Just walking across the River Arno you will discover one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of Florence: the Oltrarno, which means “beyond the Arno”. The historic district of Florence is considered as the most beautiful neighborhood of Florence.
The notable center of Florence is home to many significant sites, such as the church Santo Spirito di Firenze, Palazzo Pitti, the fortress of Belvedere, and Piazzale Michelangelo, a beautiful square with a panoramic view of the entire city.
One of the highlights of the area is the Stefano Bemer’s shoe and leather shop, which resembles a shoe museum.
Spending some time even outside this famous shop is a great experience, as many popular people were clients of the famous shoemaker, with Andy Garcia, designer Gianfranco Ferré and singer Julio Iglesias only some of them.
In this historic area nothing has really changed for the last 500 years, as bakeries, barbershops, hostels, artists’ apartments and Renaissance gardens coexist in the very same locations, where wealthy merchants built their palazzi in the 12th and 13th centuries.
The restaurant O’ Munaciello is the jewel that the locals hold for themselves. Featuring a low-light low-rise room, perhaps the best pizza in the world and, occasionally, a small band playing old Italian ballads, it is often chosen by couples for their first appointment.
Located in a medieval tower, it is ideal for dinner, and the menu includes traditional recipes such as wild boar, while family friends come here for a dish that looks very much like our own patsas. From its very good dishes are also the spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and cheese, the pappardelle with truffle oil. If you desire an authentic espresso or a glass of wine, then grab a chair at the delicious Cafe degli Artigiani. Their people will not let you go unless you drink the coffee of your dreams.
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