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Best foods to find in Florence

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The best way to reach a person's heart is through culinary delicacies. This is a truth that is applicable to everyone. And Italy is one place which is considered to be a heaven for food lovers. However, the culinary trail in Italy varies from one region to another.
Florence is a place in Italy which not only boasts rich culture but also serves some of the best delicacies in the world. The fine blend of olive oil, cherry tomatoes, rosemary, cheese, varieties of meat, herbs and other ingredients add a special taste in the foods of this region.
You just cannot stop drooling over those tantalizing foods. So, if you are thinking about starting your food trail in Italy, then Florence is the recommended place to start from.
Planning on what foods to try in Florence? Let's have a look:

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3 days in Florence: what should i visit?

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Experience the best of Florence in just three days


Florence has so much to see that it is nearly impossible to visit all the places in 72 hours.
But if that is the only time you have, then do not worry, because Florence still has a lot to offer and you can be assured that you will have an incredible 72 hours, where you will only be seeing new and fascinating things.

This itinerary of the things you can see in 3 days in Florence includes more of outdoor spaces, like museums and churches.


It is arranged in a day-wise fashion, but feel free to go in whatever order you like.


Purchasing a Firenze card is also very helpful and can be used in most of the museums throughout Florence.

Florence city offers a wide range of stimulating events and unforgettable adventures. What with new concerts, food festivals, and exhibitions; there is no shortage of things to do in this beautiful city. Here are the activities that are scheduled to take place this October.

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Pink Floyd Toscana Day- 1st October 2017

This is a charity concert organized by Pink Floyd Fans Club Toscana. The concert will take place at Teatro di Cestello on 1st October 2017, from 4:30 – 11:30 pm. The concert will feature two famous bands: the Pink Noise and the Breathe Floyd group. Tickets will cost you 25euros and you need to book before September 24th, 2017. The booking email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and event contact is Tel. 3663651072

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Mercato Aprilante- Every 1st Sunday of the Month

If you love shopping in open air market, then the Aprilante Market is for you. The market always takes place every first Sunday of the month, in Chianti. The event offers a wide array of artifacts, antiques, local food, clothing and much more. Keeping in mind that there will be over 100 tables and many shops, you will most definitely be spoilt for choice.

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Il Pagliaio- Every 4th Sunday of October

Imagine a market filled with local farm produce, music and opportunities for food testing. This happens at Greve in Chianti, every 4th Sunday of October. This Artisan and Organic market offers great bargains and also opportunities to sample local dishes. 

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Santa Reparata- Oct 8th 

This event celebrates a Roman saint, Santa Reparata, who interceded in the battle that established Christianity in Florence. It is characterized by the procession in the medieval dress from Piazza di Parte Guelfa to the tomb of Santa Reparata at the Cathedral. The celebration will take place in the city center, from 3:45 pm.

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Collezionisti in Piazza – October 8th

Envision a walk through Scarperia town, sampling an extensive variety of vintages, clothing, antiques and much more. You can do this from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.

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Festa San Luca – 12th -19th October

This is the oldest fair in Europe that has characterized the life of people in Impruneta. It is held yearly, in commemoration of Impruneta’s benefactor Saint Luke. The fair has tractor transactions, rides, sporting and cultural events and also exhibitions. The highlight of the fair is the spectacular fireworks extravaganza.

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Mercati in Musica- October 15th 

If you are a music lover then you will love Mercati in Musica. The concert is held in months of September and October at the city center. This event makes the historical markets of the city more interesting during the night, by offering a wide array of cultural activities.

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Boccaccesca food and Wine Festival- 6th – 8th October

Happening in Certaldo, this is one of the most interesting food festivals in Florence. You can engage your taste buds by tasting local food and wine. There are also culinary initiatives, workshops, and other cultural activities. This traditional festival was named after a famous poet.

As you have seen, Florence is truly a city on the move.

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SWIMMING POOLS IN FLORENCE – SUMMER 2017

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SWIMMING POOLS IN FLORENCE – SUMMER 2017

Summer in Florence is pretty hot, so cooling down at a poolside is a great idea.
This is a list of the most beautiful and popular swimming pools in and around Florence.

PISCINA LE PAVONIERE
Probably the most beautiful swimming pool considering its surroundings. It’s located inside the Parco delle Cascine, surrounded by the shadows of trees. It’s also a meeting point during cocktail hour and there is a restaurant where you can have dinner until late.
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm
Entry: 10 Euro
Directions: by tram from the central train station (about 10 minutes) or by walk from the centre (about 30 minutes)

PISCINA BELLARIVA
The swimming pool Bellariva is located on Lungarno Aldo Moro and it’s surrounded by a big lawn where you can cool down or sunbathe. There is also a swimming pool for kids and a restaurant and bar.
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm
Entry: 8 Euro
Directions: from the central train station by bus n. 14 (about 20 minutes)

PISCINA COSTOLI
The Costoli pool is located at Campo di Marte and it’s the biggest in Florence.
There are two pools surrounded by a big lawn, one pool is Olympic-size and you can dive from 25m.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Entry: 8 Euro
Directions: from the central train station by bus n. 17 (about 20 minutes)

PISCINA HIDRON
This swimming pool is located in Campi Bisenzio (near Florence). It’s a big wellness centre with indoor and outdoor pools, a water park, whirlpools, spa, gym and restaurant.
Open every day from 9 am to 7:30 pm
Directions: from the central train station by bus n. 30 (about 40 minutes)



Italian the World’s Fourth Most Studied Language

Italian is the fourth most studied language in the world according to a recent study which took place in universities all over the world.

The unexpected victory of Italian over growing economic nations like China and Russia is sure to give a boost to public and private efforts to promote the study of the language, which has become a main goal of the Italian government.

The increasing interest in Italian was recently provided with a new resource, the Quality Italian Language Certification. The program, created by universities in Siena, Perugia and Rome, allows lovers of Italian to be officially certified in the language.

The Italian language is very complex, with an ambitious syntax, a wide vocabulary and nuances linked to the ancient history of the country. Language tells of a population more than anything else, and Italian tells us that the people have a complex and fascinating culture.

Of all the languages in the world, Italian the one which is most studied for culture and pleasure. This is linked to a passion for Italian culture, which possesses extraordinary strength.

Italy’s contributions to the western world are endless, as the country has been the home to some of the greatest civilizations in history.

Italian artistic traditions are well known; according to UNESCO, over 60 percent of the world’s art treasures are found in Italy. Italian is an important language for research in art history, philosophy, literary studies, archaeology and music.

The Rinascimento or Renaissance is generally considered to have begun in Florence in the 1400s, and it was here that conventions for notating music were slowly developed. The local Tuscan dialect was used to write down musical directions such as crescendo or diminuendo, and the Italian language is still used as a kind of musical lingua franca today for musicians all over the world. Opera, meanwhile, is entirely an Italian creation, with its heady mix of high drama, high notes, and high ceilings. The language is considered ideal for singing, with its gently rhythmical intonation and clear-cut vowels. A large majority of Italian words end with vowels.

A growing obsession with food is also linked to the Italian language’s increasing popularity, as Italy is the culinary leader of the world. The name of restaurants, dishes and products find their roots in Italian, from pizza and polpette, to latte macchiato and tiramisu.

The status and current state of the Italian language on a global scale will be discussed in an official meeting organized by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education and Cultural Heritage, taking place in Florence this fall. It will focus on new challenges and means to promote the language and culture within modern society. The consortium will also look at how Italian can play larger role in universities and academic institutions, taking into consideration the differences between geographic areas. The main goal will be to celebrate and reaffirm the Italian language worldwide, while also finding a shared and updated agenda aimed at strengthening it further.

The new study is evidence that learning Italian is a passport to one of the world’s richest cultural traditions, and to one of Europe’s most dynamic contemporary societies.

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SWIMMING POOLS IN FLORENCE – SUMMER 2016

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SWIMMING POOLS IN FLORENCE – SUMMER 2016

Summer in Florence is pretty hot, so cooling down at a poolside is a great idea.
This is a list of the most beautiful and popular swimming pools in and around Florence.

PISCINA LE PAVONIERE
Probably the most beautiful swimming pool considering its surroundings. It’s located inside the Parco delle Cascine, surrounded by the shadows of trees. It’s also a meeting point during cocktail hour and there is a restaurant where you can have dinner until late.
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm
Entry: 10 Euro
Directions: by tram from the central train station (about 10 minutes) or by walk from the centre (about 30 minutes)

PISCINA BELLARIVA
The swimming pool Bellariva is located on Lungarno Aldo Moro and it’s surrounded by a big lawn where you can cool down or sunbathe. There is also a swimming pool for kids and a restaurant and bar.
Open every day from 10 am to 7 pm
Entry: 8 Euro
Directions: from the central train station by bus n. 14 (about 20 minutes)

PISCINA COSTOLI
The Costoli pool is located at Campo di Marte and it’s the biggest in Florence.
There are two pools surrounded by a big lawn, one pool is Olympic-size and you can dive from 25m.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Entry: 8 Euro
Directions: from the central train station by bus n. 17 (about 20 minutes)

PISCINA HIDRON
This swimming pool is located in Campi Bisenzio (near Florence). It’s a big wellness centre with indoor and outdoor pools, a water park, whirlpools, spa, gym and restaurant.
Open every day from 9 am to 7:30 pm
Directions: from the central train station by bus n. 30 (about 40 minutes)

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August in Florence

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Surviving summer in the city is possible. There are at least 10 good reasons to spend August in Florence.

1)  Struggling for a parking spot
Finding a parking spot at your first attempt may seem a miracle during the rest of the year but in August parking becomes a real pleasure, worth to be experienced at least once a year.

2)  Good old friends
Strolling around the city now is quite more comfortable (less crowded streets) but it’s not that easy to find good company. A good reason to look up your phone book and get back to old friends.

3)  Be a tourist at home
If you get nostalgic about travelling, why not be a tourist in your hometown? Italians really love August holidays but not all the world thinks the same. This means less line for museums and a lot of new opportunities.

4)  Rooftop views and museum nights
What about cocktails and happy hours with a breathtaking view over the city? Until late September, 19 of the most exclusive hotels of Florence open their rooftops to everybody – much better than a beachfront. And how to forget the museum openings at night!

5)  Seeking mysteries
Instead of having drinks at about 6/6:30 PM you can also join mystery hunters. The” Cooperativa Archeologia” organizes guided visits through the “forgotten streets” of Florence, discovering legends, traditions and myths.

6)  Libraries night&day
When the sun sets you can find shelter in the libraries which extend their opening time and organize several events such as readings and guided visits (for example at the libraries of  Palagio di Parte Guelfa and Oblate).

7)  Get refreshed
Escape the heat and get a tan in the public swimming pools: Pavoniere (at  Le Cascine), Costoli (reduced price after lunchtime), Bellariva.

8)  Non-stop shopping
Shopping centers never close and neither do the stores and small shops located in the centre, as well as 60% of the food shops and the local markets.

9)  A rainbow of events
On August 24th the initiative “Arcobalento d’Estate” will promote events all over Tuscany. In Florence there will be a night opening of Forte Belvedere, Torre d’Arnolfo (until 9 pm) and Torre San Niccolò (until 8 pm).

10) Organize your next holidays
If this is not enough, there is only one thing left to survive August in Florence: start organizing your next holidays!

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June in Florence: an eventful month

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June in Florence: an eventful month

The Florentine Calcio Storico matches take place on June 11th, 12th and 24th in Piazza Santa Croce with several events organized by the associations of the four districts.

The dates

The four teams are: Santa Croce (blue), Santo Spirito (white), Santa Maria Novella (red) and San Giovanni (green). Usually the two semi-finals take place on one weekend.

The 2016 semi-finals will be on June 11th, “Verdi” against “Bianchi” at 5 PM and on June 12th, “Rossi” against “Azzurri”.

The final match will take place in big style as usual on June 24th , when the city celebrates its patron saint, San Giovanni Battista. A marvelous parade of historical costumes will cross the whole city centre, starting in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and arriving in Piazza Santa Croce. All four teams will take part in the parade, even those who are not playing the final match. The parade will begin at about 4 PM and the final match at about 5 PM.

Don’t forget to conclude this day of celebrations on the banks of the Arno River assisting the traditional fireworks which are shot from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Night at the Museum Saturday May 21st

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Museums open at night on Saturday May 21st

For the European Night at the Museum on Saturday May 21st all participating museums will be open with a special entry fee of 1 Euro.

In Florence will definitely participate Galleria dell’Accademia and Uffizi with a special evening opening from 7 PM to 10 PM.

The entry ticket will be 1 Euro (except rights for free entries) and it will not be possible to reserve the visits.

The Night at the Museum is a special event happening in museums all over Europe on May 21st 2016. In this occasion the participating Tuscan museums will be open for free from 9 PM to 11 PM and besides the possibility to visit their precious treasures, there will also be events such as workshops for adults and kids, stage shows, concerts and more.



News summer 2016: beach, sea, sun and fun in Rimini

From June to October 2016 new summer courses are open in Florence and Rimini thanks to the cooperation of the school Rimini Academy. It is possible to attend one or two weeks in Florence and one or two weeks in Rimini.

Learn Italian, know friends from all over the world, admire the beauty of Florence, discover Italian culture, enjoy the sea. A wonderful journey and an unforgettable experience!
See details and costs of the complete package on the list of courses in the web site.

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