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Valentine’s Day in Florence

San Valentino in Florence

San Valentino in Florence

Spend Valentine’s Day in Florence is an experience that every couple of lovers, sooner or later, should try. Because Florence is an open-air museum full of treasures to discover and it has a romantic atmosphere along its narrow streets. Breathtaking landscapes and places of the past have been setting of some of the most famous love affairs of our culture and have inspired the greatest artists ever existed, such as Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Giotto. Florence is the capital of poetry and an art mecca. Every corner has it’s own story to tell.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio – Florence most known destination – narrates the tragedy that saw the young nobleman Buondelmonte, assassinated on the bridge after leaving the altar a girl because he was deeply in love with Beatrice Donati. Anyway, the most famous love story in town is linked to Dante Alighieri, and his delicate platonic feelings toward Beatrice.

Dante & Beatrice

Dante & Beatrice

In your romantic stay in Florence, you can have walk in the stunning Boboli Gardens, the historical park originated as grand ducal garden of Palazzo Pitti and connected to the Forte di Belvedere. Among olive trees, fountains, statues, flowers and enchanting paths, you can admire one of the most romantic landscapes of the city.

Boboli gardens

Boboli gardens

Anyway, if you are in Florence with your boyfriend or girlfriend, that you are in the right place for a gift! Florence is famous for its shops, jewelers and fashion designers. Here you can find great artisans and taylors. You can find wonderful jewels and handmade leather goods. Traditional food is a fundamental part of a holiday in Florence with several small romantic restaurants that allow you to sample the delights of Tuscan cuisine during a dinner for two.

Leather goods

Leather goods

If you are going to spend your Valentine’s Day in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accommodatios:

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

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALFANI – 45 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Alfani Apartment

Alfani Apartment

Apt. MARIA – 30 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Maria Apartment

Maria Apartment

Christmas Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence

Christmas becomes magical in Florence. A month before the December 25 the town is decorated with Christmas lights of a thousand colors that immerse the town in an unreal atmosphere, almost fantastic. As every year, the historical center of Florence is totally closed to traffic and it is accessible only by free shuttle buses that allow the Florentines and tourists arriving in the streets filled with interesting shops with gift ideas for every kind of taste. You can imagine the rivers of people that flock to Via Calzaiuoli and Via del Corso desperately looking for gift ideas that can be funny, original and possibly convenient. The Christmas atmosphere in Florence is beautiful, all the streets are lit, and you can enjoy the smell of roasted chestnuts, people walking hurriedly through the streets of downtown with packages and parcels. The city blend perfectly with specially crafted Christmas lights to illuminate and highlight details of great beauty of historical buildings, churches and monuments.

Christmas in Florence

Christmas in Florence

All the churches of Florence celebrate one of the most heartfelt moments with solemn Masses, concerts, and the beautiful cribs (both static and moving). Maybe Christmas is just one of the best times to enjoy the true flavor of a city of art. In many they come to town the day before Christmas and staying in the capital of Tuscany for a week so even trascorrenre the New Year in Florence, an event full of events, concerts and initiatives that can satisfy even the most demanding tourist.

The Florence Dome

The Florence Dome

Every street and square in Florence is set up differently according on the tastes of the shopkeepers and their shops. Even if it is a rainy day or the temperature is very low maybe assisted by the cold wind, you have the same impression that people are more serene, happy and carefree. Almost everyone has with him parcels and packets carefully wrapped with red and yellow flakes (the colors of Christmas). You can find in Florence beautiful handmade items, to give to people who are dear to you, or to yourself. Florence, in fact, is the capital of fashion, beauty and craftsmanship.

Goldsmiths in Florence

Goldsmiths in Florence

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Traditional and famous Florentine workshops continue their traditions and create handmade products for local and international clients. Handmade objects such as textiles, jewelery, porcelain, shoes and leather goods are a strong sign of the not too distant past.

Handmade shoes

Handmade shoes

Christmas in Florence is also synonymous with colorful Christmas markets. In the most important squares of the city they are set up some wonderful markets that offer typical products, gift ideas and even products not necessarily linked to Italian traditions and cultures.

Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

In Piazza Santa Croce – front of the ancient church – is organized the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, the oldest in Germany. Here you can find gift ideas, Christmas decorations, mulled wine, beer, and sauerkraut wruster and many events such as the flag bearers of the historic Florentine football, music and shows for children.

Streets Around Santa Maria Novella

Streets Around Santa Maria Novella

In Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Scottish market is celebrated to mark the friendship between Florence Edinburgh. The market is full Scottish breakfast, clothing, liquor, tea and stalls will be open from 10 am to 20. This is Christmas Shopping in Florence!
Have a Nice Xmas in Florence!

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

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

Roger Apartment

Roger Apartment

Apt. ALFANI – 45 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Alfani Apartment

Alfani Apartment

Apt. MARIA – 30 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Maria Apartment

Maria Apartment

Studying Abroad in Florence

Students in Florence

Students in Florence

Studying in Florence is your biggest dream? Fashion, Italian language, art, marketing, design and much more is all you can learn to Florence. Want to become a shoemaker or a designer? Want to become a successful designer or learn the language of your Italian grandparents? Here you can do it! And you can have fun too!

Students Life in Florence

Students Life in Florence

You already know which school to attend? It’s not easy to choose the right one. The right school that will help you grow your dreams and will make you discover new, fantastic, friends from all over the world.
We at Tuscan Feeling, in addition to providing for you to find a your own apartment, we suggest some excellent international school in Florence. Because, Studying Abroad in Florence it is easy!!!

Accademia Europea di Firenze

Accademia Europea di Firenze

1) Accademia Europea di Firenze

Accademia Europea di Firenze is a Liberal and Performing Arts School specialized in teaching the Italian language and culture, figurative arts and performing arts.The training offer includes European Bachelor’s, programs of the top American and international universities, as well as individual lessons and entire programs devised ad hoc for groups with specific requirements. The AEF courses adhere to the guidelines of the Bologna Process, releasing ECTS credits with proposed US credits equivalency for its semester and Bachelors’ courses. Besides being the Elon University Center in Florence, AEF credits are also recognized abroad from our international partners. AEF is also a Training Agency recognized by the Regione Toscana: each course complies with this triple quality status and comes under the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for academic transcripts and attendance certificates.

Polimoda

Polimoda

2) Polimoda

Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design & Marketing is an Italian centre of excellence, recognized worldwide for its high quality, fashion-oriented, didactic offer ranging from Design & Marketing to Management and Communication, in line with industry and fashion company needs. Polimoda relies on a team of professors with a solid background and experience in the fashion industry, a team focused on providing students with an updated education, always in-line with the fast changing fashion business. Our faculty is expert in the different fields of fashion design, marketing, management, branding, communication, trends, footwear and pattern design as well as research in fashion.Polimoda is, so to speak, an institute with the gene for Italian excellence, as well as an international vocation. Polimoda is recognized around the globe for its high quality fashion and marketing teaching programs. Founded in 1986 as part of an initiative conceived and financed by the Cities of Florence and Prato and fashion-sector trade associations, and the collaboration of the Fashion Institute of Technology from the State University of New York, Polimoda offers students impeccable professional training through highly-specialized working and research methodology. Polimoda is also a member of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes)

IED - Istituto Europeo Design

IED – Istituto Europeo Design

3) IED – Istituto Europeo Design

For almost fifty years, the Istituto Europeo di Design has been operating in the fields of education and research in the disciplines of design, fashion, visual communication and management. Today, the IED is a constantly expanding international network that issues first-level academic diplomas and organises three-year courses, Masters courses, continuous professional development and advanced training courses. The most significant milestones in the Group’s history include the foundation of the IED campuses in Milan (1966), Rome (1973), Turin (1989), Madrid (1994), Barcelona (2002), São Paulo (2005), Venice (2007), Florence (2008) and Cagliari (2009). In 2012, the Aldo Galli Academy in Como also joined the IED Group and as of 2013 courses have commenced in Rio de Janeiro, the second IED school in Brazil. Since 1966, the IED has developed innovative and diversified teaching methodologies, focused on synergies between technology and experimentation, creativity, strategies and integrated communication, market issues and a new form of professionalism. Thus does the Istituto Europeo di Design offer young professionals working in the fields of Fashion, Design and Communication the knowledge and the effective tools they need to cater for the constantly developing requirements of the working world.The nexus between knowledge and knowhow is the indispensable starting point for developing the cultural, creative and critical skills and competencies that are the ultimate goal of education at the IED.

AIFS

AIFS

4) AIFS

Study art, art history, Italian language and culture and more during a summer, January term, semester or year with AIFS in Florence, Italy. By including your tuition, housing, meals, airfare and cultural activities in one guaranteed price, AIFS makes it simple for you to live and study in Florence and experience all that this historic Italian city has to offer.The compact city center puts the history, art and architecture of the Renaissance right at your doorstep. Be a part of the community, not just a tourist, living in your own Florentine apartment and enjoying restaurants and cafes throughout the city with your AIFS meal vouchers. Experience the culinary side of Italian culture with wine tasting and cooking classes. Explore Italy’s artistic heritage with visits to museums, art galleries and monuments.En route to Florence, all students visit the exciting city of London. In Italy, AIFS offers trips to historic Rome and enchanting Venice, plus semester students will spend 1 week in Marina di Pietrasanta (fall) or Rome (spring) for orientation.

SAI

SAI

5) SAI

Since 1995, SAI Programs has provided students with exceptional cultural and educational experiences abroad, offering the opportunity to enroll in some of the finest schools available to English speaking students in Europe. By encouraging students to explore the complex intersections between self, community, and creativity, SAI aims to provide an inspiring and transformative experience for all participants. All of SAI’s services, in the U.S. and overseas, are geared toward ensuring student safety and maximizing the student experience; both in terms of providing a framework for academic inquiry, and offering each student opportunities for personal growth and development. Located in the historic Sonoma Wine Country town of Sebastopol, California, the SAI offices were built in 2002, replacing what was originally a tired, old warehouse. Visitors are often surprised to see such modern design in Wine Country, but we strive to reflect the excellent design programs we offer our students abroad.

Florence Lifestyle

Florence Lifestyle

Enjoy Florence!

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

Apt. VINCENT - 65 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Vincent Apartment

Vincent Apartment

Apt. CUPOLONE – 28 m2 – 2 floor (without elevator) – for 2 person

Cupolone apartment

Cupolone apartment

Apt. SAN LORENZO FALLERI – 30 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

San Lorenzo Falleri Apartment

San Lorenzo Falleri Apartment

September in Florence

Florence in Autumn

Florence in September

September in Florence means exploring the city and its surroundings in an explosion of flavors and local events. Autumn is coming! The grapevines are ready for harvest, temperatures have slightly decreased, but days are still bright and long. During september around Florence there are plenty of traditional events to celebrate the fertility of the earth, crop farmer, and the beauty of the season that is about to begin, including many fairs and pageants.

Festa dell'Uva, Impruneta

Festa dell’Uva, Impruneta

In the village of Impruneta, near to Florence, take place the famous Festa dell’Uva. The event now is in its 90th edition. There is a week dedicated to planned activities, culminating in the great market in the main square on the last Sunday of the month, with stalls of typical products and parades. Wine is the main actor of this event.

Grapevines in Tuscany

Grapevines in Tuscany

If you prefer to celebrate the “finished product” instead of the grape harvest, then the event for you it is the Chianti Classico Expo (September, 8–11). During this festival you can taste the wines of local producers and buy a glass as a souvenir (each has its own glass designer), walk through the streets of Greve in Chianti visiting the many stands and their wine products and breathing the magic atmosphere of Chiantishire.

Ribollita

Ribollita

September is the month of the long-awaited culinary festivals, which begin in this period – with the change of season – to cheer squares and Tuscan villages with their traditional dishes. If – between a museum and a renaissance church – you can make it advance of time, enjoy the colorful splendor, the glitz and the magical atmosphere that Florence and its surroundings shows in this time of the year!

Rificolona

Rificolona

The Rificolona Festival in Florence is one of the most traditional events of the local religious culture and as visitors to the city center. It is a classic Florentine tradition event (september 7) linked to the cult of the Virgin Mary and a great party for the city itself. It is a procession through the city center with colored paper lanterns, a show and a play of light and really exciting colors.

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

Apt. PONTE SOSPESO – 120 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 6 person

Ponte Sospeso Apartment

Ponte Sospeso Apartment

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

Casa Ornella Apartment

Casa Ornella Apartment

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

Aloha Apartment

Aloha Apartment

Wine & Oil in Florence…

Wine in Florence

Wine in Florence

Ok, I’m in Tuscany! Where can I go to buy directly from a manufacturer of oil and wine of excellent quality? The answer is: almost anywhere!
This is a question that many of you will be made, who spent a short holiday in the Tuscan countryside.
And if you’re in Florence? You know where to find a good wine and a good olive oil?
It’s easy, in the Tuscan countryside, find oil and wine directly from the producers, or on am ‘agriturismo’ or in the local markets. In Florence – as in all the towns – it is more complicated, but not impossible!

A typical fiasco...

A typical fiasco…

If you are in Piazza del Duomo you have few time and want to play it safe, there is only one place to go: Pegna (Via dello Studio 26/r). Here you can find a wide selection of fine Tuscan wines, quality olive oil and delicacies. It is an historic mini market in the heart of the city. Fine wines and quality spirits, as well as chocolate and biscuits, can be bought at Enoteca Alessi. (Via delle Oche 27/r), 5 minutes walk from the House of Dante’s Museum.

Another great wine retailer is Zanobini (Via Sant’Antonino, 47), where you live the typical atmosphere of the past. The store is active since 1944. Zanobini is one of the historical shops of Florence. It is located in San Lorenzo’s area (near the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the famous Medici Chapels). Procacci (Via Tornabuoni, 64r) is another good place too. Here you can take a break from shopping, enjoy a glass of wine and decide whether to buy black or white truffles or other delicacies to take away.

Tuscan Olive Oil

Tuscan Olive Oil

If you are looking for oil, you should visit the Bottega dell’Olio, which has a wide selection of extra virgin Tuscan olive oil and flavored with spices (Piazza del Limbo 2/r, behind Via de ‘Tornabuoni).
A good place to buy olive oil in the center of Florence is the Mercato Centrale. These days, the famous Fattoria di Maiano has decided to start a collaboration and make known its own oil to market goers. It is organic olive oil, produced in the hills near Fiesole, beloved by florentines.

Those looking for olive oil and organic wine should visit the small markets that are set up during the weekend in the streets of Florence. It’s numerous exhibitors – all strictly organic and verified – who joined in a sort of association called The Fierucola. The calendar can be downloaded from their website.

If you are looking for an apartment in Florence. Tuscan Feeling (http://www.tuscanfeeling.com/) Real Estate, specialist in short & long term rentals, suggests:

Apt. CUPOLONE – 28sqm – 2 floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Cupolone in Piazza Duomo.

Apt. Cupolone in Piazza Duomo.

Apt. SAN LORENZO TURCHI – 150 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 8 persons

Apt. San Lorenzo Turchi in Florence

Apt. San Lorenzo Turchi in Florence

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

Apt. Louise near Santa Croce

Apt. Louise near Santa Croce

Street Food in Florence. A great idea to have a snack as they should.

Schiacciata

Schiacciata in Florence.

Street food in Florence? What a wonderful idea! It is the best choice for a lunch, a fast snack or something to eat at night, after a show! Whatever you like and whereever you are, it is always a great idea. It is faster and cheaper than a lunch at the restaurant, and the italian street food hides the true flavors and the very essence of a every town. In Italy we have a real tradition of street food. Living in the centre of Florence in one of our apartments, it is the best way to experiment the florentine street food.

The ‘schiacciata’ it’s a thin baked bread, seasoned with olive oil and salt. Before putting it in the oven, it compresses the dough with fingers in some places, to create the characteristic “holes” on the top. It is probably the most famous snack in Florence. Children love them and florentine all usually grow up eating schiacciata for snack. If you are around the Uffizi Gallery, you have to try the ‘schiacciata’ in a place called All’Antico Vinaio, in De’ Neri Street. It is an historical shop and in 2013 won the Trip Advisor prize for the best street food in town. It is a small and crowdy placel. Here you find many different quality of schiacciata, filled with ham, salami, pecorino cheese, aubergines, souces, artichoke cream or mozzarella. Of course, you can eat your schiacciata with a tasty glass of wine. The place is really cheap and nice, the quality is good, but it is really touristic. Few florentines stop here.

If you want to eat ‘schiacciata’, Pugi Bakery Shop is a real must in Florence. The place opened in 1925 and it has 3 different stores: in S. Marco Square, San Gallo Street and Orsini Street. Pugi’s schiacciata is golden and crisp. Florentines loves to eat it simple, with no filling, but you can also have it filled with ham, mortadella, cheese or salami. You can find here take away pizza, cakes and sweeties. During Easter and Carnival you can find also some tipical florentine sweets as ‘cenci’, ‘frittelle di riso’, ‘schiacciata con l’uva’ and ‘pan di ramerino’.

Another nice place to eat street food is I Due Fratellini. It opened in 1875 in Via de Cimatori since 1875, but in recent times it was bought and managed b two brothers, Armando and Michele Perrini. The place is really small and clients are used to eat outside the door. They are specialist in preparing really Tuscan sandwiches: ham, goat cheese, green sauce, wild boar sausage, raw sausage, eggplant and marinated bacon specialties. The menu features a number of proposals ready to eat, but you can also combine the ingredients according to your fantasy. Behind the counter are wooden shelves filled with bottles of wine, the perfect accompaniment to the sandwich. Panini are cheap and the quality is superb.

Lampredotto in Florence.

Lampredotto

If you want to eat the real Florentine street food you have to taste the tipical sandwich with the lamprey, the famous ‘lampredotto, a real institution in town. All the kiosks you can find in town are well known and reputable. Near St. Ambrogio market you will find Sergio and Pier Paolo‘s lamprey kiosk in Via de’ Macci. Another great place is the lamprey kiosk in Via Gioberti. where you can taste lamprey in different versions: in inzimino or with baked beans, potatoes or artichokes. nd the city. How about you come up a bit ‘of hunger?

If you want an apartment in the heart of Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. VINCENT – 65 m² – 4 people (without elevator) – 2nd floor

Apartment Vincent

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Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Apartment San Lorenzo

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A concise guide for renting a student apartment in Florence.

Tuscan Feeling's website opening page

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Why a student have to choose an apartment in Florence instead to live in hotel or in other places?

An apartment, provides you a different quality of life for your stay in Florence. You will find yourself hanging around in local markets buying your own bread, zucchini, tomatoes, salami or pecorino cheese. You will have the chance to buy and taste some exclusive bottle of wines with your friends and cook for them your own meals.
You will have all the room you need for studying, designing, painting or just relaxing yourself. The most important thing of all is to choose the right apartment for you.

The first thing most students get wrong, about renting an apartment in Italy, is they assume – wrongly – they can only rent one by the month. It is totally wrong. Tuscan Feeling, as many other international real estate companies, can provide you a long term rental, as long as you need.

Tuscan Feeling rent apartment on yearly or monthly basis. You can also rent apartments by the week, or even for just three nights.

Of course, apartments are rented at different nightly, weekly, and monthly rates, which vary by the quality of the apartment and the furnishing, the number of rooms and people, and the area of Florence where the apartment is. Everything is well indicated in every page of our website relating to each individual apartment.

In addition to technical data, related to the apartment (square meter, price, number of beds), Tuscan Feeling pays special attention to the completeness of the individual descriptions of the apartments. The descriptions, in fact, are the result of our thoughts and observations, after our careful examination visit. In them, you will find the strengths and weaknesses of each apartment, including the number of steps to climb (in the absence of a lift), the exact number of plans and a precise description of the appliances in your home.

We dedicate also much space to the description of the area and places of interest in the vicinity of each apartment. On each page, they are also shown useful places for the life of every day, such as proximity to banks, pharmacies, hospitals, small grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, or large supermarkets.

Comparing apartments by our site, it is not impossible, but we suggest you to ask in advance our offers. We could provide you a long list of free apartments, also showing you new entries at affordable prices.
Students are used to send us their request specifying budget and the school they are going to be part. Don’t forget to tell us you what are your real needs, and what you like and dislike. Our goal is to have satisfied clients.

Each apartment’s page on our website are with several pictures. Unlike what usually can be seen on the world wide web, we do not use a professional photographer who embellish the apartments that we propose you.
Our policy is to take pictures when we visit the apartments and to catch, in our experience, the important aspects. Our goal is to provide our customers a portfolio with realistic images, without filters, without wide-angle objectives, lighting installation and photoshop treatments.

We have now lost count of the times in which our customers have told us that the apartment is much nicer than they had imagined, looking at our photos.
For us, as long experienced real estate agents, it is a real great compliment. As amateur photographers, however, it forces us to improve our technique yet!
Tuscan Feeling provides you a professional service. We will send you a contract in english and italian in advance, just for you to know all the rental terms.
A deposit (or caparra) will usually be necessary to hold your reservation. The amount depends from the kind of rentals you have chosen. It is clearly indicated in the apartment page as well as all the additional costs. Long term rental contracts in Italy, usually, doesn’t comprise the utilities: gas, water and electricity, and the final cleaning fee.
The price of the utilities (as well as the final cleaning fee) is also indicated in the rental contract that we will send you in advance. All the utilities, as well as the rental fee, should be paid month per month. WiFi is usually an extra cost and should be asked in advance, for being sure that you can Skype with your parents (or your boy/girlfriend!) as well as you enter in your florentine apartment!
We also ask you to pay a deposit against potential damages. The money will be refunded when you check out. In the contract, you will also can read our cancellation policy.

At the moment of your check in a representative will usually meet you at the front door of the apartment, at a prearranged time according to your travel plan. Be sure to give us a working mobile phone number in Italy and, please, leave it on when you are in Florence!

He or she will lead you to the flat, show you which keys fit which locks, location of the fuse box, where are all the central controls for heating, gas, electricity, water, A/C. For avoiding any kind of problem we will provide in advance a local number to call if you have questions.
Most kitchens come fully equipped, but there are diffences between apartments. So check our website, to be sure that your apartment has dishwater, washing machine, oven or microwave. Towels and linens are provided, but maid service is an extra cost to ask in advance. Remember: You’re living like a local, which includes taking out the trash and recycling. Your host will show how and when you have to do that.

So, live like the locals and rent your own flat in Florence – it will likely be as cheap as (if not cheaper than) a hotel, plus will get you a kitchen and the other amenities of everyday life!

Here you find some suggestions for your stay in Florence:

Apt. S. APOSTOLI – 35sqm – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. S. Apostoli terrace

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Apt. AMETISTA – 70sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Ametista's living room

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Apt. PAULA – 55sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Paula's living room and kitchen

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Take a walk in the tuscan countryside! Discover the Internationl Festival of Ceramics of Montelupo Fiorentino (June 18-21)!

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The beautiful ceramics of Montelupo Fiorentino; masterpieces painted by hand.


Are you planning to visit Tuscany’s countryside? Do you love artistic Ceramics and Majolicas? Be sure to visit Montelupo Fiorentino between June 18th and 21th!
Why?
In this small and ancient town, on the outskirts of Florence, it is held one of the most important festival of Europe about Ceramics!

You have to know that since over twenty years, Montelupo Fiorentino hosts the International Festival of Ceramics. The town has an ancient artistic tradition and craftsmanship, since local artisans made majolica artifacts for the noble Florentine families (between 1400 and 1500) and exported their products all over the Mediterranean, Holland, England, France and Morocco too. The goods reached Pisa through the Arno and were sent all over the world.

The International Ceramics Festival is a strategic valuation point of an important story, but also an opportunity to raise awareness of the simultaneous production of high quality. It is not a boring business fair, but a real tuscanian fair!
Coming to Montelupo Fiorentino during the Festival of Ceramics means immersing yourself in a particular atmosphere made of art, creativity, entertainment. You can find here local craftsmen at work in their shops and you can buy their unique works of art, you can find bands playing in the streets as well as historic conferences, tasty food stands with typical food and artistic events. The program of the Festival, as always, is full of events. To not lose them, you should read the program on the official website.

Even today there are in Montelupo about 50 small and large workshops which employ 400 people. Local artisans are distinguished by their experience and creativity, hallmarks of a high quality production. You can also have the chance to see young ceramics’ students selling their latest masterpieces. Take time to see what they do young artists, you could have the chance to do real bargains with them.
You have to know, that in Montelupo Fiorentino there’s one of the most important Ceramics school of Italy (the other one is in Faenza). It is called Scuola di Ceramica di Montelupo .

The Renaissance has left traces of itself with amazing artifacts. You can admire them in the local Museo Della Ceramica; one of the most beautiful in Italy. If you want more you have to put you in search of local treasures, like frescoes, paintings, sculptures, enclosed in churches and chapels in town or in the sourroundings. From the beautiful Tower of the old Priory of San Lorenzo (formerly of San Giovanni), overlooking the village and the valley, which is reached by climbing through the streets of the village. The church was built around 1270 on a more ancient fort. Inside the church, built in 1270, there are two frescoes of Corso del Buono, a Cimabue’s student. The Priory of St. John (a short walk from the Museum), is the main city church. Built in the early fourteenth century, it houses a large painting of the “Madonna and Child with Saints Sebastian, Lorenzo, Giovanni Evangelista and Rocco”, Botticelli’s school, painted at the end of the fifteenth century.

The hills around Montelupo are the essence of Tuscany: between vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees that draw the landscape, you can taste at the table the nice flavors of local farming.
Grilled meats, tasty meats and cheeses are the basis of the local cuisine. Simple and delicious recipes, served in ceramic plates, and season with the famous local olive oil. The wine? Nothing better than to choose among the local labels: Chianti DOCG, Bianco dell’Empolese DOC, Chianti DOCG Colli Fiorentini e Colli dell’Etruria Centrale DOC.
Tuscan Feeling suggests you a dream holiday in Montelupo Fiorentino between art, ceramics, food and unforgettable landscapes.

Take a look at Tuscan feeling’s apartments in Montelupo Fiorentino:

MELMAN – 90sqm – Ground Floor and First Floor – for 4 people

Melman

Cozy apartment near to Montelupo Fiorentino.

VILLA DESIRE – 600sqm – Ground Floor – for 6 people

VILLA DESIRE

Nice Villa few minutes from Montelupo.