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August in Florence? All closed for holidays? Stay calm and enjoy the city!

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Are you in Florence, in August, and think you have the wrong month for your vacation? You are wrong! There are many good reasons to spend the summer in the city, starting with the possibility to park easily and move around with your car with no traffic.
Florentines loves August holidays, so the city is free from the crowds and the lines for the museums are short or non-existent. Shopping malls never close, as well as downtown shops an boutiques. This year, more then 60% of food stores will remain open and all local markets will remain in operation.
To escape from the big the heat and lack of tan you can always make use of the communal swimming pools. You can choose from the swimming pool the Pavoniere, in the heart of the Cascine Park, the crowded pool Costoli (reduced price for those arriving after lunch), and the less crowded pool Bellariva.
Pavoniere are in the Cascine Park, they were fully renovated in 2012. The pool is connected to a nice restaurant and a cocktail bar, in an elegant and refined atmosphere. The place is also ideal for a nice ‘aperitivo’.
If you are looking just for tan catching, a real good place is the Arno Beach, near S. Niccolò. A nice beach, well maintained, with a cocktail bar: a true guarantee place for relaxing after a sunny day in Florence.
Only in August, you can visit every day, the Torre di Arnolfo and Torre di San Niccolò, a great occasion to admire the city from a breathtaking perspective. Tuscan Feeling has many apartments in the area, and is an opportunity not to be missed.
During the month of August, Tuscan Feeling suggest you try the experience of renting an apartment in San Frediano or near S. Croce, in the deep heart of Florence.

Apt. LA TIPOGRAFIA – 100 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

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La Tipografia

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Apt. AUREA – 140 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

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Aurea

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FROM PIAZZA TASSO TO VIA DEI SERRAGLI. AN ALTERNATIVE STROLL IN THE HEART OF FLORENCE.

The wonderful Giardino Torrigiani in Via dei Serragli

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You want to discover one of the most genuine place of Florence? Come in Piazza Tasso, in the heart of San Frediano, where people still loves Calcio in Costume and shops are still as they once were!
Piazza Tasso is the deepest heart of the district of San Frediano. The square is one of the main centers of the entertainment in the district. You find here a nice garden, which includes a small football field, and many cool restaurants. During the summe nights, the square is a place for concerts and dj set, managed by the Aurora Social Club. You can have drink there (we suggest you a mojito) and a enjoy the show. San Frediano was and it still is, a popular district, with artisan shops and genuine Florentines. Here is the complex of buildings that includes the former Leopoldine Schools (founded by Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine) and the deconsecrated church of San Salvatore. The Leopoldine Schools, long remained in a state of neglect, have been restored recently, while the church of San Salvatore, belonging to the municipality, was used as a gymnasium and for many cultural events. In the square, on the corner of Via del Leone and Via della Chiesa, you can see a tabernacle with a fourteenth century fresco, attributed to Giottino or Nardo di Cione, who in 1958 was restored and replaced with a copy.
If you are looking for an ice cream you are right place! In Piazza Tasso 11, there is La Sorbettiera. It is not a place that can easily seen. The projection on the road is a few square meters, but is worth a visit and a careful tasting. The ingredients are chosen and the natural tastes are excellent, the ice cream is stored in traditional cylindrical containers. Even the cones have an high waffle quality. Special mention for the icicles of real fruit: absolutly tasty! That remains between us: It ‘one of the favorite ice cream, also from Tuscan Feeling’s staff!
A short distance from Piazza Tasso, you will find the beautiful garden Torrigiani A large green space between Via de ‘Serragli, via del Campuccio and the stretch of the ancient wall that runs along the avenue Francesco Petrarca. It is a large park with a building called Casino Torrigiani at Campuccio. It is one of the few large green areas, still surviving inside the walls, in excellent condition and is a prime example of the romantic style that marked the beginning of the nineteenth century gardens. The garden can be visited only by appointment and only for groups of 15 or more, the price of the ticket is Euro 20. For reservations you must visit the official website. The long Via dei Serragli, starts from Piazza Nazario Sauro (Ponte alla Carraia) and goes up to Piazza della Calza (Porta Romana). It has a plant straight denoting accommodation sixteenth of the area, when a part of the Oltrarno was rebuilt following the arrangement of the grand ducal court of the Medicis in the Palazzo Pitti. At that time the richest families were in competition to build the most beautiful buildings along via Maggio, Via dei Serragli and other adjoining streets. The area was considered healthier (and most prestigious) than the north bank of the Arno. The street is named after the Serragli family, who had had some important members who held several public positions between the fourteenth and the seventeenth century.
In Via dei Serragli 104, you find one of the most important european jewellery school. Established in Florence in 1985 by Giò Carbone, Le Arti Orafe was the first Italian school dedicated to contemporary jewellery, conceived along original lines that combine technical training, contemporary design, artistic research. It is a place for studying, learning and experimenting without limits or boundaries. The innovatory teaching methods is continuosly updated. The school organizes exhibitions, conferences, meetings related with contemporary research jewellery Since 2005 the school organizes an international exhibition devoted to Contemporary Jewellery, along with the contest/exhibition. Nowadays, Le Arti Orafe is the most important private school in Europe, credited by the educational Authority.
In via dei Serragli you also find Cuculia, a cozy library-restaurant. It is a place where the manicured and tasty dishes’ mix, the unusual atmosphere and friendliness of the staff leads to a feeling of rare relaxation. Fair prices and the quality of the dishes proposed is excellent, with many vegetarian dishes. An oasis of peace in the crowded city center.
If you are looking for a typical and traditional place, you do not have to move much from Serragli Street! Here you will find the restaurant Carlino Diladdarno, in Via dei Serragli 108r, (phone 055 225 001). In the menu you will find noodles lamprey (authentic specialties of the restaurant), ribollita and pasta with zucchini flowers’ pesto. The tagliata with rocket and parmesan is simple and delicious, while the Florentine steak is simply excellent. We recommend the house wine. It is really a quality wine. The environment is quite simple, cozy and refined, in line with the district tradition.
Among jewelry to wear and enjoy, the walk to Piazza Tasso in Via Dei Serragli, offers a glimpse of Florence alternative, with many places of excellence and curiosity to discover.

If you are looking for an apartment to rent or buy in the nearby of San Frediano and Via dei Serragli, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. LA PACE – 75 sqm – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

La Pace apartment

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Apt. SCANZONATO – 55 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Scanzonato apartment

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‘Amore’ and food. Learning to cook Italian in Florence is easy!

You need passion for cooking, and a lot of ‘amore‘!

That’s what, usually, all the chefs says. Food is not only nourishing but also comforting, loving, fun, pleasurable, stimulating. If you decided to learn to cook Italian and you want to attend the best cooking schools, Florence is the right city!

Passion and ‘amore’ are not enough to become the best Italian chefs of all the times and maybe take part in Masterchef! You need hard work, concentration and, above all, a good cooking school.

In the historic center, where are many of the apartments that www.tuscanfeeling.com offers in Florence, there’s Apicius: the most famous cooking school of Italy. They provide a professional and academic environment in which students can gain expertise in the areas of business, hospitality & tourism, culinary arts, wine studies, and publishing. It is probably the best you can find in Florence. Discover their study programs www.apicius.it

Italian cuisine is a mix of tradition and innovation. Our cultural origins and food, are always in our heart and they are the first step in the construction of new recipes. Our cuisine is a discipline in constant motion. Our food is not the simple result of an ancient tradition, but a product of constant innovation. That’s why, you should like to experiment with different tastes and textures, taking inspiration from the Italian culinary culture to create your own personal recipes.

Keep in mind that italian chefs, usually, try to remain faithful to the authentic Italian traditions, flavors, and ingredients. Food in Italy, it is not just a simple nourishing, but something more and sublime. It is something that have to do with social life and with self knowledge. In Italy we say that “A tavola non si invecchia” (one does not grow old at the table). It means that the pleasure of good food, wine, and company is can stop the passage of the time.

Since you decided to learn cooking, you’ll certainly need your own kitchen, where you will be keen to exercise and experience. That’s why, we suggest to rent an apartment in Florence. Tuscan Feeling can offer you a choice of apartments with fully equipped kitchens, in the typical italian style. I mean, kitchen with gas stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and especially with a dishwasher. We are sure you will appreciate the fact that you have a dishwasher in your apartment in Florence, once you have finished cooking!

If you are a true lover of Italian food or just a curious, there are many people in Florence, that offer fun and informal lessons about florentine cuisine and culture, as it happens in many other parts of Europe and US. We call them ‘chef a domicilio’. You have to agree with them the menu and the price (that clearly changes depending on what you want) and give them some basic directions. They come to your apartment, they cook your dinner and when they leave home, the kitchen is in perfect order. Of course you need to have your own kitchen.

If you dream to learn cooking Italian, you have to come to Florence! In Leonardo and Michelangelo’s town, you will find the right balance between art, food, cuisine and culture, to fully understand the Italian way of life.

Apicius School is located in the heart of the historical center, where you can find many www.tuscanfeeling.com ‘s apartments. We could suggest you, for having an idea, three different locations:

1)    Apt GIRASOLI – Lovely 60sqm apartment located at the first floor of an elegant eighteen century building, in a quiet street of the historical center, between Piazza San Marco and the Church of San Lorenzo. http://www.tuscanfeeling.com/details.php?n=GIRASOLI&submit=Invia&l=IN

2)    Apt. AMETISTA – Cozy 70mq apartment located in an nice nineteenth century building, in a typical street of the historical center, between Piazza San Marco and the Church of San Lorenzo, near the police station. http://www.tuscanfeeling.com/details.php?n=ametista&submit=Submit

3)    Apt. VINCENT - Spacious apartment situated on the second floor of a typical classic Florentine house, located between Piazza San Marco and Piazza Indipendenza, near Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini and Opificio