Around Florence: 10 historic food stores

In Florence, there are many historic stores, where you can really relive the atmosphere of the past. Below is a selection of food stores, wine shops and emporiums, offered by the City of Florence, as a tasty and historical shop tour. Source: Il percorso tra gli antichi sapori: alimentari, mescite, empori – Comune di Firenze 1. Casa del Vino Via dell’Ariento, 16/r A well-stocked wine shop, where you can choose from thirty Tuscan wines and nine hundred of labels from the world over. It’s also a good place to taste crostini toscani, cold cuts and Tuscan cheeses.
Civaie Mechini
Civaie Mechini
2. Civaie Mechini Via della Spada, 52/r Civaie is the Italian word used for dried legumes and seeds for human and animal consumption. Civaie have been sold here since 1892, when there were still fields and vegetable gardens in the city and many families kept chickens. Today, at Civaie Mechini, you can find traditional food products such as spelt, mushrooms and beans. 3. Giuliano Gastronomia Via dei Neri, 5/r At Giuliano – Gastronomia you can find foods according to old-fashioned, natural methods, remaining loyal to the genuine flavors of Tuscan tradition. 4. Fiaschetteria già Vecchio Casentino Via dei Neri, 17/r The Fiaschetteria is located on the ground floor of a fifteenth-century building. Founded as a wine shop, today you can enjoy both traditional foods and and local wines. 5. Il Vinaio Piazza del Grano, 10 Open since 1925, it’s a the ideal place to stop for a quick bite. At the Vinaio, you can have a lampredottto sandwich (link), cold cuts and a glass of wine.
Old England Store
Old England Store
6. Old England Stores Via dei Vecchietti 28/r The Old England Stores was opened in 1924 to serve the large British community in Florence. Here, it is possible to buy the finest products from the Anglo-Saxon world, including salmon, soaps and clothing. 7. Nesi Canto dei Nelli, 8/r A small fruit and vegetable store that has been in the Nesi family’s hands since 1895 when it was located in Piazza della Repubblica. In the early years, it moved to Canto dei Nelli. 8. Fiaschetteria Via dei Serragli, 47/r The Fiaschetteria opened its doors at the beginning of the twentieth century. Here, you can buy the best Tuscan and Italian wine and olive oil, and the finest spirits and liqueurs. 9. Pegna Via dello Studio, 8 One of the most famous, and historic stores in the city, it has been located in a 15th-century palace since 1860 and offers a range of over 7000 items. Above all, Pegna is famous for its specialty foods from all over the world.
Procacci [Photo credits: ramster_9]
Procacci [Photo credits: ramster_9]
10. Procacci Panini Tartufati Via Tornabuoni, 64/r Open since 1885, Procacci Panini Tartufati is famous for its truffle pate sandwiches. In 1925, the owner received a royal warrant and the right to display the Savoia coat of arms. Now owned by the Antinori family, the store offers a cellar of fine wines and a broad selection of gastronomic specialties. Read more about Florence's historic shops here: www.esercizistorici.it