The Jackal’s Aleks Cvetkovic walks you through his best kept Florentine secrets and favourite post-Pitti treats.
Pitti Uomo. It continues to be one of the most bizarre, entertaining and perplexing events in the menswear calendar. A trade show filled with fascinating brands and craftspeople, perennially over-populated with show-offs, it always succeeds in uplifting and bemusing in equal measure.
Once Pitti’s wrapped up each day, I try to take some time to escape the madness of the Fortezza. That means venturing south over the Arno to the less tourist-y, residential district. It’s a lesser visited side to Florence and for my money it’s where most of the gems in the city lie. Certainly, it makes for rich pickings where food and drink is concerned.
First things first, where’s the best spot for a refreshment break after the peacocks’ neon suits have assaulted the senses? Cross over the Ponte Vecchio, continue down to the Piazza Pitti and you’ll stumble across a row of wine bars. Some are good, some are not. The one to pause at is Enoteca Pitti - it’s got a great view up to the Palazzo’s frontage and an old-world Florentine feel. It also has one of the best selections of Tuscan tipples I’ve found in the city - ask the barman’s advice on the Asti of the moment.