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1 Day in Florence

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

So you’ve checked Florence’s major sites off the list: David, the Uffizi gallery, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio to name a few. Now what? Florence’s historic, cultural and artistic treasures are undeniably many of the world’s best. But that’s not the only thing the city has to offer. And 24 hours are all you need to discover how to live it up like a true Florentine! Here’s how to get a taste of the “real” Florence:

florence: 24 hoursPhoto: Getty Images, Corbis

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hit the markets: Starting your day off in one of Florence’s open-air markets is a great way to get a feel for the city and its inhabitants. Sant’ Ambrogio market (open 7a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon-Sat) nestled in piazza Ghiberti hosts some of the city’s most vibrant fruit and vegetable vendors. Scouring boxes of antique postcards and jewellery more your thing? Piazza dei Ciompi flea market (open 9a.m.-7p.m. Mon-Sat) has cheap (and not so cheap) treasures aplenty. Wade through the Mercato del Porcellino located just off via Calimala (open 9a.m.-7p.m. Mon-Sat) to quench your leather fetish.

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Picnic in the park: Nothing is simpler and more satisfying than a tasty schiacciata, (a typical Tuscan toasted sandwich) and a shaded park bench. Find I Vinattieri just off via del Corso behind Dante’s old residence and take your schiacciata to go. Then head to the gargantuan Boboli Gardens (8.15 a.m- 19.30 p.m. Mon- Sun) and find the park bench of your dreams.

6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Happy hour and beyond: Florence doesn’t lack in places to have an apertivo, Italy’s answer to happy hour. Elaborate buffets are offered with the purchase of a cocktail or glass of wine at most bars and cafe’s across the city. Fill your plate and enjoy the social scene in San Niccolo’s, Il Rifrullo, via San Niccolo 55r. Just up the hill at Foriporta drink your favourite Chianti and nibble on hand selected cheeses, salami and cured meats.

12:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Dance till dawn: Or just stand around and look cool at one of Florence’s hopping clubs. Central Park, Via del Fosso Macinante, 2 with its four floors has something for everyone. For an exotic beat try Girasol, Via del Romito, 1r.

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Venere Travel Blog writer auria bohn

Auria has lived in Europe since 2003 and as of late calls Florence home. She covets pesto and chocolate cakes. You can find her making both at home in vintage heels. Discover more of her recipes, antique collections and a bit of Florentine life at

5 responses to “1 Day in Florence”

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  1. Christina Alward says via Facebook:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 18:08

    I wish !!!

  2. Sharmistha Das says via Facebook:
    December 2nd, 2010 at 18:14

    Firenze is gorgeous… 24hrs or 3 days… as I did in 2006 :)

  3. Heydi Domínguez Palmer says via Facebook:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 00:49

    Never is enough!!!

  4. Zulqurnain Ali says via Facebook:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 07:11

    I would love go there!!!

  5. Andrea Heath says:
    March 13th, 2011 at 21:26

    That is a pity that you recommend the “I Vinattieri” in via Santa Margherita, just beside the Chiesa de Dante for a Schiacciata. This place has been abusive in many ways and we, living in the same street, have tried to stop this business for quite some time now.

    Why am I saying this: First, because this shop made unauthorized changes to the historical building by enlarging the door and opening a big space for the ventilation; second, because all the chair outside are in authorized use of public space. Already twice the police came round to remove the tables that had been put there previously. You have probably noticed that the street is quite narrow and there is a considerable flow of tourists to see the “Chiesa di Dante” and the House of Dante, and that people eating in front “I Vinattieri” considerably add to this confusion. Third, the smell of the kind of food they offer does not go well with this small and historical little street. It keeps somehow hanging in the air. Fourth, you should take a look after they close their business – there is litter in the street giving it an unplesant and untidy aspect.

    In short: Do not even recommend people to buy anything at “I Vinattieri” even to go.

    There are much better and REALLY traditional places
    where people can have food in Florence. I will, for example, strongly recommend the Mercato Centrale!! There you can buy a fresh schiacciata, olives, cheese, etc. to make the picnic in the Boboli Garden… although I have to tell you that it is not permitted to have a picnic in the Boboli Gardens!
    So why not try the park beside the Church San Miniato al Monte.

    I would, for example, additionaly recommend the unrivalled Bruschetta in the Mercato Centrale (Bar del Mercato – almost in front of “Pasta Fresca”). Costs 1,50 euros and accompaning a glass of wine 1 euro. And the nicely prepared and served by Roberto.

    Andréa Heath

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