Where, How & When...  


This building is located in the Campo di Marte area, a beautiful residential area closed to the Artemio Franchi stadium, and to the Piazza delle Cure market.

At walking distance to the city center (it would take 10/15 minutes to be in Piazza SS Annunziata) and to Fiesole (it is a lovely walk towards San Domenico and Fiesole, surrounded by beautiful villas and gardens), the area itself has his own neighborhood life with shops, restaurants, supermarkets and bars.

The Campo di Marte is also a little park, right behind the Football park and the public swimming pool "La Costoli", where in summer time lots of Florentines families go to enjoy some refreshing time off!


Having a car in Florence is always not easy, and maybe not always really needed. Tourists with car rentals should try to organize theirs days out dropping the car at the end of the trip.

Infact almost everywhere parking is upon paying fees, if you are not a resident in Florence.
Not being in the city center though, it is probably the best area to be if you have a car. Infact at least it is allowed to drive and park (nowhere in the city center is), and you are closed to the countryside area of Fiesole (magnificent) and closed to the highway "Firenze Sud", in the directions to Siena and Rome.

Public transportation :
- The bus stop is a few meters away from the building and there are 9 buses taking in every area of Florence.
- Taxi number: 055 4242


Located in the vibrant residential area of le Cure, not far from the centro (piazza liberta'), this daily market has a produce section as well as a variety of stands (which rotate throughout the week) selling house wares, curtains, buttons, inexpensive clothing as well as stock sell-offs of sweaters and the like. M-Sat mornings. Really great is the vegetables and fruits market where starting 6 am you can purchase fresh products.


Perseus - This restaurant, lying close to the Piazza della Libertà in central Florence, caters to a variety of tastes. It offers pizzas as well as an excellent selection of grilled meats - a speciality of the house. Also on offer is a good selection of Tuscan appetizers, hearty bean soups, salads and of course pizzas. The light, fruity wines are predominantly and deliciously Tuscan.
Address:Viale Don Minzone, 10r # 055 58 8226

Ai Ciompi - It serves typical Tuscany dishes in a warm and friendly atmosphere., is in front of a tiny market suddenly adds an extra hundred exhibitors. The stalls are scattered even in the adjacent streets making the occasion even more interesting, multiplying the possibilities of finding something missing in your collection and perhaps giving you an opportunity to buy an origninal souvenir of your stay in Italy.
Address: Via Pietrapiana 36/38r # 055 2344100

Pantera Viola - A great Pizzeria few metres from the apartment's building
Address: Via Pacinotti 10-12/r # 055/588846

La Giostra - The clubby La Giostra, which means "carousel" in Italian, is owned and run by Prince Dimitri Kunz d'Asburgo Lorena, and his way with mushrooms is as remarkable as his charm. The unusually good pastas may require explanation from Soldano, one of the prince's good-looking twin sons. In perfect English he'll describe a favorite dish, taglierini con tartufo bianco, a decadently rich pasta with white truffles. Leave room for dessert: this might be the only show in town with a sublime tiramisu and a wonderfully gooey Sacher torte.
Address: Borgo Pinti 12/r # 055 241341

Cibreo - The food at this upscale trattoria is fantastic, from the creamy crostini di fegatini (a savory chicken-liver spread) to the melt-in-your-mouth desserts. If you thought you'd never try tripe -- let alone like it -- this is the place to lay any doubts to rest: the trippa in insalata (cold tripe salad) with parsley and garlic is an epiphany. Construe chef Fabio Picchi's unsolicited advice as a sign of his enthusiasm for cooking; it's warranted, as the food is among the best and most creative in town. Around the corner is Cibreino, Cibrèo's budget version, with a shorter menu and a no-reservations policy.
Address: Via A. del Verrocchio, 8/r # 055 2341100

The Ice Creams street (Viale dei Mille)

The record breaking summer heat has had us all seeking refuge in the gelaterias! What a choice we have here in Florence! Besides the classically wonderful gelato that everyone knows and loves, there are also other gelateria specialties such as semifreddos, sorbetti, frappes, and granitas.

Florence claims the first ice cream. In 1565, Bernardo Buontalenti, the architect to the Royal Court of the Medici family, was hired to create fabulous events for the Florentine banquets, including stage constructions, theater events, fireworks, and food. For one of his creations, he decided to chill pastry cream in the special rooms created to keep ice transported from the glaciers in Abetone down the Florence and used to chill drinks.

When Catherine de'Medici moved to France after marrying Enrico, Duke of Orleans, in 1565, she brought her staff along to cook for her and her family. Among her chefs was Ruggeri, the first professional ice cream maker.

Viale dei Mille, 5 minutes away from the apartment's building has at least 4 great ice creams producers! A special trip to a certain highly recommended place near the stadium. Gelateria Badiani on Viale dei Mille 20r, or a few metres ahead Geleateria Conti.

The Red & the Black

Florence's address system has a split personality. Private homes, some offices, and hotels are numbered in black (or blue), while businesses, shops, and restaurants are numbered independently in red. This means that 1, 2, 3 (black) addresses march up the block numerically oblivious to their 1r, 2r, 3r (red) neighbours. You might find the doorways on one side of a street numbered: 1r, 2r, 3r, 1, 4r, 2, 3, 5r . . .

Florence keeps proclaiming that it's busily renumbering the whole city without the colour system -- plain 1, 3, 5 on one side, 2, 4, 6 on the other -- and will release the new standard soon, but no one is quite sure when. Conservative Florentines who don't want their addresses to change have been helping to hold up the process. This is all compounded by the fact that the color codes occur only in the centro storico and other older sections of town; outlying districts didn't bother with the codes and use the international standard system .