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Around Florence, a trip to Fiesole

Fiesole

Fiesole


The beauties of Florence continue out of its historical center. Fiesole is a true treasure embedded in the hills near Florene. Tuscan Feeling brings you to a visit around Florence: a trip to Fiesole

The Anfiteatro in Fiesole

The Anfiteatro in Fiesole

Fiesole overlooks the city of Florence, surrounded by the beautiful Tuscan countryside. It is located in the immediate vicinity of Florence city and this allows visitors to reach it in a short time for a quick excursion. Today, VIPs and rich Florentines live here. In the past, Boccaccio, Proust, Stein or Frank Lloyd Wright lived there. A gorgeous villa to visit is Roseto, where the famous architect Michelucci lived, who designed the Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence. From this villa you have a breathtaking view of the dome of the Duomo and the hills of the Arno valley.

A view on Florence

A view on Florence

Another famous villa is the Tatti, where historian Berenson lived, nowadays is the Center for Studies on the Italian Renaissance.

Villa i Tatti's garden

Villa i Tatti’s garden

Fiesole is a very important archaeological city, because it was created by the Etruscans. In the great archeological site, which can be visited for a fee, you can see long stretches of the town’s defense walls dating to the 3rd century BC. C., and the Roman Theater, of the imperial age. In the summer, this theater becomes the stage for the Estate Fiesolana with performances of classical and operetta music.

Fiesole

Fiesole

In the city other important monuments are the Duomo di San Romolo, with its bell tower, the Bishop’s Palace and the ancient church of S Maria Primerana.

Basilica di San Romolo

Basilica di San Romolo

A classic walk to Fiesole is in the direction of the ancient acropolis, where you will find the basilica of S. Alessandro and the church with the convent and the Missionary Museum of St. Francesco. The beautiful surrounding nature makes Fiesole a destination for walks, to Monte Ceceri or Caldine.

Last but not least, a visit to the Archaeological Civic Museum, which records the ancient history of the city of Fiesole and it is connected to the archaeological area. Don’t forget to visit the Bandini Museum, where is the canonical collection of art, and the San Jacopo Chapel, completely freshened where a collection of paintings, crosses and liturgical goldsmiths.

Around Florence, a trip to Fiesole!

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

Summer 2017: live in Florence & more!

Piazzale Michelangelo, a great place for live show!

Piazzale Michelangelo, a great place for live show!

Brunelleschi, Giotto, Michelangelo and Leonardo! Raise your hand who does not love them! Yes, but what about boredom, in Florence there is nothing but ancient art?

That’s it! Florence, in fact, is one of the rock capitals in Italy, with an intense live activity of underground and mainstream bands, national and internationally.Summer 2017: live in Florence & more!

Stage diving? Why not!

Stage diving? Why not!

A real ‘hall of fame’ of rock, pop and metal, between june and july, landed at the Visarno Arena in Florence, in the heart of the beautiful Cascine Park, just minutes from the historic center.

Radiohead

Radiohead

Radiohead, James Blake, Aerosmith, Placebo, Eddie Vedder, The Cranberries, The System Of A Down, Prophets Of Rage, The XX, Jamiroquai and Arcade Fire are just some of the great names that will be on stage at Firenze Rocks and Florence Summer Festival. Two top live music reviews of summer 2017, where over 200,000 viewers are expected from across Europe.

The Florence Summer Festival will feature a series of gigs in the same month. On Wednesday, June 14, on stage will be the time for Radiohead, James Blake and Junun feat. Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express. Thom Yorke and co. are the band that has traveled the art-rock from the old to the new millennium. James Blunt is the singer-songwriter who has twisted the threads of soul, pop and electronics. The opening act will be featured by the extraordinary Junun’s project. The israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur will perform with the group of Indian musicians called The Rajasthan Express.

James Blunt

James Blunt

Firenze Rocks follows the tradition of the great European festivals: it is a crazy three days fest, scheduled for Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June. It starts with Aerosmith, that will present their most anticipated Aero-Vederci Baby, the tour with which they leave the scenes.On the same day on stage also Placebo and Deaf Havana.

Aerosmith

Aerosmith

On Saturday, June 24, will perform Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam’s vocalist, and the opening act will be reserved to Dolores O’Riordan and Glen Hansard’s from the irish goth rockers Cranberries. Firenze Rocks closes on Sunday, June 25 with a full immersion in the alt metal scene with System Of A Down and Prophets Of Rage.

System of a Down

System of a Down

Don’t miss your favourite rock bands in Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you a fine selection of apartments to rent.

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

Graffiti on the walls in Florence!

A real Michelangelo's Opera?

A real Michelangelo’s Opera?

Graffiti on the walls in Florence!

Florence is full of ancient things, beautiful and very famous. But it is also rich in really curious things. We at Tuscan Feeling Real Estate know it well!
Much of our work, in fact, consists of walking through the historic center of Florence and visiting our apartments, alone or with our clients. It is normal for us to come across often in curious aspects, details and unknown things of our beloved town.

Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

This time we decided to talk to you about something that is in one of the most famous places in Florence – Signoria Square – but no one does. Piazza Signoria is known throughout the world for its beauty and the presence of the extraordinary Palazzo Vecchio, home of the Municipality of Florence and the beautiful Loggia dei Lanzi, where Giambologna and Benevenuto Cellini’s sculptures are located.

Loggia dei Lanzi

Loggia dei Lanzi

Here – right in front of Palazzo Vecchio – there is a famous copy of Michelangelo’s David. The original is lovingly guarded at the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Michelangelo's David

Michelangelo’s David

At the bottom of the façade of Palazzo Vecchio, on the right of the entrance and behind the monumental blockade of Baccio Bandinelli, “Ercole abbatte Caco”, you can observe a curious graffiti representing a man’s face that Florentines are usually called the ‘Importuno’ (the importunate). Do not worry, it is not the usual witness to the passage of a modern turist, who despises the monuments. According to an old tradition, this profile was by the hand of a famous artist: Michelangelo Buonarroti.

L'importuno on Palazzo Vecchio's facade

L’importuno on Palazzo Vecchio’s facade

It is said that Michelangelo while crossing Piazza della Signoria was often stopped by an unpleasant acquaintance who annoyed him with long and useless chats. Once, Michelangelo, unable to get rid of this tedious interlocutor, leaned back to the wall of the palace, and, continuing to listen and observe it, snatched the hammer and the chisel, and behind his back traced in the fist the profile of the ‘importuno’, from which the graffito got the name. Another legend instead would like Michelangelo to run it with his hands behind his back for not to be seen, while in the square passed a condemned to death. The faced portrait would be that of the condemned.

L'importuno

L’importuno

‘L’importuno’ is just one of the many graffiti and inscriptions still visible in the city and realized by common people, albeit with some artistic ability. Around Florence, in many places, there are written even dating back to 1200 d. C. criticizing the government, insulting rivals in love or just signing of illustrious strangers, who somehow wanted to pass on to history. Today as yesterday, writing on the walls is a common thing!

If, however, someone still had this irresistible temptation to do so in Florence, he must know that the authorities are very strict, the art works and the buildings guarded by web cam and there are very expensive fines! Keep attention!

For your travel in Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you a fine selection of apartments to rent.

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

Florence in May

Florence in May

Florence in May

Spring is now blossoming in Florence and the Tuscan countryside. Nature – in all its shapes and colors – is celebrated throughout the month of May: in one way or another, flowers, gardens, plants and animals present the scene of Tuscan magical events, invading city parks and lanes of the villages that animate the countryside.

Here you will find some tips to spend some time outdoors and discover wonderful places in town and in the countryside.

Museo del Bargello

Museo del Bargello

May 1 and 2: Open Doors to Culture. On May 1st, many museums and art sites will be opened exceptionally: the Bargello, the Davanzati Palace and the Museum of the Medici Chapels will be open from 8:15 pm to 2pm, with the entrance allowed until 1:30pm. And while other state museums will not be closed on May 1, they will be open, on the contrary, on Monday 2 May: the Uffizi Gallery (8.15am to 6.00pm), the Boboli Garden, the Costume Gallery and the Argentine Museum Will be open from 8.15 to 18.30, Orsanmichele Church from 10am to 5pm.

Pratolino Medici Park

Pratolino Medici Park

Sunday 8 May, a guided tour will lead you to discover one of Europe’s most famous gardens: Pratolino Medici Park, purchased during the second half of the sixteenth century – along with the villa (which no longer exists) – by Francesco I de’ Medici and then restructured by his favorite architect, Bernardo Buontalenti, who created a wonderful place, full of caves, sculptures and statues.

Festa San Zanobi

Festa San Zanobi

On 10 May, in the Florentine quarter of Scandicci is organized the Festa di San Zanobi, an entire day dedicated to the recurrence of this typical Florentine saint. For this occasion, an historic procession with celebration of the Mass, a pilgrimage to the San Zanobi cave, a party and games for children and adults, is preceded by a week of city events, concerts, exhibitions, shows and sporting events.

Artigianato e Palazzo

Artigianato e Palazzo

From May 12 to 15, the beautiful 17th-century garden of Palazzo Corsini in Florence will host an exhibition – Artigianato e Palazzo – attended by some of the most renowned artisan masters Tuscany, Italy and Europe. Workshops, tutorials, live shows, and all practical demonstrations of ancient manual knowledge and traditional craftsmanship will make this event a sort of exclusive opportunity to try to grasp, or at least partially carve, those fascinating secrets that make the works of these masters. For more info, take a look at: www.artigianatoepalazzo.it

Infiorata

Infiorata

On 29 May in Scarperia, in the heart of Mugello, will be held the traditional Infiorata, artistic-floral exhibition from bizarre and suggestive at the same time. The streets and squares of this beautiful Tuscan resort will in fact be decorated and decorated with paintings made of flower petals by local citizens and traders, following a commonly chosen theme.

Mostra del Chianti di Montespertoli

Mostra del Chianti di Montespertoli

From May 28 to June 4, Montespertoli holds one of the most important events of the month: the Montespertoli Chianti Exhibition, which reached its 59th edition. These days, near Florence, as the entrance gate to Chiantishire, will host a fair dedicated to Made in Tuscany and local tradition, with tasting of typical products, conferences, conferences, workshops and historical parades.

For your May in Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you a fine selection of apartments to rent.

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. 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

Easter in Florence – 5 Things to do

The typical Chocolate eggs for Easter

The typical Chocolate eggs for Easter

Are you in Florence for Easter? Here you find 5 things to do to feel a real Florentine!

Colomba

Colomba

1 – Food, Food, Food!

First of all, Easter in Florence means food and sweet things to eat. Knowing Florence means getting in touch with its culinary tradition. That’s why You can not miss the traditional boiled eggs, blessed during the Mass of Easter and eaten by all family members (more often in churches are blessed even chocolate eggs, certainly more popular with children, who they receive them as a gift on the occasion of Easter). Among the desserts – which can also be found in most bakeries Florence – stands the Colomba, a leavened cake with candied fruit, covered with almonds and icing, which in Italy is a typical cake at Easter as well as Panettone and Pandoro are for Christmas. During Quaresima, all over Tuscany, you can find in many pastry shops and bakeries the traditional pan di ramerino. It’s a kind of sweet bun with rosemary and raisins (by tradition is brought to bless the Mass of Holy Thursday). In Florence, you can also buy some chocolate biscuits called quaresimali, made with cocoa and in the form of letters, appreciated by all the children.

pan di ramerino

pan di ramerino


2 – The so called ‘Gita fuori porta’

Typically, the Easter day is fully dedicated to friends and family. A very typical tradition is the so called gita fuori porta, which means a short journey outside Florence. If you want to manage a trip from Florence, you just have to choose whether to orient yourself to Chiantishire or Mugello in the countryside, Versilia or Maremma by the sea, or the villages and cities of art Tuscan. The alternatives are equally valid if you go by car, but if you have to rely only on trains and buses (remember that Easter Monday is considered a public holiday), then you may opt for Siena, Lucca, Pisa and Arezzo, which are about one hour from Florence.

A typical gita fuori porta

A typical gita fuori porta

3 – Scoppio del Carro

The most awaited event of Easter in Florence is the famous Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart), which takes place on Easter Sunday from about 10 in Piazza Duomo. It is a tradition that began over 300 years ago. The protagonist of the ceremony is the Brindellone – a 9 meters tall wagon – that is pulled by oxen from his depot to Piazza Duomo. At around 11, during Mass, the Archbishop of Florence starts from the altar the Colombina, which is a rocket in the form of a dove (symbol of the Holy Spirit) that through a long thread reaches the Brindellone and lightis all the fireworks mounted on it. The fiery chariot is a show that will amaze the tourists, but also the Florentines themselves, waiting to see the back Colombina altar Maggiore. According to tradition, for if Colombina returns to the altar the year will be positive.

Scoppio del Carro

Scoppio del Carro

4 – Museums for Easter

If you are in Florence for a few days couple of days, probably your goal will be its wonderful art venues, including museums. Typically during Easter Sunday and Monday at least the most important museums remain open. On Monday some Florentine museums and art sites closed, but some open on an exceptional basis to allow the visit to the tourists in the city. We suggest you take information to know before the opening and closing times, to avoid disappointment.

Museums in Florence

Museums in Florence

5 – Enjoy our wonderful gardens!

Those who prefer to simply enjoy Florence and beautiful walks kissed the spring sunshine, can out to explore Fiesole, Settignano, or the Florentine hills or in one of the wonderful gardens and monumental city parks. In addition to the classic Boboli Gardens and the gardens of Villa Bardini, you can admire the panoramic view from the Rose Garden, just below Piazzale Michelangelo, or changing area, make a nice picnic in the Horticultural Garden, do not forget to have a look to the nearby gardens of Parnassus. On Easter Sunday, the great Medici Pratolino Park, a marvel still little known by mass tourism.

Pratolino's Garden

Pratolino’s Garden

For your Easter in Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you a fine selection of apartments to rent.

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

New Year’s Eve 2017 in Florence

New Year's Eve in Florence

New Year’s Eve in Florence

2016 is about to end! Are you ready for a new year?
Florence offers you the chance to celebrate the arrival of 2017 in an extraordinary way! As every year – around the city – you can find many events to follow open air, while in clubs, pubs and restaurants you can celebrate the new year’s eve away from the cold.

Mika in Florence

Mika in Florence

Among the indoor shows, one of the most anticipated events in town is the Mika concert at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with the program entitled ‘Sinfonia Pop’ on the evening of 30 and 31 December to celebrate the end of the year. The show was presented as a sort of union between pop and symphonic music.

Marco Mengoni

Marco Mengoni

A traditional event in Florence is the New Year’s concert at the Piazzale Michelangelo. This year will perform the pop star Marco Mengoni, one of the new voices of Italian melodic music, discovered in a talent show.
In addition to Piazza Signoria, San Lorenzo and Piazza Carmine, for the first time there will be live shows in the Isolotto and Gavinana area. The whole city can participate in what will be a night of celebration and fun for everyone.

Motta

Motta

The program of the Festival of Scandicci is more interesting, for all those interested in alternative music, indie rock, but also to swing. These are the main ingredients of the New Year in Piazza della Resistenza in Scandicci (free admission, the concert start at 22). They will perform the songwriter Motta, Nada and the indie rockers A Toy’s Orchestra. The evening will end with a real journey into the authentic sounds of Italian music in the key of swing.

Pavoniere

Pavoniere

Among the indoor events you can choose from a large number of small parties, private and public. www.tuscanfeeling.com suggest you the Grand Gala New Year at Villa Le Pavoniere in the Cascine Park. Dress code elegant, dinner and disco all night, for a new very cool year. Alternatively, for those who enjoy exclusive events, we recommend the Year End Party at the legendary nightclub Tenax, where 2017 will be welcomed with a trendy selection of deep house music.

For your New Year’s Eve 2017 in Florence, www.tuscanfeeling.com suggests you a fine selection of apartments to 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

Craft Beers and Pubs in Florence: The Top 5

Beer in Florence

Beer in Florence

We love craft beer, better if locally produced. Of course, we (at Tuscan Feeling) never drink when we are working! The work of real estate agents, around Florence, between apartments in historic buildings, villas and hi-tech loft is very complicated and challenging. No time to drink a beer during the day! At night, however, everything is different and we like to taste craft beers, exclusive labels and follow the local breweries.

Craft Beers in Florence

Craft Beers in Florence

A great movement of small producers of craft beer was born in Italy, in the last decade, and has been able to quickly gain the respect of international critics and the public. In Tuscany, there are plenty of craft breweries and in the province of Firenze there are more than 30 at least. It’s true that Italy is famous for its extraordinary wine, but beer has always been produced here, since the ancient Romans times! The first florentine beer factory was founded in 1792 and the site where actually the Hard Rock Café is, during the nineteenth century, was the largest and most beautiful pub in town.

Gambrinus Pub, in the first years of the twentieth century

Gambrinus Pub, in the first years of the twentieth century

Do you want to enjoy a delicious craft beer in Florence? Here are our 5 favorite places!

Braumeister Firenze

Braumeister Firenze

1) Braumeister – Via Madonna Della Tosse 12r

The Braumeister is just behind Piazza della Libertà. It started as a brewery and a Bavarian restaurant, but quickly evolved, becoming a reference point for beer fans. In addition to the Bavarian dishes, they serve tasty pizzas and traditional Italian desserts. The huge countertop in copper has 20 taps, most of them with Italian craft beers from italian microbreweries: Birrificio Italiano, Petrognola from Garfagnana, Birra del Borgo and ToccailMatto. In addition, there’s a choice of bottles of fine brands (Belgian, American, British and Italian) to choose from an excellent beer list.

Mostodolce

Mostodolce

2) Mostodolce – Via Nazionale 114 R

Mostodolce, in via Nazionale, has a wide selection of strictly artisan beers: Pepita, Fox, Ale Hammer, the American Pale Ale Morgana, the Black Doll Stout, the tasty Saison Arch, plus the seasonal Christmas beer, brewed with locale tuscan chestnut flour. Here you will also find sweets of beer as the Birramisù and the Mosto’s Strudelino.

The Book Pub

The Book Pub

3) The Book Pub – Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti 11/12 R

An old-fashioned pub with books, newspapers and games available. The Book Pub is in Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti and it has seven taps in addition to twenty brands with a large focus on European niche products. We recommended the delightful beers of the Birrificio Italiano: the most famous Italian microbrewery.

Diorama

Diorama

4) Diorama – Via Pisana, 78r

Recently opened and located in the Oltrarno district, the Diorama is a restaurant fully dedicated to craft beers. Just eight tables and some stools at the countertop.
On tap are six Italian and foreign beers, including the wonderful IPA produced by microbrewery Lorem Ipsum Florence. The beer list has eighty labels from around the world. The cuisine is typically Florentine. And ‘one of the trendiest places on the scene of the Florentine craft breweries.

Il Bovaro

Il Bovaro

5) Il Bovaro – Via Pisana, 3r

Bovaro produces craft beer and makes direct pouring. The restaurant is very popular and characteristic, located in a a place built during the middle age, just in front of Porta San Frediano.The beer is pasteurized and naturally produced, the choice is limited to the beers produced, which are very good. Here you can eat and the food is really excellent. It is best to book in advance, since the place is always full.

Come and Taste Craft Beers and Pubs in Florence: The Top 5

If you want an apartment in Florence and taste our beloved beers, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for rent:

Apt. S. JACOPO – 75 m2 – 6th floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

San Jacopo Apartment

Tuscan Feeling

Apt. VIGNA – 45 m2 – 3rd floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Vigna Apartment

Tuscan Feeling

Apt. GIUSTI D – 55 m2 – PT floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Giusti D Apartment

Tuscan Feeling

How to buy an apartment in Florence in 3 steps!

Pontevecchio

Pontevecchio

It is the best period to buy a house in Florence, despite the price of apartments is higher than in other Italian cities. The advantage of buying a house in Florence is to have solid an investment in one of the busiest cities in the world tourism. A 30sqm apartment in Florence can make more than 12,000 euros per year through the rent. Buy an apartment through Tuscan Feeling is quick and easy, thanks to our professional services. What are you waiting for? Learn How to Buy an Apartment in Florence in 3 steps!

Street View Florence

Street View Florence

1) First step: choose an international real estate agency

There are no restrictions on foreign ownership in Florence, but any money remitted from outside italy for purchasing property, must be documented to be sure that any money of any resale can be repatriated. The first step is to hire a florentine international real estate agency like Tuscan Feeling, specialist in international business. The real estate will protect your interests, will help you with translations and contracts, will find for you the notary and will help you with the italian burocracy. In addition, an international real estate will put together for you personal visits to many apartments in few days, to help you not to waste your time on the spot. Tuscan Feeling is able to show you apartments with on line guides and will manage for you a one day visit to all the apartments you will ask to see in advance.

S. Spirito Square

S. Spirito Square

2) Second Step: The preliminary contract

If the seller accepts your offer, the deal becomes binding on both parties. Then a preliminary contract will be drawn up by the seller (it is called ‘compromesso’) or a real estate agent, containing the sale price, the amount to be paid as deposit, the completion date, the land boundaries and details of the property, and any other relevant clauses. In the event that you decide not to pursue the purchase, the ‘compromesso’ will be forfeited or the seller may seek legal action. On the other hand, if the seller backs out, he will be liable to pay double the amount you have given as deposit.

Notary Act

Notary Act

3) Third Step: The notary act

For closing the purchase usually it takes more than one month. During this period your real estate agency will find or you a notary that will have the T the responsibility of performing due diligence, he will act for both parties. At the end of this process, you will invited to the notary studio wih the seller and the real estate agent to complete the contract. The real estate agent will help you with translations and can act your role by your permission.You will pay the final balance and sign the deed of sale (it is called ‘rogito’ and it will be witnessed by the notary himself). Of course, this act requires you to present a valid identification document, and your ‘codice fiscale’ (italian tax code). The real estate agent will help you to obtain the ‘codice fiscale’ in advance. You have to have one to buy properties in Italy, also if you already have one in your country. The notary will issue you a copy of the deed and present copies to the tax office (called ‘Agenzia delle Entrate’) and Land Registry (called ‘catasto’). It takes an average of 15 days to complete all the four procedures needed to register a property in Italy. During this days, the real estate agent will follow up all the procedures, including transferring the utilities, get all the keys and be sure that your house in Florence is ok under any aspect.

Tuscan Feeling

Tuscan Feeling

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

Apt. TUSCANY – 60 m2 – PT. floor (without elevator)

Tuscany Apartment

Tuscany Apartment

Apt. RUFUS – 300 m2 – TERRA+1+2 floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

Rufus Villa

Rufus Villa

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

CHRISTMAS IN FLORENCE: THINGS TO DO AND SEE!

Christmas Market Santa Croce

Christmas Market Santa Croce

The Christmas atmosphere in Florence, as probably in most Italian cities, began to spread in early December. Starting from the beginning of the month, the municipality begins to mount the streets traditional lighting and shops fit out their windows, more or less creative, to the theme of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS AND SHOPPING

In Florence and its surroundings, in the weeks before Christmas, the Christmas markets are set up, more or less typical, where you can find small gifts of various kinds, from exclusive crafts to wine, or typical food. The largest Christmas market is in Piazza Santa Croce and is open from December 2nd to 20th. It is inspired by the traditional German markets, with traditional wooden houses. It offers different types of products: from crafts to food, home furnishings and beautiful decorations. There are vendors Germans and Northern Europe, as well as Italian.

All those who love shopping will find florentine shops open every day until Christmas in the historic center, but also in the outskirts. During Christmas time, florentine shops in Florence are at their best, with windows sumptuously decorated with exclusive items.

To those who come to Florence with the kids, we suggest to visit ‘The village of Santa Claus’, located in Piazza del Carmine, Oltrarno area. It is daily open and has a calendar full of activities.

From December 18th to 20th will be held at Palazzo Corsini ‘NataleperFile’ a fundraising appointment, a social aggregation that combine the value of solidarity to the occasion for making a special gift to loved ones. Numerous exhibitors, from big brands to artisans of the area, which will donate part of their proceeds to the Association.

WINTER SPORTS IN FLORENCE

Florence Winter Park

Florence Winter Park

December and January are the coldest months of the year in Florence, for that reason are set up areas for winter sports. Parterre (near Freedom Square) for several years opens an ice rink with skate rental. Obihall, opens its doors on Tuscany Winter Park: an ice skating rink, but also suitable for a downhill snow tubing.

Since many years in Florence, the New Year is celebrated in the main squares of the old town, where there are various kind of concerts, from pop music (usually in Piazza Stazione) classical music (Piazza della Signoria), Gospel (Piazza Santissima Annunziata), dance music and dJ sets (Largo Annigoni).

EPIPHANY

La Cavalcata dei Magi

La Cavalcata dei Magi

The day of the Epiphany, Jan. 6, the Catholic Church celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem and the delivery of their gifts to the Christ Child and is officially the last day of the Christmas holidays (coincides with the end of school holidays) .

Every year on January 6th, Florence commemorates the journey of the Magi and the delivery of the gifts in the “Cavalcata dei Magi”, which takes place in the historical center of the city. The commemoration, in costume, involves numerous people from across Italy and is a traditional event that’s definitely worth attending if you are in town.

Benozzo Gozzoli

Benozzo Gozzoli

In the traditional theme Christmas, we recommend a visit to the Chapel of the Magi by Benozzo Gozzoli, at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. It is a small and precious frescoed chapel that traces its history of the Three Kings. It is open all year round, but in this time of the year is a wonderful occasion to see it!

Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following Apartments for Christmas:

Apt. COSTA CRUZ – 50 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Costa Cruz

Apt. Costa Cruz

Apt. OBLATE – 40 m2 – 1st floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Oblate

Apt. Oblate