Lots of markets during the Christmas season make them the ideal place to seek out gifts for yourself, friends and family! Wherever you may be, it is likely you’ll find a market nearby on the weekends (and early holidays) starting in November and throughout the month of December. Many will occur on the same days, so you’ll have to choose where to head to. 

WEIHNACHTSMARKT CHRISTMAS MARKET – PIAZZA SANTA CROCE November 28 to December 20, 2018 from 10 am to 10 pm

Every December the fabulous Santa Croce square hosts a lively Christmas Market, with stalls selling various art crafts, candles, sweets and Christmas themed decorations from Italy and abroad. This year it starts on the 23rd of November and lasts until 22nd December 2019 (10am-10pm). The Weihnachtsmarkt Christmas market is Florence’s “traditional” market held in Piazza Santa Croce. The market appears as a small Christmas village with typical wooden houses popular in Christmas markets in Germany and in the north of Italy. Here, you will find Italian and international products that make perfect gifts, including Christmas decorations, candles, tableware, clothing and much more, as well as food and wine specialties to be enjoyed on the spot or taken home. Admission is free.


The 8th of December in Florence is Immaculate Conception day and the Christmas countdown officially begins. Traditionally, today is spent decorating the house with christmas trinkets and adorning the tree.The 8th is particularly special in Florence because there is an official public ceremony where the biggest tree in the city finally lights up! Wear something warm, wait for the tree to light up and admire the beautiful terracotta life statues made by a local artisan in front of Santa Maria del Fiore. This is a more traditional event, inspired by country values. Hosting a traditional market, it will be held in Piazza S.S. Annunziata on the 7th, 8th of December 2019 for the occasion of the Immacolata feast known as “Fierucola”. Among other things there promises to be delicious organic food and handmade art-crafts.

Kent University at PSN

Kent State University recently joined us in the Palazzo San Niccolo lounge for a seminar on Luxury hospitality . The presentation went over how to succeed in a luxury hospitality business with real life case studies about Your Place In Florence and the Palazzos.
The main question was: ‘How do you create and maintain an alternative luxury hospitality business?’  Federico, our manager explained the process starting from the idea (why choose this industry) all the way to the final execution (what makes your business desirable). In between, he touched on a couple of important keywords including tourism, people,  passion & memorable experiences. Federico also explained that the industry has evolved from ‘what you can offer me’ to ‘how does it make me feel.’ With the millennial generation, it’s all about creating a real, genuine, inspirational experience with personalized activities created by the businesses local partners.  So, beyond the logistics, the way to create and maintain an alternative luxury hospitality business is to think outside of the box and become the consumer. The business must think about how the service can truly be genuine and memorable and what the necessary steps are to create significant partnerships with quality local businesses.

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A really special day dedicated to 20 excellences of Tuscan handicraft and food&wine in the elegant context of Palazzo San Niccolò.

We are very happy with how the Hand Made in Tuscany event turned out and would like to thank all of the people who came to try the food, drink the wine and also explore all of the different mini artisans shops. A special shoutout to the participants who made this event as fun and special as it was. We hope to see you all in our next event!






















Hand Made in Tuscany, Fall Edition
Sunday 20 October 2019
Palazzo San Niccolò
Via San Niccolò 79 Florence



Palazzo San Niccolo houses THE RIVERFLOW YOGA BLISSFUL WARRIOR RENEWAL. “A Riverflow Renewal is not a typical yoga retreat, is a journey, step by step, to transform your body, awaken your spirit, and welcome you back to the life you were meant to love”. This is the philosophy of Rhonda Uretzky, yoga teacher and author of the book “The blissfull warriors”. Her workshop in Florence will be in October, and all participants will stay in Palazzo San Niccolò.

October 18/25 Palazzo San Niccolò, Firenze.

Ask us for more details!



Experience the emotion of the exclusive Perfume Workshop, during which Master Perfumer Sileno Cheloni offers his deep knowledge on the magical and mysterious essences that give life to the fragrances that best represent us. During the Perfume Workshop, Sileno Cheloni illustrates the history of artistic perfumery, the techniques to create a bespoke perfume and how to assemble the fragrances. Through the use of 21 compositions, specifically designed for the event, each participant is guided in the creation of his own perfume.

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Florence Revisited

“Exploring the treasures of the Tuscan capital beyond its most famous attractions” .

The American Magazine The Epoch Times speaks about Palazzo San Niccolò. Thanks to the editor Kristine Jannuzzi for the beautiful article about our magical city and for the paragraph dedicated to Palazzo San Niccolò Firenze.


Here below an abstract of the article:

“I stayed in the heart of this neighborhood for the first part of my most recent visit, in Palazzo San Niccolò, a charming restored property that opened as a boutique hotel in 2017. The oldest part of the structure was once a 13th-century monastery, and you can still see several original arches that were part of its cloister. Behind the building, the private garden is a tranquil oasis that made me feel as though I were staying at a friend’s villa in the Tuscan countryside. The rooms and apartments are available for short- and long-term bookings, and if you prefer a more independent setting in an area that has a true local flavor, Palazzo San Niccolò is a great choice” …




There is no better way than to sip a Negroni to celebrate the beginning of Summer in Florence

If you want to fully dive into the Italian lifestyle there is no better way than to sip a Negroni to celebrate the beginning of Summer. The year 2019 also marks the 100th anniversary of its creation and you can consider this occurrence as another excuse to spoil yourself with an extra glass of this bitter cocktail. 

The Negroni cocktail is one of the most popular cocktails throughout Florence. It is said to have been created right here in Florence by Camillo Negroni in the early 20s when he was coming home from one of his many trips from London. He asked the bartender to add some gin into his Milano-Torino. A Milano-Torino is made with red vermouth and bitters, thus adding that signature gin created his masterpiece. Today, the cocktail is made with equal parts bitters, red vermouth, and gin, then topped with a garnish of orange. The drink is known for its dry flavor and pungent aroma. The drink is mean to be enjoyed before dinner due to its high alcohol level, but any of these 5 bars will serve it at anytime you ask.

Here are our top 5 places to get a Negroni Cocktail

5. Ditta Artigianale

This bar doubles as a cafe and bar, depending on what time of day you stop by. During the day, they are known for their specialty roast coffee which are perfectly paired with a variety of sandwiches and pastries. At night, this brooklyn style bar is the perfect place to get a cocktail and enjoy it in a calm, easy-going atmosphere.

Location: Via dei Neri, 30/32 R

4. Antico Caffe del Moro-Art Bar

This bar is older styled and small, but the perfect atmosphere if you want a calm night out. All of the drinks are made to perfection, with most including a fresh fruit garnish. The bar is full of tables to sit at or you can simply hang out by the bar. The Bartenders are extremely knowledgeable of all drink-especially the Negroni.

Location:  Via del Moro, 4

3. Harry’s Bar

This bar is known for making its guests feel like family. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, making it a perfect night starter or night cap. The drinks are made perfectly, including the Negroni. It is a very local place so you so not have to bare the mass amount of tourists like you would at other bars. There is also a classic italian cuisine menu to choose from if you’re in the mood to grab a bite to eat.

Location: Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, 22/R

2. Atrium Bar

Located inside of the Four Seasons hotel in Florence, this bar is truly an elegant experience. There is both inside and outside seating, with a live band on most weekends. During the day, the bar is known for its afternoon tea session with light appetizers. In the evening, you can enjoy dinner and drinks in this romantic setting. The bar is most known for its Moulin rouge cocktail, and its twist on the negroni, that they call “vintage”. The bar can be accessed by anyone, not just guest sof the hotel. If you are a hotel guest, you can even order the drinks from room service to enjoy right in your own room.

1. Negroni Bar

This bar is known for its Negroni cocktail, as the name suggests. This restaurant and bar offers a wide, traditional menu full of Italian staples. They are mostly known for their pizza, but their spaghetti is a close second. There is also an outside eating area with a quiet night life scene past sundown. After a long day of walking around, this is the perfect place to relax and take in the city views. The cocktails are the right price and made to perfection. 

The Art of Writing

A Writers Retreat at Palazzo San Niccolò in Florence, Italy

Started by author Lisa Clifford, The Art of Writing Retreat gives you a week to escape and focus on your writing. With the help of Lisa and her team, those that join are encouraged to write, think, share, and reconnect with their writing muse. “Whether you’re a published author or just starting out, our Florence retreat is perfect for you,” says Lisa. These classes offer you valuable information, networking opportunities, and enable you to concentrate on how to get your work to be publishing worthy.

“My Art of Writing Retreats are for beginning, emerging, and established writers. We bring famous publishers and published authors to the Florence area to teach and share their journeys. I hope you can join me. I’d love to meet you and help you take your idea to novel, in what I think is the perfect environment for creativity.”

– Lisa Clifford

Being privileged to host The Art of Writing Retreat for the past two years at the Palazzo San Niccolò, we have been able to work closely with Lisa and learn a little bit more about her upbringing as a writer.

Having written and published four novels of her own, Lisa Clifford is a very passionate, talented, and successful writer. However, to Lisa it goes much beyond The Art of Writing. After growing up in Australia the first sixteen years of her life, Lisa moved to Florence, Italy where she ended up meeting the love of her life, Paolo. When moving back and forth between two countries, Lisa continued following her dreams as a writer and journalist and ended up winning a scholarship to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. After graduating, she continued pursuing her passion and started writing her first book Walking Sydney, A Guide to 25 of Sydney’s Best Walks. From there, Lisa ended up permanently moving to Italy where she married Paolo and continued to write more novels.

After over four decades of living in and writing about Italy, Lisa decided that it was finally time to share all her knowledge by helping other writers also achieve their dreams as she had. Thus, her Art of Writing Retreat was born and has been growing in success throughout the years.

The Art of Writing’s goal is that you leave with a sense of accomplishment and a continued desire to master the art of writing.

If interested, visit for more information.

“Staying confident as a writer is hard. It takes very little to quash self-assurance. Foster belief in your abilities. Learn whatever you can about today’s world of writing so you are confident.”

– Lisa Clifford


When visiting a foreign city, it can be difficult to find places to eat, drink, sight-see, and even to grab basic necessities. However, when staying at the Palazzo San Niccolò there are so many places just minutes from our front door.

Known as one of the oldest districts and the “artist’s neighborhood” of Florence, San Niccolò is a very fascinating district full of history, art galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants. If you are looking to avoid the super touristic places, San Niccolò is the perfect place for you to be. This district lies on the other side of the Arno River, away from super crowded areas of the town but definitely more authentic with lots to occupy yourself with.

Enjoy every minute of your stay by going to all the best places in San Niccolò. Here a few we suggest for you:

Food & Drink Favorites

I’ Pizzacchiere Firenze

Right around the corner of the Palazzo on your way towards Piazza Michelangelo you will find this hidden pizzeria gem. Here you’ll walk into a friendly and funny atmosphere, while appreciating a true high-quality Italian pizza dish. Be sure to stop by this quaint, family friendly restaurant and enjoy a nice meal with your family and friends!

“The pizza is very good and the places has a nice feel to it. I really loved the juiciness of the food, it is true that for the real pizza you don’t need a sauce! Also, the quality of the ingredients comes through, for me this is one of the most important aspects of food. I would totally recommend this place for an Italian pizza experience!”

– Teodora Dubar {past customer}
Fuori Porta

Located off of Via del Monte all Croci, just 2 minutes walking from the Palazzo, lies Fuori Porta restaurant and wine bar. This Tuscan restaurants primary focus is to provide you with excellent wines and genuine flavors while giving their customers the best possible care when doing so.

Il Rifrullo

Only a 1 minute walk from the Palazzo, this beautiful café-restaurant is a frequent spot for the locals and is the perfect place for a gorgeous Tuscan aperitivo. We strongly recommend you visit in spring or summer, because it has a beautiful terrace to spend the night drinking with your friends and family.

“We stumbled upon this place on a hunt for an evening drink, and what a delight. There’s a lovely outdoor rooftop terrace to sit outside and off the street. They have an apertitvo buffet with a huge selection of pastas, pizzas and other yummy things.”

– Beth D {past customer}
Forno San Niccolò

The perfect bakery in the San Niccolò area with so many incredible and delicious foods to choose from each and every morning. Being only a 1-minute walk from the Palazzo, Forno San Niccolò is the perfect place to get a quick sweet treat before exploring the beautiful city of Florence.

Le Follie di Romualdo

Choosing only organic and top quality ingredients, Le Follie di Romualdo is one of the newer pizza places in the San Niccolò area that provides authentic flavors and some of the best products that the city offers.

Il Gelato di Filo

Il Gelato di Filo is one of the best gelato places in the San Niccolò area. Being only a 1-minute walk from the Palazzo, pop in for a sweet treat either before or after lunch, dinner, or maybe even both!

Basic Necessities

Farmacia Comunale di San Niccolò Apoteca Natura

In case of any emergencies, it’s always important to know of any pharmacies around the area. Lucky for you, the Farmacia Comunale di San Niccolò is only a 2-minute walk from the Palazzo where you can quickly grab anything you may need in the matter of minutes without disturbing your time in Florence.

Le Bontà di Michele

Only a 3-minute walk down the road from the Palazzo lies Le Bontà di Michele. Here you can grab a few quick foods for the road or even enjoy a quick lunch to go.

Best Sights to See

Piazzale Michelangelo & Giardino dell Rose

The Piazza Michelangelo & Giardino dell Rose is on a hill on the south bank of the Arno River, just 5 minutes away from the Palazzo San Niccolò. These places are undoubtedly the best panoramic view of Florence.

San Niccolò Tower & Le Rampe

The Tower of San Niccolò, once part of a gate for the defensive walls of Florence, is now located in piazza Giuseppe Poggi, which is right next to the Le Rampe fountain. The tower is one of the most important elements for a strong understanding of the city’s history. Once you make it up the steps, you will be treated to a one-of-a-kind 360 degree view of Florence

Just a few steps away from the Tower of San Niccolò lies Le Rampe fountain which, after almost a years worth of restoration, is finally complete and looking as beautiful as ever. The incredible transformation of Le Rampe has now made the walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo much more pleasant, creating a green corner on the banks of the Arno; an important point of attraction for the San Niccolò area.

Giardino Bardini

The Giardino Bardini is an Italian Renaissance garden located just 10 short minutes away from the Palazzo. The garden provides many statues and panoramic views over the city of Florence. Due to being recently opened to the public, this beautiful sight is often left unnoticed and shouldn’t be. Be sure to stop by and check it out for yourself!