What to do in Florence during your free time

Got the afternoon at leisure in the Tuscan capital? We've asked our travel specialists and our resident Italian staff for their top things to do in Florence - the result is our perfect plan for where to eat, shop and what to do in three hours. Follow the order below, or reverse it to suit your day.

Eat here

For an authentic taste of Florence, the locals flock to the historic Trattoria Zà Zà on the piazza del Mercato Centrale, where exceptional cuisine is served in a beautiful and tastefully decorated setting. Service is great, the atmosphere is warm and friendly and the menu is vast, with entire pages devoted to starters, first courses, mains, grill, truffle specialities, pizzas and desserts. Meat lovers can seize the chance to try a classic bistecca alla Fiorentina tenderloin, served by the kilo – or you could try other specialities such as Tuscan bean and sausage stew, creamy pasta with wild boar, margherita pizza or saffron risotto with truffle seasoning. Come prepared with a very empty stomach.

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