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Cheap lunch in a tuscan trattoria in the center of Florence

Last wednesday I went with a friend of mine to this trattoria to have a fast lunch. It's a typical florentine restaurant where you can eat the traditional dishes of the tuscan cuisine. You can find florentine people as well as tourists.
For lunch they have some special prices: 5 euros for the first course (generally a plate of pasta) and 7 euros the main course (meat + vegetables). Cover charge 2 euros.
It's not bad, I enjoyed my stew beef with potatoes.
Trattoria Pallottino
Via Isole delle Stinche 1r
50122 Florence, Italy
055 289 573


Eat sushi as much as you can at Pingusto Sushi Wok

Today I have been to Pingusto Sushi Wok: it's an asian food low cost restaurant: you can eat how much as you can and pay only 10 euros! It's not far from Santa Croce Square. On the top floor have a lovely view of the Dome.


A ride in a Ferrari? a 3 days appointment that in November will promote the "Tuscany of events"

More than 200 participants for an event that from November 10th to 13th will promote the Region with a series of innovative sport activities, to show the destination through an original way. Carlotta Ferrari: "It's the first time for Italy".
A ride in a Ferrari? Vespa? Quad? Or do you prefer a race in Versilia? All this and much more for the Italian destination marketing main event: the Dynamic Events Test Show. It is a three days appointment that from November 10th to 13th 2011 will promote the "Tuscany of events" through an original and unusual way. For the first time in Italy over 200 selected representatives of famous companies and event organizers will be involved in a series of "dynamic" activities. The event will be based in Piazza Ognissanti (Florence) with a tensile structure used as a reception, welcome & hospitality desk, press room, coffee station and briefing room. The square will be the starting point of most of the activities: tours with car and motorcycles, tours to unusual places, tour in a Ferrari, racing dragon boat, quad tours and sailing regattas, including demonstrations of roadshows and special lighting, snow events and guided cultural tours.

The event is organized by Firenze Convention Bureau and Dynamic Events, with the support of Toscana Promozione. It will take place in three Tuscan Provinces (Florence, Siena and Lucca, the Versilia). The extension in this three provinces is partly a result of the agreement reached between Toscana Promozione (Tuscan Region) and Firenze Convention Bureau to assign to the consortium a leading role in the promotion of the Tuscan congressional destinations for 2011.
"The Dynamic Test Show Events is an unprecedented event in the history of Italian meeting & incentive industry - says the Fcb Director Carlotta Ferrari -. It never happened that an event of this type would be based on multiple Provinces at the same time and along an area as wide. Despite the time that still separates us from the beginning of the event - Ferrari continues - we are getting many requests for participation, which diminish quality standards based on the order of two hundred units. How the Convention Bureau are sure that an event of this kind can give Florence and the Region as a whole national visibility and prestige that had never been achieved in the past. Thank you - concludes the Director – to Oliviero Cappuccini, president of Dynamic Events, Toscana Promozione and our members who will be directly involved in the organization".
Firenze Convention Bureau (Fcb) is a 16 year-old non profit organization that combines the cooperation of both public and private sectors in order to offer a service that is distinctively emblematic of the city of Florence. Fcb has the Province of Florence as its main stakeholder and the strong support of the Florentine Municipality, the Chamber of Commerce, the Tuscan Regional government as well as the input of the over 70 private members highly specialized in the meeting industry all with the common purpose of making the organization of events and congresses in the capital of Tuscany easier and faster. More info at www.dynamicevents.it.


Innovative exhibition in Florence, at Giorgio Vasari's house with video installation by Bill Viola

"500 OGGI Le Vite dell’Arte in Contemporanea" is a contemporary art project curated by Melania Lanzini and dedicated as part of the celebrations for the fifth centenary of the birth of Giorgio Vasari. Through an innovative exhibition that includes ten national and international artists, established and emerging who’s work with installation as a medium capable of embracing all other forms of art, 500 OGGI Le Vite dell’Arte in Contemporanea opens its doors to an exceptional setting in the palace that was once the former residence of Giorgio Vasari in Florence, close to Santa Croce.
The video installation Acceptance by internationally renowned and pioneering American video artist Bill Viola will be presented in the exhibition by FIRENZE ARTI VISIVE School of Fine Arts and will complement this important and prestigious event.
Credits for the image:
Bill Viola, Acceptance, 2008
Video in bianco e nero ad alta risoluzione su schermo al plasma cm 155,5 x 92,5 x 12,7
Performer: Weba Garretson
Foto: Kira Perov
8:14 minutes
During the inauguration the Sala delle Arti e degli Artisti will be open to the public. The Salon’s interior includes floor to ceiling fresco’s painted by Vasari and is considered one of Florence’s hidden treasures of the 16th century.
Installations by: Bill Viola, Melania Lanzini, Charles Loverme, Federica Gonnelli, Paolo Lauri, Marta Luppi, Fabio Chiantini, Avio Musetti, Stefano Castrucci & Piero Mazzoni.
Exhibition Hours
_Florence 22/30 October 2011
_Borgo Santa Croce, 8
_Opening: 22 October 2011 at 6:00 pm
Admittance to exhibition with invitation only. You can download and print the invitation from the website www.500oggi.org Open Monday thru Friday 4:00pm to 8:00pm by appointment only. During the gallery hours, the artists will accompany visitors along the path of the exhibition.
Contact T: 334 9029153
E: info@500oggi.org


Good wine bar in Florence where you can eat for cheap

Last saturday I went to Sweet Bar, a small wine bar not far from the center of Florence. It's a cosy place owned by 3 smart guys. You can find some of the best wine in town and some dishes from the kitchen: appetizers, first courses and some salads with vegetables, ham, fish... I ordered a gorgeous "Tagliatelle con tartufo" (=with truffle). Excellent! Only 12 euros.
The wine bar is nice, full of local people: young couples, guys coming out from the gym, moms with kids... If you don't speak italian don't worry, ask of Aliosha: he speaks english!
Sweet Bar (here on Foursquare)
via di Ripoli 8-10/r via Giampaolo Orsini
tel. 055.6587051


Rare plant exhibition and market in Tuscany

This weekend there will be "Botanica": the first exhibition and market of rare plants and collector’s plants. It combines artistic and scientific topics with the knowledge and the safeguard of the natural environment, particularly of the ancient and forgotten varieties of plants.
The monumental Park of Medicean Villa Caruso, close to Florence, will house on this occasion a great selection of flowers, shrubs, ornamental plants and fruit-bearing plants together with the association of the typical products of the florentine hills. Typical products and floriculture belong since ever to our heritage and therefore the development of our land as a resource is one of the main topic of the Public Administration of Lastra a Signa who stakes on the local peculiarities to achieve a sustainable development, according to the regional policies on agriculture. 
Entrance fee: 3 euros.


Massimo Sestini Photography Exhibition in the brand new Audi showroom in Florence

Tomorrow afternoon there will be the opening of the photography exhibition by italian reporter Massimo Sestini, that will take place in the new Audi showroom in Florence, owned by Volkswagen Group Firenze. The artist will present to the press his masterpieces and best pictures.


It's October... or July?

Never remember to have an October with this hot weather!!! It seems like it were July. Yesterday you could go to the seaside and swim! Today it's still 30° C degrees, that is more or less 86 °F (Fahrenheit). I wish I should't have to work. I took this picture of the Dome just few minutes ago...

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