This February 14th in Florence is going to be a great one. Whether you’re happily coupled or flying solo, the city has stepped it up this year with special events for everyone to love. So, no need to worry about your Valentine’s day in Florence, because you’ll always find something to do, even just based on the list below. Enjoy a great February 14th in Florence this year, and all the next ones you’re going to come and be in the most romantic city in all of Italy.
Valentine’s Day Dinners
<3 SE·STO on Arno – Westin Excelsior: €70/person
Piazza Ognissanti, 3 – 6th floor
+39 055 2715 2783
SESTO IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND HENCE WILL BE CLOSED THIS VALENTINE’S DAY.
<3 Risorante Terazza Brunelleschi – Grand Hotel Baglioni: €58/person
Piazza Unità Italiana, 6
CLOSED FOR RENOVATION 29/01/2014 – 19/02/2014
<3 L’Osteria della Pagliazza – Torre della Pagliazza – Hotel Brunelleschi: €56/person
Piazza Santa Elisabetta, 3
Sitting at your candlelit table on the first floor of this circular byzantine tower, you’d never guess that the building, one of the oldest in Florence, was at separate times both a men’s and women’s prison and, before that, supposedly housed a giant Roman bath. But then again, the romantic menu proposed by chef Simone Bertaccini and Maitre Daniele Caldera will have you thinking of little else.
<3 Il Desco – Il Guelfo Bianco Hotel: €28.50/ person
Via Cavour 27-29
+39 055 288330
This restaurant provides an intimate setting and polite service. It is situated in central Florence, very close to the Duomo. Their Valentine menu should be booked in advance and includes one glass of Prosecco, one a choice of one appetizer, one first dish, one second course, and one dessert. Menu: Creamed artichokes croutons with goat cheese and quail egg OR Creamed pumpkin with robiola cheese flakes and rosemary croutons / Chestnut wrap with ricotta cheese and walnuts on saffron cream OR Potatoes gnocchi with parmesan cream and Culatello ham / Guinea fowl stuffed with sautéed artichokes OR Roasted seitan with tower of seasonal sautéed vegetables / Cheesecake with berries OR Handmade chocolate pie with chantilly cream.
<3 Ristorante Touch Florence: €35/ person
Via Fiesolana 18r
+39 0552466150, firstname.lastname@example.org
A modern restaurant with modern menus; select your delectable Italian fusion cuisine from the iPad menus at your table. Menu: Milanese Crab with Potato Chips and Sweet Chilli Sauce / Pink Ravioli stuffed with ricotta and Shepherd’s Cuttlefish sauce, Pistachios and Balsamic Reduction / Grilled squid on Bed of Mashed Broccoli and Brussels with Curry Spices / Yogurt Mousse with Passion Fruit and White Chocolate Shavings. Call ahead to book.
<3 Panino Tondo: €29/TWO people
Via Montebello, 56
+39 055 538 5465
What’s Panino Tondo? A hamburger, American pastry (bagel, donut and muffin), and brunch take-away that only uses high quality, fresh, Tuscan ingredients, and DELIVERS TO YOUR HOUSE!? You’re probably already dialing their number, but here’s the dish: Menu for two: Chianina beef burger with sauteed mushrooms, pecorino cheese, bacon and arugula leaves / fried spicy chicken wings / onion rings / chicken nuggets accompanied by BBQ sauce / Aioli Valdobbiadene Extra Dry Sparkling Wine / Macaroons filled with cream and fresh fruit (prepared by Dolce Lab). Email or call ahead to order.
<3 Gusta Pizza: €5-10/person
Via Maggio, 46r
+39 055 285068
Neapolitan-style, wood-oven fired, arguably-the-best-in-Florence pizza by three wonderful Italian brothers from Naples. They haven’t prepared a special Valentine’s menu, because they’re known to spread the love every day of the year. Female clients are often surprised with heart-shaped pizzas from the staff, which, besides being every bit as delicious as their normal-shaped variety, would make the perfect budget V-day lunch or dinner, am I right? To be sure you get your pizza “a forma di cuore” (ah FOR-mah dee COO-oh-reh), now you know how to ask 🙂
Valentines Day Activities
<3 A Note on Love Locking
The Ponte Vecchio used to be the Florentine spot to attach “luchetti dell’amore,” (love locks) emblazoned with “lover’s name + lover’s name,” and throw the key into the Arno River, securing your bond throughout eternity – that is, until the ornamental overload started damaging the only ancient city bridge left standing after WWII. Nowadays, there’s a €160 fine for attempted love locking, and for the rebel lovebirds who get away, a lasting toll on one’s conscience for contributing to the demise of a true piece of world history. Better to take your lock home as a souvenir, or fasten it to something that doesn’t date back to 996 A.D.
For Everyone (Lovers, Friends, and Singles)
<3 Save up to 25% off a bike tour with I Bike Italy.
I Bike Italy is the longest running single-day bike tour company out of Florence, with personalised cycling itineraries (from beginner to advanced) above the city and throughout Tuscany. From 07/02/14 to 16/02/14 you can book a tour for later this year and save 15% when you mention StudentsVille. This offer can be used in conjunction with the existing 10% student discount for an amazing 25% discount. Visit our link for more information.
<3 Train Trips: Trenitalia 2×1 Tickets
Choose a return or round trip destination for Valentine’s Day, click “2 passengers,” pay just one ticket through midnight, February 13th.
*regional trains excluded
<3 Uffizi Art & Love Tour: €65/ couple
14:45-18:00 14/02/2014 – 15/02/2014
Take a romantic 3 hour tour of the Uffizi and learn about how love has been depicted by the most famous painters in the world. Book in advance on the website.
+39 348 8400459, email@example.com
<3 Festival del Cioccolato Artigianale (Artisan Chocolate Festival!)
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
<3 1 Billion Rising/ OBR Justice Flashmob.
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
A flashmob to strike and protest against violence towards women and girls.
Check out the link for more information.
You might also like:
A light-hearted look at single life on Valentine’s day, our guide to drowning your sorrows, article here.
The results of our Valentine’s day “love reveal” game we played with the people of Florence, video here.