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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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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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You will love Mondays at Il Salviatino

Mondays are normally the most unloved days of the week. The weekend has come to an end and you have to get up early, go to work and start over again. But, from Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we propose you to see this day in a completely different way. Why would you do that? Because Il Salviatino loves Mondays and provides you 50 reasons to like them too!

Let us explain this point: if you are planning to stay 3 nights with us, and one of these nights is a Monday’s, then you will have a 50 percent discount that day. Does it sound good enough? Wake up in one of our comfortable beds, enjoying the stunning views from our location and not feeling sad for the finished weekend, but celebrating the beginning of a new week at Florence! What are you waiting for?

If you want more information about the offer, do not doubt visiting this website:

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Il Salviatino: a reference for Tuscan Gastronomy

The wonderful views make even the toughest ones go with the romanticism in Tuscany. But also its gastronomy is a good reason to fall in love with this remarkable Italian region. We all know Olive Oil proprieties for both healthy and exquisite palates and if one pours some of it on Tuscan Bread, the combination will be a total success. When you visit Florence, you can delight yourself with the ‘Bistecca a la Fiorentina’ (Florentine steak) along with a good wine. But most of all, there is a place where you can find the best dishes and even learn to cook them too! You must be wondering: “what place is that?” Doubtlessly the name of that cuisine paradise is: Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence.

Carmine Calò, the Michelin starred chef of Il Salviatino, gives all his best in order to create not the most amazing plates, but a whole culinary experience. The creativity of his, based on the philosophy “ingredients and imagination”, influence Mr. Caló’s will to experiment with tastes, but never forgetting the roots of Tuscan style. Sounds thought provoking huh? Well, if you like this and want to try it, don’t think it twice. At Il Salviatino we will be thrilled to have you!

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Florence through fiction

Fiction reflects reality in a way we could see things we normally wouldn’t be able to. The stories that take place in Florence or just represent the city give us a different vision of it and all its unnoticed magic and beauty. For that reason, from Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we encourage you to discover some of those stories and the authors that made them possible.

As a matter of fact, Tuscany’s been the cradle of many artists and writers. People like Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio were born here, and their masterpieces, Divina Commedia and Il Decameron, were made timeless so that they can touch and excite us forever. In addition, books like Under the Tuscan sun are a wonderful invitation for the readers to know a region in which you could even start over.

But when it comes to Florence, there are also some remarkable movies that let us know its citizens, monuments and streets full of life. It’s the case, for example, of Tea with Mussolini, which included an incredible cast and told us a curious story. So if you’re looking for something to do, bet on these works and make room for Florence’s attractive among your dreams.

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Santacroce sull’Arno celebrates its 20th edition of the Amaretto Santacrocese festival

The Amaretto Santacrocese is one of the most popular Christmas sweet gifts in Italy. This delicious festive dessert has as its main ingredient one of the most famous winter nuts, the almonds. Blended with lemon peel, eggs and vaporized sugar, the result is a perfect sweet for the coldest season of the year. Some receipts adds some liqueur and vanilla, but the original ones stay in its humble roots.

Like each year, the Tuscan village of Santacroce sull’Arno commemorates the festivity of Immaculate Conception. This year it will be the 20th festival and it will take place from 8th to 12th of December. It is a perfect opportunity to discover this beautiful and charming Tuscan village located less than 50km from the city of Florence and attend the annual competition of Amaretto santacrocese.

Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, invites you to discover the Christmas Tuscan traditions and taste this delicious XIX century festive dessert.

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Discover a different city: Florence in August

August: holidays, good weather, travelling, no stress, no work and…Florence! Don’t let yourself down if you encounter notices like  “chiuso per ferie” (closed for holidays) and enjoy a different Florence in August, one you will not find any different time of the year.

In Italy, August is the key month to go on for a holiday, which means that many Florentines rush off to the beach and mountain leaving their city and transforming it into a peaceful oasis. Even though it’s hard to witness a decline of tourists in Florence any time of the year, the city exudes a more tranquil and calm atmosphere in general.

With the upcoming of the summer, Tuscany’s capital makes the most of its Mediterranean good climate and sets up a series of different outdoor events to enrich your visit such as concerts, exhibitions and wine tastings. Natural open air spaces turn into stages, scenarios for social encounters, refreshing settings and offer a series of activities only possible under good weather.

Overview of Florence from Il Salviatino.

Overview of Florence from Il Salviatino.

Important buildings and monuments stretch out their schedules up until summer midnight. This is the case for example of beautiful and enigmatic Palazzo Vecchio that, together with its Torre d’Arnolfo stands majestically in Piazza della Signoria. If the day is hot, no alarm. Florence offers a range of different green areas such as lovely parks and gardens that will enable you to enjoy a refreshing promenade amongst Tuscan flora.

Needles to say is that Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, will be waiting for you in August with cool pools, tasteful aperitivi, inviting terraces with breathtaking panoramas, and much more.

Come and discover with us a different Florence in August!

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Il Giardino del buon vino.

In the context of the Estate Fiorentina 2012 (Summer Florence 2012) arises a wonderful project which tries to make the best of pleasures like outdoor activities under good weather and wining and dining. The result: the Giardino del Buon Vino or, what is the same, the Garden of Good Wine. A scenario willing to deepen and divulge the culture of the wine activity, projecting it as the result of human wit and of our capacity of interacting with the environment and its natural resources.

A welcoming place where one can attend photographic exhibitions focused on the techniques used in the wine production, on its history and that of the main Tuscan wine enterprises.  To enrich the experience, one will have the opportunity to attend weekly encounters with winemakers that will happily illustrate the characteristics of their wine, the peculiarities of their production area and the cultivation techniques.


However, not everything starts and ends up only with wine. Suggestive Piazza Demidoff will host many other different small events such as concerts, shows, editorial presentations and poetry reading, etc. An excellent opportunity to enjoy wining along with many other activities in a superb natural environment that, combined with a stay at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, will make your summer days in Tuscany unique and worth remembering.

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Wednesdays with the Nobile Wine of Montepulciano.

Wining has turned out to be one of Tuscany’s most attractive activities together with art and culture. With the upcoming good weather, the possibilities to enjoy the pleasure of wine tasting in Tuscany expand and we are faced with the perfect plan. For this reason, Tuscany lovers who are also wine lovers, Wednesday is your lucky day. And why is that? Well, because charming Tuscan town Montepulciano has organized an attractive weekly experience by the hand of its most famous local product: the Nobile Wine of Montepulciano.

Every Wednesday up to the end of July, in the prestigious cornice of the Enoteca del Consorzio del Vino Nobile, all wine lovers will have the opportunity to discover history, productive philosophy and characteristics of Montepulciano’s wine. The ideal moment for an encounter between producers and consumers. For next Wednesday 25th of July: wine tastings of Nobile di Montepulciano by MonteMercurio and Tanagatta together with ribollita and extra virgin olive oil. Absolutely tempting!

View of Montepulciano.

View of Montepulciano.

The wining and dining experience in a unique scenario: a medieval and Renaissance hill town at 605m in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. Famous for its 14th century city  walls, its 1.5km main street, its beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta or its elegant Palazzo Comunale based on Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.  These are only a few of the things that hide behind  Wednesdays with the Nobile of Montepulciano: one of the best wines of Italy, local delicacies, medieval beauty and exceptional company.

A great Wednesday that could be magically fulfilled by a matchless stay at Il Salviatino, the best 5 star hotel in Florence. Are you ready?

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Mercantia in Certaldo.

Tuscany will never stop surprising us. No matter where you go, every Tuscan town offers infinite possibilities for us to enjoy. This time, Certaldo’s city hall is preparing the 25th edition of Mercantia, an Italian live show festival with over 100 different events each evening that will be taking place from the 11th to the 15th of July.

Any kind of show that can come to mind is possible in Mercantia: prose, dance, circus, mime, street band, one man show…they magically spring up in Certaldo’s medieval squares, cloisters and parks. A fabulous way to bring together medieval traditions with modern and contemporary ways of expression. The perfect occasion for past and present to fuse in harmony.In this year’s edition, the theme is the fifth element or the collective game. Yes, you have heard well. To the fourth basic elements that make up our universe (earth, fire, water and air) this festival introduces a fifth one without which man would not survive: the game or the collective game. In words of  the artistic director, Alessandro Gigli, “man cannot live without playing.” Thus, we’re all invited to participate and play in this peculiar spectacle.

A festival that revolves around four main key areas: theatre, craftsmanship, contemporary art and the singularity of Certaldo’s medieval borough. Always willing to convert each and every single one of us into main characters, leading us into participating and making part of an enriching collective experience.

Throughout playing, Mercantia is looking forward to draw a smile on our faces, to make us feel part of a great community willing to give our worries a break and simply enjoy Tuscany. A similar objective to that of the best luxury hotel in Florence, Il Salviatino, which aims to make your stay in Tuscany unforgettable at every single level.

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