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A new food and wine destination in Florence

From spring 2019 the Parc Bistrò in the Cascine park is destined to become a new point of reference for the food and wine scene in Florence.

The Parco delle Cascine, a stone’s throw from the centre, is the largest public park in Florence with an area of over 130 hectares running parallel to the Arno river. Rich in vegetation, vast meadows, avenues and paths, it is the ideal place to practice sports at your leisure, at the numerous equipped facilities or simply enjoying nature and this beautifully quiet area. Le Cascine is the subject of a studied revaluation that includes cultural events that seek to reclaim the park and its heritage. The first part of the park dates back to the 16th century, and was designed by Alessandro I de’Medici, and enlarged by Cosimo I with the acquisition of further land, previously used for farming and hunting.

Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena was the first to open the Cascine to the public, even if limited to exceptional events such as court shows. The first large-scale architectural effort is the construction of the Palazzina Reale, in the piazzale delle Cascine, built in 1785 by architect Giuseppe Manetti, to whom we also owe the Ghiacciaia – the ice pyramid. During the Napoleonic period Le Cascine were finally turned into a public park, an unusually modern project for its time.

The park boasts a rich variety of trees starting from the piazzale Vittorio Veneto with atlas cedars; the piazzale delle Cascine with domestic pines, plane trees and a spectacular ginkgo biloba; the edge of the Arno with white poplars; the Quercione meadow with plane trees and holm oaks; the chain garden with horse chestnuts and cedars.

Set in the largest public park in Florence, Parc Bistrò aims to become a unique meeting point for people who frequent the park and enjoy its historical and environmental beauties, and for anyone wishing to enjoy food and wine outside the city walls.