As summer is coming and hanging out is more frequent, I want to share my personal selection of roof gardens in my hometown Florence, perfect if you are staying on a budget.
- Caffè del Verone, located of the top of the Institute “Ospedale degli Innocenti” in Piazza Santissima Annunziata (from the Duomo, less than 10 minutes by walk towards Piazza San Marco) is a brand new bar. In fact, the institute is located in the old hospital designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and completely renovated in 2016. Today this historical complex has become a museum, Museo degli Innocenti, which is definitely worth a visit. The Caffè is hosted in a 15th century terrace with a stunning view over the Duomo and the southern hills of Florence. Aperitif from around 7€.
- In the heart of Villa Bardini garden – an historical garden of Florence, particularly the so called “Oltrarno” area, that is, the left side of the Arno river – it’s possible to have one of the most inspiring glass of wines in the bar located in the loggia. Surrounded by the garden, the terrace overlooks Florence and Fiesole since it’s right below the well known Piazzale Michelangelo. Entrance is from Costa San Giorgio, 2. It’s possible to visit the garden of Villa Bardini with the same ticket of Boboli Gardens.
- Caffè la Terrazza in Piazza della Repubblica, on the top of the building that hosts the small shopping mall “La Rinascente”. The terrace is in the center of Florence, therefore it offers a 360 degrees perspective. If you choose the right table you will have an amazing view over the Duomo. Coffee is around 3.5€ and aperitif around 7€.
- Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio is a bar and restaurant on the top of a four stars hotel. Entrance is from Ponte Vecchio, a lift will bring you on a roof terrace with a bar and a restaurant whereto have a drink with view over the city center and the Duomo. If you want, mixed appetizers (the “tagliere” with local cheese, ham and salame) are also available (unless you want to have dinner).