Florence is one of the most visited cities in Italy. It is also one of the hottest places to visit during the summer. Visiting Florence requires a great deal of walking, which can get tiring, not only physically but also psychologically as there is so much to take in! After a hard day of sightseeing, escape the crowds on the streets and head for one of the city’s beautiful rooftop bars for a well-earned break where you can can enjoy some wonderful refreshments. These destinations serve up a wonderful assortment of beverages in some of the most glorious settings in Florence.
Il Rinascente is a major department store located in the heart of Florence at Piazza Della Republica. This department store is one of the most luxurious in Italy and offers Italian-made products from all over the country. Making a visit here is worthwhile unto itself, though if you are not big on shopping it is still worth a stop here, for you can come in and take a look around free of charge and enjoy a coffee or anything else you may wish to enjoy in a majestic vantage point on their roof-top patio overlooking the historical centre of Florence. Simply walk in and take the ‘lift’ or ask for the elevator to the top floor and enjoy a moment away from the bustling streets, where you will discover the most civilised setting to have a cappuccino and enjoy the view of the square below and the nearby duomo.
Grand Hotel Cavour
This is a great hotel with a very fun and cool vibe. Guests at the hotel have access to the terrace, but even if you are staying here, it is best to make a reservation to ensure a table, since space at the Divina Terrazza is limited, but the intimate setting and incredible views of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio are truly second to none and make for an unforgettable romantic occasion whether to enjoy a prosecco or spritz. Book online here.
Museo Degli Innocenti
Not many know but the Museo Degli Innocenti has a spacious caffe’/ bistro Caffe’ del Verone, you are not quite in the gods here, but nonetheless the view across the city and the duomo are impressive. Entrance is possible without visiting the museum – go in the main entrance and take the elevator straight up to the top floor.
Plaza Hotel Lucchesi
Situated between the Arno River and Basilica Santa Croce, the Empireo rooftop bar offers chic cocktails as well as wonderful views over the Arno and up to San Miniato a Monte, above Piazzale Michelangelo on the other bank. Open to the public after 7.30pm, but you should bookfirst.
SE.STO on Arno
For really breath-taking, 360° views and a VIP experience, the glass-plated SESTO on Arno, at The Westin Excelsior Hotel cannot be beat. It’s not cheap – an aperitivo (drink + buffet) will set you back €28 per person, but we think you’ll agree that the view is worth it! The bar is open 12pm to 2am each day.