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Florence: 5 tasty panini shops under €5

Florence: 5 tasty panini shops under €5

Looking for something quick and cheap to fill you up while sightseeing in Florence? Local meats, cheese and fresh veggies stuffed into salty, crunchy bread make panini a perfect choice. A great panino will be made with fresh bread and filled with just a few choice ingredients, but if you’re craving additional ingredients just ask! » Read more

Florence: Buy your wine like the locals… on tap!

Florence: Buy your wine like the locals… on tap!

By Taylor Zerbey— Florence is a wine lover’s paradise, offering amazing wines from all over Tuscany and Italy at low prices that could even shock a Cheapo. One way to enjoy wine and beer at even cheaper prices is to buy it like the locals do, “alla Spina” (on tap) or “vino sfuso” (wine in » Read more

Florence: Simple strategies for saving on dining

Florence: Simple strategies for saving on dining

Florence is a city rich in history, art, music and yes, amazing food. The good news is: You do not have to be rich to eat well. Whether you are visiting Florence or living here on a budget (like me), here are some simple ways to stretch your dining dollar. Go to the market Going » Read more

Florence: How to enjoy a cheapo aperitivo

Florence: How to enjoy a cheapo aperitivo

Since arriving in Tuscany, you’ve not only developed a palate for fine wine, but also a handsome routine where every night you like to indulge in an aperitivo. The only problem is that it’s been putting a real dent in your budget. So here’s what to do to keep the coins in your pocket and » Read more

Food allergies in Florence: Never fear!

Food allergies in Florence: Never fear!

Pizza and pasta may be cornerstones of the Italian diet, but there are plenty of alternatives should these co-stars of the Italian kitchen be wrong for your body. Read on to find out how to negotiate Florence minus the usual suspects of dairy and wheat. Gluten-Free Restaurants Pizza and pasta are made with wheat. And » Read more

Where to find a cheap breakfast in Florence

Where to find a cheap breakfast in Florence

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, than when in Florence why not do it the Italian way and start your morning with some pastries? Pastries for breakfast? That’s right. I’m not talking about the old doughnut and drip coffee ritual (although you can simulate that with » Read more

Florence: 2 Hidden Bakeries for Late-Night Treats

Florence: 2 Hidden Bakeries for Late-Night Treats

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— Typically an Italian breakfast consists of fruit juice, espresso or a cappuccino and a delicious flaky soft pastry filled with rich cream, flavorful jam or sinful chocolate. But have you ever wondered how those delectable treats could possibly be ready for the earliest of risers without being stale leftovers from » Read more

Florence: Vegetarian, vegan and kosher restaurants

Florence: Vegetarian, vegan and kosher restaurants

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— Even though Florence is the home of the “bistecca fiorentina,” a steak that is sold by the kilo and never to just one person, the city is quite welcoming to vegetarians, vegans, people who eat kosher and various other diets. Oddly enough, almost all of the vegetarian and vegan fare that Florence » Read more

Florence: A guide to the city’s bar scene

Florence: A guide to the city’s bar scene

Finding a bar that suits you can be a difficult task while travelling and Florence in particular has some obvious pitfalls. So simply keep in mind what kind of atmosphere you’re looking for and this advice can help you enjoy the city and it’s nightlife that much more! Florence’s bar scene Many of Florence’s bars and » Read more

Where to find the best gelato in Florence

Where to find the best gelato in Florence

My name is Laura and I’m addicted to gelato. I’d eat it morning, afternoon or night, winter, spring, summer or fall. I’d eat any flavor you hand me, even though I’m a picky eater. So trust me, I’ve done my research for finding the best gelaterias in Florence. Tips for finding good gelato Gelato is » Read more

Florence Cheap Eats: The 3 best panini shops in town

Florence Cheap Eats: The 3 best panini shops in town

There’s a reason that the word “panini” is well known in the English-speaking world, and that’s because Italians really know how to make a good sandwich. A savory “panino” is the perfect cheap and quick lunch in Florence, and thankfully there are many options from which to choose. Here are our favorite sandwich shops in » Read more

Florence Aperitivos: Free delicious food for the price of a drink

Florence Aperitivos: Free delicious food for the price of a drink

Florence is not a cheap city. With so many tourists and foreign students studying abroad, many of the city’s restaurants and bars have morphed into over-priced, low-quality tourist traps. However, there’s one not-so-secret Italian tradition that provides an alternative to a plate of €20 pasta and rancid wine: the aperitivo. Between 7 PM and 9 » Read more

Florence Cheap Eats: Two delicious lunch options

Florence Cheap Eats: Two delicious lunch options

The average biped can only take in so many renaissance masterpieces without eventually giving in to an empty stomach. So where to eat cheap in the heart of Florence? Well, here’s the thing: You’ll be tempted by quaint little trattorias offering tourist menus and a mustached host romancing you towards a table next to Laura » Read more

Florence Cheap Night: Sunset, eat, drink, and chill

Florence Cheap Night: Sunset, eat, drink, and chill

So you’ve spent the whole day pounding the pavement in Florence like a proper tourist and now have a night to fill. You’re tired, you’re hungry, and you’re looking to hit the town on budget. Here are a few suggestions for a “cheapo night out” in Florence. Sunset with Michelangelo Start with taking in the » Read more

Florence: Piazza Michelangelo offers great city views

Florence: Piazza Michelangelo offers great city views

On the South bank of the Arno River, up a majestic hill and down a winding, cobblestone path known as the Viale Michelangelo, you will find the Piazza Michelangelo (sometimes referred to as Piazzale Michelangelo). The piazza was constructed in the 1890s, beautifully landscaped and lined with copies of Michelangelo’s sculptures. Today, look past the street vendors » Read more

Florence: Cheap Sipping and Supping at I Fratellini

Florence: Cheap Sipping and Supping at I Fratellini

Photo by Bootsintheoven.com Florentines love their Viniai, and consider them among the city’s most authentic and beloved spots for a bite. And man, are these wine bars cheap! Though viniai are technically wine vendors, they’ve adapted to changing times and appetites, including the sandwich and snack craze. These days, a couple of Euros gets you a glass » Read more

Florence: Cheap places for lunch

Florence: Cheap places for lunch

Photo or at the very least something requiring a fork—lunch is the way to go. Loads of restaurants knock down prices to as little as €5 for a plate of pasta, and around €6 or €7 for meat and fish dishes. Fiaschetteria-Trattoria Mario (Via Rosina, 2r. Tel. 055218550) is only open for lunch. Go early » Read more

Florence: Cheap Cocktails with Style

Florence: Cheap Cocktails with Style

Photo by ale2000 From the team that brought Florence Angels, the perennially hip bar and restaurant, comes Doris, a slick black and chrome nightclub that opened last week and already has the lovelies lined up around the block. While after-dinner cocktails could run you into the double digits, the 7-10 PM aperitivo costs only €7 and includes the bar’s massive, fresh » Read more

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