Camille Omerin, the young designer and founder of Maison Père, is taking us on a voyage of discovery through Florence, her beloved city.
8am- Breakfast at the Villa San Michele after a good night’s sleep, with panoramic views of the city of Florence from the famous hill of Fiesole.
9am- Head out to Strozzina, the cultural center of the Palazzo Strozzi to see the current exhibitions, each of which showcases the work of contemporary artists – filmmakers, photographers, sculptors, etc.
10am- Shopping break: I go to Street Doing, which boasts an impressive number of vintage luxury items.
11 am- I head to Fashion Room, a bookstore specializing in the fashion industry, I can browse through the books there for hours; this place is a source of intensive inspiration.
12pm- Time to visit the Gucci Museo to retrace the history of this formidable fashion house, and to admire their older pieces. I also recommend the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum.
1pm- Lunch at La Grotta Guelfa, my canteen! An Italian cuisine to die for and at bargain prices.
2pm- Time sit on the terrace of the Gallery Hotel Art and enjoy a coffee just a few meters away from Arno.
3pm- We cross over the river to check out the workshop/gallery of LUCA, an artist who does everything, out of which I particularly like the paintings of the red umbrellas.
4pm- We pass by the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella before arriving at the famous pharmacy – we go there for their products but mainly to visit the magnificent space.
5pm- Next up is a trip to the Novecento Museum on the Santa Maria Novella square, which traces the success of Italian artists from the 20th century. Then I go by Tassotti to replenish my stock of notebooks with decorative covers, I must have a dozen and these are my workbooks for Maison Père.
6pm- Stop by Kiko to buy nail polish. I discovered the brand in Florence a few years ago, and have become addicted to their nail polishes!
7pm- Time to rest at the Boboli Gardens, lie down in the grass and enjoy the view of the Palace.
8pm- Dinner at La Posta, an exquisite restaurant in the historic center of the city.
9pm- One can’t visit Florence and not taste the famous Italian ice cream – gelato. There are so many Gelateria options to choose from, and I recommend the one at La Carraia by the river.
10pm- Time to admire the sunset from the River Arno, overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, the beauty of this place is awe-inspiring. I tell myself that tomorrow I might go bargain hunting in Arrezo or to the Prada Outlet in Montevarchi.
Piazza degli Strozzi
STREET DOING VINTAGE
Via dei servi, 88/r
Via Il Prato, 7R
Piazza della Signora,10
RISTORANTE LA GROTTA GUELFA
Via Pellicceria, 5R
GALLERY HOTEL ART
Via de Serragli, 16 rosso
OFFICINA SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
Via della Scala, 16
Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 10
Via dei Servi, 9
Via dei calzaiuoli, 84
RISTORANTE LA POSTA
Via De’ Lamberti, 20/r
GELATERIA LA CARRAIA
Piazza Nazario Sauro, 25r