Anyway, now is the time.
Gilli is one of the historical cafes in Florence. It dates back to 1733, and I'm quite sure all tourists get to have a cappuccino or a glass of wine here, when they visit Florence, since Gilli is located in the most touristic area of all, Piazza della Repubblica.
But even if Gilli is kind of a tourist attraction, it's also a place where the Florentines stop by for a coffee at the bar counter or an aperitivo.
I love the place. During summertime I order their crema di caffé with whipped cream (this is something special I ask for, usually you don't drink it with whipped cream, since it's quite creamy in itself). The rest of the year I just stop by for a cappuccino at the bar. I have tried to sit down once at the tables in the square, but I have to admit it was kind of disappointing, probably because it's a tourist thing to do, and thus you get the not so good "tourist service" from the staff. That said I may have been unfortunate that day, and Gilli is definitely a place to visit.
You can see more pics from Gilli HERE.
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