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Street Food in Florence. A great idea to have a snack as they should.

Schiacciata

Schiacciata in Florence.

Street food in Florence? What a wonderful idea! It is the best choice for a lunch, a fast snack or something to eat at night, after a show! Whatever you like and whereever you are, it is always a great idea. It is faster and cheaper than a lunch at the restaurant, and the italian street food hides the true flavors and the very essence of a every town. In Italy we have a real tradition of street food. Living in the centre of Florence in one of our apartments, it is the best way to experiment the florentine street food.

The ‘schiacciata’ it’s a thin baked bread, seasoned with olive oil and salt. Before putting it in the oven, it compresses the dough with fingers in some places, to create the characteristic “holes” on the top. It is probably the most famous snack in Florence. Children love them and florentine all usually grow up eating schiacciata for snack. If you are around the Uffizi Gallery, you have to try the ‘schiacciata’ in a place called All’Antico Vinaio, in De’ Neri Street. It is an historical shop and in 2013 won the Trip Advisor prize for the best street food in town. It is a small and crowdy placel. Here you find many different quality of schiacciata, filled with ham, salami, pecorino cheese, aubergines, souces, artichoke cream or mozzarella. Of course, you can eat your schiacciata with a tasty glass of wine. The place is really cheap and nice, the quality is good, but it is really touristic. Few florentines stop here.

If you want to eat ‘schiacciata’, Pugi Bakery Shop is a real must in Florence. The place opened in 1925 and it has 3 different stores: in S. Marco Square, San Gallo Street and Orsini Street. Pugi’s schiacciata is golden and crisp. Florentines loves to eat it simple, with no filling, but you can also have it filled with ham, mortadella, cheese or salami. You can find here take away pizza, cakes and sweeties. During Easter and Carnival you can find also some tipical florentine sweets as ‘cenci’, ‘frittelle di riso’, ‘schiacciata con l’uva’ and ‘pan di ramerino’.

Another nice place to eat street food is I Due Fratellini. It opened in 1875 in Via de Cimatori since 1875, but in recent times it was bought and managed b two brothers, Armando and Michele Perrini. The place is really small and clients are used to eat outside the door. They are specialist in preparing really Tuscan sandwiches: ham, goat cheese, green sauce, wild boar sausage, raw sausage, eggplant and marinated bacon specialties. The menu features a number of proposals ready to eat, but you can also combine the ingredients according to your fantasy. Behind the counter are wooden shelves filled with bottles of wine, the perfect accompaniment to the sandwich. Panini are cheap and the quality is superb.

Lampredotto in Florence.

Lampredotto

If you want to eat the real Florentine street food you have to taste the tipical sandwich with the lamprey, the famous ‘lampredotto, a real institution in town. All the kiosks you can find in town are well known and reputable. Near St. Ambrogio market you will find Sergio and Pier Paolo‘s lamprey kiosk in Via de’ Macci. Another great place is the lamprey kiosk in Via Gioberti. where you can taste lamprey in different versions: in inzimino or with baked beans, potatoes or artichokes. nd the city. How about you come up a bit ‘of hunger?

If you want an apartment in the heart of Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. VINCENT – 65 m² – 4 people (without elevator) – 2nd floor

Apartment Vincent

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Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Apartment San Lorenzo

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Expat in Florence? Tips and tricks for those who want to relocate in Florence and live happy. Lesson 1: finding an apartment and learning italian.

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Your house in Florence!

For an expat in Florence, learning Italian is not a matter of life or death. You can live the every day life – grocery shopping for example – just knowing a few words of Italian. However, learn Italian properly, will help you feel at home and be able to face any kind of argument with your new Florentines friends, colleagues or neighbors. A good acquaintances of the Italian language, however, will be useful for facing directly the italian bureaucracy.
Learning italian will be easy for you, living in Florence, just a process of trial and error. So don’t be shy and start using your italian in your every day life!
Anyway, you can attend local schools or having a private teacher, but the best is that you improve your italian every day, in your own life. If you are planning to attend a school, we suggest you: the British Institute, Istituto il David or Linguaviva School.
Once you have learned the Italian language, you will be fully master of your life: you can open buy your own a bank account, read a contract, discuss with a lawyer, read a book or simply chat with friends. You will not depend from other expats in Florence anymore. This will prevent you from having only expat friends and from isolating yourself.
Probably, as many other expats, you will pass through different stages of ‘culture shock’. From an emotional start of full loving for the city to a growing irritation or anger for your new country. It is a common feeling and something that you have to pass by. Everything is connected to your ability in learning italian and start friendships with local people. The more you can express freely with new friends, the more you will feel at home. Anyway, if you are american, canadian, australian english, indian, african, chinese or japanese, you don’t have to embrace the italian style of life in a non critical way. If you love to have a large american breakfast in the morning, you don’t have to eat just a cappuccino and small brioche! Learning italian properly and preserve your roots, will help you to have a good psychological balance.

While in Florence is difficult for an expat to be hired by someone, it is equally true that it is the right city to start their own start-ups. Florence is an international city, attention to culture and to the new initiatives. In Florence, tourism and trade are two fields that produce huge revenues. If you have the right idea, you can do it here. Florence could be not properly cheap for you. Many expat are surprised from the cost of italian utilities (gas, electricity and water), as well from the cost of trains and bus. In another hand, food is fine and cheap. Restaurants are at an affordable price. Fashion shopping in Florence is something that you can become and addict for, but it is not cheap. Taxes in Italy are really high, but health care is cheap and in Florence is a first quality service. As one of the most important italian town, Florence has modern infrastructure systems.

Florence is a town manageable to explore easily on foot. You will discover a large number of public green spaces, as well as stunning architecture. In any case, we suggest you to buy a bicycle. It is the easier and cheaper way to go around town, because Florence has a large and ever growing network of cycle paths.

Even before the language and other useful things, an expat in Florence has to worry about having a place to live. Finding a place to live is a priority when settling in town.
Finding a house in Florence could not be easy, if you need to stay for a long term stay. You have to consider many important factors: cost, location, different house features, transportation, brightness, utilities, furniture. A good tip, if you are renting directly from an owner, if you are looking for a long term stay, might be to take an apartment for one month, to see in person the long term choice.

Renting directly from owners means pros an cons. It should be cheap, but often it is not. Owners are not interest in their house reputation, they overvalue their homes and sometimes they manage people in horrible ways. When troubles happen, some owners have a unacceptable resolution times.

An international Real Estate Agency, as Tuscan Feeling, give great attention to its reputation with clients. We usually help our clients to find the best place at the more affordable price according to their needs. We can provide a fast service as we are at your disposal every day at every time (for any kind of real troubles), via phone, email or in person. The price of an apartment changes very much depending on lenght of stay, and quality of apartment. Take a look at our website for having an idea of what we can offer you or just read our blog for learning more about our policy and way of working.

Renting long term will force the owner to register the contract. This means that when you are in Florence you’ll need to get a codice fiscale, kind of social security number that neds to be part of the rental contract. Apart from that, only a copy of your passport is needed. The codice fiscale is mandatory for working, having a bank account and healthcare. We can help you to get it for an extra price.

Apt. PAULA – 55sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Paula's living room and kitchen

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Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor – for 3 persons

Lorenzo Apartment

Lorenzo Apartment

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

La Pace apartment

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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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Discover the Mercato Centrale! Fruit, vegetables, meat, delicacies, culture and new trends.

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The Main Hall of the Mercato Centrale in Florence.

If you have the chance to live near Piazza Duomo or the wonderful Central Market, you’re really lucky.
You do not have to worry about where you buy your meal, spending hours to find exclusive and special foods and what to do in the evening. The new Mercato Centrale will be, for you, the perfect place to shop, eat a snack, drink a glass of wine and listen to live music, deciding which shows or museum to choose for the next day. Tuscan Feeling offers many apartments in that area, in the heart of the historic center of Florence, for long and short rentals (www.tuscanfeeling.com). Living in this area, with your own apartment, is truly an unforgettable experience, because you will have all the freedom to live exactly as the Florentines themselves.

The multi colored Mercato Centrale (http://www.mercatocentrale.it/) is located between Florence via dell’Ariento, via Sant’Antonino and via Panicale. It was one of the major buildings of the reconstruction’s period; when Florence was the capital of Italy, in the late nineteenth century. To build the covered market was necessary to destroy an entire city block, which stood in a maze of narrow streets, ancient but rather unhealthy. The area came out haggard, but beautified and ennobled. Florence, in fact, needed a covered market of new concept, as well as those that already had risen in many European capitals, such as London, Paris, Budapest or Vienna.

The architect was Giuseppe Mengoni (1870-1874), who designed the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. He took inspiration by the market of Les Halles in Paris. The result was remarkable, especially for the time, with the use of modern materials, such as iron, glass and cast iron. All around the market, Mengoni designed a loggia, composed of 10 arches in classic style on each side, with slender columns of stone. The inauguration took place in 1874 with the International Exhibition of Agriculture.

It was a success from the start! The city felt projected into modernity. The spaces inside were occupied by the best shops in Florence. Fresh meat, quality fruits and vegetables, bakeries, delicacies shops and small places for drinking a glass of good wine, were the goods that people can find there, once upon a time. There was no family, who lived in the old town, which did not do their own costs there. Over time, two world wars, the reconstruction and the arrival of supermarkets and big malls, the Central Market became obsolete and poorly attended. Inside, the shops lost their function of serving the common people and became progressively a showcase for tourists, with excellent products, but not crowded. The top floor of the market, with the closure of a number of shops, was closed in the late nineties. In 2014, however, it was re-opened on the first floor of the complex, with a number of restaurants and activities, which re-launched the Mercato Centrale as the center of attraction for the Florentines, foodies and tourists. Exclusive restaurants, local appetizers, great places for snacks, live music and cultural events, are the ingredients for the rebirth of a truly innovative space.

The market now is crowded again, but service times of shops and eateries are really very fast. It is a very special stage for those who visit Florence, which combines speed and good food: from tasty hamburger of ‘Chianina’ meat, delicious vegetarian menus, excellent fish dishes and a lot of pasta, that you can choose. At the time of the ‘apertivo’, it is the best place in Florence to spend some time with friends, choosing a glass of fine wine, tasty Italian craft beers or a glass of Spritz. Perhaps with even a bit ‘of live music: jazz, blues, classical or some local indie band. A place to love and to live at any time of day!

If you want to live in the nearby of the Mercato Centrale, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. CAROLINA – 65 m2 – 1st floor – for 4 persons

Apartment Carolina

Apartment Carolina

Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor – for 3 persons

Lorenzo Apartment

Lorenzo Apartment

If you love the area, and you are looking for a great apartment to buy in the nearby, Tuscan Feeling suggests:

Apt. STUFA – 60 m2 – 3rd floor – for 3 persons

Stufa Apartment

Stufa Apartment