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Florence, Italy: Caffe degli Artigiani- a REAL Neighborhood Bar

Updated on July 17, 2016

Marco the Owner

For lovers of the Renaissance, Florence, and the Medici.

Entrance to Bar

Wall of Close-Up Photos

Outdoor Seating

Sometimes You Want to Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name...

Remember that old Cheers Bar theme song? Well, Caffe degli Artigiani is THAT kind of neighborhood bar where you can go alone and feel totally comfortable. Everyone is pretty laid back and friendly and it's okay to sit at an outdoor table by yourself with a glass of wine and maybe a snack.

Marco has been running the bar since 2003 and it has become very popular among the artsy and cultured locals in Florence. What takes most people by surprise when they first walk into the bar and look over their shoulder iis that the entire wall behind them is literally covered with photographs of close-ups. Who are these people? Boh! (Tuscan for "I don't know"). But I'm willing to bet if you came in with a color photo of an ECU (Extreme Close-Up) Marco would probably add it to the rest!

This bar is not just frequented by locals, however. Students and foreigners alike regularly flock to the outdoor tables to sip refreshing cocktails in the warm evenings or gather around rustic, colorful wooden tables inside on cooler nights sipping coffee and tea. This caffe / bistro also serves very good crostini, bruschetta and first courses like salads, soups, lasagna and other pasta dishes. From October through March, live music is offered and every night after 19:00 there is Aperitivo.

You may have trouble finding this bar if you are looking at a Florentine map, however, since few of them show the name of the piazza, which is: Piazza della Passera. There are many theories for this omission, but the most accepted one is that there was once a bordello in the piazza a long time ago. The word passera literally means bird , but in Tuscan dialect it is also a crude slang term for the female sex organ. Know that the piazza is in the Oltrarno where Via dello Sprone, Via Toscanella and Via dei Vellutini intersect. Thank you for reading and see you there!

C. De Melo
Author & Artist
www.cdemelo.com

Enjoying Wine with Great Company

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    • SUSIE405 profile image

      SUSIE405 

      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Sounds like a fun place to go.

    • Angela_1973 profile image

      Angela_1973 

      7 years ago

      I hope I visit there next fall.

    • REALfoodie profile imageAUTHOR

      C De Melo 

      7 years ago from Florence, Italy and WORLDWIDE

      Thanks, MimiKat and Kathleen for your nice comments...I've written several articles on Florence (complete with photos) so check them out if you want to go down memory lane :)

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a nice little taste of Florence. I was there two summers ago and how I miss it! Thanks for the visit.

    • MimiKat33 profile image

      MimiKat33 

      7 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Beautiful photos! I've been to Italy and remember the narrow little alleys with those cafes. Great hub

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