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Thom Browne's Florentine Favorites

Here's where you can find Thom Browne in Florence.

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WWD Pitti Preview issue 01/08/2009

The opportunity to present his collection at Pitti Uomo afforded Thom Browne an excuse to get better acquainted with Florence. Here’s where you can find him. — J.S.


EATING:
Cibreo “They prepare things in a way you’ve never had Italian food. It’s a very foodie restaurant, which in other places can be so pretentious, but the food is so amazing, and the owners are so easy about it, that it’s really comfortable to be in. I love bacala with polenta when I’m in Italy. Sometimes I can get it at home, but it’s amazing at Cibreo.” 8/r Via A. del Verrocchio, Tel: 39-055-234-1100

La Giostra “It’s kind of like the Waverly Inn of Florence. They have really good, basic Italian comfort food, and it’s a really cool scene. A lot of younger people go, and everybody seems to know each other.” 12/r Borgo Pinti, Tel: 39-055-241-341


PERKING UP
: Caffe Gilli “I go here for coffee and gelato. It’s right on the Piazza della Repubblica. In the morning I take my espresso with milk and in the afternoon I take it without. And I order the chocolate or vanilla gelato. Good vanilla is so good.” Via Roma 1/r, Tel: 39-055-213-896


DRINKING:
Harry’s Bar “It’s a classic. I get the Bellini, their specialty, although I find it a bit sweet for me. And when I’m in Italy is one of the few times I’ll drink red wine. There’s something different about it there." Lungarno A. Vespucci 22/r, Tel: 39-055-239-6700


SLEEPING:
“We usually stay at the Hotel Savoy, but this time we might try the new Four Seasons because it’s in a beautiful old palazzo. It looks amazing.” Four Seasons, Borgo Pinti 99, Tel: 39-055-2626-1


WORKING OUT:
“I would run along the Arno, but I’m not supposed to run on pavement right now. I’m waiting for my sciatica to go away.”


LOOKING:
“I’ve been to Florence with one of those exhausting tourists who want to see everything and take all the tours. I’m the opposite; I like to just walk around. But of course I go to the Accademia and the Uffizi. Michelangelo’s David is one of those things you can stare at for hours.”


SHOPPING:
“I hate to shop, but the one thing I collect is vintage Champagne coupes. So I do look for those and buy those.”


DAY TRIPPING:
“My friend [interior designer] Paul Fortune did a villa for someone in San Donato in Poggio, near Siena. It has that classic Tuscan landscape.”


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