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Gaia Venuti

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!

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Apartments: Florent Apartments

16 Via dei Servi, 50121, Firenze

Buongiorno, Firenze! These beautifully appointed apartments are your home away from home. A comfy nest for the smart explorer who knows that a great day out calls for a good night’s sleep!

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8.00am

Breakfast: Le Vespe Cafe

76 Via Ghibellina, 50122, Firenze

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!

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levespecafe.com
Opening Hours
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am-11.00pm
  • Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm

Butcher: Antica Macelleria Falorni

35-37 Via Matteo Palmieri, 50122, Firenze

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!

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falorni.it
Opening Hours
  • 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
10.00am

Shopping

9/11/13 Via dei Rondinelli, 50123, Firenze

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.

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bottegaquattro.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Sunday 10.30am-7.30pm
6/7/8 Piazza del Duomo, 50122, Firenze

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.

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universosport.it
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Saturday 10.30am-7.30pm
  • Sunday 11.30am-1.30pm & 3.30pm-7.30pm
11.00am
12.00pm

Lunch: L’Antico Noè

6/8/R Volta di San Piero, 50122, Firenze

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. ;-)

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lanticonoe-restaurant.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday 12.00pm-12.00am
  • Wednesday-Saturday 12.00pm-12.00am
1.00pm

Perfume: Aquaflor

6 Via Borgo Santa Croce, 50122, Firenze

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.

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florenceparfum.com
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Saturday 10.00am-7.00pm
3.00pm
@eastpak

I just can't believe my eyes in this extraordinary laboratory of perfume & soap #perfume #aquaflor

3.00pm

Bookshop: Libreria Brac

18 Via dei Vagellai, 50122, Firenze

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!

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libreriabrac.net
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Saturday 12.00pm-12.00am
  • Sunday 12.00pm-8.00pm
4.00pm

Delicacies: Procacci 1885

64 Via de' Tornabuoni, 50123, Firenze

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!

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procacci1885.it
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Saturday 10.00am-9.00pm
  • Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm
5.00pm

Museum: Palazzo Strozzi

Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123, Firenze

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.

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palazzostrozzi.org
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Sunday 10.00am-8.00pm
  • Thursday 10.00am-11.00pm
6.00pm

Bar: Amblé

7/A Piazzetta dei Del Bene, 50123, Firenze

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!

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amble.it
Opening Hours
  • Tuesday-Saturday 10.00am–11.00pm
  • Sunday 12.00pm–11.00pm
8.00pm

Restaurant: Trattoria Marione

27 Via della Spada, 50123, Firenze

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!

More info
casatrattoria.com/trattoria-marione
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Sunday 12.00pm-5.00pm & 7.00pm-11.00pm
9.00pm

Cocktailbar: Rivalta Cafe

14R Lungarno Corsini, 50123, Firenze

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!

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rivaltacafe.it
Opening Hours
  • Monday-Sunday 11.00am-3.00am
11.00pm

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