FLORENCE: a summer weekend in the artistic capital of Italy
A couple weeks ago we headed to Florence for a nice weekend getaway, and we stayed at the beautiful Gallery Hotel Art, part of the Lungarno Collection.
The hotel is located in one of the best areas of Florence, in Vicolo dell’Oro, and it’s within walking distance from all the major touristic attractions… which means we never had to take a taxi, not even once!
We were accommodated in one of their three penthouse suites: the Penthouse San Miniato. This gorgeous suite was divided into two levels, and also had a big terrace with a unique and breathtaking view over the Florentine rooftops, as you can see from the photos below!
One thing that I truly loved about our hotel was that even though it’s rich of Italian references, and you’re located right in the center of a medieval city, you can take a breath of fresh and modern design as soon as you walk through the door, thanks to the work of the famous architect Michele Bönan.
Every year they change installations and paintings that fill up the walls and the rooms of the hotel. For the year 2017, they are housing the works of the father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, in the Cha Room & Library and the Fusion Bar & Restaurant.
Here, you can find some of his most famous works like the Marilyn Monroe pictures or the well known Campbell’s Soup cans, that it’ll almost feel like visiting a Pop Art museum.
Outside of the hotel, right in front of the Leica store, you will also find three decorated Vespa’s, part of the Freedom installations by the Italian architect and designer Simone D’Auria. So you literally find glimpses of modern art both inside and outside of Gallery Hotel Art.
The Fusion Bar & Restaurant is great both for an aperitivo and for dinner, and it’s not only populated of tourists, but also locals come here, which means it’s definitely the place to go.
We first tried a few cocktails made by the barman's Michel Granpasso Orlando and Robert Pavel, then we moved on to our table in the outside area, and we started going over the menu to decide on what to eat.
Safe to say, this was not an easy choice, so we ended up ordering a lot of food… but we didn’t regret it for a second! Thanks to the amazing work of the michelin starred chef Peter Brunel, we got to try the Nikkei cuisine for the first time, which mixes Peruvian elements into some traditional Japanese techniques.
We indulged in a lot of sushi, and rightly so, as the quality of the fish was impeccable. We tasted a lot of dishes that we had never tried before. In all honesty, I’m usually a little bit skeptical when it comes to trying new dishes, but I think it’s important to mention that we had one of the best fusion experiences of our lives.
One little tip: if you eat here, you must try the foie gras nigiri!