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4
Oct

Classical music & aperitifs in Villa Bardini. What else?

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.

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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.

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27
Sep

Oratorio di Santa Caterina: the first exhibition ever dedicated to Francesco Granacci.

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.

Francesco Granacci, ‘Assumption of Mary’. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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?

Lorenzo Larciani, ‘Madonna con il Bambino e San Giovanni’ – Source: arcadja.com

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.

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20
Sep

Israëlis ‘Izis’ Bidermanas: The poet of photography

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.

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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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