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6
Mar

Let’s celebrate the spring’s arrival at Il Salviatino

For some people the spring means allergy. Other ones love the colors bursting and the mild temperatures. For some it means the love of joy and youth… and for Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, the spring implies a cheerful invitation to all of you to come, visit us and celebrate the arrival of this glorious season. If you book your room at Il Salviatino before the 31st March for stays until the end of May, you will get a special discount: the room rates start from €275.

We are not going to lie. It does not matter the moment of the year, because Florence always looks good. Of course, there are always interesting and fun things to do in town, no matter when one comes. But the truth is that visiting Florence during the spring has a value added. It is not as cold as in the winter, but not as hot as in the summer. A true parade of colors invades the streets. The sunlight gives even the most famous places a new appearance… and the views from the top of Fiesole’s hill take one’s breath away. 

However, it is not the point that we say all these things. The real deal is that you come and live your own experience. And remember: Both Florence and Il Salviatino will be waiting for you.

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28
Feb

Remembering a Tuscan-born genius on his 450th anniversary: Galileo.

Several special activities involving Science are taking place in Florence until the 20th March in order to celebrate Galileo’s 450th anniversary. The Natural History Museum, Il Museo Galileo and The Garden of Archimedes – A museum for Mathematics are only some of the several institutions that contributed to organize these events. At Buon Cumpleanno Galileo (in Italian) you can find the complete schedule and decide which activity you would like the most. But, first, we should pay a little tribute to the man for whom all this is going on: Galileo Galilei.   

The son of a quite open-minded musician, Vincenzo Galilei, Galileo was born in Pisa the 15th February 1564. A very talented young man, he started studying medicine at the age of 17, although he would later change the study of the human body for the study of numbers. He obtained a prestigious job as a Mathematics professor and by 1610 he had already invented some revolutionary astronomical instrument as he started working for the Tuscan Duke. However, his relationship with the Vatican began to be tense; a situation that worsened when he defended the heliocentric system. These ideas along with his collisions with the Inquisition condemned him to a house arrest in Florence until his death in 1642.

From, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we invite you to enjoy this tribute to a man who was beyond his own time; a man whose ideas helped building the world we know today.  

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20
Feb

Reencountering Michelangelo until the 18th May at Galleria dell’Accademia

Why do we call Michelangelo a genius? Is it because he was an artist in the true sense of the word? Is it because we still feel overcome by the beauty of his works? He was a magnificent artist and his works still impress us indeed, but there is something else. When he passed away in 1564 he left behind an eternal legacy which has inspired new generations of artists until today. Now, in order to commemorate the 450th anniversary of his death, Galleria dell’Accademia and Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A. S.p.A. have organized ‘Ri-conoscere Michelangeloan exhibition that pays tribute to this remarkable man and shows the renovation of interest in his artworks from the 19th century and on.

The exhibition will focus on three artistic languages; sculpture, painting and photography. First, you will see representations of the artist in a historicist way, with examples from Delacroix, Rodin and the Alinari brothers among others. Some works by Pagano, Finn and Amendola, who attempted to bring back the interest to Michelangelo’s sculpture, will be shown as well. You will be able to find out about his influence in other great artists such as Matisse and, in a final section, they will display some works by Knorr, Sarfati and Youssef Nabil as examples of copies and reproductions of Michelangelo’s works. A whole tribute for a true master.

The ‘mostra’ will be open until the 18th May and the tickets are priced of €11 (standard) and €5,5 (reduced)

 

Michelangelo in his studio, Eugène Delacroix. Source: augustastylianougallery.com

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14
Feb

Guided visits to il Corridoio Vasariano, Florence’s secret jewel.

The most special things in life are not always the most accessible ones. They are normally kept as some sort of secret jewels, only hardly ever visible to the world. This is somehow what happens with the Vasari Corridor, which is open to the public until the 30th of April.

The Grand Duke, Cosimo I de’Medici, ordered the construction of the corridor back in 1565 and it was designed by the great architect, Giorgio Vasari. The Duke wanted it to be a free walkway for him between il Palazzo Vecchio, the Government location, and il Palazzo Pitti, his residence.

Today, the Uffizi’s part of the corridor is also used as an Art Gallery, including the famous collection of self-portraits.

You can’t lose this opportunity to discover Florence’s secret jewel. For more information on how to organize your private or group visit to the Vasari corridor, do not hesitate to contact our Service Ambassadors at info@salviatino.com.

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7
Feb

Madame Butterfly at Il Teatro Comunale

The spirit of Giacomo Puccini is about to invade Florence for a week. As one of the winter season’s shows of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s current edition, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly will be performed at il Teatro Comunale, from the 6th to the 13th February, under the direction of Juraj Valčuha. The tickets’ prices vary from €20 to €70.

If you are a ‘fan’ of Puccini’s works, you cannot miss this unique opportunity. For more information, please visit this website: http://www.maggiofiorentino.it/content/madama-butterfly

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17
Jan

A few advices for some nice shopping in Florence.

Florence is well-known for being one of Italy’s fashion capitals as well as the artisans’ main town. So, if you are the kind of person who likes bringing some souvenirs back home, you will fall in love with Florence. We have selected three specific parts of the city according to what you may be looking for:

-          Piazza Duomo: not far from this point you can find big stores such as Zara or Benetton as well as il Mercato Nuovo, which is perfect for some quick shopping of souvenirs or gifts.

-          Via Tornabuoni: the luxury designers’ street. If you want to take a look at what’s new in Ferragamo, Gucci or Yves Saint Laurent, you know where to head for now.

-          Ponte Vecchio and Oltrarno: in case you are into craftsmanship you just have to cross the bridge to find the handcrafted treasures you’re searching for… or simply to drink something in the beautiful Piazza Santo Spirito.

The majority of stores are closed on Sundays and several of them close their doors during lunch time. The working day ends around 7:30 p.m. We suggest you the mornings or the early evenings for doing some shopping.

As always, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, wishes you a nice stay in our town.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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10
Jan

“Which hat fits me?” Florence ‘covers its head’ until next 18th May.

Hats are something special. In fact, you don’t always have to put one on, unlike a shirt or a pair of shoes. You can do it to protect you from the sun, to feel as elegant as Humphrey Bogart or Marlene Dietrich or just because you find the garment nice.

Whatever your reasons to wear hats are, if you like them and if you live in Florence or will come before the 18th May you may be interested in ‘Il Cappello tra Arte e Stravaganza‘, the monographic exhibition dedicated to the art of hats, during the last century and these first years of 2000′s, featuring some of the greatest Italian and international designers such as Dior, Prada, Paulette or Stephen Jones. 

Where? At La Galleria del Costume

When? Until the 18th May, from Monday to Sunday, 8:15 am. to 4.15 pm.

How much do the tickets cost? €10 and €5 with discounts

Florence will cover its head these months. Will you come to see it by yourself?

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31
Dec

Happy New Year!

Salviatino Collection sends you all its love today.

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20
Dec

A special confession from Mr. Z to Il Salviatino in relation to Christmas

When my daughter L. was just a child, I used to be her hero. We were the best friends in the world and in fact, since her mother passed away short after L. was born, it was only the two of us together, joining forces against the world. Nonetheless, she became a teenager and things changed. Now she barely ever speaks to me. But I am about to turn the tables. I was surfing the Internet the other day, looking for something cool to do with my kid during Christmas and I found out about this really good looking hotel in Florence named Il Salviatino. I saw they are launching a special Festive Season package inspired by… ‘The Great Gatsby’!

source: hollywoodreporter.com

When I first read it I couldn’t believe it! That one is L’s favorite book! She has read it more than twice and she told me few months ago how much she would love to have the chance to be a part of that story. So, as you can guess, this is going to be my gift to her. I will take her to Florence without telling her anything and then I will surprise her. We will dance to the music of the last film adaptation of the book, dressed up in the 20′s style, imagining that Jay Gatsby is our host and that he is dancing with Daisy near to us in such a beautiful environment.

Hopefully this will not only be the best Christmas of our lives, but I will also have the opportunity to make my daughter happy and be her friend again. So I want to thank Il Salviatino’s team from the bottom of my heart for having such a wonderful idea.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to everyone!

 *All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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5
Dec

How Christmas is going to be this year in Florence

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.

Christmas Market in Florence

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