After the success of two series of When in Rome on TLN Canada, seasoned Italophile, cook and expat Kylie Flavell is back to share her local secrets in another of Italy’s most beloved cities: Florence. Whether you want insider tips for your next vacation or just want to fantasize about feasting and flirting in this magical city, these vignettes will show you the people and places of Florence more intimately than ever before. From the biggest secret garden in Europe where the Illuminati burned bodies in a neo-gothic tower, to a raucous trattoria where cheeky locals flirt their way into spoon-feeding Kylie torta di mele, this bite-size series is bursting with secrets.
When in Florence with Kylie Flavell airs on TLN Canada in 2014.
If you’re heading to Florence and you’re not in Canada where this series is aired, here are the episodes with what I consider the best restaurants, cafes, bars, sights, secrets and things to do in Firenze.
The Joy of Gelato
I head to my favorite gelateria in Florence, La Sorbettiera, hidden in Oltrarno. I spend the day joking, eating and gossiping with the vivacious young owner Antonio Ciabbattoni, who proves that gelato truly does make everybody happy.
Head Over Heels
I explore the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, hidden underneath the store of the world famous shoe designer, and discovers why divas like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo fell in love with these elegant shoes.
To Market To Market
Once a month in Piazza Santo Spirito is a bustling vintage market. I shop for one-of-a-kind pieces and picks up a panino with local Florentine salami finocchiona.
Home Sweet Home
Ever considered renting an apartment with a kitchen instead of staying in a hotel in Florence? In this episode I show you inside one of my favourite bed and breakfasts Riva Lofts and where to shop for fresh produce to cook with.
The Perfect Panino
The best place to get a takeaway lunch? The famous Da Nerbone in the Mercato Central food market. I get behind the counter of this historic panino bar to talk traditional meat with the masters.
The Secret Garden
Few people know about the biggest private garden in Europe that lies right in the center of Florence. I take you inside the historic Giadino Torrigiani to meet aristocrat Marquis Vanni Torrigiani Malaspina who will take you on a private tour, including the famous neogothic tower frequented by the Illuminati.
Feasting and Flirting
For a traditional trattoria packed with raucous locals, rustic dishes and the best olive oil, I squeeze into the restaurant Alla Vecchia Bettola and chat with the owner, feast on penne pasta with a local vodka sauce and have my table hijacked by two very flirtatious locals.
Wake Up and Smell the Caffe
Before heading out for a day of sightseeing, take Florence like a local and start your day with some people watching and a coffee at Caffe degli Artigiani. In this episode I talk about why this is my favorite café for a morning espresso.
Florence is famous for its craftsmen and when I meet a violin maker in a café I can’t resist his invitation to see his home and workshop. See why this is one of the last few cities where specialists have such inherent passion for their craft.
Food for La Famiglia
When seeking out honest Florentine food in a true family-run trattoria, I head to I Raddi, run by Chef Alfonso. Here I spend the day with whole family talking about ragu’ and why the Florentine bambini are the most open-minded eaters in the world.