Florence is no Turin when it comes to chocolate, but there are still many cioccolaterie
worth visiting. Don’t miss the gianduja,
hazelnut-flavored chocolates, at Rivoire
(Piazza della Signoria, 4r), or pretty much anything at Gilli
(Piazza della Repubblica, 3r) and Ballerini Panificio Pasticceria (Borgo Ognissanti, 132r).
Northern Italy is not as well known for its sweets as Southern, but there are great biscotti, or cookies, in Tuscany. Try almond-filled cantucci alla mandorla
or the aptly coined bruti ma buoni
(“ugly but good” almond meringue blobs). Stop by Antico Forno Santi
on Via Nazionale for these as well as biscotti al cioccolato
(chocolate cookies) and cantucci all’albicocca
(apricot cookies). They travel fabulously, so pack up a few kilo for your trip home.