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First Time in Florence

Destination(s): Florence

Visiting Florence is a grand adventure. Enjoy the sights you see in the movies and places Florence is famous for. Eat a pizza in a piazza and a gelato along the cobblestones. read more about First Time in Florence

Moyo

Moyo

  • Via de' Benci 23/r
  • tel:39 55 247 3738
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Old Stove Duomo

Old Stove Duomo

Giardino dell'Orticoltura

Giardino dell'Orticoltura

  • Via Bolognese, 17
  • Via Vittorio Emanuele II , 4
  • tel:+39 55 48 6743
  • Visit website
  • 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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Loggia del Mercato Nuovo

Loggia del Mercato Nuovo

  • Via Porta Rossa
  • Florence, 50122

Loggia del Mercato Nuovo or Loggia del Porcellino, was built in the middle of the 16th century. Walk a few steps towards the Duomo, you will find Piazza della Repubblica and following the crowds towards the Arno river, the Ponte Vecchio. The stalls used to sell more of silk and luxury goods, but today all you will find is leather bags, coats and tourist souvenirs. The main focus is the Fontana del Porcellino, which was by Pietro Tacca in the 16th century, the original wild boar sits in the Palazzo Pitti. If you rub the nose of the boar it is said you will receive good fortune, after of course leaving a coin in the mouth of the boar as well. Superstition implies that the wish will be granted if the offering tumbles through the grate whence the water flows. Check out the Loggia at night as well. Without the stalls, it is somewhat peaceful.


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Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori)

  • Piazza del Duomo
  • Piazza del Duomo
  • tel:055-230-2885
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 53100
EnotecaBar Fuori Porta

EnotecaBar Fuori Porta

  • Via del Monte alle Croci 10r
  • Near San Niccolò, through the gate at Via San Miniato
  • tel:055-234-2483
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50125
Lion's Fountain (The)

Lion's Fountain (The)

  • Borgo Albizi 34/r
  • tel:39 55 23 44412
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte

  • Via del Monte alle Croci 34
  • Via del Monte alle Croci/Viale Galileo Galilei (behind Piazzale Michelangiolo)
  • tel:055-234-2731
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50125
Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Florence, 50125

You can't miss the most recognizable landmark of Florence, the Ponte Vecchio.  Constructed in 1345, the Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge still standing in Florence, hence the name.  The multicolored structure bridge was first home to butcher shops. As the noble bankers would cross the Arno river to their offices, there was a rancid smell of pigs blood and rotted meat which extremely offended them.  In an effort to improve the area, the Medici stepped in and ordered the lower class shopkeepers out and moved goldsmiths and diamond-cutters in. Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge that escaped the bombing by the Germans in WWII.  Today, now a pedestrian bridge, the shops shimmer and shine with necklaces, rings and charms of the most expensive kind.  Tourists can enjoy an early morning walk over the bridge before the shops open or at sunset where lovers stare at the horizon as musicians sing and be merry.
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Cuculia Liberia con Cucina

Cuculia Liberia con Cucina

  • VIa Serragli 3R e 1R
  • tel:055.2776205
  • Firenze

The white cafe has a comfortable feeling as you enter. Located right over Ponte della Carraria, you would not normally see this hidden cucina(kitchen). With white tables and walls, the atmosphere is calm and relaxed. The entrance has tables chairs outside for smokers and there is also a back room for private functions or parties. The rooms are filled with books from child size to all the cooking books you can imagine. They serve every meal, Brunch is a common thing nowadays and they offer it for only 10euro. The aperitivi are originally done. For only 6euro for your drink, there is a buffet of chicken with rice, veggies, and potato like casseroles. They have on display Art from locals and special chocolate in the pastry window. Brunch in Florence, now that is a great idea. read more about Cuculia Liberia con Cucina

Grom

Grom

Grom is a gelateria that is frequented by not only tourists but Florentines as well.  It has their own specific gusti (flavors) that really entice the new traveler.  Founded in 2003 in Torino, it grew very successful and famous among the Italians.  In fact, in 2007 Grom opened in New York it being the first city abroad to take on this delicious gelato.  In Florence, there is constantly a line running along side the tiny shop near the Duomo
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Cibrèo Ristorante

Cibrèo Ristorante

  • via Andrea del Verrocchio 8r
  • tel:+39 055 234 1100
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  • Florence, 50122
Cappelle Medicee

Cappelle Medicee

  • piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini
  • tel:+39 55 29 4883
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  • Florence, 50123
Lorenzaccio (Il)

Lorenzaccio (Il)

  • Piazza della Signoria 32
  • tel:+39 055 29 4553
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122

The specialties consist of the wood-burning oven pizza presented to you hot right out of the brick oven.   Another favorite is the Calzone which is as large as your head, literally.  It is an enticing adventure in your mouth with so much mozzarella and ricotta.  The Pizza Lorenzaccio created by my friend, Michelangelo, topped with the famous prosciutto crudo, sun-dried tomatoes, arugala, black olives, mozzarella.  By the same name but an insalata(salad), Insalata Lorenzaccio is another favorite, consisting of prosciutto of parma, fresh tomatoes, mouth-watering mozzarella, black olives and lettuce of course.  It really is refreshing and full of flavor.  Perfect for a hot summer day.  Topping it with fresh olive oil and red wine vinegar,  I wouldn't have it any other way.  read more about Lorenzaccio (Il)

Libreria Cafe La Cite

Libreria Cafe La Cite

  • Borgo San Frediano, 20r
  • tel:+39 055 21 0387
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  • Firenze, 50124

Enjoy a nice hot tea or a glass of wine at this little cafe.  With books aligning the walls and a cozy upstairs to sit and use the Wi-Fi, no wonder why this is the new hip place to be.  There is a schedule of activities every week that includes a Jazz session on Mondays, Tango on Wednesdays and a handful of exotic theatrical performances and quartets with jazz, rock and fusion.  La Cite during the day is a much more low key with people sitting on their computers.  The evenings is when Borgo San Frediano livens up a bit, with great music and ambience.
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Zoe

Zoe

  • Via dei Renai 13r
  • Piazza Demidoff
  • tel:39 055 243111
  • Florence, 50125
Piazza del Duomo

Piazza del Duomo

  • piazza del Duomo
  • tel:+39 055 2 3320
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

  • via del Corso 36r
  • tel:+39 055 21 4247
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122

Chiaroscuro is a very famous and well visited cafe` by many Italians. 
This interesting place in the historic city center has recently been renovated. Its main attraction is the extraordinary variety of coffee blends on offer here which come from all over the world as well as the long leaf tea, which is also sold at the bar. This is a perfect place for an evening aperitif. read more about Chiaroscuro

Gelateria dei Neri

Gelateria dei Neri

  • via dei Neri 26r
  • tel:+39 055 210 034
  • Florence, 50122
Santa Croce Church

Santa Croce Church

  • Piazza Santa Croce 16
  • Piazza Santa Croce
  • tel:+39 055 244 619
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  • Florence, 50122
Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi

  • piazza della Signoria
  • Florence, 50122

The Loggia dei Lanzi or Loggia della Signoria is a wide-open gallery of great works of art and sculpture.  It brings together the piazza with the Uffizi Gallery flowing down into the Arno River.  As the Florentines adored this masterpiece, Michelangelo suggested having loggia encompass the whole Piazza della Signoria.  The artist or designer of the Loggia dei Lanzi was Orcagna.  He built it between 1376 and 1382 when Benci di Cione and Simone Talenti took over.  The name Loggia dei Lanzi came from the years the Grand Duke Cosimo I was in power, it was used to keep his Lanzichenecchi(Italian) or Landsknechts(German).  Shortening it to Lanzi, these were German mercenary pikemen.  As the Uffizi was nearly complete, the Loggia's roof was constructed as a terrace for the Medici so they could watch ceremonies in the piazza away from the peasants.  The Loggia's roof was designed by Bernardo Buontalenti. Today, the sculptures of divine beauty that are located inside are Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus, Giambologna's Rape of the Sabine Woman and the Rape of Polyxena by Pio Fedi.  Loggia dei Lanzi is gorgeous at night.  Take a stroll after dinner to see the Loggia light up.
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Perché No!

Perché No!

  • via dei Tavolini 19
  • tel:+39 055 239 8969
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  • Florence, 50122
Bar-Enoteca Coquinarius

Bar-Enoteca Coquinarius

  • Via delle Oche, 15r
  • tel:39 55 230 2153
  • Florence, 50123

It is a room full of warmth and the scents of a seasonal menu.  Coquinarius has a small menu of different types of bruschette for antipasti, tasty meats and fish. Salads are a forte here; creative choices include toppings such as sun-dried tomatoes, eggplant, sunflower seeds, zucchini flowers or pear. This elegant and striking enoteca has a wide range of wines from Italy, California, Argentina, Austria and Chile. The camerieri(waitstaff) are very kind and full of life.  It is a great place to sit for the afternoon, bring a book, enjoy the chiacchiere(chatter) of the other patrons, or get lost in the glass of wine.  Wines are served by the glass or bottle in this relaxed, inexpensive experience of true Italian style.
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Old Stove Signoria

Old Stove Signoria

  • Piazza della Signoria 30r
  • tel:39 055 295232
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Piazza della Signoria

Piazza della Signoria

  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Firenze, 50122

At the end of Via dei Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria welcomes you into it's arms.  This 13th century piazza houses the Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, and the replica of the David by Michelangelo.  Daily tourist groups travel to and fro, capturing photos of every inch of Piazza della Signoria.  As a common meeting place for locals, there is much history jammed into this L-shaped meeting point.  The Fountain of Neptune sits right in front of the very spot Girolamo Savonrola was burned at the stake for burning some of Florence's best art and literature.  Thus after the Palazzo Vecchio was constructed it grew as the political center for Florence.  Piazza della Signoria is lined with cafes, restaurants and gelaterias.  Enjoy a late afternoon beer or a evening walk through this mesmerizing Piazza della Signoria.
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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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Orsanmichele

Orsanmichele

  • Via Arte della Lana 1
  • Via de' Calzaiuoli
  • tel:055-284-944
  • Visit website
  • Florence, 50122
Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo

  • Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Florence, 50125

The vista which one can see the whole valley of Florence and of the surrounding hills is a must see.  The climb up is rewarding, the view is breathtaking. There are buses available to take you to Piazzale Michelangelo. Tourists, tourist groups and tour buses all congregate at this panoramic view.  Vendors set up early in the morning with cool beverages for the parched tourists and souvenirs for the eager shoppers. A sunset visit is for the romantics, bringing a wine bottle and gazing at the Florentine sky as it ends another day. There is never a bad time to visit Piazzale Michelangelo, there is always something to see from this height
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