Off Bar & Villa Vittoria, Florence Summer Spots ’21

Off Bar on the banks the Swan Pond at Florence’s Fortezza da Basso offers a cool experience on a hot summer’s evening

Music, drinks, friends and food – what more does summer need? Florence’s summer spots are offering all of this and more. Located near the Santa Maria Novella train station, the OFF Bar and Villa Vittoria are just two of many spots that you won’t want to miss out on this summer. 

OFF Bar – Piazza Oriana Fallaci (near the Lago dei Cigni). Open Monday to Sunday 11 am to 1:30 am. Free entry. For more information email 

Whether you’re looking for a place to soak in the sun or enjoy a night out with friends, the OFF Bar is the place for you. Located in the garden of Fortezza da Basso, around the Swan Lake (Lago dei Cigni), the outdoor venue welcomes tourists and locals to enjoy food, beverages and music all day long. 

This summer’s menu includes Thai food, pizza and loads of entertainment. From DJ sets to concerts to cinema, the OFF Bar seems to have it all. In the evenings, enjoy a night of cinema under the stars, or live music provided by different musical groups. Musical selections vary including world, electronic, funk disco, oldies and house music.

In addition to the food and entertainment, the OFF Bar has a wide variety of beverages. Offering beers on tap, wines, soft drinks and spirits as well as a special mojito menu, the OFF Bar is the spot to be this summer. Grab a beverage, escape the summer heat and enjoy the diverse schedule with your family and friends. Below is their full schedule of events:

Monday: Film showing by OFF Cinema

Tuesday: Music selection by OFF BAR

Wednesday: “Your Local Summer” – DJ Set by Progeas Family

Thursday: “Exotica by Tropical Animals” – Live music by Riccardo Baez

Friday: “Sound Aperitif” by Francesco Profeti and Davide Calamai

Saturday: “Stile Libero” – Musical selection by Cojo Djette

Sunday: Music selection by OFF BAR

Villa Vittoria – Viale Filippo Strozzi, 2. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 7 pm to 3 am, closed Sundays and Mondays. Free entry. For more information email or call 3477077014.

Enriched by dazzling lights, music, cocktails and food, the Villa Vittoria is the perfect nightlife spot. Located a few steps away from the Fortezza da Basso, the venue includes bar & food stands, a DJ set, couches, benches and a live music area.

Locals and tourists are welcome to come and have dinner, a drink with friends and listen to music. The Villa Vittoria offers menus to enjoy all three: à la carte, aperitif and a buffet menu. The menus which are Mediterranean based add to the lively and colorful ambience of the summer venue. Catered by Fishing Lab, the buffet menu includes raw or cooked fish dishes as well as innovative recipes. Combined with an aperitif, the food will make you feel relaxed and as if you’re at sea.

For those looking for a livelier night, the Villa Vittoria has you covered. After dinner and drinks, the scene becomes vibrant, transitioning from happy hour to nightclub. The varying music selections and colorful lights invite people to the dance floor. 

Whether you prefer the happy hour or nightclub scene, the Villa Vittoria is a great place to relax, enjoy a night out with friends and dance the night away. For more information on events and music selections, visit their Facebook page or website (rachel pellegrino).