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“Cold-proof” tips to discover Florence and its most hidden, unusual corners

As you walk with your head held high in the intersection of streets with the highest concentration of art anywhere in the world, be sure not to miss Palazzo Strozzi’s latest show: Picasso and Spanish Modernity and then keep on going to take a gander at the center’s luxurious shops, the lace of Loretta Caponi and the perfumes of Officina Santa Maria Novella, the hard-to-find vinyl records at Marquee Moon, or the fascinating vintage books at the historic Libreria del Porcellino bookstore.

Take a breather at Le Vespe Cafè for a berry mojito or at Procacci for a truffle sandwich. When it’s time for lunch, head to the brand-new upper floor of the Mercato Centrale, where you’ll find all the best of Tuscany in one place and can sample its finest flavors, while doing some shopping or taking a cooking class.

Right across the river, in the vibrant Oltrarno neighborhood, the city’s heartbeat can be felt. Find antiques and high design on Via Maggio, organic and flea markets on Sundays in Piazza Santo Spirito, the irreverent art studio of Clet, and countless little restaurants and nightspots.

But what to wear to make the most of Florence’s magic? By day, go for comfortable, oh-so-swag, sporty chic, the likes seen in the latest catwalks ofFendi, Stella McCartney, Moschino and Cavalli. By night, your outfit to dream by should be Lanvin‘s all-black look. And to keep warm? Some comforting capes from Burberry, Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci — as warm as they are stylish!