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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.

Gelateria Della Passera

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

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25
Jul

A plan for a summer day in Florence

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This summer there are many activities in town with which you can cool yourself off. Right below, we propose you a possible way to spend a delightful day in Florence, successfully surviving this hot season. Ready? Here it comes:

 - Morning: you wake up from a restful sleep in one of Il Salviatino’s suites to have an uplifting breakfast. Later, when you’re ready, you take the Free Shuttle service to Florence’s city centre .

 - Noon: you visit la villa medicea di Poggio a Caiano to see Contrappunti (Counterpoints), an exhibition that contrasts the works by contemporary Tuscan artists, like Alberto Moretti and Roberto Barni, with a project of Yang Jiechang, the Chinese videoartists, and the architecture of the villa itself. After this enriching visit, you have the aperitif in Piazza Santa Spirito or Piazza dei Ciompi.

 - Afternoon: back at the hotel, you have a light lunch, followed by a short nap or a walk on the surroundings. Of course, you don’t miss the chance to take a dip in the pool!

 - Evening: you dine and, once the sun had come down, you enjoy a cocktail while the first stars of the night appear up in the sky.

 And so, how does it sound? Do you like it? Come, join us and make it happen!

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25
Jun

Il Giardino del Gusto

Finally the summer has arrived and so has Il Giardino del Gusto. Every Thursday, at 7 pm., IlSalviatino opens its doors and welcomes everybody who wanting to spend a couple of hours enjoying some good live music, delicious finger food, refreshing beverages, and astonishing views from the top of Fiesole’s hill.

You can choose between wine (€15 p.g.), sparkling wine or a cocktail (€18), all accompanied by a selection of summer appetizers made up by the chef included in the beverage’s price.

Gazpacho with pinzimonio

Burrata cheese, anchovies and tomatoes Marinated tuna with centrifuge of apple, cucumber and celery Panzanella

Scarpaccia pie

Cream puff with parmigiana

Crostino bread with fresh cheese and bottarga Fassona tartare

Also, to enhance the experience, you can choose from the menu a tapas version of some Tuscan classics, you can see our menu here below:

So, are we seeing you on Thursday?

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18
Jun

‘S’ for summer; ‘S’ for suite

Shaking the heat away is sometimes a hard task. But this summer, at Il Salviatino, you can definitely stay fresh…

Seeing the stars from your sofa at night, surrounded by flowers and vines, in the Greenhouse Suite

Having a cocktail in your private terrace, in the Ojetti Suite, watching the sun come down over Florence

Being given a massage, while enjoying a bottle of Dom Perignon, in the Melodia Suite

Discovering the hidden treasures of Florence with the help of an expert guide…

…or just do whatever you choose to, because this summer you can do these things and more with the Suite&Hot initiative: not only an ensemble of offers, but a wide variety of experiences from which you can select the most suitable to you
 
Don’t let go the best option to spend your holidays in Florence!
 
For more information, visit: http://salviatino.com/offers/hot-sui

 

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22
May

Where classical music meets modernity: L’Opera di Firenze

In a previous article we wrote about Florence as a gastronomic capital. Today we want to widen that concept by not only calling it a gastronomic capital, but a whole modern, avant-garde capital. The Opera house (L’Opera di Firenze) is a proof of it. Built to host more than 2000 spectators in its outdoor cavea and with 1100 seats in the auditorium, The Opera house was thought to be a piece of contemporary architectural design that connects the historical with the youngest side of Tuscany’s heart. And of course, as an undeniable meeting point for artists and citizens, The Opera house is hosting the 77th edition of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a true example of Florence’s rich cultural life and an event of international renown.
This year the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is including a variety of activities, from classical music to cinema, from conferences to dance, in order to reach everyone’s preferences.

From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we sincerely invite you to live this experience of complete enjoyment in our city. We are waiting for you!

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8
May

9 reasons why you should have a spring break at Il Salviatino

1. The different hues of green you can see in the garden

2. The balance of the elements within the space, which gives a Zen touch

3. The sunlight shining on the pool‘s surface while somebody swims

4. Kids having fun in the park …

5. …while the adults have a cocktail, a chat and a laugh

6. The views of the always cosmopolitan and modern city of Florence from the top of our own Salviatino hill

7. The certainty that it won’t be only a stay in a nice hotel but an all-in-one unforgettable experience

8. Because you deserve only the best!

9. And, last but not least, because of our Spring Sale promotion (read more about it here: http://www.averyspecialholiday.com/offers/spring-sale/?lang=en?lang=en)

Let out the Florentine inside you!

 

 

 

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30
Apr

The new look of il Mercato Centrale

Every city is a living being that evolves and grows, and Florence is not an exception. Florence has the best from the old times, but it is also a place for the young, open to modernity and ready for future trends.

The re-opening of il Mercato Centrale, located in the very heart of the city at la Piazza del Mercato Centrale-Via dell’Ariento, only 5 minutes away from Santa Maria Novella and Piazza San Marco, gives Florence a new look, making it a true avant-garde gastronomic capital.

With an ecologic home delivery service, a restaurant, a pizzeria, a bar, a coffee shop, a Cooking and a Wine school, a bank, a book shop and a store of typical Florentine products, among other places and services,  il Mercato Centrale introduces itself as a really pleasant meeting point for everyone who wants to eat, to have a drink or just to have a nice time in the city center.

Il Mercato Centrale opens every day from 10 am. to midnight.

If you need more information: http://www.mercatocentrale.it/en/

From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we invite you to come and discover this side of Florence; the young, fresh and open one. You’re welcome!

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21
Mar

Jackson Pollock vs. Michelangelo

At first sight you wouldn’t find any common points between Michelangelo and Jackson Pollock. Both of them were great artists but the style of one has nothing to do with the style of the other. They also lived in completely different times. However, they had something in common: the capacity of creating artworks meant to touch the public’s hearts. Now, in order to commemorate the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death, a special exhibition named La figura della furia (The fury’s figure) will be shown at il Palazzo Vecchio starting on April 15th.

Action painting will face the Renaissance. In addition, the influence of Michelangelo’s works in the young Pollock will be exposed. The event is thought to be a sort of experiment, trying to compare these two geniuses and their respective times.

Soon we will be giving you more details of La figura della furia, but we want this to act as an appetizer. Are you hungry for culture? Florence is your best choice.

Jackson Pollock. Source: revistahaus.com

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13
Mar

An approach to ‘Family Matters’ at CCC Strozzina

There is not an absolute definition for the term family. There are only some more or less specific meanings. Perhaps each one of us has its own concept. This ambiguity is the origin of the new exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Culture at Palazzo Strozzi (CCC Strozzina). Through the work of eleven international artists, “Family Matters. Portraits and experiences of family today” explores the evolution of the social and the cultural concepts of ‘family’.

Guy Ben-Ner, Sophie Calle, Jim Campbell, John Clang, Nan Goldin, Courtney KEssel, Ottonella Mocellin , Nicola Pellegrini, Trish Morrisey, Hans Op de Beeck, Chrischa Oswald and Thomas Struth share the personal subjective experiences of each one of them, but join forces in the search of a universal definition of the term.

Family Mattersstarts the 14th March until the 20th July.

Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am. to 8 pm.

Thursdays: 10 am. to 11 pm.

Monday: closed    

When it comes to Il Salviatino, your boutique hotel in Florence, we consider ourselves a big family. So, from our family to yours, we highly recommend you this interesting exhibition.

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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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