Florence Wine Tour with Grape Escapes: in Pictures

I was in Florence on a press trip a couple of weeks ago, organised by the wine-tour operators Grape Escapes. Not only is it a beautiful and historic city, the Tuscan capital also has more wine shops than I’ve ever seen in one place. Here’s a selection of my snaps…

How cute are these two? The owners of a café near the Ponte Vecchio, they served me a beer and a pastry and allowed me to shoot their portrait.

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Even the cops look kinda cool in the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio (museum of the old palace).

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My fish grill… not my fingernails: I got one of my glamorous fellow journos to hand-model for me.

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At the Palazzo Vecchio with our lovely, rapid-fingered tour guide from the Tuscan Tourist Board.

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The iconic, medieval Ponte Vecchio (old bridge).

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Wine shop ahoy! Antiche Dogane was right opposite our hotel, in Piazza Santa Elisabetta. Track them down – they’re very friendly.

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Street scene in the main square: I call this one Il Sacchetto Rosso (Con Bicicletta).

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Yes, I did give this lady some money. Well, ok, the PR did. Thanks Katie.

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Wine tasting at La Divina Enoteca. Divina indeed.

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An overabundance of meat at the gorgeous Enoteca Alessi. I tried to persuade them to give the leftovers to the homeless, but was defeated by bureaucracy.

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Mozzarella Mountain at Enoteca Alessi.

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Photos can’t do justice to the wine cellar at Enoteca Alessi.

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A damp morning at Palazzo Pitti/Boboli Gardens.

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I see you, lady, watching telly on that medieval bridge…

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