This summer is just packed with activities and events! July must be the busiest month in Florence, with tons of opportunities to get out and enjoy the city’s best, even if the weather this year has been a bit uncertain.
Last night I was invited to the launch of a new aperitivo formula at Grand Hotel Minerva in Piazza Santa Maria Novella. I’d seen their rooftop swimming pool on facebook before and always been jealous of the lucky guests who get to swim with a view over the whole city. Unfortunately, though rightly so given its size, the pool is reserved to hotel guests. Plus drinking and swimming don’t mix, kids!
A few colleagues and friends, including the lovely blogger Elena Farinelli, met up in a reserved section of the terrace to do the hard work of testing cocktails at random. The barman has just released a list of 27 cocktails – some new inventions, some classics – and we were his test-lab. Although some of the drinks had lurid colours, for the most part people liked what they got. The barman almost fainted when he heard that I don’t drink alcohol, but when he got over himself he made me a wonderful drink with fresh strawberries and god knows what else. Here we are happily showing off our drinks – please note the similarity in colour of Georgette‘s drink – bottom left – to the swimming pool above, thus the drink’s name!
The drinks are – thankfully – correlated by a starchy buffet that is perfect for soaking up alcohol: various cold salads (pasta, couscous) as well as an excellent panzanella were available, as well as fresh fruit skewers, all beautifully presented.
There is enough of an aperitivo here to make it a meal, although one negative point is that we were provided with very tiny spoons and forks – so better to not eat too much, I suppose, but it made it very difficult to not spill food down my nice pink dress, which coincidentally matches my drink.
What you really come here for, though, is the view. Well, that and to feel super chic, like you live the high life even if you don’t (like me, most of the time). With cocktails priced at a max of 12 euros, including full access to the buffet, this is a small price to pay for a wonderful atmosphere.
The Minerva is just one of 19 hotels participating in a city initiative called Terrazza con Vista (Roof with a View), where you can go up for a drink and take some photos. See here for a list of terraces and further information, including how to participate in the photo contest to win a weekend at one of these hotels!
Grand Hotel Minerva
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 16, 50123 Firenze (Italia)
Tel: +39 055 27230
Aperitivo available nightly 7-9pm, reservations recommended.