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13
Sep

Florence goes by bicycle!

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!

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5
Sep

Sunday, September 8th: Florence celebrates the foundation of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.

This next Sunday, September 8th, two different celebrations will be going on. The first one will be the Birth of the Virgin Mary and the second (though not less important), the commemoration of the first stone that was put for the building of the Cathedral this same day back in 1296. 717 years has passed since then!

For that reason, this day the Cathedral terraces will be opened from 1 pm. to 4 pm. so that the public can go up and watch some unknown views from the inside of the temple and the very Florence. The Campanile will open its doors from 8:30 am. to 5:30 pm. as well as the Baptistery, from 8:30 am. to 2 pm. You will also be able to visit the Museo dell ‘Opera del Duomo from 9 am. to 1:45 pm.

Also, the last concert from the series O Flos Colende will take place at the Cathedral at 9:15 pm. in order to celebrate the foundation of the Opera. So, who says Sundays are boring? From the team of Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we encourage you to be part of such a remarkable event, feel like being a part of the town’s history and just have fun.

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30
Aug

A trip to India (without leaving Florence)

Something quite interesting has been happening at the Museo di Storia Naturale, in Florence, since July 4th. Of course, we are talking about Passaggio in India, the opportunity of visiting the Asian giant without going out of town.

India

Until September 30th several exhibits and shows will be taking place within Florence in order to pay tribute to the Indian culture. Some objects from Angelo de Gubernatis’ (a XIXth century Sanskrit professor) collection are being shown as well as some of the most distinctive pieces of the contemporary Indian cinema.

Passaggio in India

A few of the activities to come, for instance, include a guided visit through the art exhibition at the museum on September 10th, a Kathakali dance show by Elena Padovani on September 7th and the view of the film, Passaggio in India, by David Lean on September 5th.

 

As you can see you are still on time! So from Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we encourage you to enjoy this unique chance to get close to a vast country full of magic and mystery.

 

For more information you can visit: http://passaggioinindia.tumblr.com/

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23
Aug

David Wurtzel: Tuscany through the eyes of an American.

What is a simple routine for a resident could be something full of mystery for a visitor. Have you ever realized that? When our eyes get used to a place, we start losing the little (and the most important) details; everything turns to be just ‘normal’ and ‘average’. But for a tourist, all is new. This one is the main reason that makes Toscana, paesaggio dell’anima. Lo sguardo di un americano (nel Chianti) an interesting exhibition.

 Displayed at Sala del Basolato, in the Piazza Mino, Fiesole, the artworks show a period of time that goes from 1967 to 2002 and transmit David Wurtzel’s –a New York artist– visions of Tuscany. You can see the exhibition any day until August 30th, from 10 am to 1 pm or from 4 pm to 7 pm. The entrance is free.

 Tuscany is one of the most famous regions in the world, best known for its landscapes. If you want to check how Wurtzel recreated it through his works, you are more than welcome. At Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we even encourage you to make your own vision of this unique location.    

 

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14
Aug

‘We own the summer’: August at Il Salviatino’s Spa.

How are you doing with the heat? Have you been able to deal with it so far? Whether you have or not, Il Salviatino’s team is about to make you a proposition you cannot turn down:

 “Come to our Spa!” 

“Why should I do so?” you may ask.

It is simple: during August, you will enjoy a 30% discount on all the treatments available on the Spa Menu.

What do you think about that?

In case you are interested, you already know where to find us. Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, is always there for you.

 

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1
Aug

The Palatine Gallery dreams The Renaissance Dream

When a person falls asleep the mind relaxes, the body rests and the soul flies to exotic dimensions; a whole process we call a ‘dream’, during which some people have these visions of the future and see different worlds while others explore the unknown side of their minds, through nightmares and erotic mirages. The mysterious matter dreams are made of has fascinated the mankind since its origins and that attraction is what The Renaissance Dream tries to represent. Until next September 15th you can visit the Palatine Gallery, Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 am to 6.50 pm., to watch this never-seen-before-in-Florence exhibition; a unique experience.

The display will take you to seven different states of dreaming:

Night – a reflection of its symbolism in art.

Journey of the spirit – the connection between art, Classic mythology, literature and dreams.

Visions of the beyond – dedicated to sacred art

Enigmatic dreams and nightmare visions – images from a fantasy world

Life is a dream – on Michelangelo’s work The Dream of Human Life’s influence

The dreaming Prince – on Francesco de’Medici

Dawn – the Renaissance as a stage for real dreams and the awakening.

You are on time to come and let yourself go with the illusions. And for your own dreams, do not forget that Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, will be there for you. Now, close your eyes and just… dream.

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26
Jul

The Museum of Silver at the Pitti Palace presents the Diafane Passioni exhibition, an Ivory monograph.

There have always been common materials in art, like marble, that have caught almost all of our attention, especially when it comes to sculpture. But there have also been other types of materials shrouded by a mysterious halo, like they had anything to do with magic. Maybe that could be the reason why in Florence, between the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, the Medici family started a collection of ivory artworks, which was a breaking fact, since by that time the first retrospective study on ivory came out.
Now, a few centuries later, The Museum of Silver at the Pitti Palace, in Florence, pays tribute to this ‘passion’ for ivory. Diafane Passioni, Baroque ivories from the European courts, is the name given to the exhibition, which, by means of five different sections, takes the visitor from the XVth century’s carved pieces that Ferdinando I de Medici started to collect to the works of German and Austrian sculptors such as Georg Petel and Balthasar Permoser.

As you pass from one section to another you will discover that the artists challenged themselves to create figures more complicated every time, facing a precious but difficult material to work with. The result is that you will see pieces that seem to have been taken out of a dream or a fairy tale. So, if you want to watch a different kind of art exhibition, do not doubt visiting the Museum of Silver. From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel at Florence, we believe you will like the experience.

For more information, you can visit: http://www.unannoadarte.it/diafanepassioni/eng/galleria.html

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19
Jul

My name is… Il Salviatino

When it comes to the luxury hotel industry, Il Salviatino is an Italian reference. But it is always fun to see how some people do not learn its name properly. ‘Il Salviatore’ and ‘Il Salviatuno’ are only some of the names they use to write down when looking for the hotel on the Internet. For this, we are about to explain where Il Salviatino’s name comes from. Would you like to know?

The villa was initially a modest ‘vigna’ (vineyard), far from the image we have of the hotel nowadays. But in the XVth century a family of bankers from Florence, the Baldi, bought it and rebuilt it in a sumptuous way. Later in time, the propriety passed to the also Florentine family, The Salviati, who actually gave its name to the building: Villa Salviatino.

The rest of the story explains how every owner provided a new detail to the house and how it finally became the five stars hotel in Florence we all know. As you can see, Il Salviatino is full of surprises waiting to be revealed. If you want to find your own adventure, you know you can always find us at the top of the Fiesole.

 

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11
Jul

The Story of how Mr. S. knew that volcanic powder could be good for his skin at Il Salviatino’s SPA.

My name is Mr. S., I have recently turned 50 and – logically, I suppose – I am no longer the tough and unbeatable I used to be. The business sphere is still a quite exciting thing, but it also can burn the hardest one. Too much stress, as you should know. Besides, where I live what I see most of the time is gray skies behind enormous skyscrapers… and that does not help at all.

One week ago my wife told me she was about to give me a different kind of gift. She spoke about an ‘other-wordly’ place called Il Salviatino, a luxury hotel in Florence, of which its SPA was what I was in need of.

-          Baby, this summer they have three special treatments for men. The Ginger&Lime Body Scrub, which uses a volcanic powder rich in minerals to smooth the skin and some Ginger&Lime oil enriched with vitamin E for a perfect moisturizing, only for 130 euros.

-          But, love, you know that…

-          I am not done yet. There is also the Tuscan Oak Body Mask which mixes the Tuscan Oak miraculous ingredients with a soft hyaluronic acid cream for an intense nutrient and toning action! And again only for 130 euros!

-          Yes, but…

-          Shut up! The Facial Balancing Treatment created by the very Dr. Vranjes smoothes and purifies the face thanks to the hyaluronic acid mixed with Vitamin C. It costs 140 euros. But the best thing is that until September 30th from 12.00 to 15.00 they apply 30% discount on each treatment! It is absolutely incredible!

I watched her, admiring how excited she looked by only telling me all that. Her eyes were shining in a special way. She opened her mouth again and said:

-          Our 25th anniversary is in August, but since you are going through a lot of stress right now, I have decided to give you one week in my dreamed paradise. So, baby, pack your things because you are heading to Florence!

Now, I cannot believe this ends tomorrow. Finally I tried the Ginger&Lime Body Scrub and I never thought that volcanic powder and some fruity oil could be that good for me. My beautiful wife gave me the best gift I could imagine. I feel, highly relaxed as I am now, that I am even a little bit more in love with her!

It is sad that I am almost leaving, but I am sure I will be back with my wife and I recommend this stay to everybody who wants to feel heaven for some days (especially being at its SPA).

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4
Jul

The Museo Salvatore Ferragamo exhibits ‘The amazing shoemaker’

Shoes are an important part of our clothing and our lifestyle. Some say you can get to know a person only looking at his footwear. Is that true? Maybe it is not as simple as that, but anyway shoes have their own language and symbolism. That kind of magic is the one the new exhibition of the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo tried to catch.

The amazing shoemaker’ brings together several artworks from different artists but with one objective in common: reflect the role shoes have played in myths and legends throughout history, as well as the very ‘fairy tale’ of Ferragamo’s life. Among other interesting features, visitors can watch some pictures by Arrigo Coppiz, listen to an exclusive score composed by Luis Bacalov and see some works designed by Mimmo Paladino.

The exhibition, which premiered last April 19th, will be open to the public until next March 31st 2014, so, as you can see, you are on time! The Museo is open from Wednesday to Monday, from 10 am to 6 pm and the entrance costs 5 Euros. As always, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, will be there for you to have you and make you feel in your own fairy tale.

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