We arrived in Florence from Venice by train Sunday evening and were fortunate to dine at Trattoria Cibreo which is a lovely restaurant near our apartment in the Santa Croce part of town.
Trattoria Cibreo accepts no reservations, but the quality of Fabio Picchi’s authentic Tuscan food is exceptional. For those wishing a more formal setting – and prices to boot – choose Cibreo Restaurant. If you are interested in pasta or pizza, you probably should give Cibreo a pass. For me, this was one of my finest dining experiences in Italy.
For reasons that I am sure can be deposited on the backs of the Medici’s, most museums in Florence are closed on Monday. While disappointed, there are clearly hundreds of things to occupy ourselves in the cradle of the Renaissance. More to the point, there are many delightful restaurants to indulge our stomach cells.
Found below is a brief summary of the highlights of our short but delightful visit to this crowded but amazing city. As we did in Venice, we did most of our sightseeing at night.
- The Florence Market (Good place for coffee and snacks)
- Piazza della Signoria – a replica of Michaelangelo’s David
- Duomo and Baptistery. Doors of Baptistery are cool. Duomo (optional) to see Fresco on Dome.
Pici and Pecorino – A Tuscan Delight
Dining in Florence
For those wishing to sample traditional Tuscan dishes from the kitchens of culinary masters, try the following restaurants:
- Ristorante Sant’ Ambrogio Enoteca – via dell’Ariento 1 (near Mkt) 39-338-219-8486
- Trattoria Cibreo – Fresh ingredients with a masterful Tuscan twist. One of the most delicious minestrones I have ever eaten and cuttlefish zimino
While the museums were closed, we still managed to experience the joy and majesty of this wonderful city. It helps to visit the guts of the Academia, the Pitti Palace and the magnificent Florence Cathedral but if this is not possible, standing in amazement and the ingenuity of your ancestors is not bad either.