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A dinner in a traditional Tuscan trattoria near Ponte Vecchio

Recently my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. For the special occasion, we decided to dine at “Celestino”, a traditional Florentine restaurant in the historic center, a few steps from Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti.

The restaurant is in a historic building, known as the Torre degli Ubriachi (Tower of Drunks). The rooms’ historic vaulted ceilings are spectacular with splendid original frescoes.

The Celestino restaurant goes way back, all the way to 1872! It is located in Piazza Santa Felicita, next to the church of the same name, famous for its beautiful frescoes by Pontormo (perhaps you can admire them before dinner) and for being the church overlooked by the windows of the Vasari Corridor.

pasta fresca celestino A dinner in a traditional Tuscan trattoria near Ponte Vecchio

The candles on the tables make the atmosphere really charming, perfect for our romantic dinner !

The skilled maître, Mr. Bruno, with many years experience behind him, recommended some excellent dishes such as reginette pasta with slices of tomato and oregano and the traditional Florentine-steak with cannellini beans with oil. Delicious!

bistecca A dinner in a traditional Tuscan trattoria near Ponte Vecchio

If you don’t want meat, don’t worry, they also have seafood dishes.

Their wine cellar is also very well stocked with wines from different Italian regions.

On warm summer evenings, Celestino offers an inviting outdoor space for dining al fresco, amidst the places of Florentine history.

A little, fun extra: on request, you can have a free ride to and from the hotel on a classic, Italian three-wheel vehicle, Ape Piaggio!

To get a more detailed idea of ​the menu: http://www.ristorantecelestino.it/

 

Ristorante Celestino

Piazza Santa Felicita, 4

Tel: 055 2396574

da celestino A dinner in a traditional Tuscan trattoria near Ponte Vecchio

 

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