Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cappelle Medicee, Florence

A week in the Tuscany region of Italy is just not enough to see all of the amazing architecture, vineyards, and other famous sites. Taking short term rentals in Florence provides you with a base to the entire Tuscany countryside. During your short term holiday consider taking in the grand Cappelle Medicee.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Foreign Students Parties

To have absolute freedom as a foreign student in Florence, Italy, why not consider a long term rental. Florence rentals for students are an opportune way to enjoy that freedom and comfort. Surprise your new friends with a party at your place. However, if this does not appeal to you there are several night clubs that cater more to the foreign student.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Florentine Libraries that Stay Open until the Night

Class times vary for all students including foreign students, which is why it is important to find libraries that remain open well into the evening. Florence offers a range of libraries throughout the city. Choosing a library based on time is one aspect that will be important; however, consider how close it might be to Florence students’ long term rentals that you can choose to stay in during your university studies in this iconic Italian city.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Italian Cooking Schools

Take home more than a degree as a foreign student in Florence. Enjoy taking a smattering of Italian cooking lessons at some of the local Italian Culinary Arts schools or just pick-up a class here and there to learn Italian cuisine. For foreign students looking to make it in the culinary arts, you have plenty of opportunities to choose from. As you consider cooking schools think about Florence long term rentals for students and make certain your school is close enough to your apartment. There are plenty of rental locations for foreign students that ensure you are conveniently located in this amazing Tuscan region.

Friday, July 18, 2014

What Children Need to Enrol in a New School

Moving to Tuscany with children is a huge decision. In fact, moving to a new country is always going to be something you must consider when you have children. You want to make certain your children will have the education that is best for them and that they will fit in.
Depending on the age of your child you may find it more difficult to enrol your child into a new school. It is not a matter of choosing among the villas in Tuscany close to the school you like, but a matter of availability as you will be a non-resident.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

 Gluten free Tuscany

 Living in Italy with Celiac disease is definitely a challenge
 The land of Pizza and Pasta  but gluten free! Strangely enough Italy is one of the most avant-garde countries in the world in this field. The National Health System that provides Celiac residents, that have  documented certification  of the diseases, with meal tickets to help cover part of the expense of buying special food products. Many luncheons in schools and larger  work places  cater to  the special dietary needs of their Celiac diners.  More and more bars, pizzeria and restaurants are posting signs “MENU SENZA GLUTINE” or gluten free menu.
There are several food  brands available in supermarkets , my favorite is DS with a good frozen pizza, frozen tortellini, cannelloni and lasagna. Several brands of beer are also available from the Spanish Daura to various German brands. Pasta is available in abundant shapes and sizes with famous spaghetti brands such as Barilla, Risogallo, Gragnano and Le Veneziane…. 
The Italian Celiac association provides its members with a booklet listing SAFE products.

 My Favorite Celiac friendly Eateries  in Florence are:

OK Bar on Via dei Servi and corner of Via degli Alfani , where Cristina the owner has adapted many of her recipes and always is able to accommodate her  Celiac clientele.
Pizzaman (only their restaurant on Via del Sansovino has celiac food however)  Monday nights they have  a special Celica dinner  and everyday Pizza.
CIRO & sons - in Via del Giglio  for a more elegant setting.

Wash and Dry Shops in Florence

Not all students are used to doing their own laundry when on their own. Whether travelling to a foreign country or just out of town to a university, finding a place to do your laundry can be important. Students heading to Florence may be in need of what is referred to as "wash and dry shops". These Laundromat like facilities offer you a way to get your clothing clean, especially if your long term rental does not have a washer and dryer. Long term rentals for Florence students do not always come with the means to wash clothing, so consider some of the nearby Wash and Dry shops around Florence.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tasting Lampredotto in Florence

Whilst enjoying your short term rentals in Florence and the views, the kitchen, and the space you may also wish to sample the cuisine of this enchanting city and region. Tuscany is well known for its amazing cuisine whether it is pasta with Chianti for your beverage or less formal dishes like the peasant dish Lampredotto. This is an historical dish of Florence having been developed in the 15th century for workmen or poor individuals. It became highly popular in the 18th century until it became a staple of Florentine cuisine.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Italy property falls in price, as pound hits record high versus euro


If you plan to buy a property in Italy, it may interest you to know that they've recently fallen in price, as the pound has hit a record high against the euro. Recently, sterling hit 1.2254 versus the common currency, its highest since January 10th 2013, or 14 months.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Senior Citizens Relocation: Retiring to Tuscany

Tuscany offers a warm climate along the Mediterranean Coast, with some rain and cooler temperatures further to the north. Tuscany is a large region with the Apennines to the north, the River Arno running through many of its cities, and the sea for beaches. As one of the most famous wine countries, the Tuscan region constantly draws millions of visitors each year, some coming to Florence, while others work their way through other places in the Chianti wine region. With art, music, literature and cuisine to enjoy and explore, retiring in Tuscany might be your desire. You have worked hard all your life and now the time to enjoy a warm climate, mild winters, and beautiful landscapes is here. For senior citizen relocation, you have a lot to think about.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Opening a Bank Account in Italy

It is possible to travel and even live in Italy. Plenty of real estate options exist like villas in Tuscany should you wish to live and work in Florence, Siena, or other areas of the Tuscan region. If you intend on staying for a long time or living in Italy for the rest of your life there are certain things you will need. You will need a home. You will need work and you will need a bank account to pay bills and manage your money. Non-residents or foreigner workers in Italy are able to open a bank account. There are two very important things you need: a fiscal code and money. Unlike your regular banking system you will find that an Italian non-resident bank account is going to be expensive.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Help Moving to Tuscany

Living in Tuscany is a big decision, which requires you to find real estate that you can comfortably afford for the period you wish to remain in Tuscany. Perhaps you are moving for a year due to a work or student exchange program? You may decide to stay permanently, in which case you may need to consider which area is best to buy one of the many villas in Tuscany that are available to you. Besides real estate there are going to be important things you will need to consider including how to make the move.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Get a New Job in Tuscany

Tuscany is a vast and wonderful part of Italy offering plenty of choices for visitors to enjoy. For many who visit intending on staying a short while, they end up moving to Tuscany making their life and home in this beautiful, verdant region. The allure of the wine, cuisine, and culture of Tuscany might be calling you, but you may need to get a job in Tuscany in order to finance your move; as well as to stay for a long duration. Consider also the apartments in Tuscany available to you, which will make it easier for you to live and work.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Boboli and Bardini Gardens, Florence

Florence, Italy is an amazing city in the Tuscany region offering numerous attractions, schools, and entertainment for visitors whether they spend a week or a month, or even longer here. Whether time is short or you will spend months in Florence the historic Boboli and Bardini Gardens are well worth a visit. You can explore both gardens in an afternoon as it only takes three hours to take both of them in. If you wish to explore the Fort and Pitti Palace, you will need a few more hours.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

American Universities in Florence

Adding culture to your background ensures you have something to talk about later in life, but more importantly than that, it offers a better CV. It is exciting to be in a foreign city where you can enjoy the clubs, the various historical sites, and get your degree, but you also want to know the university you have chosen will be internationally recognized. American Universities in Florence offer you a degree that can translate back to your home country. Before you apply to any university on the list or those you research on your own, consider longterm rentals for Florence students. You should have a rental that is affordable, yet near your university to make it easy to study and attend classes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Best Places to Live in Tuscany

The best places to live in Tuscany are certainly subjective to your preferences for markets, wine, food, and great landscapes. If you are on a small budget then real estate in Tuscany like Valdarno villas or Garfagnana apartments might be more your style. Chianti is going to be highly expensive; however, it is most convenient for travel throughout the Tuscan region.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Best Markets in Florence

Shopping in Florence is every bit of the adventure travelling to this Tuscany region of Italy is. For those booking short term Florence rentals it is important to know what markets are available to you and which ones are the best to shop at. There are three markets that will interest you during your stay in Florence: Sant'Ambrogio, Santo Spirito and Cascine.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Medici’s Florence: Historical Power

Intrigue, wealth, and power are the legacies of the de' Medici family which reigned in Florence for four centuries. Many things have been written regarding the Medici's and their dynasty, whilst staying in one of the apartments in Florence you can enjoy first hand their all-encompassing heritage. You can visit old family homes, research the popes they produced, and see their artistic legacy in the Uffizi Museum. With such an interesting and mysterious family to study and research while on holiday, short term rentals in Florence make perfect sense. In this way you can stay affordably as well as enjoy the wealth of beauty, architecture, and history that fills Florence. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Annual Festivals of Florence to Enjoy with your Short Term Rentals

If you are one of the lucky ones that have more than a week to devote to touring Florence, then you may be in time for one of the annual festivals held in this great Italian city. Most of the festivals have religious connotations; however, there are also music and dance festivals you might enjoy while staying at one of the many apartments in Florence. With your apartment you have the convenience of space, privacy, and full kitchen facilities. While festivals might offer a plethora of Florentine cuisine, your apartment offers you the chance to prepare a fresh authentic dish.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Fashion Schools in Florence

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Florence and fashion are certainly two topics that go well together. Florence is known for its fashion designers, although admittedly, it is not as renowned as Milan. Coming here to study fashion students are going to need a place to live that is convenient to their school. The list of fashion schools in Florence shared here should help you find Florence rentals for foreign students that are convenient to your top choices of fashion locales. Consider the history of the school, what its principle purposes are, and whether it can help advance your career in fashion to be a world renowned designer. 
The IED School of Fashion in Florence
IED, as it is known by the locals, started in 1951 offering three year courses for fashion minded students. At this complete school of study it is possible to learn Italian design history, theory, and become a top designer at local firms when you are done. IED Moda Lab has the responsibility of teaching how to express your creativity in fashion. They embrace the whole world of fashion and individual parts to ensure you are able to interact in the fashion world on a professional level. Coming here you learn how to create the professional profile you need to be in the industry. 
Polimoda Fashion School
This fashion school and Institute of Design and Marketing offers a well-rounded education to those studying fashion to make it, sell it, or market it. With high quality courses for designing, marketing and merchandising, students come away with a degree and CV that shows they have been fully and properly trained for this hard core industry of study.

Accademia Italiana Fashion School
This fashion and design school has two locations: Florence and Rome. With an international acclaim, Accademia Italiana is known for turning out great designers in Italian fashion. Although its history only started in 1984, numerous talents have been recognised for their abilities to teach more than just art or design. Product design, textile design and graphic design are a part of the topics taught here. With international recognition even by the Italian Minister of Education, students know they are accepted at a prestigious university for design when they enrol here. 
International Fashion Design at FITNYC
Fashion Institute of Technology NYC is a Florence based university for fashion design, applied science, and much more. Students coming here are eligible to earn a degree in fashion to work in a variety of fashion related positions from designing new clothing lines to working in the textile industry.

The list is far from complete when it comes to fashion schools in Florence, but it does offer you an idea of the top named schools in the Tuscany region to consider for your education.