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The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Local knowledge: Florence

I grew up in Florence and still live here, though I spent years at school in England and university in New York. I commute almost every day between the city and Il Borro, the beautiful Tuscan estate where we've restored the village, make wine and run a guest retreat, about 50 kilometres south-west of Florence.

My favourite work of art at the moment is the 16th-century Fountain of Neptune by Bartolomeo Ammannati, called Biancone by Florentines for the incredible whiteness of the marble. [The Ferragamo family recently announced a donation of $2.24 million to restore the fountain.]

One of the most amazing spots in the city is the Corridoio Vasariano, or Vasari Corridor, which connects the Uffizi Gallery to Palazzo Pitti, crossing the Arno River. You need special authorisation to visit - it's amazing by night. And I also love the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, in particular his enormous mechanical wings.

My favourite wine bar is Cantinetta Antinori, a beautiful example of Florentine architecture of the mid-15th century. I feel at home here - the Antinori family has been close to mine for generations.

For business lunches, and with friends, I love our Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, on the Arno. I'm a fan of the beef tartare and broad-bean risotto.

For shoes, my grandfather's creations were so prolific and amazing, it's impossible to remember all the pieces in the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. Don't miss the "invisible sandals", made with fishing wire.

On weekends I love taking my wife Tini and our three children to Il Borro, where we see my father, Ferruccio, my twin brother, James, my sisters and their families. This is where we play soccer and polo, and celebrate special occasions. James and I have a themed birthday party here every year with friends from all over the world.

My favourite experience at Il Borro is making wine. We're really excited about our "classic method" rosé, Bolle di Borro, released a few months ago and something completely new for Tuscany.

Named after his grandfather, shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo, Ferragamo is a member of the family-owned Ferragamo luxury group, and CEO of Il Borro. ilborro.com

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