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Tea time

January 17, 2020

Victorian-style tearooms, warm and smoky rooms that seem to be hiding inside the Medina or boho-chic places

Tea is the most widely known and popular beverage in the world. It first appeared in South China in the III century, as an infusion of Camellia Sinensis leaves, often mixed with spices and herbs. It caught on in the course of the centuries and today every country has its own version, often involving traditional ceremonies and rituals. In England the appointment is at 5pm, but every hour is perfect, especially in winter, for a cup of steaming tea, perhaps accompanied by tasty pastries. That's where in Florence!




Atrium Bar & Lounge - Four Seasons Hotel Firenze Atrium Bar & Lounge - Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

Atrium Bar & Lounge - Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

The elegant bar lounge with the international mood of the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. For a signature cocktail or a coffee break in the heart of the hotel, surrounded by decorations, marbles and furniture of great value, overlooking the wonderful Giardino della Gherardesca, the largest private garden in the historic center of Florence.




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Winter Garden Bar - The St. Regis Florence Winter Garden Bar - The St. Regis Florence

Winter Garden Bar - The St. Regis Florence

Nestled below dramatic arches, the elegant The St. Regis Florence's bar invites guests to savor authentic Italian flavors during a coffee break, a quick lunch, afternoon tea, or an exclusive aperitif during the spectacular champagne sabering ritual.

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Caffè Gilli Caffè Gilli

Caffè Gilli

Over 250 years of history back this “salon” which has been successfully passing on the style and tradition of pastry-making since 1733. A pastry shop where the furnishings and lighting take us back to a long-ago time and place. A lovely outdoor area looks out onto Piazza della Repubblica in the summer, while the main indoor space offers an intimate and refined atmosphere. The café and pastry offerings are excellent, as well as the selection of chocolate candies. Once a meeting place for artists and writers, Caffè Gilli is today a cultural benchmark of the city.

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Caffé Concerto Paszkowski Caffé Concerto Paszkowski

Paszkowski Caffè Concerto

From a brewery to a literary café that brought together intellectuals at the end of the 19th century, Paszkowski has preserved all its charm and style over time, declared a "National Monument" in 1991, Caffè Paszkowski is one of the symbols of the town's tradition. Fresh from a stylistic renewal that leaves in the meantime the absolutely inimitable elegance of the place. In addition to the excellent coffee declined in many different ways, at the "new" Caffè Concerto Paszkowski you can taste the desserts signed by master pastry chefs Massimo Davitti and Francesco Lippi and, always in great demand, the classic toast, a real must thanks to the recipe of the delicious bread box.

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Il Baretto - Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione Il Baretto - Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione

Il Baretto - Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione

Caffè of Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione, a place to be in the heart of the city, to live from morning to night.
The protagonist of the bar is the precious Caffè Corsini.
Excellent pastries, light but tasty proposals for lunch, Afternoon Tea in the afternoon with tea signed La Via del Tè and signature cocktails for the aperitif. To be enjoyed inside or in the elegant dehors. In the lounge area there is a fragrant corner dedicated to flowers, with compositions by the master florists of Bobolino Floral Design, to be purchased on the spot.

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Irene Bar - Hotel Savoy Irene Bar - Hotel Savoy

Irene Bar - Hotel Savoy

Illuminated by bright vintage details and inviting soft leather furnishings, Bar Irene is a place to visit and where you can stop for a coffee break or a cocktail prepared to perfection, to enjoy inside or on the terrace on Piazza della Repubblica surrounded by the refined furniture designed by Emilio Pucci.

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Picteau Cocktail Bar

The name Picteau comes from the union of two of the greatest artists of the last century: Picasso and Cocteau, whose works stand out on the walls of the restaurant located in the exclusive lobby of the Hotel Lungarno. Imagine getting on an elegant boat on the Arno river: the view of the river is direct and the view of the Ponte Vecchio is in the forefront: this lounge opens its doors to the city from 11 am to 11 pm, ready to welcome its guests for lunch, coffee, tea, an aperitif, dinner or after dinner.

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Caffè degli Artigiani Caffè degli Artigiani

Caffè degli Artigiani

Created in 1945 as a coffe bar with billiard tables, and located in the same place as it is still today, it has always been loved by the artisans of the local area. Today, the Caffè degli artigiani is visited by Florentine people as well by tourists: open the whole day, it offers a wide selection of sandwiches, crostoni (toasted slices of bread) and piadine (a piadina is a thin Italian flatbread), not to mention the wonderful homemade cakes and the wide assortment of wines. During summer the tables are put outside, offering the possibility of enjoyng the atmosphere and the tranquillity of one of the most suggestive out-of-the-way bits of the Oltrarno quarter (literally: beyond the Arno) in Florence

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Mago Merlino Tea House Mago Merlino Tea House

Mago Merlino Tea House

If you are fond of tea and sip it is a hobby for you, it is a good choice to become a member of this club. The local affects those who enters a peculiarity: it is entirely covered with paper depicting Indian gods, carpets, an old piano and lanterns. Opens at 18 and is compulsory annual card.

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Oronero Oronero

Oronero

The charm of Piazza Pitti is the background to this tea boutique. Well-studied in warm shades of brown. Without a doubt ideal for cold winter nights. Large variety of tea with exotic flavors.

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La Via del Tè La Via del Tè

La Via del Tè

La Via del Tè is the store and tea room of the Florentine company by the same name. Established in 1961, it is the brain child of Alfredo Carrai, a true pioneer in the introduction of quality tea culture to Italy. Over 250 types can be found here, whole tea leaves of mono-origin (from China, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Japan, and Africa), fragrant blends, and fruit and other infusions are all available for purchase as well as for tasting while munching on sweet and savory specialties. You will also find shaken cold teas and ceremonial teas, such as Indian Chai, Moroccan tea or Japanese new tea.

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In this article we talked about Atrium Bar & Lounge - Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Winter Garden Bar - The St. Regis Florence, Caffè Gilli, Paszkowski Caffè Concerto, Il Baretto - Helvetia & Bristol Firenze - Starhotels Collezione, Irene Bar - Hotel Savoy, Picteau Cocktail Bar , Caffè degli Artigiani, Mago Merlino Tea House, Oronero, La Via del Tè

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