Claudio Meli loves Florence. Born and raised in the city’s San Frediano neighborhood, Claudio has always found reasons to celebrate his hometown. And it helps that centuries of artists and artisans are right at his proverbial fingertips. Of all Italian cities, Florence is the center of Italy’s cultural heritage, a convergence of art, science, gastronomy, and philosophy which pervades Claudio’s daily life. After years studying and working in Florence’s hotel industry, Claudio joined The Place Firenze for its 2003 opening and knew that he had found not just a new home, but another reason to share his beloved Florence.