Fabulous Florence in 2 Days!
It had been years since I have visited the stunning city of Florence, Italy and my wife, Anne, had never been. Anne was booked to sing on a cruise through the Italian Riviera and lucky me, she invited me to go along as her guest. Its was a pretty good gig for me!
The itinerary included an overnight in Florence. What a perfect way for me to rediscover this city and for Anne to experience it for the first time. So we planned a mini vacation while on the cruise and decided to do two days and one night in Florence. We were docked in Livorno which was just a short train ride to Florence. And our hotel was a short walk from the train station. One of the many beautiful things about Florence is that it is very much a walking city.
The hotel we chose to stay in was dreamy on every level. From the boutique elegance that you feel once you enter the property to the kind and warm smiles that greet you as you check in, J.K. Place Firenze is an absolutely special hotel experience. It is an intimate home and a true hidden gem located right in the beautiful Santa Maria Novella Square. An elegant habitat that joins atmosphere with scents from the past while at the same time offering precise and decidedly contemporary comfort, J.K. Place follows a philosophy of hospitality that is truly different and far from overused. A real house with fireplaces aglow, meaningful contemporary flavors and objects deposited over time with its overlay of happy memories and a soft approach with refined and attentive but never invasive service.
Upon check in, we were offered a beautifully written guide to Florence along with a wifi hotspot to utilize during our stay so we did not need to use our data when we left the hotel. We were brought to our room which was breathtaking. From the linen sheets to the cashmere blankets to the fireplace and tub and the gorgeous windows that open out to the piazza, we were in heaven. As we sat outside at their restaurant on the piazza, Claudio, the hotel’s general manager was kind enough to join us for a drink. Within five minutes, I understood that the warmth of the hotel originates with him. He was charismatic, warm, kind and so incredibly passionate about Florence. He offered us suggestions on where to go and what to do along with amazing stories of why they are important. What a gem JK Place Florence has in Claudio!
Later that afternoon, we decided to hit the famous leather market for some light shopping. Happy to say we walked out with new purses, belts and some gifts. We had a lovely dinner that evening at Buca Mario recommended by our concierge and then we set out to wander the city. We loved strolling the streets by night and found a lovely square with live music! We closed the night with martinis at Caffe Concerto Paszkowski in Piazza della Repubblica listening to live music under the stars. Perfection!
The next morning, we set off on our next adventure, Eating Europe! We signed up for a food adventure tour of Florence and had no idea what to expect. We had taken this kind of tour before in other cities so we were incredibly excited. We knew we were in for a treat when we met our tour guide LIsa, who is a native Australian and now lives in Florence with her family. Her love of Florence felt authentic as did her love for each family owned business that we had the good fortune of visiting and tasting their delights. From delicious coffees and pastries to sandwiches and cheeses, meats, gnocchi and gelato. We had 4 hours of lively conversation, a history lesson, delicious foods and made a few friends along the way. I believe so many of these tours are about the guide and the amazing people you meet along the way. Eating Europe really did a fantastic job on this one and as a travel agent, I look forward to booking many of these tours for my clients.
Till next time Florence! Arrivederci!
If you book JK Place Firenze through me, you receive the following perks:
100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit
Complimentary Full breakfast for two daily
Property will offer early check-in upon availability, Property will offer late check-out upon availability
Property will offer upgrade upon availability at time of check-in
Dinner at Buco Mario
If you book through me, you will receive a discounted rate.