First Night in Florence

Ciao from Italy!

As you may have gathered (from Instagram), I am in Florence.

I’m here for a whole weekend of events thrown by the masters of Italian high fashion, and the first ever concept store, Luisaviaroma.

I’ll be getting up to all sorts of shenanigans while I’m here… and to be brutally honest, this post may be the least exciting of the lot, but I can’t bare not to write it down while I can remember it all!

My man and I flew in from London but landed later than most. By the time we’d gotten to the hotel we had missed our meet’n’greet with the mayor and were only just on track to make dinner. We raced to our hotel, zipped open suitcases, flung clothes around in a blizzard of cotton, hopped into shoes, spritzed a cloud of cologne and somehow emerged dressed and ready to roll.

We waited impatiently for our car before racing off into the cool evening air.

Hurtling through winding cobbled streets, between tightly packed, towering buildings linked with washing lines and balconies that almost touch, we headed to Piazza della Signoria.

Deep inside the Palazzo Vecchio, dinner had started. I missed my chance to snap the scene, so here’s Sophie’s shot instead…

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We took our seats, surrounded by politicians, fashionistas, bloggers, artists and journalists.

All in town to experience Luisaviaroma‘s infamous hospitality.

Having missed the first course, we hungrily tucked into the second pasta course.

After another of fish and one of veal, my chap and I snuck off to see if we could get away with a little snoop through our surroundings.

We weren’t disappointed…

And couldn’t resist a few snaps against the timeless and awe inspiring backdrops.

The Palazzo Vecchio is Florence’s town hall, and I can safely say it is the most beautiful town hall I have ever set foot inside!

Just look at the ceilings…

Construction of the Palazzo began in 1299.

The courtyard we stumbled upon was designed in 1453 by Michelozzo. The frescos were painted in 1565 by Giorgio Vasari for the wedding celebration of Francesco I de’ Medici.

It’s a pretty romantic spot to find yourselves all alone in, on your first night in Florence!

Bardot silk dress // Polkadot shoes (Splurge/Steal)

Perspex clutch // White coat

We tried to delve a little deeper into the palace but ran into resistance (in the form of uniformed guards!) who politely guided us back to our seats.

Thankfully pudding more than made up for the disappointment!

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After supper we headed back to the hotel for a drink overlooking the rooftops of Florence.

I am already so, so in love with this place!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the trip brings.

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  • That place looks unbelievable! such an amazing backdrop for an outfit post!

  • Sonia

    I used to get emails about your new posts, but don’t seem to anymore! Just wanted to see if there were any others with the same subscription issues because I hate missing new posts 🙂 Florence looks lovely!

    • G.C

      Come to think of it, I used to too but I haven’t had one in a while…

      • Sonia

        I know, right?? I’m sure there must be some issue with the email listserv

  • The Palazzo is incredibly stunning!! I want to go to Florence so badly. You two enjoy yourselves. 🙂

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • TheGivingBride

    What a wonderful start to your trip-and I love your shoes in this post. Looking forward to hearing more about Florence!

    • vanessay

      I am not a shoe person (I know, incredible) but those polka dot heels made me swoon!

  • Oh, gosh… You look absolutely stunning! And those polka dot heels look awesome!

    Ann |

  • Rebecca

    The frescos and ceilings are amazing! As is your dress! Thanks for sharing them both……one of day I shall get over there.

  • Amazing night + you look stunning!!


  • My mom and I went to Florence on Sept 11th, its beautiful! I cant wait to read your forthcoming posts!

  • Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see more!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I so miss the food in Italy! Looks like you had an amazing night.

  • You look stunning and the backdrops are to die for! Florence definitely knows how to do art. xo

  • I love Florence! It’s such a beautiful city with wonderful art and food. I hope you’re having a great time! x Kate

  • Wow!

  • Amazing, I hope you have a wonderful time, Florence is one of my favourite places in the world!

    Hannah bee | travel + lifestyle blog

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    ooh this looks gorgeous! love the place settings

  • That place looks amazing, I love your dress


  • Adaleta Avdic

    Always in the most romantic of places! xx, Ada

  • Madison Frank

    How amazing! That sounds like such a fun trip and you look absolutely stunning!


  • Palazzo Vecchio is indeed the most beautiful town hall! I spent quite a long time inside, simply in awe of its beauty and grandeur.

    You look simply fabulous in that dress 😉 and I want that veal pasta!


    Ps Here are some snaps I took in Florence…

  • Perfect early morning wanderlust. Gorgeous as always, that dress was made for you!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • I love your description of going through the streets by car and am looking forward to reading your future posts. Florence seems like such a romantic city.

    What was the pudding?


  • Sounds incredible! I’ve always wanted to to go to Florence (lucky you being able to go with your man!)

    Lauren X

  • Italy has been my number one destination on my wish list! I can’t wait until we eventually make our way there! This town hall is just stunning, and makes for some amazing photos! You look amazing and that dress is dynamite!

    xoxo Alice Rose

  • SO gorgeous Rosie – you look so effortless and classy!!! I love Florence – make sure you pop over to quattro leoni for the pear and asparagus pasta – seriously so divine (and one of the best pasta’s I’ve eaten!) – a teenager with a passion for healthy cooking!

  • Stunning, can’t wait to see more. Those shoes… <3 <3 <3

  • Really pretty photos, especially love your heels!
    Claire x

  • Sophia W.

    Looks like the start to an amazing trip. Beautiful post Rosie, the dinner location is simply amazing. I’v been a silent follower of yours for a while but decided it was high time to say hello (and what better post than this).

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of your trip! xx from Dubai.

  • Florence is amazing for all the art work! If you have any chance at all you must check out the two David’s, the marble one in the museum and copper David on top of the hill, the chapel near it is just devine! 🙂 Ah I miss Italy 🙂

  • Анна Золотова

    That is truly amazing, Rosie! Florence is breathtaking! Wishing you a very nice stay, full of fun and beauty.

  • The slow pace

    I’m really glad that you were invited to Firenze4ever because I know you are not going to stick to fashion… you will tell us more about that big event! Love your shoes!
    Have a great time in Firenze!

  • That is a fabulous dress you’re wearing Rose! I’ve always wanted to visit Florence, I’ve only ever heard good things about it and it’s my mum’s favourite place in the world! Looking forward to reading more about your time there, excellent snaps as always x

  • Oh gosh, that place looks so dreamy! If there’s anyway to fall in love with a city on the very first night, that must be it. Florence has been on my travel bucket list for a long time now, can’t wait to read the rest of your posts.
    Oh, and that pudding….. wow!


  • Love love love your dress & heels Rosie! The frescoes in this building remind me of parts of the Vatican City.

    Can’t wait to see what else you get up to!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • What gorgeous surroundings! And the black dress you’re wearing is beautiful – so classy and timeless, definitely a wardrobe staple! X

  • Such a beautiful venue, but I can’t stop staring at those shoes! A gorgeous outfit once again x

  • I love Florence, what beautiful photos. Have an amazing time.
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  • Florence looks beautiful! You’ve made me want to go now!


  • Beautiful! One of my best friends was studying art in Florence for a year and sadly I never quite made it over to see her so didn’t get to experience all the stunning architecture.

    What a gorgeous places. I love murals. They tell such a story about somewhere.

    Have a fabulous time!

    Katie <3

    P.S. My partner and I have just set up a Men's fashion and Lifestyle blog for him, would love to have any feedback you could offer, if you have two mins to take a peek!!

  • And you got to wear the polka dot shoes!! I’m sure I remember you didn’t get to wear these NY? 🙂

  • A friend of mine lived in Florence last year and her photos made me desperately want to visit! Such a beautiful city…looking forward to the following posts!

  • Frankie Lee

    The food looks stunning..!

  • Oh I love Florence! I can’t say I ever looked as glamorous as this while exploring but what a magical place! Have a lovely time, Jade x

  • AnnaInternational

    I lived in Florence for three years, and I absolutely loved it! If you have a free moment to get the best steak of your life (everyone who has had it agrees!) go to Perseus on Viale Don Minzoni. Get your hotel to book you a table as they are always busy. The Bistecca Fiorentina here is the best in Florence, order with just some roast potatoes and a bottle of Montepulciano and I promise you will be in heaven. And take your camera, it is as visually impressive as it is delicious!
    And check out the Art Bar on Via dei Moro for the most fabulous cocktails made by two octagenarian brothers – honestly the best garnishes you will ever see! 🙂 Enjoy!
    Some more tips on the top foodie places and things to eat in Florence here:

  • Camilla Boglione

    It seems you liked the first approach with my beautiful adoptive city!!

    I really hope to meet you this evening at closing party!




  • You looked beautiful and the food looked delicious!!

  • I love your dress! Florence looks like a fairytale! x

  • Georgina HattonWoods

    Florence is absolutely gorgeous, love it there! Bet its gorgeous crisp winter weather there at the moment!

    in Louboutins

  • Wow stunningly gorgeous. Florence has always been on my list but now I’m thinking of bumping it up.

    Rosie your shopping links don’t work for me… I tried messing with the browser settings but no dice. Any tips?


  • This places look amazing!!

    xx Cheyenne

  • Daniela

    Oh my gosh! I want the pasta and the shoes so badly (for different purposes though).
    Hope you’re having a great time!

  • So excited to read more! I went to Florence in college and it was magical, truly! You look gorgeous, love the shoes and the setting is incredible!

  • Your first night in Florence looks so far ten times more glamorous than the day I spent there in October, but that’s not difficult for you anyway! If you have time to, pop up to Bologna – it’s my favourite Italian city (totes not biased because I’m studying here as part of my year abroad :D). And love those shoes!!


  • Aurè

    Wow…stunning polka dot Shoes !

  • Lucy Birchall

    Oh my, that chocolate pudding looks like it’d be worth taking a trip to Florence alone! Beautiful pictures.

    She’s So Lucy

  • With the ice storm we have going on over here I’m dreaming of the gorgeous skies right now. And tha pudding looks amazing!

  • I adore Italy and the culture (not to mention the food) – what a beautiful setting and you’ve certainly got my attention for the next few posts! P.s. You look gorgeous in that Bardot dress

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  • Peppermint Dolly
  • Wow, what a gorgeous place! I’m suddenly craving pasta…


  • Those ceilings are beyond gorgeous and the food looks delicious – certainly beats the veg pot i’m munching on right now haha

  • Maija

    You look lovely and I adore those shoes!

    I have just started a blog and would love if you would have time to take a look!

    Have an amazing time in Italy!

  • Nothing wrong with being fashionably late! Also, you should do a recipe for that chocolate bomb + hazelnut gelato – looks like a showstopper.

    I’m so excited to read your next few posts! My kettle is full of water and on standby and my teabag is already in the cup waiting…

  • GMsquared

    Great posts Rose.
    If you get an evening off, try to find Vagalume off the beaten tourist track to the east of Duomo. The restaurant is fantastic and their tiramisu is the best I’ve ever had.



  • Wow, this is amazing! I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us! 🙂

  • Alice Kerley

    Such a beautiful setting for a dinner! And you look gorgeous, as always! Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos from your trip!

    Xo, Alice at The Lone Star Looking Glass

  • Alecia Mariana

    What stunning pictures!!! Looks like an absolutely amazing event!


    La Joie de Vivre

  • Beautiful… Love the photos!!

  • My family are planning on visiting Pisa and Florence in July! I’m so excited to see your posts the next couple of days! 🙂

  • PeonyandPeach

    Such a beautiful place! Love your shoes!!

  • How exciting to be invited to this event in Florence of all places! Soooooo majestic and old school. Can’t wait to see what shenanigans you get into while there!

  • That;s so lovely you get to take your chap with you to these places ; ) Enjoy. Wish I could be there enjoying all the pasta (and fashion of course ! )

  • Liking the new layout but this is not a very good post.

  • Chelsea McPartlon

    Love to see that you are finally in Florence, just wish it was back when I was there! I’m a huge fan and although I have never commented, I’ve never missed reading a post. I have always been inspired by your blog which lead me to decide to begin my own, so thank you! But more importantly, food, I spent a semester studying there and know where you can find the absolute best/ biggest Burrata of your life! I mean just look at it…

    Go to il Pizzaiuolo
    Website here:
    They are also known for outstanding pizza. Check it out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!


  • What an elegant affair! Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  • Absolutely gorgeous shots! I love your dress and heels. They go so well with the background.

    Savvy City Chic

  • Suzanne Leong-Scott

    Stunning architecture and decor! Would love to see Florence one day.

  • wow that place looks like something from a movie set. So beautiful!

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

  • lovely post! I once had dinner in the palazzo vecchio and it’s a night I’ll never forget x

  • This is what I want to do with my blog – travel the world and meet people, and see new places. That’s what I love about your blog. You are incredibly lucky to get to see so much!

    Valentina Duracinsky Blog

  • Queenie Lee

    Gorgeous outfit and surroundings! xx

  • I’ve been loving all the instagram snaps!
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  • That place is spectacular! What an amazing night.

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    The dress is amazing! Rose, none of your posts come up on my blogger feed anymore, i have no clue why as i’m still subbed!

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  • Jestikian Ethiks

    but please, what does the fortune cookie say?

  • Oh your Florence shots are amazing. I ready to lack and revisit that city, today, if possible!

  • Queenie Lee

    Perfect outfit and backdrop 🙂

  • Looks like a magical place!

  • Emma and Emily

    That chocolate pudding tho…

  • Your dress looks lovely and that place is stunning! Having dinner in there must have been really something special! xx

  • Ekeisha

    Looks absolutely amazing! The dessert looks like a piece of art, delicious!

  • Great shooting! Love the ambience!
    Definitely need to visit this place <3