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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!

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  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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  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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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.

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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27
May

The hottest international artists visit Tuscany

Every year some of the hottest international artists visit one of Tuscany’s nicest places, the town of Lucca (1h away from Florence by car), to participate in The Lucca Summer Festival, which this years celebrates its 18th edition.

Many pop legends came to Lucca in the past and next July’s appointment is not going to be an exception: Bob DylanBilly Idol, Mark Knopfler and Robbie Williams are only some of the stars who’ll delight with their music both the local and the international audiences.

Are you a music lover? Are you staying at Il Salviatino in July? Then check the dates here! Perhaps you’ll have a reason to visit not only Florence, but also Lucca while enjoying a good gig.

Once more, if you need further information on the festival, you can take a look at its site: Lucca Summer Festival 2015 

Any doubt? Rely on your favorite hotel in FlorenceSalviatino.com 

The Tuscan summer is waiting for you!

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27
Apr

Florence has a green heart

Have you heard about Le Cascine? The truth is that many people haven’t. And it’s somehow fun, because Le Cascine is nothing but one of the largest parks in Europe, as well as one of the most beautiful.

Il Parco delle Cascine began to be built in 1563 under the command of Cosimo I de’ Medici.  Almost five centuries later, its breathtaking English-Style gardens are a delight to the visitors’ eye.

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Source: http://www.teladoiofirenze.it/

You can hire a bike and say goodbye to the stress and worries of today’s lifestyle, always between 9 am and 7 pm. Also, if you haven’t seen the new Opera House, you can kill two birds with one stone: The fancy, modern building was built near the Vittorio Gui garden (named after the founder of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), close to the park’s entrance.

Florence has a green heart that not everybody knows. From Il Salviatino we invite you all to discover it.

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14
Apr

The perfect spa treatments for the spring

The perfect spa treatments for the spring  

Freshness… rebirth… purity… These words can be perfectly related to the spring. But, unlike plants, our bodies don’t magically renew themselves every spring. In fact, the changes in the weather, the stressful lifestyles we live, and many other factors damage them. This is why sometimes we need to give nature a little help.
As a part of the experience of staying at Il Salviatino, the hotel’s spa offers a wide variety of treatments to stimulate body & soul and repair some of the damage that living life at 100kph sometimes requires.. Now that the spring arrived, may we recommend some special treatments that can make you feel as fresh as a flower?

Who said you can’t travel back in time? 
The “Charm” Treatment is a 90 minutes facial massage, focused on the eyes contour and the lips. The process of draining liquids and plumping the expression lines will make you look fresh and youthful on the outside, and totally relaxed on the inside.

Let’s decide together what’s best for you
The 2 hours Personalized Massage is a way for you to make the most of your spa experience. After a short interview with your therapist, you’ll decide together what the best treatment is in order to fulfill your needs and wishes.

For men too!
Men are from Mars and women from Venus? At Il Salviatino’s spa we have some treatments especially for men. We’d highlight the 1 hour Ginger and Lime Body scrub. The volcanic powder and the Ginger & Lime oil, rich with Vitamins C and E, will deeply purify and hydrate your skin and make you feel like James Bond and look lke George Clooney (not guaranteed but you’ll feel great :-D) .

For more information on Il Salviatino’s spa treatments, you can check the menu onlinehttp://salviatino.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SPA_MENU_ONLINE04.pdf?lang=en

Or you can contact us at: info@salviatino.com

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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!

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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

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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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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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