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…
Amongst the numerous and magnificent palaces of the sovereigns of Tuscany , that of Pratolino is acknowledged to be most worthy of the traveller's attention, The hand of nature had prepared the elements, that of the artist had only to reduce them to shape and symmetry. These woods composed of firs, laurels, and other ever-green trees, seemed the asylum of perpetual spring. To provide for the pleasures of the chase and angling, the park was stocked with wild animals, and the waters were filled with fish of every species
Summer is officially over here in Firenze and I’ve just realized that September has gone away so fast. I’ve always believed that this month is like the “Monday of the year”, as I’m always full of good intentions and resolutions. But this extended summer made me forget about that and now I incredibly found out that it’s already “Tuesday” (for me and all people for whom the correspondence September-Monday make any sense).
So you’re in Florence. A most beautiful city, full of art and history. Feeling homesick? - perhaps not, but whether you are or not you could still visit an unexpected hidden Teashop just outside the centre of Florence. Well, centre if you’re British or center if you’re American. But you know what I mean. It’s not a long walk, around 20 minutes from the centre. However, if your legs are not up to it then you can get to it by bus number 3, 6 or 20. The area is called San Salvi named after the church San Michele a San Salvi, which was built in the 11th century and is not far from the Campo di Marte Station. Back to the Tearoom then in Via Carlo Poma, 7/9r, Florence.
From 1 July to 30 September 2010, the terraces of hotels, restaurants and other public places open to offer a magnificent view, each with a different point of view and suggestive.In almost all terraces there is a bar or restaurant, an aperitif, for dinner at sunset for a drink under the stars.In some cases, the terrace is also open to visitors only look at the view and take photographs.
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.
"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!”
Piazzale Michelangelo is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, Italy and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The view from this most famous observation point of the city landscape has been reproduced in countless postcards and snapshots over the years.