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5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

In Florence you can live as tourists or travelers, it is a truly international city. But after a few weeks, you really need to become an authentic Florentine. We – at Tuscan Feeling – suggest you to do 5 things to do for becoming authentic Florentines!

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

1) We start from the night. To become true Florentines, one must do something really romantic: admiring the dawn from Piazzale Michelangelo. The panorama, from this historic square just outside the city, is really breathtaking, and it’s the right way to end a night of excesses with a bit of poetry. You arrive by car through Michelangelo Avenue, or climb up the countless steps of the Poggi Ramps that start from the square of the same name. From the belvedere you can admire the Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo, the Bargello, and in the distance the hills of Fiesole and Settignano.

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

2) The rite of initiation to Florentine life is to taste a typical sandwich to the tripe of bovine: the lampredotto, accompanied by a glass of wine. Quite simply, you can enjoy this Florentine delight on your feet, beside the ‘trippaio’. The panino should be seasoned with green sauce or spicy oil, or you may even be asked to soak the upper breadcrumb in the hot sauce. In via de ‘Macci or in the square of Porta Romana you find the best place around. And you may have the chance to meet there someone from Tuscan Feeling‘s staff…

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

3) Wine – especially red – is one of Florentine ‘excellence’. Drinking wine, moderately, is the best way to become true Florentines. You can choose among the best wine shops in the city, or choose a crowded and popular place, but definitely typical. A glass of wine accompanied by a good ‘schacciata’ is the best thing to do. The Antique Vinaio in via de ‘Neri is attended by students, workers, professionals, tourists, simple people, artists, lawyers, university professors and many others. The salami and cheese counter is a spectacle for the eyes and the prices are low.

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

4) One of the most typical things for the Florentines is to eating, anytime, an ice cream in the Badiani shop in Viale dei Mille. When you enter this beautiful ice cream parlor you can see the elegance of the furnishings and the great variety of tastes of the ice creams. Badiani get of his reputation for the “Buontalenti Creme” invention (they got the copyright), a delicate cream and cream flavor, also used to enrich coffee and hot chocolate in lieu of milk or cream.

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

5) To be really a Florentine – there are few alternatives – you have to support the local football team: Fiorentina. It’s hard to understand and explain what it’s like to be a Fiorentina die hard supporter. The link between city and team is very strong. Whoever loves Fiorentina knows that victory is a sort of utopia, but when it comes, it has eternal emotions that will never be forgotten by successive generations, such as the two defeated champions: the first in 1956 and the second in 1969. Joys and sorrows, but that are an integral part of being Florentine. The team got purple colors, and there are few football teams in the world with the same colors. That’s why, the Fiorentina are called also Viola (purple in italian). Are you ready to say: ‘Alé Viola’?

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

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

5 Things to do for becoming real Florentines

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle – In the winter, Florence is truly unique and the visitor can appreciate its most authentic side when roads are less frequented by tourists’ bites and fugitives. Yes, it is true, in Florence the tourist season lasts ten months a year, but in winter the tourists also allow long times.

The best time to watch the city is in November (now) in February. Christmas parties, however, bring to Florence an incredible number of tourists and are a very special moment for the city itself.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

1. Light

The Florentine winters are stiff with many rainy days, but snow is rare (except for exceptional cases) and many are windy days.The wind of ‘tramontana’ sweeps the streets and cleanses the sky from the clouds, revealing an intense blue sky, with a light that ‘sculpts’ the outlines of palaces and bell-towers, without mistlets and mist. The winter light is beautiful and makes the city stand out to its fullest, remembering many scenarios of the most renowned Renaissance paintings.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

2. Space

In winter, finally, the old town becomes less chaotic and you can walk in the streets without a hurry. Early in the morning, many streets in the center are deserted. The offices, in fact, open at 9:00 AM and many shops at 10:00 AM. You can have breakfast in one of the beautiful bars in the Old Town or listen to the tapping of the bells. It’s a great time to enjoy the most authentic things in town.

3. Happy visitors

The lesser flow of tourists in the city allows for better management of the workforce. That is why travelers who stop at Florence in Winter can be satisfied with their stay. From city info offices – which are open and not crowded – to hotels and apartments for rent, to restaurants where it’s easier to find a place. The city does not close for low season, it is only a lot more relaxed and the visitor doubly happy.

4. The museums

The sensational news is that in Winter – in museums – the queues are not, or are really, very small. This is not the case for all the remaining months of the year, because you know that in Florence to visit the Uffizi, you have to book the ticket with weeks in advance. The largest museum halls are far from deserted, but you can appreciate every work with great calm and enjoy every visit. In particular, we recommend visiting the so-called minor museums, such as the Bardini Museum and the Horne Museum.

4. The surroundings

Florence is surrounded by hills, which means that not far from the historic center you can find the beautiful countryside of Chianti and Mugello. In the immediate surroundings of the city, there are wonderful walking walks to enjoy a beautiful landscape with a view, asleep by the winter but with warm colors illuminated by light. An unforgettable experience to do is to go via Sister Maria Celeste, passing the Arcetri Observatory, or walk along the Colli Boulevard. Just go to the historic center for a dip in the countryside and feel the feeling of walking in an ancient painting of the Renaissance.

Florence in Winter: 5 Reasons to Love Its lifestyle

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