February in Florence

February is the most romantic month of the year. Florence awaits you with all its magic and  elegance, offering a selection of “sweet” events, romantic dinners, art, and literature. The once-a-month free entry to all state museums, #Sundayatthemuseum, will be February 5 this month. Looking for something different than the old stand-bys of the Uffizi and the Accademia Gallery? How about the secret bedroom of Bianca Cappello, lover turned wife of Francesco I de Medici, the nexus of many a love intrigue in her day. Credits pic Muse Firenze (https://www.facebook.com/musefirenze) Get your

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Wine tour in Montalcino

Seeing how Tuscany is famous for its vineyards, how about spending a beautiful day in its green hills, savoring local specialties? With a mind to taste some good Tuscan wine, I chose to turn to the expertise of a private driver. Pick up was in Piazza Santa Maria Novella at 10:00 AM with lunch at a local restaurant in Monteroni (Il ConteDino) to eat tagliatelle with wild boar sauce, and a beautiful cut of meat, flame cooked before our eyes. Satisfied and full of excitement, we got back in the

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The sculpture by Gaetano Pesce in Santa Maria Novella

Here we have another example of Renaissance Florence being true to itself and highlighting its bond with contemporary art. The choice of location this time is the gorgeous Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, whose relationship to contemporary art has already been spotlighted by the Museo del Novecento, diametrically opposite the majestic, historical facade of the church of Santa Maria Novella, both in its physical placement and its placement in history. An original sculpture by Gaetano Pesce has

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I Medici

After Inferno, Florence finds itself once again a big screen star. On October 18, RAI 1 broadcast the world premiere of the first episode of the TV series "The Medici" and it's already a huge hit. A major international production with a star-studded cast, it features the likes of Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman and the acclaimed Richard Madden, star of the TV series Game of Thrones. In eight episodes, for now it is being broadcast only in Italy, but it will be sold internationally soon

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MaMa: Cooking School

Sometimes our guests come to Florence and fall so in love with Italian cuisine that they want to learn to cook it themselves. They often ask us where they could take a few cooking classes. Since we love to give our guests only the very best tips, we never suggest anything without having tried it first to make sure that it is up to our standards and that they come back happy. This is why we headed to the cooking school MaMa Florence to take a cooking class a few days ago. The small cooking

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New Fall Menu

Here is the new Fall Menu of our restaurant La Buona Novella: the chef's desire is to use the seasonal ingredients to add value to his cuisine, while prosecuting in experimenting new dishes. As you can understand from his words: “I try to respect the rule of contrasts in every dish. This is something of a dogma for me. When you bring together cold and hot, soft and crunchy, or sweet and savory, the palate is stimulated and its reaction is stronger. The Caprese is an example of this — it's a

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Ai weiwei at Palazzo Strozzi

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi is putting on a major exhibition on one of the most famous and controversial contemporary artists, for the first time in the cradle of the Renaissance: Ai Weiwei. More than an artist, he is also a major dissident journalist and a symbol of the fight for freedom of expression. Photo credits: www.ioamofirenze.it His spectacular and provocative art works are taking over all of Palazzo Strozzi. The building’s facade is covered by twenty-two orange life rafts, an

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La Buona Novella restaurant

As our online fans and followers already know — speaking of, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! — the last few months have been chock full of exciting news in food and drink with the ground floor bar and the grand reopening of our 360° Rooftop Bar, open to hotel guests and the public alike. The new restaurant In early July our new restaurant opened at last! La Nuova Novella Bistrot Italiano is outdoors in summers on the lovely Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Not a bad view

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Rooftop bar opening party

Last night, we enjoyed a warm May evening by kicking off the season for our 360 Three Sixty rooftop bar on our sixth floor terrace. To start the season in style, we organized our now regular fabulous swimming pool party, inviting hotel guests, Florentines, our hotel's friends and partners, and travel and food bloggers. As a magnificent sunset slowly spread over Florence's red rooftops, starting at 7:00 pm, our DJ entertained guests with mood music and a tantalizing, abundant poolside

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