After London I flew over to Florence to continue my Fashion Week escapades. In Florence the European fashion elite gathers to attend Pitti Uomo, which basically is a huge corporate party for all brands in the business and a place for fashionistas to strut around in too warm suits trying to look cool. This was my first time attending the fair and as you’ll get all my outfits from here in a later post you’ll see that I for once I stepped out of my comfort zone and went for suits and blazers each day, although keeping my own touch to it. Just like in London, I want to start with where I stayed at and I must say I’ve never been so positively surprised as I was when I arrived to Hotel Hermitage in Florence.
Why is that? Well, it’s quite well known that a three star hotel in Italy, Spain, France or wherever in southern Europe doesn’t equal 3 stars in the Nordic countries or the States. Florence is a small town however and as Pitti Uomo was going on this was basically the only option I had left when I booked. So basically I was heading there and thinking it’ll be whatever it’ll be and I’ll have to deal with that. What I hadn’t expected was that I got a room on the top floor with an amazing terrace adjacent to it. My windows opened up to the terrace and views to both the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio were breathtaking. In fact, you cannot live closer to Ponte Vecchio than I did.
As you can see, the room itself is nothing special, but very cute. It had a cosy feeling to it and despite an incident including a cockroach on the floor one morning (which I thought was trash and picked it up, realized it was alive and panicked) I could have stayed here for a week or more, but this time four nights was all I had time for before heading off to Milan Fashion Week.
Along with other beauty products (you know by now I bring a whole bag filled with only those) I thought the appropriate thing would be to bring along some Pasta del Capitano toothpaste accompanied by products from Rituals and soap from Sephora to this trip. Pasta del Capitano is as Italian as it gets. It comes in a wonderful retro packaging as well – that went well with the decor of the room and spirit of the hotel. And yes, I always bring my own carry on icon with Jesus and our Holy Mother as well. This I do as I believe in divine protection, not just beauty care alone
I always want to make the room more homey and this time I did it by bringing this scented tazzle from Rituals which comes with a bottle that makes it not only a pretty thing to decorate with, but it spreads a wonderful scent throughout the entire room as well. You can apply as much or as little of the scent as you want to of course.
Back to the terrace and the city itself, however. I spent countless hours up here on my semi private terrace (it was open to all hotel guests, but I was almost always alone up there as there were quite a few stairs to get there) just soaking in the sun while sipping on some juice, eating fruit and admiring the beauty of the city and the sunsets of Tuscany. For once I decided I’d not only do fashion things, but actually took time off and went to see the statue of David by Michelangelo and wandered the narrow and ancient streets of Florence. This, my friends, is what life is all about. Enjoying the present. Living in the present and cherishing it. I am so happy about finding a gem like Hotel Hermitage in Florence and will definitely be back as it’s not only affordable, but has the best location you could ever think of. And for all those worried, despite the heat, the rooms are air conditioned. Another fact is that they also ironed my clothes for free. Something that 5 star hotels usually charge you at least 5 dollars for… That’s what I call service.