I am so fortunate that each summer I get to work with students studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Having spent so many summers living in Florence, I have really come to love the history, art, food, and people of this beautiful city. When Sloane Ranger asked my to blog about my perfect day in Florence and how to dress for it, I struggled to narrow it down!
What I would wear for my perfect day in Florence, however, was much easier to decide. I pretty much have my “summer in Europe” uniform–short-sleeved, light cotton dresses (with a hint of stretch), paired with chic (and protective) accessories and comfortable yet stylish sandals.
This outfit will never fail you. Comfortable and versatile cotton dresses can be dressed up or down and, if you select something with a sleeve and that falls to the knee, you are assured you are dressed appropriately for any gorgeous church you decide to pop into. Also, I never leave home without my hat and sunnies, you’ve got to protect yourself from that Tuscan sun! And finally, shoes are so important. You want to select something supportive and comfortable enough for lots of walking and standing in museums.
I would begin my perfect day in Florence (as I do most days) with the best cappuccino in the city. Caffe Giacosa makes the creamiest, frothiest cappuccinos (ever!). I will travel 15 minutes out of my way just to have one. The caffe itself is very chic and fashionable, as well as historic. Founded in 1815, it was a popular salon for intellectuals, and fun fact, the famous negroni was invented there!
After downing a cappuccino, or two, my next stop would be the Palazzo Pitti. The Palazzo Pitt was once the home of the Grand Dukes and Duchesses of Tuscany. The palace and adjoining Boboli gardens are gorgeous (they even inspired Versailles), but they are often overlook by tourists. I like to arrive early so I can gaze at the Raphael portraits sans-crowds and wonder through the gardens in peace.
After a long morning at the Palazzo Pitti, I would head to the Mercato Centrale for one of my favorite Tuscan treats, a boiled beef panino from Nerbone. To walk off my lunch, I would then head to my favorite (and most fashionable) street in Florence–Via Tornabuoni–for some serious window shopping. Not to be missed on this street is the historic Ferragamo palazzo, complete with a shoe museum.
Finally, no perfect day in Florence is complete without a stroll up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can watch the sun set over the city while you sip prosecco!
This post was written by guest contributor Ashley Buchanan, the blogger behind History in High Heels. You can keep up with her travels via her blog and instagram. Warning – serious Italian wanderlust may ensue.
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