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Locanda dei Poeti
Via Guelfa 74 (B)
A 10-minute walk from the city’s Maria Novella train station and the Duomo. Rooms include breakfast at your choice of two nearby bars. Double rooms from $33 per person; Dante Alighieri single room with private bath from $46.
Via San Cristofano 2
Near the Piazza Santa Croce. Singles, doubles, triples, some with kitchenettes. Rooms from $90, including breakfast buffet.
Hostaria il Desco
Via del Terme 23/R
Gluten-free menus and complimentary prosecco. Fixed-price menus from $20. The Menu il Toscanaccio includes antipasto, porcini mushroom pasta, wild boar and house wine for $40.
I’ tozzo…di pane
Via Guelfa 94 (R)
On the same street as Locanda dei Poeti. Family atmosphere with a garden out back; serves typical Tuscan fare with live jazz and blues music, with an average meal starting at around $29.
Baptistery of San Giovanni
Piazza di San Giovanni
Monday-Saturday 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays and first Saturday of the month 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. From July 4-Sept. 28, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. $13, which also includes access to the Crypt of Santa Reparata under the Duomo, Brunelleschi’s Dome, the Museum of the Cathedral and Giotto’s Bell Tower.
Museo Casa di Dante
Via Santa Margherita, 1
October-March: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April-September: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5.30.
Piazza della Signoria
Oct. 1-March 31: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1-Sept. 30: Monday-Sunday 9 a.m. to midnight, Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. $13.
The Bargello Museum
Via del Proconsolo 4
Where Dante’s banishment was declared; now a museum specializing in Renaissance sculpture. Fresco on the second floor includes a red-robed figure thought to be Dante painted by his friend Giotto. Daily 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., except the second and fourth Monday of each month. $5.25.
Palagio dell’Arte della Lana
Via Arte della Lana 1
Former wool guildhall; now the headquarters of the Dante Society, with a library containing 23,000 volumes on Dante’s work. Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed in August. Free.