Florence

Tips and Articles in Florence

I felt a little sheepish going to Tuscany...again. But it's where I wanted to be. Anyway, no one, no matter how well traveled, admonishes, "Oh, forget Tuscany, it's so over." This time, I was in search of rural retreats I could pretend to call hom...
One of the most famous photographs in 20th-century fashion depicts Salvatore Ferragamo surrounded by a sea of shoe lasts in a workroom of his Florentine palazzo, the 13th-century Spini Feroni. Written in heavy black ink on the wooden forms are the...
Near Florence PRADA For the past few years, having the address of the Prada outlet, like knowing the unlisted number of the hottest restaurant in town, has been a source of keen satisfaction (and great clothes) among the fashion cognoscenti. But ...
The churches! The museums! The boredom! What do you do when what most attracts you to a city are the very things that scare off the kids?Here, a family of three shares their strategy for keeping everyone happy. The dad—New York Times Magazine writ...
Beijing The sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38-yard lap pool, two indoor tennis courts, a 256-yard jogging and rollerblading track, and mor...
Walk into an apothecary on the Faubourg-St.-Honoré or Via della Scala or Grosvenor Square and you enter a field study in cultural anthropology. As you look at the shelves—even if you don't speak the lingua franca—you can immediately establish the ...
The Anglo-Florentines, like the great white hunters and the burra sahibs and the tea planters of Ceylon, have vanished into the mists that swallowed Britain's imperial civilization. The English and American grandees—and the not-so-very-grand—began...
Looking to maximize shopping time on your next European trip?These new personal concierge services will escort you to all the hippest stores and fit in the odd museum, restaurant, or theater visit, too. In Paris, So French! (8 Rue de la Baume; 33-...
"Riding a GPS-equipped bus in Barcelona," says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, "I got a hilarious glimpse of the future. If a bus driver needs a satellite to tell him where he is, there really are no lim...
If Continentale, a cocoon-like urban dwelling overlooking Florence's Ponte Vecchio, suits your style like a pair of kitten heels, there's a reason. The 43-room hotel was recently opened by Lungarno, the hospitality division of the Salvatore Ferra...
Florence is such an engaging and romantic city, it hardly matters where you lay your head, right?Anyone who thinks that has obviously never spent the night in one of these long-lived, long-loved hotels. Their styles, from reassuringly traditional ...
In Los Angeles, where I live, you can't drive down Sunset Boulevard without seeing signs for star maps—guides to the putative residences of, to name a few, Jennifer and Brad, Madonna, and Arnold—but this fascination with fame didn't start in Holly...
Once, the only thing a restaurant needed to be memorable was good food. Times, it seems, have changed. The latest addition to Fabio Picchi's mini-food empire (Cibrèo and Caffè Cibrèo) in Florence is Teatro del Sale (111R Via dei Macci; 39-055/200-...
VIENNA AUSTRIA $236 At the 16th-century Hotel König von Ungarn (10 Schulerstrasse; 43-1/515-840; www.kvu.at; breakfast included), just a short walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, gilded mirrors, boldly graphic wallpaper, and ch...
On the afternoon of July 30, 1944, Major Eric Linklater, the Scottish novelist, was wandering around the shuttered rooms of the Tuscan castle of Montegufoni, 20 miles southwest of Florence. He was chronicling the advance of the British Arm...