My favorite café in Florence is Gilli, situated in Piazza della Repubblica. The café was founded in 1733 as a confectionary shop and still sells wonderful pastries. It’s a great and elegant place for a morning cappuccino and cornetto, a light lunch or people watching later in the day over an aperitivo. It is not cheap. But it is so wonderful to sit here and watch humanity stroll by. Especially on a sunny day.
I love sitting here. This is a picture of the back of one of the café’s outdoor chairs.
This vintage picture is so evocative, even though this young woman looks distinctly uncomfortable.
It’s the front picture of Gilli’s menu. Here’s the full menu cover. And a few lunch items inside. I ordered the pici sienese.