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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

THRILLER IN FLORENCE

Florence in Winter

Florence in Winter

Florence is a very quiet and safe city. This does not mean that in its history have occurred intrigues and crimes. Statistically speaking, they are just a small bunch! But some of which have caught media’s imagination and stimulated the writers’ fantasy.

Magdalen Nabb's beloved Oltrarno.

Magdalen Nabb’s beloved Oltrarno.

Magdalen Nabb was an english writer, who lived in Florence in the Oltrarno area. She wrote twelve crime novels featuring Marshal Guarnaccia of the Carabinieri, all set in Florence (in the same Oltrarno neighborhood), which she describes as ‘a very secret city. Walk down any residential street and you have no idea what is going on behind those blank walls. It’s a problem the Marshal comes up against all the time. A real good book to read about the old noble houses of Florence and about the Oltrarno lifestyle is The Marshal Makes His Report.

The Marshall Makes his Report

The Marshall Makes his Report

Magdalen Nabb was inspired by a real policeman, commander of a local Carabineri station, with whom she was to chat. It is one of the most famous Marshal Guarnaccia’s investigations. The story is complex and intriguing.When sudden death occurs in one of the oldest noble families in Florence, the only acceptable version is Accident. Marshal Guarnaccia doesn’t believe that what happened in the Palazzo Ulderighi was an accident, but he will be risking his career if he voices his conviction that something sinister has occurred. Yet when, after nine hundred years of survival by bloodshed, the ancient palazzo yields up its latest victim, the Marshal is proved right.

Dan Brown's Inferno.

Dan Brown’s Inferno.

Loggia del Porcellino

Loggia del Porcellino

It’s fascinating to read Hannibal, Thomas Harris’ sequel to his 1988 sensation The Silence Of The Lambs. Hannibal Lecter lives in a typical palazzo of Florence, and works as a museum curator under an alias. Florence is told as a dark and sinister city! The novel unfolds between the main tourist sites of Florence, demonstrating Harris’ intuition in ‘building’ best sellers and win film Oscars. From Palazzo Vecchio to the Cloister of the Santa Croce, from the ancient Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella to Ponte Vecchio, from the beloved Porcellino Fountain made by Pietro Tacca in 1612, to the loggia of Mercato Nuovo. The long trail of blood left by serial killer Hanibal Lecter follows via Dei Serragli, Piazza Tasso, and finally square off in Bellosguardo, where we loose his last traces.

Thomas Harris's Hannibal

Thomas Harris’s Hannibal

Among the Florentine writers, one of the most promising international names is certainly Marco Vichi. His thrillers are set in Florence, during the sixties. The protagonist is the controversial, ironic and clever Inspector Bordelli. Vichi’ most acclaimed book is Death in Florence. The rain is never-ending. When a young boy vanishes on his way home from school the police fear the worst, and Inspector Bordelli begins an increasingly desperate investigation. Then the flood hits. During the night of November 4th the swollen River Arno, already lapping the arches of the Ponte Vecchio, breaks its banks and overwhelms the city. Streets become rushing torrents, the force of the water sweeping away cars and trees, doors, shutters and anything else in its wake. In the aftermath of this unimaginable tragedy the mystery of the child’s disappearance seems destined to go unsolved. But obstinate as ever, Bordelli don’t give up. Bordelli’s investigation winds through the streets of Florence, between irony and twists.

Marco Vichi's Death in Florence

Marco Vichi’s Death in Florence

Unlike the literary fiction, Florence is a really quiet town, with rare cases in the news. According to the National Statistics it is one of the safest cities in Europe. Anyway, exploring Florence through the eyes of thriller authors is a truly immersive experience that Tuscan Feeling invite you to do.

Visiting Florence is like living in a book. If you want to live in a real book, we suggest you to choice one of Tuscan Feeling’s beloved apartments to rent:

Apt. GRECI – 55 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 3 persons

Apt. GRECI

Apt. GRECI

Apt. ANTICA CALDAIA – 90 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apt. ANTICA CALDAIA

Apt. ANTICA CALDAIA

Apt. BEATRICE – 65 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

Apt. BEATRICE

Apt. BEATRICE

Books & Coffee…in Florence!

Book & Coffee

A cup of coffee and opened book in Florence.

Reading is relax, not a luxury.
An exciting novel, a complicated historical essay, a tour guide or an art catalog, we all know that it’s nice to sit and read, maybe drinking a coffee. When is the right time, we also appreciate the opportunity to have breakfast, do a brunch, lunch or dinner, or having an ‘aperitivo’.

In Florence, since a few years, many new book shops are open, offering the opportunity to eat, drink, read or get lost in rare editions, books curious and alternative press.

If you are in Florence to study, travel, or you has decided to become a full-fledged expat, book shops (with books in Italian, English and many other languages), are the right place to meet new people, relax yourself, follow cultural events and become part of city life.

Nothing better than having an apartment in Florence, in walking distance from one of these book shops! They could become your favourite living room or your office!

Here, you find 5 nice book shop of Florence where you can read a book, have a drink or eating.

Caffetteria delle Oblate

Via dell’Oriuolo, 24.

Nothing can beat the Caffeteria of the Oblate! It is on the second floor of the Library of the Oblate. From its large windows and from the gazebo, it offers a splendid view of the dome and the Cathedral. The café is a cultural meeting point in the city. In the library they are held presentations of books, concerts, cocktails and tematic dinners. You can meet everyone here, sooner or later! The prices are great and the atmosphere is very relaxing, especially during spring.

Black Spring Bookshop
via Camaldoli,10

Black Spring Bookshop is in Oltrarno. Between a slice of cake and a coffee, in an environment that looks like a living room, you can find books and magazines that do not arrive in the traditional distribution channels. It is a truly rare find, where to buy rare editions, alternative press and curious books. The decor of Black Spring is really charming and cozy. Here you can eat delicious cakes, fine tea and many other treats. The monthly program of this library provides numerous events, ranging from presentations to concerts.

Todo Modo
Via dei Fossi, 3

Inspired, by the name, to the famous Armando Sciascia’s novel, Todo Modo is located in the Borgo Ognissanti and It is a modern open space. The peculiarity of this book shop is to match books with wine tasting, with a very good cellar and a briliant sommelier. Approximately, Todo Modo has 15,000 books, new and used, as well as e-books, and a large reading room that is also a place for meetings, performances, screenings, concerts, workshops, seminars, and a bar where you can eat and drink Italian and French wines. At visitor’s disposal there are daily newspapers and magazines of all kinds.

Cuculia
Via dei Serragli, 3

It is a library with an interesting selection of culinary books, as well as two dining rooms where you can dine or simply enjoy a cake or an herbal tea. The menu is varied, with new interpretations of Tuscan cuisine, including some vegetarian dishes.

Red Feltrinelli
Piazza della Repubblica, 26

Acronym for: Read Eat Dream, Red Feltrinelli is in Piazza della Repubblica, one of the most popular tourist spots in Florence. It is a chain of books with national circulation, which offers a restaurant serving fine cuisine and Italian culinary excellence. There are numerous book presentations and a wide choice of editions. The environment can be crowdy and noisy, but certainly enjoyable. The food is excellent.

Do you need an apartment near one of these Book Shops? Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following locations:

Apt. CAMALDOLI
35 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 1 persons

Apt. Camaldoli

Apt. Camaldoli

Apt. TECNO
70 m2 – Ground Floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Tecno

Apt. Tecno