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‘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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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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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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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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Good news from Il Salviatino’s Spa

Chocolate is not only a guilty pleasure, but also a source of health and comfort. Did you know that cocoa contains polyphenols, a chemical substance with antioxidant properties? When you consume some pure, dark piece of chocolate in a way you are contributing to the balance of your organism too! That is why Il Salviatino’s Spa has some good news for you.

1)      Chocolate Scrub Lessons: From now on and for a reasonable price, our guests can take an interesting course on scrub techniques using natural products as cocoa beans, cinnamon and rice. A good opportunity to share a special and relaxing moment.

2)      Chocolate Body Mask: The mix of a melted pure, dark chocolate bar with a cocoa-based body mask cream turns out to be a real ‘bomb’ of wellbeing, relaxation and hydration for your skin and for your whole mind-body structure. Would you like to try it?

These two links will provide you all the information you need in order to enjoy these wonderful offers:

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Of course, from Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we wish only the best for you and for your physical health.

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Florence welcomes a new edition of the Vivicittà Half Marathon

Do you like jogging and running? If you do, Florence will be nothing but the perfect place for you. This next Sunday April 7th at 9:30 am an enjoyable, healthy event is taking place in Florence: the Vivicittà Half Marathon.

Like every year before, since 1984, Florence will be the track for every runner who wants to join this city’s sporting tradition, conceived by the Unione Italiana sport per tutti (Italian Union Sport for Everybody); a chance to have fun and go with the town’s life while doing some physical exercise.

As usual, there will be three categories of races: The International Agonistic Half Marathon (21,097 km), for which you will need a medical certification in order to participate, The Non Competitive Race (10 km) and the one for the kids, The Tommasino Run (1,5 km).

Registrations will be accepted until tomorrow, April 5th at 7 pm. So you are still in time! And, of course, after all that running you can have a good rest at Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, where you will always be welcome.

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The ‘forever-young’ side of Florence

So many things have been said about the artistic dimension of Florence. Of course, culture is fantastic since it nourishes the soul, but sometimes you need to let go and just have fun. So what else has the city to offer? Besides visiting museums and monuments you can also do lots of activities in order to have a lovely stay.

The Tuscan capital is one of the fashion centers in the world. Therefore releasing your ‘buying self’ could be a good (¿or dangerous?) option. As well as boutiques like Gucci’s and Versace’s, there are some attractive street markets like the Mercato di San Lorenzo, near San Lorenzo’s Church, where you can find cool clothes, specifically for women. Inside of it you can have a walk through the Mercato Centrale, filled with delicious Tuscan gastronomy specialties.

If you start feeling like partying, you should know where to begin the night. You can have a drink at pubs as Fiddler’s Elbow or Mojo, both quite famous in town, and then go dancing to Andromeda, Yab or Central Park, some of the most important clubs in Florence. If you’re hungover the next day, you can recover with some fresh air by going picnic to Le Cascine, the biggest park in Florence.

These are only a few possibilities from the hundred ones between you can choose. But whatever you do, Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, will be there for you.

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What about giving Florence’s wintertime a try?

Many things change with the weather, from the colors of the landscapes even to some people’s behavior. But that change hasn’t to be a disagreeable one. Although one uses to prefer summer conditions rather than winter’s ones, you can have a nice time any moment of the year. Tuscany’s capital is a clear example of it. Why? It’s quite simple:


-The joy of finding shorter queues after entering to Florence’s magnificent museums and monuments, like the Uffizi Gallery.

-The pleasure of tasting a cup of hot chocolate or smooth coffee and then notice how you start feeling like you’re in heaven, little by little.

-The possibility of go shopping in one of the most glamorous cities in the world and even find sales!

-The chance of go skiing, ice skating or snow-tubing at the Firenze Winter Park! It will remain open until 17th February, so you’re still on time!

-The beauty of some temporary art exhibitions like “A message for you”, dedicated to French photographer, Guy Bourdin, at the Museo Nazionale Alinari Della Fotografia.

-The challenge of using your imagination in order to explore a wonderful city filled with history and unseen nooks.

Whether it’s cold or hot, come what may, at Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we’re always willing to make you feel good.

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Florence: scenario of La Fura dels Baus’ Carmina Burana

For decades Carmina Burana has been one of the most famous Scenic Cantatas in the world. Composed by Carl Orff between 1935 and 1936, the masterpiece includes few of the original texts written among the 11th and the 13th centuries, beautiful poems about life, love, nature and pleasure. In 2009, the Spanish Theatre Company, La Fura dels Baus, created their own rendition of the Cantata, becoming a great success and captivating the enthusiasm of the audience. That’s why it’s thrilling to inform that La Fura’s Carmina Burana is coming to Florence!


The Indian conductor of classical music, Zubin Mehta, will be directing the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s Choir and Orchestra while the performing artists join a whole show of lights and colors that will leave the crowd speechless. So, if you’re about to open your mind and go through a fascinating experience, don’t forget going to Il Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, next Friday 8th February at 8.30 pm.

From Il Salviatino, your 5 stars hotel in Florence, we encourage you to enjoy the spectacle and let the art take your breath away.

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The ‘Handmade Chocolate Fair’ is back in town!

Doesn’t anybody like chocolate? Mostly all of us love it! and that’s the reason why it’s sweet to say that Florence will take from February 8th to 17th in its Piazza Santa Maria Novella the 9th edition of the ‘Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale’.


Some of the activities that will take place in those ten days, from 10 am to 10 pm, will include the work of more than 40 expositors, as well as meetings with chocolate masters, cooking classes for both adults and kids and even free tasting of chocolate and wine which would delight all the visitors!

So if you consider yourself a chocolate lover, from Il Salviatino, your luxury hotel in Florence, we invite you to come and discover what will be a marvelous fair in this beautiful city.

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