Gustapizza - Florence, Italy

A Foodie’s Guide to Florence

It’s safe to say that Florence stole my heart… As well as my waistline! With so many sights to explore in the 24 hours that we had there, we needed to keep our energy levels topped up. As self-confessed foodies, here’s our round-up of the best places to eat in Florence:

BEST MARKET

Mercato Centrale

You can’t visit Florence without being enticed by this fantastic food market, offering a huge range of fresh produce, meat, cheese, wine and more. It’s a great place to spend time browsing and getting tempted by the sights and smells of fine Italian food. Downstairs you’ll find the traditional food stalls and upstairs are the modern eateries and restaurants. With so much to choose from, I’d definitely recommend stopping by for a quick lunch and/or a glass of spritz to keep you going. The atmosphere is lively and the food is very high quality. A true foodie’s paradise!

Mercato Centrale - Florence, ItalyMercato Centrale - Florence, Italy

BEST GELATO

Gelateria Santa Trinita

As a general rule in Italy, it’s better to go for gelato that’s plain and hidden, rather than bright and on display, as it’s better quality and has fewer preservatives/colourings. However, I’ll make an exception to this rule for Gelateria Santa Trinita. This was by far the best gelateria we came across throughout our entire Italian getaway. It was so good, we visited a total of 3 times in the 24 hours we were in Florence! It’s central location on the corner of Ponte Vecchio makes it the perfect pit-stop for a gelato refuel. I’d highly recommend the cioccolato fondente flavour, which tastes just like one of those Gü melt in the middles…

Gelateria Santa Trinita - Florence, ItalyGelateria Santa Trinita - Florence, Italy

BEST PIZZA

Gustapizza

I’d heard about Gustapizza online and it was also recommended to us by a local. We simply had to go along to see what the fuss was about! We arrived at 7pm when the restaurant opened, and there was already a long queue of people outside. Being that popular, we knew we were onto a winner. Although there was only a handful of pizza options on the menu, they were classic and fuss-free, just as the Italians would have it. The restaurant itself was pretty informal and I liked that you could watch the chefs stone-baking the pizzas while you waited. Without a doubt, this was the best and most authentic pizza we’d come across in Italy.

Gustapizza - Florence, Italy

Here’s a short video of our trip to Italy:

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