Yes, its true! Italy and Italian and Florentine are well known for the famous siesta, which is the break most people and businesses take at lunch time.  24/7 hasn’t quite broke in our culture indubitably but times have changed a bit so people still take a little shorter break enough to enjoy a full meal of Primo, Secondo, Contorno, Dolce, Frutta caffè and ammazza caffè (we’ll tell you more about all this later).

Siesta in Florence
Siesta in Italy..or not sure where but definitely Siesta.

Trying to go around knocking on doors between 13:00 and 15:00 still gives you a *No, No Chiuso* and will definitely help you to organize your day while visiting the city. The shops generally remain closed on Monday mornings, Saturday afternoon and on Sundays (..E che vuoi fine settimana èh !!).

In the Florence city center not all stores follow these timings since there are so many tourists around. So mainly all the shops in the center remain open even during these hours. 

Most restaurants begin serving from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 18:30 to 11:30 pm. Apart from these hours there are bars that are always open and happy to serve you.

Banks have strict timings that are from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 4pm. . They remain closed on weekends. The main post office are open until 6 pm but the smaller affiliates are open only in the morning till 12:30 pm