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26
Mar

10 things to do in Florence during Easter

Easter is one of those special periods in the year when Florence shines more than ever… This is the cradle of the Renaissance, home of some of the world’s best know art, the Fashionista capital of Itlay – Gucci was born here as was Roberto Cavalli and one of the jewels in the wide repertoire of Italian cuisine.  Here a few insider tips from our knowledgeable Ambassadors at Il Salviatino

  1. Visit il Mercato Centrale, at the Piazza del Mercato, a foodie heaven.
  2. Take a private guide to the Vasari Corridor, the secret Medici escape route from the City and the place where all of the art not on display in the Uffizi is kept
  3. Give yourself some retail therapy around the Via de’ Tornabuoni, Via Roma, Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica
  4. Take a dip in Il Salviatino’s heated pool, opening on April 1st!
  5. If you’re Latte’d out have a proper cup of tea at La Via del Te at the Piazza Ghiberti 22/23
  6. Enjoy a gelato (or two!) in Gelateria de’ Neri, at Via del Neri 22r, near il Palazzo Vecchio.
  7. Lose yourself in the Boboli Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace and imagine that you have stepped back to renaissance Florence for a while
  8. If you’re not eating meat on Good Friday then make up for it on Easter Saturday with the famous  : La Bistecca Fiorentina on our terrace restaurant – but expect to have approx. 1kg between two (bone in)
  9. Watch the traditional Explosion of the Cart on Easter Sunday April 5th in Piazza del Duomo
  10. Watch the sun rise from the side of Fiesole’s hill, at Il Salviatino

As always, Il Salviatino wishes you a lovely stay!

Source: nydailynews.com

Source: nydailynews.com

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17
Mar

Expo 2015: A chance to visit Florence and Verona too

Since its first edition in 1851, the Universal Exposition has been a medium to show how far mankind has come. Now it is the turn of Milan to be the host of such an important international event. Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life is the theme that Italy has chosen for this upcoming edition. Therefore, from May 1st to October 31st a worldwide reflection on the links between nutrition, technology and the environment will take place in our minds.

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Italy is, in fact, a perfect place to start this reflection, having in mind its rich and varied gastronomic tradition. During these 6 months it is expected that 20 million visitors will come to Italy, so we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you all, who may take a tour around the main Italian cities, to include Florence and Verona in your schedules, two modern cities, yet full of history, culture and tradition.

One was the birthplace of geniuses like Michelangelo and Dante Alighieri; the other was the set of 3 plays by William Shakespeare, including the celebrated Romeo and Juliet. Il Salviatino, at the side of Fiesole’s hill, in Florence, and its sister property, Palazzo Victoria, in Verona, invite you to have a taste of Tuscany and Veneto, as part of your exploration of Italian food culture.

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Above: Il Salviatino’s façade. Below: One of Palazzo Victoria’s suites.

 

If you want more information about the cities or the hotels, do not doubt having a virtual visit to them on their websites…

Il Salviatino: http://salviatino.com/

Palazzo Victoria: http://palazzovictoria.com/

We hope to see you soon, being a part of Italy during this amazing experience.

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26
Feb

A quick guide to Florence’s best cafés

Are you in Florence? Don’t you know where to go to have a fine snack or a tasty drink? Don’t worry, we have some proposals for you:

La Via del Tè

In 1961 Mr. Alfredo Carrai founded La Via del Tè. What was his purpose? To introduce the culture of tea in Italy. More than 50 years later, La Via del Tè becomes a synonym of the highest quality. A place to try out new tastes and sensations. All the tea-lovers can find three of their stores and cafés in Florence

- At la Piazza Ghiberti, 22/23r

 – At Via della Condotta, 26/28r

– At il Palazzo Frescobaldi (Via di S. Spirito, 11)

For more informationhttp://www.laviadelte.com/index.asp

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Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro is not just a café. It’s an invitation to travel the world without moving your feet; without even standing up of your seat. A single sip is enough to excite your imagination and delight your senses. Are you passionate about coffee? Are you wishing to know a true Italian-style café? You can find Chiaroscuro at:

- Via del Corso, 36R

For more informationhttp://www.chiaroscurofirenze.it/index_en.php

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro. Source: www.2spaghi.it

 Colle Bereto

Elegant, fresh and cool. These are the three words to define Colle Bereto. Do you know that having your Aperitivo at Colle Bereto is a true event? The fanciest cocktails and the best atmosphere is waiting for you at la Piazza Strozzi, 5R.

For more informationhttp://www.cafecollebereto.com/american_bar_in.html

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Colle Bereto. Source: gadamseye.blogspot.com

 Caffetteria delle Oblate

What about having a piece of chocolate cake or a beer with a view to the Duomo? Located in the very center of Florence, at Oblate you won’t only find the best for your palate…  but also the best for the eye!

- At Via dell’Oriuolo, 26 

For more informationhttp://www.lospaziochesperavi.it/caffetteriadelleoblate/index.php?file=engpage

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Caffetteria delle Oblate. Source: www.travelweare.com

 

Of course, if you’re staying at Il Salviatino and you don’t feel like going out, you can find everything you need (and more) without leaving the villa

Have a lovely stay in Florence! 

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17
Feb

The first flowers of the year… in Florence

The arrival of the spring is always remarkable. After the snow melts, the first flowers will blossom and the light will be different. In a Renaissance city surrounded by wide valleys and hills, this process happens even in a more beautiful fashion. A delight for the eyes of the ones who can see it.

From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we want you to be part of this magical experience of rebirth…

…having a drink in a terrace under the Florentine golden dusk

…receiving a massage in our Spa and feeling renewed

…watching from the side of Fiesole’s hill the first lights of morning get to Florence

…and to have that thrill in your heart; a sensation that everything is possible

Because everything is possible!

See you on March!

For more information of our Spring Offer: http://salviatino.com/offers/spring-offer/ 

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5
Nov

The best 4 street markets in Florence

We have already told you about the ‘new’ Mercato Centrale and all its wonderful features. What we haven’t told you yet is that Florence’s streets has much more to offer when it comes to markets. One of the most agreeable things to do in Florence is to take a walk around town and explore these extraordinary street markets. Now we are going to recommend you Four of the best in which you can find everything you need and more. Warning: Don’t let your head go with the shopping!

Il Mercato di San Lorenzo: Perhaps the most important in town. Close to La Basilica di San Lorenzo, in the heart of the city, it is an endless source of souvenirs! Opening from Tuesday to Saturday

Il Mercatino Antiquario: Located at the beautiful Fortezza Da Basso and opening each third weekend of the month, it is one of the jewels of Florence. Just having a walk to see all the nice period objects is worth it… and do not forget to have a panino al lampredotto!  

Sant’Ambrogio: When hunger appears, we cannot avoid it! Especially when we have been walking a lot and we need to recharge the batteries. Il Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, located between Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, offers the highest quality food and includes its own restaurant

Mercato Delle Cascine
: Every Tuesday morning, at il Parco delle Cascine, you can find everything in it, from the finest cheese to the most elegant antiques. A true must!

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Come and see them for  yourself!

Also, at Il Salviatino, we offer you the possibility to discover all the hidden treasures of Florence’ streets by means of our ‘Florentine food for thought’ package: http://salviatino.com/packages-offers/florentine-food-for-thoughts

Source: http://www.controradio.it/

Source: http://www.controradio.it/

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16
Oct

Cool T: Settimana della Cultura in Toscana

From October 9th to 19th the first edition of Cool T (La Settimana della Cultura in Toscana – Tuscany Culture Week) is taking place in our region. It is an opportunity to show the world the huge Tuscan cultural legacy, continuously growing as part of our lifestyle.
As the capital, Florence is being highly active these days. In fact, il Palazzo Strozzi has several things to offer during this special week

– Within the Cool T offer, there will be free guided visits to the exhibition Picasso e la modernità spagnola today, on Saturday and on Sunday, as well as a family activity in relation to it on Saturday morning. Besides, on Thursday evening, the special facilities for il Cortile di Palazzo Strozzi will be launched under the name of “A chi non piace guardare il cielo”? (Who does not like looking at the sky?)

Palazzo Strozzi Contemporaneo: there will be another special launching today. We are talking about the new contemporary art program, Palazzo Strozzi Contemporaneo. Until January 25th next year four events will be shown involving artists such as Franco Menicagli, the Kinkaleri group, the Bianco-Valente duo and the CHERYL collective from New York

The magic of Tuscany is not only based on its dreamy landscapes and its gastronomic tradition. From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we invite you to visit us and get immersed in our world of art, creativity and innovation

For more information you can visit: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/index.jsp?idProgetto=2&idLinguaSito=2

And if you are looking to stay in Florence: http://salviatino.com/?lang=en

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22
Sep

Baccus and the birds: wine festivals in Tuscany

According to the myth, when Baccus taught the wine-making process to the men, he told them that, if they drank a little, they would be as happy as birds; in case they drank more, they would start being problematic as lions. And finally, if they drank too much, they would be as silly as a donkey.

From Tuscany, we invite you to follow Baccus’ advice and be happy ‘as a bird’ with the several wine festivals taking place these days in our beautiful region.

20th to 21st and 27th to 28th: ‘Festa dell’uva’ in Grosseto Scansano

25th to 27th: ‘Festa dell’uva’ in the island of Giglio

Until the 30th: ‘The house of Chianti classico’ in Siena

27th to 28th: ‘Bacco Artigiano’ in Rufina

Until October: ‘Giorni del vino’ in Terre di Arezzo

Healthy and delicious, you can always find the perfect moment for a cup of wine. From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we invite you to find yours in Tuscany.

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25
Aug

3 exhibitions to see this August in Florence

Among other characteristics, Florence is a place full of art, avant-garde and culture. Only by walking on its streets you can see all the beautiful legacy it owns.

We are now going to invite you to use this amazing cultural scene to hide from the summer heat by visiting three exhibitions currently open in Florence:

  • - Art and Politics (until the 2nd of November at the Museum of Medici Chapels): expand your horizons by finding the incredible links between power and beauty.
  • - Viaggio in Oriente (until the 5th of October at il Museo di Casa Martelli): discover other landscapes and perspectives without even leaving the town.
  • - Donne protagoniste nel Novecento (until the 13th of November at la Galleria del Costume): learn more about the women who ruled the fashion sphere during the 20th century.

We highly recommend you to enjoy these refreshing cultural dates. From Il Salviatino, we wish you’re having the summer of your life.

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Art and Politics. Source: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it

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20
Aug

Where to find the best ‘gelato’ in Florence

One of the best things of the summer is that you can enjoy a creamy, tasty and always refreshing ice cream and feel like a kid again.

Italy is well-known for being the most delicious ice creams’ place in the world.

In case you’re coming to Florence this summer, sooner or later you’ll wonder “Where can I find a good gelato?”. Following, you’ll find some suggestions:

If you’re near Santa Croce, you can visit Vivoli, in Via Isole delle Stinche 7r, most of all if you like the fruit tastes.

When you’re going by Il Palazzo Vecchio, Gelateria de’Neri, Via dei Neri 22r, won’t let you down.

If you’re in the Oltrarno area, you can go to Gelateria La Carraia (Piazza Sauro Nazario, 25r – Ponte alla Carraia) or Gelateria Della Passera (Via Toscanella 15r) and start enjoying.

Close to the Duomo (Via del Campanile corner with Via delle Oche) you can find the excellent Italian worldwide chain Grom. On the other side, Gelateria de’ Medici, at Via dello Statuto 3/5, is not in the center of Florence, but it’s one of the best gelaterias in the city.

In Florence there is also an ice cream shop that has been recently elected as one the best 20 ones in the world: Carapina, at Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan 2/r.

And of course, at Il Salviatino, you can have the best ice cream with the best views of Florence at the same time, from the top of Fiesole’s hill.

There’s still a lot summer ahead. Let’s have fun! Let’s enjoy Florence.

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Gelateria Della Passera. Source: http://gelaterialapassera.wordpress.com/un-buon-gelato-si-scioglie/dsc07049/

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5
Aug

Food festivals: using the palate to discover Tuscany

There are so many ways to discover Tuscany: with the eyes, with the soul, with the body… but today we’d love to tell you how to combine all these ways together by means of the palate. Not only you will fall in love with everything worth seeing here; you will also fall in love with the rich Tuscan gastronomic offer.

This summer there will be several food festivals (sagre, in Italian), both in and out of the Florentine area, and we have picked the next 4 of the original ‘Top 10’ made by magazine, The Florentine. Are you coming to Florence these days? Well, choose the most appealing sagra for you, and just dedicate yourself to enjoy.

–          2nd – 17th August: Sagra del Panigaccio, Podenzana, Massa Carrara.

What about having some typical Lunigiana-area bread with olive oil, cheese, cured meats and mushrooms?

–          Until 17th August: Festa del Mugello, ObiHall, Lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence.

A summer BBQ at the ObiHall; every day at 7pm.

–          12th – 21st August: Sagra della Ficamaschia, Porto Ercole.

The home of the ‘oily fish’. Aren’t you curious about it?

–          23rd – 31st August: Sagra del Cinghiale, Foro Boario, Borgo San Lorenzo.

Do you like meat? This is your place

From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we can only say Buon Appetito!

For more information: http://www.theflorentine.net/articles/article-view.asp?issuetocId=9469&browse-by=Travel-Leisure&level=Tuscany-Beyond

 

Source: www.gopurple.it

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