City guide: Florence
Giacomo Sebregondi is a marketing and communications manager who grew up in Florence but found himself studying, working and living in Barcelona, London, Milan and a few other Italian cities before he and his wife, Livia, both Florentines, decided to move back to the city they grew up in.
You lived in, grew up and now just moved back to Florence - what do you love and hate about it?
I was a bit worried about coming back, because Florence is famous for being a living museum, and my perception was even worse; I mean, the museum that I had in my mind, wasn't even alive! Fortunately I couldn't be more wrong: Florence is fun - a bit too small - but really enjoyable and easy.
My favourite things in Florence are: the hills and the countryside nearby, the beauty which you'll find at every corner, and the amazing food.
What I hate most are the touristic sites and restaurants and, quite often, the Florentines.
What would you recommend to eat, drink, hang out and see in Florence?
You can't miss out the meat: livers (ask for trippa and lampredotto) and the t-bone "Fiorentina" are absolutely unforgettable. Also, do try out all the ancient recipes like the pappa al pomodoro and the ribollita.
If you want something just as amazing, try the crostini con fegatini, ham, salami and all the typical types of cheese you can find.
Chianti, Chianti, Chianti. First, Have a glass of Chianti... then you'll want to have another. Finally, have even more Chianti! Please make sure not to waste any!
In Florence, you should hang out at Blume, a club which is popular amongst the locals.
Pictured above: Palazzo Strozzi (credit: James Wiener)
What are your favourite bars in Florence for an aperitivo?
Have a beer at Noir, Lungarno Corsini or a glass of wine at Amblè.
Pictured above: Amblè (credit: Maria Rogersdotter)
Beautiful vacation rentals in Florence
This beautiful apartment is in the middle of the Santa Croce area. The apartment is within an elegant historic building that has a beautiful garden.
The bright and modern apartment is located in a historical building, Palazzo Gaddi, located in the bright square of Madonna degli Aldobrandini where you can find the famous Cappelle medicee.
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