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The Carriage museum, the hidden jewel in the Pitti Palace

If you are visiting Florence this winter you’ll find art in every corner of the city. To prove this key principle we are bringing you today a great example of the aristocratic Firenze society represented in the Carriage museum, housed in the different rooms of the Pitti Palace.

Fine examples of five different carriages used by the Lorraine and Savoy court during the XVIII and XIX century is what you will find when visiting the Carriage Museum.

Ferdinando III of Lorraine's carriage. Source:

Ferdinando III of Lorraine’s carriage. Source:

The oldest carriage that can be seen in the museum is a coupé used for drives in the city, with a luxurious decoration. Its original owner is unknown but taking into account the quality of the carriage manufacture it is supposed the owner was a noble and a refined gentlemen.

But the museum’s most important piece is the silver carriage, whose decoration seems to be taken out of a fairytale. During the first years of the XIX century, the silver carriage belonged to the king of Naples, Ferdinand II di Borbone, and was later brought to Florence by the Savoys, who addressed this new acquisition to their own collection.

If you are interested in finding more about this enchanting museum, come to Florence and don’t forget to book a room at Il Salviatino which has a cradle of history in its own.


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Firenze: Past and present of a fashionista

February 1951

Giovanni Battista Giorgini, a businessman, had a goal to reach: To make of Italy the World’s meeting point for designers. He organized a fashion show in Florence, which became the first event of its kind in Italy, as well as a true success. As a matter of fact, Florence became Italy’s capital of fashion, with lots of fans including some Hollywood stars, such as Audrey Hepburn.


January 2015

64 years later, Florence is still a fashionista. The 87th Edition of Pitti Uomo and the 15th Edition of Pitti W, which just took place in the Fortezza da Basso space, have been the first events within the Pitti Immagine’s celebration of worldwide fashion, design, trends and brands. They will be followed by the 80th Edition of Pitti Bimbo, from the 22nd to the 24th, aimed at children’s clothing, and by the 76th Edition of Pitti Filati, which reunites the best from the knitting yarn industry. These last two will also take place at la Fortezza da Basso.


And by the way, if you’re keen on fashion, you cannot miss the chance to visit La Galleria del Costume, the only national museum in Italy, dedicated to fashion and its history. You can find it inside la Palazzina della Meridiana, attached to il Palazzo Pitti. At present, they are paying a tribute to the Academy Award winner fashion designer, Piero Tosi.


Trendy, chic and avant-garde. That’s how Florence is like. But it is always best if you come and check it for yourself!

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The legend of Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens are located behind the Pitti Palace, the famous residence of the Medici family.

This mix of nature and art was commissioned by Cosimo I di Medici, Duke of Florence between 1537 and 1574, and the one who set up the well-known Uffizi Gallery.

The Boboli gardens are his present for the beautiful wife, mother of his eleven children. Despite the famed roughness of Cosimo, he really loved his wife naming her the first modern “First Lady”, who even took charge of the city of Florence while Cosimo’s absence.


From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we recommend you to visit the Boboli Gardens, a romantic corner of nature in the middle of the city. You will sure fall in love with them.

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Gallery of Modern Art of Florence

At the Palazzo Pitti you can find the Gallery of Modern Art, with 2000 exhibits displayed along more than 30 rooms of the palazzo’s second floor. These rooms were formerly inhabited by the Lorraine grand-dukes and have been restored in line with the original decoration, so the upholstering and furniture creates the perfect atmosphere for the artworks, many of which belong to the same period. The origin of the collection comes from the Florentine academy in 1748, it was created with the intention of holding the price-winners in the academy’s competition but in the 1922 the paintings were moved to the Palazzo Pitti and it became a national museum.

Tramonto sul mare (Sunset on the Sea), by Giovanni Fattori.

Tramonto sul mare (Sunset on the Sea), by Giovanni Fattori.

From Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we recommend you to visit the Gallery of Modern Art, a delightful museum that shows that Florence is not only the cradle of the Renaissance, but patron of arts from any time.

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The Vasari Corridor, a magical tour of Florence

One of the great architectural gems with a history full of curiosities and anecdotes in the city of Florence is, without a doubt, the Vasari Corridor. Built in just five months by the architect Giorgio Vasari,  the Vasari Corridor is an elevated and enclosed passageway almost a thousand meters in length  and crosses the main points of the city.

Cosimo I de Medici  ordered to build this endless hallway to link Palazzo Pitti, the official residence of the Medici, with the Florentine nobility’s government headquarters, the Palazzo Vecchio. This decision was triggered  by the Grand Duke’s to avoid unending and tiresome  trips through the streets of the city. Moreover, these long walks through the city had to be done with guards and escorts to prevent possible attacks.

The corridor passes through the Ponte Vecchio

The corridor passes through the Ponte Vecchio

That is why the corridor passes through one of the most emblematic sites of the city, the Ponte Vecchio. It is one of the most visited places because of the stunning view over the River Arno.  According to legend, the Florentine Duke ordered the demolition of butcher shops that were housed in this part of the walkway because of foul odor and so today one can still see the goldsmiths and jewelers which took their place back then.

The Vasari Corridor was also a stopping point for soldiers and combatants during the Second World War, and crosses one of the most interesting places to visit in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery. It is considered one of the most important museums in the world and it is home to works of art, such as Rubens, Bernini and Delacroix self-portraits that could be the cause of Stendhal syndrome.

In short, the Vasari Corridor is one of those places with real magic in the beautiful Florence. Il Salviatino, your 5 star hotel in Florence, invites you to enjoy the city and feel the authenticity of places like the Vasari Corridor.

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