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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

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Cavalli Café

Is there anything more synonymous with Florence than Roberto Cavalli? The wild Cavalli Café next door to the flagship store is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding brand. When you tire of shopping, put your sunglasses back on and pop next door for some mouth-watering cakes and pastries. This is a small café version of a catwalk as the glammed-up crowd perch on leopard-skin ottomans and sip cocktails at any time of the day.

 View Map ... 83/r Via Tornabouni, Florence, Italy
Dolce Vita

It’s understandable to feel like you are truly experiencing Florence when you sit by the River Arno on the steps of the Uffizi. But do yourself a favour and head across the river for some true Firenze flair. Immerse yourself in the local scene at Dolce Vita where you may find yourself being serenaded by local musicians playing anything from contemporary music to jazz, or cultured by in-house exhibitions. The tables on the piazza are best for people watching, which is hard not to enjoy when the subjects are trendy Florentines. Designer sunglasses, short Prada skirts or groomed pretty young things on vespas … bellisimo!

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 View Map ... Piazza del Carmine 6/r, Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy
Noir

In summer everybody in Florence flocks to this hip and trendy bar that overlooks Lungarno Corsini and offers a beautiful view of the sunset on the Arno river. The outdoor decking remains the attraction especially on Sunday evenings when it gets so crowded inside that the DJ plays outside. You may need to wait for a table outside, but the people watching is so enjoyable that you’ll most likely keep your designer sunglasses on and soak up the scene.

 View Map ... Lungarno Corsini, 12, Florence, Italy
Slowly

A trendy crowd come to this bar to mix it up with the young Florentines wanting to see and be seen. Basic cocktails and tasty aperitifs are served at Slowly, and eventually, as the crowd builds, the atmosphere spills outside. This bar is intimate and cosy, yet buzzing and fun.

 View Map ... Via Porta Rossa 63, Florence, Italy

what we think

Could there be anything more indulgent than a stroll over the Ponte Vecchio, browsing some of the world’s finest jewellery? A wander down via Tornabouni overflowing with Italy’s most famous designers comes in at a close second. Perhaps you prefer sipping a glass of Chianti Classico in a Santa Croce wine cellar or savouring a mouthful of tantalising gelato gazing over the River Arno? Florence has it all and so much more. The grandeur of the Duomo is breathtaking, the galleries house some of the world’s most famous artwork and the cafés’ baristas serve only the most perfect espressos. Located near the heart of Tuscany, the options for winery tours and cooking courses are endless, and all easily discoverable as a day trip from Florence.