They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when it comes to finding beauty in the city of Florence, this is not the slightest bit difficult. Residents and tourists alike could easily say that Florence is one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in all of Italy, possibly in the world.

I may be biased, because I have been living here for 6 months now, and have found it to be one of the best experiences of my life.

Florence may not be a big city, but it has plenty to offer. There are many articles one can find about the most popular spots such as David’s Michelangelo or the Basilica, but that’s not what I want to share. Below is a run-down of some of the ‘not-so-known’ spots that are definitely worth visiting in Florence.

 

Wining and Dining

  1. Berberè Craft Pizza and Beer- Piazza De’ Nerli 1

You can find plenty of recommendations online for famous pizzerias, but my personal favorite is Berberè. This shop doesn’t use use chemical yeast, but rather living sourdough, making Berberè pizza lighter, healthier, and tastier.

 

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  1. Edoardo’s Gelateria- Piazza del Duomo

Gelaterias are to Italy like Starbucks to America, there is one on every corner. After doing extensive research- AKA, eating gelato way too many times per week – Edoardo’s is hands down one of the best. This shop offers all organic ingredients that make up the creamiest of ice creams, and you can even smell them baking their handmade cones from blocks away. Irresistible.

 

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  1. Ino– Via dei Georgofili

Hunt down one of the prime sandwich joints Florence has to offer, tucked away on a little back street running parallel to the Arno River. The owner is Alessandro Frassica, who says, “a ‘panino’ is just the instrument to introduce people to excellent ingredients.”

 

Museums

  1. Vasari Corridor – Piazza della Signoria

Get away from the tourists by visiting this corridor that was originally built in 1565 as a private walkway for Florence’s famous Medici family. It’s now a passageway containing a vast self-portrait collection, beginning with some of the most famous Renaissance artists. Be prepared, it’s accessible only by appointment.

  1. Stibbert Museum- Via Federigo Stibbert 26

The Stibbert Museum is one of Florence’s best secret little spots, which shouldn’t be any secret. This gem is hidden on a hillside a bit outside of Florence, but it’s well worth the voyage. It’s a house turned museum, hosting the most extensive collection of historic European, Japanese, and Islamic armor in the world. Truly a sight to see.

 

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Shopping

  1. Luisa Via Roma- Via Roma 19/21r

Located on one of Florence’s most popular streets, it’s impossible not the ogle at whatever crazy display is going on in the windows of this store. Although it can be a bit intimidating to step foot inside, this is a definite must-see. The shop is a fashion experience in itself, hosting some of the highest luxury brands, accompanied by new and upcoming designers. Their online store is super fun, too!

  1. Boutique Nadine – Via dei Benci, 32

One of the cutest and most unique little boutiques, this is a personal favorite to shop at because every visit feels different. With it’s whimsical, almost Anthropology feel, this is the go-to place for vintage treasures ranging from Prada sunglasses to cool office stationery.

 

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Markets

  1. San Lorenzo – Piazza San Lorenzo

This market is packed with vendors lining the streets with their canvas carts offering all sorts of leather goods, local foods, intricate jewelry, etc. You name it, and it can probably be found here. 

  1. Fierucola Market- Piazza Santo Spirito

An organic lover’s heaven. The Santo Spirito market sells products from local farmers including organic vegetables, fruits, olive oil, cheeses, and more. Plus, there is an interesting mix of stalls offering all sorts of surprises…books, old antiques, and other knick knacks.

 

Boutique Hotels

  1. J.K. Place- Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7

J.K. Place is a boutique hotel with a real homey feel. Well, how I wish my home looked, at least! This hotel is really a hidden gem of Florence, and quite the place to visit. Hospitality is number one here, the staff at J.K. Place knows all of the visitors’ names and greets them with a welcome drink. It doesn’t hurt that at this luxurious hotel there is also a beautiful and quiet rooftop lounge looking over all of Florence’s terracotta roofs.

 

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