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30
Jul

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.

Source: castellidivincigliata.it

Source: castellidivincigliata.it

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.

Source: verrazzano.com

Source: verrazzano.com

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!

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Source: nuova-era.net

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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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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1
Jul

Saldi: 3 tips for a successful shopping spree

Whether you are a casual shopper or a real fashion victim, saldi (or sales) are the best occasion to purchase those items you’ve been wanting all year. If you’re lucky to be in Florence this time, you will be delighted at Via Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna Nuova or Via del Parione. But we know that the excitement for these opportunities can sometimes make you take the wrong decisions. That’s why here at Il Salviatino, we bring you the 3 essential tips to have a successful shopping spree.

1. Make a list. Even though that fourth bag seemed like a good idea at the store, at the end of the day you’ll probably regret it. Be a wise shopper and make a list of everything that you want to buy. Sticking to it will keep your budget and your wardrobe space under control!

Source: Bergdorf Goodman

Source: Bergdorf Goodman

2. Plan an itinerary—especially if you are abroad. In Florence, Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova are the streets to go if you’re looking for luxury boutiques. It’s important that you know which shops you want to visit and where they are, so you don’t lose valuable time wandering around!

3. Don’t overthink! In saldi season, there is no time to lose. If you are unsure about how that shirt fits you, you probably won’t find it when you come back for it. Remember to pay close attention: before buying any item, make sure that the shop accepts returns. If it does, keep the receipt! This strategy might save you from a terrible shirt purchase.

After a day of saldi, Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, will receive you with open arms!

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24
Jun

5 gorgeous day trips to take while staying in Firenze

If you have some extra days while staying with us at Il Salviatino, your curiosity might push you to explore outside Firenze. And you should! Tuscany is full of hidden gems to enjoy. We encourage your wanderlust with the 5 must-take day trips that can add a high note to your Italian holiday.

  1. 1. Lucca. (1h away by car / 2h30 away by public transport) This small village, also known as the city of 100 towers and 100 churches”, is famous for the medieval walls from the 16th Century that surround it. You should not miss the Guinigi Palace and Tower, il Duomo de San Martino and Via Fullolungo. Also, if you’re coming this summer, you’ll definitely enjoy the Lucca Summer Festival!

    Source: Flick

    Source: Flickr

  2. 2. Pisa. (1h20 away by car / 1h30 away by public transport) Although it is worldwide famous for its Leaning Tower, there is much more to see and do in Pisa! Pay close attention to the rest of the buildings in the Square of Miracles. You will also enjoy a walk through Piazza Vittorio Emanuelle and a brief shopping spree in Corso Italia. Don’t forget to pop into the Logge dei Banchi, the impressive space that hosted wool and silk markets in the past, next to the Arno river.

    Source: Flick

    Source: Flickr

  3. 3. San Gimignano. (1h away by car / 2h30 away by public transport) You will be impressed by the sheer beauty of a little medieval town like San Gimignano. Don’t miss the 14 towers that survived time, the Collegiata from the 11th Century and the Palazzo del Popolo. We highly recommend that you stay for the stunning sunsets!
  4. 4. Siena. (1h15 away by car / 2h away by public transport) With its pedestrian roads and its gothic beauty, Siena is the perfect city for a day trip. You will see the spectacular Mangia Tower from a distance, so make sure to follow it until you get to the huge Piazza del Campo. If you are lucky enough, you might catch a Palio! The Duomo, the Palazzo Piccolomini and the Fonte Gaia are also must-sees.

    Source: Flickr

    Source: Flickr

  5. 5. Pistoia. (45 min away by car / 1h20 away by public transport) Pistoia, in the center of the Tuscany, is the closest city to Firenze. You will be impressed by the Cattedrale di San Zeno, in the Piazza del Duomo. In the Palazzo el Comune you will find some of the finest works of art from Pistoian artists of the 20th Century. We recommend that you finish your day at Sant’ Andrea, the beautiful church where the outdoor market of Pistoia is celebrated.

After a long day travelling, Il Salviatino, your favorite 5-star hotel, will welcome you home. Make the most of your holidays with us!

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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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27
May

The hottest international artists visit Tuscany

Every year some of the hottest international artists visit one of Tuscany’s nicest places, the town of Lucca (1h away from Florence by car), to participate in The Lucca Summer Festival, which this years celebrates its 18th edition.

Many pop legends came to Lucca in the past and next July’s appointment is not going to be an exception: Bob DylanBilly Idol, Mark Knopfler and Robbie Williams are only some of the stars who’ll delight with their music both the local and the international audiences.

Are you a music lover? Are you staying at Il Salviatino in July? Then check the dates here! Perhaps you’ll have a reason to visit not only Florence, but also Lucca while enjoying a good gig.

Once more, if you need further information on the festival, you can take a look at its site: Lucca Summer Festival 2015 

Any doubt? Rely on your favorite hotel in FlorenceSalviatino.com 

The Tuscan summer is waiting for you!

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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

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17
Mar

Expo 2015: A chance to visit Florence and Verona too

Since its first edition in 1851, the Universal Exposition has been a medium to show how far mankind has come. Now it is the turn of Milan to be the host of such an important international event. Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life is the theme that Italy has chosen for this upcoming edition. Therefore, from May 1st to October 31st a worldwide reflection on the links between nutrition, technology and the environment will take place in our minds.

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Italy is, in fact, a perfect place to start this reflection, having in mind its rich and varied gastronomic tradition. During these 6 months it is expected that 20 million visitors will come to Italy, so we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you all, who may take a tour around the main Italian cities, to include Florence and Verona in your schedules, two modern cities, yet full of history, culture and tradition.

One was the birthplace of geniuses like Michelangelo and Dante Alighieri; the other was the set of 3 plays by William Shakespeare, including the celebrated Romeo and Juliet. Il Salviatino, at the side of Fiesole’s hill, in Florence, and its sister property, Palazzo Victoria, in Verona, invite you to have a taste of Tuscany and Veneto, as part of your exploration of Italian food culture.

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Above: Il Salviatino’s façade. Below: One of Palazzo Victoria’s suites.

 

If you want more information about the cities or the hotels, do not doubt having a virtual visit to them on their websites…

Il Salviatino: http://salviatino.com/

Palazzo Victoria: http://palazzovictoria.com/

We hope to see you soon, being a part of Italy during this amazing experience.

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