The Escape | 24 Hours In Florence, Italy

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Sep 14 2019 / 16:31 PM

Discover the hidden side to one of Italy's most historic and beautiful cities

The Escape | 24 Hours In Florence, Italy
Touring Piazza del Duomo in Florence

Where to stay and what to do. Scroll on to see the BAZAAR-approved way to spend 24 hours in Florence. 

Where to stay: Hotel Savoy

9am: Time to seize the day and start your whistle-stop tour of this bustling city with an authentic Italian breakfast outside on the terrace at Hotel Savoy’s Irene Bistro.

10.30am: After a cappuccino and a pastry, head to Santa Maria Novella, where you can experience a guided private tour of the oldest operating pharmacy in the world, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica.

11.30am: Stray from the typical tourist hotspots and visit a town located by the sea, Santa Croce; a spot famed for its leather making. The School of Leather, or Scuola del Cuoio, is a gem tucked within the church grounds of Santa Croce and can be accessed via a secret passage located inside the school itself.

12.30pm: It’s time to start thinking about lunch. Just a short drive away is the traditional Tuscan trattoria, Cantinetta Antinori. Located on the ground floor of the stunning Palazzo Antinori, the space represents one of the most well-known examples of Florentine Renaissance architecture.

2pm: Milan may be known globally as Italy’s fashion capital, but did you know Florence is in fact the birthplace of the haute couture industry? It should come as no surprise, then, that the city boasts a dazzling array of luxury stores. Looking for the perfect Insta-worthy shot? Head to the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, a shoe collector’s haven with more than 10,000 pairs in its archives.

4pm: After exploring, make your way up to the enchanting Bardini Garden (all four hectares) and discover the most beautiful view of Florence.

6pm: On your way back to Hotel Savoy, enjoy a stroll – gelato in hand, obviously – passing by iconic Florentine highlights such as Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.

8pm: After sundown, relax and unwind with an aperitivo and an authentic Italian supper outside at Hotel Savoy’s Irene Bistro. Recently, the 125-year-old building has had its timeless design enhanced with a little help from Florentine fashion house Emilio Pucci. Bellissimo!