Top things to do in Oltrarno

Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Essenziale

There's no finer showcase for modern Tuscan cuisine than this loft-style restaurant in a 19th-century warehouse. Preparing dishes at the kitchen bar, in rolled-up shirt sleeves and navy butcher's apron, is dazzling …
Top Choice Bar in Oltrarno

Santarosa Bistrot

The living is easy at this hipster garden bistro-bar, snug against a chunk of ancient city wall in the flowery Santarosa gardens. Comfy cushioned sofas built from recycled wooden crates sit beneath trees alfresco; f…
Top Choice Tuscan in Oltrarno

Il Santo Bevitore

Reserve or arrive right on 7.30pm to snag the last table at this ever-popular address, an ode to stylish dining where gastronomes eat by candlelight in a vaulted, whitewashed, bottle-lined interior. The menu is a cr…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Oltrarno

Mad Souls & Spirits

At this bar of the moment, cult alchemists Neri Fantechi and Julian Biondi woo a discerning crowd with their expertly crafted cocktails, served in a tiny aqua-green and red-brick space that couldn't be more spartan.…
Top Choice Chapel in Oltrarno

Cappella Brancacci

Fire in the 18th century practically destroyed 13th-century Basilica di Santa Maria del Carmine, but it spared the magnificent frescoes in this chapel – a treasure of paintings by Masolino da Panicale, Masaccio and …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Oltrarno

Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina

Wine lovers won't do better than this serious wine bar opposite Palazzo Pitti, run with passion and humour by charismatic trio Edoardo, Manuele and Zeno – don't be surprised if they share a glass with you over wine …
Top Choice Wine Bar in Oltrarno

Il Santino

Kid sister to top-notch restaurant Il Santo Bevitore two doors down the street, this intimate wine bar with exposed stone walls and marble bar is a stylish spot for pairing cured meats, cheeses and Tuscan staples wi…
Top Choice Health Food in Oltrarno

Raw

Should you desire a turmeric, ginger or aloe vera shot or a gently warmed, raw vegan burger served on a stylish slate-and-wood platter, Raw hits the spot. Everything served here is freshly made and raw – to sensatio…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Oltrarno

&Co

Souvenir shopping at its best! This Pandora's box of beautiful objects is the love child of Florence-born, British-raised calligrapher and graphic designer Betty Soldi and her vintage-loving husband, Matteo Perduca.…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Oltrarno

Rasputin

The 'secret' speakeasy everyone knows about, it has no sign outside: disguised as a chapel of sorts, look for the tiny entrance with two-seat wooden pew, crucifix on the wall, vintage pics and tea lights flickering …