The Salviatino Collection’s team wishes you a merry Christmas
In this global world we are living in, Christmas is a festive time in many different nations, although every nation has its own traditions and ways to celebrate it.
As every year, Christmas is about to take Florence with its colorful lights, warm feelings and Panettone-like flavors.
During this month there will be several street markets, like Heidelberg’s in Piazza Santa Croce, where you can find some beautiful Christmas-themed handcrafted works. On Christmas Day (when you have the possibility to attend the midnight mass at the Duomo) and Saint Stephen’s Day (26th of December) you can take a walk around town to visit these street markets and also to see the different displayed crèches, some of which are true artworks.
If you like sacred music, you can come to Il Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino next 19th and 20th to enjoy the Christmas concert, under the direction of Lorenzo Fratini.
And in case these days you stay at Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, you should know that Fiesole will share the Tuscan Christmas’ spirit. Want to go out and have a walk? An Artistic Nativity will be displayed at Villa Rigoli so you can go and see it.
But before Christmas arrives, there will be another thing to celebrate on the 10th of December: the 500th birthday of Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’.
“The end justifies the means” he said, and we simply want to end saying that we wish you nothing but the best this Festive season.
“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” (F.S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.)
The Christmas feeling evolves as one grows up. First, when you are a child, you get the butterflies in your stomach thinking about Santa Claus and the gifts he will leave under the Christmas Tree. Later in time, as you approach adulthood, that thrill decreases. You start to value simpler (and less fantastic) things such as meeting your beloved ones, enjoying a delicious meal and having fun. Enjoyment and good company: this is what Il Salviatino pursues with its Festive Season Packages.
This year we decided to do something special in order to celebrate Christmas and so we chose to pay tribute to one of the finest literary characters of all time: The Great Gatsby. His elegance, the opulence of his parties and his inner passions (things F.S. Fitzgerald wrote about so well) are filling Il Salviatino from 23rd November to 18th January. Would you like to travel to the Golden Twenties and do the Charleston in Florence instead than in New York?
The main Festive Season Package includes:
Two nights in the room/suite of your choice
Upgrade upon availability
Il Salviatino’s daily breakfast
Entry tickets to the exhibition ‘The Russian Avant-garde: Siberia and the East’
A one hour massage per person at our Spa Il Salviatino
A three course dinner for two at Il Salviatino’s restaurant (or Christmas lunch 25th December – excluding beverages).
Plus some additional benefits: 24 hour Ambassador service, in-Room Nespresso coffee machine, in-room complimentary mineral waters at turndown, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary newspaper, complimentary access to gym and parking.
The package is priced from €860 + 10% VAT in a deluxe double room. This offer is aimed for two people in a double room.
Beyond the music, the laughs and the crowd, Gatsby was always alone. But this year, at Il Salviatino, we are all carrying him in our hearts. Come and join us! Let us honor him and celebrate!
Il Salviatino’s Chef, Carmine Calò, is always thinking about new ways to make our guests happy by using his culinary expertise. Hence, with regards to some national festivities in different parts of the world, our Chef has designed some geographic-themed Apericenas, so that the visitors can taste the specialties of the countries we pay tribute to. Now the time has come for Lebanon, a mix between the arabic tradition and the Western influence. Bathed in the Mediterranean Sea, the country possesses a rich cultural legacy due to all the people who inhabited the land in the past. A quite intense history that also lives in its gastronomic variety.
Tomorrow, Friday 22nd of November from 7.30 p.m. our guests will have the chance to savor some typical Lebanese dishes such as Babaganoush, Hummus, Tabuleh, Fattoush, Falafel, Manzo Koktas, Manaish Zaatar with spices, Manaish Zaatar with meat, Lebanese style rice and the Chicken Shish Kebab. The tasting is priced at € 35 per person including selected beverages.
There is a place (not too far from the North Pole) where glaciers meet deserts and cultures collide. At first glance it may seem the end of the world, but even in the very end of the world there is art, and that is what the Palazzo Strozzi is commemorating until the next 19th January. The exhibition L’Avanguardia russa, la Siberia e l’Oriente shows 130 works never seen before in Italy, including 79 paintings and designs, 15 sculptures and 36 objects taken from the etno-anthropologic legacy.
Divided in 11 sections, the exhibition covers the complex relationship between the Russian art and The East. The mix of spirituality, magic, philosophy and beauty is seen through the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Michail Larionov and Vasilij Vatagin, among other great artists. You can access the exhibition every day (including holidays) from 9 am to 8 pm (Thursdays from 9 am to 11 pm). The tickets’ prices vary from €10 to €4.
Always inviting you to travel and enjoy the world’s wonders, this time the Il Salviatino team encourages you to go to this edge of the planet in order to discover a majectic art you probably have not seen before. Of course, Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, could be your perfect point of departure.
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!
In 1998 the Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron started to work for the restoration and promotion of Bardini’s legacy, which includes, in one hand, the Bardini complex (Villa, Garden and restaurant) and, on the other hand, the Peyron’s. Some cultural heritages that keeps a part of Florence’s history. Since that date on, many interesting events have been taking place both in Bardini’s and in Peyron’s spaces.
Good (and tasty) music
Events life, for example, the concerts offered since September 10th. Until November 19th, thanks to the Conservatorio de Musica Luigi Cherubini and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, some works by masters as Verdi, Chopin, Korsakov or Piazzolla will be heard in Villa Bardini. Besides, in order to accompany the concerts, some relaxing aperitifs will be served to the assistants. The mélange between the place, the music and the tastes promises to become an unforgettable experience for those ones who live it.
The next concerts will be performed on October 16th, 22nd and 29th and on November 5th and 19th; always at 5.30 p.m. The access to the Villa is in Costa San Giorgio, 2 and you can reach it:
- By bus: From Santa Maria Novella Station, you can take the Linea 23 (get off in Lungarno Torrigiani, Piazza dei Mozzi) or the Bus elettrico D (get off in Torrigiani).
- On foot: From Santa Maria Novella Station. It takes around 15 minutes getting to the place.
If you love these little pleasures in life, do not doubt giving a chance to these concerts in Villa Bardini. From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we always wish you to have fun while staying here.
Mannerism was an art period developed during the late Renaissance, known for the elegance of the shapes and the sometimes difficult positions of the figures in paintings as much as in sculptures. You may know art masters from that era such as Giambologna, Cellini or the very Michelangelo. But what about Francesco Granacci? At that time, coinciding with the blossoming of Mannerism, Granacci was a quite important man. He studied with Ghirlandaio, was employed as a frescoes painter by Lorenzo de’Medici and Giorgio Vasari wrote about him in his famous book, Vite.
A man like this needed to have an exhibition for his own and that is what the Oratorio di Santa Caterina, in Bagno a Ripoli (in the outskirts of Florence), is doing to honor his memory. For the first time ever, several artworks by Granacci are exclusively shown inside the ‘chiesa’ as well as some works by one of the artists he influenced: Lorenzo Larciani, a.k.a. the Kress Landscapes Master. Two for one. Could it be a better offer?
In case you visit Florence between September and January 2014 you can take a look at this beautiful ‘mostra’. The entrance ticket full price is €6; the concessions price is €5 and if you are a student, have children under 14 or just own a Firenze Card you only pay €3. Coming to Florence implies nourishing your mind and your soul with gorgeous landscapes and precious moments. Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, always encourages you to have the time of your life while enjoying all the things a city like ours has to offer to you.
Born in today’s Lithuania back in 1911, he moved to Paris at the age of 19 to become a painter, although he actually became a photographer. He was a Jew, so he had to leave Paris during the II World War. He was captured by the Nazis, tortured and later released by the same Resistance he then joined. He was a fighter, but also had the time to take some wonderful pictures of his companions. Once the war was finished, he developed an interesting career as a photo artist, catching the essence of Paris and its people through his own poetic vision. This is how Izis Bidermanas came to be the great photographer the Museo Nazionale Alinari Della Fotografia (MNAF) is now paying tribute to.
With the exception of Wednesdays (the museum is closed) you can visit the exhibition every day from 10 am to 18:30 p.m. Along with the pieces from Bidermanas’ collection you will be able to see the film Aperçu d’une vie (A glance at a life) and get to know the work of this photographer, considered a whole humanistic artist and a visual poet able to capture pure instants of dreaming, emotions and real life. The tickets price vary from 9€ to 6€, including the standard, reduced or Convention price.
If you want to spend a nice time discovering a little more about this interesting artist, now you know what to do. And when it comes to dreaming, do not forget Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, is always here to have you and make you feel good.
The Cycling World Cup 2013 is almost to take Florence. From September 22nd to 29th cyclists from everywhere will arrive to the city in order to hit the road and cut the wind with their two wheels vehicles. And to start warming up a bit, there is a close to be shown exhibition which you may want to see. Anyway, is there anything more agreeable than going out with your bike and going over Florence? The one hundred years ago people should have also thought so, because that is what ‘Biciclette in archivio. L’Archivio in Bicicletta’ is about.
From September 17th to 30th (10 am. – 2 am. Monday and Friday | 10 am. – 5.30 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) the Historical Archive of Florence will open its doors to the visitors in order to show them the first days of this popular mean of transport in town. How the citizens back then started to use in their everyday life and also in a sportive way, developing the Giro d’Italia, hosted in Florence in 1909. So, are you into cycling? In case you are, we are sure you will enjoy this sort of travel to the past to revive the thrill. From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we encourage you to dust off your wheels, get on moving and have fun!