San Frediano, Oltrarno

“Oltrarno preserved until today a truly Florentine atmosphere

Borgo San Frediano, Florence (from the Lonely Planet) 

On the southern side of Florence’s Arno river, the San Frediano neighbourhood is breathing new life into the Oltrarno area, known more for its artisans than hipster appeal. With its narrow streets and tiny sidewalks, all the action is sandwiched between one of the city’s last remaining ancient gates and Borgo San Frediano.First stop is Gesto, where the salvaged and upcycled vintage interior blends nicely with their tasty, tapas-style bites. Located nearby is possibly the best craft cocktail bar in town: Mad Souls & Spirits. Here, locals flock to try the concoctions dreamed up by cult alchemists Neri Fantechi and Julian Biondi in a tiny space with brick walls and exposed copper piping. Further down Borgo San Frediano, fusion cocktails take centre stage at Japanese hotspot Kawaii, offering the first sake bar experience in Italy.

Georgette Jupe is an American writer based in Florence. Follow her tweets @girlinflorence

photocredits : Matteo Vistocco

Our favorites places in San Frediano:
Circolo Aurora, Santa Rosa Bistrot

For a walking tour of San Frediano with a local as a guide, please contact us.