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Florence’s panoramic terraces open to the public

27.06.2012 8 Comments

After reading about this cool initiative, now in it’s third year, I decided a night out was in order for me and some friends. Called “Terrazza con vista”, many hotels are opening their impressive terraces with panoramic views to the public until September 30th, and it’s free, Really! Not only that but they are also having an instagram photo contest, details here  where participants can share their best shots. Unfortunately I don’t have instagram but that didn’t stop me from whipping out my handy Nikon “cool pix”.

This is possibly one of the coolest nights we’ve had in a very long time. It was a night full of hotel hopping, walking around town, and feeling very VIP; the truth is that I have actually seen many of these hotels before but only because I babysat in them.

Many of these hotel terraces do offer aperitivo but expect very little food and very expensive drinks. We got margaritas and negroni’s (10 euros a drink) on the top of Hotel Baglioni (Terrazza brunelleschi) and soaked in a view that I had absolutely never had the pleasure of seeing in 6 years living in Florence. There was no problem getting in, no one turned us away or made us feel uncomfortable, rather we got smiles and felt free to be “tourists” for a night.

We only got the chance to see three locations, in addition to Baglioni, we also stopped by  Hotel Tournabuoni 3 and Hotel Minerva in Santa Maria Novella. We needed a pit-stop for some real food since the aperitivo left us absolutely famished. We headed to  Amon to get an Egyptian falafal kebab after our hunger could hold out no longer, t-man was practically begging at that point. We tried to visit the Westin Excelsior’s famous terrace but were told that the terrace was “reserved” last night, bummer… but I guess we will have to visit on another day.

The official facebook page for the intiative is here. Info about participating locations is all on this handy translated PDF, print it out and use it as your guide. You can do this all summer or take visiting guests. I plan on going a few more times to see the places we missed (especially on the Arno river). It was really remarkably to see Florence’s historical monuments at so close a distance, the views are so much more detailed than even Piazzale Michelangelo. I applaud Firenze Turismo for keeping this initiative alive and for the hotels that are cool with the public visiting their amazing locations.
If I could be a bum and live on one of these terraces, I probably would.

Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Zug, Switzerland and Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' flat white and laughs with the girls.

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    jumpingpolarbear 27.06.2012 at 13:21

    Just gorgeous :).

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      ggnitaly84 27.06.2012 at 13:31

      seriously 🙂 It was an incredible sight to see (literally)

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    Deepa 27.06.2012 at 13:32

    That first photo is just stunning. I want to be a terrace bum too… but only in Florence!

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    Michelle 27.06.2012 at 14:19

    Very cool, thanks for sharing! I agree your first photo is gorgeous.

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    Marlow Travels 25.04.2013 at 23:40

    What a cool initiative! And I’m loving the views, especially picca numero uno looks stunning!

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    thegraziegirl 23.03.2015 at 0:32

    Is there a Terrazza con Vista program this year?

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    Rachel 23.06.2016 at 16:35

    The pdf link doesn’t seem to be working. Any idea if hotels still so this be which ones to visit?

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      GirlInFlorence 25.06.2016 at 8:46

      I’ll take it out but check out my June list of events, I note hotel terraces where you can get a drink currently 🙂

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    Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who has called Florence, Italy home for the past 13 years and now you'll find me between Firenze and Zug, Switzerland. Besides the blog, I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. You might have seen my articles in Lonely Planet and a feature on my blog in Forbes. This space is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling, eating and living in Europe with tips for weekend trips. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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