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:
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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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