Over the years, we have been so inspired by la dolce vita emulated by Italian globe trotter Valentina Barabuffi. As a contributor to chic Italian lifestyle brand Italy Segreta, Valentina is the ultimate source for dreamy escapism – especially for one of our favorite destinations, Italy.
Born under the Tuscan sun, this Florence-based muse's passion for travel and photography has taken her around the world, but Italy remains closest to her heart. Her adventures and style reflect the simplicity and sophistication of Mediterranean life – from crisp white linens and flowy feminine dresses, to long lunches at rustic coastal beach bars. Her Instagram grid is the mood board of our dreams here at Golden Edit. Think cobbled Italian villas and bright blue waters of hidden Mediterranean beaches paired with luxe-casual outfit inspiration, and picture perfect tablescapes with hazy horizon backdrops. It is the ideal balance of lifestyle and destination that will inspire you to both host a fabulous backyard soiree and book your next trip to Italy.
We are thrilled to connect with her and discuss her beloved homeland – including the lovely seaside town that inspired one of the designs in our new Sol Dress capsule collection – the Polignano.
Your Instagram is a love letter to Italy and in a way the "dolce far niente" lifestyle that is so unique to Italians. How much does that shape your life?
I love Italy deeply, the country where I grew up and where I live, which is why my Instagram profile sounds like a love letter (maybe it is!). I use Instagram as my visual diary where I post what I see, love and do. "Dolce far niente" is a natural Italian lifestyle, for me it is the simple combination of good food, relaxing in a charming spot, chatting with a friend in front of the sea, or discovering beautiful nature and architecture that surrounds me. It is so very simple in Italy.
You're based in Florence. How much domestic traveling do you do? What are some of your favorite (and perhaps less discovered) places?
Traveling and discovering new places are some of my biggest passions and also help my creativity. Before Covid, I was traveling so much. I have a big love for the south of Italy, especially for the Puglia region. I go there three or four times a year. I love the blue of the sea and the white of the typical masserie and the local food is gorgeous (I love burrata, orecchiette and much more). My favorite towns are Ostuni, Lecce and Polignano a Mare.
If you had to pick one place for an ideal Summer day in Italy?
Bagno Marino Archi in Santa Cesarea Terme. A very vintage style beach located in Salento, in the south of Puglia. It is the perfect spot to relax, read a book, sunbathe and dive into crystal clear waters and at sunset make an aperitif with a sea view.
Florencia has a very personal connection to Italy, and loved her last trip to Puglia so much, that we've just launched a dress inspired by her memories in Polignano a Mare. Can you describe a perfect day in Polignano, and how would you wear The Sol Dress to explore the town?
The Sol Dress is the perfect outfit to explore the city in the summer. On a warm day, it is essential to wear a dress that is light and soft, with a straw hat and espadrilles. I would start the day with a sea view breakfast at "Caffe dei Serafini" and then a tour of the characteristic alleys of the center that open onto corners of the sea of extraordinary beauty. A nice dip from the rocks of "Lama Monachile" and for lunch, you must absolutely try the fish sandwich from "Pescaria". Wait for the sunset on the beach between diving and sunbathing.
Some tips to infuse more "Italian" in anyone's way of life?
Make and eat pasta, see all Fellini's movies and follow Italy Segreta on Instagram to discover the best places and Italy's lifestyle.
If you're not in Italy, where else can one find you in the Mediterranean?
Spain or Greece definitely! I would like to live on an island in the Balearics, Palma de Mallorca for example. I find it very interesting.
Lastly, Florencia and I have many unofficial muses for Golden Edit, and we can bashfully share you're one of them. How would you describe your personal style?
My style is minimal and effortless. I think it 100% reflects my Mediterranean lifestyle. I usually wear a long dress, or a t-shirt and jeans. I love shopping vintage as well, looking for handmade objects or discovering new artisan designers.