The neighborhood surrounding the ACCENT Florence Study Center is full of places to stay, eat and shop. Following are local hotels, restaurants and markets for students, faculty, and visiting family or friends.
Via Dei Medici, 6; tel. 011 39 (055) 28 48 18
Clean, comfortable and located between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Republica. The hotel has a beautiful terrace on the roof for guests. Highly recommended for visiting parents.
Via Ricasoli, 30; tel. 011 39 (055) 28 27 53 fax 011 39 (055) 21 62 68
Newly restored hotel with beautiful terraces located just 50 meters away from the Accademia Gallery.
Via Nazionale, 14; tel. 011 39 (055) 26 15 01 fax 011 39 (055) 28 86 39
The Hotel Corona is located in the historical city center of Florence, it is an elegant early 19th-century palazzo with bright and spacious rooms equipped with modern comforts and decorated with precious materials, such as Florentine terracotta and Tuscan marble. The hotel is less than 100 meters from the Santa Maria Novella train station providing the convenience of being near the monuments and museums of Florence as well as close to the Fortezza da Basso convention center.
Hotel Palazzo Guadagni
Piazza Santo Spirito, 9; tel. 011 39 (055) 265 8376
This three star hotel, which is a converted 16th century royal residence, has spectacular views and second to none service. Located right next door to the ACCENT Study Center, it also offers private, guarded parking.
Via delle Caldaie 12/14r; tel. 011 39 (055) 238 1729
This new restaurant, CB, is just steps away from ACCENT and is quickly becoming the trendiest culinary gem around the Piazza. It has built a reputation for its innovative use of high-quality ingredients and wine pairings. Lunch and dinner are served in this chic space which remains true to its original design, and a variety of food and cultural events are held.
Trattoria Le Mossacce
Via Proconsolo, 55r; tel. 011 39 (055) 294 361
Hole-in-the-wall classic of downtown Florence. Here Chef Giovanni prepares the food right before your eyes. The chef manages to serve up food to only 12 tables where people all enjoy eating and chatting together. A squadron of five waiters will miraculously deliver these dishes in seconds. The atmosphere and the home cooking cannot be surpassed.
Trattoria La Casalinga
Via dei Michelozzi, 9r; tel. 011 39 (055) 218 624
A great local, low-key restaurant near Piazza Santo Spirito that serves traditional Tuscan cuisine in addition to more common Italian dishes. This more than fifty-year old neighborhood staple will make you feel as if you are sharing a meal in an Italian household, and you may even find yourself sharing a table with other guests.
Trattoria I Raddi
Via Ardiglione 47/r; tel. 011 39 (055) 200 072
While close to the ACCENT Florence Study Center, this restaurant is discreetly located on a quiet, residential street in the Oltrarno neighborhood. It is an upcoming, local favorite owned by a player of one of Florence’s legendary Calcio Storico teams. This restaurant is known for its ability to reinvent traditional Florentine dishes with a modern twist, garnering stellar reviews!
Trattoria Zà Zà
Piazza Mercato Centrale, 26r; tel. 011 39 (055) 215 411
Excellent Tuscan cuisine in the heart of Piazza Mercato Centrale. Outdoor seating makes for an enjoyable summer meal. From the friendly service, to the sensational eggplant parmesan to even the excellent bread, you will definitely have a memorable dining experience.
Trattoria 4 Leoni
Via de’Vellutini, 1r; tel. 011 39 (055) 218 562
This authentic Tuscan restaurant is famous for its homemade pastas, succulent meats and rich desserts. Located just minutes from the ACCENT Center, it is not uncommon to see both local and international celebrities enjoying their wares. But don’t worry, you won’t be paying celebrity prices, as it’s one of the more moderately priced trattoria’s in Florence.
The Mercato Centrale (Central Market)
Located near the church of San Lorenzo, the Mercato Centrale provides an interesting and traditional way to shop for food. The market consists of hundreds of individual stands. Downstairs, there are separate stands for meat, cheese, bread, chicken, canned goods, pasta, wine and oil; upstairs are the stands for fruits and vegetables. The market, offering fresh items at reasonable prices, is alive with shoppers scurrying about searching for the best buys of the day.
Another excellent market with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, breads and cheeses is the Mercato Sant’Ambrogio in Piazza Ghiberti. This market is smaller than the Mercato Centrale, and therefore is a little less chaotic. The quality of the food is very high, and many of the vendors at this market are genuine farmers who bring their produce to the city to sell.
ACCENT does not specifically endorse any of the listed resources and holds no liability with regards to these third party organizations.