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Eating in Florence

Enjoying great food and excellent wine in Florence is not difficult at all! Aside from trying out the places that are often recommended in the guide books, just walk down any street and Florence and select a trattoria, enoteca or restaurant in Florence that seems appealing and you'll surely eat a fine meal!

Or how about gelaterias? There are so many that surely there are ones that offer better gelato than others? Trying them out is the fun part, so enjoy!

We understand that might not be enough to go on, so with time we'll be adding additional recommendations and reviews of places we've tried out or that someone else recommends.

Buon appetito!

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Wine Tastings in Florence & Chianti

Whether you have an hour or an entire day, don't leave Florence without doing som wine tasting! You can join a class in town on Tuscan wines and taste or go on a half or full day tour into neighboring Chianti or as far as Montalcino or Montepulciano to get your chance to taste great Tuscan wines.

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Join the Vendemmia In Tuscany

The fun and magic of Chianti and the Tuscany wine region starts with the harvest of the grapes (or the vendemmia).  You can plan to take part in this activity if you are organizing a trip in mid to late September, just be sure to ask in advance your B&B or agriturismo!

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Taste a little of Brazil in Florence at Paulistano

Ready to try something different from local cuisine? Try a bit of Italy mixed with Brazil at Paulistano in the San Lorenzo neighborhood! The couple from Sao Paolo have recently opened a bistro café that offers everything for a sweet breakfast, a refreshing fruit smoothie in the afternoon, a light lunch or the perfect spot for drinks and dinner while enjoying their outdoor, private garden.

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Where to find the best gelato in Florence?

There are a lot of gelato shops in Florence, several almost on every block downtown. So where should you head to get the best gelato? Here are our reviews of what we consider are some of the best "gelaterie" in Florence!

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Where to eat a good bistecca in Florence

Florence is definitely a city for meat lovers: the T-bone steak, known as the Bistecca alla Fiorentina, is one of the most famous dishes in town. While you can find it almost everywhere in the city, here we offer some of the restaurants or trattorie where you will be able to enjoy a great bistecca!

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Enjoy more than just food at the Hard Rock Cafe!

Enjoy the great music, the world famous collection of rock n' roll memorabilia on its walls and a great meal within the beautiful setting of the historical building in the center of Florence the Hard Rock Cafe calls home. With our "Skip-the-line" voucher (and special VF coupon to download), you can be seated quickly, enjoy a delicious, affordable meal at one of the best cafes in the world.

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Where to find the best Panini Shops in town

If you're looking to grand a quick, delicious lunch in Florence, head to one of our top 5 panini shops where you can enjoy a yummy panino sandwich with a glass of red wine where you can eat well without spending too much.

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Top Vegetarian Restaurants in Florence

Looking for vegetarian or vegan dining options in Florence? Nowadays, even several of the more traditional trattoria include one or two vegetarian options on their menu, but fortunately there are also restaurants offering only vegetarian meals. Read our list of the top vegetarian restaurants in Florence to try out on your visit to the city!

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What's an “aperitivo” & Where to Go for the Best in Florence

You'll see and hear "aperitivo" all over Florence and it means before dinner cocktails but in Florence, they are so popular you have to know where the best ones are at. Here we offer our suggestions of the best ones in the historical center!

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Wine Tasting and Dinner in Florence

Want to do wine tastings of the best Tuscan wines right in Florence? At the Piazza del Vino wine bar/shop/restaurant you can enjoy a great late afternoon aperitivo and taste Tuscany's great wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Bolgheri wines.

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Restaurants for a special occasion in Florence

Are you going to celebrate a special occasion in Florence or just want to surprise your partner with a romantic dinner? Do not miss our tips on the most elegant restaurants in Florence where you can enjoy a special meal, often with a view.

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Il Pizzaiuolo - Pizzeria Osteria

The Pizzaiuolo is an excellent pizza parlor specialized in making Naples-style pizza. Located steps from the Sant'Ambrogio market on Via dei Macci, it is right across the street from the well-known Cibreo in the Santa Croce neighborhood.

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Restaurants in Florence

A few restaurants we recommend trying out while in Florence.

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Trattoria i 4 Leoni

The Quattro Leoni is a typical Florentine trattoria in Florence's center in the Oltrarno. Located a few steps from the Pitti Palace in small, hidden piazza, the restaurant serves delicious dishes, such as the Tuscan ribollita and Peposo stew.

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