Hotel Casa Lea

Via Fra Bartolomeo, 21, Florence, 50132, Italy
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Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by capital_clover

Does anyone know of good and affordable places to eat in Florence. I have already heard of Nerbone and the famous "panino bollito" in the Mercato centrale and plan a lunch visit there. I'd love to hear some other suggestions though..I.e. pizzerias, sandwich shops, etc.

In the evenings, I'd love to sample something more traditional. Any good sit-down osterias or trattorias to recommend? Again, nothing that won't break the bank. Thanks eveyone!

Re: Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by gildapaolina

For traditional tuscan dishes in Florence, I always recommend the 'Pape' trattoria near Teatro del Maggio: charming atmosphere, kind service, huge portions and lots of tasty flavours... You can check menu and prices directly in their site:

Nerbone at Mercato Centrale is ok, perfect for lunch time... If you also want eat a good pizza, you can at 'pizzeria napoletana' Funiculi, in Via Il Prato 81/R. They also have a website:

Re: Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by Karlie85

This place is very simple and quite small, but it was probably my favorite restaurant in Florence. The food was really good and very, very cheap. The service was actually friendly and the place was bustling.

Re: Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by capital_clover

Thanks for the suggestions!

Re: Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by cpiers47

I fratellini is a tiny sandwich window between the Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. SO incredibly cheap at 3 euro (or less) for one of the best panino I've ever had! Via dei Cimatori 38r

I also love Trattoria Anita for an authentic meal that is inexpensive. Via Perlascio 23 Corner of Via Vinegra

First recommendation: don't "settle" for an impersonal shop on a main street just because it has cheap prices. Head down Via dei Neri or another side street to find something really wonderful. Lonely Planet always has interesting recommendations if you have a guidebook...

Re: Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by looking4friends

Stick to the outskirts of the city whatever you do. Anything in the centre is expensive, poor quality tourist targeted fayre.

Re: Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by cpiers47

Leaving the city center isn't always practical for travelers. sure, you have to be a more discriminating in the center, but there's great food if you're willing to look.

Re: Favourite "cheap" eats in Florence

by scanos

Try some of the Trattorii on Via Guelf - near the railway station - dinner specials 13 euros 3 courses + wine, tips and coperti included. There is a nice little cafe on the corner of Via Guelf and Via Nazionale which sells huge salads for 4 euros for dinner.

Travel Tips for Florence

Watch the weather forecast!

by leics

I do like to know what the weather is going to be like, as I usually travel out of season.

Whenn I first visited Italy I was extremely fond of the authoritative 'Il Generale' , who appeared at 8.30 on channel 1 (RAI 1, at the end of 'Una Mattina') . His forecasts were clear enough for even non-Italian speakers to understand.

But now he has (I suspect) retired and has been replaced by the chappie in the main photo.

The weather forecasts are still as easy to work out as before but somehow, without 'Il Generale' (who, apparently, was never a real general at all) they just don't seem quite as much fun!


YUM !!!

by janchan

Have fun and eat a lot in one of the many festivals organized in the small villages around Tuscany... here is a huge bruschetta-party !!
('bruschetta' is the typical toasted bread with something on top...) YUM !

Gipsoteca of the Art School

by fgfi

You will find there one of the most important collections of plaster sculpture in Italy, from 14C to 20C, including those of Donatello along with classic and Romanic masterpieces. It is a beautiful place that no one knows.

On booking, visits on weekdays (Tel. 055/220521)

Take the train!

by nikki-the

Do take the train in Italy! It was convenient, cheap, comfortable and went everywhere. Be careful, however, to stamp your ticket BEFORE you get on the can do this up to six hours prior to boarding. The ticket punch boxes are yellow boxes located on the train platforms and are very easy to miss! The first time we took the train we didn't punch our tickets and were fined 5 Euros each for the offence (Regional trains charge 5 Euros but we learned that the National trains charge 20).

Punching the ticket (thereby cancelling it) is required as tickets can be purchased a month or two in advance.

Gelato in the Piazza dela Repubblica

by jon_and_may

There are lots of Gelateria's near the main square. Many you would consider tourist traps (overpriced and not enough gelato), but there are some that actually give you monstrous portions for a decent price.

We settled on one place at the corner of the Piazza because it had the nicest presentation (see picture) and best variety. For 10 Euros we got a *HUGE* cone with 4 large scoops of two flavours in a waffle cone and toppings! It was more than what the two of us could finish.

It's definitely an experience to have gelato in the art capital of Italy on a hot day. You'll kick yourself if you don't try this. Definitely something to do (skip lunch!). Any fruity flavoured Gelato. Mango and Strawberry were the flavours we got here.


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