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sidewalk cafe restaurant florencePeople generally go to Florence for the art and architecture rather than the food (apart from the bistecca alla Fiorentina, a thick and delicious cut of beef from local cattle). But beyond the most heavily touristed piazzas, it really is hard to go wrong in Florence.

There are some lovely restaurants like La Posta (near the post office on Via dei Lamberti). Reliable trattorias also abound, usually with menus posted outside.

Right near the Ponte Vecchio, Trattoria Ponte Vecchio is delightful and a great value. We also love Cammillo Trattoria on the Borge San Jacopo in Oltrarno. (It's convenient after a visit to the Boboli Gardens and the Palazzo Pitti.) Near the Uffizi Gallery is All'Antico Vinaio, which sells huge, fresh sandwiches and reasonably priced Italian wines.

Not far from the Duomo is the Mercato Centrale, or Central Market, where you can browse dozens of stalls for everything from pizza and pastries to veggie burgers and fried calzones.

Add some sweetness to your trip with a scoop or two of gelato from Gelateria Santa Trinita, located just off the Ponte Santa Trinita (the next bridge over from Ponte Vecchio). Dozens of flavors are available, including dark chocolate, yogurt with strawberries and honey, and mascarpone.


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