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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/

Source: fiesolebike.it

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.

bargello

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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

Oblate 2

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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17
Feb

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!

For more information of our Spring Offer: http://salviatino.com/offers/spring-offer/ 

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20
Jan

Firenze: Past and present of a fashionista

February 1951

Giovanni Battista Giorgini, a businessman, had a goal to reach: To make of Italy the World’s meeting point for designers. He organized a fashion show in Florence, which became the first event of its kind in Italy, as well as a true success. As a matter of fact, Florence became Italy’s capital of fashion, with lots of fans including some Hollywood stars, such as Audrey Hepburn.

Source: http://ifmparis.blog.lemonde.fr/

January 2015

64 years later, Florence is still a fashionista. The 87th Edition of Pitti Uomo and the 15th Edition of Pitti W, which just took place in the Fortezza da Basso space, have been the first events within the Pitti Immagine’s celebration of worldwide fashion, design, trends and brands. They will be followed by the 80th Edition of Pitti Bimbo, from the 22nd to the 24th, aimed at children’s clothing, and by the 76th Edition of Pitti Filati, which reunites the best from the knitting yarn industry. These last two will also take place at la Fortezza da Basso.

Source: http://www.pambianconews.com/

And by the way, if you’re keen on fashion, you cannot miss the chance to visit La Galleria del Costume, the only national museum in Italy, dedicated to fashion and its history. You can find it inside la Palazzina della Meridiana, attached to il Palazzo Pitti. At present, they are paying a tribute to the Academy Award winner fashion designer, Piero Tosi.

Source: http://images.vogue.it/

Trendy, chic and avant-garde. That’s how Florence is like. But it is always best if you come and check it for yourself!

For more information on Pitti Immagine: http://www.pittimmagine.com/corporate.html

For more information on La Galleria del Costume: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/musei/?m=costume
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