Cafès & Bars Articles

  • Aperitivo O'clock

    As Florentines tend to eat slightly later than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts, locals like to start their evenings with an "aperitivo", an aperitif, which is really just an excuse to get together, have a drink or two and meet new people, all in the name of good digestion. The idea of an aperitif...

  • Local Wine Guide

    There are many wonderful wines produced in Tuscany and sipping your way through the region is a great way to get to know the landscape and the people.Most people know that Chianti wine has something to do with Tuscany, right? But what, exactly? Is  there a place called Chianti? Is Tuscany...

  • Guide to Florence's Bars and Pubs

    For this relatively small city, Florence has something for everyone looking for a spot or two to plant themselves for a drink in the evening. Florence's drinking vibe is mostly informal rather than posh, though the locals do love any excuse to get dressed up. Florentines tend not to drink much...

  • Coffee Culture in Florence

    The home of coffee culture as most of the world knows it, originated here in Italy, even if coffee itself didn't. And yet, this adopted national drink has evolved to a point where Italians have developed an entirely different concept of coffee and a different way of drinking it to the rest of...

  • Florence cafes & bars with a view

    What a better way to to take in the city than with a view of Florence's most iconic monuments or a panorama of the red-rooftops of the city? The warm weather especially brings out the outdoor tables and chairs and livens up the city's favourite outdoor spots. With a drink in hand, it becomes...

  • Guide to Italian Sparkling Wines

    A quick guide to the country's best sparkling wines – perfect for a summer evening or an excuse for celebrating. The best of the bubblies come from the north of Italy, but they are popular all over the country. Italians will drink sparkling wines for any occasion, and especially as an aperitif,...

  • The Best Wine Bars

    Right opposite the main entrance to the Palazzo Pitti on the south side of the river is the enoteca called Pitti Gola e Cantina. There is a good choice of wines by the glass, including exquisite dessert wines, and a daunting list of wines by the bottle, displayed on shelves from floor to vaulted...

  • Early Evening spots

    Life is taken at a more leisurely pace in Italy, so when you are visiting, slip into the Italian way of spending an evening and chill out for an hour or so with an aperitivo before dinner.  The idea of an aperitif is to work up your appetite, get together with friends, and relax while you...

  • After Dinner spots

    If you are looking for a lively atmosphere after dinner, head over to the tree lined Piazza Santo Spirito, one of the prettiest piazzas with its bars, restaurants and cafés attracting a cheerful crowd.Open till late, Volume recently took over a wood sculptor's workshop which is reflected in the...

  • After Meal Drinks

    A digestivo comes at the opposite end of a meal to the aperitivo, and as the name implies, it is intended to help you to digest.A popular digestivo in Italy that you may be offered in a restaurant is grappa, a clear spirit made from crushed grape skins, pips and stalks left over from winemaking...