The site of the old Roman Forum, where Florence began--a great central meeting point and fab for people watching. If I'm in the mood for fancy, I'll have my caffe at the Belle Epoque Gilli, or if I want to go more artsy, there's the Giubbe Rosse. The Merry Go Round there adds just the...more
This simply luxurious spot, perfectly located on Piazza Repubblica, is a chic Florence oasis. Guest rooms are designed in a sleek, contemporary style--airy and light-filled--wonderful to relax in after taking in Renaissance masterpieces. The L'Incontro restaurant, with tables that...more
Fabulous find in Florence! The rooms are large and beautifully decorated, location primo, owners extraordinary. I hesitated because of the shared bathroom situation, but with 4 rooms and 2 bathrooms, there was never a problem--felt like I was living in this gracious apartment with polished wood...more
The outdoor antique market, that is held every first Sunday of the month in Arezzo, is absolutely marvelous. 500 Vendors set up stalls that wind through the historic center of town. It's a great place to pick up suitcase-friendly souvenirs--linens, jewelry, or knick-knacks....more
When I'm overwhelmed by paintings and sculpture, I head to the Costume Gallery here, which displays 300 years of marvelous Italian creations--from 18th century principessa gowns to outrageously chic 1950s dresses.