The oldest coffee house in Florence (1793)

Since 1800 there were many Coffee house in Florence, including the “Bottegone“, built by Giuseppe Carobbi and located on two floors of a building in Piazza del Duomo, and near the most neuralgic areas of the city given the proximity of some historic Florentine theaters such as the “Niccolini Theater” and the “Teatro Nuovo”. It was the only coffee house in Florence that remained open until late at night, so as to be able to entertain and serve customers who came out of theatrical performances. The Bottegone has always been a meeting place for writers and actors, who entered before or after the theatrical performances. In 1826, the structure was sold and managed by Fortunato Carobbi until 1864, when it was sold again to Giovanni Gambassini, who changed its appearance and made it one of the most exclusive and sought-after cafés.

Il Bottegone Firenze - sfondo storia 1 (Ristorante e Caffè a Firenze)


In the period between the two Great Wars and in the immediate post-war period, the Bottegone became one of the most sought-after and most exclusive coffee house in Florence, so much so that it was constantly an appointment and meeting place for the Florentines, thanks also to its closure late at night. Among the most famous and illustrious clients it is worth mentioning the poet vate Gabriele D’Annunzio, who attended this café during his stay at the villa La Capponcina (Settignano) in the late nineteenth century. and the beginning of the 20th century.

” Il Caffè del Bottegone lo chiamavano così, forse perché a quei tempi pareva un caffè molto grande. Nelle ore della mattina questo Caffè poteva dirsi una specie di stabilimento balneare privilegiato, dove gli impiegati in riposo e i canonici di Duomo venivano regolarmente a prendere un bagno di cioccolata coi crostini imbucati. Nelle ore della sera, e segnatamente nelle serate caldissime della canicola, il Bottegone, colle sue panche fuori dal Caffè, diventava la Svizzera dei fiorentini. Totando dalla passeggiata delle Cascine, i fiorentini vi si affollavano stanchi, assetati, madidi di sudore; e con la tenue spesa di quattordici centesimi avevano diritto a una mezza porzione di gelato di crema o pistacchio e a una porzione intera di quel fresco lino vivificante che, a notte fatta, si divertiva per il solito ad aleggiare intorno ai fianchi ciclopici della Cattedrale d’Arnolfo.”

Pastry & Coffe

The coffee house in Florence that most of all has marked the life of the Florentines from 1793 to today is definitely the Bottegone, which thanks to its strategic position between Via de ‘Martelli and Piazza del Duomo, has always attracted the attention of the passing public . One reason for pride has always been the Pastry, with production that give life to sweet masterpieces, to be admired before and afterwards to taste. We always try to recreate the right harmony between taste and creative inspiration. The Bottegone with its desserts, makes its customers discover a world of totally innovative palate emotions. Everything is taken care of down to the smallest detail, and starting from 7.00 in the morning you can have a coffee and a cake comfortably seated at a table looking at the Florence Cathedral and the Baptistery, as well as taking a lunch break at the counter or ordering from the table an “always present” sandwich stuffed with everything you want, or a first to taste and be delighted by our delicacies. National and international specialties: croissants, panettone, biscuits, traditional and innovative cakes, wide range of chocolate and chocolates.



Pasticceria & Caffetteria


Pasticceria & Caffetteria


Pasticceria & Caffetteria


Pasticceria & Caffetteria


Pasticceria & Caffetteria


Pasticceria & Caffetteria


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Aperitivo estivo spritz
Aperitivo con Mojito
esterno del locale con vista del duomo e menù
esterno del locale con vista duomo
ospiti estate 2018 con cameriere
Vip Italiano al bottegone con un cameriere
Ospiti al bottegone inverno 2017 con cameriere
Complenno al bottegone
Ospiti dalla Norvegia
Ospiti a cena estate 2018
Locale interno caffetteria
Interno del locale con scale per piano superiore
vista del locale dal piano superiore
Piano superiore del locale con archi di mattoni
Bancone principale con panini e cornetti per la colazione
tagliata di bistecca alla fiorentina su tagliere
Bistecca alla Fiorentina su tagliere
Risotto al tartufo con scaglie intere
Carne cruda bottegone
Gnocchi al Gorgonzola
Piatto di pasta alla Carbonara
Tiramisù con cacao in polvere
Cotoletta alla milanese con patate fritte
Bistecca alla Fiorentina
Cioccolata calda con cacao e panna
Croissant alla crema e al cioccolato con tazza di cappuccino


On the floor in a beautiful display of antique wood opens to make room for one of the most striking elements of the room, the cellar: for many the soul of each room, or the element that makes the difference.

Our Wine Labels

Our cellar, almost like another dimension, and hosts over 100 labels.

Chianti Classico

Discover the world of Chianti Classico, taste the true Tuscan wine.

Wine Selection

Each wine is carefully selected by our sommelier.

Il Bottegone Firenze - Carta dei Vini (Ristorante e Caffè a Firenze)


The partner wineries pay great attention to the quality of our wines.

Sparkling Wines

We have a wide selection of Prosecco, Champagne and sparkling wines.

Wine List

Explore our selection of wines in a complete way.


Cotoletta alla milanese con patate fritte
Tenerissimo filetto di manzo
Tartare di salmone con limone
Tiramisù con cacao in polvere
Pasta allo scoglio con cozze e vongole
Croissant alla crema e al cioccolato con tazza di cappuccino

Piazza del Duomo is the beating heart of Florence, and “Il Bottegone” has therefore immediately conquered and for years a central role among the coffee houses in Florence is the Florentines and subsequently for tourists visiting the Tuscan capital, proposing a new way with the its original design to go to the restaurant and above all enjoy the excellent Florentine cuisine.

Il Bottegone’s team is ready to satisfy and “spoil” its customers, expressing in each dish – prepared with excellent ingredients and in full respect of the Tuscan and Mediterranean gastronomic culture – not only competence and professionalism but also a strong identity and irresistible sensations. Thus, every single dish becomes almost … a special event made of small-big surprises, which lead to discover an unusual taste, full of unmistakable flavors and aromas.
Elegant and cool from the first moment, Il Bottegone welcomes the customer who has just entered the Cafeteria area, characterized by an impressive and linear Bar counter, perfect both for a coffee and for an aperitif or a drink after dinner, thanks to the American service bar.
The scenery that opens up in front of our guests in the upstairs tables thanks to the huge window or outside is nothing short of unforgettable … The Duomo of Florence.

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Il Bottegone S.r.l. – Piazza del Duomo 1/r – 50129 -Firenze -Italia

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