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Florence: a concise guide to the hidden gems

Villa la Petraia

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Florence is a city that can surprise you. Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the Medici Chapels, the Uffizi and hundreds of places to visit, well known and appreciated all over the world.There are, however, places that are worth a visit for their extraordinary beauty and that are frequented and known by few tourists.

Stibbert Villa and Park

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There are, however, places that are worth a visit for their extraordinary beauty and that are frequented and known by few tourists. We selected five places that are expensive places we love, respect and appreciate. For this reason, for their beauty, Tuscan Feeling wants to share them with you.

Here you find Florence: a concise guide to the hidden gems…

Stibbert Museum's Garden

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Stibbert Museum

Considered one of the most unusual museums in Florence, the Stibbert collects a wide and bizarre collection of arms and armor of every age and country: European, Islamic and Japanese. The exposure’s eclecticism is coupled with the extraordinary english style park of the villa. Walking around, you’ll come across really curious monuments, including a small temple in the Egyptian style, with obelisk and a pyramid spire, in the middle of an artificial lake.

Via Frederick Stibbert, 26
From Monday to Wednesday, 10-14. From Friday to Sunday, 10-18 (closed on Thursdays)
Ticket € 8.00

Stibbert Museum

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Palazzo Davanzati

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Palazzo Davanzati

Do you want to find out how they lived the rich families of Florence in the Late Middle Ages? Well – less than two hundred meters from the church of Santa Trinita – you can visit Palazzo Davanzati! Inside, there is the Museum of the Old Florentine House. A charming courtyard introduces the visit of the collections: paintings, sculptures, laces, ceramics, from the day room, the study and the bedroom, the kitchen and the servants’ rooms. Exactly like living in the fourteenth century, with original furnishings. Here, only a few ‘pieces’ were reconstructed and what you will see comes from the original ancient Florentine houses.

Via di Porta Rossa, 13
Da lunedì a domenica, 8.15-13.50.
Biglietto € 2.00

Villa la Petraia

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Villa La Petraia

Villa Petraia is a fascinating Medicean architecture on a panoramic terrace on the outskirts of Florence, in the small hamlet of Castello. From its viewpoint you dominate the lush garden below and a breathtaking view of the city. Originally, it was a country residence, but the Grand Duke Ferdinando de’ Medici decided to transform it into a princely residence. The whole project was built around the old central tower that was converted into a belvedere. The most significant changes took place in the garden. The space was divided on three magnificent terraces: in the first were planted orchards, the second was adorned with flower beds and the third was occupied by two large elliptical structured areas with trees and citrus.The inner courtyard of the villa, covered by a nineteenth-century stained glass, is decorated with frescoes by Volterra and Cosimo Daddi. The famous bronze sculpture of Giambologna’s Venus is visible inside. The visits to the garden are free.

Via della Petraia, 40

From Monday to Sunday
8,30AM hours – 4.30pm from November to February
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM March and October
8:30 AM – 7:00 PM from April to September
The Villa rooms are accessible with visits accompanied every hour starting at 8.45am, 9.30AM, 10.30AM
The last visit is fixed at 3,40PM (from November to February) – 4,40PM (March and October) – 3,40PM (from April to September).

Gucci Museum

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Gucci Museum

The ninety years of history of the famous Florentine fashion brand are all enclosed in this beautiful museum located on the Piazza della Signoria. On the ground floor is the large ‘Journey’ room, dedicated to luggage and the most glamorous accessories. On the first floor, the ‘World Flora’ and ‘Bags’ room, with artisanal excellence and historical models, the ‘Evening’ room, with clothes from the most chic evening, and ‘Precious’ room, a glittering display of clutch and valuables. On the top floor, the ‘Logomania’ sections, to celebrate the monogram with the double G, and finally the ‘Lifestyle room and Sport’. The museum also features a cafe, a bookstore and Icon Store, the shop for your designer purchases.

Piazza della Signoria, 10
Da lunedì a domenica, 10AM-8PM.
Biglietto intero € 6.00

Museo del Novecento

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Museo del Novecento

The Museo del Novecento of Florence is dedicated to Italian art of the twentieth century and offers a selection of about 300 masterpieces distributed in 15 exhibition areas, as well as a study room, a toilet designs and prints and a conference room and projections. The venue is the old hospital in the Leopoldine in Piazza Santa Maria Novella. It is the best place you can find to study the art of Giorgio de Chirico, explore the Italian futurism and see the treasures of Italian modernism.

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

Apt. S. JACOPO – 75 m2 – 6th floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

San Jacopo Apartment

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Apt. VIGNA – 45 m2 – 3rd floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Vigna Apartment

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Apt. GIUSTI D – 55 m2 – PT floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Giusti D Apartment

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Come and Learn Fashion & Marketing in Florence!

Polimoda School in Florence

Polimoda School in Florence

Summer study is not the highest of aspirations and fun. We agree with you!
But…. try to imagine you studying Fashion & Marketing in one the most beautiful Italian town: Florence! And we have not even remember that Florence is one of the capitals of international fashion.

Battistero

Battistero

Now, try to imagine yourself studying fashion and marketing in one of the prestigious schools in the city, with dedicated teachers and specialized in-depth lessons, together with people coming from all over the world.
Imagine youself in Florence, in your apartment, in the heart of the ancient historical center, where everything speaks of immortal art. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, but also Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Patrizia Pepe, Dolce & Gabbana.

Museo Ferragamo

Museo Ferragamo

Florence every year is chosen by thousands of students as a destination for their training in fashion and marketing. The city is home to many excellent schools that offer a wide range of professional courses, diplomas and master.

Among the Florentine schools of excellence is the well known International Fashion and marketing Institute Polimoda, which for over 30 years provides a high-level training in the field of fashion. What distinguishes Polimoda from others is to have a concrete answer to the needs of students with a particular focus on the world of fashion.

Model in Florence

Model in Florence

Polimoda organizes several summer fashion and marketing courses, focused for those they need to improve their curriculum and to help to all those students who are still searching for their way in fashion. Polimoda, during summertime offers brief, but intense and comprehensive courses.

You can choose from a large number of courses, which belong to different training areas:

Design & Technology
(Bag & Accessories Design, Drawing & Illustration, Fashion Design, Footwear Design)

Business and Management (Brand Management, Fashion Marketing, Luxury & Lifestyle)

Media & Communication (Fashion Writing, Fashion Communication)

Research & Trend Vision (Contemporary Fashion Studies,Trend Forecasting)

Polimoda Gallery

Polimoda Gallery

Attend Polimoda during the summer is a smart way to access a high-level professional knowledge and, simultaneously, while away the time in a study made of art and cultural holiday.

Brancacci Chapel

Brancacci Chapel

A training holiday or a summer course in Florence, city of art and Capital of Fashion, in one of the 10 best training centers in the world, that there permettereà to know the international community of Florence, learn Italian and visit museums such as overtime the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti see Pontevecchio and the Duomo, being out of breath in front of the Brancacci Chapel.

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

Apt. ROMEO – 90 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Apt. Romeo

Apt. Romeo

Apt. TRENTINO – 65 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Trentino

Trentino

Apt. VIGNA – 45 m2 – 3rd floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Vigna

Vigna

GOOD AS BREAD: THE 5 BEST BAKERIES IN FLORENCE

Pane Sciocco Toscano

In Italy, when we say that something is really good, we say: “It’s good as bread”.

In an Italian bakery you may find many different types of bread, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and even pizza. All at very affordable prices and takeaway. Bakeries are one of the best tips for anyone visiting an Italian town and looking for a place to eat quickly and cheaply.

Every Italian region, every town and every little village has its traditional bread. Sometimes it’s just a matter of form, more often than flour or leavening, but we can say that bread in Italy is something to discover and try in every place you are visiting.

The Tuscan and Florentine tradition, provides that the bread is unsalted (so-called ‘pane sciocco’). Ideal for making sandwiches with ham or salami, crostini or taste typical local cuisine. It is said that the lack of salt is due to historical clashes between the Pisans and the Florentines, and between Florence and the Papal States.

Il Pane Sciocco

If you want to taste the ‘pane sciocco’, the ‘schiacciata’, pizza and other delights in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggest you some very special places:

Pugi Forno

FORNO PUGI

It is a genuine piece of Florentine history, able to withstand the years. Born in 1925, in the first historic shop in Via Gabriele D’Annunzio (Campo di Marte area) now has 3 other outlets scattered throughout the city: from the historic center in Piazza San Marco to Firenze Sud area, in Via Giampaolo Orsini. The Florentines unconditionally loves Pugi for its ‘schiacciata’, high and well sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil, golden and soft. The bread, made in numerous types, from traditional without salt to the special breads with flour of any kind, is simply extraordinary.

Antico Forno del Giglio

ANTICO FORNO GIGLIO

Few steps from Piazza Beccaria, in via Gioberti, there’s the Antico Forno Giglio. It’s a real institution or people of neighboring areas. A small shop with a very long tradition and a large variety of products: from cakes to pizza. Bread and ‘schiacciata’ are a real must here.

Forno Becagli

FORNO BECAGLI

The Becagli furnace has more than a century and is much loved in the Borgo Ognissanti area. Those who live in this area would not love its ‘schiacciata’ and its wonderful bread. Despite its small size, every day Forno Becagli satisfy a wide range of customers between residents and tourists. We suggest you to try the ‘schiacciata’ stuffed with mushrooms and ham. Really tasty!

Forno Guasti

ANTICO FORNO GUASTI

It is located outside the historical center, in Le Cure district (15 minutes from the hystorical centre by bus). Le Cure is a typical area bulid during the first steps o the twentieth century. This bakery is in Via Del Ponte alle Riffe. The Antico Forno Guasti, is beloved in the area and considered one of the best in Florence, it has a traditional bread really well risen and an incredibly good ‘schiacciata’. The prices are cheap, but the choice is not comparable to what is offered by the bakeries in this list.

Il Pane del Mattino

IL PANE DEL MATTINO

It is located in the district of S. Jacopino, in the North area of Florence. Not many tourists who frequent it and it is a place of worship, although quite recently, for the inhabitants of the neighborhood, who gladly put in the queue to buy his delightful bread. The ‘schiacciata’ is fantastic too, but you should try also sandwiches (ready to eat) and pizza. It’s the best in town for the price.

Schiacciata

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

Apt. SERVI – 65 m2 – 2nd floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Servi

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Apt. PALAZZO NOTAI – 120 m2 – 5+6 floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Palazzo Notai

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

Apartment Lamberto

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