Oltrarno Village feel

Oltrarno Village feel

Renowned for its village feel, authenticity and genuine people, the Oltrarno quarter is historically famous for its artisans. It's also an animated hub of hip restaurants and boutiques that blend perfectly with the district's artist ateliers and antique shops – without losing the sense of community for which it has become famous.

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Renowned for its village feel, authenticity and genuine people, the Oltrarno quarter is historically famous for its artisans. It's also an animated hub of hip restaurants and boutiques that blend perfectly with the district's artist ateliers and antique shops – without losing the sense of community for which it has become famous. Where you stop for a quick chat on the narrow pedestrianised streets, and still help elderly locals with their grocery bags. Here's a short list of things to see and do if you decide to spend a slow day in the Oltrarno neighbourhood: Ditta Artigianale, a stone's throw from Ponte Vecchio, for a shot of specialty coffee or a lazy linger over a large cappuccino; Street art at Via Toscanella; Sdrucciolo dei Pitti, for a healthy cold-pressed juice, a glass of biodynamic wine or some cool artisan workshops Piazza Santo Spirito for local farmers' markets or to simply park yourself on a bench and imbibe the serenity of the square; A hidden gem in Porta San Frediano: Trattoria Sabatino, one of the last surviving family-run trattorias with prices to suit.

Nearby Bistrot Santarosa draws a great international crowd, where people go to see and be seen; Piazza Tasso: Perfect for people-watching and experiencing the village vibe. A gelato at La Sorbetteria a must! Borgo San Frediano and Via Santo Spirito, with their perfect alchemy of artisan workshops, trattorias, boutiques and funky restaurants; Galleria Romanelli and Castorina, a fourth-generation workshop, are the perfect ending to a day spent wandering the Oltrarno. If you wish to know more and explore this fascinating quarter of Florence with a local in

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