Here is a selection of Florence’s best Party Streets of Florence:
VIA PIETRAPIANA – PIAZZA DE’ CIOMPI (SANT’AMBROGIO DISTRICT)
One of the coolest streets for outdoor partying in Florence is this year (2009) Via Pietrapiana/Piazza de’ Ciompi…the streets is short and there are only 2 bars Caffé Sant’Ambrogio and Plaz and 1 great place Teatro del Sale for both dinner and entertainment (in my opinion, in some special evenings, the best of the city)…these venues attract hundreds of florentines and foreigners every night, especially on Friday and Saturday night…we definitely recommend a visit to these places…
If you are lucky you can also find concerts and nice events under the characteristic “Loggia del Pesce” of Piazza de’ Ciompi (famous for its flea market) and almost every night you can find a quality show (music, theatre, dance, etc) at Teatro del Sale (where you can also eat great food at a reasonable price!). In front of Caffé Sant’Ambrogio you can enjoy a drink in a nice, typical, off the beaten road bar (Piazza Sant’Ambrogio) The atmosphere in the street is cool and colourful and the area is definitely safe.
Caffé Sant’Ambrogio and Plaz are open also in the morning for the breakfast. Caffé Sant’Ambrogio is recommended also for the “aperitivo“, from (around) 6 pm on…
VIA DE’ BENCI – PIAZZA SANTA CROCE (SANTA CROCE DISTRICT)
Moyo, Lochness, Kikuya, Red Garter, Osteria de’ Benci, Oibò, Australian Pub, William Pub…the coolest bars, pub and restaurants of Florence are located here….on Friday and Saturday the street is transformed in a great Party area, if you like having fun outdoors in a nice context you can’t miss this street! Definitely one of the trendiest of the city!
Moyo is recommended for its fine “aperitivo“…Osteria de’ Benci is a great place for a good Tuscan dinner before the long party nights….
VIA DE RENAI – PORTA SAN NICCOLO’ (SAN NICCOLO’ DISTRICT)
Zoe and Negroni, Caffe’ la Torre, Fuori Porta Wine Bar, Beppa Fioraia Restaurant, il Rifrullo Bar, l’Antica Mescita restaurant …seriously this is probably the nicest area of Florence for outdoor Partying…Definitely recommended!
The area is estethically great, under Piazzale Michelangelo, along Arno River, in front of the city skyline in the middle of monuments, gardens, statues, ancient building…and, moreover the drinks (Negroni, Zoe) the Aperitivo (Rifrullo) or the dinner (Beppa Fioraia, Fuori Porta, Antica Mescita) are probably the best in town…and all these venues are nice and characteristic..
In this same area (between Porta San Niccolò and Piazzale Michelangelo) is opening this year Tennis Club (powered by Yab staff & Rooms staff )….
Please don’t miss the experience of this area while your stay in town!!!
PIAZZA SANTO SPIRITO/PIAZZA DEL CARMINE
This is definitely the most typical and ‘genuine’ district of the city.
Here the masses of tourists only pass through and its streets are characterized by the presence of many handicraft workshops, art and jewellery schools, typical restaurants, traditional shops, street markets, ancient churches and old buildings where it’s still possible today to discover the rhythms and colours of a ‘quotidian’ and noisy Florence.
The most representative piazzas of the district are:
1)Piazza Santo Spirito with the original and amazing facade of its church, designed by the incredible Brunelleschi and beloved by all Florentines, art students and the tourists that every spring and summer night fill the square till late night.
2) and Piazza del Carmine one of the nicest squares of the city (even if its packed with parked cars) where you can find one of the coolest and trendiest city bars of Florence: “La Dolce Vita” (perfect in spring and summer time..).
The coolest bars and restaurants of the area are: Cabiria (Piazza Santo Spirito, 4 ), Gustapanino (Via dei Michelozzi, 13/r ) where you can buy a great typical “panino” and enjoy it in the magic (especially at night) atmosphere of the Square, O’ Munaciello (Via Maffia, 31/r) definitely one the nicest Pizzerias of the city (not to be missed!), Borgo Antico (Piazza Santo Spirito, 6/r) a great typical restaurant, Caffè Ricchi (Piazza Santo Spirito 8/r), nice typical restaurant, Caffè Notte (Via delle Caldaie, 28/r), La Dolce Vita (Piazza del Carmine) as we said one of the coolest bar of Florence where you’ll find a good mix of real florentines and foreigners, Trattoria Napoleone (Piazza de Carmine, 24) very very nice restaurant with a great original style (not to be missed!)…
You won’t be bored in this area at night!
The entire neighborhood is characterized by very representative building styles, hidden streets and gardens, and beautiful piazzas.
The social life is mostly concentrated in the two main squares, Piazza Santo Spirito and Piazza del Carmine where you’ll find very cool bars and wine bars (Dolce Vita, Caffè Ricchi, Cabiria…) and excellent restaurants (Napoleone, Borgo Antico, O’Munaciello…)
If your dream is to discover the atmosphere of ancient Florence take a walk in Santo Spirito/Piazza del Carmine and then rest in one of the typical local enoteques, wine bars or restaurants you’ll be assured of a wonderful time!!
Article written by Marco de la Pierre – StudentsVille staff