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A guide to Florence’s newest treats for visitors, from museums to macarons.
This story first appeared in the January 2, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Ladurée has brought a French touch to the Florentine scene.
In December, the French tea salon, famous for its multicolor macarons, opened its first door in the city. In keeping with the brand’s flagships worldwide, the store is painted in Ladurée’s signature tone of celadon and displays pyramids of macarons and their colored boxes.
48r Via della Vigna Nuova
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
The Ferragamo family has put its chic touch on another hot spot in town, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro. Both wine bar and restaurant, the cozy, elegant space also features a store selling local organic products. Il Borro has been realized using only natural materials from Tuscany to guarantee a sustainable approach.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
80r Lungarno Acciaiuoli
Venice’s iconic Caffè Florian has opened an outpost in Florence. Delicious dishes cooked by Italian chef Massimo Scervino are served in an artsy ambience decorated with paintings from the Florian artistic foundation. Every Tuesday, the café offers an authentic Venetian-style aperitivo.
28r Via di Parione
Eataly, the temple of Italian food, has inaugurated its first door in Florence.
Located a few steps from the city’s Duomo cathedral, the 21,530-square-foot emporium unfolds over three levels. The first floor hosts a bookstore dedicated to food, a coffee shop-cum-gelateria and a bakery, along with a number of theme restaurants. The “DaVinci” restaurant and a store selling exclusive wines and beers occupy the second level, which also features a panoramic terrace, while the third floor features three rooms that, starting from February, will host courses on food education for both children and adults.
In addition, shoppers will be able to visit a museum dedicated to the Renaissance located inside the emporium.
22r Via de’Martelli
Yellow Halls at the Uffizi Gallery
Florence’s prestigious Uffizi Gallery has recently enriched its cultural offering, opening six new rooms. Called “Yellow Halls,” these are entirely dedicated to Florentine painters from the 17th century. In particular, the new rooms show 48 masterworks by 24 artists, including Jacopo Chimenti, Giovanni Bilivert, Filippo Napoletano and Carlo Dolci.
6 Piazzale degli Uffizi
“Hats Between Art and Extravaganza”
Celebrating the link between art and fashion, Palazzo Pitti’s Galleria del Costume hosts the first exhibition dedicated to hats. Called “Hats Between Art and Extravaganza,” the exhibit includes more than 1,000 styles by international designers and labels, including Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, John Rocha, Prada, Gianfranco Ferré, Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones, Caroline Reboux, Claude Saint-Cyr and Paulette. The exhibition will be open until May 18.
1, Piazza de’ Pitti
“Aldo Fallai: From Giorgio Armani to the Renaissance”
On Jan. 10, the closing day of Pitti Uomo, the “Aldo Fallai: From Giorgio Armani to the Renaissance. Pictures From 1978 to 2013” exhibition will open at Florence’s Villa Bardini. The retrospective will show more than 200 images shot by Italian photographer Aldo Fallai for Giorgio Armani. At the same time, the Museum Bardini will host an exhibition on the art of the Renaissance. Both of the exhibits will close March 10.
2 Costa San Giorgio