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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Florence is thrilled with the atmosphere of festivities... celebrate the New Year's Eve with us, at Grand Hotel Minerva. Here is the menù of our restaurant La Buona Novella
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
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
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
It goes without saying by know that Florentine steak is a "must try" when you go to eat out in Florence, up there with ribollita, pappa al pomodoro, and other classic delicious dishes part of our local cuisine. This is exactly why it feels great when you have a chance to try an alternative restaurant, serving something different than the dishes you have seen a hundred times, where the atmosphere is casual but refined and the feel very laid back. If you are ready to try new out
We met at 11:30 in the morning under the column in Piazza Santa Trinita. Roberta and I were ready! We both made a quick call to our moms (who both laughed when we told them what we were about to do...oh my!), while the other participants joined us. At 11:45 am on the nose, the C4 tour organized by the CAF agency began. What lie ahead for us? Cooking lessons: today we would make fresh homemade pasta! We crossed the bridge to get to the workshop. The simple space had steel tables with 4–5
Last Thursday, May 21 was the official opening party of the new season of Three Sixty, Grand Hotel Minerva's Rooftop Bar. After last summer's success, once again you can come here to sip a poolside drink and enjoy happy hour food with Florence in all its splendor as the backdrop for your evening.
The opening party was a huge success, with a full house of guests relishing a lavish spread and live music. The Rooftop Bar has two terraces: the Chiostri Terrace and the Pool
If you're looking for somewhere to go for a special occasion, a romantic dinner or just to treat yourself nice, the "Da Pescatore" restaurant is the place to go.
As soon as you come in, you'll be impressed by the column shaped like a champagne glass for the special panache it gives the place! The reception was superb. As soon as we were seated, we couldn't fail to notice how much privacy and space there is between each table. And then we noticed something funny: was the table
It's seven o'clock and the mood for happy hour strikes. I decide to treat myself to something different than the usual bar and go to a place with extra class, so I head to try out the famous Champagne Ritual at the St. Regis Hotel.
I'm ready to see the "sabrage" ritual — opening the champagne bottle with a saber!
This is a place brimming with feeling — that's the only way I can think to describe the relaxing atmosphere enjoyed on the comfortable sofas in their winter garden. A