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Key to the City

How to Do Florence Like You've Lived There for Years

Key to the City BY aleksa brown 07/13/2017

Miki Nora Christopherson first came to Florence—the city where she now lives and creates her liquid-looking metal jewelry—by chance. Looking for a place to study art history abroad without speaking the language, Miki discovered a program in Tuscany’s capital and promptly signed up. After meeting her husband there years later while visiting friends from that very same study abroad program and feeling “as though I was living in a novel,” she figured it was about time to put down roots. And while we can’t promise you an Italian romance, we can count on Miki to deliver a bang-up tour of her town.

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“The Sant'Ambrogio Market is technically a food market, but they also have stands of vintage clothing, fabric, military surplus, and all kinds of other things. On the fourth Sunday of every month, they also have an antiques market where you can find unique furniture and housewares.”


“With all the tourist groups, narrow streets, and traffic, it’s not always easy to bike around in Florence—but I could not live here without a bicycle. It’s the best way to get around, and I go anywhere and everywhere on mine (thank god it’s a flat city!). One of my favorite ways to see the major sites is by biking around between midnight and five in the morning. The city is quiet, everything is lit up, and you feel like you are walking through a museum after-hours. I also highly suggest simply getting lost. There are so many quiet, tiny streets that you can wind through and explore. Even after living here for five years, I can still find amazing little shops and bars tucked away like secrets.”



“Bjork was one of the first stores to sell my jewelry, and it’s also one of my favorite shops in Florence. They carry independent designers as well as high-end, well-crafted Italian labels. If you need to find your Kinfolk and your Base Range, this is the place.”


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“My favorite place to have a bottle of wine with good company is Le Volpi e l'Uva, a wonderful enoteca with nice wines and decadent meat and cheese plates. When I want to indulge, I treat myself to a solo lunch here and take in the sights.”


“My go-to gelato place is Gelateria Della Passera—a tiny spot in Piazza Passera. You can really taste the ingredients in their gelatos, and they have the best zabaione in town!”



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