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Events in May, Florence and surroundings

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

It’s time to be outdoors, enjoy the spring sunshine and experience the beauty of the Tuscan countryside! This is May in Florence and surroundings: an atmosphere of celebration, culture and ancient traditions that celebrate the most beautiful month of the year!

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

First of all, in Florence, the Musei Statali will be free admission on May 7th. It is a regular event, every first Sunday of the month, with free admission to some of the most important Florentine museums. A good opportunity, do not miss if you have booked an apartment in Florence with Tuscan Feeling on that day!

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

The first Sunday of May is mandatory not to miss Aprilante in the pretty village of Panzano in Chianti. It is the perfect place for those who love vintage and brocantage, but also for those who love Km0 products, traditional Tuscan cuisine and excellent Chianti wine.

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

From April 22nd to May 1st at the Fortezza del Basso in Florence, the 81st edition of Mostra Internazionale dell’Antiquariato is held. An event that, throughout its history, has hosted the most important international master craftsmen in a space, where innovation and tradition have always created a special union giving life to extremely excellent and valuable products. From the famous Florentine workshops to those of the most disparate regions of Italy and the world, you can admire the excellence of Italian craftsmanship.

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

Events in May, Florence and surroundings

And finally, an event not to be missed is at the Giardino dell’Iris (April 25 – May 20). This is the 59th International Iris Competition. The garden is open from April 25 to May 20 but the iris does not start to bloom, usually, before the second week of May (of course, everything depends on the weather: the sun is shorter, the flowers will open first).

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How to Buy House in Florence

How to Buy House in Florence

How to Buy House in Florence

Buying a house in Italy can become tricky and really hard, expecially if you come here from another country. Language, burocracy and many other things are really complicated in Italy. For buying a property here, the best is to request an help to a reliable agency, skilled in international real estate business. Of course, we at Tuscan Feeling got more than 20 years of experience in this context and we helped successfully many people from all over the world to buy an house in Florence.

How to Buy House in Florence

How to Buy House in Florence

In any case, we have enough experience in real estate business to give some good tips to people who want to buy an house in Florence.

1) Be patient. Italy’s burocracy is complicated and very slow. Using the right procedure we can help you to do everything spending less time, but in any case expect to wait more time for having your house here than in USA, Russia, UK, Australia, Japan, or Canada.

How to Buy House in Florence

How to Buy House in Florence

2) Consider that in Italy you need a ‘Notaio’ for doing all the notary acts you need for buying your property in Florence. A ‘Notario’ is agovernment approved conveyancing lawyer and usually he is not able to translate documents in english (or other language). Tuscan Feeling can provide you a Notaio, skilled in international real estate business, and we can help you with assistance and translations.

3) Before buying an house, be sure to check that there aren’t outstanding mortgages or debts linked to the property, that could be passed on to the purchaser. Usually, Tuscan Feeling do that for you, for preventing any kind of problem.

How to Buy House in Florence

How to Buy House in Florence

4) Before buying a property in Italy you have to do a compromesso (pay a deposit) of between 10-20 per cent of the sale price. If the buyer then pulls out of the deal before the date of the specified sale proper, he loses his deposit; if the vendor pulls out, he has to pay the buyer the deposit times two. It could be tricky to do that for a non-italian, but of course we do that every single day of the year…

5) Deal with the banks. Of course, you have to do that for buying a property in Italy and you need to deal with your bank (in your country) and an italian bank. It is no easy, we understand, that’s why we usually help your clients in this complicated process.

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Skiing in Florence: the best places just a few hours away

Skiing in Florence: the best places just a few hours away

Skiing in Florence: the best places just a few hours away

Florence is famous for its art and its ancient history: the beautiful basilicas, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Ponte Vecchio and the palaces. Outside the city there are beautiful hills with characteristic villages, cultivated fields and vineyards.

Beyond it are the mountains with the possibility to ski several months a year. The Florentines can find comfortable moving even for a day on the slopes of the surroundings. Tourists instead could try a decidedly unconventional holiday by combining a visit to the city of Florence with one or more days on the snow and relaxing in the thermal baths of the Monte Amiata area. There are several ski resorts where you can ski near Florence; Contrary to what one might think, many can be reached from the Tuscan capital in less than two hours of travel.

Skiing in Florence: the best places just a few hours away

Monta Amiata near Grosseto and Siena

Ski resorts less than two hours from Florence

Abetone (Pistoia – Tuscany): 1 hour and 30 min – 88 km with the A11 and SS66. It is one of the best ski resorts in the Apennines, with 45 km of slopes that go up from 21 modern lifts. Good skiers will find beautiful slopes, but even families with children can ski on blue slopes with artificial snow.

Campigna Santa Sofia (Emilia Romagna): 1 hour and 40 min – 73 km with the regional road 70 of Consuma and SS310. Very small skiarea on Mount Falco in the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests Monte Falterona and Campigna that invites to interesting excursions of ski mountaineering and snowshoes.

Balze (Emilia Romagna): in 2 hours – 150 km with the A1 you arrive in this small ski resort at 1091 meters, on the slopes of Mount Fumaiolo, where you ski on 3 red slopes, in the snowpark and on 5 km of tracks for the fund.

Skiing in Florence: the best places just a few hours away

Abetone, the best place around for sking near Florence!

Ski resorts reachable with just over two hours from Florence

Sant’Anna Pelago (Modena – Emilia Romagna): in 2 hours – 106 km with the A11, SS66 and SS12 you reach the foot of Monte Albano where you can ski on 8 easy – medium slopes that run for 12 km. In the Regional Park of Frignano there are numerous possibilities for alpine skiing.

Careggine (Lucca – Tuscany): 2 hours – 131 km with the A11. It is one of the 3 mini ski areas of the Garfagnana suitable for those who take their first steps in the snow or for those who know how to ski want tranquility.

Cimone (Modena – Emilia Romagna): in 2 hours – 112 km with the national road 64 / SS64 you reach the equipped ski area of ​​Cimone where you ski on 38 km of slopes for alpine skiing mostly red, in the snow park, off-piste , while the children have fun on the snow in 2 babyparks.

Zum Zeri – Passo Due Santi (MS – Tuscany): in 2 hours – 112 km with the national road 64 / SS64 you arrive in this small ski area located in the northernmost part of Lunigiana, on the border with Liguria and Emilia. 9 medium and easy slopes for 8 km for downhill skiing, 1 snowpark, 12 km of trails for the bottom wait for skiers.

Monte Amiata (Siena – Tuscany): in 2 hours – 170 km with the A1 you reach the small attractive ski resort for 2 beautiful black slopes, the remaining tracks for alpine skiing are 6 red and 4 easy. The lifts and slopes start at the summit where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Sienese hills, the Maremma, up to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Skiing in Florence: the best places just a few hours away

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Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties! - Carnevale has arrived in Florence: parties, masks, live shows and lots of fun. Not only! Here in Florence, we prepare (and above all we eat) different special sweets such as Cenci and the Florentine Schiacciata.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

The so-called Cenci are a simple and tasty dessert, which is also prepared in many other parts of Italy. In Genoa and in Turin they are called ‘lies’, in Sicily and in Campania they are ‘chatter’, while it is enough to move around in Grosseto and immediately become ‘strufoli’. Each region and province has its own expression to indicate these delicious desserts and, even if their taste does not change, in Florence and Prato the word “cenci” is preferred. Typical of the Carnival, rags are desserts based on fried and very hot dough, served with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

The Florentine schiacciata is a real dessert, even if it was originally made with bread dough.Since the Middle Ages, the Florentines have always tried to “soften their life” with voluminous and frugal cakes. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the Florentine schiacciata. It is a soft cake, reminiscent of the classic a margherita cake, but characterized by the classic central Florentine lily, made with powdered sugar.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

The specialty of this sweet crush, derives from the fact that the recipe is handed down from family to family (everyone makes his own) and the ingredients are calculated in handfuls or spoons and not in grams or liters. This dessert is typical of carnival and is usually consumed on Shrove Tuesday. Today it stands out in its most delicious variations: filled with whipped cream, Chantilly cream or chocolate. Originally it was a sweet poor and very simple, but very tasty, whose birth is lost in the mists of time.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

The famous writer of Italian culinary recipes of the eighteenth century, Pellegrino Artusi, who became famous with the manual entitled ‘Science in cooking and the art of eating well’, presented it in his book under the name of “oily stiacciata”, together with other typical sweets of Florence.The Florentines, however, knew it under the name of “stiacciata delle Murate” because it was the last morsel that was reserved for prisoners (hence the name) led to the gallows in Porta alla Croce, the current Piazza Beccaria.

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Carnival in Florence, time for sweeties!

Delicious, easy to prepare and quick to cook, these Carnival desserts are a must for Florentine tables. Who is in Florence for the Carnival, has no problems. They can be found in any pastry, bakery or bar, in the historic center and in the suburbs. You just have to taste those baked closer to you!

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Borgo San Frediano, The coolest neighborhood in Florence

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

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Lonely Planet has proclaimed the district of Borgo San Frediano in Florence, as the coolest neighborhood in the world. In practice, it is one of the places to visit at least once in your life! The newspapers around the world have talked about it for a long time, but we at Tuscan Feeling, who in Borgo San Frediamo we are almost there every day for work, we would like to tell you with our words. The words of those who from 1997 rent apartments to travelers from all over the world in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Florence.

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

Even if you have read dozens of articles about Borgo San Frediano, are you really sure you know what to see and what you absolutely must not miss to enjoy the most fashionable district?

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

The beauties and architecture found in Borgo San Frediano are not as famous as those in the center of Florence, but for this reason they are no less interesting. Indeed, the atmosphere of the neighborhood and the beauty of certain streets will transport you back in time.

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

San Frediano has artistic treasures such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine (Brancacci Chapel, decorated by Masaccio), the church of Santo Spirito (signed by Brunelleschi, in the sacristy preserves the crucifix made in youth by Michelangelo) and that of the Cestello, which took today the title of church of San Frediano.

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

The first square you come across, entering San Frediano, is Piazza del Tiratoio that will take you back in time. The name, in fact, derives from the wool processing factory that once was here. Continuing on, we find Piazza Piattellina, with its particular triangular shape, formerly called Piazza degli Orpellai, because here there were many artisan shops that worked the copper plates to decorate the leather. Later we have Piazza Verzaia where there is an important and exclusive school of painting. Finally there is Piazza Tasso, which preserves historical memories related to the First World War, today it has become the meeting place for the Florentine inhabitants of the neighborhood and for those who really want to experience the real Florence.

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

Borgo San Frediano? The coolest neighborhood in Florence!

One of the characteristics of Borgo San Frediano is to have restaurants, bars, really unique places to discover and try out.

You can have an aperitif at Kawaii, a fusion restaurant with cocktail based on sake or eat at La Vecchia Maniera where you can discover all the traditional Florentine dishes. Stop for lunch at the Essential, where Italian cuisine is contaminated with that of the whole world, or choose to drink a cocktail at the La Cité coffee shop, where there are often concerts of indie rock and jazz. Do not miss the artisan shops and small alternative boutiques, as well as the vinyl shops, the antique bookshops and the craft shoe shops.

The best advice for those who want to experience the magical atmosphere of this neighborhood in a unique way is to rent an apartment in Borgo San Frediano at Tuscan Feeling.

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Borgo San Frediano, The coolest neighborhood in Florence

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Tuscany – In Florence, as in the rest of Italy, it is tradition for carnival to throw small pieces of colored paper in the air, called ‘coriandoli’.

Some might ask: how did the custom, among children and young people, to launch ‘coriandoli’ for Carnival?

The story starts from afar, at least from the Middle Ages when, in place of the innocuous little pieces of colored paper, the young people threw themselves against the most dangerous rocks. Many decades passed but the problem remained current, so much so that even Girolamo Savonarola had to deal with it, to invite “the children to renounce them to wait rather than to devout practices”.

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

With the Renaissance things changed: the hard stones were replaced by the more ductile flask, which was nothing but a set of rags held tight by a rope. The game consisted of throwing it against it with violence and so much the better if it was weighed down by the water and the mota of the road.

To these raids, which began after the Epiphany and ended at Lent, also took part the scions of noble families and it seems that during the Carnival of 1534 there were just some balls tossed in error, to put tares among the families of the Medici and the Strozzi.

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

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Today the stones and the balls have been replaced by colored confetti and in the parades of splendid allegorical floats that, with their papier-mâché figures, often bring to the saloon characters and events of the moment.

Leaving aside the famous and eminent carnivals of Viareggio, born in 1873, of that of Foiano della Chiana, or Bibbiena, in Tuscany there are others, perhaps considered minor, which deserve to be discovered by travelers from around the world.

Among all, the Carnival of Santa Croce, born in 1928 and has arrived to this day in all its splendor.

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

The Carnival of Castiglion Fibocchi is one of the oldest in Tuscany. In the document you can read that “… in Castellion de filiis Bochi the bifolchi and the gentlemen celebrate together the feast of carnasciale …”, thus demonstrating the true spirit of the carnival which is that, among other things, to unite people of every social class.

In Asciano, in the province of Siena, the various days of the carnival revolve around the figure of King Meio who, on the last day, reads a sort of testament in which the chronicle of the most recent local events is presented in a satirical key.

In the small fraction of Sant’Ippolito, in the town of Vernio, the morning of Saturday following Ash Wednesday, the young people of the area move from street to street, disguised in the most imaginative ways with junk found at home, asking for contributions for afternoon festivities.

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

Which consist of a procession that parades through the town and meets in the main square where, in a huge pot, cooks the pasta seasoned with the tuna-based sauce that will be distributed to everyone present. The following day, in the provincial capital, the “Festa della polenta” has been held for some decades in memory of a historical event of the sixteenth century and also in memory of distant periods of famine, when the chestnut and all that derived from it was perhaps the only nourishment for many Apennine populations.

Carnival in Tuscany

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The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

Christmas – in Italy and in the world – is the most important holiday of the whole year. Everyone feels better, happier, and Christmas lunch is an important conviviality’s moment for every family, who are gathered together to toast all together.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

In Florence and in Tuscany, some dishes are a must for Christmas lunch, since ancient times. Croutons with chicken livers are serve as entrées, then cappelletti in broth, arista (pork loin) and finally the typical Tuscan Christmas cakes: ricciarelli, cantuccini with Vinsanto and the ancient sienese panforte. Tuscan Feeling introduces some good tips for those who want to replicate the good Florentine cuisine in their own home.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The croutons with chicken livers (Crostini di Fegatini) are the starter par excellence here in Florence and are easy to prepare. The livers are sautéed in a pan with oil, onion, celery, carrots, and blended with white wine; they are cut with a knife tip and they are put back in the pan for about fifteen minutes with salt, pepper, anchovy fillets and minced capers. In the meantime, take the stale bread, get wet on one side and put it in the oven to make it crunchy and serve the croutons with the spread on the livers.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The cappelletti are easier to buy – expecially in city markets as Sant’Ambrogio or San Lorenzo – but the broth is strictly homemade by capon, boiled the day before in cold water with carrot and celery onion. After a couple of hours, you just have to remove the capon – very good to eat boiled as a second – with the skimmer remove all the fat from the broth. The next day is ready to heat up to cook the cappelletti.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The Arista is nothing more than a pork loin tied and seasoned with rosemary, sage, garlic, salt and pepper and then cooked at 200 degrees in the oven for about an hour. Legend has it that the word “arista” was born precisely in Florence, precisely in 1439, on the occasion of the Ecumenical Council of the Church. For the occasion, distinguished personalities and senior officials filled the city. Banquets and delicacies were the order of the day, rich and delicious dishes were continually cooked to feed and conquer the various delegates, who came from all over the world. And it was during a lunch offered in honor of the prelates from Greece, who was served to the Greek cardinal Basilio Bessarione a fragrant and inviting piece of roast arista, until then indicated by the Florentines without a specific name. The cardinal, once tasted, was so delighted that he began to exclaim “aristos, aristos”, which in Greek means “excellent, the best”. The Florentines present believed that the word indicated that specific specific piece of meat and, finding it sympathetic, repeated it so much that the pork loin was from then on appealed with the term “arista”.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

Tuscan desserts are irreproducible, so better to buy ricciarelli or cantuccini; but to be truly faithful to tradition, panforte with dried fruit is a must for Christmas. Merry Christmas and enjoy your meal!

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Apartment Louise

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New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence? It is the ideal destination to greet the old year with a night full of culture, good food and fun.

If you are thinking of spending the last year in town Tuscan Feeling offer you a useful guide with advice, offers and things to do on December 31 in Florence. Florence during the New Year’s Eve becomes a huge outdoor party, and you can find a lot of things to do. Around town will be set up different stages that will offer shows for all likes.

You can take advantage to spend a few days in the city, because during the days before New Year Florence becomes a big party spread. In alternative, you can choose from the many restaurants that offer the best of Tuscan cuisine, take part to private parties, have nice after dinners or celebrate the New Year’s Eve in one of the many clubs and venues in the city.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Those who want a quiet, elegant and alternative New Year, can choose for a theater show: the Opera House offers a show worthy of the evening, with sparkling wine at midnight. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will perform the ninth symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Anyway, the most important concert is in Piazza Michelangelo. We still do not know the name of the super-star of the concert in Florence, but there are many names in pole position. The show will start at 9:45 with an emerging band and then continue after midnight with the main concert. Do not miss the spectacle of fireworks! They are wonderful!

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

In Piazza del Carmine the appointment is with a show of jazz music while in San Lorenzo square you will find another concert, if you love the gospel rhythms in front of the Medici Chapels and the church of San Lorenzo you can listen to good music until midnight. If you prefer classical music the appointment is with the free show on the Loggia dei Lanzi with the symphony orchestra.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

In the nearby village of Bagno di Ripoli, the New Year is celebrated with a medieval festival. Instead, at the Antico Spedale del Bigallo you can celebrate the masked New Year and attend the gala dinner.

The Otel – the biggest nightclub in south Florence – for the evening of December 31st organizes a dinner show waiting for 2018. The package includes a buffet dinner and disco, with DJ sets until dawn.

At Space Electronics in Florence, one of the great discos of the historic center, the appointment is with music and light show for a party that lasts until the first light of the morning. A short walk from the Duomo, the Yab club organizes a private party after dinner to greet 2017. If instead you are looking for a theater show, at the Teatro Verdi will be staged the musical Grease, to celebrate the new year to dance.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Around Florence there are many events and attractions designed for children. From the Christmas Markets located in different parts of the city to the Winter Park, the park along the Arno where there are skating rinks and shows for children. On 31 December, the Isolotto square is transformed into a fairy-tale world with entertainment and music until the evening. You will find installations, interactive games and entertainment for the little ones. In Piazza Bartali, in the district of Gavinana, there will be shows of waders and puppets.

The New Year is a good opportunity for us of Tuscan Feeling to wish our customers a happy new year and those who have not yet been Florence, we can not help but suggest our apartments.

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New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

In Florence you can live as tourists or travelers, it is a truly international city. But after a few weeks, you really need to become an authentic Florentine. We – at Tuscan Feeling – suggest you to do 5 things to do for becoming authentic Florentines!

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

1) We start from the night. To become true Florentines, one must do something really romantic: admiring the dawn from Piazzale Michelangelo. The panorama, from this historic square just outside the city, is really breathtaking, and it’s the right way to end a night of excesses with a bit of poetry. You arrive by car through Michelangelo Avenue, or climb up the countless steps of the Poggi Ramps that start from the square of the same name. From the belvedere you can admire the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the Bargello, and in the distance the hills of Fiesole and Settignano.

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

2) The rite of initiation to Florentine life is to taste a typical sandwich to the tripe of bovine: the lampredotto, accompanied by a glass of wine. Quite simply, you can enjoy this Florentine delight on your feet, beside the ‘trippaio’. The panino should be seasoned with green sauce or spicy oil, or you may even be asked to soak the upper breadcrumb in the hot sauce. In via de ‘Macci or in the square of Porta Romana you find the best place around. And you may have the chance to meet there someone from Tuscan Feeling‘s staff…

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

3) Wine – especially red – is one of Florentine ‘excellence’. Drinking wine, moderately, is the best way to become true Florentines. You can choose among the best wine shops in the city, or choose a crowded and popular place, but definitely typical. A glass of wine accompanied by a good ‘schacciata’ is the best thing to do. The Antique Vinaio in via de ‘Neri is attended by students, workers, professionals, tourists, simple people, artists, lawyers, university professors and many others. The salami and cheese counter is a spectacle for the eyes and the prices are low.

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

4) One of the most typical things for the Florentines is to eating, anytime, an ice cream in the Badiani shop in Viale dei Mille. When you enter this beautiful ice cream parlor you can see the elegance of the furnishings and the great variety of tastes of the ice creams. Badiani get of his reputation for the “Buontalenti Creme” invention (they got the copyright), a delicate cream and cream flavor, also used to enrich coffee and hot chocolate in lieu of milk or cream.

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5) To be really a Florentine – there are few alternatives – you have to support the local football team: Fiorentina. It’s hard to understand and explain what it’s like to be a Fiorentina die hard supporter. The link between city and team is very strong. Whoever loves Fiorentina knows that victory is a sort of utopia, but when it comes, it has eternal emotions that will never be forgotten by successive generations, such as the two defeated champions: the first in 1956 and the second in 1969. Joys and sorrows, but that are an integral part of being Florentine. The team got purple colors, and there are few football teams in the world with the same colors. That’s why, the Fiorentina are called also Viola (purple in italian). Are you ready to say: ‘Alé Viola’?

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

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5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle – In the winter, Florence is truly unique and the visitor can appreciate its most authentic side when roads are less frequented by tourists’ bites and fugitives. Yes, it is true, in Florence the tourist season lasts ten months a year, but in winter the tourists also allow long times.

The best time to watch the city is in November (now) in February. Christmas parties, however, bring to Florence an incredible number of tourists and are a very special moment for the city itself.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

1. Light

The Florentine winters are stiff with many rainy days, but snow is rare (except for exceptional cases) and many are windy days.The wind of ‘tramontana’ sweeps the streets and cleanses the sky from the clouds, revealing an intense blue sky, with a light that ‘sculpts’ the outlines of palaces and bell-towers, without mistlets and mist. The winter light is beautiful and makes the city stand out to its fullest, remembering many scenarios of the most renowned Renaissance paintings.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

2. Space

In winter, finally, the old town becomes less chaotic and you can walk in the streets without a hurry. Early in the morning, many streets in the center are deserted. The offices, in fact, open at 9:00 AM and many shops at 10:00 AM. You can have breakfast in one of the beautiful bars in the Old Town or listen to the tapping of the bells. It’s a great time to enjoy the most authentic things in town.

3. Happy visitors

The lesser flow of tourists in the city allows for better management of the workforce. That is why travelers who stop at Florence in Winter can be satisfied with their stay. From city info offices – which are open and not crowded – to hotels and apartments for rent, to restaurants where it’s easier to find a place. The city does not close for low season, it is only a lot more relaxed and the visitor doubly happy.

4. The museums

The sensational news is that in Winter – in museums – the queues are not, or are really, very small. This is not the case for all the remaining months of the year, because you know that in Florence to visit the Uffizi, you have to book the ticket with weeks in advance. The largest museum halls are far from deserted, but you can appreciate every work with great calm and enjoy every visit. In particular, we recommend visiting the so-called minor museums, such as the Bardini Museum and the Horne Museum.

4. The surroundings

Florence is surrounded by hills, which means that not far from the historic center you can find the beautiful countryside of Chianti and Mugello. In the immediate surroundings of the city, there are wonderful walking walks to enjoy a beautiful landscape with a view, asleep by the winter but with warm colors illuminated by light. An unforgettable experience to do is to go via Sister Maria Celeste, passing the Arcetri Observatory, or walk along the Colli Boulevard. Just go to the historic center for a dip in the countryside and feel the feeling of walking in an ancient painting of the Renaissance.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

Rent your apartment in Florence!

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment