For our next edition of the Elite spotlight series, we’re traveling to Florence, Italy to get to know Danella L. As one of the first Elites in Florence, she is dubbed the “Check-In Queen” and has tons to share about the Yelp community and the great local businesses Florence boasts.
“Danella is a fantastic Elite,” says Florence Community Manager Kristina G. “Her reviews and the amount of sincere details she includes makes every experience a story to tell on Yelp.” In addition to her descriptive reviews, Kristina adds that she is “always coming to Yelp events, talking with everyone and making the Florence Yelp community a brighter place to be with her warmth and style!”
Without further ado, let’s meet this stylish, passionate local...
Danella L. (Florence, IT)
Q: Yelp is more than just a restaurant review site. What else have you discovered on Yelp?
A: My boyfriend Scott W. and I entered a "check-in" war of the piazzas and historical landmarks around Florence. He would take different routes home, walking or biking from work, and I would walk around the historical center so we could each get new dukedoms and beat each other (we only check-in to places we really go to). With Yelp and my new obsession, I ended up discovering so many more historical spots than I already knew, and with the informative reviews, tips, pics, and interactive map, I was able to know my new city in a completely new and exciting way.
Q: What are the top three local spots you’re loving in your city right now?
A: 1) Ponte Santa Trinita: A beautiful bridge with so much history. I love to sit on its edge, see the Arno river below my swinging feet, and stare at the Ponte Vecchio as I eat my gelato. Sometimes the simplest activities give you the best rewards. It was my birthday last week and this bridge was on my list of things to do on my special day.
Photo of Ponte Santa Trinita via Andrea G. on Yelp
2) King Grizzly: Drinking beer is a social activity and this place provides not only a unique and tasty craft beer selection but also the kick-ass and chilled atmosphere I like. I'm so over the super-loud, super-crowded places.
3) Thursday Plant Market: I am truly dangerous in this place. Nothing makes me happier than spending g's on plants. This market has the best priced plants in the center, and it's so beautiful to see the loggia next to the old piazza full of happy little flowers. Thankfully, this market is only open on Thursdays, otherwise my house would be a live-in jungle.
Photo of Thursday Plant Market via Danella L. on Yelp
Q: What does it mean to you to be part of the Yelp Elite Squad?
A: As an Elite, I feel responsible for being a city explorer and investigator, always in search for the dopest spots and sharing them with others. Also, as an Elite I feel responsible for correcting business information if the address on the Yelp page incorrectly sent me to the other side of the city.