Today marks the start of this year's January Pitti Filati yarn show in Florence, Italy - the main international event for the knitting yarn industry. Our luxury yarn supplier Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia are there with the Todds Hand Knits colourful yarn collection proudly on display. We're excited to share some photos with you so keep a look out on our Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Whilst we wait here however, coffee in hand, preparing to board our flight we thought we'd share with you some of our favourite things to do, see and eat in our favourite European city.
1. Pitti Filati of course! - We do love yarn, it's a great place to go if you're in search of creative inspiration. You can see first hand what all the number one spinners and suppliers are up to and the trend area is sure to send you into idea mode!
2. Climb the 463 stone steps of the Duomo - okay this is perhaps the most touristy of all our suggestions but you can't really argue with the view of Florence from above so just trust us on this one.
3. Eat at Convivium - our favourite place to eat. This place puts all other restaurants to shame, beautiful food with even better service. Waiters who know the menu off by heart and can suggest the most perfect wine to accompany any dish. You can even see the chef through the glass doors, lovingly preparing your meal. This is how it's done.
4. Visit Chiesa San Miniato al Monte - whether you are religiously inclined or not this is an absolute must see. You may have already spotted this beautiful white church from afar whilst atop the Duomo but it's even better up close. It lacks the oppressive grandeur of the churches that can be seen elsewhere in Italy and exudes a marbled coolness that's really rather impressive (plus the view from the front door isn't that bad either, see picture!).
5. See the city by bike - you can rent bicycles from various places around the city and we recommend you do just that. There's nothing quite like taking in the city by bike, cycling along the Arno and across the Ponte Vecchio is quite the enchanting experience.
(top tips for the frugal traveller: if you're strapped for cash or perhaps are doing things hostel style then definitely pop by the Plus Florence hostel, situated not too far from the train station. This place is not only cheap but it also has a nice mixture of both hotel and hostel. Clean and big enough to feel like a hotel but with a great pool and bar that'll supply you with that typical hostel vibe. Also pop by one of the many food markets for an espresso, bread and a perch to spend the day people watching)
So enjoy and watch out for updates on our yarn trip! THK x