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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

restaurants

Baldovino

Baldovino is a bustling trattoria in Santa Croce offering Neapolitan wood-fired pizza as well as creative pastas, salads and other Italian favourites. The owners of Baldovino have opened an enoteca café across the street, which also lures the trendy Santa Croce crowd, who come to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, tasty light meals and superb wines.

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 View Map ... Via San Giuseppe, 22r, Florence, Italy
Finisterrae

Located in the hub of Santa Croce, Finisterrae is unbeatable for atmosphere. It is a Mediterranean restaurant with quality food and a delightful wine list. This is your ideal starting point for an excellent meal before hitting the high-end wine bars of surrounding Santa Croce.

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 View Map ... Piazza di Santa Croce, 16, Florence, Italy
Ristorante La Giostra

La Giostra opened its famed doors merely for the love of cooking and it couldn’t be more obvious. The food is outstanding and it is worth visiting Firenze just to sample some of the chef’s old family recipes, especially the tortelloni alla Mugellana (handmade potato-stuffed pasta in ragù), which is one of their signature dishes in the winter months. La Giostra has an endearing ambience and Soldano, the affable manager, greets both new and returning customers like old friends. Ponder over the delectable menu and outstanding wine list whilst enjoying complimentary prosecco and antipasto. We loved the casual, rustic vibe and the consistently exceptional Tuscan fare. We have no doubt that La Giostra will feature on our ‘must-do’ list in Florence for many years to come.

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 View Map ... Borgo Pinti, 10, Florence, Italy
Trattoria 4 Leoni

This quaint trattoria, founded in 1550, is located slightly off the beaten track and is a Florentine attraction not to be missed. Whether you dine in the cosy indoor dining space or alfresco on the terrace, you can be certain that every dish will be delicious.

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 View Map ... 1R Via dei Vellutini, Florence, Italy
Trattoria Mario

The daily queue out the front of this small trattoria is indicative of the gem that awaits you inside. Trattoria Mario is a Florentine classic with a boisterous atmosphere serving simple but great food at family-style tables. If you cannot read the menu written in mama’s handwriting on the butcher paper stuck to the kitchen wall, then be sure that the Bistecca Florentina will be a great choice.

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 View Map ... Via Rosina, 2, Florence, Italy

what we think

Could there be anything more indulgent than a stroll over the Ponte Vecchio, browsing some of the world’s finest jewellery? A wander down via Tornabouni overflowing with Italy’s most famous designers comes in at a close second. Perhaps you prefer sipping a glass of Chianti Classico in a Santa Croce wine cellar or savouring a mouthful of tantalising gelato gazing over the River Arno? Florence has it all and so much more. The grandeur of the Duomo is breathtaking, the galleries house some of the world’s most famous artwork and the cafés’ baristas serve only the most perfect espressos. Located near the heart of Tuscany, the options for winery tours and cooking courses are endless, and all easily discoverable as a day trip from Florence.