Girls Day Out in Florence

Florence is one of my favorite Italian cities, albeit it's overgrown with tourists these days. (My advice is to go in the off, off season.) While my bff and I were staying in Bologna, we knew we needed to revisit this enchanting city for a day, so we jumped on the train and headed south...

Firenze e' una delle mie citta' italiane preferite, nonostante sia invasa dai turisti. (il mio suggerimento e' di andarci fuori stagione). Anche se io e la mia migliore amica stavama a Bologna, sapevamo di dover tornare in questa citta' incantata per un giorno, cosi' abbiamo preso il treno dirette a sud. 

Florence is a great city to buy leather goods so our first stop was the no-nonsense shoe shop, Rive Gauche. Stefano Chiari designs all the shoes offered here and has run this tiny but well packed shop for 30 years.  

Firenze e' un ottimo posto per comprare articoli in pelle cosi' la nostra prima fermata e' stata al negozio di scarpe Rive Gauche. Stefano Chiari disegna tutte le scarpe ad ha mandato avanti questo negozio, piccolino ma molto ben fornito per 30 anni. 

All the shoes are made with the highest quality leather in neutral tones of browns and blacks. I happily bought these cute brown laced flats. 

Tutte le scarpe sono fatte con pelle di altissima qualita' in toni neutri del marrone e in nero. Mi sono presa un paio di scarpe pari con i lacci. 

If you visit Florence, be sure to walk across the Arno River to the San Spirito section. There are tons of great shops and restaurants and depending how far you walk, can be less touristy.

Se andate a Firenze, assicuratevi di attraversare l'Arno e andare nella zona dello Spirito Santo. Ci sono tantissimi bei negozi e ristoranti e, a seconda di quanto camminate, dovrebbe essere meno turistica. 

Needing a break from pasta, Vanessa and I followed a suggestion by the NY Times and headed for Lungarno 23 for a Tuscan hamburger. 

Siccome avevamo bisogno di una tregua dalla pasta, io e Vanessa abbiamo seguito i suggerimenti del NY Times e ci siamo dirette a Lungarno 23 per un hamburger toscano. 

The high quality beef comes from Chianina cattle, an Italian breed that has been raised in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio for at least 2200 years. They are the tallest and heaviest of all cattle and may I say, this may be the best burger I ever had. 

La carne bovina di altissima qualita' viene da allevamenti di Chianina, una razza allevata in Toscana, Umbria e Lazio da almeno 2200 anni. Tra tutti i tipi di bestiame, questi sono i piu' alti ed i piu' forti e, lasciatemelo dire, questo e' forse il piu' buon burger che ho mai mangiato. 

After our lunch, we strolled the streets for a few hours and found SOqquadro, a vintage home decor shop that was beautifully curated.  

Dopo pranzo, abbiamo camminato per qualche ora ed abbiamo trovato SOqquandro, un magnifico negozio di modernariato, oggetti d'arte e accessori. 

I love how they have a little bit of everything here, including handbags, tables, toys, trinkets... even a rack of vintage clothing.

Mi piace il fatto che abbiamo un po' di tutto, comprese borse, giochi, gingili...e perfino vestiti vintage. 

We finished our girls day out in the city with pasta, veggies and delicious Tuscan wine at Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni. Perfect! 

Abbiamo concluso la nostra giornata in citta' con pasta, verdure ed ottimo vino toscano alla Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni. Perfetto! 

  

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach.  Pic # 9 Lungarno 23

 

Alabama Chanin

I've been wanting to blog about the shop Alabama Chanin for quite some time. I keep thinking I'll make my way to Florence, Alabama to meet its founder, Natalie Chanin in person... but time keeps slipping away. So I wanted to at least show off my favorite item of hers before it's too late- the tea towel. 

You can tell just by the pictues how soft and perfect these are. Made from 100% organic cotton jersey, these limited edition tea towels come in soothing colors and simply pleasing designs. And since the company began in 2000, all the products are handcrafted by local artisans. As written by Jamie Stoll of W Magazine, "Hiring local quilters and sewers from her hometown of Florence, Alabama, Chanin was preaching the importance of slow, local design way before sustainability came into fashion." 

These are Southern products through and through. The cotton is grown in Texas, spun into thread in North Carolina, then knitted into fabric in South Carolina. When in the hands of the Alabama artisans, each piece is then hand cut, painted, embellished and constructed." It's all a labor of love to be sure...

If you get a moment, peruse the Alabama Chanin site and you'll see why I love it so... Chanin designs women's clothes as well as a variety of gorgeous products for your home...plus the site has an incredible DIY section any crafter would love. 

 

Photos: Alabama Chanin   Content: Sweet Peach