When we think of Florence, we pretty much automatically recall those artists who during the Renaissance (the 15th and 16th centuries) made this city one of the cradles of world art and architecture. Figures such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, Savonarola were some of the most important exponents of this cultural artistic movement that moved from Florence to the rest of Italy (which was not yet united, since that didn’t happen until the nineteenth century) and later to Europe.
A few centuries have passed since then but the beauty and majesty of this city are still intact. What is surprising, is that today Florence has another art that is flourishing: the art of brewing. After a long day of sightseeing among the wonders that were left behind by these great artists, a beer is the perfect way to cool off a bit and recover enough energy to keep sightseeing. So, after having admired the Donatello’s Marble David or Brunelleschi’s Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, go for a beer at Braumeister, a very popular and typical venue that reminds one of a German beer hall. In addition to the beers of all types and prices, you can also try the Bavarian cuisine, such as the speck and the knode, as well as delicious pizzas. You’ll find the Braumeister at 12 Via Madonna della Tosse, behind the Parterre.
Another brewery appreciated by the Florentines is the Birreria Centrale at 1 Piazza Cimatori, a few steps from Giotto´s bell tower. The Centrale birreria opened in the 19th century and still maintains the charm of the past, which is reflected in its furniture from that timeframe, and its unique, folksy ambience. The kitchen serves food that is a culinary mix including Tuscan flavors, typical meats and cheeses, and items more typical of northern Italy (Tyrolean). And, of course, there’s no shortage of beers. They have a variety of different provenances, brands and tastes, basically something to suit everyone.
If you would like to try out a real artisanal brew, go to Il Bovaro at 3 Via Pisana, opposite the largest gate of the city, Porta S. Frediano. Il Bovoro is the only place in Florence, and the entire area, which actually produces artisanal beer. Their Riki beer has a fresh and fruity taste, the Axel is a clear double malt with aromatic herbs, and the red beer, the Titan, has a strong and slightly smoky flavor. You can also get great food here if you’re hungry.
We´ll never know if Donatello enjoyed a cool brew after hours of artistic work, but we know for certain that you can do it. find apartment accommodation in Florence and enjoy a beer after taking in the sights of this beautiful and enchanting city.