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3 ‘castelli’ not to miss in Tuscany

Fairytales are probably a childhood memory for most of us. As a child, who didn’t love listening to those thrilling stories of knights and princesses? Who didn’t want to defeat the evil villain, fight the dragon and become king or queen of the kingdom? In Tuscany, we are lucky that the charm of ancient times still lingers around us. So today, grab your helmet, put on your gowns and prepare to relive some of the most exciting tales—we are visiting three castles that you will not want to miss for anything in the world!

1. Castello di Vincigliata (Fiesole) The Vincigliata Castle has had many owners since its construction in the 10th Century, but it was an English lord, Sir John Temple Leader, who restored it in 1840. There is a legend surrounding the castle, that tells the story of Bianca, the most beautiful lady in town, and Costui, her one true love. However, their families were terrible enemies, so they decided to marry in secret. When he rode to the castle, where she lived, his brothers murdered him to prevent the wedding. Bianca died from a broken heart and it is said that her ghost still lives in the castle, protecting impossible loves.



2. Castello di Verrazzano (Greve in Chianti) Famous for the vineyards that surround it, Castello di Verrazzano is one of the most visited castelli in Tuscany. Built in the 15th Century, the castle was home to the noble Florentine family of Da Verrazzano, from where it inherited its name. The family transformed the castle into a villa, with space for a factory, gardens and the renowned vines that produce Chianti Classico wine. The chapel hosts Ghirlandaio’s Eterno Padre and it is said that traveler Giovanni Da Verrazzano was born here.



3. Castello di Porciano (Stia) The Porciano Castle has spent much of its lifetime in ruins. First owned by the powerful Counts Guidi in the 11th Century, they abandoned it in 1442 and since then, it has passed from owner to owner. Finally, in 1963, the family of the current owner decided to restore it completely. It is one of the few castles in Tuscany that is still used as a private residence and, fun fact, Dante Alighieri stayed in the castle while on his exile from Florence!



You can also have a fairytale experience while staying with us at Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence. Il Salviatino is also from the 14th Century and hides lovely details that you’ll surely enjoy.

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Biking through the hills of Fiesole

There are many different ways of discovering Florence. Whether you take a cruise down the Arno river or you decide to take a Segway, you will surely discover something special in each tour. For those who enjoy exercise as much as sightseeing, the bike seems the perfect option to visit every little corner of the city.

There are many routes you can take in Florence and its surroundings and especially in Fiesole, where Il Salviatino is located. The website is a useful tool to plan your trip and check the routes that adjust to your level of expertise. Here we bring you some of our favorite self-guided tours, so warm up and get ready to bike!

1. Round trip through the hills.This is a circular way that will take you through breathtaking landscapes, while proving your stamina! It is mostly uphill, so Firenze will lay at your feet. Stunning!

2. Fiesole-Firenze.Our all-time favorite is this one-way trip from Fiesole, through the hills, and to the heart of the city. If you follow instructions correctly, you will end at the Piazza del Duomo and will have the opportunity to bike along the Arno river.



3. The Tuscan countryside.For the bravest, this tour will take them to the heart of the hills of Fiesole. Just beware: it will challenge your legs, so you better be ready to pedal! Unpaved paths are frequent, but the beauty of the landscape will surely make up for it.

After your exercise, you can enjoy a refreshing swim at Il Salviatino pool, your luxury hotel in Florence. You’ll make the most out of your vacation in Italy!

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Music and Cinema at the Estate Fiesolana 2015

Besides being home to Il Salviatino, the Fiesole hills set a stunning location for one of Tuscany’s greatest summer traditions: the Estate Fiesolana. Like every year, the festival is bringing over 30 performances of music, dance, theater and cinema to the Roman Theater. However, the novelty for this 68th edition is the addition of a new stage, the unique Roman Thermal Bath at the Archaeological Site of Fiesole.



The festival has been ongoing since June 21st, but there are still many interesting shows that will be playing until the beginning of August. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the Gruppi da Camera dell’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (Saturday 18th), from the wonderful School of Music of Fiesole. If you’re more into cinema, you will surely enjoy the Maestri del Cinema gala (Sunday 19th), which will include a musical intervention by Claudio Simonetti and the showcase of a restored edition of Profondo Rosso (Dario Argento, 1979). After an homage to Louis Andriessen (Thursday 23rd) and a second performance from the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (Sunday 26th), the Chilean band Inti-Illimani will close the Estate Fiesolana on Monday 3rd.

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After a fun night of music and dancing, we’ll be waiting you at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in the hills of Fiesole!

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The first flowers of the year… in Florence

The arrival of the spring is always remarkable. After the snow melts, the first flowers will blossom and the light will be different. In a Renaissance city surrounded by wide valleys and hills, this process happens even in a more beautiful fashion. A delight for the eyes of the ones who can see it.

From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we want you to be part of this magical experience of rebirth…

…having a drink in a terrace under the Florentine golden dusk

…receiving a massage in our Spa and feeling renewed

…watching from the side of Fiesole’s hill the first lights of morning get to Florence

…and to have that thrill in your heart; a sensation that everything is possible

Because everything is possible!

See you on March!

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Sunday morning hiking on the Fiesole. Do you join us?

A healthy lifestyle is always convenient, and when you can mix health with pleasure the result is not only good for your body, but also for your mind and your spirit. That is the effect the hiking itineraries on the Fiesole hill pursue.

Until Sunday 27th October you can discover the natural and cultural secrets of the Fiesole country in a different way: on foot! Since last April a series of hiking tours has been taking place in here. And now that the cold weather has not arrived yet, you are still on time to go through this unique experience. During this month the itinerary will take you to the old Fiesole to show you its historical and artistic treasures such as St. Dominic, the Badia Fiesolana and the Music School of Fiesole. In addition, as well as walking the ancient routes and seeing the famous villas spread along the hill, you will also be told some stories and anecdotes from the Fiesole’s past. The walk takes three hours from 9am until noon and, although the journey is free, you have to previously book yourself at least two days before the tour. For more information on the booking, you can visit this website: Hiking on the Fiesole hill.


A fun activity in the surrounding area of Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence.   Will you be here to join us? See you in the path!


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David Wurtzel: Tuscany through the eyes of an American.

What is a simple routine for a resident could be something full of mystery for a visitor. Have you ever realized that? When our eyes get used to a place, we start losing the little (and the most important) details; everything turns to be just ‘normal’ and ‘average’. But for a tourist, all is new. This one is the main reason that makes Toscana, paesaggio dell’anima. Lo sguardo di un americano (nel Chianti) an interesting exhibition.

 Displayed at Sala del Basolato, in the Piazza Mino, Fiesole, the artworks show a period of time that goes from 1967 to 2002 and transmit David Wurtzel’s –a New York artist– visions of Tuscany. You can see the exhibition any day until August 30th, from 10 am to 1 pm or from 4 pm to 7 pm. The entrance is free.

 Tuscany is one of the most famous regions in the world, best known for its landscapes. If you want to check how Wurtzel recreated it through his works, you are more than welcome. At Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we even encourage you to make your own vision of this unique location.    


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Top places to take pictures in Florence.

Florence and its natural charm, its precious artistic legacy, and the magical aura surrounding it all year long, make it extremely easy to take home with us beautiful memories. However, we all like to secure those mental memories with visual evidence that will help us recreate the lived moments over and over again. For such reason, here you have the top places from which to take some of the best pictures of Florence.

Piazzale Michelangelo is one of them. After a nice hike up through San Niccolo, the panorama is absolutely stunning. Beautiful hillside Fiesole, colourful and perfectly arranged fields reaching magical river Arno and the matchless skyline conformed by the bell tower of Santa Croce, Il Duomo, Il Campanile, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) speak for themselves.

View of Florence from Il Salviatino.

View of Florence from Il Salviatino.

Continuing the promenade slightly higher up we reach San Miniato al Monte with panoramic views that will inevitably get stuck in our retina. The panorama at dusk turns into a magical experience that, if you’re lucky, will be accompanied by the sound of the chants of the Monks of the church of San Miniato. A well of peace and tranquillity surrounded by the most spectacular picture.

If there is an outstanding construction among Florence skyline that is, with no doubt, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly known as the Duomo. Climbing up the 463 steps that lead to the top of Brunelleschi’s dome will result in a stunning 360º view of everything surrounding Tuscany’s capital.

Last, but not least, we are faced with beautiful hillside village Fiesole surrounded by the colourful Tuscan countryside. A lovely town full of charm that, given its privileged location, offers one of the best views of Florence in its complex. An Etruscan jewel where one may find the best luxury hotel in Florence, Il Salviatino, from which to immortalise the unforgettable moments that one will surely enjoy there.

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Estate Fiesolana.

Summer is already back, which means the perfect occasion to enjoy outdoor activities has finally arrived. And what a better scenario than Florence and its surroundings? More concisely, how about beautiful hillside Fiesole? This charming village in the outskirts of Florence presents the 65º Estate Fiesolana (65th Fiesole Summer), the most antique outdoor festival in Italy with 92 years of  existence (since 1911). Nearly a whole century full of music, dance, cinema and theatre make up the history of this extraordinary event.

Fiesole’s Roman Theatre has been the chosen place to give form to this festival. A 2,000 years old construction in perfect harmony with the beautiful landscape typical of this area. A very important piece for the Italian spectacle throughout the years that from the 20th of June – 27th of July will offer the public unique jazz and classical concerts, brilliant theatre representations and many other leisure activities ready to make you enjoy summer in Tuscany.

Fiesole's Roman Theatre

Fiesole’s Roman Theatre

A firmament of stars amongst whom we may find national and international names  developed into authentic legends like Gilberto Gil  or Dave Holland and Marco Paolini or Toni Servillo. With the contribution of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Toscana, Provincia di Firenze and Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, the Estate Fiesolana proves itself as the perfect scenario for art, music, cinema and theatre to show us all its potential and make us enjoy a month full of new and exceptional experiences.

A great holiday that, together with a stay at Il Salviatino, the best luxury hotel in Florence, will be transformed into the dreamed holiday.

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