Under the Tuscan Sun: Eating in Florence

Every bit as magical and romantic as you’d imagined it, the only thing in Florence you need to steer clear from is the summer afternoon sun which can climb to 42c. The mornings and evenings, however, unfold all sorts of wonders in the form of history, art, culture and cuisine. And if you only see one thing in Florence, it has to be Michelangelo’s David – perfection in its truest sense.

 

Restaurant:  Borgo San Giovani: Located on the piazza Santa Maria del Fiori, you’d be excused to think that this is just another overpriced eaterie where unsuspecting tourists are snared. Rather than wait for a table outside on the piazza where the world watches you eat and beggars constantly turn up at your table, opt to go downstairs into the small, but cool and quaint cellar. Apart from the usual pizzas and pastas, there is a great Tuscan vegetable soup, a mammoth sized t-bone steak and some fabulous fish dishes, all to be had with some great Tuscan wine.

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Bar: Moyo: Trendy little bar close to the river bank serving great cocktails and, this is the best bit, free food! Well, as long as you buy a drink, you can get a plate and help yourself to the mostly vegetarian cold buffet where along with salads and breads, there is rice, cous-cous, chicken wings and various sauces and relishes, all surprisingly tasty! And the décor is quite funky, the music loud enough so you can’t eavesdrop, but low enough so you can talk comfortably. Definitely one to check out!

Tea and Coffee: Scudieri: Florence is full of patisseries! This one’s great with all sorts of tarts, biscuits, andminiature desserts to tempt you. I had the loveliest wild strawberry and cream tart – packed with the little gems. Yum! Only wish I had space to try each little delicacy.

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Unfortunately, it being the month of August, I wasn’t able to make it to the most highly recommended restaurant in Florence, Il Cibreo and the much acclaimed 3 star Michelin Enotecca Pinchiorri.

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