Posts Tagged ‘Firenze’

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26
Aug

Oltrarno: A Walk Through Florence’s Artisan Quarter

On the other bank of river Arno, between the Ponte Vecchio and Santo Spirito, lays a neighborhood often overlooked by tourists. Its narrow streets and inviting doors keep one of the best secrets in Florence: the Artisan Quarter.

Oltrarno, literally “the other side of the Arno” in Italian, has housed the finest artisan traditions of the city for centuries. In its streets, you will feel the Renaissance leaking through the pores of botteghe and studios. Although many of these workshops are starting to decay due to industrial production and the disinterest of younger generations, the crafters who still work here truly honor art and handmade products—the most beautiful homage to Florence’s legacy.

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

Our advice for visiting the Artisan Quarter is that you let yourself wander through the streets and breathe this magical atmosphere. Ironworkers, bookbinders, woodworkers, furniture antique shops, jewelries and cafés—everything here is worth taking a look at. However, there are some key checkpoints that you won’t want to miss.

Source: Deborah Guber

Source: Deborah Guber

Make sure you pass through Giacomo Giachetti’s workshop, which is stunningly decorated by all of its iron pieces. Also meet the famous Enrico Giannini, whose family has been binding books exquisitely for five generations. The Gianninis were the inventors of the marbled Florentine paper, a true delicacy. Bartolozzi & Maioli still repair wood for celebrities and millionaires, and their work is absolutely gorgeous. Also, if you’re lucky, you’ll have the opportunity to watch Roberto Ugolini and his apprentices working on custom-made leather shoes for men.

Source: Rachel Liquindoli

Source: Rachel Liquindoli

After discovering one of the most beautiful spots in the city, we’ll be waiting for you at Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence!

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Source: www.the-journal-of-style.com

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Source: Jessica Stewart for www.contextflorence.com

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

Source: Francesco Guazzelli

 

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20
Aug

From Middle Ages to Surrealism: Dalí Meets Dante

At the beginning of the Divine Comedy, Dante is lost and wanders through the forest, haunted by beasts. There he finds Virgil, who takes him in a journey to the depths of hell, then to purgatory and finally to paradise. Dante’s poem made him one of the most famous Florentine figures of history and it was a source of inspiration to many after him. One of them, of course, was Salvador Dalí, the renowned Spanish surrealist artist. Dalí dedicated great part of his artwork to exploring dreams, the grotesque, the mundane and spirituality—for which Dante served as a great inspiration. He even illustrated the whole Divine Comedy and now his artwork can be seen in Florence!

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Source: libreriamo.it

The exhibition organized by the Fondazione Ambrosiana will take place until September 27 at the Galleria delle Carrozze (Palazzo Medici Riccardi). Dalí reinterprets Dante’s journey from a psychoanalytic point of view and portrays the oneiric atmosphere of the Divine Comedy, including his very personal symbols and supernatural figures. But it’s not all seriousness at this exhibition! Children are also welcomed to approach art and history. There are several workshops for them, with special guided tours and activities in which they make their own reinterpretation of the Divine Comedy.

Dalí Meets Dante is open to the public Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm. For more details, check out this link.

After following Dante in his journey, come home safe to Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence!

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24
Jul

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 http://fiesolebike.it 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!
http://www.fiesolebike.it/fiesole-essence-of-tuscany/

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.
http://www.fiesolebike.it/fiesole-florence-the-greenway/

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Source: fiesolebike.it

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.
http://www.fiesolebike.it/fiesole-nature-just-behind-the-door/

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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15
Jul

Il Salviatino’s Summer Music Agenda

There is so much to do, see and visit in Tuscany that it’s easy to get lost in its wonderful scenarios. And it gets busier in the summer! That’s why here at Il Salviatino we’ve put together a summer agenda with our favorite musical events in the region, so you don’t miss on the fun around here. Clear your schedule and take a close look at the dates!

JULY

21 June-26 July: Estate Fiesolana (Roman Theater and Roman Thermal Baths, Archaeological Site of Fiesole)
1-24 July: Pistoia Blues (Piazza Duomo, Pistoia)
1-28 July: Lucca Summer Festival (Piazza Napoleone, Lucca)
3-26 July: San Galgano Festival (San Galgano Abbey, San Galgano)
13-25 July: Arezzo Summer Music and School Festival (Arezzo)
24 July-30 August: Puccini Festival (Gran Teatro all’Aperto, Torre del Lago)

AUGUST

1-15 August: Baccardi Summer Wave 2015 (Elba Island)

ONGOING DURING THE SUMMER

June-September: Prato Estate 2015 (Various locations in Prato)
July-August: Il Serchio delle Muse (Media Valle del Serchio and Garfagnana)

Don’t hesitate to ask us about all the events and activities that are going on in Tuscany and Firenze. Here at Il Salviatino, your favorite 5-star hotel in the city, we’ll be extra happy to help!

 

San Galgano Festival. Source: sienafree.it

San Galgano Festival. Source: sienafree.it

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18
Jun

Il Calcio Fiorentino: my dirty little secret

Oh darling, you won’t believe what happened to me here in Florence! You know that we’re staying some days here, at the lovely Il Salviatino, making the most of Steve’s holidays. Everything was going fine until last Sunday 14th, when Steve and I were having a nice walk around the city center; we suddenly saw something that took my breath away.

I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing… many sweaty, strong, wild young men beating and kicking each other in the very Piazza Santa Croce! I went pale at the vision, but somehow I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Steve discovered that it was the celebration of something called ‘Il Calcio Fiorentino’, a kind of ancient tradition there in town.

Source: http://www.elauhel.fr/

Source: http://www.elauhel.fr/

The thing is that, I don’t know how, but I ended up by liking it. I even found myself getting excited at the event and shouting at the players and routing for the white team! Well, after that we went back at Il Salviatino and we asked the reception team about the game. We were informed about and… well, we became huge fans.

Do you remember that I told you that we were going to go back to Southampton on June 23rd? Well, darling, don’t be waiting for us that day at the airport. We found out that the final match is going to be held on June 24th and we’re definitely not missing it.

Source: Flickr.com

Source: Flickr.com

I guess that, right now, you must be as shocked as me, after having read this news. I can’t recognize myself, believe me! Anyway, don’t worry darling. After it all ends, I’ll take a nice massage at Il Salviatino’s Spa to recover and find my true self again. But, in the meantime…

Go whites!   

Love,
Joanne

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12
May

Museo Nazionale del Bargello: 150 years!

This year Florence celebrates the 150 anniversary of one of its most important museums: il Museo Nazionale del Bargello. Founded in June 1865, this beautiful palazzo hosts many masterpieces by some of the biggest Italian geniuses, including Donatello, Michelangelo and Verrocchio, among others.

Most of the visitors normally praise it for being less crowded than the Uffizi Gallery, for the sculptures and for the building itself, which is worth the visit.

From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we advise you that, in case of coming to town soon, don’t miss the chance to drop by il Palazzo Bargello and to be a part of this great celebration.

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27
Apr

Florence has a green heart

Have you heard about Le Cascine? The truth is that many people haven’t. And it’s somehow fun, because Le Cascine is nothing but one of the largest parks in Europe, as well as one of the most beautiful.

Il Parco delle Cascine began to be built in 1563 under the command of Cosimo I de’ Medici.  Almost five centuries later, its breathtaking English-Style gardens are a delight to the visitors’ eye.

Source: http://www.teladoiofirenze.it/

Source: http://www.teladoiofirenze.it/

You can hire a bike and say goodbye to the stress and worries of today’s lifestyle, always between 9 am and 7 pm. Also, if you haven’t seen the new Opera House, you can kill two birds with one stone: The fancy, modern building was built near the Vittorio Gui garden (named after the founder of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), close to the park’s entrance.

Florence has a green heart that not everybody knows. From Il Salviatino we invite you all to discover it.

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14
Apr

The perfect spa treatments for the spring

The perfect spa treatments for the spring  

Freshness… rebirth… purity… These words can be perfectly related to the spring. But, unlike plants, our bodies don’t magically renew themselves every spring. In fact, the changes in the weather, the stressful lifestyles we live, and many other factors damage them. This is why sometimes we need to give nature a little help.
As a part of the experience of staying at Il Salviatino, the hotel’s spa offers a wide variety of treatments to stimulate body & soul and repair some of the damage that living life at 100kph sometimes requires.. Now that the spring arrived, may we recommend some special treatments that can make you feel as fresh as a flower?

Who said you can’t travel back in time? 
The “Charm” Treatment is a 90 minutes facial massage, focused on the eyes contour and the lips. The process of draining liquids and plumping the expression lines will make you look fresh and youthful on the outside, and totally relaxed on the inside.

Let’s decide together what’s best for you
The 2 hours Personalized Massage is a way for you to make the most of your spa experience. After a short interview with your therapist, you’ll decide together what the best treatment is in order to fulfill your needs and wishes.

For men too!
Men are from Mars and women from Venus? At Il Salviatino’s spa we have some treatments especially for men. We’d highlight the 1 hour Ginger and Lime Body scrub. The volcanic powder and the Ginger & Lime oil, rich with Vitamins C and E, will deeply purify and hydrate your skin and make you feel like James Bond and look lke George Clooney (not guaranteed but you’ll feel great :-D) .

For more information on Il Salviatino’s spa treatments, you can check the menu onlinehttp://salviatino.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SPA_MENU_ONLINE04.pdf?lang=en

Or you can contact us at: info@salviatino.com

Massage 1

 

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26
Mar

10 things to do in Florence during Easter

Easter is one of those special periods in the year when Florence shines more than ever… This is the cradle of the Renaissance, home of some of the world’s best know art, the Fashionista capital of Itlay – Gucci was born here as was Roberto Cavalli and one of the jewels in the wide repertoire of Italian cuisine.  Here a few insider tips from our knowledgeable Ambassadors at Il Salviatino

  1. Visit il Mercato Centrale, at the Piazza del Mercato, a foodie heaven.
  2. Take a private guide to the Vasari Corridor, the secret Medici escape route from the City and the place where all of the art not on display in the Uffizi is kept
  3. Give yourself some retail therapy around the Via de’ Tornabuoni, Via Roma, Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica
  4. Take a dip in Il Salviatino’s heated pool, opening on April 1st!
  5. If you’re Latte’d out have a proper cup of tea at La Via del Te at the Piazza Ghiberti 22/23
  6. Enjoy a gelato (or two!) in Gelateria de’ Neri, at Via del Neri 22r, near il Palazzo Vecchio.
  7. Lose yourself in the Boboli Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace and imagine that you have stepped back to renaissance Florence for a while
  8. If you’re not eating meat on Good Friday then make up for it on Easter Saturday with the famous  : La Bistecca Fiorentina on our terrace restaurant – but expect to have approx. 1kg between two (bone in)
  9. Watch the traditional Explosion of the Cart on Easter Sunday April 5th in Piazza del Duomo
  10. Watch the sun rise from the side of Fiesole’s hill, at Il Salviatino

As always, Il Salviatino wishes you a lovely stay!

Source: nydailynews.com

Source: nydailynews.com

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26
Feb

A quick guide to Florence’s best cafés

Are you in Florence? Don’t you know where to go to have a fine snack or a tasty drink? Don’t worry, we have some proposals for you:

La Via del Tè

In 1961 Mr. Alfredo Carrai founded La Via del Tè. What was his purpose? To introduce the culture of tea in Italy. More than 50 years later, La Via del Tè becomes a synonym of the highest quality. A place to try out new tastes and sensations. All the tea-lovers can find three of their stores and cafés in Florence

- At la Piazza Ghiberti, 22/23r

 – At Via della Condotta, 26/28r

– At il Palazzo Frescobaldi (Via di S. Spirito, 11)

For more informationhttp://www.laviadelte.com/index.asp

La Via del Tè 1

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro is not just a café. It’s an invitation to travel the world without moving your feet; without even standing up of your seat. A single sip is enough to excite your imagination and delight your senses. Are you passionate about coffee? Are you wishing to know a true Italian-style café? You can find Chiaroscuro at:

- Via del Corso, 36R

For more informationhttp://www.chiaroscurofirenze.it/index_en.php

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro. Source: www.2spaghi.it

 Colle Bereto

Elegant, fresh and cool. These are the three words to define Colle Bereto. Do you know that having your Aperitivo at Colle Bereto is a true event? The fanciest cocktails and the best atmosphere is waiting for you at la Piazza Strozzi, 5R.

For more informationhttp://www.cafecollebereto.com/american_bar_in.html

Colle Bereto 1

Colle Bereto. Source: gadamseye.blogspot.com

 Caffetteria delle Oblate

What about having a piece of chocolate cake or a beer with a view to the Duomo? Located in the very center of Florence, at Oblate you won’t only find the best for your palate…  but also the best for the eye!

- At Via dell’Oriuolo, 26 

For more informationhttp://www.lospaziochesperavi.it/caffetteriadelleoblate/index.php?file=engpage

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Caffetteria delle Oblate. Source: www.travelweare.com

 

Of course, if you’re staying at Il Salviatino and you don’t feel like going out, you can find everything you need (and more) without leaving the villa

Have a lovely stay in Florence! 

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