Beyond Fortezza da Basso's doors, Italy's atmospheric Renaissance city basks in the summer sun. Here, a look at places to go and things to do during Pitti Filati down time in Florence.

Michele Negri, CafE and Shop

Designer Michele Negri, a Florentine native, has recently opened another boutique that carries his sophisticated tailored men's and women's lines. Negri also opened a cafe next door to the store that serves aperitifs, lunch and a breakfast of creamy cappuccino and crumbly brioche.

Via Degli Agli 3r.; +39-0-5521-2781.

Soul Space

Duck out of Florence's tourist-trafficked piazzas and museums to the sanctum of the spa Soul Space. Muscle-melting massages and beauty treatments aside, this slickly designed spa also has a heated indoor pool for Watsu massages.

Via S. Egidio 12.; +39-0-5520-01794.

Ristorante Nobilis

Illuminated entirely by candlelight, the new eatery's modern Italian food is as chicly presented as the gold and ivory dining room. Ristorante Nobilis' forte, however, is its lengthy wine list, which is so vast the owners had to take over a separate cellar space near the Ponte Vecchio.

Via Pietrapiana 82r.; +39-0-5523-45696.

Lifestyle Concierge

Made up of a group of concierges from the city's most prestigious hotels, Lifestyle Concierge showcases Florence with an elite twist. Among the tailor-made services it can finagle are special opening hours in museums; transfers in luxury cars, helicopters or jets; private rooms in exclusive restaurants, and test laps in Formula One cars.

Via de' Bandi 36.; +39-0-5523-47663.

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