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, 28-30; 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 Sant’Agostino 11R; tel. 011 39 (055) 219379 – open from 10am to 8pm (closed Mondays)
Delicious raw vegan bistro near the ACCENT Study Center.
Trattoria Le Mossacce
Via Proconsolo, 55r; tel. 011 39 (055) 294 361 – open Monday – Friday
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 – closed Sundays
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) 211 072
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. It has two different floors, with different settings: downstairs, there are separate stands for fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, chicken, canned goods, pasta, wine and oil. Upstairs there in a new restaurant area with different options: from pizza to sushi, from vegan to Florentine T-bone. The market area in open from 7 am to 3 pm (7 am – 5 pm on Saturday; closed on Sunday), while the restaurants on the first floor are open every day from 8 am to 12 am. 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.
Piazza Santo Spirito Market
Piazza Santo Spirito hosts a daily market with stands and sellers changing every day. just outside ACCENT front door the market offers a great selection of fresh produce, cheap clothing options and other typical Tuscan products.
ACCENT does not specifically endorse any of the listed resources and holds no liability with regards to these third party organizations.