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Oltrarno: address book

Oltrarno: address book

Georges Rouzeau - 2007-12-01

A selection of addresses to make your stay in Florence even more pleasant...

Hotels
 
Hotel Savoy
Set on the Piazza della Repubblica, right in the heart of the city, this historical five-star luxury hotel has been given a radical facelift, bringing it into the 21st century in magnificent style. The neutral, muted tones make for a chic, understated ambience. Everywhere there are nods to the world of fashion, and shoes in particular (the Ferragamo family owns the building). The Incontro bar-restaurant has a terrace opening onto the square.
 
Hotel Savoy
Piazza della Repubblica 7
50123 Florence.
 
Hotel Degli Orafi
A successful stay in Florence also means having an unforgettable view from one’s room, as demonstrated by Miss Honeychurch in the James Ivory film A Room with a View, adapted from the eponymous novel by E. M. Forster. The best rooms in this hotel, which stands at the foot of the Uffizi museum, look onto the Arno and Ponte Vecchio on one side, and onto the Palazzo Vechio and Duomo on the other. What more could you want?
 
Hotel Degli Orafi
Lungarno Archibusieri 4.
50121 Florence.
Tel: + 39 055 26 622.
 
Having a drink
 
Caffe’ degli artigiani
Set opposite the Quatro Leoni, the “artisans’ café” is a good old neighbourhood bar, frequented by Florentines. A few tables outside for a pre-prandial drink or a quick bite to eat, concerts and a good espresso served on the marble top.
 
Caffe’ degli artigiani
Via dello Sprone 16r, angolo Piazza della Passera
50125 Florence
Tel: +39 055 291882
 
Le Volpi e l’Uva
To recover from seeing the sublime Deposition by Pontormo on display in the Santa Felicita chapel, there’s nothing like stopping for a drink in this wine bar, which has found well-deserved success. The selection includes mainly Italian and French wines (from €2.5 to around €6) accompanied by cooked pork meats (Italian), cheese (Italian or French) or a small plate of raw vegetables. You will need to book ahead for a table on the terrace; it’s easier in the bar.
 
Le Volpi e l’Uva
Piazza dei Rossi 1
50125 Florence.
Tel: +39 055 239 81 32.
 
Lunch and dinner
 
4 Leoni
For a long time, this trattoria was a second office for journalists from the Florence edition of La Repubblica, before the newspaper moved to the other side of the Arno (some of them still make the journey). Today, the large number of customers is divided between locals and tourists – except in the evening, when the latter are more numerous, charmed in particular by the beautiful terrace on a car-free square. Traditional cuisine takes pride of place with Florentine-style tripe, cod in tomato sauce or pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup). Reasonably priced (€30-50).
 
4 Leoni
Piazza della Passera
Via dei Vellutini’ 1/r
50125 Florence
Tel: +39 055 21 85 62
 
Sabatino
This is the gem of the trattorias of Borgo San Frediano, located at the foot of the gate of the same name, and offering the best value for money in all of Florence: an entire meal for €10. A large traditional dining room with tables covered in waxed cloths, sometimes shared, where workers and craftsmen mix with penniless students and suited executives. Super speedy service for popular, simple and tasty dishes: raw vegetables, sausages with beans, veal with sage, spaghetti with tomato sauce... Each dish costs between €2.5 and €6!
 
Sabatino
Via Pisana, 2r (porta San Frediano)
50125 Florence
Tel: +39 055 22 59 55

A selection of addresses to make your stay in Florence even more pleasant...

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