Lunch & Shopping
in Florence (Destination Livorno Cruise Port)

Where to Have Lunch and Shop
in Florence for Cruise Travelers to Livorno
- Street Food, Enotecas, Cafes, Popular and Upscale Restaurants, and the best ice cream.
Most Famous Shops, Affordable Brands and Shopping areas

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To explore Florence when docking at the cruise port in Livorno, the cruise traveler will end up spend a full day in the city. This means that you will need to find a place to have a quick bite or lunch. A break for lunch may also be a good opportunity to spend a bit of time looking for souvenir shopping.

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Quick Bites in Florence

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If on an organized excursion you will be given what in tour lingo is described as 'free-time' for lunch (between 1 and 2 hours). Surely the guides will point out a couple of places, usually good and not too expensive, close to where the meeting place is to be set. But there are so many good places to savor the best of Florentine flavors that you will find out - unfortunately, too late - that you could have tasted a superb lunch or quick bite whilst on a day exploring Florence.

Quick Bites or Lunch

Cruisers with very deep pockets (or in a splurge mood) may find the Enoteca Pinchorio a must - it will set you back no less than $200 per person but, with 3 Michelin stars, it is the best restaurant in Florence and one of the top in Italy.

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All'Antico Vinaio in Florence

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Street Food, Enotecas, Cafes

On the opposite side of the scale, there are food vendors that have been serving food to be eaten on or by the street. Places like All'Antico Vinaio, L'Antico Trippaio or Ino with its gourmet panini are Editor's Favorites. For a quick bite but seating down, the Osteria del Caffè Italiano, the Cantinetta Antinori, Le Volpi e l'Uva and Cantinetta dei Verrazzano are ideal.

Popular and Upscale Restaurants

If looking for a real popular place where locals go, don't miss the famous Trattoria Mario (typical Florentine lunch for €20) on a square behind the food market (Mercato Centrale), which is a bit off track.

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Trattoria Le Mossacce in Florence

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However, in the central area, close to all main attractions, you will find excellent restaurants like Acqua al 2, Coquinarius, da Sergio, Trattoria Le Mossacce, Trattoria La Casalinga, Il Santo Bevitore, Dino or Cibrèo.

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Borgo San Jacopo in Florence

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For upscale restaurants with refined decor, settings and high-end service Alle Murate, Borgo San Jacopo, Giacosa Roberto Cavalli or La Giostra are the places to go.

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Ice Cream in Florence

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Ice Cream galore

A day in Florence will never fully enjoyed without tasting a good Italian ice-cream. There are so many vendors around that it is next to impossible to choose the best ones as all look delicious, colorful and lines of clients may indicate quality. Be aware that some are ridiculously overpriced so check prices - usually displayed - before ordering. The Editor has run away from street vendors for many years ago and recommends instead the 'Gelatarias' like Carabé, dei Neri, Grom, Vivoli, Vestri, Perchè No, la Carraia or la Carapina.

Coffee with a View

Wherever and whatever you decide to sit down for a meal, just make sure you avoid the many tourist traps by famous sites, on major squares or by historical buildings. If you see large signs with photos of pizzas and pasta dishes at affordable prices just walk away - you will not be missing a great deal but instead, dodge a bad meal.

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Caffè Rivoire in Florence

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But if you really want to enjoy a view of a major landmark like the Piazza della Signoria whilst enjoying a quick bite, then look out for Caffè Gilli or Caffè Rivoire. Check the Useful Links below to find the websites of the recommended restaurants in Florence.

Shops and Shopping

Florence is known for the excellence of fashion design and as the city where many a famous name was born - Ferragamo, Cavalli, and Gucci are just 3 examples. Naturally, almost every single top fashion design label can be found in Florence and they are all on the same street - Via Tornabuoni and on a side street of this one, Via della Vigna Nuova. This couldn't be more convenient if you would like to buy a design souvenir or just window shop for the latest trend.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Boutique in Florence

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Also on Via Tornabuoni, the Palazzo Spini Feroni shouldn't be missed - on the ground floor you will find a massive Ferragamo shop and on the floors above the amazing museum with Salvatore's shoe designs.

Famous and Affordable Brands

When looking for more regular shops with well known and affordable brands, Via Roma, Via de' Calzaiuoli and Piazza Repubblica are the streets where you will find a few department stores like La Rinascente and C & A.

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La Rinascente in Florence

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This is also the shopping area in Florence where you will find brands and names like like Calzedonia, Desigual, Diesel, Furla, Geox, H & M, Hollister, Intimissimi, Lacoste, Luisa Spagnoli, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Puma, Replay, Sisley, Stefanel, Stradivarius, Swarovski, Swatch, Tezenis, Benetton, Zara, L'Occitane, Lush, Marionnaud or Sephora.

One of a Kind Shops

Besides the fashion design, Florence is also known for the quality of the leather tanning process and, above all, for the overwhelming offer. There are so many shops, street vendors and leather markets all over the city that is next to impossible to figure out what to choose and what is really good quality.

There are a few shops that IQCruising can vouch for its genuine quality: Casini (Piazza de Pitti) in front of the Palazzo Pitti; Bemporad (Via Calzaiuoli 11) in the heart of the historical center and Giorgio 1966 (Via del Canto dei Nelli 34) and, most shops and stalls on San Lorenzo Market.

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Ponte Vecchio in Florence

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The Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, is more than just a landmark - the only bridge crossing the Arno river in 1218, which was rebuilt to its present form in 1345. For two centuries, the bridge was lined by the stench of butchers, fishmongers, and tanners, but after 1593 only goldsmiths and jewelers had permission to open shop at the Ponte Vecchio and, since then, the landmark became - to this day - a major shopping and historical site.

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