Our production and design teams arrived in Italy excited and ready to get to work. Nicole, our Senior Vice President of Product, landed in Milan and then took a train to central station and then another train to Florence where she met Junko, our Director of Design, and Mae, one of our designers, who had just landed from Istanbul. From there, they walked around Florence to fight off jet lag. See below for their shopping and restaurant picks!
A few Florence musts:
Luisa Via Roma, located in the heart of Florence, has been a benchmark and international institution in the luxury goods market since 1930. The store and website luisaviaroma.com, offer a world preview of the best designers and up-and-coming fashion names.
Santa Maria Novella. The oldest apothecary in the world was founded by monks using rose water for treatments in 1212.
Gucci Garden. The House debuts the Gucci Garden inside the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, which housed the Gucci Museo.
La Giostra. Delicious Tuscan dishes under 16th-century brick vaults.
Caffè Gilli. The oldest café in Florence. Once a pastry shop and has since become one of the city’s most popular spots. The perfect place for a drink and to take in the scene.
*Travel Tip: there aren't direct flights to Florence from NYC so rather than connect, fly into Milan and take the train. It's an easy train ride!