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Do-it-yourself wine tour in Florence, Italy


Enoteca Bevo Vino in Via di San Niccolò

Sometimes you just need to take the bull by the horns and make Florence your own personal tourist destination. With the recent news of my good friend Katie’s approval from the US embassy for her and husband to move to the states, a few of my friends decided to celebrate with a Saturday funday with friends, complete with wine and of course the historical center of Florence as our backdrop.

The sun was shining and we all were in the mood for discovery after a few mimosa’s so we decided to make our very own ‘wine tour’ getting a glass of wine – read bottle at a variety of places around town. Because, why not? We all work hard during the week and this was the perfect way to enjoy a gorgeous day in the city.

A few rules to a DIY wine tour in a town like Florence? 

  • Have a general idea of what areas you would like to stick to. We started in Piazza della Repubblica on the rooftop of Rinascente before heading to the Santa Croce/San Niccolo area of town. We knew these areas all had an abundance of cute wine bars to choose from and they were all close to the train station or bus transfers.

The terrace above La Rinascente (piazza della repubblica)

  • Be ok with a plan B! We wanted to head over to Note di Vino (cute little wine bar near Piazza Santa Croce but found no seats. What are a group of wine thirsty gals to go? Head across the street to Oibo (honestly not my favorite place) but at least we could sit outside. This group of gals takes an deviation of plans in stride.

  • Stop for a snack. Since I am well past the age of 8 hour hangovers and fun times in front of the toilet, this rule is especially important. If you are planning on having several drinks, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat something along the way. In our case, we headed to La Prosciutteria on via dei neri, a charming place that serves awesome Tuscan cured meat and cheese boards and gorgonzola & tartufo crostini. Which we paired with a white vermentino wine. Yes please! 

This heaven on a cheeseboard only cost 7 euros a person (with wine)

  • Stop and smell the roses (or the Arno river). It doesn’t matter how long you have lived in Florence, sometimes you just need to stop, stare and let yourself be wowed by the pure awesomeness of the city you now reside in. Just try to avoid dog poop on the sidewalks. 

At least 1 in 5 Americans has made out on this bridge

  • Stop for shopping along the way. Right, this is a little dangerous because if you are on a prosecco high – you might be more likely to open up your wallet and spend those hard-earned euros than if sipping … Perrier. Advice not taken, I decided that during our Saturday excursion, a stop by Clet’s studio (famous artist in Florence) to pick up some prints for my apartment was in order. Voila!

14 euros each and the walls of my apartment are happy!

  • Last but not least, know when to stop! After our stop at Enoteca Bevo Vino in the San Niccolo area of town (one of my favorites) we headed to my house for a coffee break – phone charge session before going to Piazza Santo Spirito for aperitivo at Pop Cafe. We later stopped at Volume (same piazza) to listen to live music and watch hipsters do their thing. Luckily we weren’t devoid of free entertainment due to a very animated man dance like he was undergoing an exorcism. We also had a giggle at the horror on one young student’s face when my friend said she graduated high school in 2003. Around 1am, this girl was done and I knew to call it a night and drink plenty of water before bed. Don’t drag out the night for the sake of it, but rather take it slow and know your limits.

Obviously this is a rather non-professional guide to making the most of a wine-filled Saturday, but it does make for a fun guide to a great time with friends. We are already planning our next day out and I can’t wait! The ever busy, stressed out lives of twenty-somethings (ok pushing thirty) calls for a day/night like this every once in awhile so why not make your own DIY kinda night. What places would you add to your list? 

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  1. This AmerItalian Life
    14.10.2013 at 15:32

    I was SUCH a wonderful day!! The company, the locals, the city… doesn’t get much better than that!! Thanks again for a day I will never forget!!

    1. ggnitaly84
      14.10.2013 at 15:35

      It was just as awesome for me as it was for you. Can’t wait for round TWO! #itson

  2. bakeritalia
    14.10.2013 at 15:33

    What a perfect day/night……I’m calling my girlfriends now!

    1. ggnitaly84
      14.10.2013 at 15:35

      :D, awesome! and let me know how it goes

  3. Megan
    14.10.2013 at 16:26

    2003?!?!?! 🙂 Great post

    1. ggnitaly84
      14.10.2013 at 16:31

      LOL and…. scene. You are a year younger than me.. touche! 😉

  4. Mylene
    14.10.2013 at 17:49

    Great post! I will be in Florence at the end of the month and will definitely try some of these places.

    1. ggnitaly84
      14.10.2013 at 18:46

      Im sure you will have s great time!

  5. Gillian
    14.10.2013 at 18:43

    What a great idea. Now I think we need a Rome version of this!

    1. ggnitaly84
      14.10.2013 at 18:45

      I’m sure Rome would be a great place for an unofficial wine tour 🙂

  6. Tiny Micia
    14.10.2013 at 18:43

    Can’t wait to pop my little one and have enjoy prociutto again. Great post. x

    1. ggnitaly84
      14.10.2013 at 21:01

      thank you! Prosciutto is pretty awesome!

  7. Mani (A New Life In India)
    14.10.2013 at 22:42

    Sounds like a perfect day. I’m jealous. And I am in LOVE with the prints you purchased!

  8. Beth Young
    15.10.2013 at 17:11

    Sounds good to me! Why pay a fortune for a fancy touristy wine tour when you can do it yourself and have a lot more fun on the way!

    1. ggnitaly84
      15.10.2013 at 23:33

      could not agree more!

  9. Cindy
    17.10.2013 at 4:28

    I’m dying of laughter here, I just read the caption “1 in 5 Americans has made out on this bridge”…..! You are so funny! Proudly enough, I have not;)! Not that I would remember…

    1. ggnitaly84
      17.10.2013 at 8:56

      there is still a chance for round two! 😉

  10. M.E. Evans
    19.10.2013 at 19:16

    Great post!

  11. antoguida
    13.02.2014 at 23:00

    very nice! I’ve to think about something similar in Lucca 😀

    1. ggnitaly84
      21.02.2014 at 0:35

      Then when you do, you have to let me know about it!