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Best of Florence’s Right Bank

The quieter right bank of the Arno is home to some of the city’s top finds.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Full day

Overview:  The Four Seasons is one of a handful of hotels in a part of Florence the Florentines still consider relatively unspoiled, on the right... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Archelogical Museum of Florence

The musuem has held Medici collections of Etruscan, Roman, Greek, and Egyptian art since 1870.

Address:
9B Piazza Santissima Annunziata
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-294-883

2. Brancacci Chapel

The chapel contains The Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Masaccio’s early Renaissance masterpiece.

Address:
10 Piazza del Carmine, Santa Maria del Carmine
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-276-8224

Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 117-room Four Seasons hotel finally opened in June 2008. Located in the fifteenth/sixteenth-century Palazzo Scala della Gherardesca—with monumental frescoed halls and room décors that range from opulent Renaissance suites to a discreetly elegant, almost Georgian style in most rooms—this... More

4. Il Palagio

The hotel restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel, Firenze is serious and excellent. Chef Vito Mollica serves homemade pastas such as ricotta-and-mint ravioli in a lamb sauce.

Address:
99 Borgo Pinti, Palazzo della Gherardesca Hotel
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-262-61

The restaurant, so named because the long, vaulted space once housed a carousel, is a perfectly straightforward restaurant owned and run by Prince Dimitri and Soldano d’Asburgo Lorena. Everything’s good, from a plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce to the boneless bigeon on a spit and the "infernal potatoes" it comes with.

Address:
12/R ... More

The museum houses an impressive collection of African and Asian art.

Address:
12 Via Proconsolo, Near the Duomo
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-239-6449

A café with delicious small plates, located on the ground floor of a palazzo in Santa Croce.

Address:
11/13R Via Isola delle Stinche
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-289-368

8. PORTOfino, Florence

Opened in December 2006, PORTOfino is rapidly becoming the Florentine’s favorite seafood restaurant. Although it’s ten minutes by cab from the city center, the ride is well worth it. The stylish, 40-seat dining room has washed wood floorboards and tables draped in ecru cloths, and the ultra-fresh fish comes from Liguria or Livorno each day. Ask... More

9. Ruth’s

The city’s best kosher option serves a mean lox, couscous, and falafel.

Address:
Via Luigi Carlo Farini, 2a
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-241-341

This lively, sprawling street market is an obligatory stop for anyone in search of cheap and cheerful fashion accessories and gifts. These days many of the leather goods on sale are made in Chinese-owned factories in the nearby Prato area, but the prices are reasonable and the quality is often surprisingly high. Look out for fine-spun silk scarves... More

The museum includes the famed monks’ cells with frescoes by Fra Angelico.

Address:
3 Piazza San Marco
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-290-112

View the church’s frescoes by Perugino, Andrea del Sarto, and Jacopo da Pantormo.

Address:
Piazza Santissima Annunziata
Florence, Tuscany
Italy

Phone:
39-055-266-181

With his mass of snowy white hair and beard, it’s hard to miss restaurateur Fabio Picchi as he flits between the four establishments that make up his gourmet empire in Florence’s up-and-coming Sant’Ambrogio area. These days, he spends most of his time at Teatro del Sale, but his first enterprise was the upscale Cibrèo, where the Tuscan food... More