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Serence Dining in Florence

Quiet secluded dining spots in the heart of Florence when the hustle and bustle gets too much.

by Georgette Jupe

It’s hard to believe that such a majestic space would be so close to Piazza Duomo, but indeed Quinoa offers the chance for diners to enjoy a true urban escape from the crowds that hover nearby. The delightful inner courtyard is located in a building dating back to the 16th century, part of a 100% gluten-free restaurant (the first in the city) run by Chef Simone Bernacchioni.

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Enoteca La Barrique
Tucked away in the backstreets of the ‘Oltrarno’ neighbourhood is a small, romantic eatery with a lovely internal courtyard garden that will romance even the most jaded of souls in San Frediano. Enoteca La Barrique is known just as much for their wines as their food; reserve a table for two in the courtyard for a delightful blend of traditional Italian flavours with a seasonal twist.

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Santarosa Bistro
When the city gets insufferably full, this indoor/outdoor hipster bistro offers diners a chance to take a breath of fresh air along the dusty, ancient walls of Florence in the charming San Frediano neighbourhood. Lounge on the comfy sofas in the leafy outside courtyard, adjacent to a public garden, or head to a table to tuck into a variety of vegetable-themed daily changing menus, fresh fish, and great cocktails.


For more on where to dine in Florence, visit our Destinations page