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A Cappuccino in Florence

A Cappuccino in Florence.


Everyone loves coffee and cappuccino even more!!!
What’s more rewarding to enjoy a good coffee or cappuccino in a great bar?
Only one thing more: enjoy a coffee or a cappuccino with a great sweet !!!

Tuscan Feeling‘s (www.tuscanfeeling.com) real estate agents has a real passion for cappuccino, coffee and especially for good sweets. That’s why, for our tenants, we decided to throw down a list of our favorite 5 bars in Florence.

1) Scudieri (Piazza di San Giovanni, 19) is a very elegant café, right in the city centre. It opened in 1939. The expresso is strong with a great flavour, usually served in porcelain cups. You can find here a huge pastry cabinet and a marble bar topped with silver coffee machine. The venue very inviting and you can drink your cappuccino in a real relaxing atmosphere.

Caffé Scudieri

Caffé Scudieri

2) Caffè Giacosa (Via della Spada, 10/r) Another old florentine café, beloved from the florentines theirselves. Giacosa is pretty famous for their speciality as the espresso topped with cream and chocolate or the tasty ‘marocchino’. Giacosa is a property of Roberto Cavalli fashion brand, who bought some years this hystoric café and made it a real meeting point. Usually it is very busy and crowded. The atmosphere is not relaxed, because Giacosa is a business bar. People here are used to drink their café or cappuccino while talking about fashion or marketing with their colleagues.

Caffé Giacosa

Caffé Giacosa

3) Tuscan Feeling‘s real estate agents are lucky enough (or are not lucky at all, given the continuing temptation to have breakfast here) to work a few minutes away from ‘I Dolci di Massimo’ (Piazza Gualfredotto da Milano, 14/r) It is perhaps one of the best pastry shops in Florence and is located in the south of the city, just few minutes from our office. It ‘a real florentine institution and our favorite place for breakfast. The all pastries and sweets are homemade and they are superfine.

I Dolci di Massimo

I Dolci di Massimo

4) Coccole e cioccolato (Via dei Ginori 55/57r.) Located in the heart of Florence, few steps from Duomo, Coccole & Cioccolato sells the most delicious small pieces of chocolate and cakes for your coffee or tea around. The place is really cozy full of retro gadgets. You can have here a quick coffee break or relaxing with friends.

Coccole e Cioccolato

Coccole e Cioccolato

5) Caffè Letterario (Piazza delle Murate) is located inside the former prison Le Murate in the heart of S. Ambrogio area. The prison closed in 1985 and since then the Italian architect Renzo Piano has transformed the area into a stylish brand new architecture. The Café is right in the middle of the big courtyard. This place is magnificent on warm summer days and nights when you can sit outside and enjoy a cocktail, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. The place offers aperitivo, lunch and dinner and there are several cultural events such as live concerts, dj sets, exhibitions, films or events for children. It is a must if you are studying in Florence. Here you find a fully working wifi and you can spent the whole day studying, skyping with your unlucky friends at home or just looking around for finding a good company for your evenings and nights in Florence.

If you want an apartment in the heart of Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. CONVENTO BATTILANI – 70 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

La Pace

La Pace

Apt. OBLATE – 40 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons



Apt. LA PACE – 75 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Convento Battilani

Convento Battilani

A concise guide for renting a student apartment in Florence.

Tuscan Feeling's website opening page


Why a student have to choose an apartment in Florence instead to live in hotel or in other places?

An apartment, provides you a different quality of life for your stay in Florence. You will find yourself hanging around in local markets buying your own bread, zucchini, tomatoes, salami or pecorino cheese. You will have the chance to buy and taste some exclusive bottle of wines with your friends and cook for them your own meals.
You will have all the room you need for studying, designing, painting or just relaxing yourself. The most important thing of all is to choose the right apartment for you.

The first thing most students get wrong, about renting an apartment in Italy, is they assume – wrongly – they can only rent one by the month. It is totally wrong. Tuscan Feeling, as many other international real estate companies, can provide you a long term rental, as long as you need.

Tuscan Feeling rent apartment on yearly or monthly basis. You can also rent apartments by the week, or even for just three nights.

Of course, apartments are rented at different nightly, weekly, and monthly rates, which vary by the quality of the apartment and the furnishing, the number of rooms and people, and the area of Florence where the apartment is. Everything is well indicated in every page of our website relating to each individual apartment.

In addition to technical data, related to the apartment (square meter, price, number of beds), Tuscan Feeling pays special attention to the completeness of the individual descriptions of the apartments. The descriptions, in fact, are the result of our thoughts and observations, after our careful examination visit. In them, you will find the strengths and weaknesses of each apartment, including the number of steps to climb (in the absence of a lift), the exact number of plans and a precise description of the appliances in your home.

We dedicate also much space to the description of the area and places of interest in the vicinity of each apartment. On each page, they are also shown useful places for the life of every day, such as proximity to banks, pharmacies, hospitals, small grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, or large supermarkets.

Comparing apartments by our site, it is not impossible, but we suggest you to ask in advance our offers. We could provide you a long list of free apartments, also showing you new entries at affordable prices.
Students are used to send us their request specifying budget and the school they are going to be part. Don’t forget to tell us you what are your real needs, and what you like and dislike. Our goal is to have satisfied clients.

Each apartment’s page on our website are with several pictures. Unlike what usually can be seen on the world wide web, we do not use a professional photographer who embellish the apartments that we propose you.
Our policy is to take pictures when we visit the apartments and to catch, in our experience, the important aspects. Our goal is to provide our customers a portfolio with realistic images, without filters, without wide-angle objectives, lighting installation and photoshop treatments.

We have now lost count of the times in which our customers have told us that the apartment is much nicer than they had imagined, looking at our photos.
For us, as long experienced real estate agents, it is a real great compliment. As amateur photographers, however, it forces us to improve our technique yet!
Tuscan Feeling provides you a professional service. We will send you a contract in english and italian in advance, just for you to know all the rental terms.
A deposit (or caparra) will usually be necessary to hold your reservation. The amount depends from the kind of rentals you have chosen. It is clearly indicated in the apartment page as well as all the additional costs. Long term rental contracts in Italy, usually, doesn’t comprise the utilities: gas, water and electricity, and the final cleaning fee.
The price of the utilities (as well as the final cleaning fee) is also indicated in the rental contract that we will send you in advance. All the utilities, as well as the rental fee, should be paid month per month. WiFi is usually an extra cost and should be asked in advance, for being sure that you can Skype with your parents (or your boy/girlfriend!) as well as you enter in your florentine apartment!
We also ask you to pay a deposit against potential damages. The money will be refunded when you check out. In the contract, you will also can read our cancellation policy.

At the moment of your check in a representative will usually meet you at the front door of the apartment, at a prearranged time according to your travel plan. Be sure to give us a working mobile phone number in Italy and, please, leave it on when you are in Florence!

He or she will lead you to the flat, show you which keys fit which locks, location of the fuse box, where are all the central controls for heating, gas, electricity, water, A/C. For avoiding any kind of problem we will provide in advance a local number to call if you have questions.
Most kitchens come fully equipped, but there are diffences between apartments. So check our website, to be sure that your apartment has dishwater, washing machine, oven or microwave. Towels and linens are provided, but maid service is an extra cost to ask in advance. Remember: You’re living like a local, which includes taking out the trash and recycling. Your host will show how and when you have to do that.

So, live like the locals and rent your own flat in Florence – it will likely be as cheap as (if not cheaper than) a hotel, plus will get you a kitchen and the other amenities of everyday life!

Here you find some suggestions for your stay in Florence:

Apt. S. APOSTOLI – 35sqm – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. S. Apostoli terrace


Apt. AMETISTA – 70sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Ametista's living room


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

Apt. Paula's living room and kitchen


‘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

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