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10 Best Rooftop Bars in Florence – A Local’s Picks

Last updated on March 25th, 2024

Are you looking to spend a little time floating on the clouds in Florence over medieval rooftops and some of the most famous architecture in the world?

No matter your agenda, budget or location, I have a Florence rooftop bar for you!

I have been living in Florence since 2012 and I can assure you that I have had countless visits to rooftop bars as both a student and first time traveler, and now as a resident! 

Read on to learn all about where to have a memorable rooftop aperitivo in Florence based on my first hand experience. I’ve included the specialty of each place, any restrictions or regulations of the rooftop bar, and what to expect.  Salute!

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Best Rooftop Bars in Florence – Quick Guide

Rooftop Bar NameAddress (Neighborhood)Best ForGood To Know
SE·STO on Arno Rooftop BarPiazza Ognissanti, 3 (Santa Maria Novella)Romantic evening Serves excellent food as well 
B-RoofPiazza dell’Unità Italiana, 6 (Santa Maria Novella)Sunset Restaurant as well. Reservations mandatory 
La Terrazza at RinascentePiazza della Repubblica, 4 (Historic District)Pictures of the Duomo Gets very crowded. Get there early around 5:00 pm
Divina Terrazza Rooftop BarVia del Proconsolo, 3 (Historic District)360° viewReservations recommended. No food served
Oblate CafeteriaVia dell’ Oriuolo, 26 (Historic District)StudentsBudget friendly
View on Art Rooftop Cocktail BarVia dei Medici, 6 (Historic District)360° viewMore casual than other rooftop bars in Florence
Forte BelvedereVia di S. Leonardo, 1(Oltarno – Santo Spirito)Budget friendlyPair with visit to art exhibition
Grand Hotel di Santa Maria Novella, 16 (Santa Maria Novella)Unique viewAperitivo served only after 7:30 pm
Loggia Roof BarPiazza Santo Spirito, 9 (Santo Spirito)Drinking with the localsNo view of historic monuments 
La Terrazza Rooftop Bar at Hotel Continental Vicolo dell’Oro, 6r (Historic District)Best cocktails / Lounge vibeMust stand to see the view

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SESTO on Arno Rooftop Bar

Piazza Ognissanti, 3

Best For: Romantic Evening

The SESTO rooftop bar on top of the Westin Excelsior in Florence is definitely the most famous spot of a memorable rooftop aperitivo in Florence with a 360° view of the city with it’s most famous monuments including Il Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and the Arno river. 

The view, paired with its refined service and atmosphere, makes it my top pick for a romantic aperitivo in Florence. 

You don’t have to be a hotel guest to have an aperitivo here but I highly suggest you pre-book your table. Feel free to walk out onto the outdoor ‘walkway’ to get a memorable picture with the Duomo in the backdrop. 

Expect cocktails to be expensive (around €20-25 euro each) but for a special treat, I think it’s worth it. 

B-Roof at the Grande Hotel Baglioni 

Hand holding glass with spritz from rooftop of Grand Hotel Baglioni with view of Florence's rooftops, Duomo, and bell tower.

Piazza dell’Unità Italiana, 6

Best For: Sunset 

Reservations are required to sit down for a cocktail (or mocktail) at the rooftop bar at B-Roof in the Grande Hotel Baglioni but don’t let a bit of planning keep you away.

Reservations ensure you an amazing seat as the sun sets over the city with an amazing view of the most important monuments in Florence. Book a table from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm for your pre-fixed aperitivo for €25 per person for a cocktail such as a Negroni and nibbles. 

Every Wednesday they host live music, making it my top pick for a memorable rooftop aperitivo overlooking the city for guests who want an extra special experience. 

The hotel also has a very good restaurant serving traditional Tuscan food with a refined twist. I suggest B-Roof for all of you who want easy evenings. Book your cocktail and stay for dinner and don’t worry about making it to your next reservation in time! 

La Terrazza at Rinascente

Piazza della Repubblica, 4

Best For: Closeup views and pictures of the Duomo

La Terrazza at the Rinascente department store in Florence is one of the best places for a memorable rooftop aperitivo in Florence if you want to be face to face with the Duomo. It’s literally right there!

The Terrazza has a full menu with appetizers, soups, salads, first and second courses. Although I have found it to be a little slow, it’s not a bad lunch option either. The prices are not too bad (considering the view and location!).

Reservations are recommended but not required. 

Divina Terrazza Rooftop Bar 

Via del Proconsolo, 3

Best For:

Divina Terrazza is one of the best rooftop bars in Florence for a 360° view of the city. Most of all, this rooftop bar does a good job ‘capping’ their aperitivo hour meaning it won’t feel overly packed with guests.

No matter what kind of table you get (a sofa, bar stools or small tables) you have a great view. 

Food is not served here and booking is recommended. 

Oblate Cafeteria 

View of the Duomo from the Oblate Library Cafe in Florence, Italy.

Via dell’ Oriuolo, 26

Best For: Budget Friendly / Students

The Oblate Cafeteria is my top pick for students and people on a budget who would like to have a memorable rooftop aperitivo in Florence without the price tag. 

Located on the top of the Oblate library, this cafe is a favorite among students for its amazing view of the Duomo and student-friendly prices (the library is a great place to study or work). The atmosphere isn’t particularly cool or well curated but for the price, you can’t expect much. 

Apericena is served from Wednesday – Saturday 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

View on Art Rooftop Cocktail Bar

Via dei Medici, 6

Best For: 360° view

I recommend the View on Art Rooftop Cocktail Bar for anyone looking for a centrally located aperitivo with a great view. Not dissimilar to the Divina Terrazza view, this cocktail bar gets you up close and personal with the main monuments in Florence.

Unlike other rooftop bars, this one is located in just a 2-star hotel. The vibe is casual and the cocktails aren’t memorable but what you are really paying for is the AMAZING view. It doesn’t get better than this. 

Forte Belvedere 

Via di S. Leonardo, 1

Best For: Art enthusiasts 

Visiting the Forte Belvedere cafe after a visit to their art exhibition is a great way to enjoy a memorable aperitivo in Florence overlooking the city without the hefty price tag of some of the other rooftop bars in Florence.

While this isn’t a rooftop bar per say, it does provide a wide-angle sweeping view of the city from above. The bar is open seasonally when the art exhibitions are running so be sure to check online before making the trek uphill. 

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Grand Hotel Minerva di Santa Maria Novella, 16

Best For: Unique View

The rooftop bar on top of the Grand Hotel Minerva in Florence is one of the best spots for a memorable aperitivo if you are looking for an alternative view. What I mean by this is that there is a pool on the rooftop (reserved for guests), making for a one of a kind picturesque view of Florence from above. 

From 7:30 pm and onwards you can book your table poolside and enjoy a glass of wine, prosecco or cocktail paired with salty snacks

Loggia Roof Bar

Piazza Santo Spirito, 9

Best For: Drinking with the locals

The Loggia Roof Bar is my top pick for having a memorable Rooftop aperitivo in Florence off the beaten track with the locals. 

Located in Piazza Santo Spirito Oltrarno, this rooftop bar is a favorite among locals for two reasons. First, it’s one of the only upscale aperitivo options in this area that is more affordable (about €15 per cocktail) and secondly, because it’s much more quiet and intimate than the hustle and bustle of the piazza or square below.

There is no view from above, although the loggia is open (but covered). Rather, it looks down on the busy Santo Spirito square. Come here if you are in the neighborhood and looking for a quieter corner compared to all the busy, rowdy bars of the Oltrarno. 

La Terrazza Rooftop Bar At Hotel Continentale

Vicolo dell’Oro, 6r

Best For: Best cocktails

La Terrazza Rooftop Bar at Hotel Continentale is situated literally above Ponte Vecchio, making it one of the most central locations for a memorable rooftop aperitivo in Florence if you have money to burn. 

Most well known for their cocktails, this rooftop bar is best for people who care not only about the vibe but also the quality of their cocktails.  

The rooftop is small and intimate with comfy lounge couches, making it the perfect spot to relax after a long day of touring on your feet. 

Cocktails are expensive here and even more so if you book a table which is, though, absolutely necessary! This is one of Florence’s most popular rooftop bars and because of its small size, reservations are a must. 

In short, this bar is chic and trendy but for the price, there are so many other rooftop bars with a better view that don’t cost as much. 

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