Feels Like You're Home in Florence, Italy

There's nothing like feeling at home in a new place. Florence gives you access to plenty of restaurants throughout the city which make you feel as though you can relax and enjoy your time abroad while tasting some truly authentic dishes. The trick is to know which places to avoid as "too touristy" and which ones are the real deal.

Ristorante Paoli is one example of this. With an amazing atmosphere and gorgeous frescoes, it's one of the best places to sit and taste some homemade food while feeling like you're in the past. Located in the city center, it's the perfect hole-in-the-wall to experience true Italian culture and hospitality.

For delicious meats, you can't get past Perseus. It has some of the best cured beef and pork in the city, making it a hot spot for those who love sandwiches. Sit and enjoy, but remember to arrive early since it tends to be one of the most popular lunch spots.



Gusto Leo is well-known around Florence for providing guests with plenty of food and plenty of room to consume it. It's the perfect place to ask for dishes served family-style--they'll be happy to make sure that you all can share some of the...  Read More



It might be hard to find an authentic restaurant so close to the Duomo and other main sights, but Trattoria remains a hidden gem amongst the throngs of tourist traps. The staff is wonderful and happy to assist, and the specials are always unique...  Read More

The Diner
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Comfort food doesn't necessarily have to be Italian, and when you have been in Italy for a while and feel the need for a solid burger and fries, the Diner can deliver. Started as a response to the fact that there were so many American students...  Read More

Osteria del Gatto e la Volpe
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Nothing is better than some classic Tuscan comfort food, and Osteria del Gatto e la Volpe does a great job of bringing some of the local flavors to their restaurant. If you are thinking about tasting some quality pasta, this is the place to...  Read More



Florence has plenty of restaurants that feel Tuscan in nature, but Perseus does a wonderful job of making it truly authentic with hearty meals and a great atmosphere. Their t-bone, Florentine steak is known as one of the best in the entire city,...  Read More

Osteria Nuvoli
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It's not always easy to eat cheaply in Florence, but Osteria Nuvoli is a great option for those on a budget or those planning on feeing a lot of people. Whether you decide to grab one of their warm sandwiches or you are thinking about sitting...  Read More

Yellow Bar
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Located right in the center of the action, the Yellow Bar serves up some of the best pasta and pizza for those looking for something a bit heartier than some of the higher-end restaurants located in Florence. Kids will love being able to see...  Read More

Le Antiche Carrozze
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When you are looking for some delicious food and you want to make sure that you take the time to enjoy it, Le Antiche Carrozze is one of the best in Florence. Make sure that you ask for some recommendations--the specials are comforting, and the...  Read More



Tuscany has hearty food to begin with, but Trattoria Marione truly brings those flavors to life. With both an antique atmosphere and plenty of seating, its location by the train station makes it an easy spot to find and stay the rest of the...  Read More



Ristorante Paoli has some delicious Tuscan food with fair prices. However, that's not the only thing this restaurant offers. It's worth it just to go and take a look at the interior and to grab a glass of wine. Located not too far away from the...  Read More


Meet Alexa Schnee

Currently residing in Florence, Alex is a travel writer and author. She is addicted to coffee, reading, and seeing new places. She has been to near fifteen different countries in Europe, all...  More About Alexa