36, Fashion blogger & Owner of Bahama Mama Milano, Florence - Italy
One of the most beautiful cities with inspiring art and history everywhere you go. Beyond the majestic monuments and must-see museums, there is another side to Florence bursting with innovative cuisine, alternative fashion and more. Gaia Venuti, the passion and personality behind the beauty concept store Bahama Mama, is here to show it to you!
A tiny place in the very heart of Florence… I come here often for the healthy, local cuisine, all organic of course with a good number of vege, vegan and gluten-free options as well. Fabulous food served with a smile!
- Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-11.00pm
- Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm
Once upon a time just a butcher shop, now the place to be to enjoy some original street food from Chianti. You can still buy fresh meat here but you can also stop in to taste some real Florentine specialties. Delicious!
- Monday-Wednesday 12.00pm-3.30pm & 6.00pm-10.30pm
- Thurday-Friday 12.00pm-3.30pm & 6.00pm-11pm
- Saturday 12.00pm-11.00pm
- Sunday 12.00pm-10.30pm
I love to come and immerse myself in the latest trends and the latest accessories, shoes and streetwear. The store’s unique interior design makes it a totally awesome shopping experience.
- Monday-Sunday 10.30am-7.30pm
Going to Piazza del Duomo? Make sure to take a detour via this iconic casual sportswear store. They have everything for every sport imaginable along with a wide range of leisure goods.
- Monday-Saturday 10.30am-7.30pm
- Sunday 11.30am-1.30pm & 3.30pm-7.30pm
Now here’s a place where you can eat really well and drink even better. It's easy to find, just follow the aroma of authentic Tuscan specialties that lead right to the doorstep of this beautiful trattoria. The staff are really nice, too! Be sure to tell them I sent you. ;-)
- Monday 12.00pm-12.00am
- Wednesday-Saturday 12.00pm-12.00am
I love this store to bits. The interior alone is enough to take you back in time. But it’s only when you close your eyes and take in the magnificent perfumes and soaps that you really feel transported to another era. You can compose your own scents here from more than a thousand different essential oils.
- Monday-Saturday 10.00am-7.00pm
Florence is full of tucked away squares, secret alleyways and hidden gardens. When entering the library of art and design just behind Ponte Vecchio in the center of Florence, you will find one of them. There is even a cafe here that offers vegan and vegetarian fast food. One of my favorite haunts!
- Monday-Saturday 12.00pm-12.00am
- Sunday 12.00pm-8.00pm
One of the most historic delicatessens in the city, this place is still a popular meeting place for Florentines today. More importantly, it is also a magnet for people with a weakness for truffles. Like me! There are all kinds of specialties “con tartufo” for you to try, along with the classic truffle sandwich. Foodie heaven here!
- Monday-Saturday 10.00am-9.00pm
- Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm
This enormous, ancient building plays host to all kinds of exhibitions and cultural events from all over the world. Whether it be modern art or the classics, I get a lot of energy from this place.
- Monday-Sunday 10.00am-8.00pm
- Thursday 10.00am-11.00pm
Without a doubt my favorite place in the heart of the city. Every time I walk in, Barbara is there waiting with a big smile. As is her delicious range of vegan and organic sandwiches which go extremely well with her amazing cocktails. The only hard thing is knowing when to stop!
- Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am–11.00pm
- Sunday 12.00pm–11.00pm
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The restaurant looks like a typical Tuscan "taverna" with iconic red and white checked tablecloths. A great wine list is the perfect accompaniment to the good food, good decor and good cheer! Buon appetito!
- Monday-Sunday 12.00pm-5.00pm & 7.00pm-11.00pm
Grab a cocktail and sit by the Arno river, watching the old bridge with its thousands of lights. Once the music starts playing, believe me, it will be hard not to get drawn in by the evocative atmosphere of this eclectic cocktail bar. A great way to finish your first day in Florence on a high!
- Monday-Sunday 11.00am-3.00am
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Photography by Meschina