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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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
Viola - A great Pizzeria few metres from the apartment's
Address: Via Pacinotti 10-12/r # 055/588846
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
- 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
Ice Creams street (Viale dei Mille)
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.
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
Red & the Black
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 .