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Hidden Gems of Florence

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The main landmarks of Florence are flooded by many tourists but what about the hidden gems of Florence. These parts are never visited by the big tour groups, you must venture off to find them. These are among the many more hidden gems of Florence that are still hiding down a small alley. read more about Hidden Gems of Florence

Mercato Sant'Ambrogio

Mercato Sant'Ambrogio

  • Piazza Ghiberti
  • Florence, 50123

Located in Piazza Ghiberti, Mercato Sant' Ambrogio is a hidden gem of Florence. The mornings bring the fresh fruit and vegetables stands surrounding the market and paired with the scent of fresh flowers that awaken the senses. Mercato Sant' Ambrogio is opened for business from 7am to 2pm every day except Sunday. Walking into the market, which was built in 1860's, you will find market explode with sounds of dishes clattering from one of the many restaurants, the chit chat of Italian banter and of course the smells. Meat, cheese, wine, fresh herbs, you name it you can smell it.  Although Mercato Sant' Ambrogio isn't as big and glorified as the Mercato Centrale, it is all about your preference. Having a small compact market like Mercato Sant' Ambrogio can bring you closer to the Italian lifestyle.
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Casa di Dante

Casa di Dante

  • via Santa Margherita 1
  • tel:+39 055 21 9416
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  • Florence, 50122
Forte Belvedere

Forte Belvedere

  • costa San Giorgio
  • tel:+39 55 234 2425
  • Florence, 50125
SS. Apostoli(Santi Apostoli)

SS. Apostoli(Santi Apostoli)

  • Piazza del Limbo
  • tel:+39 55 29 0642
  • Florence, 50123

SS. Apostoli has much history dedicated to it.  Not many people know about this exquisite church located right next the Arno river in Piazza del Limbo.  Legend has it that there is a cemetery underneath the cobblestones where babies were buried.  They died before being baptized.  Hence the name of the piazza, Limbo.  Built in the 11th century, Santissimi Apostoli is one of the oldest churches in Florence.  The facade speaks to the Romanesque period and the main doors from the 14th century.  The Latin inscription to the left of the door expresses the founder of Santissimi Apostoli as Charlemagne in the year 800.  SS. Apostoli was severely damaged in the 1966 flood when the Arno river came over it's walls and flowed into the church.  Many of the frescoes were damaged beyond repair others are still being restored to this day.  It is a peaceful place and even being in the center of Florence, SS. Apostoli blocks out all the hustle and bustle of the city within it's walls.

Located in Piazza del Limbo, Open daily 10am-noon, 4-7pm

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Volpe e l'Uva (Le)

Volpe e l'Uva (Le)

  • Piazza de Rossi, 1r
  • tel:39 55 239 8132
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  • Florence, 50123

This little enoteca off the beaten path is just the place for people looking to get away from those crowded Piazze(squares).  It is located in a tiny piazza called Piazza dei Rossi.  It has a homey feeling and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is very helpful and kind. If you don't know what you type of wine to try, they will suggest something perfect for you. And to munch on from a long morning of walking, there is an array of cheese plates, salumi, and caprese. In addition, there are typical panini and schiachiatte made with fresh ingredients with superb flavor to add to the experience.  They provide a hearty list of wines from small producers throughout Italy. You will find wines in this shop that you won't find anywhere else in Florence.
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Borgo Antico

Borgo Antico

  • Piazza Santo Spirito 6r
  • tel:+39 055 21 0437
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  • Florence, 50125

Borgo Antico is constantly packed with a relatively young crowd. Its location, opposite Santo Spirito church, makes it particularly enchanting. In summer, customers can eat in the outdoor cafe. The gigantic dishes that are offered include vegetable and fish starters and excellent meats with salad and tomatoes.  It also offers good pizza and great homemade desserts.  You can also get the pizzas to go.  Just say "porta via" and you are set to go.
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Cibrèo Trattoria (Cibrèino)

Cibrèo Trattoria (Cibrèino)

Palazzo Antinori

Palazzo Antinori

  • Piazza degli Antinori, 3
  • tel:+39 55 29 2234
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  • Florence, 50122
Giardino dell'Orticoltura

Giardino dell'Orticoltura

  • Via Bolognese, 17
  • Via Vittorio Emanuele II , 4
  • tel:+39 55 48 6743
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  • Florence, 50134

Giardino dell'Orticoltura was built by Giacomo Roster in 1879 for the SocietÓ Toscana di Orticoltura (the Tuscan Horticultural Society), this impressive steel and glass pavilion is used to display the flowers and plants that are grown each year. Marquis Pietro Torrigiani, the chief of the Georgofili Academia, founded the Tuscan society of Horticultural in 1859. Since then, the Florentines come to admire the flowers and plants grown during the month of April where there are exhibitions.  The grounds surrounding the pavilion are very serene with a playground for the children on a fall day. 
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Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni

Trattoria dei Quattro Leoni

  • via de' Vellutini 1r
  • tel:+39 055 21 8562
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  • Florence, 50125