Florence Travel – Context Travel Blog

Looking for the latest news, updates, and opinions about Florence travel? Check here for reviews, previews, and thoughts on making the most of Florence, from our favorite bars to contemporary art galleries. Frequent travelers should also check back for insider city guides and tips for making the most of your Florence travel, put together by local journalists, chefs, and artists, and historians, as well as Context staff. From suggestions on how to make the most of the city’s attractions to our favorite spots off the beaten path, we provide an intellectually curious take on Florence travel.

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and culture that makes these cultural capitals amazing. In other words, to travel deeper. Deep travel helps build cultural bridges that foster tolerance and understanding. But it doesn’t just change travelers. It changes places, too. Deep Travel connects locals with smart, curious outsiders, making the world a little smaller and a little more connected.

Al Tranvai

Al Tranvai’s small size makes it a very personable, no frills neighborhood joint.  You’ll find Tuscany’s typical pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup), ribolita (bread and vegetable soup) and daily pasta specials. 

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Il Giova

Paul and I recently joined new Florence docent, Sheila Barker for lunch at Il Giova, a cute little trattoria near the Sant’Ambrogio market. This tiny eatery offers daily specials, all made to order by the chef, who will also come…

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