What can I expect from a business trip to Florence?
The historic heart of Florence is small compared with other cities but nevertheless full of rich cultural experiences. If you are looking for a coffee in between meetings, want to learn about the city's heritage after work, or would like to work away from the conference room, you are sure to find something of interest nearby.
What can I do in Florence?
Short visits to places of significance include a walk along the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Its jewellery shops were once home to butchers and fishmongers, but the smell was so strong, as well as embarrassing for the increasingly popular city, that the Medicis replaced them with goldsmiths. Look up to see how the Medicis wrapped their Vasari corridor around the tower of a rival family on the Oltrarno side of the bridge.
Lunch breaks offer the chance to study Michelangelo's symbolic statue of David and to look out for white, horizontal plaques marking the water level of Florence's disastrous 1966 flood.
To end the day, head to Incredible Florence after work, making sure to check ahead for screening times. The new multimedia experience presents impressive snapshots into Florence's history from Roman times to the present day.
Where can I find wi-fi and coffee near my hotel in Florence?
For when you are away from your hotel in Florence, there is Mama's Bakery in Oltrarno. Its American coffee and cakes are popular with locals and worktables are also provided. Arnold's Cafe also offers American coffee and quick wi-fi, whereas the restaurant level in Central Market offers more food than coffee. Bring ID if you wish to work in the Oblate Library's cafe for Italian coffee and views of the Cathedral.
Where can I find interesting locations when staying in a hotel in Florence?
For interesting street art, keep an eye out for Clet's road signs and for Blub's paintings of familiar faces in goggles. You can buy some of Clet's signs in the Mio Concept Store if his studio shop in San Niccolo is closed.
If you enjoyed visiting Florence and want to come back during the holidays, visit Il Porcellino in the New Market after work. Technique varies, even amongst the locals, but for good luck rub the boar's snout, and to return to Florence let a coin fall from its mouth into the grate. Hopefully you will come back, minus the briefcase!