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Things we love:

Gelato, gelato, gelato
Canal-side drinking, of course
Almost a third of the world’s art treasures reside in Florence
Tea with Mussolini, A Room with a View, The Stendhal Syndrome and Hannibal were all filmed here

Things we wish we’d known:

Avoid bars right by the Duomo, yes they have a great view but they are overpriced and full of drunk American students
If you go in the summer, booking somewhere with a/c is essential
Specialities of Florentine cuisine include tripe and slightly more appetizingly, bistecca alla Fiorentina, a mammoth, char-grilled t-bone steak
The Ponte Vecchio, now occupied by goldsmiths, was the only bridge spared by Hitler

Best bars in Florence
Best bars in Florence
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Dolce Vita
Dolce Vita

Looking for strong cocktails my friend? Then make your way to Dolce Vita. Located on the south side of the river away from the main tourist centre, you’ll need to strap on your walking shoes or take a taxi, and Read More

Grace Lounge Bar
Grace Lounge Bar

BarChick found this place eight years ago when she lived in Firenze, and it’s as good now as it was then. The balcony is a people watchers’ wet dream and has a view of the Duomo, the most beautiful building Read More

Montecarla
Montecarla

Montecarla isn’t easy to find, being out of the city centre, but once you’re here, you ain’t going no-where. This is a leopard printed tropical jungle; an Aladdin’s den of decadence, all with an 80s rock n roll edge. Entry Read More

Pop Café
Pop Café

In one of the coolest squares in Florence, Piazzo di Santo Spirito, south of the Ponte Vecchio, is this bustling Bohemian café-bar, which covers all your coffee, cocktail and nibbling needs. When we arrived at this simple spot, they had Johnny Read More

Tower Bar at Hotel Torre Guelfa
Tower Bar at Hotel Torre Guelfa

We love the entry to this bar. From the mental chaos of central Florence, with tourists and motorbikes flying at you from every direction, slip down a shady cobbled street, to discover the grand lobby of the Hotel Torre Guelfa. Read More

Volume
Volume

This is an old milliners’ workshop craftily fashioned into a bar, and we’re into it. Frequented mostly by the Florentine locals, word on the street is that this is where the cool kids hang. The retro furniture is illustrated with books Read More