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5
Aug

Il Palio di Siena: “Palio is life”

The Sienese have been counting the days for months. The preparations have been going on for a year now, the ten contrade have already been selected for the game and the campo is almost ready. The countdown is nearly over for the most exciting event of the summer in Siena: the August Palio is here.

The Palio brings together ten jockeys from the 17 districts (or contrade) that form Siena, that feud each other in a vertiginous horse race celebrated in the main square of the city: Piazza del Campo. Siena stops its activity a week prior to the main races, which take place on July 2 and August 16, and masses, alliances, and mock races happen in preparation. Fierce rivalries exist between the neighboring districts and all Sienese are united year round by their passion to win the competition. After all, it is considered a high honor to win a Palio, a tradition that has been going on in Siena for more than 800 years.

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Source: thepalio.com

Although its fame comes from the medieval clothing, the bareback riding and the electric atmosphere, there is much more to the Palio than one may think. The Sienese have a saying: “Palio è vita” (“Palio is life”) and they take it very seriously. If you have a hard time imagining what we are talking about, take a look at this trailer and prepare to be amazed:

If you’re staying with us at Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence, you won’t want to miss this year’s Palio. Palio is life and it’s an exciting one!

More information: www.thepalio.com

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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.

Source: castellidivincigliata.it

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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1
Jul

Saldi: 3 tips for a successful shopping spree

Whether you are a casual shopper or a real fashion victim, saldi (or sales) are the best occasion to purchase those items you’ve been wanting all year. If you’re lucky to be in Florence this time, you will be delighted at Via Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna Nuova or Via del Parione. But we know that the excitement for these opportunities can sometimes make you take the wrong decisions. That’s why here at Il Salviatino, we bring you the 3 essential tips to have a successful shopping spree.

1. Make a list. Even though that fourth bag seemed like a good idea at the store, at the end of the day you’ll probably regret it. Be a wise shopper and make a list of everything that you want to buy. Sticking to it will keep your budget and your wardrobe space under control!

Source: Bergdorf Goodman

Source: Bergdorf Goodman

2. Plan an itinerary—especially if you are abroad. In Florence, Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova are the streets to go if you’re looking for luxury boutiques. It’s important that you know which shops you want to visit and where they are, so you don’t lose valuable time wandering around!

3. Don’t overthink! In saldi season, there is no time to lose. If you are unsure about how that shirt fits you, you probably won’t find it when you come back for it. Remember to pay close attention: before buying any item, make sure that the shop accepts returns. If it does, keep the receipt! This strategy might save you from a terrible shirt purchase.

After a day of saldi, Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, will receive you with open arms!

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24
Jun

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!

    Source: Flick

    Source: Flickr

  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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    Source: Flickr

  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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    Source: Flickr

  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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18
Jun

Il Calcio Fiorentino: my dirty little secret

Oh darling, you won’t believe what happened to me here in Florence! You know that we’re staying some days here, at the lovely Il Salviatino, making the most of Steve’s holidays. Everything was going fine until last Sunday 14th, when Steve and I were having a nice walk around the city center; we suddenly saw something that took my breath away.

I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing… many sweaty, strong, wild young men beating and kicking each other in the very Piazza Santa Croce! I went pale at the vision, but somehow I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Steve discovered that it was the celebration of something called ‘Il Calcio Fiorentino’, a kind of ancient tradition there in town.

Source: http://www.elauhel.fr/

Source: http://www.elauhel.fr/

The thing is that, I don’t know how, but I ended up by liking it. I even found myself getting excited at the event and shouting at the players and routing for the white team! Well, after that we went back at Il Salviatino and we asked the reception team about the game. We were informed about and… well, we became huge fans.

Do you remember that I told you that we were going to go back to Southampton on June 23rd? Well, darling, don’t be waiting for us that day at the airport. We found out that the final match is going to be held on June 24th and we’re definitely not missing it.

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Source: Flickr.com

I guess that, right now, you must be as shocked as me, after having read this news. I can’t recognize myself, believe me! Anyway, don’t worry darling. After it all ends, I’ll take a nice massage at Il Salviatino’s Spa to recover and find my true self again. But, in the meantime…

Go whites!   

Love,
Joanne

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10
Jun

A wedding… under the Tuscan sun

Getting married is one of the most important steps in anybody’s life. At some point, all of us fantasize about how we’d like our wedding to be…

Some would love to celebrate it in an idyllic island; some dream to have it in a hippy way, and some want their most precious day to take place in Italy for an unique and unforgettable celebration.

From its opening in 2010, more than 30 couples have chosen Il Salviatino as the place to say “Yes, I do”: the Tuscan landscape and the wonderful views of Florence for sure help in making it all an unforgettable experience.

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At Il Salviatino we also cherish the memory of all the couples that decided to choose our property to get engaged – it truly is the Perfect Proposal (http://salviatino.com/packages-offers/the-perfect-proposal/) place –  and of all those who stayed with us on their honeymoon.

If you’re planning your engagement, to get married or an unforgettable honeymoon with the love of your life, do not look any further, just do it at Il Salviatino.

Wish to get more information? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ms. Sara Orselli, Il Salviatino’s Groups & Events coordinator, at sara@salviatino.com.

Share your dreams with us and we’ll help you make them come true

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1
Dec

The 70’s are reviving at Il Salviatino

In 1975 Labelle sang about a lady called Marmalade and three years later The Bee Gees invited us to ‘stay alive’ with their falsetto voices. In 1973 Linda Blair gave us the chills with all the demonic stuff, but after four years we shaked the fear away by dancing to the rhythm of a very young Travolta. Yes, the 70’s were full of great things. How we dressed, how we spoke, how we combed our hair…

This year, to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, we couldn’t fight the temptation to revive those magical years. To reunite its music and its aesthetics to make you all travel through time. The 70’s are alive at Il Salviatino, and so here are our proposals for you:

 – Festive Season Packagehttp://salviatino.com/packages/festive-season-package/?preview=true

 – Christmas Packagehttp://salviatino.com/packages/christmas-package/?preview=true

 – New Year’s Packagehttp://salviatino.com/packages/new-years-package/?preview=true

Pick your bell-bottoms from the back of your closet, put that old Afro wig on your head and groove on with us!

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