March 21st, 2013
For most of the people from all over the world, a year ends the 31st December and the following one begins the 1st January. Apparently there is nothing more to say about that but, in fact, there is a special custom in Florence that comes straight from the city’s history. We are talking about the Capodanno Fiorentino, celebrated each year on March 25th. Want to know its origin? Let us move back to the past.
The truth is that it was not until 1750 that Florence started to celebrate the New Year’s Day on January 1st. According to the tradition, Florence is devoted to the Virgin Mary and the festivity was set on March because the date was exactly nine month before the birth of Jesus Christ. Centuries went by, but people in Florence kept their tradition. If you are in the city this next week, then you will be able to enjoy the New Year’s arrival again!
By now there are two scheduled events for next Monday 25th: at 3:30 p.m. the Corteo Storico della Repubblica will go with the community authorities to the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata. Later, at 4:15 p.m., a floral tribute will be paid to the Cappella della Sacra effige dell’Annunziata. And by the way, the Palazzo Vecchio will be open all day long. So, from Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we hope you enjoy the Capodanno and we wish you a happy ‘new’ year!
March 15th, 2013
The wonderful views make even the toughest ones go with the romanticism in Tuscany. But also its gastronomy is a good reason to fall in love with this remarkable Italian region. We all know Olive Oil proprieties for both healthy and exquisite palates and if one pours some of it on Tuscan Bread, the combination will be a total success. When you visit Florence, you can delight yourself with the ‘Bistecca a la Fiorentina’ (Florentine steak) along with a good wine. But most of all, there is a place where you can find the best dishes and even learn to cook them too! You must be wondering: “what place is that?” Doubtlessly the name of that cuisine paradise is: Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence.
Carmine Caló, the Michelin starred chef of Il Salviatino, gives all his best in order to create not the most amazing plates, but a whole culinary experience. The creativity of his, based on the philosophy “ingredients and imagination”, influence Mr. Caló’s will to experiment with tastes, but never forgetting the roots of Tuscan style. Sounds thought provoking huh? Well, if you like this and want to try it, don’t think it twice. At Il Salviatino we will be thrilled to have you!
March 7th, 2013
Chocolate’s the guilty pleasure (and sometimes not so guilty) of the majority of people. Dark, white, with milk, with fruits, accompanied with a good wine… it goes along such easily that your palate is taken to heaven with only one bit, only one taste of it. Now that Easter’s coming, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, is about to pay tribute to this god of sensuality and happiness.
We always take advantage of everything we consider beautiful from our surroundings in order to invite you here. Florence is a great city where great things happen. But now we want to share something a little different with you, something special. We are talking about our Easter Package, which this year, as we previously commented, is cocoa-inspired. A delicatessen we offer you to enjoy from March 29th to April 1st.
The package includes, among several other things, two nights in the rooms or suites of your choice, an Easter welcome amenity and fantastic treatments at the Spa. So if you want to spend a great weekend don’t doubt it. At Il Salviatino we’ll host you with open arms! In case you need more information, please call us to +39 055 9041111 or just visit our Website: www.salviatino.com.
February 28th, 2013
So many things have been said about the artistic dimension of Florence. Of course, culture is fantastic since it nourishes the soul, but sometimes you need to let go and just have fun. So what else has the city to offer? Besides visiting museums and monuments you can also do lots of activities in order to have a lovely stay.
The Tuscan capital is one of the fashion centers in the world. Therefore releasing your ‘buying self’ could be a good (¿or dangerous?) option. As well as boutiques like Gucci’s and Versace’s, there are some attractive street markets like the Mercato di San Lorenzo, near San Lorenzo’s Church, where you can find cool clothes, specifically for women. Inside of it you can have a walk through the Mercato Centrale, filled with delicious Tuscan gastronomy specialties.
If you start feeling like partying, you should know where to begin the night. You can have a drink at pubs as Fiddler’s Elbow or Mojo, both quite famous in town, and then go dancing to Andromeda, Yab or Central Park, some of the most important clubs in Florence. If you’re hungover the next day, you can recover with some fresh air by going picnic to Le Cascine, the biggest park in Florence.
These are only a few possibilities from the hundred ones between you can choose. But whatever you do, Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, will be there for you.
February 22nd, 2013
Fiction reflects reality in a way we could see things we normally wouldn’t be able to. The stories that take place in Florence or just represent the city give us a different vision of it and all its unnoticed magic and beauty. For that reason, from Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we encourage you to discover some of those stories and the authors that made them possible.
As a matter of fact, Tuscany’s been the cradle of many artists and writers. People like Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio were born here, and their masterpieces, Divina Commedia and Il Decameron, were made timeless so that they can touch and excite us forever. In addition, books like Under the Tuscan sun are a wonderful invitation for the readers to know a region in which you could even start over.
But when it comes to Florence, there are also some remarkable movies that let us know its citizens, monuments and streets full of life. It’s the case, for example, of Tea with Mussolini, which included an incredible cast and told us a curious story. So if you’re looking for something to do, bet on these works and make room for Florence’s attractive among your dreams.
February 14th, 2013
Once upon a time there was a man whose use of colors, shapes and metaphors through painting was unique. He became one of the most famous contemporary artists in the world. In fact, whether you know him or not, if you ever see one of his works, you won’t stay impassive. After this introduction, we confess we are amazed that Florence is paying tribute to Salvador Dalí by showing an exhibition of more than 100 pieces made by the Spanish author.
From February 1st to May 25th the Palazzo Medici Riccardi will be open daily, from 9 am to 7 pm, inviting everyone to leave logic outside and let dreamlike traces invade their minds. The sculptures, glass objects and collages exposed present sides of Dalí’s personality perhaps less known by the audience, as well as his interest in themes like time, literature and women.
So, from Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we ask you: Are you ready to let the Dalí experience rock your day?
February 7th, 2013
Many things change with the weather, from the colors of the landscapes even to some people’s behavior. But that change hasn’t to be a disagreeable one. Although one uses to prefer summer conditions rather than winter’s ones, you can have a nice time any moment of the year. Tuscany’s capital is a clear example of it. Why? It’s quite simple:
- The joy of finding shorter queues after entering to Florence’s magnificent museums and monuments, like the Uffizi Gallery.
- The pleasure of tasting a cup of hot chocolate or smooth coffee and then notice how you start feeling like you’re in heaven, little by little.
- The possibility of go shopping in one of the most glamorous cities in the world and even find sales!
- The chance of go skiing, ice skating or snow-tubing at the Firenze Winter Park! It will remain open until 17th February, so you’re still on time!
- The beauty of some temporary art exhibitions like “A message for you”, dedicated to French photographer, Guy Bourdin, at the Museo Nazionale Alinari Della Fotografia.
- The challenge of using your imagination in order to explore a wonderful city filled with history and unseen nooks.
Whether it’s cold or hot, come what may, at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we’re always willing to make you feel good.
January 31st, 2013
For decades Carmina Burana has been one of the most famous Scenic Cantatas in the world. Composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936, the masterpiece includes few of the original texts written among the 11th and the 13th centuries, beautiful poems about life, love, nature and pleasure. In 2009, the Spanish Theatre Company, La Fura dels Baus, created their own rendition of the Cantata, becoming a great success and captivating the enthusiasm of the audience. That’s why it’s thrilling to inform that La Fura’s Carmina Burana is coming to Florence!
The Indian conductor of classical music, Zubin Mehta, will be directing the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s Choir and Orchestra while the performing artists join a whole show of lights and colors that will leave the crowd speechless. So, if you’re about to open your mind and go through a fascinating experience, don’t forget going to Il Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, next Friday 8th February at 8.30 pm.
From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we encourage you to enjoy the spectacle and let the art take your breath away.
January 25th, 2013
Doesn’t anybody like chocolate? Mostly all of us love it! and that’s the reason why it’s sweet to say that Florence will take from February 8th to 17th in its Piazza Santa Maria Novella the 9th edition of the ‘Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale’.
Some of the activities that will take place in those ten days, from 10 am to 10 pm, will include the work of more than 40 expositors, as well as meetings with chocolate masters, cooking classes for both adults and kids and even free tasting of chocolate and wine which would delight all the visitors!
So if you consider yourself a chocolate lover, from Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we invite you to come and discover what will be a marvelous fair in this beautiful city.
December 5th, 2012
The Amaretto Santacrocese is one of the most popular Christmas sweet gifts in Italy. This delicious festive dessert has as its main ingredient one of the most famous winter nuts, the almonds. Blended with lemon peel, eggs and vaporized sugar, the result is a perfect sweet for the coldest season of the year. Some receipts adds some liqueur and vanilla, but the original ones stay in its humble roots.
Like each year, the Tuscan village of Santacroce sull’Arno commemorates the festivity of Immaculate Conception. This year it will be the 20th festival and it will take place from 8th to 12th of December. It is a perfect opportunity to discover this beautiful and charming Tuscan village located less than 50km from the city of Florence and attend the annual competition of Amaretto santacrocese.
Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, invites you to discover the Christmas Tuscan traditions and taste this delicious XIX century festive dessert.