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Draft of options for Florence, 4 nights. Which places do I reserve and how far ahead?

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Draft of options for Florence, 4 nights. Which places do I reserve and how far ahead?

Laulipop | Feb 25, 2013 10:20 AM

We are a group of 5...my husband and I, sons ages 12 and 14, and my 70 yr old dad. Not super budget travelers but not wanting to blow lots of money on dining either, so middle of the road, with maybe a little splurge for something memorable. We don't want to dress up past khakis and a nice-ish (no logos or writing but not collared/button down) shirt. Boys are well traveled, love food, and well mannered.

We are all, including the kids, good eaters with a variety of tastes...some of us aren't big fish eaters, my dad isn't very adventurous past chicken/beef/pork, we are all interested in authentic but not offal.

I have a few lunch options for each day depending on whether we want sit down lunch or quick on the go...and a few dinners I haven't decided about. Do we need to make reservations for lunches? And how far in advance do I reserve dinners, especially with 5 of us? I read that Sostanza can book out 3 weeks ahead?

So here it is:
TUESDAY
Arrive in Florence at SMN at noon. Check into Hotel Europa on via Cavour and head to Piazza della Signoria area.

Cantinetta dei Verrazzano

OR if we want to sit down/casual pizza maybe?

La Bussola?

DINNER
Oltrarno, we want somewhere fairly close to Ponte Vecchio as we might have to minimize walking a bit for my son who might be in a walking boot!

Trattoria la Casalinga

OR

Trattoria 4 Leoni
I have read this is open from noon - on, is that right? Might like an earlier dinner so that is a plus.

WEDNESDAY
LUNCH

Boccadama (I like the outdoor seating in the piazza option)
OR
'Ino
Is there any seating?

DINNER
Il Fagioli (Santa Croce)
OR
Vini e Vecchi Sapori

THURSDAY

LUNCH
Da Nerbone
OR for sitdown
Gozzi Sergio

DINNER
Trattoria Sostanza

FRIDAY
Cooking class and tours at Castello del Trebbio. Lunch there.

DINNER
Trattoria il Due G

Any thoughts, suggestions or advice? I'd be happy to hear it :)
Thanks!

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