November 8th, 2012
Located at the Loggia of Mercato Nuovo, in the heart of the city and a few steps from Ponte Vecchio, you can find one of the most known Florence monuments: the Piggy Fountain.
The legend of this bronze piece attracts many visitors on their search of luck. It is mandatory to rub the nose of the Pig and to put a coin inside of its mouth. If the coin falls to the water situated beneath the animal this will assure an early return to Florence and a life full of fortune.
Fontana dil Porcellino, by Pietro Tacca
The popularity of the Piggy Fountain is also reflected on its leap to the movies, appearing on the last film of the famous magician of Hogwarts, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II”.
From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we recommend you to visit the Piggy Fountain, a masterpiece full of magic and fortune, and we look forward on your early return to Florence.
November 2nd, 2012
At the Palazzo Pitti you can find the Gallery of Modern Art, with 2000 exhibits displayed along more than 30 rooms of the palazzo’s second floor. These rooms were formerly inhabited by the Lorraine grand-dukes and have been restored in line with the original decoration, so the upholstering and furniture creates the perfect atmosphere for the artworks, many of which belong to the same period. The origin of the collection comes from the Florentine academy in 1748, it was created with the intention of holding the price-winners in the academy’s competition but in the 1922 the paintings were moved to the Palazzo Pitti and it became a national museum.
Tramonto sul mare (Sunset on the Sea), by Giovanni Fattori.
From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we recommend you to visit the Gallery of Modern Art, a delightful museum that shows that Florence is not only the cradle of the Renaissance, but patron of arts from any time.
October 25th, 2012
Florens 2012, the International Biennal for Cultural and Landscape Heritage, will take place in Florence from the 3rd until the 11th of November. The peerless historical and cultural heritage of the city makes it the perfect scenario for the event.
The initiative came from the Fondazione Florens in 2010, with a cultural project that from the beginning was both ambitious and successful. In its first edition it gathered 200,000 participants and almost 2000 media reviews in international and national publications, while the 2011 edition was reported as “a case of Florentine excellence” by the European Commission’s report ‘State of the Cities’.
The activities programmed for the following weeks focus on different sectors linked to cultural heritage, industrial creativity and cultural production, from socio-economic and cultural points of view. Florens 2012’s goal is to recognize, sustain and divulge cultural and environmental heritage as values of great importance for human civilization. Amongst other things, they seek to encourage sustainable and cohesive plans of development and create international awareness of the importance of the cultural heritage. Some historical buildings like the palazzo Sacrati Strozzi or the baptistery of Giovanni will be the venue of workshops, conferences and round-table discussions.
From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we invite you to attend the promising project of Florens 2012. We also think, like the motif of this year’s edition, that culture is a quality of life.
October 18th, 2012
On the top of a hill and overlooking the Arno valley there is the small medieval village of San Miniato. In November, this typical Tuscan town hosts once more the “Sagra del Tartufo Bianco”, the most exquisite truffle festival in Italy.
The white truffle is the undisputable king of the festival, the precious ‘oro bianco’ that every year attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world. The picturesque area of San Miniato produces a quarter of Italy’s white truffles, and November is the month when the delicious fungi get to the climax of their ripening. This ‘diamante della terra’ can reach the price of 4000 euro per kilo.
The main square and the surrounding streets of San Miniato will get full of stalls offering to the visitor wine, cheese and other local products, a gathering of the most traditional flavors of Italy. Moreover, there will be open-air plays, art exhibitions, marching bands, arts and crafts markets and, of course, tastings of the luscious tartufo bianco!
The festival the white truffle will be happening from the second weekend until the last weekend of November. At Il Salviatino, your 5 star hotel in Florence, we recommend you to visit this small town at the heart of Tuscany so you can enjoy one of the highest pleasures Italy can offer to your palate.
October 11th, 2012
The Palazzo Strozzi, a building from the 16th century at the heart of Florence, is hosting the art show ‘Anni ’30: Arti in Italia oltre il fascismo’ (The thirties: The arts in Italy beyond the fascism). The exhibition gathers together paintings, sculptures and design objects of a very important moment for Italy from a historical point of view: the years previous to the Second World War, when the strengthening of modernity walked hand in hand with fascism.
The thirties, artistically speaking, wasn’t a period of one single tendency. As the exhibition shows with its varied catalogue, there were many different artistic trends, clashing and struggling all together. Some of them came from different parts of Europe, artistic influences that entered Italy despite the fascist regime, skipping the political barriers like only art can do.
At Anni ’30, the visitor can enjoy pictorial and sculptural examples of classicism, expressionism and abstract art inspired in European tendencies, while it is also possible to find artistic works of futurism, an art movement that originated in Italy itself. Apart from the 96 paintings, 17 sculptures and 20 objects of design of the show, there is also room for interactivity: some special areas are meant for the visitor to explore the topics of the exhibition in an interactive way.
If you are thinking on visiting the exhibition, it will be on display at the Palazzo Strozzi until the 27th of January, 2013. From Il Salviatino, your 5 star hotel in Florence, we invite you to discover this important part of Italian History from such a delightful artistic point of view.
September 28th, 2012
If you are thinking about getting married or if you just want to enjoy an atmosphere of fashion and good taste, don’t miss the chance of paying a visit to the Joy Sposi exhibition hosted in the Stazione Leopolda in Florence the 5th, 6th and 7th of October.
In the old train station building you will be able to visit an exhibition on wedding celebrations, where you can find a wide arrange of things: from wedding gowns to music, photography, catering and anything else you would need for the most joyful day of your life.
For three days you could enjoy different events, like a ‘cake party’ or fashion shows with the most splendid dresses. Maybe you would also like to attend some of the workshops that are held at the exhibition, where you can learn about clothing and beauty for brides or find out about exotic destinations for the perfect honeymoon. Moreover, most of the workshops are free entrance for everyone!
From the 5 star hotel in Florence Il Salviatino we recommend you to take advantage of this opportunity of enjoying the luxury and joy of the wedding celebrations.
September 14th, 2012
A very special and glamorous night will arrive to the cradle of the Renaissance next 18th of September: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. A whole evening dedicated to fashion and shopping, with shops open all night long, special events and so much glamour.
On its fourth edition, the VFNO arrives for the first time in Florence loaded with enthusiasm and good taste. Its focus point will inevitably be in Florence’s fashion triangle: Via Tornabuoni, via della Vigna Nuova e Via degli Strozzi.
However, not everything aims to be glitter and sequins, the VFNO is also social commitment. The money collected during the past editions has served to support urban projects willing to revitalize the host cities. Furthermore, in this year’s edition, the proceeds of sales will go to the earthquake victims of the province of Emilia.
An event willing to make every single one participate and make part of it, not only fashion lovers. With the collaboration of the Comune di Firenze, everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy Florence under a different atmosphere, a magical one. A similar one to the one you may find at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence.
September 7th, 2012
Florence has proven itself as a festive city willing to keep its ancient traditions alive through the centuries. The festivity of the Rificolona is a good example of this. Today, 7th of September, if you’re so lucky as to find yourself in Tuscany’s capital you will be able to enjoy one of the most glowing celebrations in the city.
Papier-mâché lanterns tied to the ends of sticks, called rificolone, will illuminate Florence’s streets that turn into the perfect scenario for a joyful parade.
However, maybe one of the most beautiful moments of the “Festival of the Lanterns” is when the celebrations shift to the river Arno where an impressive boat parade is illuminated with a kaleidoscope of coloured lanterns in different shapes and sizes. A cheerful date for Florence with parties in the square and street theatre performances accompanied by delicious traditional cuisine and a colourful procession from Piazza Santa Croce to Piazza Santissima Annunziata.
From Il Salviatino, your five star hotel in Florence, we would like to invite you to come and enjoy Rificolona with us!
August 31st, 2012
August high temperatures start to call for refreshing cool corners and peaceful, non-frenetic activities. This is why, if you find yourself in Florence during the summer months we would like to recommend some of the city’s most remarkable green spots.
To start with, one cannot leave Florence without taking a nice slow walk through the Boboli Gardens. In the centre of Florence, behind the Pitti Palace, they are a completely spectacle for all five senses: fountains, varied flora, statutes, and even a museum worth visiting. Some of the first and most familiar formal 16th century Italian gardens.
Il Giardino delle rose will add some colour to your summer days. Less known, but highly original, it is located under Piazzale Michelangelo, which implies impressive panoramic views of Florence. A small but welcoming oasis of flowers in a dreamlike location.
If you’re looking for non- typical gardens, the park at Museo Stibbert will surely satisfy your wishes. A nice English garden full of bizarre objects and historical quotes: a small temple with a colourful ceramic dome, ponds, wild vegetation, an elegant “limonaia” (typical rural building used to recover citrus plants like lemons), or even a neo – egyptian temple floating in the middle of one of the ponds. A very recommendable and picturesque experience.
We cannot leave behind your luxury hotel in Florence, Il Salviatino, which with its private 50,000 square meter park will inevitably fulfil any contact with nature you may be seeking.