Florence: the city and some of our friends.
On this page we’d like to give you some information to make your stay easier. We’ll give you the addresses of some of our friends offering services which will help you to get to know Florence better and enjoy it to the full.
We’ll start from the really touristy part: the official sites offering information about the city are those of the City Council and Tourism Office.
Friends who can offer you useful and reliable information about the city and Tuscany in general are: TerradiToscana, Visit Florence and DiscoverTuscany.
A guide for your vacation is Paesi on line.
For information on the night life and cultural events or entertainment buy the magazine Firenze Spettacolo. To book tickets on-line for the Accademia, Uffizi and bigger museums, go straight to the Florence Museum site.
A good place to hire bikes of all types is Florence by bike and a certified biking guide Bruno Baldini offers custom bike tours throughout Tuscany. As regards eating and drinking we’ll limit ourselves to giving you a few valid addresses: Ristorante Pane e vino Tel. 052476956, Trattoria da Bibe Tel. 055 2049085, Osteria da Melo Tel. 055 6519000, Le volpi e l’uva Tel. 055 2398132, la Casa del vino Tel. 055 215609.
If you like eating offal, Florence is famous for its tripe and lampredotto, sold from carts on the roadside, you’ll find them at the Loggia del Porcellino, in PiazzaS.Ambrogio and at Porta S.Frediano. If anyone wants to learn English or take their TOEFL certificate in Florence, we recommend “The learning centre of Tuscany". A good bookshop is the Edison bookstore in Piazza della Repubblica, while if you’re looking for antique books you should go to Salimbeni in via Matteo Palmieri , number 14 rosso.
For those who still have a soft spot for vinyl, check out Rock Bottom. Here, rather, are some of the few real Florentine craftsmen left: terrecotta Sbigoli, bags and belts Monaco metropolitano.
A couple of cake shops and chocolate makers: Dolci e dolcezze in Piazza Beccaria 8 rosso, Andrea Bianchini in via dei Macci 50 For cookery course and day trips to Chianti or Montalcino: Vinarium. You also find three interesting language webpages at Sprachdirekt.de, Maltalingua.de and LovelyITALIA - Italian language schools in Italy. Other useful links: