Florence is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world. Tourists can be amazed among masterpieces at Galleria degli Uffizi, or contemplate Giambologna’s Ratto delle Sabine in Piazza della Signoria, or wonder at the Arno, the list goes on. And once all those musts have been ticked off, why not venture south of the river and explore the buzzing bars of Oltrarno? Here are some of the best.
Bar, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Italian, $$$
This very characteristic bar is situated right at the end of the famous Ponte Vecchio, on the other side of the Arno river. It only takes a short and pleasant walk on the peculiar bridge to reach it and, beside a magnificent view of the city, it offers impeccable service. Bar Ponte Vecchio is not cheap however, but the bloated prices are certainly worth paying for the view.
From a place named Golden View Open Bar nothing less is to be expected than a superb view of Florence and a range of impressive drinks. The incredible spot and the juicy cocktails make this bar the perfect place for a stylish happy hour in one of Italy’s most romantic cities. Decorated with a modern design, the place offers several rooms featuring a breathtaking view on the Arno and Ponte Vecchio.
‘Life begins after coffee’ is immediately readable on the wall right in front of the entrance door at JT Caffè. Certainly a funny slogan, it is also an invitation and anyone passing by would do well to accept it, because the cappuccino here is truly legendary. In fact, at JT Caffè they’ve mastered design not just in decorating but in creating coffees too. Address and telephone number: JT Caffè, Piazza de’ Pitti, 32, Florence, Italy, +39 055 281143
Bar, Dessert Shop, Bakery, Dessert, Pastries
Hemingway Firenze is a cioccolateria, which means here customers can find delicious hot chocolate made with real cocoa, and anything else made with chocolate besides. The menu also offers a wide variety of original teas, which can be accompanied with chocolate biscuits. The place also works as a regular bar, featuring cocktails, from the classics to some signature ones.
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Set in front of the historic Palazzo Pitti, which hosted the first Italian haute couture show in 1951, Caffè della Galleria offers an exclusive view over the unique building, along with plenty of art and photographs to peer at while drinking. A dehor facing the Piazza is also available, and is a great choice in the summer sun of Tuscany.