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.
Even the cops look kinda cool in the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio (museum of the old palace).
My fish grill… not my fingernails: I got one of my glamorous fellow journos to hand-model for me.
At the Palazzo Vecchio with our lovely, rapid-fingered tour guide from the Tuscan Tourist Board.
The iconic, medieval Ponte Vecchio (old bridge).
Wine shop ahoy! Antiche Dogane was right opposite our hotel, in Piazza Santa Elisabetta. Track them down – they’re very friendly.
Street scene in the main square: I call this one Il Sacchetto Rosso (Con Bicicletta).
Yes, I did give this lady some money. Well, ok, the PR did. Thanks Katie.
Wine tasting at La Divina Enoteca. Divina indeed.
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.
Mozzarella Mountain at Enoteca Alessi.
Photos can’t do justice to the wine cellar at Enoteca Alessi.
A damp morning at Palazzo Pitti/Boboli Gardens.
I see you, lady, watching telly on that medieval bridge…