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Via Palazzuolo 71, Florence, Tuscany, 50123, Italy
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Trattoria La Scogliera

by challenger about Trattoria La Scogliera

My favourite restaurant in Florence. Absolutely delicious and great value for money. Go through the main restaurant and sit down in the garden area. It’s based on Via Palazzuolo, about 5 minutes away from either the train station or Santa Maria Novella.

Savour the Specialties

by keeweechic

Amongst the specialities which are among the traditions is the most celebrated is the bistecca alla fiorentina, which is a steak several inches high, grilled and served blue. Other traditional dishes are panzanella in the summer and otherwise ribollita.

The 'trippai' (tripe-sellers), dispersed throughout the popular zones of the city, for example in via Palazzuolo or at the fruit market in Novoli or in the central market at San Lorenzo, serve robust sandwiches with tripe or lampredotto which is part of the intestine of ox.

In the centre of Florence you can walk into a 'vinaino', a small wine-shop where you can drink good Chianti wine at the bar or directly on the street. La schiacciata con l'uva is a seasonal dessert which is available in September and the beginning of October. It is made with black wine grapes.


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Help Needed For Accommodation

by Momiji


I have selected 2 hotels at the following locations:

1. Via Fume 50123 Florence
2. Via Palazzuolo 50123 Florence

Would appreciate advise which of the above location is a better choice (in terms of safety, walking distance to sightseeing places and easy access to supermarkets and eating places)

Thanks in advance.

RE: Help Needed For Accommodation

by EllenH

I don't know your streets but all of Florence is walkable and safe. We have stayed within a few blocks of the train station everytime and walked everywhere. Never felt afraid in Florence.

RE: Help Needed For Accommodation

by katezr

I think Via Palazzuolo is located in a more charming area, while Via Fume seems to be right by the bus station (across the street from the S. Maria Novella train station) - that area is always very crowded and although it may be closer to the Duomo, I find it unpleasant for walking. The second location is closer to the river and gives you easier access to other beautiful parts of the city (like those just south of the river near the Pitti and the Ponte Vecchio bridge).

RE: RE: Help Needed For Accommodation

by Momiji

Many thanks...

RE: RE: Help Needed For Accommodation

by saumilgandhi

i was there last week and stayed at the Viva laurus al duomo - walking distance to the Station and 2-5 mins walk from all the major sights.

excellent hotel.

2 mins to the duomo
5 mins to uffizi and academia
10 mins to ponte vecchio

all of florence is safe and walkable.

Very enjoyable city if you're never been there.

Food & Drink in Florence

by val7449

Hallo. I'm visiting Florence in 2 weeks and I'd like some info about restaurants in Florence. I've been there once many years ago but don't remember much except the beauty of the city. Since I believe that the best 'tourist guides' are the people that have been in one place I would be grateful if you name a few restaurants and places to go for drink.
Any kind of tip is useful.
thank you

Re: Food & Drink in Florence

by leics

I have some specific restaurant/cafe tips on my Florence pages (click usernames to find member pages).

You'll find lots more written by VT members here:

I found Za'Za, in Piazza San Lorenzo, to be just as good as my guidebook predicted. I really, really enjoyed my meal there. Worth booking a table in advance: it is very popular with locals.

Re: Food & Drink in Florence

by val7449

Thanks. I'll probably be back for more questions :)

Re: Food & Drink in Florence

by leics

You'll get more recommendations here too......just give it time! :-)

Re: Food & Drink in Florence

by GlobeTrekr

My wife and I really enjoyed Trattoria Il Contadino in the Santa Maria Novella neighborhood. Food was excellent and inexpensvie compared to most other places. Prezzo fisso (fixed price) menu, and vino della casa (house wine) was wonderful.

Via Palazzuolo, 71-red (off of Via dell'Alberro)
+055 2382673

Another excellent place that is very well known but expensive is Il Latini.

Re: Food & Drink in Florence

by ForestqueenNYC

Yes, I second Za'Za. I have eaten there several times.

Local restaurant for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

by iandean

Buongiorno da piovosa Londra!

Please post any recommendations for a local restaurant particularly on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day anywhere in central Florence.

Grazie e tanti cari saluti!


Re: Local restaurant for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

by sniem

Hi Ian,
don't know if it's open on Christmas and if it is it might already be booked out, but "Il cibreo" is a fantastic restaurant, actually one of the best in Florence. You can choose between the ristorante and the trattoria. The dishes are mainly the same, but the ristorante is a lot more stylish and expensive. It's close to the market at Piazza Ghiberti.
If your more into pizza right across the street you can get great pizza at La Pizzaiolo.


Re: Re: Local restaurant for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

by snorkelman

The following are not expensive and not fancy, but rather are places to go for good cheap food.

Head to Da Mario (east of Stazione di SM Novella) at #2R Via Rosina. Expect to pay 3.5-5 Euro for main dishes (lunch only). This place is hidden behind a row of market stalls.

Vegetarians should head to Il Vegetariano (east of Stazione di SM Novella) at#30R Via Delle Ruote. Expect to pay 15.50 Euro for a meal with wine.

For average food at cheap prices around the Piazze di SM Novella, head to Trattoria il Contadino at #71 R Via Palazzuolo. Tel: 055 238 26 73. They have a set menu with wine for 8.5 Euro.

Also near the Piazze di SM Novella is Ristorante Dino at #6-8 Via Maso Finiguerra where main dishes cost about 9-15 Euro and Pasta dishes are 8 Euro.

If you are between the Duomo and the Arno, there are tons of pizzerias where you can get a slice for 1.5 Euro. A good choice in that section is Ristorante Self-Service Leonardo at #35 R Via de’ Pecori where you can get main dishes for 4 Euro.

Re: Local restaurant for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

by zuriga

Pennello's is a great local restaurant.. I think it's on Via Dante and not far from Piazza Signoria. Their antipasto buffet is famous and not all that expensive. I agree that Il Cibreo is also a great choice...unusual main courses and a bit pricey.

Re: Local restaurant for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

by cpiers47

I'd recommend Ciro and Sons but am not sure about Christmas Day .. . but I'm guessing that you'll be surprised at all that's open.
Ciro and Sons is mid-priced, in a beautiful building with frescos on some walls and the service is excellent. It's between the train station and San Lorenzo.

Try the tagliatelle with truffles sauce if it sounds good at all!

Travel Tips for Florence

Grocery stores

by MStars about Coop & Standa

Quite an interesting experience, grocery shopping in another country. . . .
Produce: you have to wear gloves when you pick your produce, and when you're done putting whatever you want to buy in a bag, you put it on a scale, press the corresponding button (there's a button for eachkind of produce) and a sticker comes out. That way all the cashier has to do is just scan the sticker.
Cashiers seem to have a lot more power here than in the U.S. They are seated at the cash register, and they will clearly let you know they don't like big bills. They absolutely appreciate it when you give the exact change, or at least the exact small change.
Also, plastic bags are 3 cents each. Before they start scanning your purchases they'll ask you how many you want, "busta?" However you can use your own bags. at the cheese section get pecorino FRESCO! i miss that cheese the most. also try mozzarella di bufala.

Basically, the gastronomia / deli section is the most interesting.

Getting There and Around

by keeweechic

By Bus ; There is a local bus service which runs from Peretola to Florence. You can buy a ticket at the 2nd floor café. The bus shelter is past the parking lot.

By Bus : Maps and timetables are available for a small fee at the ATAF booth next to the train station or at the office at Piazza del Duomo. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time at tobacco shops, newsagents, automatic ticket machines close to main stops or from ATAF booths. There are two types of tickets – one is valid for 1 hour from the first time it is used and the other is a 3 hour ticket

By Car : As in the US. driving is on the right side of the road. There are certain restrictions which include the use of a horn or at least where signs prohibit its use. The police are allowed to issue on the sport fines. Be careful to keep your tank with a reasonable amount of petrol on a Sunday as only a few service stations open (except on autostradas) and usually only for a limited amount of hours. Drink driving imposes a heavy fine as well you could fact imprisonment.

By Taxi : Taxis are available at ranks throughout the city including the train station. There are extra charges for Sundays, nights or telephoned call outs.

Great Tasting Gilato

by RoscoeGregg about GROM

Well after all my talk about chains. Beware of rules. There are other good gelato shops in Firenze. I just have to plug this one. Putting the chain thing aside.

The staff was very attentive and took the gelato seriously. The quality was high and the ingredients the highest quality. So they have earned a recommendation.

It is right near the Duomo so a convenient stop as you get tired of looking up.

If their web site is not just green washing ( hard to know anymore) they seem to care about small farms. Being a farmer that is a plus for me. The flavors are well based on natural flavors. Our favorites were pistachio and nicholla.


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