Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Festa del Vino: Chianti Festival in Montespertoli

Wine is sunlight held together by water, Galileo Galilei wrote centuries ago. As an Italian from the Tuscan city of Pisa, he was well qualified to speak on the subject!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Pitti Immagine Uomo: Men’s Fashion Fair of Florence

One of the most visited attractions in the city of Florence is Michelangelos David statue. The larger-than-life man of marble has been famous for centuries, a symbol of male beauty and a model of sculptural skill. Notably, David wears no clothing. However, if he were a flesh-and-blood man of the modern world he would have plenty of local designers waiting to dress his perfect physique. Indeed, many of the icons of mens fashion hail from Italy. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Ferragamo, Prada and Versace are only a few of the fashion houses based in Italy whose clothing is coveted by the best dressed men (and women!) all over the world.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

In With the New: New Year’s Eve In Florence

There comes a time in everyones life when the routine of daily life yields to the dream of living in a different environment. Some people are content to change houses or apartments in the city where they grew up, while others venture to neighboring towns. The most adventurous seek home in a new country, and Italy is easily one of the most dreamed-about destinations.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Concerts in Florence

The winter holidays are a special time of year to be in Florence. The city is a patchwork of palaces and piazzas, criss-crossed by romantic lamplit alleys that glow with warm invitation to step inside to enjoy a warming glass of red wine or a mug of hot chocolate. Along the Arno, a Winter Park is set up each December to bring a little bit of the North Pole to Italy: its ice skating rink and snow-covered ski slope offer open-air entertainment for the whole family. Be sure to venture out of your long term apartment rentals in Florence to take in all of the magic of winter in the city.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Car Sharing Services in Florence: Car2Go and Enjoy

If you have always dreamed of living under the Tuscan sun, you may have already begun your search for apartments for sale in Florence (Italy). Finding a place to call home in Florence is easily facilitated by local and international real estate agencies. What you choose to do when you arrive is up to you. It is possible to spend a lifetime exploring Florence alone, but why not venture beyond the city walls at your own pace?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Olio Nuovo: New Olive Oil in Tuscany

Olive oil is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, widely recognized for its important health benefits. It is also rich in benefits to the palate, adding a pungent flavor and pleasing texture to soups, stews, meats and vegetables. Cooks who are unfamiliar with the versatility of olive oil may think of it only a medium for sautéing or frying food, but high quality olive oil is so delectable that it is best enjoyed at room temperature. One of the first things to do when settling in to your Florence apartment is to enjoy a bite of olio nuovo (new oil) with a piece of crusty bread. Be careful the peppery sharpness of the new oil means it might bite back. Coughing is a good sign that it is rich in healthy polyphenols.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Florence Creativity: Made by Hand in Italy

Each year, Florence hosts a fair devoted to hand made crafts including knitting, jewelry and haberdashery. The marketplaces one-of-a-kind artistic works may be worthy of a Florentine museum, but it is open to the public. Whether you are window-shopping, people-watching or in the market for exquisite handicrafts to serve as souvenirs of your Florentine adventures, the Florence Creativity Fair represents an ideal opportunity to shop for gift items. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Florence’s 10th International Biennale of Contemporary Art

The Florence Biennale is the citys primary exhibit of contemporary art, held every two years. If you are in the market for houses for sale in FlorenceItaly, your long-term stay will make it easy to visit one of the Biennale forums. This year, the event will be celebrated between October 17th and October 25th at the Fortezza da Basso in central Florence.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fiera di Firenze: Florence’s Food and Shopping Fair

Spectacular food and fashionable creations can be found throughout the year in Florence, but a special event held during the harvest month of October highlights the true bounty of Italian cuisine and culture: the Fiera di Firenze, a giant food and shopping fair held at the Fortezza da Basso exhibition area in the heart of the city. Throughout the four-day event, attendees can participate in cooking classes, indulge in wine tastings and browse the latest fashion styles.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Old Markets in Florence

Food markets in Florence come in all shapes and sizes, from modern mega-grocery chains to corner shops without regular inventory. Depending on the location of your long term rentals inFlorence, two of the oldest marketplaces in Florence are worthy of your time, for they are spectacular introductions to the citys culture of cuisine.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Harvest in Tuscany: Fall Festivals and Florentine Flavors

In the Tuscan countryside just outside of Florence, autumn falls over the landscape each October like a colorful quilt. As the grapevines yield their bounty, leaves turn from green to gold, from gold to garnet. Indeed, the rich reds of Italys autumn leaves evoke the color of Chianti produced by nearby vineyards, and the verdant greens hint at the color of the olio nuovo being pressed from the just-picked olives. When you are lookingfor Florence Italy apartments, be sure to find one that is free during the stunningly beautiful harvest season in Tuscany.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Festa della Rificolona: Florence’s Paper Lantern Festival

Paris may be known as the City of Light, but Florence has its own particular illuminating beauty. Any visitor to the city is easily influenced by the way the Tuscan sunlight mingles with the air over the  slow-flowing Arno. Pastel palazzos compete with the artistic treasures they house inside, giving fresh meaning to the phrase al fresco. At no time is the light of the city more magical than during the Festa della Rificolona, a paper lantern festival held in Florences main piazza each September as part of the commemoration of the Virgin Marys birthday.

The Festa della Rificolona is traditionally held on the 7th of September, the day before the Catholic Churchs observation of the Virgin Marys birthday on September 8th. In 2015, September 7th falls on a Monday, but the festivities begin on Sunday when the square outside of the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata is filled with local agricultural products, including fresh cheeses and ripe figs and blackberries. The tradition dates back to the 12th century, when peasants offered gifts to the mother of Jesus from their fields and gardens.

What distinguishes this festa from others in Tuscany is the parade of bright lanterns which light the night sky on the evening of September 7th. The parade is led by the local cardinal, recreating the path of the peasants and pilgrims who would leave their villages before the light of dawn centuries ago, to present their gifts to the Virgin Mary and to pray in the basilica. In modern times when streets are lit by electricity, the lanterns are more decorative than functional. However, one cannot underestimate the impression they leave in the memory.

The Virgin Mary is revered by religious people all over the world, and images of her and the Holy Child are omnipresent in Italian churches. Adding joy to the Festa della Rificolona is the music of childrens voices as they hoist the lanterns above their heads to create a moving river of light through the evening streets. Street performers and magicians contribute to the festive atmosphere, and modern citizens from all over the world gather to participate in a medieval tradition in the city known as the heart of the Renaissance.

Florentine hotels fill quickly in advance of the festival, especially since the mild weather of September makes it an ideal time for visiting the city. Many tourists have returned home for work and the start of school, so there is easier to feel like a local when walking the streets. Bybooking one of the available long term apartment rentals in FlorenceItaly, you not only guarantee your own home base for the days surrounding the paper lantern festival, but can take advantage of the many other local happenings that begin to fill the calendar with the approach of autumn and the holiday season.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Museums in Florence: free entry on the first Sunday every month

Choose the right period to visit Florence, public museums are free on the first Sunday of every month.
Florence is one of the best destinations for those who want to admire art and architecture from the Reinassance.
The city has some of the most important museums in the world, and you can easily walk to all of them if 
you take a short rental in the city centre of Florence.
Take your time visiting the Uffizi Gallery and pass a few minutes admiring the Venere of  Botticelli or the  

The civic museums available in the city centre are: Palazzo Vecchio Museum, Novecento Museum,  
Here is a short list of the public museums available in the city centre: 

One of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world. The Uffizi Gallery, has the world’s finest 
collection of Italian Renaissance painting, particularly of the Florentine school. 
It also has antiques, sculpture and more than 100,000 drawings and prints.

Formally National Museum of the Bargello, Italian Museo Nazionale del Bargello, art museum housed 
in the Palazzo del Bargello (or del Podestà),Florence, which dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. 
The museum was established in 1865 and is especially famous for its collection of Renaissance sculpture. 
There is also a collection of decorative arts, with displays of ivories, bronzes, majolica, medals, textiles, 
arms, and armour. The collection includes works by Luca Della Robbia and Benvenuto Cellini. 

Italian Galleria Dell’accademia, chiefly famous for several sculptures by Michelangelo, notably his
David. It also has a collection of 15th- and 16th-century paintings and many 13th–16th-century Tuscan
paintings. It was founded in 1784 by the grand duke Pietro Leopoldo and was subsequently enlarged.