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THRILLER IN FLORENCE

Florence in Winter

Florence in Winter

Florence is a very quiet and safe city. This does not mean that in its history have occurred intrigues and crimes. Statistically speaking, they are just a small bunch! But some of which have caught media’s imagination and stimulated the writers’ fantasy.

Magdalen Nabb's beloved Oltrarno.

Magdalen Nabb’s beloved Oltrarno.

Magdalen Nabb was an english writer, who lived in Florence in the Oltrarno area. She wrote twelve crime novels featuring Marshal Guarnaccia of the Carabinieri, all set in Florence (in the same Oltrarno neighborhood), which she describes as ‘a very secret city. Walk down any residential street and you have no idea what is going on behind those blank walls. It’s a problem the Marshal comes up against all the time. A real good book to read about the old noble houses of Florence and about the Oltrarno lifestyle is The Marshal Makes His Report.

The Marshall Makes his Report

The Marshall Makes his Report

Magdalen Nabb was inspired by a real policeman, commander of a local Carabineri station, with whom she was to chat. It is one of the most famous Marshal Guarnaccia’s investigations. The story is complex and intriguing.When sudden death occurs in one of the oldest noble families in Florence, the only acceptable version is Accident. Marshal Guarnaccia doesn’t believe that what happened in the Palazzo Ulderighi was an accident, but he will be risking his career if he voices his conviction that something sinister has occurred. Yet when, after nine hundred years of survival by bloodshed, the ancient palazzo yields up its latest victim, the Marshal is proved right.

Dan Brown's Inferno.

Dan Brown’s Inferno.

Loggia del Porcellino

Loggia del Porcellino

It’s fascinating to read Hannibal, Thomas Harris’ sequel to his 1988 sensation The Silence Of The Lambs. Hannibal Lecter lives in a typical palazzo of Florence, and works as a museum curator under an alias. Florence is told as a dark and sinister city! The novel unfolds between the main tourist sites of Florence, demonstrating Harris’ intuition in ‘building’ best sellers and win film Oscars. From Palazzo Vecchio to the Cloister of the Santa Croce, from the ancient Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella to Ponte Vecchio, from the beloved Porcellino Fountain made by Pietro Tacca in 1612, to the loggia of Mercato Nuovo. The long trail of blood left by serial killer Hanibal Lecter follows via Dei Serragli, Piazza Tasso, and finally square off in Bellosguardo, where we loose his last traces.

Thomas Harris's Hannibal

Thomas Harris’s Hannibal

Among the Florentine writers, one of the most promising international names is certainly Marco Vichi. His thrillers are set in Florence, during the sixties. The protagonist is the controversial, ironic and clever Inspector Bordelli. Vichi’ most acclaimed book is Death in Florence. The rain is never-ending. When a young boy vanishes on his way home from school the police fear the worst, and Inspector Bordelli begins an increasingly desperate investigation. Then the flood hits. During the night of November 4th the swollen River Arno, already lapping the arches of the Ponte Vecchio, breaks its banks and overwhelms the city. Streets become rushing torrents, the force of the water sweeping away cars and trees, doors, shutters and anything else in its wake. In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy the mystery of the child’s disappearance seems destined to go unsolved. But obstinate as ever, Bordelli don’t give up. Bordelli’s investigation winds through the streets of Florence, between irony and twists.

Marco Vichi's Death in Florence

Marco Vichi’s Death in Florence

Unlike the literary fiction, Florence is a really quiet town, with rare cases in the news. According to the National Statistics it is one of the safest cities in Europe. Anyway, exploring Florence through the eyes of thriller authors is a truly immersive experience that Tuscan Feeling invite you to do.

Visiting Florence is like living in a book. If you want to live in a real book, we suggest you to choice one of Tuscan Feeling’s beloved apartments to rent:

Apt. GRECI – 55 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Apt. GRECI

Apt. GRECI

Apt. ANTICA CALDAIA – 90 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apt. ANTICA CALDAIA

Apt. ANTICA CALDAIA

Apt. BEATRICE – 65 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apt. BEATRICE

Apt. BEATRICE

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