Angel Roofbar & Dining At Hotel Calimala
With interiors by designer Alex Meitlis, who worked on London's Ottolenghi's restaurants, the hotel has become an artist destination for contemporaries and locals alike. From funky prints to terrazzo floors and distressed exposed brick, this a three-floor rooftop restaurant like no other. This place is set to rival B-Roof at the Baglioni and 360 at Hotel Minerva (mentioned next). The delectable food brings together the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours, with dishes that include bulgar Greek salads, hummus plates and classic Italian paninis. This is all whilst celebrating a floral outdoor terrace that looks over Florence’s terracotta roofs in the shadow of the Uffizi gallery.
Three Sixty At The Grand Hotel Minerva
Over in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, home to the first great basilica in Florence where Giotto’s Crucifix hangs, is the Grand Hotel Minerva. The contemporary hotel overlooks the historic piazza below but if you head upstairs, you will be witness to a 360-degree terrace with city-skyline views of the most iconic locations in Florence. Come here to soak up the sunset to the west and the ringing bells of the Duomo to the east while enjoying bruschetta and sipping on Prosecco. There is also pool, (admittedly reserved for hotel guests), but it still adds to the fun atmosphere and striking backdrop.
Divina Terrazza At Grand Hotel Cavour
This breathtaking hotel is rooted right in the centre of the city, and if you head to the 6th floor you'll find an intimate spot where the barmen will advise what to order. The renown Brunelleschi’s Duomo is basically within spitting distance and the majestic Palazzo Vecchio also stands tall from this vantage point. This is the perfect getaway fro both an early aperitivo, or for after-dinner digestifs. Divina Terrazza hosts a long list of cocktails that includes a frothy fresh peach Bellini, or find your drop of choice from an extensive wine list including vino from Tuscan Villa Antinori.
SE-STO On Arno At The Westin Excelsior
This stunning spot is more or a sit-down restaurant than a busy bar. Located in the quieter west of Florence, you'll find this hotel just back from the Arno next to Piazza Ognissanti. If you come here, you'll get to experience panoramic views of the historic city, whilst simultaneously having the floor to ceiling glass walls of the main restaurant leading you to feel like you’re outside. If you come here for golden hour and order from a drinks menu listing all the classics, and also order some tasty light bites (we recommend cured Cinta Senese ham and crumbly Italian cheese from Siena) - you'll be sure to enjoy yourself.