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

A view of the Duomo from the Piazza Michelangelo. Photo by Foraggio Fotographic.
A view of the Duomo from the Piazza Michelangelo. Photo by Foraggio Fotographic.

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 sunset over Florence at Piazza Michelangelo. The square offers a great view of the city’s medieval rooftops piercing through the orange sky. The area was designed in the late 19th century by the architect Giuseppe Poggion around the time of Florence’s brief stint as Italy’s capital.

You’ll find several bronze replica’s of Michelangelo’s sculptures including the renowned David. Don’t be surprised if you’re welcomed by people selling every type of tourist contraption known to mankind – just politely decline with “no, grazie“.

The square can be accessed by buses nos. 12 or 13 from downtown (this is a tourist-filled bus so be attentive to pickpockets) or if your feet are still in good shape, walk up to the piazza via Viale Michelangelo.

Eat, Drink & Chill

Next head to the crafty Oltrarno neighborhood for a taste of evening allegria. Piazza Santo Spirito is lined with cafés and has live music in the summer. The 15th-century Basilicata Santo Spirito is the square’s main star and is worth taking a peek inside for a stunning visit.

You can check opening hours here, otherwise, just sit on the front steps while enjoying a gelato from one of the nearby shops.

If you’re looking to sit down to eat, I recommend the nearby trendy, yet unpretentious, “Il Santo Bevito,” on nearby via Santo Spirito. They serve traditional Tuscan cuisine with a contemporary twist at surprisingly affordable prices. The ceilings are high, the lighting is just right, the staff is friendly, and a plate of pasta goes for as low as 7 euros.

If you prefer to have a few drinks, stop by Caffe degli Artigiani near Piazza Della Passera. This quaint little corner cafe has an outdoor patio on one of Florence’s narrowest streets, Via Toscanella. They also have homemade snacks, should you need a little boost.

Did you know?

Women taking taxis alone in Florence are entitled to a 10% discount. Be sure to remind the driver, as they sometimes forget…

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