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"I used to live around the corner from Vivoli's it is part of any Florentine's list of places to go and get gelato. Still Family run, I have a couple of personal favorites here. Their Chocolate with orange is incredible and another interesting flavor, although strange to eat, is Riso, rice... Rice pudding is a classic Tuscan dessert. As a gelato, you get little frozen bits of rice as well. They have caffe' as well inside the shop. Try the "Gran crema al caffè" which is a "affogato" gelato with an espresso. Look for the "wine door", buchetta di vino. They were the openings to sell wine from shops. Vivoli's has one of the only ones you can see from the inside as well. Vivoli serves cups not cones! They also have their own pastry production as well as cocktails! "
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"No better way to finish off the tour (or any day in Florence) than with a gelato! They also have coffee and pastries so it's a perfect spot to grab breakfast. The wine window outside is only operational part time (depending on how busy business is). Either way you can enjoy your delicious and genuine gelato and get your picture of it in the window too! open Tuesday to Saturday 8 am to 9pm Sunday 9 am to 8 pm closed Monday "
"Probably one of the most famous gelaterie in Florence, this place boasts Italian pride. It is the oldest gelato shop in Florence and has a cool, old-world feel inside. Written up in many guidebooks as the best, I don’t consider it to be the “best” per se. Still, it’s a neat stop on your gelato pilgrimage. You won’t see any cones here, only cups…the cone “distracts from the flavor of the gelato”."

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Spending some time in beautiful Florence? This is a complete list that provides you with a handful of options: accommodation, tourist attractions, shops, bars and restaurants - you’ll need no other guide, I promise! So…have a bite and a drink alongside Arno river and take home the most impressive bespoke souvenirs. The city blends art and history and romantic vibes all together and pretty soon you’ll find yourself in love. 💓 Must do - trips to picturesque towns located nearby: • San Gimignano: 1h away • Siena: 1h10 away • Volterra: 1h20 away Highlights: ⚜️ Il Giglio - giglio bottonato, is mainly known from the crest of the city of Florence. In the Florentine fleurs-de-lis, the stamens are always posed between the petals. This is also the emblem of the city and you shall see it depicted all over. 🍨 Gelato “crema fiorentina” - is the specific flavor of Florence, made with a simple combination of egg yolks, milk, and sugar. It is often flavored with chestnut honey, while another common addition includes crumbled amaretti cookies or almond liqueur. It is a neutral ice cream flavor with delicate pale-yellow color. 🍧 Affogato - a delightful and simple Italian dessert or beverage that combines two beloved elements: espresso and gelato or ice cream. The word "affogato" in Italian means "drowned," and that perfectly describes the preparation of this delicious treat. The basic affogato recipe involves pouring a hot, freshly brewed espresso over a scoop of cold gelato or ice cream. The hot espresso contrasts with the cold and creamy gelato, resulting in a harmonious and satisfying flavour combination. 🥩 Bistecca alla fiorentina - Italian steak made of young steer (vitellone) or heifer (scottona) that, combined with the specific preparation, makes it one of the most popular dishes of Tuscan cuisine. 🍷 "Buchette del vino" - or wine windows, are a peculiar feature of Florence. They are foot-high, dome-shaped holes in the thick, stone palazzi of the Renaissance city that six centuries ago were used to sell wine in a fiasco (glass bottle) without having to open a shop and avoid paying taxes. These wine windows also posed a useful anti-contagion way to sell wine during the epidemic of 1630-1633. At that time, the bubonic plague hit Florence hard, killing 12% of the city's population.