Florence for fashionistas

A quick guideto my favourite spots in and around the Tuscan capital


Fly, the retail space of the Fashion and Accessories and Technology School (FAST) showcases one-off creations by emerging designers and students studying at this lauded design academy. Students create couture clothing, accessories, and shoes, then sell their unique pieces from the boutique in the school entrance.


Perfume master Lorenzo Villoresi has been working his magic since 1990 in a secluded bottega (workshop) surrounded by exotic scents from all over the world. Famed for his one-of-a-kind bottles made to order, you can visit his perfume emporium hidden in an old palazzo in the south side district of San Niccolo.


Vegetarian fare has taken Florence by storm in a city renowned for its meaty dishes. And with the opening of L′OV, the plant-based dining options just became more exciting. With a greenhouse-style dining room, gluten-free and vegan options, and a seasonal menu, L′OV offers many reasons to return.


Boutique hotel and gallery Milu has 22 rooms all decorated in a ′50s retro, yet contemporary style. Original artwork lines the walls of the grand central staircase as well as displays neatly in every room. There′s an upstairs library plus a cosy terrace offering rooftop views over Florence′s most fashionable street.

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