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‘Buche del Vino’: a different look over Florence

Buca del Vino in via del Proconsolo,18 – Palazzo Pazzi

Buca del Vino in via del Proconsolo,18 – Palazzo Pazzi

There are many curious ways of exploring Florence. You can proceed – tablet in your hand – visiting the most important museums, or walk aimlessly with the sole purpose of shopping. As an alternative to easy solutions and the most usual intuitions of travelers, you can proceed to discover Florence through small details of its ancient history.
We all agree that Florence, due to its proximity to Chiantishire, is the ideal place to taste fine wines or simply to get to know the best Italian wine around. The Chianti, exactly.

Chianti Wine

Chianti Wine

The relationship between Florence and the wine is old and deep. Many of you may have wondered what those small windows are at about one meter from the ground on the side walls of many historical buildings. They are the so called wine-holes. They began to be opened in the walls of the stately homes during the seventeenth century, when – following the crisis in Florence businesses – the local government granted to households owning vines to supplement their income with wine retailing.

Fresco - Taverna

Fresco – Taverna

Through these holes were sold directly in the street the famous wine flasks (ie the glass bottles from the characteristic stuffing, this had the function to avoid that during transport would break). These wine taverns were used to sell wine at a very affordable price, lower than the one sold in public taverns. It was then customary, by wine sellers, put small jugs of wine and some bread for the poor. A way as any to do charity and lighten the suffering of the poorest. In the tiny rooms vintners poured out wine to customers in metal or glass containers of controlled capacity and were not allowed to sell certain types of salty bread that stimulate thirst. At the sound of the evening bells, the taverns and the holes of the wine they had to suspend trade.

Buca del Vino in Via delle Belledonne

Buca del Vino in Via delle Belledonne

‘Buche del Vino’: a different look over Florence!

Today, these holes are mainly walled, but you can see them virtually everywhere. Via delle Belle Donne at number 2, you can see a splendid wine from the hole topped by a plaque which contains the rules and schedules for consumption and sale. At 2 Via del Giglio, at 27 Borgo Pinti, 7/r in Via Isola delle Stinche, and still in Via dell’Oriuolo and Via delle Terme there are other visible.

Via delle Belledonne

Via delle Belledonne

They are silent witnesses of an era in which the wine was sold directly on the street. Many of them are quiete near to Tuscan Feeling’s apartments and that’s why we know them and we know all the story!

If you want an apartment in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALFANI – 45 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Alfani Apartment

Alfani Apartment

Apt. MARIA – 30 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Maria Apartment

Maria Apartment

Happy hour in Florence: the Top Five

Happy Hour Duomo

Happy Hour Duomo

Happy hour is pretty popular in Florence. You can meet your friends before dinner, have some talks, drink and eat something really delicious.

It’s a nice way to spend a few hours right after work or before going in a restaurant. You can choose from taking just a drink and some snacks, or having a great happy hour with a rich and plentiful buffet that become a real substitute for the dinner. Usually, it is called ‘apericena’.

Happy Hour in Florence: the Top Five! Here is a list of 5 best place for happy hours in Florence, right in the historical center.

Il Santino

Il Santino

Il Santino (Via Santo Spirito, 60/R)

A really cozy place, small, right behind S. Spirito church, in the Oltrarno area. Suitable for a romantic happy hour, the ideal place for couples. Behind the counter you can see tons of sausages and tuscan delicatessen, with a great choice of local cheeses. You can order from the menu one or more small portions, and drink a good glass of wine or a craft beer. An appetizer for gourmets and connoisseurs. Exposed brick walls and candle lights make it a very romantic atmosphere.

Moyo

Moyo

Moyo (Via de ‘Benci 23 / r)

It is located not far from Piazza Santa Croce and Ponte Vecchio, right in the center, not far from the Duomo. Moyo is always open: during the daytime is a regular bar, where you can have lunch, but after 6.30 pm it becomes the place of the Florentine nightlife. Every night comes the DJ and start a really cool selection of music, the light changes and a great buffet is served on an huge table. You can find anything here regarding eating: pizza and pasta, snacks and appetizers, sandwiches and salads, meats and cheeses. Sometimes the buffet are in an ethnic theme. The environment is really trendy and it is frequented by young people who follow the fashion style.

Zoe

Zoe

Zoe & Negroni (Via de’ Renai, 13/R e 17r)

These are two separate places, but close to each other, a few steps from Ponte alle Grazie in San Niccolò neighborhood. In the city center. These are two fixed places of the Florentine nightlife. Despite the years, customers are always there, standing on the sidewalk, glass in hand, talking and look who’s there. If you want to get an idea of the current fashion in Florence and experience the city like a local, this is the right place. The buffet is served on a shelf on the right as you enter. Typically you will find one or two pastas, some salad vegetables, sauces to spread on bread, potato chips and crudités. Here the food is not imporant, but you can drink very well here, and what matters is that you are in the right place to decide your night, meet new people, fall in love, talk about culture or do business, with hands on a delicious cocktail.

Volume

Volume

Volume (Piazza Santo Spirito, 5 / r)

Here once there was a workshop, famous for its wooden creations, today there’s one of the hottest clubs in town. As if time had never passed, the decor has remained the same and the place was trasformed in a museum, library and coffee. It is located in the heart of the Oltrarno and often hosts live bands, the best of Italian indie rock scene, as well as exhibitions and book presentations. His cocktails are served on comfortable chairs inside or outside, in the outdoor area, if the weather permits. The Volume is a reference point for the Florentine nightlife. You can drink and eat (tortillas, crepes, desserts and ice cream), but what counts is to be there.

Ses.to on Arno

Ses.to on Arno

Se.sto on Arno (Westin Excelsior Piazza Ognissanti, 3)

Chic and trendy, at high prices, but not prohibitive. This is the restaurant bar located above the terrace at The Westin Excelsior Hotel and offers a breathtaking view of Florence. Customers are international and a little snob, but the rooftop restaurant of the Hotel Florence has now entered the hearts of many and even more the bar. Ideal for those who want to enjoy a drink and the view of Florence in a luxurious and comfortable environment, without too much fuss. Frequent theme nights for those who enjoy wine tastings.

If you want an apartment in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. IL CORNO – 120 m2 – 2nd floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Il Corno Apartment

Il Corno Apartment

Apt. PITTI – 70 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

PITTI Apartment

PITTI Apartment

Apt. FRA JACOPO - 50 m2 – 4 piano floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

FRA JACOPO Apartment

FRA JACOPO Apartment