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10
Mar

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 like George Clooney (not guaranteed but you’ll feel great :-D) .

For more information on Il Salviatino’s spa treatments, you can check the menu online

http://salviatino.com/spa-florence-tuscany/

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

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16
Oct

Magnificence: The Greatness of Art and Humans

If you’re visiting Florence in October, you might be overwhelmed by the number of exhibitions you’ll find in the city. Don’t worry—it’s easy to get lost. But we’re here to help! Make sure you don’t miss Magnificent, a wonderful installation closing this month.

Magnificence

Source: www.magnificentfirenze.it

 

Magnificent will walk you through a charming story, based on real events that happened in Florence centuries ago, but that it’s still relatable today. The exhibition gives you a chance to experience the city’s art in a different way: combining famous paintings and sculptures, with video art. Andrea Bocelli will guide you through this experience, put together by Felice Limosani. The screenings take place every 30 minutes at the incredible scenario that is the Sala D’Arme in the Palazzo Vecchio.

Remember, you’ve only got until the 31st to experience Magnificent! After that, come and tell us what you thought at Il Salviatino.

 

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8
Oct

Modern Art & Religion: Divine Beauty

If you’re in Florence this time of year, you are one lucky pal. You’re avoiding the summer crowds and you’re experiencing just the beginning of autumn, a perfect moment to start crawling into warm closed spaces. Our favorites are bars and museums, and if you prefer the latter, today we bring you one exhibition that you won’t want to miss.

Divine Beauty

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Divine Beauty: From Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana will walk you through religious art reinterpreted by the biggest contemporary artists. The exhibition, held at Palazzo Strozzi, reunites artworks by more than 100 Italian and international artists from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. Van Gogh, Millet, Picasso, Ernst and Matisse’s paintings are included in this amazing collection. Their takes on religion, art and the clash between both will amaze you!

 

Divine Beauty is part of a series of events planned to run alongside the Fifth National Bishops Conference, which will be held in Florence in November and will be attended by Pope Francis. After a day full of art, get a good night sleep at Il Salviatino!

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1
Oct

Amazing Juxtapositions: Jeff Koons In Florence

For two great artists to coincide in time, a big miracle needs to happen. There are some exceptions to this rule, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just make Andy Warhol meet Da Vinci? Well, thanks to the Comune di Firenze and the organization of Mus.e, now you can enjoy the best of the Renaissance together with one of the most celebrated contemporary artists. Several sculptures will be placed together in different parts of the city for you to appreciate the amazing contrast between masters of this art: Jeff Koons vs. Donatello and Michelangelo.

Source: The Huffington Post

Source: The Huffington Post

Between September 26 and December 28, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria will host the three stunning juxtapositions that comprise the exhibition Jeff Koons In Florence. Gazing Ball (Barbierini Faun) will be at the Room of Lilies at Palazzo Vecchio and will unite the monumental 3-meter sculpture by Koons, with Barbierini Faun, an artwork from the imperial age, probably restored by Bernini around 1632. The most famous David, by Michelangelo, will contrast with Koon’s amazing Pluto and Proserpina in Piazza della Signoria.

Jeff Koons on show in Florence

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The exhibition is a game of cross-references, contrasts and comparisons. The ancient and the contemporary establish a dialogue of equals. The hidden meanings and the breathtaking beauty of art will surely amaze you. Afterwards, come and tell us your impressions at Il Salviatino!

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23
Sep

The Prince of Dreams

If you’re visiting Florence this autumn for the first time, you’ll encounter art all around. From the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace, get ready to be amazed. If you’re not a first-timer, this city can still surprise you. And to prove it this time, the venue we’re bringing you today is a great example of the care that Florence has for its artistic heritage. Anytime between September 15, 2015, and January 31, 2016, make room in your schedule for The Prince of Dreams exhibition.

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The Palazzo Vecchio hosts this wonderful exhibition in its Salone dei Duecento (Hall of the 200). The Medici tapestries will be reunited in Florence for the first time since 1882. Commissioned by the Medicis, these works of art were designed by great artists of the Renaissance like Pontormo and Bronzino. They tell the story of Joseph, one of the main characters of the Old Testament, who was nicknamed “the prince of dreams” because of its ability to interpret dreams. His gift made him get away with prison and, according to the scriptures, he became one of the most influential men in Egypt, serving directly to the Pharaoh.

palazzo vecchio salone dei duecento firenze

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In 1882, the King of Italy decided to move part of the collection, a Medici legacy, to Rome. The tapestries haven’t been together since then, so now it’s a great opportunity to admire the beauty of this series in its entirety. If you’re interested in finding out more about art exhibitions, don’t hesitate to ask us—and don’t forget Il Salviatino is a cradle of history and art in its own!

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4
Sep

Paper Lanterns and Cotton Candy: Festa della Rificolona 2015

Many centuries ago, in the eve of the Nativity of Virgin Mary, the peasants of Tuscany used to travel to Florence to pay tribute. Wearing their best gowns, they entered the city at night, so they carried big lanterns to light their way. This is the origin of the Festa della Rificolona, a Florentine tradition full of fun and mischief! But why Rificolona? What does that mean? Well, a “rificolona” is a woman that dresses vulgarly or in a tacky way. Peasants put on their best clothes, but children from Florence still made fun of them and call them “Rificoloni!” when they passed by.

Festa della Rifficolona

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Today, kids are still at the heart of this Florentine tradition. A parade starts at Piazza del Duomo and takes the participants to Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, carrying their paper lanterns and singing traditional songs. Once they arrive, the party begins! Activities for children and cotton candy fill the square, and hand-made paper lanterns mix with Pikachu and Dora the Explorer-shaped ones. The celebration ends with an impromptu bonfire and the lanterns are burned in the middle of the piazza before the amazed eyes of kids.

Festa della Rificolona

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You won’t want to miss on the fun the evening of September 7. The parade is meant to arrive at the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata at 8.30pm, so plan your schedule carefully and let your inner child come out to play! After indulging in candy and fun, make sure to get a good night sleep at Il Salviatino.

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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!

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

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!

Source: libreriamo.it

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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