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ENJOY YOUR CAPPUCCINO IN FLORENCE!

A Cappuccino in Florence

A Cappuccino in Florence.

ENJOY YOUR 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

Oblate

Oblate

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

Convento Battilani

Convento Battilani

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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Have you ever been in the oldest European Pharmacy? Visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence!

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The Wonderful Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Via della Scala, in Florence Italy.

Cosmetics, body care products, perfumes, soaps and creams, extracts and essences are your thing? You have to visit the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, during your stay in Florence.

The famous Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella, o Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria Novella is in Via della Scala, 16 in Florence in a part of an ancient convent. It is considered the oldest historic pharmacy across Europe. It is active since almost 4 centuries, and it is one of the oldest businesses of the town of Florence.

Ancient chronicles Florentine tell us that already in 1300 the Dominicans of Santa Maria Novella started selling the famous rose water as a disinfectant, used especially during epidemics of plague. The ‘acqua di rose’ is still sold by the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, and is one of the most popular fragrances choosed by many women: simple and natural, with a gentle tone.

The monks still today cultivate medicinal plants (so-called ‘semplici’, hence the name ‘Giardino dei Semplici’) in an adjoining garden, they distille herbs and flowers, do essences, elixirs, salves and balms.

Entering the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is like jumping back in time. The frescoed walls and decorations make the place truly magic. You will walk through large rooms, strung like a maze of art and details. You will see the fascinating ‘Sala di Vendita’, the prestigious ‘Sala Verde’ and the mysterious ‘Sala della spezieria’, in addition to the beautiful ‘Sagrestia’ and the interesting Museum. The museum, develops in those rooms who were once the production workshops. A path through the machines once used for processing, glasses, ancient pottery and vessels of brass and bronze.

Are you undecided about what you want to buy, or you just want to know more about the place and objects? No problems!
All necessary information to curious customers can be found in one of the great interactive digital display, or, remaining tied to tradition, are available in many languages of the beautiful parchments containing the history of the laboratory, but also an endless list of cosmetic products.

Of course, the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella is not only a museum, but above all it is a place to buy unique products of great quality. Such as natural and hypoallergenic fragrances, ranging from colognes, essences, triple extracts. The sweetest scents such as iris, rose, gardenia, those cooler as verbena, vetiver or the particular water of Sicily are what Tuscan Feeling suggest you to try and buy.

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Santa Maria Novella essences…

The same essences are used in the soaps’ production, which are left to mature in special ventilated cabinets. You will definitely kidnapped by the packages’ refined beauty and by the exclusive potpourri’s aroma: a Tuscan hills’ blend of herbs and flowers, macerated in terracotta jars coming from the small village of Impruneta.

The ancient Pharmacy is near the Santa Maria Novella church, situated just across from the main railway station which shares its name. It is the first great basilica in Florence and the city’s main Dominican church. It was built in 1360. Leon Battista Alberti designed the upper part in 1420. In 1567 the architect Giorgio Vasari did the first remodeling of the church. Inside you will find works by Giambologna, Filippino Lippi, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Ghirlandaio and many many others.

The area, near the Stazione Centrale di Santa Maria Novella, It is very old and is in the heart of the historical center of Florence. An area of great impact on tourism, but it has the merit of having kept its charm and retained many small shops.

In this area you can find many Tuscan Feeling‘s apartments. We could suggest you, for having an idea, a couple of different location to rent with us:

Apt. LECCIO: 45 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

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Among the antique shops and small libraries in the area, you will find this lovely apartment with tasteful décor and functional, designed for those who want to experience Florence with all the comfort. This loft is located at 4 Floor of an ancient tower-house (62 steps) and consists of a large room comprising entrance hall, the dining area, a fully equipped kitchen corner with 4 burner stove, oven, fridge, microwave, washer-dryer and dishwasher, toaster, american coffee machine and lounge with TV. Bathroom with shower and separate small compartment with the toilet (size 1.5 mx 0.55 m): This division brings back to mind the taste back to the early twentieth century. From the living room a staircase rises to the loft where there is a double bed and walk-in closet (dressing room). The views overlooking the roof garden of a hotel with several oak trees.

Apt DADO: 40 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Dado Apartment in Florence

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Modern and elegant apartment, recently restored, very near from the Arno River and the Central Railway Station of Santa Maria Novella, near the old Piazza Goldoni. In ancient times, Middle Ages, the city walls of Florence ended in this place and this place was an ancient center of trade in goods from the River Arno. Today is a border area between the fashion streets with clothes shops, accessories and griffe and those of Florence’s most popular, with excellent restaurants and quaint craft shops. Among the small antique shops and bookstores in the area, it is located this lovely apartment, with elegant and functional furnishings. The apartment, recently restored and well furnished, consists of a bright living room where there is a sofa and a TV-LCD, as well as a functional kitchenette (2 burner stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and small electric oven). The room is quiet and spacious room with 1 double bed, which if necessary can be divided into 2 comfortable single beds. The property includes a bathroom with shower, where the washing machine is located, and a practical storeroom.

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

Mercato Centrale Apartments

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