Welcome to our new City Guide series, where our favorite artists give us the inside scoop on what's hot and what's not in their city and will have you feeling like a local in no time. This week, we head to the ancient city of Florence, Italy, with Neverdogs, for a taste of the best clubs, bars, and of course, pizza and pasta around town. Click the links in blue to check out the suggestions.
Q1. We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
Before every show, as usual, we like to go out for dinner, eating local food and drinking good wine. In this case, strictly Tuscan wine like Tignanello Antinori that accompanies a huge Florentine steak. In the city, we consider top “La Cucina Del Garga” that we know since the Neverdogs were born in Florence in 2000. Come on Ale!
Q2. Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
Q3. Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out for you?
For the branches on the weekend we like to go from Il Vinaino to another in the historical centre of Florence.
Q4. Best dirty late-night street food option?
Late at night, the best option, if you're hungry, is to stop at one of the “paninari” that you can find on the side street inside Parco Delle Cascine.
Q5. Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Rome?
You can buy music from Frequenze or Move On in Battistero Square.
Q6. Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
Our best Sunday getaway in Tuscany is to go to the Chianti area at a friend's house. Breathe fresh air, make a mega BBQ and listening to some excellent music. We like very much to visit villages like San Gimignano with its very suggestive medieval towers.
Q7. Something everyone should do when visiting Florence, but probably hasn’t?
There are so many things that should be done by visiting Florence. First of all, go up to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy the city seen from above. We can assure you that it gives the impression of being catapulted into the Renaissance. Another good suggestion is the walk on Ponte Vecchio, cross it and continue on the road of the Porcellino and touch its snout for a good luck. Go through Piazza della Repubblica and stop for a coffee at the Giubbe Rosse. Then go through the direction of the cathedral with the Brunelleschi Dome and the Giotto's tower. Following Piazza della Signoria on the Cellini's bronze Perseus, on the side, we find Palazzo Vecchio with the copy of Michelangelo's David and the beautiful frescoes inside the “Salone dei Cinquecento”. You should not miss a visit to the Uffizi museum, admire the artworks, let yourself be enthralled by the Venus of Botticelli and continue through the corridor of Vasari that connects the Uffizi to Palazzo Pitti passing over Ponte Vecchio. A bit of art history never hurts!
Q8. A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
Silicon Soul ‘Right On’
Q9. What are other great exports that come from Florence?
The finocchiona and the ribollita that are two traditional plates of Florence.
Q10. A gift you can’t leave Florence without taking home for friends?
Cantuccini e vin santo.