Far from being your average producer, Giorgia Angiuli is one of the most talented house musicians to come out of Italy. Having started playing music since the tender age of nine, Giorgia is a classically trained musician who's ventured from metal to hardcore, in her early days, to now producing some of the most soulful and musically complex tracks you could hope to hear in this bass-dominated scene.
Now based in Florence, where she originally studied Artistic Events Management, Giorgia Angiuli is now enjoying the release of her latest EP, Underskin Harmony. A typically emotive offering and a showcase of her ability to produce some of the most technical compositions, whilst still maintaining a real rhythm. So to get a better idea of where her inspiration flows from in Florence, we took a guided tour with the woman herself.
Best spot to clear your head?
Orto Botanico Via Pier Antonio Micheli, 3, 50121 Firenze.
Florence’s historic center is spectacular, but sometimes I feel the need for a nice break and to get away from the bricks and the crowds, especially on a hot day. The Botanical Garden is the third most ancient garden in the world, dating back to 1545, and it’s very close to the city’s major attractions. You won’t find geometrically shaped bushes here, as the garden is more devoted to medicinal plants, and it’s one of my favourite quiet places to spend an hour.
I love to sit and relax under the shady trees in a small area with a fountain and pools, or take a nice walk through the healthy and sumptuous plants, trees and flowers in full bloom with the most fascinating medicinal section. I’m always sure not to miss the carnivore plants section!
Where do you head to to get some inspiration?
Aquaflor Via Borgo Santa Croce, 6, 50122 Firenze
This is the place to go, when I am in search for a unique oniric experience. Aquaflor is perfume laboratory located in a Renaissance Palazzo with vaulted plaster ceilings. The owner has travelled and worked all over the world, and he finally settled in downtown Florence.
This not just any ordinary perfume shop. Once I walk in, I immediately loose perception of space and time. I feel free and inspired by getting lost in bottles, flasks, and sought-after ingredients that come from every corner of the world. I love the atmosphere of a shop of the past, and the laboratory offers the customer a unique method of customizing the perfume.
Best spot for a quiet drink?
Soul Kitchen Via de' Benci, 34R, 50122 Firenze
At least once a week I go out for an aperitivo. Very popular in the northern and central regions of the country, aperitivo time is about 7 pm: you pay for a drink and you can help yourself as much as you like from the buffet. The food here is excellent, and constant reinforcements include a wide variety of cheeses, pasta and fresh vegetables.
I enjoy everything about this place, and it is quite popular among the young crowd of foreigners and locals. The underground area is stylish but laid back and offers great funk and soul mixes later in the night. When I come here choose a good glass of wine from their list, but they also have a great variety of excellent cocktails.
Favourite spot with a livelier atmosphere?
Pizzeria Il Pazzaiuolo - 113/R, Via Dei Macci - Firenze
Florence is fraught with pizza places and a lot of them are just ok. But when I crave for an authentic wood oven pizza this is the place to go. A big mirror right above the oven allows you to see the how the chef makes the pizza. This restaurant is a food carnival, and there are so many variations it is hard to choose!
The pizza has a wonderfully crispy dough and very fresh and great variety of toppings. Even the plain Margherita is amazing, but specialities here include a creamy mozzarella known as burrata, and the antipasti – appetizers such as seafood and all sorts of bruschette.
Everyday there is a line outside and the tight tables are always packed, but that’s all part of the rowdy and casual atmosphere. The pizzeria is just steps away from Sant'Ambrogio square, Florence’s outdoor living room and I often go there after dinner for a drink.
Top spot for a bite to eat?
When I go out for dinner with friends who have different requests, the Mercato Centrale satisfies everybody’s needs, since it offers a staggering selection of all things edible. The three-story market has a ground floor packed with the best of Tuscany, and you can shop for some excellent wine or olive oil.
The upper two floors have been recently turned into food court and bar that offer a great variety of excellent food and drinks. No McDonalds or KFC here – but meat and cheese stalls with fish, pizza, sandwiches, pasta and even a vegan section with burgers and fresh smoothies.
It’s a little gem of a place!