The Oltrarno is Florence’s rive gauche, and even though this quarter lies beyond the Arno river and contains part of the
city’s historical center, compared to the other side, it is calmer and certainly more authentic. Named “Florence’s best kept
secret” by the Wall Street Journal, Oltrarno, is where you can find the real soul of the city, the one made day by day by its
inhabitants: open street markets selling zero-km products (food sold within very few kilometers from where it has been
harvested), locals at work, artisan shops, and a plethora of the city’s best restaurants serving farm-to-table food. In this
vivid neighborhood, you can rent the picture-perfect Turan, a luxury apartment with an exceptional amenity: one of the
most privileged and stunning views of Florence you can find.
Nearest Airport: Peretola Florence Airport 17 min
Nearest point of interest: Ponte Vecchio 3-min walk
Nearest major city: Siena 59 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
Florence, a medieval city of timeless artistic beauty is there to be discovered. The beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the Pitti Palace, and Ponte Vecchio are only few of the city’s most famous architectural masterpieces. Check at least one of its museums – we like the Academy of Fine Arts, which houses Michelangelo’s superb David. Stroll the narrow streets of Florence, the cradle of the Reinassance, and marvel at the richness of this real open museum. Enjoy a cappuccino on one of its piazzas, or a colorful gelato to cool off the summer heat. Whatever you do, don’t pinch yourself…you are not dreaming!
WHERE TO EAT
La Giostra - serving Tuscan Cuisine where the highlight is Chianina Tagliata, a kind of carpaccio that goes into the oven with garlic, rosemary and bay leaf. The charismatic Soldano, owner of the restaurant and Prince of Hapsburg Lorena, makes the dining experience unique by welcoming you in person in this romantic venue where the motto is still “in food we trust”.
Borgo Pinti, 10-18 R, Florence - +39 055 241341
Trattoria Sostanza - Informal and modest place, up to 35 seats with communal dining, no menu in English, and an essential – almost unattractive - décor that should not discourage you to try the food…every dish is thick with flavor. You can try the artichoke pie but if you really want to taste a piece of heaven order the butter-roasted chicken. Reservation is a must.
Via del Porcellana 25/r, Florence – +39 055 212691
Procacci, - now owned by Antinori - for a small bite while shopping in Florence, stop at this special gastronomic venue and order some truffle sandwiches and a glass of prosecco. Your experience will be elevated a notch!
Via Tornabuoni 64red, Florence - +39 055 211656
Il Santo Bevitore - A romantic place in Oltrarno area with a youthful atmosphere which is both welcoming and stylish. Very good food and large selection of wine. – next door Il Santino, is a wine and Italian tapas bar from the same owner – perfect for aperitivo!
Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Florence - +39 055 211264
4 Leoni - located in the city historical center, this casual restaurant serves authentic Florentine cuisine. In summer, outdoor seating overlooks one of the most characteristic corners of Florence. Reservations are a must, especially for outdoor seating.
Piazza della Passera, Florence - +39 055 218562
Santarpia- For the best pizza, Neapolitan style, do not miss the recently opened stylish yet essential venue. Choose among mouthwatering toppings such as burrata and truffle, mozzarella di bufala or a classic Margherita, to enjoy this ultra-italian specialty at its best. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Largo Pietro Annigoni, 9, Florence - +39 055 245829
WHERE TO SHOP
Clothing - Luisa Via Roma - Unique concept store proposing emerging and avant-garde designers.
Via Roma 19/21 red, Florence - +39 055 906 4116
Clothing – Flow – For the latest fashion brands, with a young and trendy look in a uber-stylish store. Visit also its twin Flow Run for top sneakers from major brands.
Via de' Vecchietti, 22 - +39 055 215504
Perfumes - Lorenzo Villoresi - Creator of unique fragrances, by appointment; prêt-à-porter fragrances, bath and body products, and home fragrances are also available.
Via de Bardi 12, Florence - +39 055 234 1187
Skin Care and Herbal products - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella - Perfumes, essential soaps, essential oils, and herbs…they all smell divine, especially Acqua di Colonia Melograno!
Via della Scala 16, Florence - +39 055 216 276
Fine leather Goods - Tattanelli - Florentine designer creating beautiful and fashionable items to enjoy for years!
Piazza Pitti 31r, Florence - +39 055 219 324
Custom made Men's Shoes - Ugolini - Elegant and lightweight shoes that every gentleman should own.
Via Michelozzi 17r, Florence - +39 055 216 246
Specialty Food store - Pegna - Gourmet delicatessen market, ideal place to shop and bring some delicious foods back home.
Via dello Studio 8, Florence - +39 055 282 701