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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

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

Vigna Apartment

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

Giusti D Apartment

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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

Expat in Florence? Tips and tricks for those who want to relocate in Florence and live happy. Lesson 1: finding an apartment and learning italian.

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Your house in Florence!

For an expat in Florence, learning Italian is not a matter of life or death. You can live the every day life – grocery shopping for example – just knowing a few words of Italian. However, learn Italian properly, will help you feel at home and be able to face any kind of argument with your new Florentines friends, colleagues or neighbors. A good acquaintances of the Italian language, however, will be useful for facing directly the italian bureaucracy.
Learning italian will be easy for you, living in Florence, just a process of trial and error. So don’t be shy and start using your italian in your every day life!
Anyway, you can attend local schools or having a private teacher, but the best is that you improve your italian every day, in your own life. If you are planning to attend a school, we suggest you: the British Institute, Istituto il David or Linguaviva School.
Once you have learned the Italian language, you will be fully master of your life: you can open buy your own a bank account, read a contract, discuss with a lawyer, read a book or simply chat with friends. You will not depend from other expats in Florence anymore. This will prevent you from having only expat friends and from isolating yourself.
Probably, as many other expats, you will pass through different stages of ‘culture shock’. From an emotional start of full loving for the city to a growing irritation or anger for your new country. It is a common feeling and something that you have to pass by. Everything is connected to your ability in learning italian and start friendships with local people. The more you can express freely with new friends, the more you will feel at home. Anyway, if you are american, canadian, australian english, indian, african, chinese or japanese, you don’t have to embrace the italian style of life in a non critical way. If you love to have a large american breakfast in the morning, you don’t have to eat just a cappuccino and small brioche! Learning italian properly and preserve your roots, will help you to have a good psychological balance.

While in Florence is difficult for an expat to be hired by someone, it is equally true that it is the right city to start their own start-ups. Florence is an international city, attention to culture and to the new initiatives. In Florence, tourism and trade are two fields that produce huge revenues. If you have the right idea, you can do it here. Florence could be not properly cheap for you. Many expat are surprised from the cost of italian utilities (gas, electricity and water), as well from the cost of trains and bus. In another hand, food is fine and cheap. Restaurants are at an affordable price. Fashion shopping in Florence is something that you can become and addict for, but it is not cheap. Taxes in Italy are really high, but health care is cheap and in Florence is a first quality service. As one of the most important italian town, Florence has modern infrastructure systems.

Florence is a town manageable to explore easily on foot. You will discover a large number of public green spaces, as well as stunning architecture. In any case, we suggest you to buy a bicycle. It is the easier and cheaper way to go around town, because Florence has a large and ever growing network of cycle paths.

Even before the language and other useful things, an expat in Florence has to worry about having a place to live. Finding a place to live is a priority when settling in town.
Finding a house in Florence could not be easy, if you need to stay for a long term stay. You have to consider many important factors: cost, location, different house features, transportation, brightness, utilities, furniture. A good tip, if you are renting directly from an owner, if you are looking for a long term stay, might be to take an apartment for one month, to see in person the long term choice.

Renting directly from owners means pros an cons. It should be cheap, but often it is not. Owners are not interest in their house reputation, they overvalue their homes and sometimes they manage people in horrible ways. When troubles happen, some owners have a unacceptable resolution times.

An international Real Estate Agency, as Tuscan Feeling, give great attention to its reputation with clients. We usually help our clients to find the best place at the more affordable price according to their needs. We can provide a fast service as we are at your disposal every day at every time (for any kind of real troubles), via phone, email or in person. The price of an apartment changes very much depending on lenght of stay, and quality of apartment. Take a look at our website for having an idea of what we can offer you or just read our blog for learning more about our policy and way of working.

Renting long term will force the owner to register the contract. This means that when you are in Florence you’ll need to get a codice fiscale, kind of social security number that neds to be part of the rental contract. Apart from that, only a copy of your passport is needed. The codice fiscale is mandatory for working, having a bank account and healthcare. We can help you to get it for an extra price.

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

Apt. Paula's living room and kitchen

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Apt. LORENZO – 80 m2 – 2nd floor – for 3 persons

Lorenzo Apartment

Lorenzo Apartment

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

La Pace apartment

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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.