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Florence 2005

Florence 2005
Destination(s): Florence

The essence of Florence is both unmistakeable and difficult to pin down. It's neither the most charming place we've been to in Italy (that's Venice) nor the grandest (Rome, of course). But it knows its good points and it sticks to them: the concentrated explosion of Renaissance architecture and art that still defines its civic appearance today, and its misleadingly simple cuisine of oil and beans and salumi that has become a permanent part of our own repertoire. One can't visit here without taking away a lifelong impression.

Unfortunately a couple of restaurant visits (not the best ones) have faded from memory since we took this trip. read more about Florence 2005... Read More

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Tuscany

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Tuscany
Destination(s): Florence

Dining in Tuscany is all about the local traditions and the good wines, but if you want a full Italian experience you should look for some interaction with the charming and talkative locals, be they fellow patrons or restaurant owners. One of the most famous Tuscany characters is six generation butcher Dario Cecchini at the Dario Cecchini - Solociccia, who will give you a cultural experience by reciting Dante or singing opera while serving you a traditional medieval dish.

Another remarkable culinary experience in Tuscany is having to choose the best wine from a list of 1300 options at Enoteca Italiana, where the highly skilled staff will help you make the right decision. However, if you are more of a beer fan, visit il Bovaro and try one of the birras from their very own brewery. Whatever your choices might be, these are great places to feel the authentic Tuscan spirit and let it spice up a perfectly prepared meal. read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Tuscany... Read More

Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tuscany

Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tuscany
Destination(s): Florence

With all the classy wines around, finding some good affordable places to eat in Tuscany can be quite a challenge, so here's our personal selection of the locals' favorites. These are all great Italian taverns that serve traditional Tuscan cuisine with a twist, so expect to be treated like one of their own and choose a great spot on a warm summer terrace to enjoy some home made pasta. Nello La Taverna has been around for more than 50 years, so it is one of the local legends, along with the slightly creepy Maria Frullini that functions in an 11th century crypt. The best calzone in town can be found at Lorenzaccio (Il), while a great stop for an affordable seasonal dish assorted with a great crowd and an even better wine waits for you at Bar-Enoteca Coquinarius. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Tuscany... Read More

Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Tuscany

Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Tuscany
Destination(s): Florence

Five star Tuscany cuisine is centered around traditional Italian recipes prepared only with the finest ingredients and reinvented by some great local chefs to offer you unique twists on classic dishes. Aside from the food itself, two essential ingredients that make these places luxury culinary destinations are the locations and the wine lists, as Italians always enjoy eating their dinner in the company of some good wine and beautiful people. The best wine place in Tuscany is located in a legendary medieval fortress and it boasts a list with over 1300 choices, which obviously doesn't mean much for a one time visit, but it certainly raises the prestige of Enoteca Italiana. Try Terrazza Brunelleschi for a great rooftop garden dining experience or the busy Il Latini, where it is very common to share your table with strangers and befriend over a glass of wine. A culinary adventure in Tuscany is never complete without trying some of their amazing gelato, so pay a short visit to Grom and try some of the exotic ice cream flavors they have. read more about Top 10 Five Star Restaurants in Tuscany... Read More

First Time in  Florence

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... Read More

Romantic Florence

Romantic Florence
Destination(s): Florence

There are so many romantic things to see and do in this city that it'll be hard for you to leave. Explore all of the buildings and landmarks in the city center, but also take a few day trips out of town to see some of the incredible villas and vineyards in the Tuscan countryside. read more about Romantic Florence... Read More

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Italy

Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Italy
Destination(s): Florence

Looking for that extra bit of ambiance with your dining experience? Our top 10 fun restaurant list in Italy gives you the insider information from our team of experts to help you make the most of your trip abroad. The Blues Canal is a rollicking riverboat experience not to be missed. Live blues music can be heard nightly and the kitchen cranks out traditional Milanese fare. Linea d' Ombra is one of the most popular piano bars in Italy and is the ideal place to savor an afternoon cup of coffee or glass of fine wine. Night brings a hip crowd and live funk and jazz music - we recommend sampling the chef's seafood and pasta dishes. San Calisto is popular with the younger crowd and you can dine while listening to a great selection of music. Be sure to sample the delicious pizza and salad selections available here. Use our top 10 fun restaurants in Italy list to plan the vacation and dining experience of a lifetime. read more about Top 10 Fun Restaurants in Italy... Read More

Venice and Beyond

Venice and Beyond
Destination(s): Florence

This is your week in Italy and making Venice your home base is a step toward understanding what makes Italy so special. After seven days in the land where "si" is heard you may be writing sonnets and performing them in your cubicle to whomever may care to listen. Explore Venice and spend a day in Florence and Rome. read more about Venice and Beyond... Read More

Nightlife

Nightlife
Destination(s): Florence

Florence has an active nightlife for such a small town. There are beautiful bars populated by beautiful people. If clubbing and dancing are your idea of a vacation then Florence will not disappoint. Another great evening activity is to enjoy an aperitivo at any of the many bars that offer one. With the purchase of just one drink you have access to a limitless buffet. Be sure to pace yourself, Italian bartenders pour more liberally than their US colleagues. read more about Nightlife... Read More

Active Traveler

Active Traveler
Destination(s): Florence

If you are like my father then visiting museums and sipping coffee in a piazza is a sort of torture designed to test your patience. This four day itinerary is for those who rise at 6:30AM while on vacation to go jogging and who would rather climb to the top of a bell tower than sit in front of a Botticelli. There are museums and there are Botticellis but there are also plenty of opportunities to move your legs. You should be able to reach most of the places I suggest outside the city via public transportation. read more about Active Traveler... Read More