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5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

Boccaccio, Dante and Machiavelli are probably the first authors who come to mind for those who want to read something interesting about Florence. But these are great classics in world literature, difficult to read and understand without proper preparation. Tuscan Feeling suggests you 5 Books to Read before coming in Florence.

5 Books to read before to come in Florence

5 Books to read before to come in Florence

E. M. Forster, A Room with a View (1908)

A timless classic written in 1908, but still full of passion. It tells the story of a young upper-middle class woman who leaves Edwardian England in order to visit Italy, Florence in particular, accompanied by her older cousin, Charlotte. Their life in Florence is a comparizon between the strict Victorian and the more liberal ways of living that were common in the city at time. It is a stylish and a very british photography of Florence in the first years of the XX century and it is still a great novel.

5 books to read before coming in Florence

5 books to read before coming in Florence

Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun, 1996

A great novel, easy to read and a great ‘reportage’ that gives a sense of Italian and tuscanian lifestyle. A classic American divorcee moves to Italy and restores an Italian villa. In our personal experience of real estate agents operating on the international market since 1997, we can tell you that this story is one of the many stories of our customers. You can not imagine how many people come to Tuscany from every country in the world and buy an apartment or a villa to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the local lifestyle.

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

Christopher Hibbert, The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall (1974)

The Medici family were influential for the history of Florence. This book by Hibbert is a classic that plunges into the depths of the history of the dynasty, which ruled in Florence for more than 4 centuries. Florence was a fiery powerful city-state. Medicis controlled every aspects of politics, science, art and religion in town and in the whole Europe. Under their influence were scientists and artists as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Buontalenti, Jean de Boulogne and Galileo.

Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence, 1959

Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence, 1959

Mary McCarthy, The Stones of Florence, 1959

A real tribute to Florence, that weaves Florentine culture, history, art, and architecture into a fully personal portrait of the city. Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci will have no secrets for you. Reading this book will introduce you to the complex history of one of the most influential town of Europe during the Renaissance, plus you will know many hidden aspects about Florence.

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

5 Books to Read before coming in Florence

Lonely Planet, Florence & Tuscany, 2017

Where do you plan to go without a good guide? Lonely Planet is simply the best and among the few to guide you through a city full of things to see and know. It will be your salvation when choosing a restaurant, getting to know a museum schedule, understanding how to make a online booking. It will help you to understand the city’s lifestyle and where are the best place around for live music. Internet is helpfull – we all know it – but the great offer of Florence on the web may cost you hours and hours of readings with your tablet. Would you rather relax in front of a good glass of Chianti?

For your readings, Tuscan Feeling recommends one of its many apartments in the historic center or the hills of Florence:

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

Salva

Salva

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover. Florence is a beautiful town with lots of things to see, even with many surprises for those who want to deepen their knowledge of Florence by visiting places less frequented by tourists. Tuscan Feeling suggests a list of places not to be missed in Florence, to discover its mysterious side.

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1) The Church of San Miniato al Monte

The church of San Miniato al Monte is a real place to discover! Less known than other church for its less central location (it is located above piazzale Michelangelo), it is the oldest (the oratory dates back to the 3rd century AD) in town. A superb architecture, gives it a special charm from the top of its position, the church majestically dominate the whole city. The light is low and from the semi-darkness there are golden lamps, marble columns, the floor is covered with tombs. The abbey still hosts Benedictine monks, who prepare cakes and handicrafts, and overall gives a rare sense of intimacy and solemnity.

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover

The Stibbert Museum

About Florence city of arts, we have to mention the Stibbert Museum, located just outside the historic center, in the villa of the same name belonged to an English nobleman. His great passione & love for antiquity, as well as his money, has allowed his residence to become a true museum with more than 50,000 pieces that make up his private collection: from porcelain to furniture, from clothes to famous medieval armor. The Japanese collection is the largest in the world outside of Japan. At Frederick Stibbert’s death the entire fortune was donated to the city of Florence.

The Museum Home of Rodolfo Siviero

The Casa Rodolfo Siviero Museum, more commonly known as Casa Siviero, is located on the lungarno Serristori, in the district of Oltrarno in Florence. It is a neo-Renaissance style building designed by Giuseppe Poggi, the greatest creator of the transformations of the city in 1800. Rodolfo Siviero was a minister in the 1950s, but mainly engaged in recovering many of the most important artworks stolen illegally during World War II, bringing them back to our country. Upon his disappearance in 1983 he donated his home with a collection of works of art and his library to the Tuscany region, which opened the premises on the ground floor as a house-museum. Among the best works are some 14th-century polychrome wooden statues, painted with gold, crockery, bronze, reliquary and antique furniture. There are also works of contemporary artists to whom he was linked with friendships (Ardengo Soffici, Giorgio De Chirico, Pietro Annigoni, Giacomo Manzù).

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover

Mysteries in Florence, a city to discover

Villa medicea La Petraia

The Villa Medicea La Petraia is located in the hilly area of ​​Castello, in via Petraia 40 in Florence. It is considered one of the most beautiful and celebrated Medici villas, located in a panoramic position overlooking the city of Florence. The property had the Brunelleschi family as the first owner and then, after long strikes, passed to the Medici. In 1587 Cardinal Ferdinand became Grand Duke made radical changes to the structure of the building: the fourteenth-century central tower was converted into a belvedere but the most significant changes took place in the garden. The space was divided into three magnificent terraces: in the first were orchards of dwarf plants, the second was adorned by flowerbeds, and the third was occupied by two large elliptical areas structured with trees and citrus.The villa is surrounded by greenery: on the front, in a panoramic position to the city, there are the formal gardens, while the backside extends the large English park. The formal gardens are divided on three levels, taking advantage of the irregular slope of the hill. The tallest terrace on the floor of the building, with a large view of Florence, is composed of two large gardens; The east one is called the lawn of the figurine and the one west of the Ponente Plane or lawn of the chestnut trees.2722px; left: 135px;”>Salva</span>

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Rent your apartment in Florence!

Apt. CASA ORNELLA – 140 m2 – 1 e 2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

Apt. LOUISE – 110 m2 – 1+ 2 piano floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

Apt. CANNETO – 25 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Canneto

Apartment Canneto

Apt. IL CORNO – 85 m2 – 3nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALOHA – 155 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

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