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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

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

A ROOM WITH A VIEW. TRAVELING IN TUSCANY THROUGH FILMS

A Room with a View

A Room with a View

Everybody knows Florence, from the magic film A Room with a View. It was 1985, when the director James Ivory chose Florence as unforgettable location for setting one of his most famous movie. The screenplay was taken from the Edward Morgan Foster’s book starring a couple of young actors as Helena Bonam Carter and Julian Sands. It was a worldwide success, which made clear that Tuscany was the ideal setting for films.

Many international directors have chosen Tuscany to shoot their films and each one was really impressed from the ancient beauty of Tuscany’s lands and the architectural charm of its picturesque towns.

Florence is top of the list, of course. In the Duomo Square, for example, in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore it was instead set one of the most evocative scenes of the film Portrait of a Lady by Jane Campion (from the book by Henry James), when John Malcovich seduces Nicole Kidman.

In Florence was also shot Hannibal in 2001, directed by Ridley Scott, which belongs to the saga of The Silence of the Lambs, from the novels of Thomas Harris, starring Anthony Hopkins in the disturbing role of the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. In 1996, at the Galleria degli Uffizi they were shot many scenes of the famous The Stendhal Syndrome of the horror master Dario Argento, starring his beautiful daughter Asia Argento. Some scenes of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou were shot in 2004 in Florence too.

One of the most distinctive and important movie, filmed in and around Florence, was Much Ado About Nothing, based on the notorious William Shakespeare’s play. Filmed in 1993 directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh joined by Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Robert Sean Leonard, Imelda Staunton, Richard Briers and a very young Kate Beckinsale.

Much Ado about Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing

Roberto Benigni, one of Tuscany’s most famous actors and directors (winner of three Academy Awards in 1997), chose to set the film Life is beautiful in Arezzo, where the Piazza Grande, where the Cathedral Square and the nearby characterize the film’s plot.

Pienza, near Siena, was the location of one of the most honored movie in the film’s history: The English Patient by Anthony Minghella, who was the winner of nine Academy Awards and a couple of Golden Globe. We all remember the screenplay: an historical fresco of World War II and a poignant love story between a soldier (Ralph Fiennes) and a beautiful nurse (Juliette Binoche).

The charm Siena’s hills was also the set of Stealing Beauty, of the famous Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. The movie was filmed at the Castle of Brolio, in Giaiole in Chianti near Florence, and at Villa Geggiano. The film is based on the story of a nineteen year old American girl (a beautiful Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith’s Steven). The girl met his first love, finds her family affections and embarks on an initiation journey to the adult age. Always staying in Siena, it is impossible not to mention Quantum of Solace (2008) by Marc Forster. It is the twenty-second installment of the legendary James Bond series. The famous British MI6 spy was played by Daniel Craig.

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

Who loves the cinema’s masters will identify the magical scenery of San Galgano’s Abbey in the Sienese hills, with the wonderful Andrej Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia, shot in 1983. The famous Russian director lived for many years in Florence. He had an apartment in S. Niccolò street, right near of many Tuscan Feeling’s apartments.

Nostalghia

Nostalghia

Younger people and those who love vampire’s charm, they can not forget that Volterra and Montepulciano, were the set for New Moon, taken from the famous Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer.

Visiting Tuscany is like living in a movie! If you want to live in a real movie, we suggest you to choice one of Tuscan Feeling‘ beloved apartments or villas to rent:

Apt. TORRE GALLO – 300sqm – Ground Floor, 1 and 2 Floor – for 6 people (in Florence)

Torre Gallo

Torre Gallo

VILLA LA CIVETTA – 350+80sqm – Ground and 1 floor – for 12 persons (near Siena)

Villa La Civetta

Villa La Civetta

VILLA BELSOLE – 600sqm – for 18 persons (near Certaldo)

Villa Belsole

Villa Belsole

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

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

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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HANDCRAFTED SHOES, A FLORENTINE PASSION! WELCOME IN SAN NICCOLÒ!

Handcrafted shoes in Florence

Tuscan Feeling.

Are you angry, tired, depressed, unhappy? Is there anything that can make you feel better than buying a nice pair of shoes?
Shoes and Chocolate, probably, are the favorite antidepressants from each of us! Much better than an analyst’s therapy session.
If you look for the chocolate, Florence can offer you some great places, really delicious.
Florence is best known for shoes. Whether you’re looking for brand shoes, rather than hand-made shoes.
Probably, the capital of the Renaissance is one of the few places in Europe where you can experience the joy of buying handmade shoes by appreciated shoemakers. The historic center’s area of Florence, where they are concentrated artisans shoemakers is the Oltrarno, near the district of San Niccolò.

A well known historical workshop is located in the small and little frequented Via Barbadori, at 19r, alongside Ponte Vecchio. Here you will find the Maestro Calogero Mannina’s workshop, now deceased, which was used to create footwear, authentic unique models created for his faithful clients. The workshop is still alive and filled with forms for the creation of custom-made footwear, each bearing the name of the customer. Peering through the window, you will see the names of many rock stars and Hollywood actors, as well as leading politicians. Tuscan Feeling has many apartments in this street and, for our personal experience, we still remember the skill, patience and humility of Master Mannina’s way of working, which we considered one of the best artisans in Florence.
Near Palazzo Pitti, where Tuscan Feeling can offer you some other apartments for rent, it is the workshop of Mara Broccardi, an artist who creates exclusive models of shoes for ladies. Mrs. Broccardi’s workshop, is located in Sdrucciolo de Pitti, at number 17r,
Recently, the shoe brand founded by Stefano Bemer, a master shoemaker who died recently, was purchased by the prestigious Scuola del Cuoio. It ‘gave rise to a school for those who want to learn how to build and design shoes in a traditional way, it is via San Niccolò, in the heart of the district where you’re talking about. The shop is located in a deconsecrated church, fully restored, became the seat of laboratory, office and negozio.La historical workshop of master Bemer was instead in the district of San Frediano, nearby, in a place that has become a symbol of the city because shoemakers here he stayed for nine months in 2001, the actor Daniel Day Lewis, who decided to learn from Bemer art of creating custom shoes. This new school offers international courses and lessons by the best craftsmen and designers of Florence.
Not far from the district of San Niccolò, in Piazza Santo Spirito 62 / r, you will find the small workshop of Francesco, that produces high quality shoes, with a completely family-run business. Prices are still low and reasonable, and you can order handcrafted shoes. They also provide a fully working worldwide shipping service.
Another fine leather shoes shop in Florence is the Rive Gauche, in Via Guicciardini. It is another family run business that design and produce handcrafted shoes and leather goods for over 30 years. Shoes here have a great value for money, bearing in mind that these are handcrafted pieces.
If shoes are your thing, the district of San Niccolò is the right place to live, if you want to study or visit Florence. Here, the atmosphere of the ancient city of Florence, with its craft shops, is still preserved. Plus, you will be surrounded by art places famous all over the world, such as Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens or the Uffizi!!

Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following apartments in S.Niccolò area:

S. Jacopo Apartment

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

Pitti Apartment

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Apt PITTI – 70 m2 – 4th floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

S. Orsola Apartment

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Apt. S. ORSOLA – 50 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Mancino Apartment

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Apt. MANCINO – 60 m2 – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons