By  on January 10, 2018

Even if Pitti Uomo's packed schedule leaves little downtime, Florence offers plenty of unmissable opportunities to enjoy the Tuscan lifestyle. From an aperitivo with local wine to some vintage shopping, editors and buyers in town can't help but try and squeeze in some well-deserved fun. Here, a few locals share their favorite spots to experience the city at its best.[caption id="attachment_11084795" align="aligncenter" width="775"]Elena Ghisellini Elena Ghisellini[/caption]ELENA GHISELLINIFounder and creative director, Elena GhiselliniLorenzo Villoresi: For the real perfume lovers. Create your own fragrance with Lorenzo.Via de' Bardi, 12. 39-055-234-1187www.lorenzovilloresi.itFarmacia SS. Annunziata: In keeping with the Florentine antique apothecary tradition, this store carries a body wash that restores the skin.Via dei Servi, 80/R. 39-055-210-738www.farmaciassannunziata1561.itDivina Essentia: Focused on aromatherapy and natural dermocosmesis, this laboratory creates biologic skin products.Via Antonio Pacinotti, 30. 39-055-011-9846www.divinaessentia.comJackie’O: For a quick blow-dry. Antonio is not only extremely professional, but also kind and fun.Via della Vigna Nuova, 16. 39-055-215-338Madova: Here you can find the perfect pair of suede gloves, available in a wide range of colors.Via de' Guicciardini, 1/R. 39-055-239-6526www.madova.comSuperduperhat: Impeccable and elegant handmade hats for both men and women.Via Volterrana, 13. 39-055-538-6205www.superduperhats.comCibrèo: A triumph of Italian and Florentine flavors. Mr. Picchi and his children also opened Ciblèo, which serves incredible dim sum.Cibrèo: Via del Verrocchio, 8/R. 39-055-2341100Ciblèo: Via Andrea del Verrocchio, 2/R. 39-055-247-7881www.cibreo.comEnoteca Bellini: Come here for the iconic Florentine aperitivo. Camilla will serve you amazing “crostini” and a glass of unforgettable chianti wine.Via della Spada, 52/R. 39-055-238-1257www.enotecabellini.itEnoteca Falorni: Take a quick trip to Greve in Chianti to taste the most genuine and yummy cold cuts and wines. Look for Chiara — she will bring you the most beautiful tagliere ever.Piazza delle Cantine, 6 — Greve FI. 39-055-854-6404www.enotecafalorni.itElio Ferraro Gallery Store: Special vintage pieces, including incredible Emilio Pucci and Gucci styles.Via del Parione, 59. 39-055-290-425www.elioferraro.com[caption id="attachment_11084794" align="aligncenter" width="743"]Edgardo Osorio Edgardo Osorio[/caption]EDGARDO OSORIOFounder and creative director, AquazzuraJ.K. Place: I love the J.K. Place, a boutique hotel which is very chic, has impeccable service and is very central.Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7. 39-055-264-5181www.jkplace.comVasari Corridor: For sightseeing, one of my favorite places is the Vasari Corridor, a hidden treasure used by the Medici family to get between the Pitti Palace and the Palazzo Vecchio. It’s been closed to the public for many years, but you can now book a private tour.Via della Ninna, 5. 39-055-23885www.uffizi.comBuca Mario: Offering a very traditional Florentine setting, the food is simple yet delicious.Piazza degli Ottaviani, 16/R. 39-055-214-179www.bucamario.comProcacci: For the perfect aperitivo, I go to Procacci, a wine bar with the most delectable truffles.Via Tornabuoni, 64/R. 39-055-211-656www.procacci1885.itGelateria La Carraia: The best gelato in town.Piazza Nazario Sauro, 25/R. 39-055-280-695www.lacarraiagroup.euFlair: I love doing antique shopping here.Lungarno Corsini, 24/R. 39-055-267-0154www.flair.it[caption id="attachment_11084796" align="aligncenter" width="683"]Francesca Pazzagli Francesca Pazzagli[/caption]FRANCESCA PAZZAGLISet designer and cofounder, Archivio PersonaleSantarosa Bistrot: A cozy venue under the walls of the antique San Frediano door. To warm up in this cold season, I highly recommend the “Santa Punch,” a warm cocktail made with punch, citrus fruits, spirits and tea.Lungarno di Santa Rosa. 39-055-230-9057Numeroventi: Located inside Palazzo Galli Tassi, Numeroventi is a cozy coworking space furnished with design pieces that also hosts music and art performances.Via de Pandolfini 20. 39-338-245-0055www.numeroventi.itBoutique Nadine: Established by Matteo and Irene, this concept store carries a great selection of votive jewelry pieces, spanning from ex-voto and hands of Fatima to lucky charms, all reworked through a contemporary filter.Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 22/R. 39-055-287-851www.boutiquenadine.comSociété Anonyme: An independent multibrands shop that also carries the namesake brand founded by the store’s founder, Massimiliano Giannelli.Via Giovan Battista Niccolini, 3/F. 39-055-386-0084www.societeanonyme.itTodo Modo: An independent bookstore where the owners, Pietro and Maddalena, can always suggest the perfect title. The store also hosts a bar and a theater.Via dei Fossi, 15/R. 39-055-239-9110www.todomodo.orgBUH! Circolo Culturale Urbano: Located in the former Dogana venue in the Rifredi suburban area, this is an urban cultural club offering a rich music schedule.Via Panciatichi, 16. 39-055-417-666https://florence.impacthub.net/buh[caption id="attachment_11084797" align="aligncenter" width="779"]Tommaso Bencistà Falorni Tommaso Bencistà Falorni[/caption]TOMMASO BENCISTÀ FALORNIDesigner and public relations executiveDitta Artigianale:
 The house of coffee, where you can also sit down and work. I recommend the “El Diamante,” a Costa Rican coffee made in the pour over-infusion method. It’s a ritual!Via dello Sprone, 5/R. 39-055-045-7163www.dittaartigianale.itKoto Ramen:
 A no-sushi Japanese restaurant. Of course, ramen is the key dish but also try the Kakuni, slow-cooked tiny cubes of Cinta Senese meat served with Japanese mustard, and the Namban, butternut squash marinated in rice vinegar and sake.Via Giuseppe Verdi, 42/R. 39-055-247-9477www.kotoramen.itBlues Barber: 
A retro Fifties-inspired barber shop created in collaboration with Proraso. Don’t miss the Whiskey Experience, a post-shaving treatment made with whiskey.Via Cimabue, 36. 39-055-933-7616Gerard:
 A unique store carrying its namesake line, it sells charming men’s and women’s pants cut in comfortable silhouettes, including the 229 style, which is crafted from Japanese denim washed with enzymes.Via Sassetti, 16/R. 39-055-217-448www.gerardfirenze.comGalleria Von Hessenbeck:
 A new gallery carrying a tiny, edited selection of interior design pieces and artworks reflecting the dandy attitude of the owner. You will be attracted by Nicola Falcone’s velvet Deco seats and by Untitled’s glass cubes with 3-D butterflies.Via San Niccolò 101/R. 39-324-047-5947www.vonhessenbeckgallery.comArgenteria Pampaloni:
 A top-notch selection of tableware. The 17th-century silverware is incredible, as well as the Baroque-inspired pottery. Super chic yet never banal!Via Porta Rossa, 99/R. 39-055-289-094www.pampaloni.comJardin Divers: The place to be if you are looking for unusual flowers and unconventional bouquets sold with simple packaging exalting the natural beauty of each flower.Via Giovanni Cimabue, 57/R. 39-055-246-6604www.jardindivers.it[caption id="attachment_11090771" align="aligncenter" width="649"]Federica Cirri Federica Cirri[/caption]FEDERICA CIRRIArt curator, DJ and event organizerCeri Vintage: A secondhand shop for those looking for something unique.Via dei Serragli, 26. 39-055-217-978Luisa Via Roma: The Florentine luxury shopping mecca filled with couture-like and sophisticated pieces.Via Roma, 19-21/R. 39-055-906-4116www.luisaviaroma.comGucci Garden Concept Store: The temporary restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura and exhibition space opening this January.Piazza della Signoria.www.gucci.comAldo Coppola: Definitely the best place in town for a blow dry.Via Del Parione, 62. 39-055-239-9402www.aldocoppola.comTrattoria Cammillo: The most authentic Florentine cuisine…chic and unmissable.Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/R. 39-055-212-427Tabarin: French atmosphere in the heart of Florence.Via de' Vecchietti, 6. 39-055-239-9943www.tabarinrestaurant.comRistorante Frescobaldi: A brand-new restaurant serving yummy home-made pasta.Piazza della Signoria, 31. 39-055-284-724www.deifrescobaldi.it[caption id="attachment_11085131" align="aligncenter" width="686"]Carlo Sestini Carlo Sestini[/caption]CARLO SESTINISocial media influencer and modelCampanile di Giotto: The most beautiful bell tower in Italy. Even if you need to walk 414 steps to get to the top, I think the view is worth the climb.Piazza del Duomo. 055-230-2885www.ilgrandemuseodelduomo.itCaffè Paszkowski: I love it for breakfast… I think there is something poetic about this place.Piazza della Repubblica, 35/R. 055-210-236www.paszkowski.itColle Bereto: When I want to catch up with my friends, I come here for drinks. It’s always packed and the music is great. On the second floor, there is also a club for night owls.Piazza degli Strozzi, 5. 055-283-156www.cafecollebereto.comI Visionari: Here, I can always find the perfect pair of eyeglasses.Piazza Sauro Nazario, 14/R. 055-282-714https://ivisionari.com

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