Posts Tagged ‘Tuscany’

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28
Feb

Remembering a Tuscan-born genius on his 450th anniversary: Galileo.

Several special activities involving Science are taking place in Florence until the 20th March in order to celebrate Galileo’s 450th anniversary. The Natural History Museum, Il Museo Galileo and The Garden of Archimedes – A museum for Mathematics are only some of the several institutions that contributed to organize these events. At Buon Cumpleanno Galileo (in Italian) you can find the complete schedule and decide which activity you would like the most. But, first, we should pay a little tribute to the man for whom all this is going on: Galileo Galilei.   

The son of a quite open-minded musician, Vincenzo Galilei, Galileo was born in Pisa the 15th February 1564. A very talented young man, he started studying medicine at the age of 17, although he would later change the study of the human body for the study of numbers. He obtained a prestigious job as a Mathematics professor and by 1610 he had already invented some revolutionary astronomical instrument as he started working for the Tuscan Duke. However, his relationship with the Vatican began to be tense; a situation that worsened when he defended the heliocentric system. These ideas along with his collisions with the Inquisition condemned him to a house arrest in Florence until his death in 1642.

From, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we invite you to enjoy this tribute to a man who was beyond his own time; a man whose ideas helped building the world we know today.  

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14
Feb

Guided visits to il Corridoio Vasariano, Florence’s secret jewel.

The most special things in life are not always the most accessible ones. They are normally kept as some sort of secret jewels, only hardly ever visible to the world. This is somehow what happens with the Vasari Corridor, which is open to the public until the 30th of April.

The Grand Duke, Cosimo I de’Medici, ordered the construction of the corridor back in 1565 and it was designed by the great architect, Giorgio Vasari. The Duke wanted it to be a free walkway for him between il Palazzo Vecchio, the Government location, and il Palazzo Pitti, his residence.

Today, the Uffizi’s part of the corridor is also used as an Art Gallery, including the famous collection of self-portraits.

You can’t lose this opportunity to discover Florence’s secret jewel. For more information on how to organize your private or group visit to the Vasari corridor, do not hesitate to contact our Service Ambassadors at info@salviatino.com.

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29
Jan

Are you planning to marry your darling this year? Do it at Il Salviatino!

Our weddings are something we all think about more than once in our lives. We fantasize about the person we will marry, how the ceremony will be and, most of all, where we would like to celebrate it. Some people like doing it at a beach, some others in the countryside. However, what about marrying your darling at a hotel? What about doing it at Il Salviatino? We have had the privilege to witness some weddings at our villa; former guests who happily came here to put the rings on each other’s fingers. Even some of our visitors arrived here to spend their honeymoon at the top of Fiesole’s hill. Reckoning these past experiences, Il Salviatino has launched for another year its Perfect Proposal Package, which includes:

  • Two nights’ accommodation in a room of your choice.
  • Daily full à la carte breakfast.
  • One complimentary night in the occasion of your first wedding anniversary (on request, upon availability)
  • A one-hour couple massage during the stay
  • Romantic candlelight dinner at our restaurant (3 courses, drinks not included)
  • A three-hour tour with a personal shopper, to escort you to the best jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio and Via Tornabuoni or for some original fashion findings

(The back-up plan: Open-bar all night if the proposal is rejected!)

Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, always embraces love in all its ways. Now we invite you to celebrate the joy of yours with us!

For more information of the package: http://www.averyspecialholiday.com/packages/perfect-proposal/?lang=en

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21
Nov

A taste of Lebanese gastronomy at Il Salviatino

Il Salviatino’s Chef, Carmine Calò, is always thinking about new ways to make our guests happy by using his culinary expertise. Hence, with regards to some national festivities in different parts of the world, our Chef has designed some geographic-themed Apericenas, so that the visitors can taste the specialties of the countries we pay tribute to. Now the time has come for Lebanon, a mix between the arabic tradition and the Western influence. Bathed in the Mediterranean Sea, the country possesses a rich cultural legacy due to all the people who inhabited the land in the past. A quite intense history that also lives in its gastronomic variety.

Tomorrow, Friday 22nd of November from 7.30 p.m. our guests will have the chance to savor some typical Lebanese dishes such as BabaganoushHummusTabulehFattoushFalafelManzo KoktasManaish Zaatar with spicesManaish Zaatar with meatLebanese style rice and the Chicken Shish Kebab. The tasting is priced at € 35 per person including selected beverages.

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7
Nov

Taste of Tuscany: nourish your soul, delight your palate.

When you travel to Tuscany for the first time, the views are the first thing you fall in love with. These colorful landscapes that seem to be an artist’s creation hit your eyes and leave you speechless. Afterwards, you get to know some cities, like Florence, and you fall in love again. But when it comes to eating, you realize a long-lasting love for the region has emerged inside of you.

Since love, like flowers, needs to be cultivated every day, Il Salviatino’s team has a proposal for you.

‘Taste of Tuscany’ gives you the opportunity to enjoy the culinary pleasures of our well-known region as well as the relaxing experience of staying at Il Salviatino.

The package includes a two nights stay in one deluxe room, a day of foraging for truffles, one hour treatments per person at Il Salviatino’s SPA and a three courses dinner at Il Salviatino’s Restaurant. Virtuoso amenities are included.

The offer is available until 30th November and is priced from € 1220,00 two nights, for two people.

You are still on time to revive your love for Tuscany… or to start loving it now!

For more information: http://www.averyspecialholiday.com/packages/taste-of-tuscany/?lang=en

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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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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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11
Jul

The Story of how Mr. S. knew that volcanic powder could be good for his skin at Il Salviatino’s SPA.

My name is Mr. S., I have recently turned 50 and – logically, I suppose – I am no longer the tough and unbeatable I used to be. The business sphere is still a quite exciting thing, but it also can burn the hardest one. Too much stress, as you should know. Besides, where I live what I see most of the time is gray skies behind enormous skyscrapers… and that does not help at all.

One week ago my wife told me she was about to give me a different kind of gift. She spoke about an ‘other-wordly’ place called Il Salviatino, a luxury hotel in Florence, of which its SPA was what I was in need of.

-          Baby, this summer they have three special treatments for men. The Ginger&Lime Body Scrub, which uses a volcanic powder rich in minerals to smooth the skin and some Ginger&Lime oil enriched with vitamin E for a perfect moisturizing, only for 130 euros.

-          But, love, you know that…

-          I am not done yet. There is also the Tuscan Oak Body Mask which mixes the Tuscan Oak miraculous ingredients with a soft hyaluronic acid cream for an intense nutrient and toning action! And again only for 130 euros!

-          Yes, but…

-          Shut up! The Facial Balancing Treatment created by the very Dr. Vranjes smoothes and purifies the face thanks to the hyaluronic acid mixed with Vitamin C. It costs 140 euros. But the best thing is that until September 30th from 12.00 to 15.00 they apply 30% discount on each treatment! It is absolutely incredible!

I watched her, admiring how excited she looked by only telling me all that. Her eyes were shining in a special way. She opened her mouth again and said:

-          Our 25th anniversary is in August, but since you are going through a lot of stress right now, I have decided to give you one week in my dreamed paradise. So, baby, pack your things because you are heading to Florence!

Now, I cannot believe this ends tomorrow. Finally I tried the Ginger&Lime Body Scrub and I never thought that volcanic powder and some fruity oil could be that good for me. My beautiful wife gave me the best gift I could imagine. I feel, highly relaxed as I am now, that I am even a little bit more in love with her!

It is sad that I am almost leaving, but I am sure I will be back with my wife and I recommend this stay to everybody who wants to feel heaven for some days (especially being at its SPA).

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14
Jun

Are you ready for the Calcio Storico?

Whether you like it or not; whether you play it or not, soccer is the most popular sport of the contemporary world. But soccer is not a recent phenomenon. Is has a long history behind itself and Florence has a lot to do with it. The ‘Calcio’ was born during the XVIth century in Florence, where the men used to practice it every day. It was not like the current sport, being more numerous and more violent. Decades later it landed on England and its name changed to Foot-Ball. 

Nevertheless, during the XXth century the tradition came back to life as the ‘Calcio Storico Fiorentino’. It consists of the confrontation of two teams of 27 players each that fight for victory in a 50 minutes match. There are four teams, representing four zones of the city: The Azzurri of Santa Croce, the Rossi of Santa Maria Novella, the Bianchi of Santo Spirito and the Verdi of San Giovanni. This year, as usual, the game will be played again, so if you are in Florence now and if you are into sports, you know what to do in town!

On 15th June, Saturday, the Rossi will face the Bianchi and the next day will be the turn of the Verdi and the Azzurri. Finally, the two winning teams will play the finale on 24th June, Monday. So, if the Calcio tempts you and you decide to see the games, you are welcome. Of course, Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, will be excited to have you.

For more information, you can visit the game’s Website: Calcio Storico Fiorentino. 

 

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