The second of must stop cafés to add to your list while in Florence is this quaint spot, Santarosa Bistrot. Located right off of the Arno river near the Harold Acton Library, you are guaranteed a lovely walk getting there- especially now that the weather is really warming up. They opened in 2016, so it’s a fairly new café on the scene as well- but the few times I’ve stopped in, there hasn’t been a shortage of people.
One of my favourite things about Santarosa is that it has a beautiful outdoor seating area, tucked away in the garden behind Trattoria Sabatino in via Pisana. The cafe is sort of off of the beaten path as well- so you will find lots of locals here. Until a friend recommended this café to me, I had never even walked far down this side of the Arno before.
The interior reminds me of a sunroom, with large class windows, perfect for the sun to shine through while you’re sipping a café or catching up on work with your laptop. The outdoor seating area offers an ideal place to do some sunbathing with a good book in hand.
The ambience is perfect for getting some work done- surrounded by boho, greenery decorations in pots or hanging from the ceiling. The outdoor offers wooden vintage tables and chairs, along with some lounge chairs, as mentioned- for lounging with a good book preferably.
And good news for wine connoisseur’s out there, Santarosa’s wine listed is curated by Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, right outside of the infamous Pitti Palace, and is a wine lovers dream.
Their menu changes every day depending on what they have fresh on hand. I had the eggplant parmigiana for lunch and it was delicious. What’s also nice about Santarosa is that they are open from breakfast to dinner, giving you options depending on the time you’re able to visit.
Overall, this is not a spot to miss during your time in Florence!
Today’s idiom: Tirare il pacco. Meaning: To throw the package. Not the same meaning as the commonly known English idiom, to throw in the towel. Rather, this means that someone didn’t show up for a meeting or plans they had.