Emilia G.

Emilia G.

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Feb 25, 2013
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Piazza / Square / Outdoor Activity
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Jazz Club
Feb 25, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
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Bar
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Jan 13, 2013
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Concert Venue / Theater
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Concert Venue / Stadium
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Bakery / Italian Restaurant / Market
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Culture / Historic Bar / Restaurant
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Bar / Café / Club
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Irish Pub / Sports Bar
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Landmark / Outdoor Activity / Park
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  • Piazza Beccaria

    Florence
    Piazza / Square / Outdoor Activity / Landmark
    Piazza Beccaria - Piazza | Square | Outdoor Activity | Landmark in Florence.
    Feb 25, 2013 Authentic Florentine Piazza- minimal tourists! "My Take: Piazza Beccaria, one of the less touristy piazzas in Florence, is a fairly large piazza just outside of the historical center of the city. The focal point is Porta alla Croce, an old door to the city that was built in the 1200s. If you are looking for a relaxed, low-key afternoon or evening to get away from the all of the massive tour groups, come to Piazza Beccaria. By day the Piazza and some of the surrounding streets offer cafès and restaurants, bakeries and more. Via Gioberti, one of the streets that the Piazza opens up onto, is known by locals for its great shopping and a number of great places to eat. During the evening the locales in and around the Piazza are frequented by locals. So if you want an authentic Florentine afternoon or evening, this is the place. The Scene: Given that Piazza Beccaria is near a very residential part of the city, most of the people you’ll see here are locals- many of whom make a point of avoiding the historical center of the city. You’ll be less likely to find menus in English, and you certainly won’t see any tour groups. Cocktails & Cuisine: Piazza Beccaria and Via Gioberti offer a number of places to eat, from small cafès and bakeries to paninotecas and restaurants. Don’t miss Antico Beccaria, Kitsch and Dolci & Dolcezze. Prices: The range for shopping is big in terms of prices, as you can find everything from the Italian equivalent of T.J. Maxx to small, expensive boutiques. As far as eating, given that the piazza is frequented by locals, prices should be reasonable. If you're thinking about what to wear, by day anything goes. By night, play it smart casual. Insider Info / When to go: The aperitivo at Kitsch is one of the most highly rated and most generous in the city! " hide
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  • Jazz Club Firenze

    Florence
    Jazz Club
    Jazz Club Firenze - Jazz Club in Florence.
    Feb 25, 2013 Fun, live music spot in Florence "Neighborhood: Centro Storico Venue Type: Jazz Club, Bar Address: Via Nuova de’ Caccini, 3 Phone: 399 498 0752 Website: http://www.facebook.com/jazzclubfirenze.it Hours: 10pm – 5am Day/Night: Night Crowd: 20s and up. Age wise a pretty diverse crowd. Entertainment: Live music Prices: beer and wine €5, cocktails €7 What to wear: Some people will be in jeans, some will be dressed up, and some in between. Vibe: Friendly, good for groups Characters Liked By: Jonah, Emma The entrance to Jazz Club is nothing special- an opaque door with the words “Jazz Club” in yellow lights. The door opens onto a staircase, and you have to head down into the club which is a lot larger than you’d expect from looking at the outside. The staircase leads you into the bar area, which is a little separated from the tables and the stage. The lights are pretty dim, and the walls are decorated with black and white pictures of famous musicians. We ended up going on a night where the band wasn’t playing jazz- instead the theme was “John Travolta Disco Explosion”. They played a lot more 80s music than disco, but it ended up being an incredibly fun evening. People were dancing, including some of the staff, and after the band left the stage there was still music playing and it was clear that people weren’t ready to go home. Of all the live music or jazz clubs in Florence, be sure to put this one on your list! I think the scene for Jazz Club probably changes a little bit depending on what kind of band is playing (the music for the next few days can usually be found on the venue’s Facebook page). The night I was there it was mostly 20 and 30 somethings, but some people older than that as well. Regardless of age, the crowd is definitely unpretentious and relaxed, even though they might be dancing until closing time. The menu is pretty standard for the spots in Florence: beer, wine and cocktails, though nothing special or crazy. At the bar there was a small buffet of finger food, and there is a small section for food on the menu. Given that the place is open until 5 am, I guess they can’t expect people not to get hungry. The food is definitely not the highlight of the place, though. Beer and wine €5, cocktails €7 Given that Jazz Club is a very musician friendly place, outfits were ranging. Some people (mostly guys) had jeans and flannel on- but made it look cool in the way only musicians can do. There were people in smart casual and then people even a little bit more dressed up than that. The one thing about this place that might be a turnoff is that you need a membership to get in. You can get your tessera (membership card) when you walk in- you don’t need to do it in advance- and it costs €10 (though that includes a free drink!) They do this because they want people to come back- and I think you will want to. " hide
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  • Kitsch

    Florence
    Bar
    Kitsch - Bar in Florence.
    Feb 15, 2013 Eclectic, fun and authentic bar in Florence "My take: The décor at Kitsch is warm, colorful, and a little kitschy, which represents the vibe pretty well: relaxed, fun and a little bit quirky (keep an eye out for the numerous Buddah statues and images). Service is fast and friendly, and you can tell that the waiters and bartenders really like where they work. Given that Kitsch is a little bit outside the historical center of Florence, the patrons are almost exclusively locals, though this doesn’t mean that it is a place where tourists or foreign students are unwelcome. Even on nights when there is no live music or DJ, music is always being played, and it is mostly alternative, upbeat music with occasional pop tunes and oldies. It’s loud enough that it isn’t background music, but not so loud that you can’t have a conversation. The outdoor seating area, although not terribly large, is quite popular and fills up quickly even when it’s chilly. The Scene: The people who come to Kitsch are mostly 20 and early 30 something Florentines, though it’s not odd to see a few tables of people a little younger or a little older. It can get quite busy and loud, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, and although the atmosphere is energetic and fun it’s never rowdy. People tend to come in groups of 4-8 people, and are people looking for a fun but relaxed and low key night out with friends. Cocktails & Cuisine: Kitsch offers a fairly large drink menu, and this includes everything from beer and wine to cocktails and shots. Kitsch also offers one of the more generous aperitivos in town. 9 euros will get you a drink plus access to a buffet that features a number of meat, fish and pasta dishes as well as Tuscan specialties. Prices: Beer and wine are usually 5 euros, cocktails range from 6-8 euros. What to wear: Attire at Kitsch is casual, though in Florence that tends to mean something slightly nicer than the American definition of casual. You can wear jeans, but dress them up a bit. No sneakers. Insider Info/When to go: If you’re going for the aperitivo it starts at 6:30 pm, though it picks up more around 7, 7:15 and runs until 10. If you’re not going for the aperitivo, Kitsch is busiest Friday and Saturday nights from 10 pm on. " hide
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