Before my first trip to Italy, nine years ago, I had to cut my vacation short. The production company I worked for decided to shut down, permanently, two weeks before Christmas. Happy Holidays everyone!
I was going to scrap the entire trip but my family was very worried about my mental state and insisted I go.
I decided to travel to only one city for just one week. I narrowed down my choices to Rome or Florence. One of my good friends in L.A. is a hardcore Italophile. She proclaimed that I was a Rome person and should save Florence for another trip.
I’ve been to Florence twice. The art is stupendous and the city is beautiful. Yet each time I felt anxious and couldn’t wait to return to Rome. It’s not as if Rome is a laid back place. However, Florence is a much smaller city and cannot handle the hordes of tourists and study aboard students.
Well, I need to get over it because I must see the new Portrait Firenze. The architect/interior designer is Michele Bonan. I’ve written about how much I LOVE his work, especially, the newish J.K. Place in Rome.
The hotel is owned by the Ferragamo family (the Lungarno Collection) and is located in the heart of the Historic Center. It has only thirty-six rooms and killer views of the Ponte Vecchio. It’s scheduled to open this spring.
I could think of worse places to have an aperitivo.
This bathroom! The double shower heads, the warm marble, the tub, everything.
Sigh. No words.
Photos: Lungarno Collection