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July 16, 2019
FOOD + WINEHighlight

Italian Tapas: Oltrarno’s hidden garden

  A mainstay for Oltrarno nights, Italian Tapas is a popular hangout where old meets new near piazza Santo Spirito. Based on a concept by brothers Marco and Matteo Laporta, the attractive locale pulls in an international and local crowd, especially in the summer with its shaded courtyard to the rear and outdoor seating along […]
July 10, 2019

Summer events at Belmond Villa San Michele

  There’s something extraordinary about this hotel on the hill.     Belmond Villa San Michele has an allure all of its own. Vaunting singular views over Florence from its hillside just below Fiesole, this luxury hotel lounges in a former monastery. The striking fifteenth-century loggia is home to the restaurant, making it the perfect […]

Cocktail consideration at Grand Hotel Minerva

  Picture this: a creative cocktail beside one of the most panoramic pools in Florence. It’s all change up at Grand Hotel Minerva’s rooftop bar. Kareem Bennett has devised a cocktail list, in partnership with consultant bartender Julian Biondi, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the hallowed hotel in piazza Santa Maria Novella.     […]
July 2, 2019

Castello Del Nero reopens under new ownership

  COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, is an exceptional 740-acre, historic estate in Chianti, 30 minutes from Florence and Siena. A 12th-century castle stands at the heart of the property, which features 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer Paola Navone.   This is a significant addition to the COMO Group because […]
June 5, 2019

Relais Villa Olmo

  A lovingly restored hamlet and a genuine love of Tuscan traditions are waiting with open arms at Relais Villa Olmo Food & Wine Resort, only a 20-minute drive from Florence.   A pebble drive dotted with terracotta urns planted to lemon trees leads to quintessential stone-clad villas. Winner of the 2019 Condé Nast Johansens […]
June 4, 2019

It’s Picnic Time at Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano

Ruffino, the renowned Tuscan wine company, welcomes the summer with a picnic at the flagship winery Poggio Casciano on Saturday, June 8.           Only 20 minutes from Florence by car, from 4 to 10pm, families and friends can pick up a picnic hamper filled with local produce and delicious dishes prepared […]
May 31, 2019

Peruzzi Urban Residences

Quietly tucked away behind piazza Santa Croce, timeworn stones pave the way to a historic palace turned luxury bed-and-breakfast: benvenuti to Peruzzi Urban Residences, opening this July.         Charismatic Dutchman Eric Veroliemeulen, general manager of Peruzzi Urban Residences and Villa Medicea di Lilliano Wine Estate, is gearing up to open the downtown […]
May 29, 2019

A century and a half of Grand Hotel Minerva

The Florentine has always had a soft spot for Grand Hotel Minerva. On hazy summer evenings, the striking lettering on the white frontage calls to our team across piazza Santa Maria Novella, extending an invitation of lazy aperitivi on the iconic rooftop. Now, the luxury hotel is gearing up to celebrate its 150th anniversary.   […]
May 28, 2019

Digitizing Prato’s textiles for new inspiration

Anyone who’s ever ordered a bedding set or throw blanket and been disappointed on delivery day will recognize that tactile experience is key when it comes to textiles and fabrics. The line between scratchy and silky is a thin one that can’t easily be gleaned from a computer screen. But while touch is a problem […]

Glitz and generosity: Palazzo Tornabuoni turns 10

On May 16, the members of Palazzo Tornabuoni, Florence’s private residence club, flew in from all over the world for a night to remember: Andrea Bocelli singing in the birthplace of opera.