Fiesole’s ‘Festa della Music’ Music Marathon

Hundreds of young musicians from the Fiesole Music School, both young and young at heart will perform in Fiesole’s Villa la Torraccia park (via delle Fontanelle 24) for this year’s “Festa della Musica.” Throughout the festive day of June 24, ensembles and soloists, in addition to the Florence Vocal Ensemble, led by Ennio Cari and the newly-founded multi-cultural chorus, “Libere Voci dal Mondo, will flood the Villa and the San Domenico Church open spaces [...]

Balabrunch: Food & Literature at the Synagogue

The Synagogue of Florence hosts a series of author talks and brunches called the Balabrunch ending in mid-June. Balabrunch is a continuation of the synagogue’s summer festival, Balagan Cafe, and strives to create an empathetic relationship with the public through the exchange of ideas. The Synagogue of Florence will host a Pulitzer Award winner Michael Chabon and his wife and novelist Ayelet Waldman on Sunday, April 9 starting at 11:15 am.  Chabon’s prize [...]

A Summer Salad Spot in Florence

Florence, the city of art and museums, offers no shortage in the way of food for the soul. But church exploring and gallery hopping should never be tackled on an empty stomach. Yet in the land of pizza and pasta, lighter, healthier options, particularly sought-after in the hot summer months, are often hard to come by. When searching for a fresh and cheap salad in Florence, look no further than Enoteca Natalino (Borgo degli [...]

Florence’s Best Mexican Happy Hour

l’Margaritaio, Via dell’Anguillara 70/R, Florence.. Open 5:30 pm – 2 am daily. Frozen margaritas in sugar-rimmed glasses adorned with pineapple slices, piles of tortilla chips covered in cheese and guacamole, walls lined with Mexican street art. The city filled to the brim with world class Italian fare does not sound like the home of this scene, yet somehow l’Margaritaio has been flourishing in Florence. This underground gem specializes in Mexican happy hour, doling [...]

Florence’s Best Hot Chocolate

We are not talking about thin tasteless hot chocolate made from a packet of powder found in America.  Florentine hot chocolate is in an entirely different league, in fact, like so many things in Italy, it is more of an art. The charming powder blue shop called Vestri (Borgo degli Albizi 11/r) bursts at the seams with everything one could possibly make out of chocolate: truffles, bars, gelato, spreads, pastas, panettone, and a cylinder [...]

Florence’s Best Bagels

The best bagels in Florence — plain, sesame seed, poppy seed, onion and everything — are found at Snack Bar Anna, via de’Ginori 26/red near the Duomo and San Lorenzo. Before opening the café in 1998, the friendly proprietors, formerly affiliated with a bakery in Carmignano, had supplied Florence’s first American bakery specializing in U.S. desserts to the resident expat and student community. Besides perfectly-textured bagels just right for toasting, over the years [...]

Frozen Yogurt Arrives in Florence

Located close to via Calzauioli, Yogurt & Co. (via Tosinghi 4/R) is a wonderful little dessert shop for those who are looking for something other than a traditional Italian gelato. The owner, Mirko Coco, hails from Romagna, and is very passionate about frozen yogurt. After seeing lots of yogurt shops come, he perfected his recipe through lots of self-study and trial and error and the result is a refreshing treat with just the [...]

Florence’s Best Gelato

Refresh yourself with a scoop of a rich, fresh, and crisp gelato on one of Florence’s many hot, sweltering days. Marco Ottavian’s authentic gelato (via Matteo Palmieri 34/R) is found near Santa Croce.  His shop, Gelato Gourmet, has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Marco Ottavian, also known as Chef Ottavian, is the man behind the creation of unforgettable delightful flavors of gelato. He and his wife are originally from Rome, but moved to [...]

Florence’s Best ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’

Osteria del Caffè Italiano, offers traditional Tuscan cuisine in the heart of Florence’s historical district.   Housed in the 14th century Palazzo Salviati, the building once contained old furniture and bric-a-brac up to the ceiling stored by an antique dealer and bric-a-brac. Now upon entering one finds a wood-paneled bar lined with wine glasses, hanging prosciutto hams and a chalkboard with the hand-lettered wines of the day. The marble countertop displays an assortment of [...]

Best Bagels in Florence

The best bagels in Florence — plain, sesame seed, poppy seed, onion and everything — are found at Snack Bar Anna, via de’Ginori 26/red near the Duomo and San Lorenzo. Before opening the café in 1998, the friendly proprietors, formerly affiliated with a bakery in Carmignano, had supplied Florence’s original American shop specializing in U.S. desserts to the resident expat and student community. Besides perfectly-textured bagels just right for toasting, over the years [...]