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WHERE TO EAT BEST TRADITIONAL TUSCAN FOOD IN FLORENCE

Of course we know the best non-touristy “Trattorie” in Florence. Check out which spots we recommend to eat the most authentic tuscan food !


LA CASALINGA
 
Location: Via dei Michelozzi, 9/R
 
Casalinga’s atmosphere has a home feeling to it. It’s great for almost any Tuscan dish you can think of. It’s a good dinner and lunch spot for large groups, dates, or family affairs. One of our favorites is the pasta with rabbit sauce. 
 

COCO LEZZONE
 
Location: Via del Parioncino, 26R 
 
Located in the heart of the historic center of florence, this restaurant offers a trattoria atmosphere with an extremely welcoming staff. They pride themselves on their array of traditional Florentine dishes and accurate depiction of a typical Italian meal. Along with the delicious bistecca Fiorentina, they have a perfectly curated menu for their customers. 
 
 
OSTERIA ANTICA MESCITA SAN NICCOLO

 
Location: Via di S. Niccolò, 60 r
 
An old tavern in the San Niccolò district in Florence where you can order traditional Tuscan home cooking and many dishes fully dependant on the season. You can sit both indoors or on the street that leads to Forte Belvedere.
 
 

IL MAGAZZINO 
 
Location: Piazza della Passera 2
 
Whether you’re in the area or not, Il Magazzino is a must go. Locals love to dine here and order the tripe and lampredotto or intestines.. It’s always good to try new things when traveling and Il magazzino is the place to start! If you’re not a big fan, they are also known for the rest of their curated food and wine menu.
 

OSTERIA TOSCANELLA
 
Location: via toscanella 36
 
Located in a not so touristy street, this osteria opened in 2009 as a family business. Their motto is all about balance, proportions and the right ratio. They take this  into consideration when preparing their simple dishes done well. 
 
 
BUCA MARIO
 
Location: Piazza Degli Ottaviani, 16R (near the Santa Maria Novella Station)
 
This place is great for a fancier night out. They are very accommodating for larger parties and  offer larger cuts of fiorentina steak to be shared. They also carry many other delicious menu items that will suit the whole family.
 

FIASCHETTERIA NUVOLI
 
Location: Piazza dell’Olio, 15
 
Very close to the duomo and in this restaurant you can eat seasonal Tuscan specialties like liver crostini, cold cuts and pickles, tagliatelle with meat sauce, fried chicken or brain, ribollita, and also stuffed zucchini or roast suckling pig.
 

 
CUCINA TORCICODA
Location: Via torta 5r 
 
On via torta or literally ‘cake street’, Cucina Torcicoda is on one of the less busy streets of Florence but very well situated and right next to piazza Santa Croce. Torcicoda offers a pizzeria with a wood oven as well as a gourmet restaurant with the best Florentine steak, a full bar and a cantina with over 300 wine labels. 
 
 
BADALI
Location: Via dei Renai 11r 
 
Osteria Badali theme is all about the earth and the environment.  Their kitchen concentrates  on slow cooking and precise, contrasting flavors. They say they don’t innovate new flavors but simply make a traditional meals flavors stand out. 
 

PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 97

PITTI UOMO 97

From 7 to 10 January 2020 Pitti Immagine Uomo brings together the most important players in menswear and contemporary lifestyles to Florence. A multitude of voices gives rise to unique moments of discovery and debate, an increasingly multi-faceted experience that is capable of revealing next season’s trends and, at the same time, offering input in order to understand, in advance, the challenges and strategies of global fashion retail. The winter edition of the fair will be colored by special projects from fashion scenes that are distinguished by their creativity, respect for tradition and with an eye towards the future. The increasingly precise venues will showcase a selection of brands that offer a prompt response to market demands. The calendar of events and special projects will be enriched by prestigious names. In a fast and fluid world the Pitti Immagine style is confirmed as a vital compass guiding the choices of the global fashion community.

Pitti Immagine Uomo 97’s new theme is “Show your flags at Pitti.” The campaign video shows the Fortezza da Basso in colors and patterns of a unique flag. The goal of the winder shows is to feel a part of the ‘United Nations of Fashion.’ Agostino Poletto, The general manager of Pitti Immagine expresses: “Pitti is like the United Nations of Fashion, where every brand has its very own flag, but also where each one of us can be a flag of ourselves. The flag is never a silent fabric, it always says something, endlessly inspiring emotion, because it speaks according to universal messages, like those conveyed by the clothes we wear, and like clothing, it is a mobile symbol of identity, belonging, thought, and feeling.”

BOOK YOUR STAY IN FLORENCE DURING PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO

 

PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO
FORTEZZA DA BASSO

Viale Filippo Strozzi 1 – Firenze

 

Show Times:

7 – 10 january 2020

Every day: 9:00 – 18:00

Last day: 9:00 – 16:00

Scegli Firenze per festeggiare il Capodanno!

CAPODANNO A FIRENZE

Il Capodanno a Firenze 2020 si svolgerà in numerose piazze della città.  Un ricco programma di Show per tutti i gusti ed età tra musica, arte, danza, comicità ecc…

Ecco le tante novità in programma del CAPODANNO A FIRENZE 2019.

In Oltrarno, la splendida zona di Firenze dove si trova Palazzo Belfiore Firenze offrirà eventi musicali ed artistici. Scopriamoli in dettaglio :

–            DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT In Piazza Poggi, dalle 22.00 alle 02.00, performance di musica dance, Dancing in the moonlight, con tre artisti molto diversi come Matthew Herbert, Interstellar Funk e Dukwa, accompagnati da installazioni di arti digitali e light design sulla facciata di Porta San Niccolò, a cura dell’Associazione Culturale Feeling.

–            MARCHING BAND : L’Oltrarno, dalle 18.00 alle 01.00, sarà attraversato da due marching band in stile New Orleans, la Zastava Orchestra dai suoni balcanici e popolari e i Pulsar, una giovane band di forte impatto anche grazie ad originalissimi tamburi realizzati con materiali riciclati, a cura dell’Associazione Music Pool.

–            RAP FIORENTINO In Piazza del Carmine Capodanno sulla Luna: il rap da alta classifica di Mr.Rain e la star di X-Factor Martina Attili, e poi il cantautore fiorentino D’Iuorno, il set di DJ-V, Karaoke Contest e molto altro. A fare gli onori di casa è Bruno Enzo Ferrari, voce storica di Radio Bruno. Dalle 18.00, tra un live e un dj-set, animazione, giochi e gran coinvolgimento del pubblico si tirerà dritto fino all’una.

 


 

Gli altri eventi del CAPODANNO A FIRENZE 2019:

 

–            GOSPEL sul sagrato del Duomo: Sul sagrato di Piazza Duomo, dalle 22.00 alle 01.00,  sarà protagonista il Gospel con He made the moon and stars, spettacolo a cura dell’Associazione Culturale Musart, che vedrà unirsi armonicamente religiosità, passione e bellezza. Le esibizioni di due gruppi musicali si alterneranno con due reading lunari a cura di Fabrizio Checcacci mentre la presentazione e l’atteso countdown saranno affidati a Eva Edili, giornalista e speaker radiofonica.

–            CIRK FANTASTIK in Piazza Signoria: dalle 22.00 alle 01.00, il Cirk Fantastik in collaborazione con Cirko Vertigo realizzerà, con il contributo della Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, uno spettacolo di acrobatica e danza aerea, Vertigini Circensi, una performance di forte impatto visivo con proiezione di un video mapping sulla facciata di Palazzo Vecchio e l’accompagnamento di musiche ispirate alla luna.

–            SOUL & JAZZ in Piazza San Lorenzo: Soul, jazz, r&b sul sagrato di Piazza San Lorenzo, dalle 22.00 alle 01.00, per la regia dell’Associazione Music Pool, con grandi protagonisti italiani e internazionali, fra cui Eric B. Turner,  che aprirà la serata. A seguire James Senese, storico sassofonista e vocalist per arrivare al countdown a cura di Alessandra Cafiero, ideatrice e conduttrice di progetti come “Scrittori in Jazz” e “Salotto Jazz”.

–            MUSICA E COMICITA’ in Piazza SS Annunziata : a cura dell’Associazione Culturale Magnoprog, sarà un capodanno per tutti i gusti, da 0 a 99 anni: sul palco, dalle 22.00 alle 01.00, una kermesse di artisti, in un’alternanza di musica e comicità, con il toscanissimo Cristiano Militello, il Prof Lorenzo Baglioni, le parodie musicali de iMasa e un super gran finale con la musica dance, suonata dal vivo dagli Eurotunz.

–            LOGGE IN FESTA la Loggia del Grano, la Loggia del Pesce e la Loggia del Porcellino.  : L’Associazione Forme, dalle 18.00, darà vita a Logge in Festa coinvolgendo con una passeggiata lunare, per grandi e piccini, Nella Loggia del Grano, illuminata dalle installazioni del collettivo Skunk Control nell’ambito di F-Light, fino alle 22.00, potremo ascoltare musica italiana proposta, mentre spettacoli di giocolieri intratterrano le famiglie. Nella Loggia del Pesce, fino alle 01.00, ci sarà la musica pop dei Dj di RDF che si alternerà nel corso della serata alle spettacolari perfomance del collettivo Dhakkan.

Nella Loggia del Porcellino, Enrico Tagliaferri, timbro inconfondibile di Radio Mitology ’70 -’80,  farà ballare tutti, dalle 22.00 fino alle 01.00, con un’ampia selezione di musica disco, new wave, rock e i tormentoni dai primi anni ’70 al 1989, il tutto arricchito da un’installazione di videoarte a tema lunare.

–            PISTA DI GHIACCIO alla Fortezza da Basso: la più lunga pista artificiale di pattinaggio sul ghiaccio d’Europa, dalle 19.00 alle 02.00, vedrà musica, animazione e street food e, dalle 23.30,  “La piazza che balla!” con dJ set Circo Nero con tanto di performance artistiche, teatro, danza e arti circensi.

–            MUSICA CLASSICA in Piazza Santa Maria Novella : Sul sagrato di Santa Maria Novella si potrà assistere, dalle 22.30 alle 01.00, a un concerto di musica classica a cura di Associazione Artes sotto la direzione artistica del maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta con un repertorio dedicato ai piu’ celebri walzer e polke della tradizione viennese, e un omaggio speciale all’opera di Gioacchino Rossini e Ennio Morricone.

 

PRENOTA IL TUO CAPODANNO A FIRENZE
CON PALAZZO BELFIORE

 

L’EROICA

Held in Gaiole in Chianti, in Tuscany, on the first Sunday in October, L’Eroica bike race is a steadfast tradition with a unique charm all its own. Imagine yourself cycling down gravel roads (known in these parts as white roads) on a vintage bike, wearing a suit borrowed from your grandfather’s closet, crossing the wonderful landscapes of the Sienese Chianti, Crete Senesi and Val d’Orcia… Sound like pure fantasy? Because it’s not!

 

L’EROICA
* GAIOLE IN CHIANTI
06 OCTOBER 2019

 

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Here are our top 10 places to get Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

 

Known more commonly as Bistecca alla Fiorentina, the t-bone steak you get in Florence is world famous. It gets its name from the particular cut of meat that it is. If it is a true Bistecca alla Fiorentina, it comes from a Chianina cow, which is a breed only found in Tuscany. Since It is very difficult to find this specific type of cow and it is quite expensive, most T-bone steaks you order are not a true Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

One warning that coming when ordering this steak is that it is huge! It is mean to be shared at dinner, due to its thickness. The steak also may look undercooked when you order it, but it is cooked only for 3-4 minutes on each side, so if it looks undercooked, it’s perfect! Traditionally the steak is cooked on a wood grill. As for prices of the steak, it is usually a “pay by the kilo” system. The usual portion is one kilo, which sounds as if it is not too expensive, but expect to spend about 40 euros for one kilo!

 

Now that you know the facts, Here are our top 10 places to get Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

 

Coco Lezzone

Location: Via del Parioncino, 26R

Located in the heart of the historic center of florence, this restaurant offers a trattoria atmosphere with an extremely welcoming staff. They pride themselves on their array of traditional Florentine dishes and accurate depiction of a typical Italian meal. Along with the delicious meal, they have a wide variety of wines to pair with your savory, bistecca.

 

Buca Lapi

Location: Via del Trebbio, 1R (near Palazzo Antinori)

This restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in all of Florence. It was opened in 1880, and still is full of history today. The walls are covered with delicately restored frescoes and and is overlooked by the kitchen. From the outside, it looks like a small cafe, but once inside your mind will be blown. It is recommended that you make a recommendation, but it is worth the wait for this amazing meal.

 

Buca Mario

Location: Piazza Degli Ottaviani, 16R (near the Santa Maria Novella Station)

This place is great for a fancier night out. They are very accommodating for larger parties and even offer larger cuts of fiorentina steak to be shared. They also carry many other delicious menu items that will suit the whole family. One of the most notable aspects of this restaurant is the quality of their Bistecca. They use a high grade of meat than other restaurants do and ensure that it is cooked to perfection.

 

Latini

Location: Via dei Palchetti, 6R

This kitchen prides itself on its ability to bring together all types of people from all over the world. Being the most traditional on this list, it is only fitting that it is still family run from its start. From the traditional cuisine to the wine cellar originals they pair with courses, this place is a one stop shop for some Italian food and culture.

 

Osteria di Giovanni

Location: Via del Moro, 22 (between Santa Maria Novella and Piazza Goldoni)

Di Giovanni is a family owned restaurant with an amazing atmosphere. This is a very nice restaurant with the trattoria feel, but nicer than paper table cloths and hanging garlic. The chef recommends a primi of ribollita (a vegetable soup with pieces of bread and cabbage) and a main course of bistecca for an amazing meal!

 

Mamma Gina

Location: Borgo San Iacopo, 37R (parallel to the Arno river)

This restaurant is considered to be a more touristy spot of Florence due to its location, this is still one of our top choices for Bistecca. It is a very authentic trattoria with an excellent price to quantity ratio. Located right near the Ponte Vecchio, this is the perfect place to get lunch or dinner when visiting Florence.

 

Regina Bistecca

Location: Via Ricasoli 6

Up until a botu a year ago, this restaurant was a bookstore. It was originally founded in 1875 and was one of the most historic book stores in all of Florence. It had been in the same location, run by generations of family up until 2018 when it moved across town. Now the location is a beautiful, traditional restaurant. The owners of the restaurant are keeping all the atmosphere to be true to what it was. Along with beautiful and historic location, this restaurant’s food is amazing!

 

Le Fonticine

Location: Via Nazionale, 79R (a few blocks away from the Santa Maria Novella station)

This is a larger restaurant located right near the main train station of town. At this particular restaurant, once you order a Bistecca alla Fiorentina, they will show you the exact weight and the origin in of the meat that you just bought before they cook it. They also give a little history of the steak before you order it which makes the experience that much better!

 

Trattoria Marione

Location: Via della Spada (near the Santa Maria Novella station)

This small trattoria is a true Italian experience. If you are looking for an evening of italian culture, you are in the right place! This well awarded trattoria offers good prices, nice staff, and fast service. 

It is usually pretty crowded, but there seating in the main room, under the cellar, and outside. Bistecca alla Fiorentina is the most ordered menu item from here, so we’re sure you will love it!

 

Trattoria da Gozzi

Location: Piazza di San Lorenzo, 8R (right next to the church)

This historic trattoria is run by many generations of the Gozzi family. It is only open for lunch and you can not make a reservation, but service is always fast and accurate. Trust us, the wait is worth it! Compared to other restaurants that serve bistecca, this one is very cheaply priced. The menu is also all in Italian so be prepared!

CELEBRATING 500 YEARS OF COSIMO & CATERINA

2019 will be a year full of celebrations for Florence.  I’m sure you’ve heard about the 500 year celebrations for Leonardo Da Vinci but did you know that another two historical figures are celebrating 500 year ‘birthdays’ this year?

Cosimo I and Caterina de ‘Medici, both born in 1519, will be celebrated as Florentines pay homage to the memory of these two important figures who left their indelible stamp in the history of Florence.

Over 50 events promoted by the Organizing Committee will range from exhibitions to concerts, guided tours, meetings and conventions, theatrical events, and real-time travels with historical representations and themed tastings; a rich program that will be spread over the whole of 2019.

A year of events to tell, understand and remember who Cosimo, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany, was, and Caterina de Medici, queen of France, mother of three sovereigns and a political figure among the most authoritative of her time.

Many initiatives will be taking place over the next few months, from themed exhibitions at the Uffizi, Bargello National Museum, to Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the State Archive and the Laurentian Library.  There will also be guided tours of the Medici villas of Villa la Petraia and Villa di Castello, including theatrical and musical events.

So let’s get to know The Grand Duke and Queen a little better ………..

IL GRANDUCA – COSIMO 1

Cosimo was born in 1519 in Florence, to Giovanni de ‘Medici and Maria Salviati, niece of Lorenzo the Magnificent and representative of the main branch of the family. When Cosimo was 7 years old, his father died and so Cosimo moved with his mother to Trebbio, a town in the Mugello, where he spent his childhood years between hunting and outdoor sports, such as fencing, wrestling, horse handling, fishing and swimming.

He was considered a young man of weak spirit who was not inclined to politics or to command, but when he came to power, in 1537, succeeding Alessandro de ‘Medici, (known as Il Moro, who had been murdered by Lorenzino de’ Medici), Cosimo demonstrated himself to be a skilful and centralized politician, capable of consolidating the dominion of the Medici dynasty over Florence and expanding it to most of Tuscany. Starting from the battle of Montemurlo (1537), where the troops led by Alessandro Vitelli defeated the Florentine “exiles” backed by the French, until the break with the traditional alliance of Florence with France, in favour of one with the Spain of Charles V,  Cosimo’s ambition and determination was a step forward and not of one lacking leadership as the powerful of the time would accuse him of.

On 29 July 1539, under the auspices of the Spanish emperor, Cosimo married Eleonora, daughter of Don Pietro di Toledo, viceroy of Naples and brother of the Duke of Alba. The choice of the bride had not only political and economic interests, Cosimo and Eleonora were also bound by deep affection and lived, as biographer Baccio Baldini recalls: “with a lot of rest and pleasure, happily for many years”; until her death in 1562 due to malaria.

From 1543 Cosimo started a series of institutional and administrative reforms that consolidated the centralization of power towards his figure and which would leave him greater political independence. Cosimo perfected the state system, with reforms in the fields of administration of justice and of the superintendency of the domain, maintaining the legal and administrative division between the Duchy of Florence and the Duchy of Siena, following the annexation of 1555-57.

Alongside an authoritarian and centralizing policy, Cosimo launched a series of important cultural reforms. In 1543 he reopened the University in Pisa and established the Collegio di Sapienza, for poor students of the duchy. Between 1541 and 1542 he converted the Accademia degli Umidi into the Florentine Academy, whose activity was linked to the diffusion of the “Tuscan” language and to the foundation of ducal historiography. Meanwhile, he moved his residence from Palazzo Medici Riccardi to Palazzo Della Signoria. In 1560 he commissioned Giorgio Vasari for the construction of the Uffizi. On the advice of the architect from Arezzo, in 1563, he founded the Academy of Arts and Design, an institution still active today, whose role and prestige grew thanks to the extraordinary contribution of Academics such as Michelangelo Buonarroti, Francesco da Sangallo, Benvenuto Cellini, Bartolomeo Ammannati, the Giambologna, Galileo Galilei, etc. In the meantime he expanded the majestic building of Palazzo Pitti, completing the Boboli Gardens and connecting the new residence with Palazzo Della Signoria through the Vasari Corridor.

In 1563 Cosimo left the government and rents of the state to his eldest son Francesco, reserving for himself the ducal title, the right of appointment to the most important offices, the allodial assets and the commercial capitals, as well as the right to consent in the most important political questions. In 1569 he obtained the title of Grand Duke of Tuscany from Pope Pius V. After the death of Eleonora, he married Camilla Martelli, from whom he had a daughter, Virginia. Cosimo died in 1574, in the Villa di Castello, following a stroke.

LA REGINA – CATERINA

Caterina de ‘Medici was born in 1519 in Florence, in the palace of the Via Larga (now Palazzo Medici Riccardi), to Lorenzo II de’ Medici, Duke of Urbino and Madeleine de la Tour d’Auvergne, daughter of Count Jean de Boulogne and of Caterina di Borbone. She lost her parents a few weeks after birth, remaining the sole heir of the Medici house. At the behest of great-uncle Leo X, the “Duchess of Urbino” was taken to Rome, and at his death, her guardianship passed to Clement VII.

In 1525, she returned to Florence, but due to political unrest and the plague that raged, she was transferred to the monastery of the Murate Benedictines. After the restoration of the Medici dominion, Clement VII recalled the orphan to Rome. Caterina was now eleven years old, making her a precious object in the Pope’s marriage policy, aimed at favouring the interests of the Curia and the Medici family in the context of the struggle of the great powers. The negotiations for Caterina’s marriage with the duke Enrico d’Orléans, second son of King Francis I of France, are in fact closely connected with the rivalry between Habsburg and Valois for dominance in Italy. The negotiations for Caterina’s French wedding came to fruition in the summer of 1533, in Marseille, but not before having “greeted” Florence and Italy with a sumptuous banquet held at Palazzo Medici.

In France, the young Duchess had a secondary role. The death of Clement VII, in 1534, had caused all political expectations related to marriage to vanish, and the rank of the husband, who was not the crown prince, relegated her to a marginal position at the French court. Although, in 1536, on the death of Francis of Valois, Caterina and Henry became the heirs to the throne of France (effectively becoming sovereigns in 1547).

In 1544 Caterina gave birth to the first heir: Francesco, the future Francesco II. The birth was welcomed by numerous celebrations because Caterina was considered infertile.  Proving everyone wrong, within twelve years, Caterina and Henry gave birth to ten children, of whom seven remained alive and three became rulers of France: Francis II, Charles IX, Henry III. Caterina was therefore called “the queen mother”.

Caterina’s presence at the court in France recalled several Italian exiles, in particular, the Florentine “exiles”, opponents of Cosimo I, considered by their usurper of Caterina. In 1559 the death of Henry II led Caterina to be the true ruler of the kingdom of France. As a manifestation of pain, she began to dress in black as a sign of mourning, going against the tradition that saw the use of white as the colour of mourning for the queens. From this moment Caterina assumed a decisive role alongside her heirs to the throne of her husband: from Francis II, who died in 1560, to Charles IX, under whose empire the wars of religion and the historic Night of St. Bartholomew took place; to finish with Henry III.

Caterina was a key figure in the cultural and political sphere. She died on January 5, 1589, in the castle of Blois. She was buried in the basilica of Saint-Denis, next to Henry II in the tomb in the rotunde of the Valois.

HONOURING ANNA MARIA LUISA DE’ MEDICI

The 18th of February marks the anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the last member of Florence’s powerful Medici dynasty. Florence has a lot to thank Anna Maria Luisa for;  it was her famous pact, known as the Patto di Famiglia which ensured the Medici art collection remained in Tuscany and the reason that today, Florence is known as the City of Art.  This important event took place on the 31st of October, 1737 between Francesco Stefano di Lorena,  husband of Empress Maria Teresa D’Austria, and Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici Electress Palatine.  Through this agreement, Anna Maria Luisa offers all the art collections of her family to the new Grand Duke as long as they remain bound forever to Florence and Tuscany.

Every year on the 18th February, Florentines honour her legacy with a historical parade through the city centre.  Dressed in period costume, the parade leaves from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, and then travels along via Pellicceria, Via Porta Rossa, Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, Via Por Santa Maria, Via Vacchereccia, Piazza Della Signoria, Via Calzaiuoli, Piazza S. Giovanni, Borgo San Lorenzo, Piazza S. Lorenzo, Via Canto dei Nelli, before arriving in Piazza Madonna Aldobrandini, where a wreath of yellow flowers (yellow was the favourite colour of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici) will be left on her tomb in the Cappelle Medicee.

At 11:00 am the parade will return through the city to Piazza di Parte Guelfa.

The Comune of Florence also commemorates this historical day by offering free entrance to all the civic museums for the whole day as well as guided tours of the Cappelle Medicee.

  • Museo di Palazzo Vecchio– Piazza della Signoria 1 – Opening hours – Museum: 9.00-19.00 – Tower : 10.00-17.00
  • Museo Novecento– Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10 – Opening hours: 11.00-19.00
  • Santa Maria Novella– Piazza Stazione 4 e Piazza Santa Maria Novella – Opening hours: 9.00-17.30
  • Cappella Brancacci– Piazza del Carmine 14 – Opening hours: 10.00-17.00
  • Fondazione Salvatore Romano– Piazza S. Spirito 29 – Opening hours: 10.00-17.00
  • Museo del Bigallo– Piazza San Giovanni, 1 – Opening hours: 10.30-16.30
  • Museo del Ciclismo Gino Bartali–  Via Chiantigiana, 175 – Ponte a Ema – Opening hours 10.00-13.00
  • Museo Stefano Bardini– Via dei Renai 37 – Opening hours : 11.00-17.00

 

If you want to relive Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici, this Sunday 17th at Palazzo Pitti and Monday 18th February 2019 in Palazzo Vecchio you can meet the historical character of Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici.

The Municipality of Florence in collaboration with the Associazione MUS.E and the Gallerie degli Uffizi propose an evocative event re-enacting a woman whose choices have been decisive for the definition of Florence City of Art as it is known today in the whole world.  The public will have the opportunity to meet Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici on Sunday 17 at Palazzo Pitti, in the spectacular Sala del Fiorino, and on Monday 18th in Palazzo Vecchio, which thus pays tribute to the last Medici representative on the anniversary of her death. together with free entry to the Florentine Civic Museums.

The meeting with the character, followed by a debate with the public, will be an opportunity to better understand the features of the figure and to immerse themselves in the context of 18th-century Florence, starting an unprecedented and engaging dialogue with history.

The event is scheduled on Sunday 17 February in the Sala del Fiorino at Palazzo Pitti with three performances at h15.00, h16.00 and h17.00 and on Monday 18 February at Palazzo Vecchio in the same hours; appointments are free and are reserved only for those who will book at contacts 055-2768224 and 055-2768558 (subject to availability).

Participation in the meeting does not include admission to Palazzo Pitti, whose access is subject to payment. For whom: for young people and adults When: Sunday 17 at Palazzo Pitti and Monday 18 February at Palazzo Vecchio h15.00 – h16.00 – h17.00 Where: Sala del Fiorino, Pitti Palace, Piazza Pitti 1, Florence and Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Signoria, Florence Participation in the meeting is free; reservation is mandatory. Access to Palazzo Pitti is not included (tickets may be purchased for entry). For information and reservations: Mail info@muse.comune.fi.it Tel. 055-2768224, 055-2768558

We chose to honour Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici by naming one of our apartments after her.  Choose our Anna Maria Luisa Apartment for your next stay in Florence.

ANIMALIA FASHION AT PITTI PALACE

 

Palazzo Belfiore is conveniently located just one block away from Palazzo Pitti which makes it an ideal location for our guests when visiting Florence.

The latest temporary exhibition being held at Pitti Palaceis called Animalia Fashion and is a fabulous collection of Haute Couture fashion inspired by the natural beauty of the animal world.  Insects, snakes, shells, fish, swans and even spiders take over eighteen rooms in the form of not only the clothes but also with master paintings and exhibits from the Museo di Antropologia ed Etnografia.

Clothes, shoes and accessories that seem more like sculptures, or more correctly, wearable-art by well-known contemporary fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Prada, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Balmain, Azzedine Alaia & Emilio Pucci to name a few of the impressive line-up, are on display in the Museum of Costume and Fashion inside Pitti Palace.

The exhibition showcases nearly 100 items created between 2000 and 2018, loaned by famous fashion houses and emerging stylists alike.  Curated by Patricia Lurati, who devised the exhibition as the setting for an imaginary museum, explains : “In an emotional dialogue with this zoo of fabrics, feathers, leathers and more, the visitor is surprised and involved in the discovery of the wonders of the animal world, which becomes a source of inspiration for designers and creates unexpected juxtapositions in the observer’s imagination“.

The exhibition is included in the admission ticket to the museums of Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens and has the same opening hours.

Please contact us if you would like us to organise tickets or a private tour of Pitti Palace for you.

ANIMALIA FASHION 

8 January – 5 May, 2019
Museum of Costume and Fashion, Pitti Palace
DAYS : Tuesday – Sunday
HOURS : 8.15am – 6.50pm

ANIMALIA

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FLORENCE LIGHT FESTIVAL

Since the end of November a festive atmosphere has been building in Florence in anticipation of the annual Florence Light Festival. Twinkling light installations can be seen lining the streets and adorning restaurants and shops.  The massive fir Christmas tree and nativity scene have been positioned in their usual spots in the Piazza Duomo and the preparation all culminated on last Saturday the 8th, when the entire city became illuminated by the commencement of the largest ever F-Light festival. The month long event offers excitement for everyone in the form of video-mapping, projections, art installations, light games, educational activities, special “torchlight” visits to museums, and shows.
This year’s theme, F-Light Your Mind: the thought of Leonardo da Vinci, boasts magnificent displays projected on many historical buildings throughout the city. This theme was chosen by the MUS.E to celebrate the legacy that the artist and scientist left in those respective fields on the 500 year anniversary of his death. It evokes themes of innovation, creativity, mystery, and enlightenment. These displays utilise the famous facades of locations such as the Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Vecchio as canvases for projections that range in topics from important events in Florentine history to the genius of da Vinci’s works.
Apart from the projections on the well loved monuments, there are also special lighting installations intended to shed light on hidden gems in Florence. Included is Piazza della Signoria, where lights shine on the walls and vaults of the Loggia de ‘Lanzi.  A magical, mysterious atmosphere is created by the way the light plays off of the Roman sculptures. This piazza also promotes the City of Florence’s awareness campaign in the form of the hashtag #EnjoyRespectFirenze as well as the F-Light logo and slogan.
Another interesting addition this year is the lighting of a Christmas tree in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and installations in districts outside of the historic center of the city. The decor of the tree is inspired by the architecture of the basilica behind it. In the districts there are installations outlining the five points of the city: the fountain of the Fortezza da Basso, Piazza Niccolò Tommaseo in Settignano, Piazza Elia da Costa, the Isolotto walkway, and the San Donato park in Novoli. Another new aspect included this year are the permanent lighting installations. These include the Basilica of San Miniato and the Piazza Santissima Annunziata and are meant to enhance their beauty, liveliness, and celebrate special occasions such at this holiday season.
The home stadium of the ACF Fiorentina is also part of the festivities. The LED lighting system on the stadium proudly shines the colors of ACF Fiorentina and the four historic districts of Florentine soccer.
The universal energy the festival draws is represented in the flame at the heart of the festival. This symbolizes the light of knowledge as well as the warmth of shared community and heritage the city cultivates. With its beautiful exhibits and historical lessons, the Florence Light Festival is something that must be experienced during the holiday season!

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