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Here are some exhibits to check out and cool new spots to take a break from walking the men’s wear trade show this week.



Palazzo Strozzi will host a major exhibition that will bring more than 100 masterpieces of European and American art from the Twenties to the Sixties to Florence. The exhibit underscores the successful relationship between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of the two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim. On display are works from masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso, along with European masters of Unformed Art including Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet and Lucio Fontana. Artists from the American scene in the Fifties and Sixties such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly are also featured.

Palazzo Strozzi

Piazza Strozzi

Tel. 055 2469600

Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tickets: 12 euro ($15 at current exchange)



Missoni’s first boutique has opened in the center of Florence on Via della Porta Rossa 77. The store’s concept was conceived by creative director Angela Missoni and architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. The welcoming and luminous 864-square-foot space is marked by neutral hues that offset the brand’s colorful designs. Gray resin on the walls contrast with frosted pink mirrored glass. Champagne colored and perforated metal sheets divide the display areas. The boutique carries the men’s, women’s and children’s collections.

Via della Porta Rossa 77

Tel. 055 1215774



Customers are on their own at Gesto restaurant. There are no waiters, instead, guests write their orders on small blackboards. Owner, Martina Lucatelli with the help of architect Giulia Tognarelli focused on sustainability, keeping energy-saving and low environmental impact in mind when designing the space. Tognarelli also used materials recovered from other restaurants she owns outside of Florence. Sketches portraying artists such as Frida Kahlo and quotes from poetry and literature appear on the walls. Clients are invited to reduce waste — there is no tableware and Lucatelli urges customers to order small portions. “This means making a gesture [Gesto] for a better world, beginning with food,” she said.

Borgo S. Frediano, 27, 50124 Firenze

Tel. 055 241288

Open everyday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.



Luca and Marco Baldini have reopened the historical location in a rambling old building in the city’s San Lorenzo area. The concept store, which has the same feeling as an aged New York coffee shop, covers 1,6145 square feet.

Previously a household goods store set up in 1896, La Ménagère continues to sell modern table and kitchen goods, but also carries design pieces and flowers. It has evolved into a restaurant and a bar.

Via de’Ginori, 8, 50123 Firenze

Tel. 055 0750600

Open everyday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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