What’s a great way to meet people in a (new) city that you live in or are visiting? By joining an #instameet of course! Last weekend was the perfect time to join one, since it was Instagram’s 8th Worldwide InstaMeet A.K.A. #wwim8.
If you’re new to this blog then FYI I love Instagram. This inspirational app has brought so many good people into my life since I started using it with more gumption. It’s a place where I can share my passion for photography and connect.
An InstaMeet is a chance to discover, create and share with other creative minds. So far I’ve been on InstaMeets in Pisa, Florence and Rome…hopefully many more to come!
Organizing my first InstaMeet
Publish an invite
Once I saw Instagram’s post about the weekend’s global #instameet a light bulb went on. I’ve been thinking about organizing an #instameet for some time now, but got lazy, was busy, blah blah blah.
This global event kicked my butt in gear and before I knew it I set up an invite on MeetUp and posted a pic with #instameetflorence details. Thanks to @cucinadigitale for inspiring me to make it a public event and for spreading the word!
I really wanted to offer all the instagramers a nice Tuscan end to #instameetflorence… with treats like a few bottles of Chianti Classico, cheese plates with walnuts and honey, freshly sliced prosciutto and an ambiance with the perfect emu/folk mix of music among brick walls and a red meat slicer. Ya!
Meeting point, with great views!
Our group of 10 met at Hotel Crode di Malta where we took a few shots by the pool and then up on the terrace with panoramic views of the duomo and hills that surround us.
It’s where we took a group shot! This flag is 12 years old, so I’m finally putting it to good use.
We walked across Ponte alla Carraia taking shots of birds flying by Ponte Vecchio then we walked along the river to San Frediano where there’s a little path leading down to the water. Side note, would that be a levee, a river bank? We were all trying to figure it out!
It was fun to see the city from below, read random muted graffiti and find a space large enough to take liquid landscape shots. I had fun getting up-close to the cascade, something I’ve wanted to do for months.
Wine and prosciutto please
Some Italians—not naming names here—were hungry, so we stopped at L’Trippaio di San Frediano for lampredotto and panini. Those who were saving their appetite for later ate up the fun little corners filled with beat-up bicycles, hanging laundry, vespas passing by and antique shops.
We eventually hit our final destination at Il Santino. We slipped into our seats and were served by Filippo and Nina who were ready for our hungry group!
Wine was served and we cheersed to an amazing day. Then like any good little instagramer we started editing photos while sharing stories and getting to know each other better.
Cheese drizzled with honey was smacked on Tuscan bread hitting my tastebuds in one slam-dunk. The prosciutto was…well I don’t have to describe how amazing prosciutto is.
The #instameetflorence crew
Thanks again to the #instameetflorence virgins—those who said “screw shopping and watching TV today, I’m gonna meet people and Instagram Florence!”—and to Instagram for pushing us to see things in another light and to do it as a community!
Below are Instagram shots from the official crew during #instameetflorence.
Tianapix, that’s me! Here’s my shot of Niccolò catching some air with Ponte Vecchio in the background.
Niccolò is the man I married on the 4th of July in 2012 and ya he’s pretty awesome.
Costanza is one of my favorite smarty-pants women in Italy! She. Is. Florentine. and has great jackets.
Nadia’s from Connecticut and is my sister from another mister who’s been living and working and rocking in Florence for nine years.
Ivo’s a nice guy from Elba. We almost named this tour #instaIVO, maybe next time!
Krista’s from California and has been living in Florence for more than 5 years and claims that her husband makes one killer Bloody Mary!
Fiona is a new design student from South Africa, who can’t wait to spend a year soaking up Florence!
The Florentine is an English newspaper who joined us for the ride.
Lara was pleased to break her diet and go balls to the wall at Il Santino with us.
Lyneth is Fiona’s mother and is helping her settle into Florence while enjoying mother/daughter time.
Not my nonni is a photography project I started last year, so this account joined in too.
Thanks to @CletAbraham for making a late—better than never :)—appearance for some more wine and prosciutto.
Another big thank you to the gang at Il Santino for making us feel welcomed and treating us to some amazing food and wine. It was the perfect ending to a great meet-up!
I had an incredible day with everyone and look forward to discovering more of my city along with Instagram.
Have you been on an InstaMeet before? Share your Instagram stories with me!