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Beautiful Florence,

October 24, 2016

I don’t want to put a full stop to the title of my blog post today “Beautiful Florence,” because I don’t want to have any sort of closure with Florence. I’ve fallen truly deeply in love with that city and I hope to return again sometime soon. I have a lot to share regarding my Italy trip but I’ll separate it into a few posts and of course, I’ll start with my favourite part…FIRENZE!

First and foremost, my 4 days in Florence wouldn’t have been made so perfect without Riva Lofts Florence. Florence has many beautiful accommodations and Riva Lofts is one that stood out for me. It’s so stylish yet unpretentious, luxurious yet homely. Located next to Arno river and 10 mins cycle away from the city, it’s set in a convenient and serene location. What really drew me to Riva is the balance of feeling at home and away. My entire stay felt like an ideal home in a picturesque city and I love this feeling, don’t you?

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This is how a firenze morning is like in Riva ;

7am wake up, lounge around with a book and a pot of tea, feel the morning breeze in a throwover in my patio
8am communal breakfast (croissant with nutella and honey, cheese and coffee and conversations with strangers from other lofts)
9am morning dip in the pool after breakfast or soak in the vitamin D at the hammock just beside the pool
10am grab a bicycle from Riva and cycle along the river to the city for a good cone of pistachio gelato (yeah, they provide complimentary bikes for you to explore Florence the way locals do it)

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If I’m heading back to Florence, I’d definitely consider staying in Riva again for their other insta-worthy rooms like these…

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Definitely recommend you guys to stay at Riva if you’re heading to Florence!
http://www.rivalofts.com

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We decided to take a day trip out to visit Chianti and Siena since we’re already in Tuscany. Chianti boasts of stunning landscape, vast vineyards and never-ending greenery. It was a good choice to break away from the hustle and bustle of the city and bask into the serenity of Chianti where we had tons of wine and cheese. If we had more time, I would love to spend a night in Chianti sipping on wine and cheese in the backyard, go harvest my own grapes and maybe even attend a cooking class!

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Siena
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Dusk in Siena, so beautiful.
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We also spent half a day shopping at one of Florence’s most popular outlet malls, The Mall. I haven’t been to many outlets my life but I thought this was not too bad, although it pales in comparison to the one I went in London 2 years ago. They have brands like YSL, Prada, Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega etc and even a Gucci cafe so if you’re a shopaholic, you probably won’t wanna miss this place. However, I feel like the city square itself is pretty nice to shop too! There are many good and romantic restaurants along the river in Florence, so I really enjoyed eating there. Not to mention, they have the widest selection of Asian food among all the cities I went to in Italy!

My love for Florence goes above and beyond. It’s a charming, beautiful, romantic and self-sufficient city and I’d LOVE to go back there asap hehe. Hopefully the next time would be my special other half since it’s such a romantic place!

XX
Sophia Chong

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