My friends and I are celebrating my special birthday in Florence. Hotel and flights are booked so we are now planning activities in the Florence area. The typical things will be readily available but we are looking for some funky, off-the-beaten track suggestions (within respectable limits)....local favorites, lesser known art galleries, shops, festivities, eateries, wineries, spas, ....anything like that. Please share your discoveries! Thanks.
Since you did not mention when you are leaving I can not suggest events. While I was in in Firenze I found the places I simply happened upon where the most memorible. One night I was out for a walk and came on to a jazz concert. Take your trip as it comes you may find it works better. There is a website, www.firenzeturismo.it Check it out!
If you walk beyond the main attractions you will be with more locals and perhaps finding more what you want. Wine Bars are numerous. Main thing to remember is ask your hotel staff and drink hot chocolate at the coffee shops (Oh so good)
I love, love, love La Spada restaurant in Florence. Everything I ate there was amazing. I had dinner there twice during my 3 day trip...
Thank you both for your suggestions.....they are exactly what I'm looking for. We will be there at the end of May, if that helps. I hope to do lots of soaking up the ambiance as it is the perfect place for it....but since I'm inviting friends, I'd like to have a few specific ideas in mind. You've been a great help. Keep the ideas/discoveries coming!!
If you can, head out to San Casciano for a meal at Caffe del Popolano. We were staying nearby and stopped by twice - beautiful, yummy food. Well worth the trip! There are also vinyards and villas around the area. We stayed at Le Corti, where they make 3-course lunches served outside facing the vinyard. I believe they also serve supper in their very, very old stone dining hall. There are so many Cantinas to choose from around Florence - I'd bet they're all fantastic!