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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

Bomboloni in Florence

Delicious Bomboloni....

Delicious Bomboloni….

Delicious, creamy, tasty, sweet and fragrant, there’s nothing better than Bomboloni for a snack or breakfast! When you are in Florence it is difficult to resist the temptation to taste one, freshly baked, warm, while its tantalizing aroma spreads through the streets.

The cream is on the top!

The cream is on the top!

Yes, but what are Bomboloni?
Bomboloni are fried Italian donuts, fully filled with tasty pastry cream. They are warm, fluffy donuts with a sugary crust with a vanilla cream inside with a bit of lemon zest. The traditional filling is vanilla pastry cream, but you could find them with a fruit jelly, chocolate or even Nutella. Bomboloni are filled from the top never from the side and a small mound of pastry cream tops the centers.

Ciambelle

Ciambelle

You can find Bomboloni in many bars and pastry shops in the centre of Florence. Usually they are sold together with Ciambelle. They are a tyical Italian cake with the same recipe of Bomboloni, but without cream and with an hole inside.

So, where can you find Bomboloni in Florence?

Bar Pasticceria Cucciolo

Bar Pasticceria Cucciolo

1) Bar Pasticceria Cucciolo (Via del Corso 25r)

Cucciolo is an old (they opened in 1943) and small pasticceria and bar located just around the corner from The Duomo in a pedestrianised side-street. You can have here your breakfast or brunch and choose what you want from an amazing array of pastries, pizza and panini. The coffee is excellent, but Cucciolo is world wide famous for its Bomboloni. They are known in town for them and it can be safely said they are to die for. Bomboli and Ciambelle are cooked upstairs, so they are always warm and fragrant. They fall down on the counter inside the sugar from a characteristic metal cascade, which is one of the local characteristics. Nothing spectacular, but for the Florentines is synonymous of extraordinary Bombolini and their aroma spreads around in Via del Corso.

The not so secret Bakery of via de' Benci

The not so secret Bakery of via de’ Benci

2) Pasticceria Vinci & Bongini (via Canto Rivolto 2)

Many guys from all over the world think that it is an not well known place, but the Pasticceria Vinci & Bongini is a really popular place in Florence. It is the last stop before going back home after night out in clubs and venues. It opens at 1:30am and close at 5am.The entrance is an unmarked glass door, but they don’t need to have a name on it. Everybody knows where they are. So, you don’t have to come back home and tell your friends that you have discovered a real secret place in Florence. Just wait your turn, be quiet and order your warm and creamy Bomboloni to taste in the night walking to your apartment in Florence.

The Futura Pasticceria's great array of pastries

The Futura Pasticceria’s great array of pastries

3) Futura Pasticceria (via Campo D’Arrigo, 14)

Futura Pasticceria is another hidden place, but well known by nightclubbers, located in Campo di Marte area and open from Monday to Friday, from midnight to 3am. The entrance is near the the train station of Campo di Marte. They are appreciated for any kind of pastries, but Bomboloni are the top here. It is a real laboratory of pastry, typically Italian. Here all the sweets are produced within hours and can be enjoyed hot and fragrant, just out of the oven. Until a few years ago it was a place frequented by Florentines alone, but today it has also become very popular in the international community who lives, studies and works in the city. Equip yourself with patience and, again, wait for your turn!

If you are looking for a place to taste your Bomboloni in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accommodations:

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. 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

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