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Gastro-experience: Il Desco 2015

Taking place in Lucca’s historic center, for four weekends, you can experience a gastronomical delight at Il Desco 2015. This festival gives the opportunity to get into the heart of the province through its native dishes and local products.

Il Desco is a showcase dedicated to the typical products of the highest quality and uniqueness. Participating in this event has become a real Lucca’s tradition and for all the visitors, it will allow them to travel between the tastes of the territory, from Garfagna Versilia to the Serchio Valley, without leaving the place.


The exhibitors will be offering various types of local bread, gelato, chocolate, honey, saffron spice, cold meats, cheeses, mushrooms, and these are just a few of the amazing products that will be available at the festival.

To complete the whole gastronomical experience there will be activities such as wine tastings from some of the most important vineyards in Tuscany, cooking shows with local chefs and children’s workshops.

Visit the website for more information and make sure you don’t miss this festival if you want to discover Tuscany through your palate. We will be waiting for you at Il Salviatino to hear all about your amazing experience.

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Il Salviatino’s Summer Music Agenda

There is so much to do, see and visit in Tuscany that it’s easy to get lost in its wonderful scenarios. And it gets busier in the summer! That’s why here at Il Salviatino we’ve put together a summer agenda with our favorite musical events in the region, so you don’t miss on the fun around here. Clear your schedule and take a close look at the dates!


21 June-26 July: Estate Fiesolana (Roman Theater and Roman Thermal Baths, Archaeological Site of Fiesole)
1-24 July: Pistoia Blues (Piazza Duomo, Pistoia)
1-28 July: Lucca Summer Festival (Piazza Napoleone, Lucca)
3-26 July: San Galgano Festival (San Galgano Abbey, San Galgano)
13-25 July: Arezzo Summer Music and School Festival (Arezzo)
24 July-30 August: Puccini Festival (Gran Teatro all’Aperto, Torre del Lago)


1-15 August: Baccardi Summer Wave 2015 (Elba Island)


June-September: Prato Estate 2015 (Various locations in Prato)
July-August: Il Serchio delle Muse (Media Valle del Serchio and Garfagnana)

Don’t hesitate to ask us about all the events and activities that are going on in Tuscany and Firenze. Here at Il Salviatino, your favorite 5-star hotel in the city, we’ll be extra happy to help!


San Galgano Festival. Source:

San Galgano Festival. Source:

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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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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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 

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The Tuscan summer is waiting for you!

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Lucca summer festival 2014

It seems like it was yesterday when Bob Dylan started the first edition of the Lucca Summer Festival at Piazza Napoleone, back in 1998. Since then, the participation of great artists such as Elton John, Youssou N’Dour or Dionne Warwick –only to name a few– have made of Lucca’s one of the most important music festivals of Italy and even of Europe.

This year the concerts will also take place at Piazza Napoleone and the schedule will go as follows:

–          July 2ndEagles

–          July 7th: Evening of guitars featuring Robben Ford and Tedeschi Trucks Band

–          July 10thThe Prodigy

–          July 11thEmma

–          July 15thChic featuring Nile Rodgers

–          July 17thElisa

–          July 18thPanariello

–          July 20thStevie Wonder

–          July 24thBackstreet Boys Enzo Avitabile & Black Tarantella

–          July 26thThe National

In our Tuscan walled city, July is the coolest month of the year. Won’t you be here to enjoy it?

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