A visit to Florence, in the heart of Tuscany, tickles the senses with intriguing vistas, fascinating history, and memorable culinary experiences.
A city this rich in must-see offerings can over-tax a poor visitor’s feet and stamina. What you need is a memorable interlude sipping local wines and sampling divine Tuscan cuisine at a romantic rooftop restaurant offering spectacular views of of the city. Whether you’re planning a glitzy night out on the town or simply want a wonderful spot to recharge from sightseeing, the views from these rooftop restaurants will feed your soul as well as your tummy.
Here if our guide to the best rooftop restaurants and bars in Florence:
Dazzling panoramic views from atop the Westin Hotel Excelsior are perhaps the most iconic in all of Florence. The chic SE-STO restaurant and bar commands dazzling views over the Arno River with sweeping views of the city. This is a pricey but memorable choice offering contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in its indoor bar and restaurant and the delightful outside terrace.
La Terrazza Bar and Restaurant at the Continentale
This wonderful rooftop restaurant and bar was shared with us by a local leather merchant who promised it was a hidden gem in the city, and indeed it is! When we visited in early September we nearly had the entire outdoor terrace to ourselves. While not as elevated as some, the relaxing terrace enjoys views of the Arno River and looks directly at the Ponte Vecchio. This is a great place to rest your weary feet and enjoy a memorable view.
And now for a bit of low-brow fun with spectacular views. You’ll find VIP’s Bar, an outdoor wonder, in Piazzale Michelagelo. The rooftop platform offers 360 degree views of Florence and a party-like atmosphere. The menu is limited but with beer and wine, what more do you need for an unforgettable interlude in the city.
Here’s another casual setting with stunning views of Florence. Perched atop the Rinascente Department Store in the Piazza Repubblica in the city center, you will find the La Terrazza Coffee Bar which offers light fare and panoramic views of the city. Your hardest choice may be deciding which way to angle your chair, as all directions offer wonderful views. This is a great spot for a mid-day break for a panini and beer topped off with memorable views.