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12
Aug

Flavours and Colours of the Middle Ages in Tuscany Medieval Reenactment

Volterra AD 1398 is a yearly event that transforms the little town of Volterra, in the province of Pisa, in a medieval village for a whole week. This edition will take place on August 16 and 23. During these two days, a medieval town comes back to life with its performances, events, tradesmen, artisans, musicians, jugglers, populace and nobles. A unique occasion to experience, as if by magic, Middle Age times in one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. The activities begin in the morning and go on into the late evening. Included in the program are food stands, palios, medieval dinners, guided visits and their very own archery tournament! Children also have their special area.

Source: http://www.volterra1398.it/

Source: http://www.volterra1398.it/

We are definitely not missing Volterra next week. If you’re planning on going, make sure to check out the program and make your reservations for the activities that require so. Also be aware that you might have to purchase a ticket for some events!

All the information is available here.

After an exhausting medieval day, come back to modern day Tuscany at Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence. To end with a sweet treat, here are some examples of what you’ll find at Volterra AD 1398. Have fun!

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5
Aug

Il Palio di Siena: “Palio is life”

The Sienese have been counting the days for months. The preparations have been going on for a year now, the ten contrade have already been selected for the game and the campo is almost ready. The countdown is nearly over for the most exciting event of the summer in Siena: the August Palio is here.

The Palio brings together ten jockeys from the 17 districts (or contrade) that form Siena, that feud each other in a vertiginous horse race celebrated in the main square of the city: Piazza del Campo. Siena stops its activity a week prior to the main races, which take place on July 2 and August 16, and masses, alliances, and mock races happen in preparation. Fierce rivalries exist between the neighboring districts and all Sienese are united year round by their passion to win the competition. After all, it is considered a high honor to win a Palio, a tradition that has been going on in Siena for more than 800 years.

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Source: thepalio.com

Although its fame comes from the medieval clothing, the bareback riding and the electric atmosphere, there is much more to the Palio than one may think. The Sienese have a saying: “Palio è vita” (“Palio is life”) and they take it very seriously. If you have a hard time imagining what we are talking about, take a look at this trailer and prepare to be amazed:

If you’re staying with us at Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence, you won’t want to miss this year’s Palio. Palio is life and it’s an exciting one!

More information: www.thepalio.com

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30
Jul

3 ‘castelli’ not to miss in Tuscany

Fairytales are probably a childhood memory for most of us. As a child, who didn’t love listening to those thrilling stories of knights and princesses? Who didn’t want to defeat the evil villain, fight the dragon and become king or queen of the kingdom? In Tuscany, we are lucky that the charm of ancient times still lingers around us. So today, grab your helmet, put on your gowns and prepare to relive some of the most exciting tales—we are visiting three castles that you will not want to miss for anything in the world!

1. Castello di Vincigliata (Fiesole) The Vincigliata Castle has had many owners since its construction in the 10th Century, but it was an English lord, Sir John Temple Leader, who restored it in 1840. There is a legend surrounding the castle, that tells the story of Bianca, the most beautiful lady in town, and Costui, her one true love. However, their families were terrible enemies, so they decided to marry in secret. When he rode to the castle, where she lived, his brothers murdered him to prevent the wedding. Bianca died from a broken heart and it is said that her ghost still lives in the castle, protecting impossible loves.

Source: castellidivincigliata.it

Source: castellidivincigliata.it

2. Castello di Verrazzano (Greve in Chianti) Famous for the vineyards that surround it, Castello di Verrazzano is one of the most visited castelli in Tuscany. Built in the 15th Century, the castle was home to the noble Florentine family of Da Verrazzano, from where it inherited its name. The family transformed the castle into a villa, with space for a factory, gardens and the renowned vines that produce Chianti Classico wine. The chapel hosts Ghirlandaio’s Eterno Padre and it is said that traveler Giovanni Da Verrazzano was born here.

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3. Castello di Porciano (Stia) The Porciano Castle has spent much of its lifetime in ruins. First owned by the powerful Counts Guidi in the 11th Century, they abandoned it in 1442 and since then, it has passed from owner to owner. Finally, in 1963, the family of the current owner decided to restore it completely. It is one of the few castles in Tuscany that is still used as a private residence and, fun fact, Dante Alighieri stayed in the castle while on his exile from Florence!

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Source: nuova-era.net

You can also have a fairytale experience while staying with us at Il Salviatino, your favorite hotel in Florence. Il Salviatino is also from the 14th Century and hides lovely details that you’ll surely enjoy.

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24
Jul

Biking through the hills of Fiesole

There are many different ways of discovering Florence. Whether you take a cruise down the Arno river or you decide to take a Segway, you will surely discover something special in each tour. For those who enjoy exercise as much as sightseeing, the bike seems the perfect option to visit every little corner of the city.

There are many routes you can take in Florence and its surroundings and especially in Fiesole, where Il Salviatino is located. The website http://fiesolebike.it is a useful tool to plan your trip and check the routes that adjust to your level of expertise. Here we bring you some of our favorite self-guided tours, so warm up and get ready to bike!

1. Round trip through the hills.This is a circular way that will take you through breathtaking landscapes, while proving your stamina! It is mostly uphill, so Firenze will lay at your feet. Stunning!
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2. Fiesole-Firenze.Our all-time favorite is this one-way trip from Fiesole, through the hills, and to the heart of the city. If you follow instructions correctly, you will end at the Piazza del Duomo and will have the opportunity to bike along the Arno river.
http://www.fiesolebike.it/fiesole-florence-the-greenway/

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Source: fiesolebike.it

3. The Tuscan countryside.For the bravest, this tour will take them to the heart of the hills of Fiesole. Just beware: it will challenge your legs, so you better be ready to pedal! Unpaved paths are frequent, but the beauty of the landscape will surely make up for it.
http://www.fiesolebike.it/fiesole-nature-just-behind-the-door/

After your exercise, you can enjoy a refreshing swim at Il Salviatino pool, your luxury hotel in Florence. You’ll make the most out of your vacation in Italy!

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17
Jul

Music and Cinema at the Estate Fiesolana 2015

Besides being home to Il Salviatino, the Fiesole hills set a stunning location for one of Tuscany’s greatest summer traditions: the Estate Fiesolana. Like every year, the festival is bringing over 30 performances of music, dance, theater and cinema to the Roman Theater. However, the novelty for this 68th edition is the addition of a new stage, the unique Roman Thermal Bath at the Archaeological Site of Fiesole.

Source: estatefiesolana.it

Source: estatefiesolana.it

The festival has been ongoing since June 21st, but there are still many interesting shows that will be playing until the beginning of August. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the Gruppi da Camera dell’Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (Saturday 18th), from the wonderful School of Music of Fiesole. If you’re more into cinema, you will surely enjoy the Maestri del Cinema gala (Sunday 19th), which will include a musical intervention by Claudio Simonetti and the showcase of a restored edition of Profondo Rosso (Dario Argento, 1979). After an homage to Louis Andriessen (Thursday 23rd) and a second performance from the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (Sunday 26th), the Chilean band Inti-Illimani will close the Estate Fiesolana on Monday 3rd.

For more information, visit: http://www.estatefiesolana.it/

After a fun night of music and dancing, we’ll be waiting you at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in the hills of Fiesole!

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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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    Source: Flickr

  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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    Source: Flickr

  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.

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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.

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

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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