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17
Jan

A few advices for some nice shopping in Florence.

Florence is well-known for being one of Italy’s fashion capitals as well as the artisans’ main town. So, if you are the kind of person who likes bringing some souvenirs back home, you will fall in love with Florence. We have selected three specific parts of the city according to what you may be looking for:

-          Piazza Duomo: not far from this point you can find big stores such as Zara or Benetton as well as il Mercato Nuovo, which is perfect for some quick shopping of souvenirs or gifts.

-          Via Tornabuoni: the luxury designers’ street. If you want to take a look at what’s new in Ferragamo, Gucci or Yves Saint Laurent, you know where to head for now.

-          Ponte Vecchio and Oltrarno: in case you are into craftsmanship you just have to cross the bridge to find the handcrafted treasures you’re searching for… or simply to drink something in the beautiful Piazza Santo Spirito.

The majority of stores are closed on Sundays and several of them close their doors during lunch time. The working day ends around 7:30 p.m. We suggest you the mornings or the early evenings for doing some shopping.

As always, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, wishes you a nice stay in our town.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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14
Sep

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out 2012, Florence.

A very special and glamorous night will arrive to the cradle of the Renaissance next 18th of September: Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. A whole evening dedicated to fashion and shopping, with shops open all night long, special events and so much glamour.

On its fourth edition, the VFNO arrives for the first time in Florence loaded with enthusiasm  and good taste. Its focus point will inevitably be in Florence’s fashion triangle: Via Tornabuoni, via della Vigna Nuova e Via degli Strozzi.

However, not everything aims to be glitter and sequins, the VFNO is also social commitment. The money collected during the past editions has served to support urban projects willing to revitalize the host cities. Furthermore, in this year’s edition, the proceeds of sales will go to the earthquake victims of the province of Emilia.

An event willing to make every single one participate and make part of it, not only fashion lovers. With the collaboration of the Comune di Firenze, everyone will get the opportunity to enjoy Florence under a different atmosphere, a magical one. A similar one to the one you may find at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence.

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6
Jul

Shopping in Florence.

Apart from being one of the most romantic cities in Italy, the cradle of the Renaissance and an outstanding scenario for open air festivals, Florence turns out to be one of the main centres for shopping in Italy. Whether you’re looking for traditional products or either stylish Italian fashion, Tuscany’s capital proves itself as a shopper’s paradise.

For those interested in getting soaked in local culture and Italian traditions, Florence offers a wide range of different markets throughout its many squares. The perfect encounter with real life. One of the most popular ones is San Lorenzo’s market which takes over Piazza San Lorenzo, alongside San Lorenzo Church. At this busy street market you can purchase some excellent leather goods, jewellery and clothing. The Mercato Centrale and the Mercato Nuovo make up a good example of beautiful Italian architecture. From the 19h and 14th century respectively, the Mercato Centrale is well known for its food stalls and the Mercato Nuovo for its fantastic and varied leather and straw work.

However, if you’re highly interested in tendencies and the latest Italian fashion, via Tornabuoni will satisfy your wishes. The one location where the more outstanding Italian designers can be found. From Armani to Ferragamo going through Prada are only some of the luxury names you will encounter.

If, on the other hand, you really appreciate artisan work, the Oltrarno quarter, typically known for neighbourhoods like Santo Spirito and San Frediano, is a good example of Florence’s pride in craftsmanship. The “botteghe” (workshops) where craftsmen work make part of the city life. Just to name a couple, in this area you may find: Antico Setificio Fiorentino, famous for its silk production, and Stefano Bemer, expert on hand made men shoes. Both renowned worldwide for their excellence. Also, antiques, furniture or home accessories are  a sum of what Florentine craftsman have to offer. However, we cannot leave behind Ponte Vecchio’s ultra famous jewellery shops, specialists in their delicate gold designs. A glittering spectacle of the most refined jewels.

As can be observed, there’s a Florence for everyone. As there is also a 5 star hotel in Florence willing to welcome each and every single one, Il Salviatino.

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