aperitivo in florence
Looking for a few places in florence to enjoy a pre dinner drink, away from the tourists and not in any guidbooks. area doesnt matter, just looking for the real thing!
The Astoria Hotel near the Duomo has a beautiful rooftop bar that over looks the city. It is opened when the weather is good.
Having a drink on the steps of Chiesa Sant'Ambrogio at sunset is a delightful experience; we went there often. Caffè Sant'Ambrogio (right on the piazza) serves some snacks at aperitivo time. Bring your plate and your glass to the steps; it's more convivial than sitting at one of the indoor or outdoor tables.
If you are interested in free (but not gourmet) food with your drink (for us, it was in lieu of dinner), try:
Mastrodivino, Viale Antonio Gramsci, 4-red (huge buffet; mostly local young people & students)
Wine Bar Nabucco Via Santa Reparta at Via 27 Aprile (big buffet; more touristed but not entirely)