, 50123 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 218846

http://www.centopoveri.it/

Mercato Centrale

Renovated indoor market with a deluxe food court vibe, only difference is that the food is fabulous and made to order. Vegan and traditional Italian options are available.

Via Rosina, 50123 Firenze, Italy

http://www.mercatocentrale.it/en/

COFFEE

Giacosa

Your best bet for a morning cappuccino or afternoon espresso. There are two. Go to the Giacosa in the Piazza degli Strozzi. It’s bigger and easier to spread out.

Piazza degli Strozzi 1, 50123 Florence, Italy | +39 055 2302913

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Gilli

One of the city’s most famous espresso bars and chocolatiers. It has a large outdoor patio that’s comfortable for bigger parties. Gilli can be heavy with tourists, but it’s frequented by Italians too.

Piazza della Repubblica, 39R, 50123 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 269 1118

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STAY

JK Place

Cool, contemporary, expensive. Good location.

Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7, 50123 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 264 5181

http://www.jkplace.com

Hotel Pendini

Modest, but nice. Close to everything.

Via degli Strozzi, 2, 50123 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 211170

http://www.hotelpendini.it/

La Dimora degli Angeli

More of a B&B, but centrally located and super convenient.

Via Dè Brunelleschi, 4, 50123 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 288478

http://www.ladimoradegliangeli.com/

SHOPPING

Luisa Via Roma

Best store in the city is Luisa, a two story department store containing top lines from Europe, Asia and America.

Via Roma, 19/21r, 50123 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 906 4116

http://www.luisaviaroma.com/

Guya

Guya is a small, lovingly curated boutique stocking avant designers like Damir Doma, Henrik Vibskov, Maison Margiela, etc. Ask for clerk, Michael Bagnini.  

Via Calimala, 29, 50123 Firenze, Italy | +39 055 219163

http://www.guyafirenze.com/

PIAZZAS (open air parks)

Santa Croce

Classic Florentine beauty, surrounded by stores and restaurants. Santa Croce is home to a basilica of the same name, a gorgeous gothic church and burial place.

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Piazza della Signoria  

One of the most stunning open spaces in the city - vast, stark, breathtaking.

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Santo Spirito

On the other side of the Arno, Santo Spirito is less touristy and has a steady drumbeat of students, local artists and people generally chilling and drinking on the steps of the piazza’s namesake church, which famously allowed a young Michelangelo to dissect corpses in the convent’s hospital.

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PARKS

Parco delle Cascine

For running or long walks, Cascine stretches along the far west side of the city and is primarily used by Italians. There are three large paths: one runs directly along the Arno, the other two snake throughout the park’s mature woods.

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MUSEUMS

The Basilica of Santa Croce

The Basilica of Santa Croce is another impressive stop. It’s a church that houses the above-ground tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini.  

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Uffizi

The Uffizi is Florence’s most important museum, filled with works by Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Raphael, da Vinci, etc.

http://www.uffizi.org/

Jeff Bratton named his pop label Cascine (after the park in Florence!) and puts out chill records by Yumi Zouma, Korallreven, Lemonade, Chad Valley and more.

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