Word of Mouth Florence: Food + Drink

A quick guide to some of the time-honored specialists making the Tuscan capital a must-visit culinary destination

There’s no shortage of tips for Italy’s wildly popular Tuscan capital, but with so many tourist offerings pumping through the historic town of Florence, it’s easy to end up eating a subpar pizza near the steps of the illustrious Duomo. Venturing into any trattoria in the Santo Spirito neighborhood on the Oltrarno side of the river will likely deliver an authentic Italian dining experience—particularly with …

The Bulgari Octo: Il Duomo, Florence

A design inspiration for the watch, this Florentine basilica's engineer was also a clockmaker

The next stop in our ongoing series with Bulgari is in celebration of the designs that inspired their Octo watch line, which happens to be one of the most globally recognizable basilicas: Florence, Italy’s The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore—more commonly known as Il Duomo. With towering, architectural magnificence, exceptional detail work and octagonal composition, the cathedral is truly inspiring. While the Octo prominently …

SuperDuper Handmade Hats

The brand embarks on the time-honored Italian trade with totally new approach

When we think of Made in Italy, we usually assume that family traditions, ancient techniques and heritage are naturally involved. SuperDuper Handmade Hats are the exception. The Florence-based company produces entirely handmade hats using unique wooden shapes. The three designers have interesting, diversified backgrounds: Ilaria Cornacchini is an architect with a post-graduate fashion education, Veronica Cornacchini is an industrial designer and dancer and Matteo Gioli …