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Sep 25, 2015

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Italian city

By: Ciara Rickard

Author: Elle Canada

Travel
Sep 25, 2015

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Italian city

By: Ciara Rickard
 

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Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Take a walk

Edgardo Osorio is the man behind Aquazzura, the shoe brand beloved by celebs from Julianne Moore to Kendall Jenner. Although it was his métier that brought the Colombian-born designer here in 2005, Osorio knows his adopted city well. “Florence is a city where you should wake up early, go shopping, see all the museums and at night have dinner, get drunk and go home,” he says with a laugh.   “My favourite thing to do in Florence is just walk around – the entire city is kind of a museum. Start at the Ponte Vecchio and walk up the hill; within 20 minutes you’re at Piazzale Michelangelo, where you have a wonderful city view.” READ MORE: New Zealand's art deco time warp

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Getty Images Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Discover an off-the-beaten-path museum

“Stefano Bardini was an eccentric art collector, and the Bardini Museum [a medieval church he bought and restored in 1881 to be his home and studio] has a lot of sculptures from the Medici family. It’s not a very visited museum but it’s quite stunning.” READ MORE: Weekend getaway: Portland

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Bardini Museum Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Shop for stylish homewares

“Another place where I buy a lot of things for my house is called Flair. It’s probably the best decorating shop in Florence. They have vintage ’50s, ’60s and ’70s pieces and a very nice mix of things.” READ MORE: Inspiring Instagram accounts that make you want to travel

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Instagram Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Pick up some porcelain

“Richard Ginori was the most historic porcelain maker in Italy, and it went bankrupt two years ago. The Gucci group bought them and made a wonderful new store and they have a wonderful designer. The shop is absolutely stunning.” READ MORE: Weekend getaway: Miami

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Instagram Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Stop for a posh snack

“Procacci is a little wine bar in Via de’ Tornabuoni, the main shopping street, so after shopping all day, it’s nice to have a beautiful glass of wine here. They’re famous for their ‘truffled’ mini sandwiches.” READ MORE: Weekend getaway: Las Vegas

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Instagram Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Taste the best gelato

"Gelateria La Carraia is, for me, the best gelato in Florence. My favourite plan is to go before sunset, get my ice cream, sit on the bridge and watch the sunset as I eat it. Best plan ever.” READ MORE: Weekend getaway: Brooklyn

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Instagram Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Take home some linens

“Loretta Caponi handcrafts embroidered linens, baby clothes and the most beautiful pyjamas. It’s a wonderful souvenir to take home – they’re super-elegant and something you wouldn’t normally buy for yourself.” READ MORE: Weekend getaway: Long Island City

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Loretta Caponi Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Have a cuppa

“I love La Via del Tè; it has the best tea in Florence. It’s a really cute shop, and its name means ‘the road of tea.’” READ MORE: ELLE Editors' favourite Canadian brunch spots

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Instagram Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Eat with Miuccia

“Trattoria Sostanza is a hole in the wall, but it’s a charming little place. There are only a few tables, which you share with other people. You might sit next to Miuccia Prada on one side and a Japanese tourist on the other – there’s a real mix of people. The buttered chicken is to die for.” READ MORE: Take a stylish tour of Denmark's cool capital

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Instagram Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Go antiquing

“I love Maurizio Salici Antiques & Lifestyle. He buys things from Sicilian houses at auction or directly from the owner, so it’s all these incredible antiques – everything from corals to sculptures to anything you’d find in a beautiful Sicilian house.” READ MORE: ELLE Escape: Cool Copenhagen

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Maurizio Salici Antiques & Lifestyle Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Enjoy authentic local fare

“Cammillo is classic Tuscan food, mom-and-pop style. They have the most amazing fried mozzarella, fried vegetables. It’s a place where real Florentines go.” READ MORE: Somewhere in time: Stay at one of Ireland's most luxurious manor houses

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Instagram Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Visit a Tuscan village

“I love San Gimignano, a beautiful little Tuscan village. It has one of the best contemporary art galleries in Italy, called Continua. It’s a super-charming little town.” READ MORE: A perfect day at the beach: Antigua

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Getty Images Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Take a day trip

“Forte dei Marmi used to be the Hamptons of Tuscany. It’s an hour from Florence, and it’s where all the wealthy Tuscans have their summer homes. You have all the ’50s and ’60s beach clubs, pastel colours and beautiful little cabanas by the beach. It’s a place to go read a book, relax, eat pasta, drink lots of wine and then go shopping after.” READ MORE: Island hop: Cecilia Nord’s Antigua black book

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Getty Images Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Shop (or just window-shop) for shoes

“The Aquazzura store we have in Florence is unique – it’s worth paying a visit. We have 18th- and 19th-century frescoes…you’re really inside an old palace, Palazzo Corsini. It’s one of the most beautiful – if not the most beautiful – palaces in Florence.” READ MORE: Enter another era at Ballyfin

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Aquazzura Credits: ELLE Canada

Florence Black Book: An insider's guide to the Tuscan city

Aquazzura designer Edgardo Osorio: Pack (and purchase) flats

“Bring a pair of comfortable flats for walking around or a nice wedge if it’s summer. The streets are very old in Italy and there are a lot of stones, so I wouldn’t advise wearing heels if you’re running around.” (Leather “Belgravia” flats, Aquazzura, $880, at NET-A-PORTER.com) READ MORE: Verona Black Book: An insider's guide to the Italian city

By: Ciara Rickard Source: Aquazzura Credits: ELLE Canada
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