PALAZZO BELFIORE APARTMENTS IN FLORENCE

REFLECTIONS FROM OUR INTERNS

Our most recent interns, Andrea and Alessio were enthusiastic additions to our team and it seems that they enjoyed the experience as well.  Here Andrea Bonardi shares a few words about his time as an intern in our palazzi;

“During our school-work project, me, Andrea Bonardi, and my classmate Alessio Ridolfi had the opportunity to work at “Your Place In Florence”.

We worked in two different buildings: Palazzo San Niccolò and Palazzo Belfiore. Since our first day we had the feeling of a lovely atmosphere with a great, available and collaborative team ready to answer any doubt we had, making us feel comfortable with the place we worked in. We two worked manually for the most part of the time, having the opportunity to see every detail of the rooms of the residence. Since we were greeting and hosting not-italian people every day we also had the opportunity to speak the languages we are learning in school. Again, since the first day we really appreciated the modern furniture inside every room and the room service provided to our guests (thing we were doing for the majority of the time besides greeting and helping our guests). In Palazzo Belfiore we really liked the fact that many people/families from all around the world (literally from Australia to Canada to Saudi Arabia) felt comfortable despite language and culture differences. In Palazzo San Niccolò we also had the opportunity to assist a wedding which happened in the same Palazzo San Niccolò. In this place, we also appreciated the vintage but modern furniture in the lounge, in the lobby and in the rooms. In Palazzo Belfiore, the rooms are also lovely but with an “older” style referring to Florence’s origins: 1400-1500 look but with a touch of modern appearance. By the way, guests really seem to enjoy all the welcome cards and gifts that both Palazzo Belfiore and San Niccolò offer.”

SETTEMBRE IN PIAZZA DELLA PASSERA

Palazzo Belfiore is proud to once again be sponsoring the annual event, Settembre in ‘Piazza della Passera’!

This year marks the 17th edition of the event after taking a sabbatical last year.  The festival was conceived by Stefano Di Pucci, owner of Trattoria 4 Leoni together with the cultural association “In Piazza”, under the direction of Alessandro Di Puccio and in collaboration for the organisation with Momy Manetti.  The initial plan was to include all the main squares of the Oltrarno, with the idea of using art to enhance the territory and an opportunity to meet and discover new talents.

The piazza has come alive this week with two concerts each evening from 11th – 14th, all with free admission and the idea this year was to involve young students in the event.  The ‘Giovani in Piazza’ format, created with the Jazz department of the Florence Academy of Music offers young talents in the sector the opportunity to open the first three evenings.

Palazzo Belfiore was honoured to have Scott Hamilton stay with us on Wednesday night. One of the greatest jazz saxophonists around and in demand the world over, his playing has best been described by fellow tenor saxophonist and writer, Dave Gelly: “Following a Scott Hamilton solo is like listening to a great conversationalist in full flow. First comes the voice, the inimitable, assured sound of his tenor saxophone, then the informal style and finally the amazing fluency and eloquent command of the jazz language.”

EXPO CHIANTI CLASSICO

The town of Greve in Chianti will host the 48th edition of the Expo Chianti Classico this September from the 6th-9th.  Wine lovers from everywhere will descend on the town during these days to sample some of the best Chianti Classico that this territory is famous for, from more than 60 different wineries.

On Thursday, the festival starts at around 5 pm and finishes at 10 pm.  Friday, from 11 am to 10 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm.

Upon arrival, buy a wine glass from the Segretaria (the price in 2017 was 10 euros).  You will be given a ticket that allows you to taste up to eight of the wines offered at the stands.

Don’t forget that we can organise a private transfer to and from the event if you are staying with us during these days so don’t hesitate to ask us if you would like us to take care of the details.

For more details and the whole program visit the Event website : www.expochianticlassico.com

FERRAGOSTO

August 15  is one of the most popular and biggest holidays in Italy.  Known as Ferragosto, which literally translates as ‘holiday in August’, this day originates from Roman times when the first Emperor, Augusto decided to establish a day off in the middle of the hottest month.

Expect most businesses to be closed and most cities to be deserted as most Italians will be at the beach or escapiing the heat in the mountains.  If you decide to go to the beach on the 15th August, be prepared to get wet as it is also a tradition to throw buckets of water over anyone in close proximity – of course this is most popular with the kids and teenagers but beware if you happen to be in the path of a water-fight! Whatever your plans this Ferragosto, if you do happen to find yourself in Florence, you will have plenty of choices of things to do and see!

In Florence, most of the museums will be open and below is a quick quide to the opening hours :

The Uffizi Gallery is open as usual from 8:15am until 6:30pm

Palazzo Vecchio will be open from 9:00am until 11:00pm while The ‘Torre di Arnolfo’ will be open from 9:00am until 9:00pm.

Santa Maria Novella will be open from 12:00pm until 6:30pm

Museo Novecento will be open from 11:00am util 8:00pm.

Forte Belvedere which is currently showing the exhibition ‘Gong’ by Eliseo Mattiacci will be open from 10:00 – 20:00 but you must book prior to arrival.

The Bardini museum will be closed for the Ferragosto holiday.

 

 

There are also a number of musical events and concerts to be enjoyed in Florence.  At the ‘Giardino dell’Orticultura there will be a concert by the Alyen Roy Band which is a mix of jazz, swing, bossa nova and fusion.  The show starts at 7:00pm. San Salvi park will also be hosting a concert by quartet ‘Banditaliana’ founded in 1992 by organist Ricardo Tesi.  Bookings are recommended. You can also enjoy a dj set and aperitivo at the ‘Spiaggia sull’Arno / River Urban Beach, on the banks of the river Arno in front of Piazza Poggi.

 

 

THE LORENZO APARTMENT

Lorenzo il Magnifico was the only true Lord of Florence. With his strong political skills, Lorenzo managed to make the city famous all over the world in the 14th century. This, and his love for all forms of art, transformed the city into the cultural center of Italy and gave it new vitality. This beautifully restored apartment is 83 square meters and is the second apartment situated on the first floor. It has numerous windows which let in abundant light. Entering the apartment through a hallway and past a quiet little courtyard area for your private use, you reach a sitting and dining room which are open to a fully-equipped kitchenette.

A little door in the front of the hallway reveals a laundry room with a washing machine. Walking on down the hallway through the dining room, you reach a lounge area with a comfortable and easy-to-use double sofa bed. Sliding doors can make this an additional private bedroom if needed. Off of the dining area is the master bedroom with a king-sized bed (or two single beds by request) and a bathroom with a tub. From the dining room going up a wooden stairway, you reach a mezzanine with two single beds (or a double bed by request), a bathroom with shower, a walk-in closet and a storage room.

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CALCIO STORICO FIORENTINO

June is an exciting time to find yourself in the city of Florence – this weekend especially!

The final match of Calcio Storico Fiorentino is held on this Sunday, June 24, which is the day Florence celebrates its patron saint’s feast day for St. John the Baptist. This day is full of celebration for the people of Florence. Catch the parade through the streets of Florence where you can see the locals dressed in historical costumes as well as all the players of the historic soccer game known as Calcio Storico that begins at Piazza Santa Maria Novella and travels through Florence towards Piazza Santa Croce. The parade starts around 4pm and will lead to the final match that will begin at 5pm between team Rossi of Santa Maria Novella and team Verdi of San Giovanni.

The rich history and culture of this 16th century sport, Calcio Storico Fiorentino, a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling is very rough as there seems to be no rules observed at all. All of the matches are held at Piazza Santa Croce which is the traditional location for all the matches of Calcio Storico. There are four teams from the historical neighborhoods of Florence who play each other in two playoffs and then the winners play in the final match. 

The day of festivities ends with a night of fireworks which are launched from Piazzale Michelangelo so if you are in town, make sure you have a good view from the river .

Tickets for the final can be purchased at the Box Office in Via delle Vecchie Carceri 1, Firenze from 11:00am Payment by bancomat, credit card (no AMEX) or debit card.

Maximum 5 tickets can be purchased per person.

WHEN : Sunday24 June 2018

TIME : 5:00pm

WHERE : Piazza Santa Croce

Ticket Prices :

  • Tribuna onore centrale  € 80
  • Tribuna onore laterale   € 60
  • Tribuna numerata         € 40
  • Tribune popolari           € 29

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ARTIGIANATO & PALAZZO

This Thursday 17 May marks the opening of the 24th Edition of the exhibition, ARTIGIANATO & PALAZZO in the beautiful Corsini Gardens.  An exhibition founded in 1995 by Neri Tortigiani and promoted by Princess Giorgiana Corsini as an opportunity to appreciate and give value to the artisan in this present day.

Each year around 100 artisans are selected to be the protagonists of this unique exhibition, the majority coming from Tuscany but there is also a representation from other parts of Italy and even some International artisans that you can discover at work as you wander around the curated private gardens.

Each year at ARTIGIANATO & PALAZZO an established Artisan is given the spotlight in a ‘Mostra Principe’ celebrating the success of a business or product that started life in the artisans workshop and has now arrived at International success.

Each day the exhibition will feature music by Naomi Berrill, live cooking “Ricette di Famiglia / Family Recipes” by the talented chefs from Desinare, various activities and various street food that will satisfy from breakfast to the hour of the aperitivo!

 

 

WHEN : 17-20 MAY – 10:00am – 8:00pm

WHERE : GIARDINI CORSINI. VIA DELLA SCALA, 115

PROGRAM : www.artigianatoepalazzo.it

 

 

*Cover photo credits:
Susanna Stiegler

BUONA FESTA DELLA MAMMA FROM PALAZZO BELFIORE APARTMENTS IN FLORENCE

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

This Sunday in Italy we will celebrate Mother’s Day or more commonly known here as the Festa della Mamma!  We at Palazzo Belfiore Apartments in Florence would like to wish all of the ‘belle Mamme’ a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Mother’s day in Italy was first celebrated in 1957 by Don Otello, a priest from the village of Tordibetto in Assisi. This day has now become part of our calendar and, as in many other countries, is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

We all know how important ‘La Mamma’ is in Italy!  In fact, Italy is a country where children (or should we say young adults) remain living with their parents for much longer than their peers in other parts of the world.  The Mamma plays such an important role here and even with the evolution of the working woman, the Mamma is the glue that holds the whole family together.  And it doesn’t stop when she becomes a Nonna either!  The Italian Nonna usually becomes the child-care for the new generation of working mums!

We couldn’t think of a better city than Florence to celebrate this special day with your mother!    It’s the perfect time to visit the many gardens that are in full bloom such as the Giardini Boboli, Bardini and Giardino delle Rose.  After a wander around the gardens, express your love and thanks by taking your mother out for a brunch in one of the many well-known restaurants in the city so that she doesn’t have to cook for the family on this day dedicated to her.  Take a relaxed passeggiata through centro, or visit an exhibition in one of the many galleries that Florence is famous for.

However you decide to spend Mother’s Day, we are sure that if you are in Florence it will certainly be one to remember!

We at Palazzo Belfiore would like to wish all of the Mamme a very Happy Mother’s Day.

 

 

The gorgeous photographs featured in this post are from one of the most beautiful Florists in the Oltrarno – Fiorile located at Via di Santo Spirito 26r.

THE IRIS GARDEN

Now is the Time to Visit the Iris Garden!

 

 

Winding paths lead you past the many varieties of Iris as well as other blooms and there are also various benches where you can just sit and admire the beauty of this garden where over 150 varieties of Iris are on display. Children will love the garden too as they navigate the many paths and steps that lead through the garden and to the ponds, making for a fun floral adventure. Take note if you are taking a stroller though as you will not be able to acces the whole garden – you can leave it inside the entrance though if needed.
It is incredible how you can be so close to the city and yet feel so totally immersed in the country-side. Scattered among the olive trees, this garden is a beautiful respite from the rush of the city.
I would suggest going in the morning before the garden fills up with too many people.

 

OPEN UNTIL THE 20TH MAY – Piazzale Michelangelo
Monday – Friday : 10.00 – 13.00 | 15.00 – 19.30 Saturday – Sunday : 10.00 – 19.30
Last entrance half an hour before closing.
ENTRANCE to the GARDEN is FREE

 

 

 

 

 

VIA ROMANA IN BLOOM

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VIA ROMANA IN FIORE
A Fun Floral Outdoor Festival in Florence

 

Take a stroll down Via Romana this Sunday 6th May and enjoy a local street festival filled with lots of entertainment for the whole family!  The whole street will be decorated with flowers and overflowng with music, theatre, street art, photographic displays and even soccer tournaments!

From 3:00-7:00pm you can visit the secret wonder that is Giardino Corsi at number 38 of Via Romana.  Normally closed to the public this private garden is not to be missed.

All residents and stores in Via Romana will take part in the competition, ‘Out of the Flowers’ which aims to involve all residents to landscape the road and so everyone will be out to show their best floral contribution!  It was a huge success last year and so we are expecting bigger and better things from Via Romana in Fiore this year!