When in Florence, enjoying the atmosphere of a typical Tuscan Enoteca (wine shop) is definitely a “must!”On this page, we’ve selected the best ones either in Florence or the surrounding hills!
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La Cantinetta Wine Shop
Open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm
If you have a wine desire of any specification, make your way to La Cantinetta, a haven located centrally between Piazza della Signoria and Santa Croce.
This vino mecca extends not only 5% discount to students (!) but charming and helpful suggestions from the shops’ young and cosmopolitan owner, Viola.
Tuscan by birth, Viola has realised her dream of owning a wine boutique and drawing on her extensive travel experience, she keeps her place well stocked with something to wet every pallet.
The delicious tipples hail from regions dispersed all over Italia, yet especially from homeland Toscana. With bottles to suit every budget ranging from 7-350, La Cantinetta is the ideal destination to purchase a cheap, cheerful and pre-chilled bottle of white to accompany a dinner party or for visiting parents to pick up a special souvenir Super Tuscan vintage.
Not a wine fan? You’re in the wrong country for starters, but also fortunate in that Viola sells typical Italian intoxicating liquors such as Grappa and Limoncello and a whole host of other things besides. As of October 2006, tasting afternoons will commence and will provide the perfect opportunity to indulge in the gastronomic treats also available to buy; specialty pastas and the like, all sourced locally. Just remember to grab the chance to wash it down with a glassful of liquid heaven.
Whatever you want, Viola will try to accommodate your every need. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask! She can source specific wines for individuals, and can also ship abroad if you don’t want the hassle of lugging around heavy bottles at the airport.
La Cantinetta is a rare gem-welcoming, friendly and of high quality. A real cork’er (pardon the pun)
[by Helen Kershaw, from Manchester]
La Tinaia Wine Shop
Via San Zanobi 33R | Tel. 338 2599575
(Excellent) Chianti, Low Cost? Visit La Tinaia Wine Shop. A good selection of Tuscan wines sold at the best prices in town! In fact, the wines come directly from Tuscan farms and the quality/cost ratio is very good.
Damiano, the owner, is a refined sommelier, happy to recommend the best wines to pair with your meal. Moreover, you can find delicious, fresh “Panini” in a cozy, typical atmosphere, and a light lunch served all day with prices ranging between 3 and 8 euro.
Special reductions for students and groups!
Happy hour at 6 pm – two glasses of wine for the price of one!
This Wine Shop is recommended by the studentsVille Staff!
V. Corso dei Tintori, 21/r | Tel. +39. 055.2466848 Fax. +39.055.2469852
In the heart of Florence, in an antique building from the 1500s, Antonella, Luisella and Simonetta welcome you to their wine shop. They will introduce you to the finest wine culture of Florence and Italy, in a friendly, lively atmosphere. Here, you can find the best labels of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, chosen from the most famous Tuscan wineries. A place of honor has been reserved for the prestigious Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Solaia, Tignanello, Bruno di Rocca.
Special discounts for StudentsVille friends!
Via del Rossellino, 2r, Settignano | Tel & Fax: 055 697245
Open from 19:30 – 0:30 Reservation suggested – Closed on Sundays.
Located outside the city, Enoteca del Rossellino is a place to relax and unwind with a glass of Italian wine and typical Italian and Tuscan dishes (Gnocchi, Tortelli, Pici, etc.) in front of a big fireplace in the Winter or the veranda with a view over the harmonious hills of Settignano (where Michelangelo grew up) in the Summer.
The perfect place for birthday parties or the days your parents are visiting you in Florence!
There is also an APERITIVO-BAR from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Via dei Cimatori, 38r | Tel. 055 239 6096
Probably the best place in the historical centre to drink a good wine at a fair price! This wine bar is very very small (6-8 square meters), so you are obliged to drink directly on the cobblestone street in front of the bar.
This wine here is excellent, so cheap, and their ‘panini’ (sandwiches) are fabulous! Some of the simplest, freshest ingredients in town!
StudentsVille definitely suggests this place!
Piazza dei Rossi, 1r | Tel. 055 239 8132
Open Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Closed Sundays
Located near the Ponte Vecchio, this enoteca is one of the best in town. A wide, top quality selection of Italian and French wines, cheese and salami platters.
If you are a connoisseur, this ‘taste boutique’ is definitely made for you!
Via Ricasoli 38-40r | Tel. 055 211 296
Open 8am – 5pm, Closed on Sunday
Very nice enoteca in the historical centre of Florence. Wide selection of wines and excellent, hot breakfast and afternoon dishes and snacks are served here. Prices are good, especially for lunch!!!
Via San Giuseppe 22r | Tel. 055 241773
Open daily, Lunch 11.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m., Dinner 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Crostini, hot panini, cheese, salads, good wine, pasta…Fair prices, good quality, nice atmosphere. Very close to Santa Croce Square.
15r Via delle Oche | Tel. 055 230 2153
A well known enoteca featuring Italian, Californian, Chilean and Argentine wines. At all hours of the day, you can taste cold dishes, such as meat or fish carpaccios, avocado salad, feta cheese, nuts and carrots; warm first courses; and wonderful cakes (cheese, chocolate and fruit)!
Via Monte alle Croci, 10/r | Tel. +39 055 234 2483
Open from 12:30-15:30 and 19:00-0:30, daily. Closed on Sunday
Excellent wine bar located in the very charming district of San Niccolò. You can buy Italian, French and international wines at good prices on their website, to be shipped worldwide!
Via delle Porte Nuove, 50 | Tel. +39 055 354 350
A wine bar with more than 400 different types of wines and a gastronomic corner with Italian and French cheeses. They organize wine and Tuscan appetizer taste testings, special events, cellar tours, and have a menu that changes daily!
Via Cassia, 2 | Tel. 055 237 3267
Very close to Florence’s Certosa Monestary, this ‘vinoteca’ showroom is an important meeting point for wine-connoisseurs.
Wine Courses are organized here!