A fail proof guide to your perfect day in this Renaissance wonderland (no taxis necessary!)
Florence’s walkability is part of its charm and convenience, but because nearly every strada boasts several enticing eateries, the hungry tourist could easily spend an entire day on a single block. If you find yourself in Florence for an extended stay, you have the luxury of wandering through the city and popping into whichever spots catch your eye. However, if you’re just passing though, fear not! I’ve got your single-day itinerary right here—just bring your appetite.
With so many breathtaking sights to see, you won’t want to spend too much time on traditional long, indoor dining experiences. You need your food to be quick, on the go, and, of course, incredibly delicious. This fail proof guide to your perfect day in this Renaissance wonderland will bring you to each corner of the city center (no taxis necessary!) as you taste every flavor Florence has to offer.
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Kick start a long day of touring with a cappuccino or espresso at this trendy hotspot that proudly celebrates Italian coffee culture. Getting an afternoon cappuccino is a total tourist move, so make like a true Italian and greet the day with their perfectly crafted cappuccino. Earn extra local points for using “per favore” and “grazie” when ordering.
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
American-style breakfast is nearly impossible to come by in Florence, but Le Vespe’s large menu offers everything from breakfast burritos, to pancakes, to healthy smoothies. Fuel your day of walking in this hip any cozy setting.
Open everyday from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Commonly referred to as the home of “the best panini in Italy,” this tiny sandwich shop is a must-try spot. Don’t let the long line scare you away—each panini is made quickly, right before your eyes, using fresh ingredients. If you’re a fan of truffles, make sure to try the “crema di tartufo,” their incredibly flavorful truffle spread. Grab your paper-wrapped panini and get back to sightseeing!
Open everyday from 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
By now you probably want take a break from walking, so stop by La Ménagère, the stunning café/restaurant/shop/florist/live music venue for a refreshing afternoon drink. Relax in this gorgeous space and order their gorgeous Aperol Spritz. You will definitely want to snap a picture of this not-too-bitter, not-too-sweet version of the Italian staple.
Closed on Mondays. Tuesday – Sunday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Now it’s time to cross over the Arno River, because you can’t visit Florence without trying Gustapizza. Take your delicious pizza to go, and step outside to eat it picnic-style in the quintessentially Florentine Piazza Santo Spirito. What could be better than a pizza and a sunset?
Closed on Sundays. Monday: 9 a.m. – 12 a.m., Tuesday – Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a few scoops of gelato from Vivoli, the popular gelateria that has been perfecting the Italian treat for generations. Their popularity has not caused them to sacrifice authenticity, and they make their ever-changing flavors fresh each day. Gelato was designed to compliment Florence’s walking culture, so finish your day by strolling through the city’s magically lit streets with your gelato in hand. If you must now say arrivederci to Florence, you can be sure you have seen and tasted some of the best the city has to offer—but I’m sure you’ve already delayed your flight.
Photos: Jordyn Asakowicz
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