Saturday, February 23, 2019
March 21st is officially the first day of spring in Florence Italy, and we're just as excited about it as you are. While Florence keeps itineraries packed all year long, there are some activities better...
The thought of drinking red wine at 10am in the morning may not appeal to all…but I say “anything in the name of history and culture!” It is hard to resist an invitation to participate in one of Florence’s Vinaino Tours on a fresh, sunny morning. The streets of the centro storico, which many of us know so well, suddenly becoming unfamiliar, stepping back into a Florence of street merchants, tradesmen and marketplaces, where stealing a bunch of grapes or trying to cut your wine with too much water will deal you a public flogging in Piazza Repubblica…
Set in the Italian Renaissance cities of Florence and Venice, Assassin's Creed II, the sequel to one of the most popular games in video game history, has been receiving rave reviews and setting sales records worldwide, with over 2 million copies sold within a month of its launch....
Hey hey hey! Ciao and welcome back to all of my loyal fans. Due to an overwhelming positive response from last week’s post, I have come to the conclusion that I should, in fact, write...
Vintage Jewelry
Florence is to fashion as gelato is to Italy! Half the beauty of Florence is the aesthetic view of women and men in their trendiest clothes walking the streets. Florence houses some of the first prestigious designers; Salvatore Ferragamo and Emilio Pucci. Historically Florence is regarded as Italy's first fashion home, and many elegant designer boutiques sit along Via de' Tornabuoni including: Bulgari, Gucci, Prada, Robert Cavalli and Chanel. Simply peering into their display windows is a treat for ones eyes as they are each uniquely beautiful.
It’s a little past 2 on a regular night in Florence. Along via de’ Benci and farther down past Piazza Santa Croce on via Verdi, people pour out on to the street as the bars and clubs begin to close.While some congregate outside to smoke and chat or stumble to the next place for more dancing and drinks elsewhere, others go in search of something different: a secret bakery.Just off via de’Benci, through the small Piazza Peruzzi, and down a couple of narrow, dimly lit streets, a cluster of people can usually be found outside the non-descript doors of via del Canto Rivolto 2. A sign taped to the glass doors reads, “Please be quiet”. Nothing else. Only the golden glow shining through the glass doors lets you know something’s going on inside. That and the intoxicatingly sweet smell that floats through the air and beckons you inside like a siren call.
Panorama from Restaurant in Fiesole Near Florence Italy
Marco and I braved 20 minutes of winding Tuscan roads and spectacular sunset views, on scooter, for dinner with a view at Ristorante and Enoteca (wine cellar) La Reggia delgi Etruschi. Besides being number one...
The buon fresco (true fresco) gives the colours great permanence and resistance to aging, since they are an integral part of the wall surface, rather than a superimposed layer of paint on it. The medium of fresco makes great demands on a painter’s technical skill, since he must work fast (while the plaster is wet) but cannot correct mistakes by overpainting. Many rich families in the Renaissance purchased big cycles of frescoes to exalt their house and power. Portraits of the members of the house, with plenty of details in clothing and architectural design, were expressly required to the painters. The Tornabuoni found their celebration in the main enormous chapel of Santa Maria Novella Church, and the Sassetti in the Santa Trinita Church. The artist in charge was Domenico Ghirlandaio, the number one of the visual biographers of Renaissance Florence.
"MANGIA MANGIA!!!” Something not so uncommonly heard as you roam the streets of Florence. I suppose Italian restaurant owners think that just talking about eating will remind passersby that their stomaches are empty and need filling...pronto!?There’s a remarkable amount of differences between dining out in the U.S. and dining out in Italy, that it’s hardly comparable. I feel as though going out in Italy is more about the food, and less about the experience. While in the U.S., surely the food is important, but Americans love being waited on and dining lavishly. It’s all about feeling like a “princess.” The food could taste like pond scum, yet if the room was decorated like the Monte Carlo, you bet the dinner wait for that restaurant is at least 3 hours. While Americans must have perfect service, a server waiting on them to the T, Italians do not put emphasis on this. In fact, I find it hard to even find a server or get their attention if I do find one. Their philosophy is more of a “I’ll take your order when I get around to it and you’ll get your food when you get it.” But the food...thats a whole new story. Since time is not important in Italy, rather, relaxing is key; the food is made to perfection, compared to the American philosophy of “as quick as possible!”
So you’ve spent the day soaking up the beautiful culture Florence has to offer but hasn’t all that walking made you hungry? Well, StudentsVille.it to the rescue! Ever heard of Mercato San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Market) or the Mercato Centrale (Central Market)? It’s in walking distance from Piazza San Marco and Piazza del Duomo and is a lovely place to go for lunch or dinner.