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Updated: December 19, 2019

The 78 best hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, craft beer, markets, neighborhoods, and things to do in Florence, Italy.

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The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) over the River Arno in central Florence.

Florence Hotels

1. Portrait Firenze • $$$$

An exclusive, intimate hotel, from the Ferragamo-owned Lungarno Collection. The look by Michele Bonan is very chic, inspired by the city’s golden era of the 50s and 60s. Fabulously located just off the north end of the Ponte Vecchio. The focus is on personalized, impeccable service from the smiling lifestyle team. On-site is a smart yet unfussy osteria-style restaurant. An excellent choice for families with money to spend – all the rooms are spacious suites and come with kitchen facilities. • Map • +39 055 2726 8000

2. J.K. Place Firenze • $$$$

One of the first Italian boutiques, with interiors designed by Michele Bonan and offering incredible service and bags of style. Intimate, featuring just 20 rooms inside an elegant townhouse on Piazza di Santa Maria Novella; guests are encouraged to make themselves at home. There is an elegant black-and-white bistro and bar with a terrace on the square, basement lounge, and secluded roof terrace. The concierge team is well-connected and dedicated to designing exclusive experiences for guests. • Map • +39 055 264 5181

3. Hotel Brunelleschi • $$$

Atmospheric hotel at home in a medieval church and extraordinary Byzantine tower near the Duomo. The design shows off the historic features but contrasts them with modern glass and chrome. Rooms are slick, some have lovely Duomo views, and suites come with plenty of VIP perks. There are two restaurants inside the tower, including the intimate Santa Elisabetta for fine dining, and even a museum about the site in the basement. • Map • +39 055 273 70

4. SoprArno Suites • $$

Charming boutique B&B with a luxury vibe in super cool Santo Spirito. The passionate owners have transformed a 16th-century mansion and filled it with cool retro design pieces and quirky art. Each spacious bedroom has its own theme, from the Traveller’s room to the Printer’s. The cute SottArno café is open from breakfast through lunch to aperitivo; there is also a kitchen for guests’ use with an honesty bar. • Map • +39 055 046 8719

5. Palazzo di Camugliano • $$$

An aristocratic stay in an elegant 16th-century palazzo, with attentive service, as a guest of the Marchese di Camugliano. Rooms are huge, full of original frescoes and antiques to transport you back in time, but with modern comforts. No restaurant but the free breakfast is made to order, with waiter service; complimentary treats and aperitivo are available. • Map • +39 055 265 4578

6. Villa Cora • $$$$

Luxury hotel in an opulent 19th-century villa just outside the old city’s southern limit. Its airy hillside location is away from the city’s heat and noise, yet only 15 minutes from the river. Rooms are splendidly classic in style, service is impeccable, and the facilities are great – there is a gourmet restaurant, Le Bistrot, an excellent spa, outdoor heated pool, roof terrace, and ‘VIB’ kids’ club for little ones. • Map • +39 055 228 790

7. Four Seasons Hotel • $$$$

Decadent resort hotel in an extravagant palazzo, former convent, and acres of gardens. Located near San Marco, north of the tourist crowds, but with a free shuttle bus to the center. Service is top-notch and the facilities are second-to-none – a pool with summer restaurant and bar, a spa across 2 floors, and Michelin-starred dining at Il Palagio. Good for families too – there are climbing frames to enjoy, a kids’ club in summer, special menus in the restaurants, and even special treatments in the spa. • Map • +39 055 262 61

8. Palazzo Vecchietti • $$$$

Elegant townhouse hotel in a 16th-century palazzo. Great for independent travelers and families – all rooms are spacious and come with kitchenettes. Interiors are chic classic/contemporary by local star Michele Bonan. In the heart of the city center, on Piazza della Repubblica. No restaurant but complimentary treats and an after-dinner drink are on offer. • Map • +39 055 230 2802

9. Firenze Number Nine • $$

Sleek urban boutique full of contemporary art, with a special focus on wellness – there’s a spa with sauna and steam room, and a great gym with classes and personal trainers. The location is a winner if you want to be close to the action: on a quiet street around the corner from San Lorenzo and the Mercato Centrale. The hotel has a laidback bar-restaurant and offers free drinks at aperitivo hour. • Map • +39 055 293 777

10. Ad Astra Florence • $$

Aristocratic B&B that offers quiet comfort, affordability, and lots of quirky classic/vintage style, from the owners of SoprArno Suites. Inside the beautiful city mansion of the Marchese Torrigiani in cool San Frediano, with access to the famous private garden; the Marchese lives on the ground floor. Rooms are individual, with two located in a garden annex. No restaurant but breakfast is served on a gorgeous wraparound terrace overlooking the garden. • Map • +39 055 075 0602

Florence Restaurants

11. Enoteca Pinchiorri • $$$$

Santa Croce boasts Florence’s finest table, the only 3-star Michelin restaurant in Tuscany. Chef Annie Féolde uses French techniques to create sophisticated Tuscan-based cuisine – think pigeon in a cocoa bean crust, risotto with sea scallops, and roasted veal marrow. • Map • +39 055 263 11

12. Essenziale • $$

Hip warehouse restaurant in San Frediano where young chef Simone Cipriani reinvents Tuscan cuisine with an international edge. Intriguing dishes are brought to you and explained by the chefs. • Map • +39 055 247 6956

13. Bottega del Buon Caffè • $$$

Michelin-starred, designer chic restaurant in San Niccolò. The menu is farm-to-table, with spices to make the local ingredients shine – vegetables come from just outside Florence and meat from nearby farms. • Map • +39 055 553 5677

14. La Leggenda dei Frati • $$$

The chicest dinner-with-a-view in Florence, on a hill in Giardino Bardini. The cuisine is Michelin-starred gastronomic Italian and worth it if your budget can handle it. • Map • +39 055 068 0545

15. Il Santo Bevitore • $$

Enjoy classy modern Tuscan food by candlelight in this stylish, vaulted Oltrarno venue. An always buzzing favorite with locals and tourists alike, ‘The Holy Drinker’ of course has a delicious wine list. • Map • +39 055 211 264

16. Ora d’Aria • $$

Elegant Michelin-starred Tuscan restaurant hidden by the Ponte Vecchio. Chef Marco Stabile balances tradition and innovation at ‘Hour of Air’, and very refreshing it is, too. The lunch menu is a great selection of ‘Tuscan tapas’. • Map • +39 055 200 1699

17. Trattoria Mario • $

A local legend by the Mercato Centrale. It’s a packed, family-owned spot that’s been feeding hungry locals Tuscan specialties like bistecca alla fiorentina since 1953. Open for lunch only. • Map • +39 055 218 550

18. Irene • $$$

Retro chic bistro with a terrace on Piazza della Repubblica, owned by Hotel Savoy. Celebrity Chef Fulvio Pierangelini serves up creative delights like octopus, beetroot and radicchio salad, sweet pumpkin ravioli, and ice cream. • Map • +39 055 273 5891

19. Caffè Cibrèo • $$

It’s all about seasonal ingredients and great service, from breakfast through to dinner, at Caffè Cibrèo. Florentine superstar chef Fabio Picchi runs this block in Santo Croce, with no less than 5 restaurants, including the dinner theater experience that is Teatro del Sale and Tuscan fusion dim sum at Ciblèo. • Map • +39 055 234 5853

20. Brac • $$

Arty, hidden vegetarian restaurant/bookshop near the Uffizi. Browse the shelves, enjoy a glass of wine, and feast on the organic food. • Map • +39 055 094 4877

21. Berberè • $

Hip, raw brick pizza place with two branches in San Frediano and Santa Croce that simply sells organic sourdough pizza and craft beer to a cool, young crowd of fans. • Map • +39 055 2382 946 • Map • +39 055 399 4589

22. #RAW • $

Bringing raw vegan food and minimalist style to meat-loving Florence, #RAW is a real departure from the norm. Nourishing salads, gently warmed burgers, and tacos are on offer, to be washed down with cold-pressed juices or smoothies. • Map • +39 055 219 379

23. La Cova • $

Munch authentic Spanish tapas and pintxos and sip yummy Cava at the bar of this cool Santo Spirito location. The menu changes regularly, so there are usually new delights to discover. • Map • +39 055 267 0076

Florence Bars

24. La Terrazza

Super swanky rooftop bar perched on the Hotel Continentale. Pricey, but the panoramic views over the Ponte Vecchio are divine. • Map • +39 055 2726 5987

25. Le Murate

Arty literary café/bar/live music and film venue in a former jail by Mercato Sant’Ambrogio. Pulls in a young, creative crowd to its lovely courtyard. • Map • +39 055 234 6872

26. Bitter Bar

Vintage chic spot in Santa Croce with jazz and exciting cocktails on the menu. • Map • +39 340 549 9258

27. Le Volpi e l’Uva

Brilliant, unassuming wine bar/bottle shop south of the Ponte Vecchio. Head here for aperitivo to try exciting wines sourced from small Italian producers, paired with delightful crostone (toasted sandwiches). • Map • +39 055 239 8132

28. MAD – Souls and Spirits

Tiny but very warm cocktail bar in happening San Frediano. The kindest bartenders serving inventive, and most importantly, madly delicious, craft cocktails. • Map • +39 055 627 1621

29. Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina

Sample handpicked Tuscan and other Italian wines from small producers across from the spectacular Palazzo Pitti. • Map • +39 055 212 704

30. Amblé

Hip hangout with colorful furniture (that you can buy) and its own radio station in a central hidden square. Great for a cocktail at aperitivo, when it gets busy, and tramezzini (Italian sandwiches) any time. • Map • +39 055 268 528

31. Il Santino

Small but mighty Santo Spirito wine bar that gets very busy during aperitivo hour. Great place for a glass of wine or artisanal beer with friends. The menu also suggests food pairings to go with your wine. • Map • +39 055 230 2820

32. Love Craft

Dedicated whisky bar in cool San Frediano, with a serious collection from €5 a glass. • Map • +39 055 269 2968

33. Manifattura

Cocktail bar with vintage style and sounds in Santa Maria Novella. Come celebrate all drinks Italian with noted mixologist Fabiano Buffolini – try one of many negronis on the menu. • Map • +39 055 239 6367

34. Angie’s Pub

Friendly, good value central bar. People come for the relaxed vibe, decent beer selection, and the DJs (on weekends). • Map • +30 055 003 0025

35. Art. 17 Birreria

Artisanal brewery in a busy corner of Santa Croce. Draws craft beer fans with a wide range from Tuscany and beyond. Also hosts live music on weekends. • Map • +39 055 234 6694

36. PanicAle Firenze

Hipster bar by the Mercato Centrale where kind staff delight fans of craft beer and inventive cocktails. • Map • +39 339 300 5262

Florence Shopping

37. Via de’ Tornabuoni

Florence’s glittering parade of luxury brands starts at the Ferragamo flagship store and museum by the river. Most of the big names, especially the Italian ones, are here. • Map

38. Borgo San Jacopo

A major shopping street in Oltrarno, known for its artisans and independent boutiques. Check out leather-look washable paper bags at Uashmama, Tuscan wines and other foodie gifts at Obsequium, and vintage clothes and jewelry at 9 ROSSO Firenze. • Map

39. Via della Spada

A street packed with high-end and fashion-forward boutiques in Santa Maria Novella. Check out quirky accessories and homewares at Mio Concept, vintage designer pieces at Marie Antoinette, and the chicest of hats at Grevi. • Map

40. Via dei Fossi

Another great location in Santa Maria Novella, known for arty boutiques and antique shops. Find vintage glamour at Epoca, beautiful dresses and bags at Atelier C, and impeccable made-to-measure suits at Sartoria Vanni. • Map

41. Via di San Niccolò

In the east of the Oltrarno, find jewelry and a museum by Alessandro Dari, perfumers including Lorenzo Villoresi, and funky street art at Clet. • Map

42. Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella

Possibly the grandest pharmacy ever. Founded in 1612 by local Dominican monks, it still sells traditional herbal remedies as well as luxury skincare and perfumes. Great for gifts. • Map

43. Luisaviaroma

Swish, eye-catching boutique featuring men’s and women’s designers, including more niche brands. There’s a cool 1st-floor café if you need a break from all the shopping. • Map

44. Flow Store

Luxury and vintage clothes for men and women in a deeply cool exposed-brick setting. Flow also sells books and music and hosts events. • Map

45. Bjork

Nordic-style white and airy concept store selling everything from stylish clothes to art, photographs, and books in Oltrarno. • Map

46. Benheart

Gorgeous handmade leather shoes, jackets, and accessories for men and women from local star Ben, who founded the company after a heart transplant. • Map

47. Boutique Nadine

Stylish vintage clothes and lovely accessories, mainly for women, near the Ponte Vecchio, with a loyal local following. • Map

Florence Cafes/Bakeries/Ice Cream Parlors

48. Ditta Artigianale

Florence’s no.1 specialty coffee bar and roaster. Attracts crowds of hipsters with its delicious coffee, decent food, and killer gin selection (over 150 types). Branches in Oltrarno and Santa Croce. • MapMap • +39 055 274 1541

49. Caffè Rivoire

Historic, elegant café right on Piazza della Signoria. Famous for delicious chocolate and negronis. Note: the bar inside is cheaper than the terrace on the square. • Map • +39 055 214 412

50. La Cité

Cool and eclectic café/bookshop/jazz lounge in San Frediano with a young crowd. Great for a coffee in the day, a cocktail at night, and deep conversations any time. • Map • +39 055 210 387

51. Caffè Sant’Ambrogio

Café/wine bar and ‘living room’ for locals in this corner of Santa Croce. Great for people-watching over a morning coffee, light bite, or a stronger drink into the evening. • Map • +39 055 240 104

52. La Ménagère

Hip multi-purpose space in San Lorenzo – includes a café, restaurant, basement jazz venue, and even a flower and homeware shop. Great choice for breakfast through to cocktails and dinner. • Map • +39 055 075 0600

53. S. Forno

Truly artisanal bakery in San Frediano. Their flour tends to be locally sourced and slowly fermented, and the resulting breads, schiacciata (the local flatbread), cakes, and even bagels are to die for. • Map • +39 055 239 8580

54. Leonardo

Family-run artisan biscuit shop in Santa Croce, specializing in amazing Florentine cantucci since 1960. Biscotti like none you have ever tried. • Map • +39 055 013 2711

55. Sbrino Gelatificio Contadino

Mouthwatering gelato made fresh onsite daily in San Frediano. The passionate owners source their ingredients in Italy and have a winning way with flavor, from ricotta and fig ice cream to dark chocolate sorbet. • Map • +39 055 012 2286

56. My Sugar

Artisanal gelato in San Lorenzo. Seasonal flavors with ingredients from the Mercato Centrale, vegan options, and frozen yogurt too. • Map • +39 393 069 6042

57. Gelateria Pasticceria Badiani

Famous, fancy gelateria/patisserie outside the old city in Campo di Marte. It may be a trek, but nowhere else can you try their signature Buontalenti gelato. • Map • +39 055 578 682

Florence Food and Flea Markets

58. Mercato Centrale

Florence’s oldest and biggest food market is an institution, packed with produce on the ground floor and artisans running food stalls on the first, and is open till 12am. Try anything from luxury burgers at La Toraia to chocolates and ice cream by Cristian Beduschi. There’s even a cookery school up there. • Map • +39 055 239 9798

59. Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio

Authentic, much loved local market in Santa Croce, open every morning. Fresh fruit and vegetables, vintage clothes, and shoes are outside; meats, cheeses, and breads are inside. Stop for a quick meaty bite at Terrazza Menoni or classic Tuscan greasy spoon at Trattoria Da Rocco. • Map • +39 055 248 0778

60. Santo Spirito Flea Market

Piazza Santo Spirito hosts a couple of great markets on Sundays. On the second Sunday of the month, it’s the turn of the flea market, a great place to browse vintage clothes, household items, accessories, paintings, and more. • Map

61. Fierucola di Santo Spirito

On the third Sunday of the month, the Fierucola comes to Piazza Santo Spirito, hosting artisanal food producers and craftsmen. It’s a special market of goods made locally and naturally, by hand, whether it’s cheese, wine, bread, or leather shoes. • Map • +39 055 697 747

Things to Do in Florence

62. Climb to the top of the Duomo

The iconic Renaissance cathedral is topped by Brunelleschi’s groundbreaking dome. During the climb you see the double shell construction for yourself. Advance booking online or at the ticket office is needed. Then stop at the fantastic Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo to see Ghiberti’s original Doors of Paradise, Donatello’s haggard Mary Magdalene, and learn about how the Duomo was built. • Map

63. Wonder at the Galleria degli Uffizi

The top treasure-house of Italian Renaissance art in the world. The dizzying collection, arranged in a palazzo by the river, runs from the ancient Greeks to the 18th century. The Renaissance highlights include Giotto, Leonardo, and Michelangelo, and a whole room of Botticelli. Unmissable. • Map • +39 055 294 883

64. Visit the tombs of the greats in Basilica di Santa Croce

Striking 14th-century Gothic cathedral. Built by di Cambio, with frescoes by Giotto, but the real highlight is the glittering array of Renaissance figures who rest here, from Michelangelo to Galileo and Macchiavelli. • Map • +39 055 246 6105

65. See David at the Galleria dell’Accademia

Always busy art museum, home to Michelangelo’s most famous work, housed in a room by itself. He’s not the only Michelangelo here, and there are also works by other Renaissance greats, from Ghirlandaio to Botticelli. • Map • +39 055 294 883

66. Curious Appetite Food Tour

Italian-American food writer Coral Sisk and her knowledgeable team run private and small-group tours around the city focused on gourmet experiences from markets to aperitivi and gelato to progressive Tuscan food. You can also sign up for cooking classes, from pasta and gelato-making to craft cocktails. • +39 351 877 3199

67. FiesoleBike Tour

Venture out of the city with tours run by passionate local Giovanni Crescioli. His most popular offering is a sunset tour from Fiesole to Florence, with extra virgin olive oil tasting included on the way. Suitable for families. • +39 345 335 0926

68. Florencetown Boat Tour

See the city from a whole new angle, cruising down the river in a barchetto (a traditional Florentine gondola) at sunset, with a chilled glass of wine. • Map • +39 055 281 103

69. Dive into the history of the city at the Palazzo Vecchio

Imposing 14th-century fortress, built for the city government. It now includes the Quartiere di Leo X (the apartments of the Medici pope), Donatello’s ‘Judith and Holofernes’, and the Salone dei Cinquecento created for the ruling council of 500 and painted by Vasari. There is a fantastic panorama if you climb the spiky Torre d’Arnolfo. • Map

70. Explore Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli

Only in Florence would a banker build a palace fit for a king. Explore the Medici’s royal apartments and their treasury and art collection, including more Raphaels than anywhere in the world. Then wander through the relaxing green Giardino di Boboli to find the dreamlike Grotta del Buontalenti, a museum of porcelain, and panoramic views. • MapMap • +39 055 294 883

71. Walk across the Ponte Vecchio

An icon of the city, the only bridge to survive the German occupation. A pretty cluster of jewelry shops still occupies it, and above them rise the arches of the Corridoio Vasariano. This private passage built for the Medici is due to reopen in 2021. • Map

Best Neighborhoods To Stay

72. City Center

The medieval and Renaissance heart of Florence, between the Duomo in the north and the River Arno in the south, is gorgeous, bustling, and full of tourists.
Best Stuff: Ora d’Aria (elegant Michelin-starred gourmet Tuscan food) • Irene (chic bistro with celebrity chef) • La Terrazza (ultra swanky hotel rooftop bar) • Amblé (hip aperitivo hangout in a hidden square) • Via de’ Tornabuoni (luxury fashion house central) • Luisaviaroma (eye-catching fashion boutique) • Flow Store (luxury and vintage clothes for men and women) • Benheart (gorgeous handmade leather items) • Boutique Nadine (local favorite vintage shop) • Caffè Rivoire (historic, elegant café on Piazza della Signoria) • Duomo (Iconic Renaissance cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi’s dome) • Galleria degli Uffizi (unmissable gallery, containing the top collection of Italian Renaissance art in the world) • Palazzo Vecchio (imposing 14th-century fortress)

73. Santa Croce

A charming mix of local flavors, residential streets, hipster hangouts, and the old Jewish quarter, just east of the city center. Enjoy the café culture and the creative nightlife.
Best Stuff: Enoteca Pinchiorri (Sophisticated cuisine at Tuscany’s only 3-star Michelin restaurant) • Caffè Cibrèo (seasonal menu from local superstar chef Fabio Picchi) • Teatro del Sale (Unique Tuscan dinner-theater club from Fabio Picchi) • Brac (arty vegetarian restaurant/bookshop) • Berberè (sourdough pizza and craft beer) • Le Murate (literary café/bar/live music and film venue in a former jail) • Bitter Bar (vintage chic bar with jazz and exciting cocktails) • Angie’s Pub (friendly, good value central bar) • Art. 17 Birreria (artisanal brewery) • Ditta Artigianale (hip specialty coffee/gin bar) • Caffè Sant’Ambrogio (café/wine bar and ‘living room’ for locals) • Leonardo (family-run artisan biscuit shop with amazing cantucci) • Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio (authentic local market for food/household goods, open each morning) • Basilica di Santa Croce (striking 14th-century Gothic cathedral, burial place of Florentine greats) • Museo Nazionale del Bargello (fine museum of Renaissance sculpture in a former prison).

74. San Frediano & Santo Spirito

A pair of bohemian chic neighborhoods south of the river that feel young and cool, but still local and affordable. Known for being the artisans’ quarter, and also for all the hot restaurants and bars.
Best Stuff: Essenziale (reinvented Tuscan cuisine in a hip warehouse setting) • Il Santo Bevitore (stylish local favorite for modern Tuscan food and good wine) • #RAW (raw vegan food, smoothies and minimalist style) • La Cova (authentic Spanish tapas and wine) • Osteria dell’Enoteca (chic steakhouse with great wine list) • Le Volpi e l’Uva (brilliant, unassuming wine bar/bottle shop) • MAD – Souls and Spirits (kind, inventive cocktail bar) • Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina (upscale wine bar with handpicked Tuscan and Italian wines from small producers) • Il Santino (small but mighty wine bar, very popular for aperitivo) • Love Craft (dedicated whisky bar) • Borgo San Jacopo (artisans’ workshops, galleries and independent boutiques) • Bjork (nordic-style white, airy concept store) • La Cité (cool, eclectic café/bookshop/jazz lounge) • S. Forno (delightful artisanal bakery) • Sbrino Gelatificio Contadino (mouthwatering gelato made daily) • Santo Spirito Flea Market (second Sunday of the month in Piazza Santo Spirito) • Fierucola di Santo Spirito (artisanal goods and food, third Sunday of the month in Piazza Santo Spirito).

75. San Lorenzo & San Marco

Gentrifying neighborhoods north of the Duomo and east of the train station. A mix of bustling market areas, standout sights, and independent shops. Plenty of cool eateries and hostels.
Best stuff: Trattoria Mario (legendary traditional eatery, lunch only) • La Ménagère (cool café/bistro/gourmet restaurant/basement jazz venue) • SandwiChic (beautiful artisanal panini) • Casa del Vino (great hole-in-the-wall wine bar) • My Sugar (artisanal gelato) • Mercato Centrale (Florence’s oldest and biggest food market) • Galleria dell’Accademia (always busy art museum, home to Michelangelo’s David) • Museo di San Marco (beautiful, austere monastery, once home to Fra Angelico and Savonarola).

76. Santa Maria Novella

Mixed area west of the center, very convenient for transport. Gritty around the station, but more chic around the piazza and down to the river. Great for high-end shopping and bar-hopping.
Best Stuff: Cantinetta Antinori (Classy palazzo venue for Tuscan food and wines from the Antinori vineyards) • Manifattura (mixology bar with vintage style and sounds) • Enoteca Bellini (tasty light bites and tastier wines) • Harry’s Bar (riverfront bar with classic style and classy drinks) • Via della Spada (very chic street of fashion-forward boutiques) • Via dei Fossi (galleries, arty boutiques and antique shops) • Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella (grand pharmacy/perfumery).

77. San Niccolò & Piazzale Michelangelo

Pretty and romantic areas to the east in the Oltrarno. Less touristy, with lots of gardens, arty boutiques, and cute bars. More residential to the south, rising to the famous viewpoint of Piazzale Michelangelo.
Best Stuff: Bottega del Buon Caffè (Michelin-starred farm-to-table restaurant) • La Leggenda dei Frati (chic dinner-with-a-view on a hill in Giardino Bardini) • Zeb (Tuscan cuisine, fine pasta dishes, and good wines) • The Speakeasy 23 (bar for good wine, craft beer, and cocktails) • Via di San Niccolò (arty boutiques, galleries, and perfumers) • Ponte Vecchio (iconic medieval bridge, famous for its jewelers) • Piazzale Michelangelo (famous viewpoint on the city with a replica of Michelangelo’s David) • Giardino delle Rose (park with 400 types of roses and a Japanese garden).

78. Boboli & San Miniato al Monte

Green, upscale residential neighborhoods between Santo Spirito and Piazzale Michelangelo. They feel restful, far from the tourist crowds, with lovely villas and gorgeous views.
Best Stuff: Da Ruggero (hearty Tuscan trattoria) • Le Bistrot (gourmet seasonal cuisine at Villa Cora) • Palazzo Pitti (grand Medici residence, with several museums) • Giardino di Boboli (Renaissance park and outdoor sculpture museum) • Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte (11th-century hilltop church).

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