VISITING FLORENCE

Our recommendations on what to see and where to dine in this magnificent city. In the centre, most of these are within walking distance of each other.

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MAIN SITES

Duomo  the third largest cathedral in the world

Ponte Vecchio – the pedestrian old bridge

Palazzo Vecchio  town hall

Basilica Santa Croce  church

Uffizi  the main art gallery (book in advance in high season)

Palazzo Pitti - Renaissance palace

Vasarian Corridor  1km passage between Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti (book in advance)

Boboli Gardens  behind the Pitti Palace

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VIEW POINTS

Piazzale Michelangelo

This unmissable view of Florence is just  a couple of minutes up the hill by bus or taxi. For another amazing view, walk a few meters behind it to San Miniato church.

Fiesole

For another great view of the city Fiesole is a bit further to get to but also has an impressive amphitheatre.

Rivoire

This café  opposite Palazzo Vecchio has tables on the square. Have a coffee or beer and admire the Palazzo, imagining how it would have been in the XIV Century.

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SHOPS AND MARKETS

Mercato di Sant' Ambrogio  a fresh food indoor market

Mercato di San Lorenzo  two markets in fact, an indoor food market ('Central Market') and an outdoor section selling leather goods, clothing, souvenirs, etc

Luisa in Via Roma  an expensive boutique for designer clothes and shoes

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RESTAURANTS

Firenze is a very touristic city, so be aware that all the restaurants will have tourists. Don’t be put off by this, just bear it in mind.

 

Enoteca Pinchiorri

The most expensive restaurant in town and world renowned for its wine selection (hence the name Enoteca). I know people who've been and say its very smart, with amazing food that's designed to accompany the wine.

 

Cibreo

Booking essential. Unique dishes with a mix of Florentine/Tuscan traditions and new flavours. The décor is very smart and the chef, Fabio Picchi, appears on TV presenting recipes and cooking tips. Quite expensive but not crazy.

 

IL Latini

Historic Florentine restaurant from the old days, where (they say) you can eat the best Florentine steaks (bistecca alla fiorentina). You can’t book so you may have to queue. It is very casual and not smart. You'll be seated on a big table next to others and drink red Chianti from a fiasco (old hand-made wine bottle). It's fun and the food is good.

 

4 Leoni

A good restaurant in a very cute location (Piazza della Passera). If you go mid-week for lunch you'll see real artisans Florentine who have their lunch there for half price (as part of a deal they have with local restaurants). The lovely location is worth seeing and there are a couple of bars in the square as well.

 

Enoteca fuoriporta

A nice and casual restaurant for primi (pasta dishes) and crostini (big thick slice of bread with ham, cheese or other toppings) and lots and lots of delicious wine (it’s called enoteca for a reason). The location is fantastic  near the centre of town, just a little stroll from Ponte Vecchio and outside the old Porta San Niccolo’ (Door San Niccolo’).

 

Buca Lapi

Founded in 1880 Buca Lapi is the oldest restaurant in Florence. It's pet friendly and Fiorentina is the dish to have here.

 

Ristorante Perseus

A buzzy place known for its classic Florentine steak and wine, with an enclosed terrace and huge mural of Florence. Apparently it's quite touristy.

Osteria Cambi

I haven't been but I've heard good things about this well-located restaurant that promotes its typical Tuscan home cooking.