Here are Walks of Italy we spend a lot of time drinking good wine and making sure that our friends do too. Florence is one of Italy’s best city’s for eating and drinking but if you want to sit down at a local wine bar, order the best Chianti Classico for €5 or less, and pair it with a mouthwatering plate of prosciutto, you’ll need to know where to go.
Still with us (or already dreaming about tender prosciutto)? Here are our top four wine bars in Florence!
Il Santino (Santo Spirito neighborhood)
This wine bar is, in a word, heaven! Il Santino is known for serving up high-quality wine, plus incredible prosciutto and cheese. The staff (of two!) is always happy to help recommend the best wine to pair with your snack of choice.
When the weather is nice, you can hang outside and people-watch in the perfect local neighborhood of Santo Spirito in Oltrarno, the “across the Arno” side of downtown Florence. (Here’s more about why you should visit the Oltrarno neighborhood!). If you choose to stay indoors, then cozy up at the bench or sidle up at the bar. With the prosciutto-scented air (seriously) and romantically-lit atmosphere, it’s the perfect enoteca for those cooler months coming up.
(If Il Santino sounds familiar to you, you might have seen it in our post on the best restaurants in Florence!).
Il Santino is located just over the Arno River at Via di Santo Spirito 60r. Phone: (+39) 055 2302820.
Enoteca Bevo Vino (San Niccolò neighborhood)
Another great option—especially right after an unforgettable hike down from Piazzale Michelangelo—is Enoteca Bevo Vino. The name literally translates to “I drink wine,” which pretty much sums it up!
The enoteca, located in the funky San Niccolò neighborhood in the Oltrarno area of Florence, boasts a veritable library of wine on the left and a bar on the right. It’s always packed with locals, giving it a great buzz. If you would like to accompany your wine with some wild boar’s meat, this is the place! They also make a great Aperol spritz and serve smoked fish dishes that pair perfectly with their wine selection. (Don’t miss our post on how to make an Aperol spritz, and other favorite Italian cocktails, at home!).
If you’re lucky, live music might be playing when you arrive. Either way, an evening at Enoteca Bevo Vino is one you’ll remember.
Enoteca Bevo Vino is located at Via San Niccolò 59r. Phone (+39) 0552 001709.
La Prosciutteria (near the Uffizi Gallery)
Any place that is named The Prosciutto Store has to be good, right? La Prosciutteria doesn’t let us down: This gem of a Tuscan enoteca, located a block east of the Uffizi Gallery, offers great wines by the glass or bottle, plus delicious assortments of cheese and cured meats. If you haven’t tried soppressata before, taste it here along with a Super Tuscan or Morellino di Scansano!
Come early to grab an outdoor table; they just finished building outdoor seating for a handful of patrons (and there are also stools and tables inside, of course).
La Prosciutteria is located on Via dei Neri 54/r. Phone (+39) 055 2654472.
Mago Balducci: Le Cure area
This sweet wine bar sits north of the downtown area in Le Cure, a residential neighborhood next to the stadium where La Fiorentina (Florence’s famous soccer team) plays. Even though that means you have to bus or cab it here, it’s worth it: You’re guaranteed not just great food and wine, but a night where you’ll only bump into locals… a rare feat in Florence!
With its shabby-chic decor, Mago Balducci has modern European flair, great wine and tasty treats. Locals love to go before dinner and often stay late into the night, even spilling out into the street on especially popular evenings.
Mago Balducci is located at Via Marconi 24r. Phone +(39) 366 745 2272.
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If Florence hasn’t satisfied your love of wine, you might be interested in our Florence Food Tour. If you have any other good wine bar recs, let us know in the comments!