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CARNIVAL IN TUSCANY!

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Venice it’s a must! We all know. And in Tuscany? Yes, you can find many nice carnival festivals in Tuscany too. Many Carnival festivities will take place all over Tuscany throughout every weekend of February. The grand finale is ‘Martedì Grasso’, also known as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday.
Florence is the ideal starting point to visit the different Carnival festivals in Tuscany.

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio hosts the top carnival in Tuscany. The town is on the seaside and it is famous for its beach, fashion shopping promenade and of course for the well known carnival parade. There are weekend events (February 8, 15, 22 and 28), which include masquerade parties, comedy shows, costume balls and parades. Papier-mâché floats parade down the Viareggio’s liberty style promenade, featuring satirical effigies of politicians or public personalities.

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

In Versilia, there are other smaller carnivals near Viareggio. The most appreciated of them take place in the streets of the town centre of Pietrasanta. There are historical parades, papier-mâché floats and a food festival in Piazza del Duomo. The Mardi Gras event is totally dedicated to children.

Follonica

Follonica

Follonica

It is one of the top family carnival events in Tuscany (16 and 23, and March 2). Follonica is located the upper Maremma. There’s a huge parade led by the ‘Re Carnevale’ (Carnival King), live music and it is a real food festival. You can taste sweet traditional cookies, pancakes and ‘cenci’, fried cookies with powdered sugar!

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana is located in the surroundings of Arezzo and it is famous for its big outlet mall where you can buy fashion clothes at a convenient price. Foiano’s carnival is the the oldest carnival in Italy and has been held since the Middle Age. It is led by a King of the Carnival, with a mask made of hay and dressed in rags, that is burned in a bonfire, the Rogo Giocondo, at the end of the carnival.

Castiglion Fibocchi

Castiglion Fibocchi

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

In addition to the masked parades, the village boasts the tradition of “Uffizi di Carnevale”, dating back to 1675. This ancient tradition of San Giovanni is celebrated in the five Sundays before Mardi Gras and has a religious meaning. The traditional celebration take place in the local Basilica with meals based on local recipes and typical stew of San Giovanni, preceded by a parade of the cart with pageboy in costume. It is the ideal pleace for who are looking for an immersion in the old renaissance times.

Siena

Siena

Siena

Siena is famous for its well known Palio delle Contrade. That’s why are 17 carnivals, one for each contrada. This is a special occasion to live like a local, taste gastronomic events and live shows in every point of the city. Mardi Gras is celebrated all together in the Piazza del Campo, that become a large open-air theatre festival.

All of these locations, are within an hour’s drive from Florence, except Follonica which is located a couple of hours away. If you have rented an apartment in Florence through Tuscan Feeling Real Estate Agency you find yourself in the heart of the Tuscan carnival events.

Apt. RICASOLI – 60 sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Ricasoli

Apartment Ricasoli

Apt. ANGUILLARA – 115 sqm – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Apt. Anguillara

Apt. Anguillara

Apt. FRA JACOPO – 50 sqm – 4 piano floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Fra Jacopo

Apartment Fra Jacopo

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

August in Florence? All closed for holidays? Stay calm and enjoy the city!

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Are you in Florence, in August, and think you have the wrong month for your vacation? You are wrong! There are many good reasons to spend the summer in the city, starting with the possibility to park easily and move around with your car with no traffic.
Florentines loves August holidays, so the city is free from the crowds and the lines for the museums are short or non-existent. Shopping malls never close, as well as downtown shops an boutiques. This year, more then 60% of food stores will remain open and all local markets will remain in operation.
To escape from the big the heat and lack of tan you can always make use of the communal swimming pools. You can choose from the swimming pool the Pavoniere, in the heart of the Cascine Park, the crowded pool Costoli (reduced price for those arriving after lunch), and the less crowded pool Bellariva.
Pavoniere are in the Cascine Park, they were fully renovated in 2012. The pool is connected to a nice restaurant and a cocktail bar, in an elegant and refined atmosphere. The place is also ideal for a nice ‘aperitivo’.
If you are looking just for tan catching, a real good place is the Arno Beach, near S. Niccolò. A nice beach, well maintained, with a cocktail bar: a true guarantee place for relaxing after a sunny day in Florence.
Only in August, you can visit every day, the Torre di Arnolfo and Torre di San Niccolò, a great occasion to admire the city from a breathtaking perspective. Tuscan Feeling has many apartments in the area, and is an opportunity not to be missed.
During the month of August, Tuscan Feeling suggest you try the experience of renting an apartment in San Frediano or near S. Croce, in the deep heart of Florence.

Apt. LA TIPOGRAFIA – 100 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

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La Tipografia

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Apt. AUREA – 140 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

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Aurea

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FROM PIAZZA TASSO TO VIA DEI SERRAGLI. AN ALTERNATIVE STROLL IN THE HEART OF FLORENCE.

The wonderful Giardino Torrigiani in Via dei Serragli

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You want to discover one of the most genuine place of Florence? Come in Piazza Tasso, in the heart of San Frediano, where people still loves Calcio in Costume and shops are still as they once were!
Piazza Tasso is the deepest heart of the district of San Frediano. The square is one of the main centers of the entertainment in the district. You find here a nice garden, which includes a small football field, and many cool restaurants. During the summe nights, the square is a place for concerts and dj set, managed by the Aurora Social Club. You can have drink there (we suggest you a mojito) and a enjoy the show. San Frediano was and it still is, a popular district, with artisan shops and genuine Florentines. Here is the complex of buildings that includes the former Leopoldine Schools (founded by Grand Duke Leopold II of Lorraine) and the deconsecrated church of San Salvatore. The Leopoldine Schools, long remained in a state of neglect, have been restored recently, while the church of San Salvatore, belonging to the municipality, was used as a gymnasium and for many cultural events. In the square, on the corner of Via del Leone and Via della Chiesa, you can see a tabernacle with a fourteenth century fresco, attributed to Giottino or Nardo di Cione, who in 1958 was restored and replaced with a copy.
If you are looking for an ice cream you are right place! In Piazza Tasso 11, there is La Sorbettiera. It is not a place that can easily seen. The projection on the road is a few square meters, but is worth a visit and a careful tasting. The ingredients are chosen and the natural tastes are excellent, the ice cream is stored in traditional cylindrical containers. Even the cones have an high waffle quality. Special mention for the icicles of real fruit: absolutly tasty! That remains between us: It ‘one of the favorite ice cream, also from Tuscan Feeling’s staff!
A short distance from Piazza Tasso, you will find the beautiful garden Torrigiani A large green space between Via de ‘Serragli, via del Campuccio and the stretch of the ancient wall that runs along the avenue Francesco Petrarca. It is a large park with a building called Casino Torrigiani at Campuccio. It is one of the few large green areas, still surviving inside the walls, in excellent condition and is a prime example of the romantic style that marked the beginning of the nineteenth century gardens. The garden can be visited only by appointment and only for groups of 15 or more, the price of the ticket is Euro 20. For reservations you must visit the official website. The long Via dei Serragli, starts from Piazza Nazario Sauro (Ponte alla Carraia) and goes up to Piazza della Calza (Porta Romana). It has a plant straight denoting accommodation sixteenth of the area, when a part of the Oltrarno was rebuilt following the arrangement of the grand ducal court of the Medicis in the Palazzo Pitti. At that time the richest families were in competition to build the most beautiful buildings along via Maggio, Via dei Serragli and other adjoining streets. The area was considered healthier (and most prestigious) than the north bank of the Arno. The street is named after the Serragli family, who had had some important members who held several public positions between the fourteenth and the seventeenth century.
In Via dei Serragli 104, you find one of the most important european jewellery school. Established in Florence in 1985 by Giò Carbone, Le Arti Orafe was the first Italian school dedicated to contemporary jewellery, conceived along original lines that combine technical training, contemporary design, artistic research. It is a place for studying, learning and experimenting without limits or boundaries. The innovatory teaching methods is continuosly updated. The school organizes exhibitions, conferences, meetings related with contemporary research jewellery Since 2005 the school organizes an international exhibition devoted to Contemporary Jewellery, along with the contest/exhibition. Nowadays, Le Arti Orafe is the most important private school in Europe, credited by the educational Authority.
In via dei Serragli you also find Cuculia, a cozy library-restaurant. It is a place where the manicured and tasty dishes’ mix, the unusual atmosphere and friendliness of the staff leads to a feeling of rare relaxation. Fair prices and the quality of the dishes proposed is excellent, with many vegetarian dishes. An oasis of peace in the crowded city center.
If you are looking for a typical and traditional place, you do not have to move much from Serragli Street! Here you will find the restaurant Carlino Diladdarno, in Via dei Serragli 108r, (phone 055 225 001). In the menu you will find noodles lamprey (authentic specialties of the restaurant), ribollita and pasta with zucchini flowers’ pesto. The tagliata with rocket and parmesan is simple and delicious, while the Florentine steak is simply excellent. We recommend the house wine. It is really a quality wine. The environment is quite simple, cozy and refined, in line with the district tradition.
Among jewelry to wear and enjoy, the walk to Piazza Tasso in Via Dei Serragli, offers a glimpse of Florence alternative, with many places of excellence and curiosity to discover.

If you are looking for an apartment to rent or buy in the nearby of San Frediano and Via dei Serragli, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. LA PACE – 75 sqm – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

La Pace apartment

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Apt. SCANZONATO – 55 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Scanzonato apartment

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Grazie mille, Adriana by Rebecca Bricker

FireplaceIt wasn’t long after I met Adriana Vermi, owner of Tuscan Feeling, that I knew I had found my Italian soul sister.

I found her – and this website – on a Google search as I hatched a plan to move to Italy for a year. I was a single mom fleeing an empty nest after my only child went off to college. Actually, I had sold the nest and much of what was in it. It was a bold move, leaving behind the life I had known for 22 years in Pasadena, California. But I was feeling blissfully weightless and ready for adventure. I’m a writer and for years, it had been my dream to live in another country and write about my travels.

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Lisa Condie – A new life in Florence

Duomo-FlorenceCiao! I am Lisa Condie a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, now living in Florence, Italy.

In 2012, I sold my home and most of what was in it (including 37 pairs of designer shoes!), left my business, retired my aerobic shoes, said goodbye to friends and family and headed for Tuscany.

Why? Because on a trip to Italy with my daughter, I’d felt something here I hadn’t felt in a very long time… JOY! And I wanted to feel more of it.

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