Tuscany is known for its rolling hills, noteworthy Renaissance art and architecture, and food scene incorporating fresh, local products. But where should you visit when you’re looking to taste a typical Italian breakfast or to finish your day with a sweet treat? These five spots have you covered no matter which neighborhood you’re staying in while enjoying your Italian holiday:
Located a bit outside of the tourist center towards the eastern half of the city, Caffe Pasticceria Serafini provides visitors with a solid example of a typical Italian breakfast composed of an espresso-based drink and a pastry. At Serafini, visitors will find pastries such as apricot jam-filled croissants sprinkled with sugar, tarts filled with cream and topped with fruit, and sweet sfoglia, which is laminated puff pastry filled with either fruit jams or ricotta. For coffee at Serafini, order an espresso.
Caffe Pasticceria Serafini is located on Via Gioberti, 168 red and is open from 7 am until 9 pm Mondays to Saturdays and 8 am to 9 pm on Sundays.
2. Dolci e Dolcezze
Dolci e Dolcezze can be found at Piazza Cesare Beccaria, 8r and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 am until 7:30 pm. It is closed on Mondays.
3. Bottega di Pasticceria
Bottega di Pasticceria is located on Lungarno Francesco Ferrucci, 9c red and is open from 7 am until 10 pm on Tuesdays through Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
4. Rimani Caffetteria Pasticceria
Rimani Caffetteria Pasticceria is located on Viale Europa, 128 and is open from 6:30 am until 8:30 pm from Monday to Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.
5. S. Forno
S. Forno is located in the hip Santo Spirito neighborhood of Florence on Via Santa Monaca, 3r. It is open on Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am until 7:30 pm.
Tasting Italy on a budget
Traveling in Italy can be very expensive and meals out definitely add up. But the prices at cafes and bakeries in Florence remain low as numerous locals constantly flock to these spots for their coffee and pastry each morning. Clocking in at approximately 2 EUR (2.34 USD) for an espresso and apricot-filled croissant, indulging has never tasted so good.
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