The Bottom Line
- Great recommendations for friendly, family-run cafes and bars
- Beautiful black-and-white and color photographs
- Book is a little heavy to carry around easily - best read before you go
- Recommendations based on advice of one contact in Florence
- Joe Wolff tells interesting stories about the cafes, their owners, and the food.
- Beautiful black-and-white and color photographs evoke the feel of cafe life in Florence.
- 18 cafes, bars, bakeries, and ice cream shops are listed with descriptions and stories for each.
Guide Review - Cafe Life Florence Book Review
My only criticism of this book is that instead of the extensive personal research Joe and Roger put into their first book, Cafe Life Rome, they primarily used the recommendations of a bar owner in Florence introduced to them by one of their Rome contacts. They did, however, visit each place themselves to get the photos and personal stories. I wonder if visitor without the advantage of a contact person will receive the same warm welcome they did.
Joe and Roger take the reader to 18 friendly, family-run cafes, bars, ice cream shops, and bakeries in Florence. Half are in the Centro Storico, the area most visited by tourists, and the rest are in 4 other areas of Florence. Joe tells stories about the family, the cafe's history as well as the history of some of the foods. Roger's pictures beautifully illustrate the cafes, the people, and Florence.