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13
Sep

Florence goes by bicycle!

The Cycling World Cup 2013 is almost to take Florence. From September 22nd to 29th cyclists from everywhere will arrive to the city in order to hit the road and cut the wind with their two wheels vehicles. And to start warming up a bit, there is a close to be shown exhibition which you may want to see. Anyway, is there anything more agreeable than going out with your bike and going over Florence? The one hundred years ago people should have also thought so, because that is what ‘Biciclette in archivio. L’Archivio in Bicicletta’ is about.

From September 17th to 30th (10 am. – 2 am. Monday and Friday | 10 am. – 5.30 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) the Historical Archive of Florence will open its doors to the visitors in order to show them the first days of this popular mean of transport in town. How the citizens back then started to use in their everyday life and also in a sportive way, developing the Giro d’Italia, hosted in Florence in 1909. So, are you into cycling? In case you are, we are sure you will enjoy this sort of travel to the past to revive the thrill. From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we encourage you to dust off your wheels, get on moving and have fun!

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5
Sep

Sunday, September 8th: Florence celebrates the foundation of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.

This next Sunday, September 8th, two different celebrations will be going on. The first one will be the Birth of the Virgin Mary and the second (though not less important), the commemoration of the first stone that was put for the building of the Cathedral this same day back in 1296. 717 years has passed since then!

For that reason, this day the Cathedral terraces will be opened from 1 pm. to 4 pm. so that the public can go up and watch some unknown views from the inside of the temple and the very Florence. The Campanile will open its doors from 8:30 am. to 5:30 pm. as well as the Baptistery, from 8:30 am. to 2 pm. You will also be able to visit the Museo dell ‘Opera del Duomo from 9 am. to 1:45 pm.

Also, the last concert from the series O Flos Colende will take place at the Cathedral at 9:15 pm. in order to celebrate the foundation of the Opera. So, who says Sundays are boring? From the team of Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we encourage you to be part of such a remarkable event, feel like being a part of the town’s history and just have fun.

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30
Aug

A trip to India (without leaving Florence)

Something quite interesting has been happening at the Museo di Storia Naturale, in Florence, since July 4th. Of course, we are talking about Passaggio in India, the opportunity of visiting the Asian giant without going out of town.

India

Until September 30th several exhibits and shows will be taking place within Florence in order to pay tribute to the Indian culture. Some objects from Angelo de Gubernatis’ (a XIXth century Sanskrit professor) collection are being shown as well as some of the most distinctive pieces of the contemporary Indian cinema.

Passaggio in India

A few of the activities to come, for instance, include a guided visit through the art exhibition at the museum on September 10th, a Kathakali dance show by Elena Padovani on September 7th and the view of the film, Passaggio in India, by David Lean on September 5th.

 

As you can see you are still on time! So from Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we encourage you to enjoy this unique chance to get close to a vast country full of magic and mystery.

 

For more information you can visit: http://passaggioinindia.tumblr.com/

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28
Jun

Salviatino Agenda: there is always time for a good time.

The summer is already here and nobody has time to waste. Everybody has to make plans, work, travel, relax, have fun… and we are aware of all that at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence. For this reason we have bet on organization and we have created for you the new Salviatino Agenda.

Do you have so many things to do in so little time? Do not worry. From now on, the Agenda is providing you a summer calendar with our programmed weekly events as well as some information about our Aperitivos, the menus from La Cucina, developed by our chef, Carmine Caló, and our different spa treatments with its timings and prices. You can also read about the possibility of preparing your own event at the hotel, whether it is a wedding, a dinner or a meeting.

If you are in Florence now (or just planning to come) do not doubt visiting our website (http://www.saltiatinoagenda.com) or our Facebook page: L’Agenda del Salviatino. You can find time this summer for doing whatever you want to, even having a good time with us. So, what do you say?

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20
Jun

Il Giardino del Gusto inaugurates the summer.

Tomorrow, Friday 21st June, the summer will be officially arrived. Nevertheless, at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we cannot wait one more day to welcome it. For that reason we are inviting you to join us today by means of Il Giardino del Gusto, our aperitif from now on dedicated to the ‘sunny season’.

Our chef, Carmine Calò, along with the special collaboration of some of the best enogastronomy producers, will be mixing quality with imagination every each Thursday, from 19 h. to 21 h, in order to create the most delicious and clever plates; a magic spell that your palate may not resist.

While you watch the gorgeous views of Florence, at Il Salviatino’s terrace, you can enjoy the aperitif accompanied with wine (the best ones, selected by our sommelier) for 15 Euros or with cocktail & Champaign, for 20 Euros. Besides, if you say today’s watchword (‘Melodia’) you will be given a cup of wine!

We will be waiting for you, but, in case you cannot come today, do not worry. At SalviatinoAgenda you will find all the information you need for next events and aperitifs. Do not forget Il Salviatino’s doors are always open for you!

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14
Jun

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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6
Jun

‘La Traviata’ at the Auditorium al Duomo, Florence.

Venice. March 6th 1853. La Traviata, the Giuseppe Verdi’s opera based upon La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils, was experiencing its (disastrous) debut. The public did not like at all the performance and made fun of Violetta, the main role played by soprano, Fanny Salvini-Donatelli. Fortunately, time passed as people’s perception of art evolved and now La Traviata is one of the most popular Verdi’s works. Now, Florence is welcoming a new rendition of the famous text.

Next Saturdays 8th and 15th June, at 9:00 pm, Verdi’s Violetta and Alfredo will step into the stage again at the Auditorium al Duomo. As you can see, in case you want to go, you are still on time to get your tickets. The prices vary from 20€ to 50€. You can consult the conditions on this website.

Of course, if you are going to see the show, you should remember that, after it, the most comfortable room will be waiting for you at Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence.

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31
May

Beauty in the Park: Il Salviatino welcomes the summer!

Summer is getting closer. A time to go on holiday, relax and let the sun caress your skin. At Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we know that. Therefore we have been thinking about the joy of our guests and we have created a SPA plan in order to prepare you for the ‘heat season’.

 “Beauty in the Park” is a package of 5 treatments of 75 minutes each, in which every session is composed of a massage and a wrap to model the body.  With the aid of our therapists, you can select a different type of massage from time to time, from drainage massages, anti-cellulite massages or just relaxing massages, in case stress is your major concern. A wrap follows each massage and, depending on what your needs are, choose from draining, firming, anti-cellulite or a warm mud wrap to loosen up stiff muscles for immediate relief. The package’s price is 600 €.

So, what do you think about this? Would you like to start preparing for the summer right now? For more information, do not doubt contacting us.

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10
May

Festa del Grillo: Will you have good luck this year?

Once again the crickets arrived to Florence to celebrate La Festa del Grillo (The Cricket Festival). Yesterday the Cascine Park welcomed the annual fair where people could buy their toy crickets as well as other souvenirs. The legend said that if the tiny animal ‘chirped’ to you, you would be lucky since then!

You may wonder: What should I buy a toy cricket and what is the point of this festivity? The reason is the commemoration of the Ascension of Jesus, which every year is scheduled in a different day of May. In the past, young men would give their lovers a living cricket, as a symbol of good wishes.

Nowadays, due to Florence’s efforts in protecting animal species, instead of living crickets you can buy toy ones with a mechanism that lets them chirp. Besides this curious custom, people could enjoy the musical performances. So, from Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we hope you had a great day and we wish you good luck!

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18
Apr

Shall we dance tango in Florence?

Tango is one of the most sensual music styles of the world. And its dance is one of the most difficult. But all the hours of practice, which you must dedicate to learn the technique right, are nothing but a challenge for the bravest ones. So, for those ones Florence is welcoming the 11th edition of the international Tango Festival, from the 24th to the 28th April.   

The programme includes ‘Milongas’, with the musical accompaniment of Duo Fuertes-Varnerin and the DJs’ Sergio Chiaverini and SuperSabino, among others, as well as tango lessons given by masters like Gustavo Rosas & Gisela Natoli. As you can imagine, some other well-known artists are taking part in the event: Marco Palladino & Sabrina Garcia, Esteban Moreno & Claudia Codega…

You are still on time to sign up to the festival; you can find all the information on its website. In case you do not have a partner, do not worry! After the signing up you will be able to search for one! Of course, you can enjoy this wonderful opportunity to do some tango, while being hosted at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence. Dance and have fun!

 

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