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Alla Vecchia Bettola


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Thoroughly Tuscan fare, located just outside of the city walls.

Since 1979 “Alla Vecchia Bettola” has worked to preserve and continue the traditional Florentine cuisine. The cozy trattoria originates in a time when the cuisine of Florence was being neglected in favor of a cuisine that tended more and more towards an Italian “standard” cuisine and international appeals. Husband and wife, Loriano and Carla, aimed to bring that focus back towards the old Tuscan flavors.


Gelateria Carabe


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The best ice cream shop for streets around, it's certainly worth a visit at some point during your stay in Florence.

Ristorante Accademia


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A pretty piazza, a beautifully lit church and outstanding food. Set in one of the prettiest tree lined piazzas in Florence, the Accademia restaurant is right opposite the church of San Marco which is beautifully lit in the evenings. This one room restaurant offers a friendly welcome and the informal, English speaking waiters are suitably attentive not intrusive. Award winning salumi feature among the antipasti and there are excellent old fashioned primi (try the spaghetti with tiny meatballs of veal). Main courses are of a constantly high standard, including delicious stuffed rabbit, tender veal steak and an outstanding beef fillet with juniper berries. A blackboard announces the availability of fresh fish and shellfish in addition to the main menu. Alternatively, order the commendable tasting menu and have a different glass of wine included with each course. The extensive wine list which runs to about two hundred and fifty labels, has been carefully compiled by Gianni, one of the owners, a qualified wine expert.

Trattoria Sostanza


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An old favourite near Santa Maria Novella.

Many things have been written about this quirky niche of old Florence, to which people come for the atmosphere and a taste of past times.

The charm of this place is that it genuinely has remained unchanged for many years. The walls are half tiled in plain white and above them there are news cuttings and memorabilia of a famous clientele of years gone by.
The waiters wear an old fashioned uniform of grey jackets tucked into their white aprons and have a no-nonsense approach.


Gelateria dei Neri


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Named after the street where you find it, this ice cream shop is worth seeking out!

All'Antico Vinaio


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One of the few genuine Florentine fast food places left in the city.

All'Antico Vinaio is always busy; it could be for the great food, the great prices, the interesting characters crushed into the tiny bar and spilling onto the street, or perhaps it is to do with the help-yourself-to-wine arrangement!


Osteria I'Brincello


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A simple family run trattoria close to the central market.Busy with Florentines and visitors alike, this simple family run trattoria is known for the quality of its food and the fair pricing. Presumably the quality and notable freshness of the ingredients has something to do with being so close the celebrated central food market. There is a rustic feel to the décor and lively chatter makes for a cheerful ambiance. Exceptional home made fresh vegetable soup could be followed with a deliciously tender and perfectly cooked pork chop to make a simple inexpensive meal. For something more celebratory, but without breaking the bank, start with the antipasto of outstanding cured meats and share a Florentine steak. Accompany your meal with house wine and you will be charged for the amount you drink, not the whole bottle, unless you finish it! Service is friendly, unpretentious and straight forward, and customers are expected to be so too. If you are looking for sophisticated and formal, to avoid disappointment save I'Brincello for another day. 

Old Stove Signoria pub


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A pub with a view.Sitting in one of Florence's most historical piazzas, the Old Stove Signoria pub has one of the best outdoor spaces. Lodged between the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's medieval town hall, and Palazzo Uguccioni in monument-filled Piazza della Signoria, you really can't beat the people-watching potential of this pub. Enthusiastically decorated as Irish pubs go, the interior has the dark wood and kitchy ornaments that pubs call for, and even a huge basement area complete with fireplace for the rough weather. But why forego the opportunity to sit outside with Medici duke Cosimo I's sculptures looming over you in this fantastic and fascinating piazza? The menu is strictly a pub menu, offering imported draught beers from 3.50 euro for a half-pint, local and imported bottled beers as well as cocktails, spirits, soft drinks and international snacks.

Fusion bar


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Elegance and style at the Ponte Vecchio.What it lacks in the way of a view, the terrace of this Ferragamo family hotel makes up for in sheer elegance. Umbrellas and sofas in white with dark hardwood decking bring understated sophistication to an otherwise plain piazza hidden from the crowds at the Ponte Vecchio. Minimal décor with maximum impact continues inside with huge standard lamps, wooden blinds, and soft tones. Stools provide ring side seats to observe the art of bar tending and a neat row of tables lines the wall for those who prefer an intimate cocktail. Interesting tasty morsels served with cocktails are inspired by the fusion cooking of the restaurant menu; help yourself from the bar during the early evening or trays will be served to you at your table. If the bar is busy and it is too warm outside, try the airy space of the library to relax into one of the cool white sofas. Exhibitions of photography and contemporary art are held here throughout the year and can be admired in the bar and the library as well as the hotel lobby.During the summer months, cross the piazza from the Fusion Bar to the sister hotel Continentale and take the elevator to the top floor to enjoy a cocktail with a breathtaking view of the city from the medieval tower around which the hotel is built. After dinner drinks are candle lit for the most romantic of settings.

Trattoria Mario


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The place to take a good appetite after visiting the central food market.Since 1953 this trattoria has been serving no-nonsense traditional home cooking, to which the line outside is testimony. Put your head round the door and tell one of the spirited waiters how many places you need and he will seat you as and when he can amongst the other diners. From most of the shared tables you can see into the frenetic narrow kitchen through the glass partition but your attention will soon be drawn back by the constant delivery of wine and food, the arrival and departure of other diners and the excited chatter coming from all around. The menu is short, simple and rigorously Tuscan; fresh pasta to start and meat to follow. This is a great place to try the real Chianina Florentine beefsteak, bistecca fiorentina. Cut from the side of beef to order, weighed, brought to your table for approval and grilled according to the rules of tradition, it is house policy never to cook it other than rare. If you should still have an appetite, almond biscuits are to hand with a glass of vin santo for dipping them.

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