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The 5 most beautiful beaches closest to Florence

Tuscany Sea

Tuscany Sea

Summer: beach, sea and relax time! But how to reach them, if you are in Florence? Tuscan Feeling suggests you The 5 most beautiful beaches closest to Florence.

Viareggio by the Sea

Viareggio by the Sea

Viareggio, in the province of Lucca, is easily reachable from Florence in more than an hour by train and car. It is an historic seaside resort, whose architectures betray a genesis in the liberty era. The beaches are white sand and the seabed is low. Here, you can find well-equipped bathing establishments, but little free beach. The sea is not beautiful, but the promenade is truly impressive and the place of excellence of fashion boutiques. A remarkable detail: in Viareggio there are excellent seafood restaurants!

La Lecciona

La Lecciona

The beach of Lecciona is very close to Viareggio, and is protected by a pine forest that makes the days warmer, very acceptable. The dunes that dotted the golden sandy coastline create a wild wilderness impression and breathe in the air the smell of Mediterranean vegetation.

Marina di Cecina

Marina di Cecina

Marina di Cecina is very popular due to its crystal clear sea, its typical Tuscan landscapes and the excellent prices of the area. To get there, take the car, take the Aurelia road and park near the pine forest. 500 meters of freshly crossed in the pine forest and you get to the sea.

In Maremma, the Buca delle Fate (near Piombino) is paradise for those who love rocks and snorkeling. It’s a lovely cove, incredible sea. After passing the first piece of the promontory of Piombino, after parked along the road to Populonia, you walk down the hollow and smelly Mediterranean scrub. It is not a very easy but very enjoyable trip that you can associate with a visit to the ancient Etruscan city. Famous for crystalline water, the Buca delle Fate is a place of silence, from which to admire the Elba Island.

Buca delle fate

Buca delle fate

La spiaggia libera di Cala Violina è una delle perle della Toscana. Si trova a pochi minuti da Follonica, nel cuore della Maremma e circondata da boschi che diradano a strapiombo nel mare. Il nome – secondo la leggenda – deriva dal rumore, come di violino, che fa la sua sabbia quando viene calpestata. L’accesso è consentito solo a piedi e il parcheggio per l’auto è a numero limitato. Bisogna arrivare molto presto la mattina per poter accedere a questa esclusiva meraviglia della natura toscana!

Cala Violina

Cala Violina

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

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

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

Christmas Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence

Shopping in Florence

Christmas becomes magical in Florence. A month before the December 25 the town is decorated with Christmas lights of a thousand colors that immerse the town in an unreal atmosphere, almost fantastic. As every year, the historical center of Florence is totally closed to traffic and it is accessible only by free shuttle buses that allow the Florentines and tourists arriving in the streets filled with interesting shops with gift ideas for every kind of taste. You can imagine the rivers of people that flock to Via Calzaiuoli and Via del Corso desperately looking for gift ideas that can be funny, original and possibly convenient. The Christmas atmosphere in Florence is beautiful, all the streets are lit, and you can enjoy the smell of roasted chestnuts, people walking hurriedly through the streets of downtown with packages and parcels. The city blend perfectly with specially crafted Christmas lights to illuminate and highlight details of great beauty of historical buildings, churches and monuments.

Christmas in Florence

Christmas in Florence

All the churches of Florence celebrate one of the most heartfelt moments with solemn Masses, concerts, and the beautiful cribs (both static and moving). Maybe Christmas is just one of the best times to enjoy the true flavor of a city of art. In many they come to town the day before Christmas and staying in the capital of Tuscany for a week so even trascorrenre the New Year in Florence, an event full of events, concerts and initiatives that can satisfy even the most demanding tourist.

The Florence Dome

The Florence Dome

Every street and square in Florence is set up differently according on the tastes of the shopkeepers and their shops. Even if it is a rainy day or the temperature is very low maybe assisted by the cold wind, you have the same impression that people are more serene, happy and carefree. Almost everyone has with him parcels and packets carefully wrapped with red and yellow flakes (the colors of Christmas). You can find in Florence beautiful handmade items, to give to people who are dear to you, or to yourself. Florence, in fact, is the capital of fashion, beauty and craftsmanship.

Goldsmiths in Florence

Goldsmiths in Florence

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Traditional and famous Florentine workshops continue their traditions and create handmade products for local and international clients. Handmade objects such as textiles, jewelery, porcelain, shoes and leather goods are a strong sign of the not too distant past.

Handmade shoes

Handmade shoes

Christmas in Florence is also synonymous with colorful Christmas markets. In the most important squares of the city they are set up some wonderful markets that offer typical products, gift ideas and even products not necessarily linked to Italian traditions and cultures.

Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

In Piazza Santa Croce – front of the ancient church – is organized the traditional Christmas market in Heidelberg, the oldest in Germany. Here you can find gift ideas, Christmas decorations, mulled wine, beer, and sauerkraut wruster and many events such as the flag bearers of the historic Florentine football, music and shows for children.

Streets Around Santa Maria Novella

Streets Around Santa Maria Novella

In Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the Scottish market is celebrated to mark the friendship between Florence Edinburgh. The market is full Scottish breakfast, clothing, liquor, tea and stalls will be open from 10 am to 20. This is Christmas Shopping in Florence!
Have a Nice Xmas in Florence!

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

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

September in Florence

Florence in Autumn

Florence in September

September in Florence means exploring the city and its surroundings in an explosion of flavors and local events. Autumn is coming! The grapevines are ready for harvest, temperatures have slightly decreased, but days are still bright and long. During september around Florence there are plenty of traditional events to celebrate the fertility of the earth, crop farmer, and the beauty of the season that is about to begin, including many fairs and pageants.

Festa dell'Uva, Impruneta

Festa dell’Uva, Impruneta

In the village of Impruneta, near to Florence, take place the famous Festa dell’Uva. The event now is in its 90th edition. There is a week dedicated to planned activities, culminating in the great market in the main square on the last Sunday of the month, with stalls of typical products and parades. Wine is the main actor of this event.

Grapevines in Tuscany

Grapevines in Tuscany

If you prefer to celebrate the “finished product” instead of the grape harvest, then the event for you it is the Chianti Classico Expo (September, 8–11). During this festival you can taste the wines of local producers and buy a glass as a souvenir (each has its own glass designer), walk through the streets of Greve in Chianti visiting the many stands and their wine products and breathing the magic atmosphere of Chiantishire.

Ribollita

Ribollita

September is the month of the long-awaited culinary festivals, which begin in this period – with the change of season – to cheer squares and Tuscan villages with their traditional dishes. If – between a museum and a renaissance church – you can make it advance of time, enjoy the colorful splendor, the glitz and the magical atmosphere that Florence and its surroundings shows in this time of the year!

Rificolona

Rificolona

The Rificolona Festival in Florence is one of the most traditional events of the local religious culture and as visitors to the city center. It is a classic Florentine tradition event (september 7) linked to the cult of the Virgin Mary and a great party for the city itself. It is a procession through the city center with colored paper lanterns, a show and a play of light and really exciting colors.

If you want an apartment in Florence, Tuscan Feeling suggests you the following accomodations for 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

CARNIVAL IN TUSCANY!

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival in Venice it’s a must! We all know. And in Tuscany? Yes, you can find many nice carnival festivals in Tuscany too. Many Carnival festivities will take place all over Tuscany throughout every weekend of February. The grand finale is ‘Martedì Grasso’, also known as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday.
Florence is the ideal starting point to visit the different Carnival festivals in Tuscany.

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio

Viareggio hosts the top carnival in Tuscany. The town is on the seaside and it is famous for its beach, fashion shopping promenade and of course for the well known carnival parade. There are weekend events (February 8, 15, 22 and 28), which include masquerade parties, comedy shows, costume balls and parades. Papier-mâché floats parade down the Viareggio’s liberty style promenade, featuring satirical effigies of politicians or public personalities.

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

Pietrasanta

In Versilia, there are other smaller carnivals near Viareggio. The most appreciated of them take place in the streets of the town centre of Pietrasanta. There are historical parades, papier-mâché floats and a food festival in Piazza del Duomo. The Mardi Gras event is totally dedicated to children.

Follonica

Follonica

Follonica

It is one of the top family carnival events in Tuscany (16 and 23, and March 2). Follonica is located the upper Maremma. There’s a huge parade led by the ‘Re Carnevale’ (Carnival King), live music and it is a real food festival. You can taste sweet traditional cookies, pancakes and ‘cenci’, fried cookies with powdered sugar!

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana is located in the surroundings of Arezzo and it is famous for its big outlet mall where you can buy fashion clothes at a convenient price. Foiano’s carnival is the the oldest carnival in Italy and has been held since the Middle Age. It is led by a King of the Carnival, with a mask made of hay and dressed in rags, that is burned in a bonfire, the Rogo Giocondo, at the end of the carnival.

Castiglion Fibocchi

Castiglion Fibocchi

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

San Giovanni Valdarno

In addition to the masked parades, the village boasts the tradition of “Uffizi di Carnevale”, dating back to 1675. This ancient tradition of San Giovanni is celebrated in the five Sundays before Mardi Gras and has a religious meaning. The traditional celebration take place in the local Basilica with meals based on local recipes and typical stew of San Giovanni, preceded by a parade of the cart with pageboy in costume. It is the ideal pleace for who are looking for an immersion in the old renaissance times.

Siena

Siena

Siena

Siena is famous for its well known Palio delle Contrade. That’s why are 17 carnivals, one for each contrada. This is a special occasion to live like a local, taste gastronomic events and live shows in every point of the city. Mardi Gras is celebrated all together in the Piazza del Campo, that become a large open-air theatre festival.

All of these locations, are within an hour’s drive from Florence, except Follonica which is located a couple of hours away. If you have rented an apartment in Florence through Tuscan Feeling Real Estate Agency you find yourself in the heart of the Tuscan carnival events.

Apt. RICASOLI – 60 sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Ricasoli

Apartment Ricasoli

Apt. ANGUILLARA – 115 sqm – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 5 persons

Apt. Anguillara

Apt. Anguillara

Apt. FRA JACOPO – 50 sqm – 4 piano floor (with elevator) – for 2 persons

Apartment Fra Jacopo

Apartment Fra Jacopo

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