Author: Phoebe Hunt

Phoebe Hunt is a food and travel journalist for a number of British and international magazines, and has written for GQ, Conde Nast Traveller and Huffington Post. Living in Florence, Phoebe also runs a sustainable chocolate company called The Real Peel Co. You can see more on her Instagram account @phoebetravelpig.
June 24, 2021

3 ultimate Vespa adventures in Tuscany

Careering around Tuscany on the back of a little red Vespa should come with two disclaimers. Firstly, the narrow twists and turns of Italian roads are not without danger and renting a Vespa should be done with caution even if you’re experienced. Secondly, it’s one of the most romantic ways to enjoy Italy, so choose […]
April 16, 2021

A (very early) morning at Pasticceria Buonamici

The day starts at 3.30am for the first roster of pastry chefs at Pasticceria Buonamici, one of Florence’s best loved artisanal bakeries. The first job is to turn on the oven and bake brioche, which has been proving overnight. The next shift come in at 4am and 4.30, and then the team take it in […]
March 29, 2021

Easter in Florence: food takeaways and deliveries

As we plunge into zona rossa for the days running up to Pasqua (Easter) and Pasquetta (Easter Monday), there’s one thing to keep those living in Florence sane and happy: a delicious array of Easter goodies. Thankfully, as with any religious festival, Florence does not disappoint when it comes to food and drink. There are […]
March 18, 2021

Wine on tap: a love letter to “vino sfuso”

Vino sfuso is something utterly magical to those who haven’t been raised in the grape-growing regions of Italy and something quite mundane to those who have. The concept is essentially wine on tap: stores selling quality local wine directly to consumers, drawn from barrels and casks into reusable glass bottles.     Wine on tap […]
February 9, 2021

Where to drink quality craft coffee in Florence

One of the little rituals that has kept me going through the technicolour COVID rules of the last few weeks and months has been sourcing and making really good coffee at home. Sure, nothing will replace the charm of sitting in a Florentine caffè and watching the world go by over a perfectly frothed cappuccino, […]

Where to Eat and Drink for Valentine’s Day in Florence

Will you be in Florence for Valentine’s Day this February 14? With Tuscany managing to stay in yellow zone for the time being, restaurants and cafes are making the most of the occasion with all sorts of special menus and deliveries. Although San Valentino supposedly dates back to Ancient Rome, the commercial celebration is a […]
December 10, 2020

5 Florentine cocktails to make at home

It’s exactly 101 years since the Negroni was first created in a Florence cocktail bar—a heady mix of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth mixed up for Count Camillo Negroni by bartender friend Fosco Scarselli. A century later, cocktails are just as much part of the city’s social scene, as witnessed by the variety and creativity […]
November 20, 2020

Arts and crafts kits from Florence

Ever since the Renaissance, the city has been an epicentre of craftsmanship, its residents proud patrons of the arts. Leather, jewellery, textiles, marbled paper, perfume and many more trades have a long Florentine legacy, but what makes the city so special is the way these practices have continued and evolved. Even in 2020, independent studios […]
September 25, 2020

Where to eat and drink in Fiesole

High in the hills overlooking Florence, Fiesole takes on mystical appeal to those living in the city. A degree cooler, lush and verdant, the sleepy Etruscan town and its surrounding countryside have lured people away from the grandeur of Florence for centuries. Dante made many a pilgrimage to Fiesole; Gertrude Stein spent summers here; and […]