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Craft Beers and Pubs in Florence: The Top 5

Beer in Florence

Beer in Florence

We love craft beer, better if locally produced. Of course, we (at Tuscan Feeling) never drink when we are working! The work of real estate agents, around Florence, between apartments in historic buildings, villas and hi-tech loft is very complicated and challenging. No time to drink a beer during the day! At night, however, everything is different and we like to taste craft beers, exclusive labels and follow the local breweries.

Craft Beers in Florence

Craft Beers in Florence

A great movement of small producers of craft beer was born in Italy, in the last decade, and has been able to quickly gain the respect of international critics and the public. In Tuscany, there are plenty of craft breweries and in the province of Firenze there are more than 30 at least. It’s true that Italy is famous for its extraordinary wine, but beer has always been produced here, since the ancient Romans times! The first florentine beer factory was founded in 1792 and the site where actually the Hard Rock Café is, during the nineteenth century, was the largest and most beautiful pub in town.

Gambrinus Pub, in the first years of the twentieth century

Gambrinus Pub, in the first years of the twentieth century

Do you want to enjoy a delicious craft beer in Florence? Here are our 5 favorite places!

Braumeister Firenze

Braumeister Firenze

1) Braumeister – Via Madonna Della Tosse 12r

The Braumeister is just behind Piazza della Libertà. It started as a brewery and a Bavarian restaurant, but quickly evolved, becoming a reference point for beer fans. In addition to the Bavarian dishes, they serve tasty pizzas and traditional Italian desserts. The huge countertop in copper has 20 taps, most of them with Italian craft beers from italian microbreweries: Birrificio Italiano, Petrognola from Garfagnana, Birra del Borgo and ToccailMatto. In addition, there’s a choice of bottles of fine brands (Belgian, American, British and Italian) to choose from an excellent beer list.

Mostodolce

Mostodolce

2) Mostodolce – Via Nazionale 114 R

Mostodolce, in via Nazionale, has a wide selection of strictly artisan beers: Pepita, Fox, Ale Hammer, the American Pale Ale Morgana, the Black Doll Stout, the tasty Saison Arch, plus the seasonal Christmas beer, brewed with locale tuscan chestnut flour. Here you will also find sweets of beer as the Birramisù and the Mosto’s Strudelino.

The Book Pub

The Book Pub

3) The Book Pub – Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti 11/12 R

An old-fashioned pub with books, newspapers and games available. The Book Pub is in Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti and it has seven taps in addition to twenty brands with a large focus on European niche products. We recommended the delightful beers of the Birrificio Italiano: the most famous Italian microbrewery.

Diorama

Diorama

4) Diorama – Via Pisana, 78r

Recently opened and located in the Oltrarno district, the Diorama is a restaurant fully dedicated to craft beers. Just eight tables and some stools at the countertop.
On tap are six Italian and foreign beers, including the wonderful IPA produced by microbrewery Lorem Ipsum Florence. The beer list has eighty labels from around the world. The cuisine is typically Florentine. And ‘one of the trendiest places on the scene of the Florentine craft breweries.

Il Bovaro

Il Bovaro

5) Il Bovaro – Via Pisana, 3r

Bovaro produces craft beer and makes direct pouring. The restaurant is very popular and characteristic, located in a a place built during the middle age, just in front of Porta San Frediano.The beer is pasteurized and naturally produced, the choice is limited to the beers produced, which are very good. Here you can eat and the food is really excellent. It is best to book in advance, since the place is always full.

Come and Taste Craft Beers and Pubs in Florence: The Top 5

If you want an apartment in Florence and taste our beloved beers, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. S. JACOPO – 75 m2 – 6th floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

San Jacopo Apartment

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Apt. VIGNA – 45 m2 – 3rd floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Vigna Apartment

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Apt. GIUSTI D – 55 m2 – PT floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Giusti D Apartment

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Street Food in Florence. A great idea to have a snack as they should.

Schiacciata

Schiacciata in Florence.

Street food in Florence? What a wonderful idea! It is the best choice for a lunch, a fast snack or something to eat at night, after a show! Whatever you like and whereever you are, it is always a great idea. It is faster and cheaper than a lunch at the restaurant, and the italian street food hides the true flavors and the very essence of a every town. In Italy we have a real tradition of street food. Living in the centre of Florence in one of our apartments, it is the best way to experiment the florentine street food.

The ‘schiacciata’ it’s a thin baked bread, seasoned with olive oil and salt. Before putting it in the oven, it compresses the dough with fingers in some places, to create the characteristic “holes” on the top. It is probably the most famous snack in Florence. Children love them and florentine all usually grow up eating schiacciata for snack. If you are around the Uffizi Gallery, you have to try the ‘schiacciata’ in a place called All’Antico Vinaio, in De’ Neri Street. It is an historical shop and in 2013 won the Trip Advisor prize for the best street food in town. It is a small and crowdy placel. Here you find many different quality of schiacciata, filled with ham, salami, pecorino cheese, aubergines, souces, artichoke cream or mozzarella. Of course, you can eat your schiacciata with a tasty glass of wine. The place is really cheap and nice, the quality is good, but it is really touristic. Few florentines stop here.

If you want to eat ‘schiacciata’, Pugi Bakery Shop is a real must in Florence. The place opened in 1925 and it has 3 different stores: in S. Marco Square, San Gallo Street and Orsini Street. Pugi’s schiacciata is golden and crisp. Florentines loves to eat it simple, with no filling, but you can also have it filled with ham, mortadella, cheese or salami. You can find here take away pizza, cakes and sweeties. During Easter and Carnival you can find also some tipical florentine sweets as ‘cenci’, ‘frittelle di riso’, ‘schiacciata con l’uva’ and ‘pan di ramerino’.

Another nice place to eat street food is I Due Fratellini. It opened in 1875 in Via de Cimatori since 1875, but in recent times it was bought and managed b two brothers, Armando and Michele Perrini. The place is really small and clients are used to eat outside the door. They are specialist in preparing really Tuscan sandwiches: ham, goat cheese, green sauce, wild boar sausage, raw sausage, eggplant and marinated bacon specialties. The menu features a number of proposals ready to eat, but you can also combine the ingredients according to your fantasy. Behind the counter are wooden shelves filled with bottles of wine, the perfect accompaniment to the sandwich. Panini are cheap and the quality is superb.

Lampredotto in Florence.

Lampredotto

If you want to eat the real Florentine street food you have to taste the tipical sandwich with the lamprey, the famous ‘lampredotto, a real institution in town. All the kiosks you can find in town are well known and reputable. Near St. Ambrogio market you will find Sergio and Pier Paolo‘s lamprey kiosk in Via de’ Macci. Another great place is the lamprey kiosk in Via Gioberti. where you can taste lamprey in different versions: in inzimino or with baked beans, potatoes or artichokes. nd the city. How about you come up a bit ‘of hunger?

If you want an apartment in the heart of Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. VINCENT – 65 m² – 4 people (without elevator) – 2nd floor

Apartment Vincent

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Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Apartment San Lorenzo

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HANDCRAFTED SHOES, A FLORENTINE PASSION! WELCOME IN SAN NICCOLÒ!

Handcrafted shoes in Florence

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Are you angry, tired, depressed, unhappy? Is there anything that can make you feel better than buying a nice pair of shoes?
Shoes and Chocolate, probably, are the favorite antidepressants from each of us! Much better than an analyst’s therapy session.
If you look for the chocolate, Florence can offer you some great places, really delicious.
Florence is best known for shoes. Whether you’re looking for brand shoes, rather than hand-made shoes.
Probably, the capital of the Renaissance is one of the few places in Europe where you can experience the joy of buying handmade shoes by appreciated shoemakers. The historic center’s area of Florence, where they are concentrated artisans shoemakers is the Oltrarno, near the district of San Niccolò.

A well known historical workshop is located in the small and little frequented Via Barbadori, at 19r, alongside Ponte Vecchio. Here you will find the Maestro Calogero Mannina’s workshop, now deceased, which was used to create footwear, authentic unique models created for his faithful clients. The workshop is still alive and filled with forms for the creation of custom-made footwear, each bearing the name of the customer. Peering through the window, you will see the names of many rock stars and Hollywood actors, as well as leading politicians. Tuscan Feeling has many apartments in this street and, for our personal experience, we still remember the skill, patience and humility of Master Mannina’s way of working, which we considered one of the best artisans in Florence.
Near Palazzo Pitti, where Tuscan Feeling can offer you some other apartments for rent, it is the workshop of Mara Broccardi, an artist who creates exclusive models of shoes for ladies. Mrs. Broccardi’s workshop, is located in Sdrucciolo de Pitti, at number 17r,
Recently, the shoe brand founded by Stefano Bemer, a master shoemaker who died recently, was purchased by the prestigious Scuola del Cuoio. It ‘gave rise to a school for those who want to learn how to build and design shoes in a traditional way, it is via San Niccolò, in the heart of the district where you’re talking about. The shop is located in a deconsecrated church, fully restored, became the seat of laboratory, office and negozio.La historical workshop of master Bemer was instead in the district of San Frediano, nearby, in a place that has become a symbol of the city because shoemakers here he stayed for nine months in 2001, the actor Daniel Day Lewis, who decided to learn from Bemer art of creating custom shoes. This new school offers international courses and lessons by the best craftsmen and designers of Florence.
Not far from the district of San Niccolò, in Piazza Santo Spirito 62 / r, you will find the small workshop of Francesco, that produces high quality shoes, with a completely family-run business. Prices are still low and reasonable, and you can order handcrafted shoes. They also provide a fully working worldwide shipping service.
Another fine leather shoes shop in Florence is the Rive Gauche, in Via Guicciardini. It is another family run business that design and produce handcrafted shoes and leather goods for over 30 years. Shoes here have a great value for money, bearing in mind that these are handcrafted pieces.
If shoes are your thing, the district of San Niccolò is the right place to live, if you want to study or visit Florence. Here, the atmosphere of the ancient city of Florence, with its craft shops, is still preserved. Plus, you will be surrounded by art places famous all over the world, such as Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens or the Uffizi!!

Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following apartments in S.Niccolò area:

S. Jacopo Apartment

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Apt. S. JACOPO – 75 m2 – 6th floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Pitti Apartment

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

S. Orsola Apartment

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Apt. S. ORSOLA – 50 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Mancino Apartment

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Apt. MANCINO – 60 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Have you ever been in the oldest European Pharmacy? Visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence!

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The Wonderful Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Via della Scala, in Florence Italy.

Cosmetics, body care products, perfumes, soaps and creams, extracts and essences are your thing? You have to visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, during your stay in Florence.

The famous Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella, o Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria Novella is in Via della Scala, 16 in Florence in a part of an ancient convent. It is considered the oldest historic pharmacy across Europe. It is active since almost 4 centuries, and it is one of the oldest businesses of the town of Florence.

Ancient chronicles Florentine tell us that already in 1300 the Dominicans of Santa Maria Novella started selling the famous rose water as a disinfectant, used especially during epidemics of plague. The ‘acqua di rose’ is still sold by the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, and is one of the most popular fragrances choosed by many women: simple and natural, with a gentle tone.

The monks still today cultivate medicinal plants (so-called ‘semplici’, hence the name ‘Giardino dei Semplici’) in an adjoining garden, they distille herbs and flowers, do essences, elixirs, salves and balms.

Entering the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is like jumping back in time. The frescoed walls and decorations make the place truly magic. You will walk through large rooms, strung like a maze of art and details. You will see the fascinating ‘Sala di Vendita’, the prestigious ‘Sala Verde’ and the mysterious ‘Sala della spezieria’, in addition to the beautiful ‘Sagrestia’ and the interesting Museum. The museum, develops in those rooms who were once the production workshops. A path through the machines once used for processing, glasses, ancient pottery and vessels of brass and bronze.

Are you undecided about what you want to buy, or you just want to know more about the place and objects? No problems!
All necessary information to curious customers can be found in one of the great interactive digital display, or, remaining tied to tradition, are available in many languages of the beautiful parchments containing the history of the laboratory, but also an endless list of cosmetic products.

Of course, the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella is not only a museum, but above all it is a place to buy unique products of great quality. Such as natural and hypoallergenic fragrances, ranging from colognes, essences, triple extracts. The sweetest scents such as iris, rose, gardenia, those cooler as verbena, vetiver or the particular water of Sicily are what Tuscan Feeling suggest you to try and buy.

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Santa Maria Novella essences…

The same essences are used in the soaps’ production, which are left to mature in special ventilated cabinets. You will definitely kidnapped by the packages’ refined beauty and by the exclusive potpourri’s aroma: a Tuscan hills’ blend of herbs and flowers, macerated in terracotta jars coming from the small village of Impruneta.

The ancient Pharmacy is near the Santa Maria Novella church, situated just across from the main railway station which shares its name. It is the first great basilica in Florence and the city’s main Dominican church. It was built in 1360. Leon Battista Alberti designed the upper part in 1420. In 1567 the architect Giorgio Vasari did the first remodeling of the church. Inside you will find works by Giambologna, Filippino Lippi, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Ghirlandaio and many many others.

The area, near the Stazione Centrale di Santa Maria Novella, It is very old and is in the heart of the historical center of Florence. An area of great impact on tourism, but it has the merit of having kept its charm and retained many small shops.

In this area you can find many Tuscan Feeling‘s apartments. We could suggest you, for having an idea, a couple of different location to rent with us:

Apt. LECCIO: 45 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

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Among the antique shops and small libraries in the area, you will find this lovely apartment with tasteful décor and functional, designed for those who want to experience Florence with all the comfort. This loft is located at 4 Floor of an ancient tower-house (62 steps) and consists of a large room comprising entrance hall, the dining area, a fully equipped kitchen corner with 4 burner stove, oven, fridge, microwave, washer-dryer and dishwasher, toaster, american coffee machine and lounge with TV. Bathroom with shower and separate small compartment with the toilet (size 1.5 mx 0.55 m): This division brings back to mind the taste back to the early twentieth century. From the living room a staircase rises to the loft where there is a double bed and walk-in closet (dressing room). The views overlooking the roof garden of a hotel with several oak trees.

Apt DADO: 40 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Dado Apartment in Florence

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Modern and elegant apartment, recently restored, very near from the Arno River and the Central Railway Station of Santa Maria Novella, near the old Piazza Goldoni. In ancient times, Middle Ages, the city walls of Florence ended in this place and this place was an ancient center of trade in goods from the River Arno. Today is a border area between the fashion streets with clothes shops, accessories and griffe and those of Florence’s most popular, with excellent restaurants and quaint craft shops. Among the small antique shops and bookstores in the area, it is located this lovely apartment, with elegant and functional furnishings. The apartment, recently restored and well furnished, consists of a bright living room where there is a sofa and a TV-LCD, as well as a functional kitchenette (2 burner stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and small electric oven). The room is quiet and spacious room with 1 double bed, which if necessary can be divided into 2 comfortable single beds. The property includes a bathroom with shower, where the washing machine is located, and a practical storeroom.

Discover the Mercato Centrale! Fruit, vegetables, meat, delicacies, culture and new trends.

Mercato Centrale Apartments

The Main Hall of the Mercato Centrale in Florence.

If you have the chance to live near Piazza Duomo or the wonderful Central Market, you’re really lucky.
You do not have to worry about where you buy your meal, spending hours to find exclusive and special foods and what to do in the evening. The new Mercato Centrale will be, for you, the perfect place to shop, eat a snack, drink a glass of wine and listen to live music, deciding which shows or museum to choose for the next day. Tuscan Feeling offers many apartments in that area, in the heart of the historic center of Florence, for long and short rentals (www.tuscanfeeling.com). Living in this area, with your own apartment, is truly an unforgettable experience, because you will have all the freedom to live exactly as the Florentines themselves.

The multi colored Mercato Centrale (http://www.mercatocentrale.it/) is located between Florence via dell’Ariento, via Sant’Antonino and via Panicale. It was one of the major buildings of the reconstruction’s period; when Florence was the capital of Italy, in the late nineteenth century. To build the covered market was necessary to destroy an entire city block, which stood in a maze of narrow streets, ancient but rather unhealthy. The area came out haggard, but beautified and ennobled. Florence, in fact, needed a covered market of new concept, as well as those that already had risen in many European capitals, such as London, Paris, Budapest or Vienna.

The architect was Giuseppe Mengoni (1870-1874), who designed the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. He took inspiration by the market of Les Halles in Paris. The result was remarkable, especially for the time, with the use of modern materials, such as iron, glass and cast iron. All around the market, Mengoni designed a loggia, composed of 10 arches in classic style on each side, with slender columns of stone. The inauguration took place in 1874 with the International Exhibition of Agriculture.

It was a success from the start! The city felt projected into modernity. The spaces inside were occupied by the best shops in Florence. Fresh meat, quality fruits and vegetables, bakeries, delicacies shops and small places for drinking a glass of good wine, were the goods that people can find there, once upon a time. There was no family, who lived in the old town, which did not do their own costs there. Over time, two world wars, the reconstruction and the arrival of supermarkets and big malls, the Central Market became obsolete and poorly attended. Inside, the shops lost their function of serving the common people and became progressively a showcase for tourists, with excellent products, but not crowded. The top floor of the market, with the closure of a number of shops, was closed in the late nineties. In 2014, however, it was re-opened on the first floor of the complex, with a number of restaurants and activities, which re-launched the Mercato Centrale as the center of attraction for the Florentines, foodies and tourists. Exclusive restaurants, local appetizers, great places for snacks, live music and cultural events, are the ingredients for the rebirth of a truly innovative space.

The market now is crowded again, but service times of shops and eateries are really very fast. It is a very special stage for those who visit Florence, which combines speed and good food: from tasty hamburger of ‘Chianina’ meat, delicious vegetarian menus, excellent fish dishes and a lot of pasta, that you can choose. At the time of the ‘apertivo’, it is the best place in Florence to spend some time with friends, choosing a glass of fine wine, tasty Italian craft beers or a glass of Spritz. Perhaps with even a bit ‘of live music: jazz, blues, classical or some local indie band. A place to love and to live at any time of day!

If you want to live in the nearby of the Mercato Centrale, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. CAROLINA – 65 m2 – 1st floor – for 4 persons

Apartment Carolina

Apartment Carolina

Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor – for 3 persons

Lorenzo Apartment

Lorenzo Apartment

If you love the area, and you are looking for a great apartment to buy in the nearby, Tuscan Feeling suggests:

Apt. STUFA – 60 m2 – 3rd floor – for 3 persons

Stufa Apartment

Stufa Apartment