Finally, we landed in Florence. As art lovers, we thought it as an overdue tribute to the Renaissance treasure. While the memory for art history final cramming was still vivid, I was so thrilled to see the originals that had shown up in all my textbooks.
While there are so many sites to hit, we will leave it to the next blog post. But we can't wait to share with you our experience at the Gucci Museum. If you are keen on fashion and great food, you can easily spend a pleasant afternoon here for a break from the omnipresent 16th century masterpieces.
Located at the center of old town at Piazza della Signoria, Gucci Museum curates historical Gucci products to showcase the brand's history since 1920s in Florence where the legend started, and from time to time hosts art collections. On the ground floor, there are also a bookstore, a caffe and a small store selling its iconic pieces (usually in limited edition).
Its outdoor Caffe Dehors offers a great spot to enjoy the stunning Piazza della Signoria and Fountain of Neptune. Even if you are not into fashion, relaxing under the airy canopy while sipping Italian coffee sounds equally tempting.
We first toured the museum and the collection was really impressive. It not only exhibited the fashion part, but also the lifestyle products such as utensils, furniture, and even bike and cars.
The conjunct bookstore and gift shop was beautifully lit and displayed. There are many interesting and expensive souvenirs, such as real leather postcard. (Whoever receives that must feel so pampered.)
We had lunch at its restaurant, which was really amazing and turned out to be our best meal at Florence. (Look at the dish arrangement and you know we are not exaggerating.)
The decor and vibe are very modern, yet set under a classic dome. This fusion works out equally well for the 90-year-old Gucci and its initiatives on contemporary art projects.
The best part yet? We are dining at Gucci. Vanity satisfied.