Cultural Experience | Florence

Top Places To Eat In Florence.

Florence, where art, food and people connect.

By Author @NicoleERenard

I don’t know many people who would say no to eating pizza and gelato every day while walking some of the most historic streets of Italy and when I lived in Florence, that’s exactly what I did.

I went to Florence for a travel course about Art History during the Renaissance era through my school, Chapman University and because of that, got a first hand experience of what living like a local Italian was really like.

The 3 things that stood out to me the most in Florence were the art, food and the people. Of all the world’s most notable pieces of art, half of them are in Italy, and of those, half are in Florence!

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There is so much to learn about history through pieces of art and I reveled in delight walking through countless museums and churches hearing some old stories and some new.

The leather factory, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, and The David were amongst some of my favorite visits. Of course you can’t miss the magnificent Duomo located in the center of the city featuring a 465 stair hike to the top with an impeccable view of Florence. The Duomo Museum was my favorite museum in town containing Michelangelo’s last sculpture and Donatello’s Mary Magdalene.

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Let’s talk about food now because I know you’re all probably thinking that’s the best part about Italy and you’re right. It is. In the states I actually don’t really like pizza, pasta or paninis, so it’s funny that I literally ate that every day in Florence, but it’s SO different and SO good.

Here is a list of my favorite places in town.

Pizza:
• Gusta Pizza – hands down #1 best pizza I’ve ever had. Ask for it to be shaped like a heart!
o Via Maggio, 46R, 50125, Florence, Italy
• Pizzeria O’Vesuvio – they have ricotta stuffed crust!!
o Via Dei Cimatori 21r, 50122, Florence, Italy


Paninis:
• Amorino panino e vino
o Via Dei Servi 16r, 50122, Florence, Italy
• Antico noe
o Volta di S. Piero, 6/8/r, 50122 Firenze, Italy
• All’Antico vinaio
o Via dei Neri, 74/R, 50100 Firenze, Italy
Pasta:
• Trattoria ZaZa
o Piazza del Mercato Centrale, 26r, 50123 Firenze, Italy
• Osteria Santo Spirito – truffle gnocchi
o Piazza Santo Spirito, 16/R, 50125 Firenze, Italy

Gelato
• Venchi
o Via Calimaruzza, 18, 50123 Firenze, Italy
• Gelateria de Neri
o Via dei Neri, 9/11, 50122 Firenze, Italy
• Vivaldi
o Via dei Renai, 15, 50125 Firenze, Italy

• Edorado –try dark chocolate and cinnamon!
o Piazza del Duomo, 45/R, 50122 Firenze, Italy

Coffee:
• News Café (they’ll draw the Duomo in your café latte! Also, try drinking chocolate!)
o Via del Giglio, 59, 50123 Firenze, Italy

BEST OVERALL MEAL EVER: La Giostra
• Borgo Pinti, 10-18 R, 50121 Firenze, Italy

Now that you’re hungry I want to illustrate how wonderful the people in Florence are with this little story.

A friend of mine told me about a guy named Giuliano Ricchi who smashed Euros and made them into bracelets for you if you knocked on his apartment door. I thought it was sketchy but it ended up being one of the coolest experiences of my month abroad.

He has an entire apartment filled with little brass trinkets he has created and turned into the most beautiful jewelry. He even sells to the United States! While we were there he showed us some of his orders from Alaska.

When we asked him about the bracelets, sure enough he took us down to the basement where he fired up his roller and smashed our Euros right before our eyes. Then he custom fit a chain to our wrist and attached the pendent to it.

I will never forget Giuliano and all the other kind souls I met in Florence. They truly welcomed me and made me feel like I belonged. Whether you’re going for the history, tourism or simply the food, know that Florence is a wonderful town, rich in love, wisdom and great culture.

Thanks for reading! To see more of my travels, follow me on instagram @Nicole_theNomad and twitter @NicoleERenard . Also subscribe to my #DoStuff blog to read about my adventures and get healthy recipes: www.dostuffblog.wordpress.com

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