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Fun and Exciting Activities in Florence?

Traveling with my husband and teenage son. What are some places, hotels, restaurants, etc. that are recommended. Thank you!

6 Answers

top answer by
Mary Ann from La Jolla

Take the bus to Fiesole; eat at Terrazza 45 (refined but not too expensive); try a pasta bar in Florence called Tamerò – ristorante S.Spirito FirenzePiazza Santo Spirito as well as Il Santo BevitoreVia di Santo Spirito, Trattoria IL GUSCIO - Ristorante, Pizzeria, Osteria, Enoteca in centro storico.

Other restos: Osteria Vini e Vecchi SaporiVia dei MagazziniCoquinarius, La Buchetta Food & WineVia dei Benci; Also up in Settignano (above Florence) go to Caffè Desiderio--great lunch spot and you can take a stroll into the hills.

Check out the guided tours by Florence for Foodies; Context Travel and the Florence restaurant app by Elizabeth Minchilli.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Terrazza 45 (restaurant)
  2. Tamerò – ristorante S.Spirito Firenze (attraction)
  3. Piazza Santo Spirito (attraction)
  4. Il Santo Bevitore (restaurant)
  5. Via di Santo Spirito (attraction)
  6. Trattoria IL GUSCIO - Ristorante, Pizzeria, Osteria, Enoteca in centro storico (restaurant)
  7. Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori (restaurant)
  8. Via dei Magazzini (attraction)
  9. Coquinarius (attraction)
  10. La Buchetta Food & Wine (restaurant)
  11. Via dei Benci (attraction)
  12. Settignano (attraction)
  13. Caffè Desiderio (attraction)
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answered by
Matthew from Boston

For first timers in Florence I highly recommend eating at Acqua Al 2 with its blueberry steak (I know sounds kind of weird but it's amazing), as well as the balsamic steak. I also highly recommend Golden View Open Bar (don't let the name fool you). The truffle ravioli and truffle chicken are fantastic and it is situated right next to the Ponte Vecchio. 

When it comes to food, especially pizza and gelato, I'd recommend staying away from the city center. There are a lot of very subpar places just aimed at tourists. The best pizza in Florence belongs to Pizzeria Spera, It's a small hole in the wall a little outside the city center but so worth it. Pizzas are all under 10 euros and it goes down great with a liter of the house wine. After walk on over to Gelateria di Medici, (Via dello Statuto, 3) just around the corner for some post dinner gelato. 

You'll obviously want to check out the Renaissance art so Gallery of The Academy is where you will find the David, and Uffizi Gallery is probably the finest selection of early renaissance art around. But if you want a little less seen museum then I'd recommend the Bargello National Museum, where you will find Donatello's David. I'd also recommend taking a stroll around the Pitti Palace and the attached Boboli Gardens

Other than that, I recommend getting lost and wandering the city. Florence has a ton of charm to it and the best way is to just immerse yourself in the city.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Acqua Al 2 (restaurant)
  2. Golden View Open Bar (attraction)
  3. Pizzeria Spera (restaurant)
  4. Via dello Statuto, 3 (attraction)
  5. Gallery of The Academy (attraction)
  6. Uffizi Gallery (attraction)
  7. Bargello National Museum (attraction)
  8. Pitti Palace (hotel)
  9. Boboli Gardens (attraction)
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answered by
Lisa from Chapel Hill

Il Latini is an excellent restaurant...we loved it! We also enjoyed dining at Giglio Rosso.

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  1. Il Latini (restaurant)
  2. Giglio Rosso (restaurant)
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answered by
Ben from London

Make sure you visit the Mercato Centrale food market near the train station for great food.  You could go after visiting San Lorenzo Market as they are quite close.

Taste the gelato at Vivoli Gelateria they are divine!  We actually offer a foodie tour around you may be interested in? Check it out here.

If you want something completely different, we offer a Renaissance Pottery Experience in the city centre you may be interested in? You can read more about this here

Let me know if you are and I would be glad to help :)

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  1. Mercato Centrale (attraction)
  2. San Lorenzo Market (attraction)
  3. Vivoli Gelateria (restaurant)
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answered by
Wanda from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hi Candida,

The best pizzeria in town is a little bit out of the city center. It's in Via Capo di Mondo and is called Le Stagioni. It's very inexpensive, very basic, but very nice! And they have great pizzas. Oh, end try a Tartufo Nero for dessert if you like chocalate ice cream.

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  1. Le Stagioni (restaurant)
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answered first by
Laura from Kansas City (Kansas)

Each time we travel to Florence, we always stay with Miranda at the Locanda Orchidea - it's a cozy, 2nd floor hotel in a great location with an unbeatable price. (Ask for a garden-side room, instead of a room looking out onto the via Albizi)

You asked for exciting things to do in Florence, and I'm not sure how to answer that - I wouldn't describe Florence as "exciting" for a teenager, but the things our teens enjoy are walking along the river and across the Ponte Vecchio and viewing the massiveness of the Duomo and climbing the tower. If you're hikers, definitely go across the river and spend time in the Boboli and the Piazzale Michelangelo - both require time and good walking shoes, but the view into the city is well worth it.

Our favorite place to eat is a hole in the wall sandwich shop that the locals and students flock to: All' Antico Vinaio - you won't be disappointed.

Honestly, the best way to enjoy Florence is to just walk, get lost in the streets and enjoy the 2-euro house wine in each little cafe you run across.

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  1. Ponte Vecchio (attraction)
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