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Piazza Santo Spirito

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Address: Piazza Santo Spirito, 50125 Florence, Italy
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: This unique Florentine piazza is the center of the artisan quarter...
This unique Florentine piazza is the center of the artisan quarter. Dominated by the last masterpiece of Brunelleschi, the Basilica of Santo Spirito, the square is home to little local markets and antique fairs.
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Stayed Two Weeks. Wish it was longer!!!!

Had an apartment at the Piazza and we loved it. Used to be a drug area & that's what you might read in old guides but it's not that way anymore… there's a police station right on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

This place was a peaceful getaway from the turist crowds and fashion and art stores. It is surronded by many great cafes and restaurants, with wifi, some benches, a fountain and many trees generously giving their shadow to passengers and few passing turists. It has a little day/flea market. The kind that local farmers sell their little garden's products or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautiful to walk at night, so romantic. Endless food choices and many places to sit outside. People watching is so fun.

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Hove, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This square is seemingly well-hidden from tourists. You get the feeling of being immersed in the true Italian day-to-day life. Cool place to hang out and have a few bottles of wine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

In the Oltrano area of Florence south of Ponte Vecchio, is sits this very nice public square. Not as crowed as the squares in the tourist area of Florence, but still has some notable restaurants and bars. We met several locals while we were enjoying afternoon cocktails in one of the Terraces that line the square. In fact we enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Santo Spirito seemed to have different markets each morning. Early afternoon saw the restaurants start to occupy the Piazza, but most locals eat after 8pm! The weekend sees many of the younger locals gather to have a drink and socialize and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed! Great place to stop by between the tourist sites.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

It used to be that the Piazza Santo Spirito was a rough place but no more. It is now young urban hipster and just a great place to hang and enjoy. An easy and pleasant walk from the main dowtown area. There is also a sculpture by Michelangelo in the church if that is of interest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We spent a couple of evenings in the square as we were staying close by in the neighbourhood, we enjoyed sitting outside for food and drinks and taking in the relaxed atmosphere. It was a lot less busier than other piazzas in Florence but by far our favourite, there is a church at one end, which we took a look... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Had an apartment at the Piazza and we loved it. Used to be a drug area & that's what you might read in old guides but it's not that way anymore… there's a police station right on the Piazza now and today it's just a beautiful place to hang out in the evening or go to one of the markets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

First and foremost, the place is one of a few squares in Florence not full of tourists - mostly local people (particularly students) spend their time there. Piazza Santo Spirito remained genuine despite the growing tourism in the area. You won't find there neither notorious street sellers nor intrusive beggars. The place is just perfect for those who want to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Piazza Santo Spirito was bang outside our hotel and it is a real place of action all through the day !, there are lines of Wine Bars with pizza and bread stores all around. The place also has a market occasionally with real bargains you can think of. A stroll around is quite refreshing and enjoyable. You could also... More 

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A warm evening with a cocktail in your hand and great company is the ideal way to experience Piazza Santo Spirito; the area is busiest at sunset for happy hour. Visitors cannot hide their astonishment sitting on the staircase under the Basilica of Santo Spirito, and they cannot help but stare at the architectural masterpieces like Bianca Cappello House, Fontana dello Sprone and San Frediano in Cestello and Santa Maria delle Carmine churches. Tourists and Florentines alike join up in the area between Santo Spirito and San Frediano, connecting the Tuscan soul to the international spirit permeating the city.
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