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Considered as the artist’s neighbourhood, San Niccolò is one of the coolest districts of Florence, full of art galleries, design boutiques, vintage ateliers, bars and restaurants. If you want to avoid the touristic places, this is the perfect place for you; it is one of the lesser crowded areas of the town and more authentic. Read the top things to do here.
One of the most beautiful buildings of the San Niccolò neighbourhood is the Gate of San Niccolò, located just below Piazzale Michelangelo. You can easily reach it by walking from the famous belvedere of Florence. The gate is visible today, but only from June to September, and you need to book the reservation before you visit. The guide will tell you the day and the time of the visit and, once there, also the history of this important gate.
If you want to buy something authentic and unique, there is only one place to go in San Niccolò: Stefano Bemer. This gorgeous boutique is located just few steps from the San Niccolò Gate and totally worth a look. It is one of the coolest tailor-made brands in the entire world and create excellent leather shoes made by local artisans. Stefano Bemer also organizes workshops and classes, so if you want to learn something more about the process of working the leather, don’t miss this chance!
Florence is the home of unique Renaissance masterpieces, gorgeous museums and stunning buildings known worldwide, such as the Dome, Uffizi Gallery and Giotto’s bell tower. But, it is also home to terrific street art pieces, most of them situated in the San Niccolò district. So, once here, keep your eyes open and don’t miss these lovely pieces of art.
Art enthusiasts pay attention, please: in the San Niccolò neighbourhood, there is one of the nicest ateliers with unique pieces of art. It is the Carla Bruttini Studio, a small, colourful shop-gallery, perfect for buying beautiful artworks realized by the most famous street artists of Florence, such as Blub and Carla Bruttini herself, who is not only the owner of this enchanting boutique, but also a great painter.
Florence is one of the most romantic towns of Italy and Europe, so if you are planning to propose to your partner, there is no better place to do that. If you want to enjoy a romantic moment, go straight to Alessandro Dari’s boutique, a beautiful museum-studio where the artist Dari creates unique jewelry pieces. You can buy a gorgeous handmade ring, take your partner to one of the several viewpoints of the town and do your job.
San Niccolò isn’t just the coolest art district of Florence, but it’s also home to the best place to hang out and spend the night: Il Rifrullo. This beautiful café-restaurant is frequented by locals and is the perfect place for a gorgeous Tuscan aperitivo. We strongly recommend you to visit Il Rifrullo in spring or summer, because it has a beautiful terrace to spend the night drinking with your friends.