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30
Oct

Urban Legend: La Berta

The beautiful city of Florence is famous for its art and history, but beneath the stories of artists, lay tales of spirits and mysteries. Taking advantage of the Halloween mood, today we want to share with you one of the most famous urban legends of our city.

Although Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the oldest churches in the city and it’s full of important works of art, that aren’t the main attraction that it offers. This church, built in pietra forte and with no decoration on the outside, has a peculiarity: there is a marble sculpture of a head in a wall.

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The legend is that a man accused of witchcraft was being dragged to Piazza Santa Croce to meet his death by being burned alive. As he passed by Santa Maria Maggiore, a friar leaned his head out a small window and advised the soldiers not to give the man a drink as it would prevent him from dying since he had a pact with the Devil. The monk shout “You won’t drink anymore”, to which the enchanted replied “and you won’t take out your head from there anymore”. When he said those words, the monk turned into stone and trapped his head on the side of the church for eternity.

Source: www.florenceconcierge.info

Source: www.florenceconcierge.info

As we are talking about an urban legend, it isn’t certain that it actually happened and there are other theories about the stone head – it could have been even a woman and not a monk-.The head is now known as “La Berta”, it’s about human size and is so high in the wall that you might not notice it unless you look carefully or if someone points you in the right direction.

If you need directions or if you want to know some other urban legends don’t hesitate to ask us at Il Salviatino!

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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

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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.

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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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9
Sep

Money, Power, Intrigues: The Medici Dynasty Show

They are probably one of the most famous families of all time, one full of mysteries and intrigues. The Medicis ruled in Florence for centuries, but they were particularly strong during the Renaissance. They were powerful, they were rich and they loved the arts. After four popes, numerous rulers and royal weddings, the Medicis became renowned for their sponsorship of the arts and sciences. Their legacy is still visible around Florence and, if you’re so lucky that you’re visiting the city, you can’t miss this show!

The Medici Dynasty Show reviews the family’s history in a flashforward starting with their latest members, the Grand Duke Gian Gastone and his sister, Anna Maria Luisa, at the Palazzo Pitti in 1737. The Duke, who is on his deathbed, can’t forgive his sister for arranging his catastrophic marriage to Anna Maria Franziska of Saxe-Lauenburg. The siblings start to reminisce about their linage and the audience will take the exciting journey with them.

The Medici Dynasty Show

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Don’t miss the opportunity to watch this fantastic recreation of Medieval Florence completely in English. From traditional costumes, to video projections and theatrical performances, the Medicis will come back to life before your eyes! Come to Il Salviatino after and let us know what you thought of The Medici Dynasty Show!

More information: http://medicidynasty.com/

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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.

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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: Jessica Stewart for www.contextflorence.com

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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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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.

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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.

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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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