San Lorenzo market courtesy of David Vogel.
Ian writes: having lived in the very centre of Florence for over four years, I ate out at plenty of great places. These are the spots I kept returning to – and still do whenever I’m in the neighbourhood…
Trattoria Anita’s | Via del Parlascio
Situated just behind the Palazzo Vecchio. A real local trattoria in the centre of Florence. At lunch time, the fixed menu is just the best way to experience the Italian lunch break.
Yellow Bar | Via del Proconsolo
This great spot for pizza is between the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio; not the most imaginative name, but a great atmosphere nonetheless.
Trattoria Cibreo | Via Andrea del Verrocchio
Classic Tuscan fare with excellent service. Not the cheapest but worth every Euro.
Osteria Caffe Italiano | Via dell’Isola delle Stinche
Stylish and charming osteria. Typical Tuscan dishes cooked and served well; you can’t go wrong here.
San Lorenzo Market
Finally and possibly my favourite: breakfast at the market in San Lorenzo. In the early morning at the covered market, the locals are there picking out the freshest products; the banter between the stall holders and their clients is great. This is the ideal chance to pick up fruit and fresh bread and salami for a picnic in the Boboli Gardens later in the day, and escape the hawkers and hagglers and see the city from one of its best vantage points.
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