Not just the usual guide to Florence. This is the diary of a florentine girl
in her 30's who works, goes out diniing or clubbing in a city that had its
prime in the Renaissance. News for tourists as well as for onlookers. a blog
for those who are in love with Florence
Here we are again... Vintage Selection 2009, summer edition, is coming fast. From the 7th of July until the 11, at Stazione Leopolda, the best vintage stores will come from every part of Italy. The place to buy original vintage Louis Vitton bags and Gucci shoes from the sixties.
Yesterday the new major of Florence Matteo Renzi has taken his place in Palazzo Vecchio. It's a great opportunity for all of us to have such a young and dinamic person to rule Florence. He's only 34 but he's very smart... with a great vision for the future of our beloved city.
In Wednesday 17th June, during the exhibition “Pitti Uomo”, Officina Vintage will start the 5-days event “Officina Vintage by night”: the main shop, located in Via del Giglio, will be open until 10.30 pm for the whole week (Sunday included). An “aperitivo” will be taking place on Wed. 17 th from 7.30 pm up to 10.30 pm. The main theme will be “ladies and gentlemen” elegance: outstanding evening dresses will be on the show, in a “starry sky” frame and lounge music.
Are you coming in Florence at the end of June? Are you thinking or dreaming to get married in Florence or Tuscany? If you are in Florence at the end of June and you want to have the first information about getting married in Tuscany, come at the free meeting with Simona, the Wedding planner of La Testimone di Nozze Weddings at the elegant Florentine Villa il Garofalo at 6,30pm on June 30th, 2009.
Simona will talk about organizing the reception, the ceremony, the documents and all the details to make your DAY into a perfect one. The meeting is absolute for free and it will be followed by a cocktail. For info and booking email to firstname.lastname@example.org
After 14 years of expensive and hard restoration, one of most beautiful houses of ancient Florence opens its door again, Palazzo Davanzati, famous for had been the Florentine house. In fact, this house is a perfect medieval tower house of Florence. This is really one of the most beautiful small jewels of Florence. The entrance is for free and it is worth a visit.
This is an event outside Florence and it is in Cerreto Guidi: once again they repeat the tradition of the Infiorata. On Sunday, June 14th in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, at the feet of the Buontalenti staircase, you can see a carpet of flowers; real paintings with flowers made by the Cerretese community.
The event is organized by the San Leonardo parish in occasion of the Corpus Domini. One hundred meters of street will host 6 paintings measured 4 meters per 6. This is a work where 100 participants have worked at, simple citizens who wanted to create something beautiful for their town.
Giorgio Winspeare, famous for organizing the “4 inches heel party”, suggested me an event on Wednesday June 10th at TINA, Bardini terrace(Costa San Giorgio 6). The music is by Jacopo Corazza and I trittico Trio (Sax). For info and booking for the dinner 338/6733644. During the evening you can take the invitation for the Fornarina party during the upcoming Pitti man show (June 16-19). More pictures of Bardini Terrace here>>
If you fancy a pizza but you don’t want to stay around the centre of Florence you just take bus number 7 towards Fiesole and you stop in San Domenico. As soon as you get off the bus on the opposite side of street you have the pizzeria San Domenico. A very nice, informal and friendly environment where you can eat outside if it is warm enough or inside. They don’t accept reservations but you can find a free table even if you go at 8,30pm on a Saturday evening!
I had a white pizza with buffalo mozzarella cheese, small tomatoes and zucchini flowers, my friend Roberto had instead a partenopea (tomato, cherry tomatoes and buffalo cheese). They were both very good, mine, maybe too much cooked, but very tasteful.
Pizza prices were from € 5,00 on, we spent € 28, 50 (without coffee and dessert), but these are the prices of Florence; the pizzeria is fine, the waiters are kind and they don’t make you pressure while you have finished. PIZZERIA SAN DOMENICO Piazza S. Domenico, 11 50014 - Fiesole (FI) Tel.+39 05559182
After dinner, we had an ice cream at Gelateria Il Sorriso, in viale Giannotti, not my favorite, but the ice cream was good. Other pizzerias in Florence are: Pizzeria Caffé Italiano (the best pizza in town)
Pizzeria Firenze Nova Il Pizzaiuolo Orto del Cigno Corte dei tre Pizzeria 00
Together with my family I visited the Castello da Verrazzano, one of our Chianti jewels. There was a good occasion to visit this castle because of the open cellars 2009, a week end dedicated to wineries. We visited the garden (very well maintained), the tower and the sign dedicated to Verrazzano, the sailor who discovered the Hudson Bay. Then we visited the cellars with its enormous barrels (80hl!) and finally the tasting. We had two red wines and something to eat together.
At the end of the tasting we proceeded towards another close by castle, the Castello of Vicchiomaggio, once a Medici residence, but unfortunately we didn’t have any visits or tastings because their cellars were only open at 11am and at 4,30pm (too late for us).