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Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Tuscany – In Florence, as in the rest of Italy, it is tradition for carnival to throw small pieces of colored paper in the air, called ‘coriandoli’.

Some might ask: how did the custom, among children and young people, to launch ‘coriandoli’ for Carnival?

The story starts from afar, at least from the Middle Ages when, in place of the innocuous little pieces of colored paper, the young people threw themselves against the most dangerous rocks. Many decades passed but the problem remained current, so much so that even Girolamo Savonarola had to deal with it, to invite “the children to renounce them to wait rather than to devout practices”.

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

With the Renaissance things changed: the hard stones were replaced by the more ductile flask, which was nothing but a set of rags held tight by a rope. The game consisted of throwing it against it with violence and so much the better if it was weighed down by the water and the mota of the road.

To these raids, which began after the Epiphany and ended at Lent, also took part the scions of noble families and it seems that during the Carnival of 1534 there were just some balls tossed in error, to put tares among the families of the Medici and the Strozzi.

Carnival in Florence

Carnival in Florence

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Today the stones and the balls have been replaced by colored confetti and in the parades of splendid allegorical floats that, with their papier-mâché figures, often bring to the saloon characters and events of the moment.

Leaving aside the famous and eminent carnivals of Viareggio, born in 1873, of that of Foiano della Chiana, or Bibbiena, in Tuscany there are others, perhaps considered minor, which deserve to be discovered by travelers from around the world.

Among all, the Carnival of Santa Croce, born in 1928 and has arrived to this day in all its splendor.

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

The Carnival of Castiglion Fibocchi is one of the oldest in Tuscany. In the document you can read that “… in Castellion de filiis Bochi the bifolchi and the gentlemen celebrate together the feast of carnasciale …”, thus demonstrating the true spirit of the carnival which is that, among other things, to unite people of every social class.

In Asciano, in the province of Siena, the various days of the carnival revolve around the figure of King Meio who, on the last day, reads a sort of testament in which the chronicle of the most recent local events is presented in a satirical key.

In the small fraction of Sant’Ippolito, in the town of Vernio, the morning of Saturday following Ash Wednesday, the young people of the area move from street to street, disguised in the most imaginative ways with junk found at home, asking for contributions for afternoon festivities.

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

Which consist of a procession that parades through the town and meets in the main square where, in a huge pot, cooks the pasta seasoned with the tuna-based sauce that will be distributed to everyone present. The following day, in the provincial capital, the “Festa della polenta” has been held for some decades in memory of a historical event of the sixteenth century and also in memory of distant periods of famine, when the chestnut and all that derived from it was perhaps the only nourishment for many Apennine populations.

Carnival in Tuscany

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The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

Christmas – in Italy and in the world – is the most important holiday of the whole year. Everyone feels better, happier, and Christmas lunch is an important conviviality’s moment for every family, who are gathered together to toast all together.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

In Florence and in Tuscany, some dishes are a must for Christmas lunch, since ancient times. Croutons with chicken livers are serve as entrées, then cappelletti in broth, arista (pork loin) and finally the typical Tuscan Christmas cakes: ricciarelli, cantuccini with Vinsanto and the ancient sienese panforte. Tuscan Feeling introduces some good tips for those who want to replicate the good Florentine cuisine in their own home.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The croutons with chicken livers (Crostini di Fegatini) are the starter par excellence here in Florence and are easy to prepare. The livers are sautéed in a pan with oil, onion, celery, carrots, and blended with white wine; they are cut with a knife tip and they are put back in the pan for about fifteen minutes with salt, pepper, anchovy fillets and minced capers. In the meantime, take the stale bread, get wet on one side and put it in the oven to make it crunchy and serve the croutons with the spread on the livers.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The cappelletti are easier to buy – expecially in city markets as Sant’Ambrogio or San Lorenzo – but the broth is strictly homemade by capon, boiled the day before in cold water with carrot and celery onion. After a couple of hours, you just have to remove the capon – very good to eat boiled as a second – with the skimmer remove all the fat from the broth. The next day is ready to heat up to cook the cappelletti.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The Arista is nothing more than a pork loin tied and seasoned with rosemary, sage, garlic, salt and pepper and then cooked at 200 degrees in the oven for about an hour. Legend has it that the word “arista” was born precisely in Florence, precisely in 1439, on the occasion of the Ecumenical Council of the Church. For the occasion, distinguished personalities and senior officials filled the city. Banquets and delicacies were the order of the day, rich and delicious dishes were continually cooked to feed and conquer the various delegates, who came from all over the world. And it was during a lunch offered in honor of the prelates from Greece, who was served to the Greek cardinal Basilio Bessarione a fragrant and inviting piece of roast arista, until then indicated by the Florentines without a specific name. The cardinal, once tasted, was so delighted that he began to exclaim “aristos, aristos”, which in Greek means “excellent, the best”. The Florentines present believed that the word indicated that specific specific piece of meat and, finding it sympathetic, repeated it so much that the pork loin was from then on appealed with the term “arista”.

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

The traditional Christmas Lunch in Florence

Tuscan desserts are irreproducible, so better to buy ricciarelli or cantuccini; but to be truly faithful to tradition, panforte with dried fruit is a must for Christmas. Merry Christmas and enjoy your meal!

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Apartment Louise

Apartment Louise

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New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence? It is the ideal destination to greet the old year with a night full of culture, good food and fun.

If you are thinking of spending the last year in town Tuscan Feeling offer you a useful guide with advice, offers and things to do on December 31 in Florence. Florence during the New Year’s Eve becomes a huge outdoor party, and you can find a lot of things to do. Around town will be set up different stages that will offer shows for all likes.

You can take advantage to spend a few days in the city, because during the days before New Year Florence becomes a big party spread. In alternative, you can choose from the many restaurants that offer the best of Tuscan cuisine, take part to private parties, have nice after dinners or celebrate the New Year’s Eve in one of the many clubs and venues in the city.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Those who want a quiet, elegant and alternative New Year, can choose for a theater show: the Opera House offers a show worthy of the evening, with sparkling wine at midnight. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will perform the ninth symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Anyway, the most important concert is in Piazza Michelangelo. We still do not know the name of the super-star of the concert in Florence, but there are many names in pole position. The show will start at 9:45 with an emerging band and then continue after midnight with the main concert. Do not miss the spectacle of fireworks! They are wonderful!

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

In Piazza del Carmine the appointment is with a show of jazz music while in San Lorenzo square you will find another concert, if you love the gospel rhythms in front of the Medici Chapels and the church of San Lorenzo you can listen to good music until midnight. If you prefer classical music the appointment is with the free show on the Loggia dei Lanzi with the symphony orchestra.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

In the nearby village of Bagno di Ripoli, the New Year is celebrated with a medieval festival. Instead, at the Antico Spedale del Bigallo you can celebrate the masked New Year and attend the gala dinner.

The Otel – the biggest nightclub in south Florence – for the evening of December 31st organizes a dinner show waiting for 2018. The package includes a buffet dinner and disco, with DJ sets until dawn.

At Space Electronics in Florence, one of the great discos of the historic center, the appointment is with music and light show for a party that lasts until the first light of the morning. A short walk from the Duomo, the Yab club organizes a private party after dinner to greet 2017. If instead you are looking for a theater show, at the Teatro Verdi will be staged the musical Grease, to celebrate the new year to dance.

New Year's Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

Around Florence there are many events and attractions designed for children. From the Christmas Markets located in different parts of the city to the Winter Park, the park along the Arno where there are skating rinks and shows for children. On 31 December, the Isolotto square is transformed into a fairy-tale world with entertainment and music until the evening. You will find installations, interactive games and entertainment for the little ones. In Piazza Bartali, in the district of Gavinana, there will be shows of waders and puppets.

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New Year’s Eve 2018 in Florence: events and concerts!

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

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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

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Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

There are many beautiful Christmas markets in Tuscany: from the most renowned events such as Florence, Montepulciano and Arezzo, to those rich in charm such as Siena and Forte dei Marmi.
Discover all the Christmas markets in Tuscany by Tuscan Feeling’s Blog!

Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

1) Montepulciano from November 19, 2017 to January 8 2018 – A unique experience for young and old, a new and fun way to spend the days of Advent and Christmas holidays in a beautiful setting in one of the most beautiful places in the world, in harmony and relax. Inside the village you will be waiting for a great market with seventy wooden houses, where you can find lots of gift ideas for yourself and for your loved ones, then dive into the exciting visit of the Santa Claus Castle, full of surprises and attractions, not only for the youngest!

Christmas markets in Tuscany

Christmas markets in Tuscany

2) Christmas market in Arezzo. From Saturday, November 18th to Tuesday 26th of December. A Tyrolean village in the Grand Square! Back after the extraordinary success of the first two editions, the Tyrolean Village of Arezzo, the first and only market with the large Tyrolean hut in Italy. , Arezzo and Tuscany host the large wooden houses in Piazza Grande. Thirty-two operators from the most important Italian and foreign Christmas markets: typical Tyrolean products (Trento, Merano and Bolzano), but also foreign traders from Europe’s Christmas markets (Salzburg and Frankfurt in the first place).

Xmas in Florence

Xmas in Florence

3) Christmas in Florence, from the end of November to the beginning of January. A wooden chalet in Piazza Santa Croce under the ancient basilica is the best way to celebrate Florentine birth. A typical Christmas village is set up in the square, enriched with decorations and lighting sparkling on the stalls of about fifty exhibitors. An interesting journey between Christmas cribs and Christmas decorations, gift ideas and gourmet temptations, for a journey into taste and traditions all round. A great atmosphere is also “Florence Noël”, a Christmas market display dedicated to gifts with a wide range of items to buy. The children are dedicated to the Santa Claus House, with a letter post office.

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Casa Ornella Apartment

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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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Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Florence is one of the most important cities of art in Italy and is considered one of the most beautiful place in the world for its many monuments and museums. It is the destination of crowds of tourists every season.

Not only, Florence is the place where many expats and international businessmen and students lives.

Probably, you already don’t know the city, but you are about to move here and it could become the place of your dreams.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes, but where?

Living in Florence. Yes, but where?

Any expat or student want to live in the old town.If you are thinking that the ideal solution is to live there, you have to keep in mind the pros and cons of choosing:

Here you can live immersed in the cradle of the Renaissance, will be inspired by the greatest artists and you will always be close to monuments and valuable artwork of invaluable value. Which best source of inspiration?

You can not choose the street around Santa Croce Square, which develops in front of the Basilica and under the look of Dante, and get your inspiration from the alleys full of shops and leather goods. Pay attention, this is the perfect place or tourism or spending some months as students, but it could be boring for an expat or a businessman every day having to deal with so many tourists.

A good place – in the historical center – is made up of the streets near Piazza San Marco. It is centrally located, within walking distance of all major museums, close to the station and the beautiful San Lorenzo Market, where you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Lonely Planet has chosen the Borgo San Frediano district among the most interesting and authentic places in the world. True, along with the nearby neighborhood of Oltrarno, it is a place where you still breathe the atmosphere of the past, but you can rely on interesting and modern alternatives. Here, in fact, there are undeground bottles, great restaurants, bookstores, pubs and events. It is the Florentine gouche shore and in the neighborhood lives an international community. The Florentines – the real ones – live in other parts of the city.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

The Florentines – for over 40 years – have gradually moved away from the center, in ancient, quiet and well-connected neighborhoods: Gavinana, Campo Marte, Cure, San Jacopino, Coverciano, Piazza Alberti, Bellariva, and Varlungo and Isolotto. Although many expat have moved to these neighborhoods, blending with Florentines, life has a different pace and tourists are a limited number. You have the opportunity to spend in open markets and in many supermarkets, there are shops of all kinds, buses and tramways, schools, banks and more. These are not newly-built neighborhoods, generally dating back to the period between the 18th and 19th centuries. So you can find art nouveau, liberty and deco architectures.

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

Living in Florence. Yes but where?

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

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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

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

September is the right month for traveling to Tuscany and in the Florentine countryside: there are mild temperatures and a lot of sunny days that allow you to enjoy all that the region offers.

September is the grape harvest time (although the period may fluctuate from the second half of August to the first half of October, according to the weather) and of the vin novo (new wine). Tuscan Feeling suggests you some events related to grapes and wine in these weeks throughout Florence Tuscany.

In Florence and surroundings, in September, there are some traditional events related to the grape harvest and the production of the new wine which we strongly recommend to participate, whether you are passionate about wine or popular traditions or both.

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

1) Greve in Chianti – Expo of Chianti Classico (7 to 10 September 2017)

The ancient center of Greve in Chianti – a village in the deep heart of Chiantshire – hosts every year the EXPO of Chianti Classico. It is an important meeting opportunity between the Chianti wine producers and wine enthusiasts, as well as journalists and distributors. The best Chianti wine producers will be all between Matteotti square in Greve in Chianti and the nearby wine tasting hall.

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

Grapes, wine and grape harvest in the Florentine countryside

During this four days festival you can enjoy Chianti wine tastings and other typical products such as extra virgin olive oil, cheese, salami and vin santo. On Saturdays and Sundays you will also can take part in guided tours of the churches and castles of Greve in Chianti and tour of craft workshops with a shuttle bus.

2) Vino al Vino in Panzano in Chianti (14-17 September 2017)

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Only 19 producers are part of the Viticoltori Union of Panzano in Chianti who will present their wines, Chianti Classico and IGT, in the “Vino al Vino” specialty for its very high quality. The great wines of Panzano, like every year, will be presented on the third weekend of September in press and enthusiasts on the occasion of the famous Chianti wine festival, realized by the Viticoltori Union of Panzano in Chianti and the Consortium Wine Chianti Classico, with the patronage of the Municipality Of Greve in Chianti.

Bacco artigiano

Bacco artigiano

3) Bacco Artigiano at Rufina (28-30 September 2017)

The small and pretty village of Rufina, near Florence, celebrates every year the vin nono with four days of events related mainly to wine, but also to local craftsmanship with the kermesse “Bacco Artigiano”. This festival intends to recall the events of celebration of the new wine production organized in the past in the Florentine countryside. The craftsman Bacco is connected to the Carro Matto, which takes place on the fourth Saturday of September: a wagon full of new wine bottles comes from the town of Rufina.

Festa dell'Uva

Festa dell’Uva

4) Festa dell’Uva at Impruneta (24 September 2017)

The most popular, most popular and most chaotic feast of September is the Impruneta Uva Festival, which takes place every year on the last Sunday of September in the main square of the town, Buondelmonti Square.
The event is very much felt in the province of Florence: for the occasion, in fact, the four wings of the village of Impruneta challenge by pulling out their allegorical wagons inspired by wine and grape harvest
The parade of the wagons is accompanied by music and figurines and it is a somewhat confusing, but funny event. The party starts in the afternoon, about 3 o’clock and continues until late at night. We suggest you arrive in the morning, to have a quiet place to enjoy the show.

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

The neverending Summer of Florence

Summer in Florence is never boring! There is always something to do in the city: art exhibitions, vernissage, dj sets, concerts and many museums to discover, with their artistic wonders. Tuscan Feeling guides you among the things to do in these last weeks of August. It’s The neverending Summer of Florence

The neverending Summer of Florence

Ytalia, the great Skeleton at Forte Belvedere…

Until 1 October, the exhibition “Ytalia, energia pensiero bellezza” will be opened at Forte Belvedere. The exhibition offers the opportunity to confront some of the greatest Italian artists (Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Jannis Kounellis, Luciano Fabro, Giulio Paolini, Alighiero Boetti, Remo Salvadori, Gino De Dominicis, Mimmo Paladino, Marco Bagnoli, Nunzio, Domenico Bianchi) of our time with over one hundred works exhibited at the Forte di Belvedere and in some places of the city (Palazzo Vecchio, Statue and Uffizi Gallery, Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti’s Modern Art Gallery, Boboli’s Garden, Holy Cross’s monumental complex, Marino Marini Museum, Novecento Museum). A contemporary museum visible throughout Florence that blends with the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: between museums and gardens, funerary chapels and spaces of political life, galleries and cloisters.

The neverending Summer of Florence

Samurai and Manga Robots at Stibbert Museum. Japan meet Florence!

Until October 10th, 2017 – at the Stibbert Museum – you can visit the exhibition “Robot Fever: Samurai and Robots Compared” In Japan, during the seventies, comic strips and animation films were invented, featuring super robot protagonists called to protect the country from a whole host of alien threats. The features and values ​​that these new heroes demonstrate are based on those traditionally associated with the ancient Samurai warriors who, after a period of eclipse in the post-war period, regain the favor of the general public. The design of modern warriors is full of hands to the stylistic sample provided by the samurai weapons and armor, as well as the principles and moral values ​​of the ancient Japanese fighters are now made by modern super heroes. The exhibition was made possible thanks to the passion of clever collectors who, in line with the spirit that animated Frederick Stibbert in the creation of his museum, gathered in their collections of objects, such as robots, otherwise destined to be scattered.

Yoga on the Arno River!

Until September 15th, 2017 at Lungarno Cristoforo Colombo at Wood Music Garden, you will have free yoga classes at sunset, Monday through Friday from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM. An hour of Yoga to relax, move and relieve tensions and tiredness during the day with long visits to museums. It is necessary to wear a mat and wear comfortable clothes to take part in the lessons.

The neverending Summer of Florence

Helidon Xhixha at Boboli Gardens

Set up in the splendid scenery of the Boboli Garden, from June 27 to October 29, the exhibition dedicated to the contemporary artist Helidon Xhixha, titled In Ordine Sparso, will try to explore the concepts of chaos and order through a series of imposing sculptures and installations. The artist is famous for its use of reflective stainless steel, transforming it into a series of abstract objects that reveal their imposing majesty and beauty. In the Limonaia of the Garden of Boboli, the artist will look to nature in order to discover the chaos. His primary source of inspiration is that of Naica Crystal Caves in Mexico: Xhixha formulates a complex response to seemingly random compositions, where at the same time we find works of art marked by its characteristic imprint, the same that made it recognizable in Worldwide.

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

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