Florence is known as the city of art and it’s easy to understand why.  With its many galleries filled with masterpieces created by the usual suspects of famous artists, you may think that this is the only way to see art in this town.

Palazzo San Niccolò has once again shown how it’s spaces provide the perfect exhibition space and backdrop for any medium whether sculptures, paintings or ceramics and jewellery.   And at the moment we are honoured to be exhibiting, together with The Cultural Salon a stunning show by world-renowned artist Robert Farber

‘Farber’s sensitive portrayal of the female form has resulted in 25 years of continued commissions to help in the awareness of Breast Cancer’.  Farber’s fine-art photographs have been published in virtually every form and he has exhibited in galleries and museums world-wide.  Aside from his fine art photography, Robert Farber’s work encompasses major campaigns for fashion, beauty and advertising, as well as directing for TV and film.

The exhibition can be viewed at Palazzo San Niccolò until the 9th of July.

Palazzo San Niccolò offers various solutions depending on how large your exhibition is.  We can also cater to a fabulous outdoor show for the Summer months as you can see by the beautiful images below.



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This past week Pitti Uomo 94 took place in Florence. Pitti Uomo is one of the world’s most important platforms for menswear and men’s shoes, and for launching new projects in men’s fashion. In honor of Pitti, Dr. Marten’s has chosen Palazzo San Niccolò to host their #WornDifferent Pitti Party showcasing some exclusive selections from their upcoming Autumn/Winter 2018 collection! The event included live tattooing and custom drawings on Dr. Marten’s shoes. Guests were able to have their own pair of Dr. Marten’s tattooed or have custom drawing done. Overall the event was a huge success bringing together many of the industry’s top bloggers/influencers and journalists. 


On June 24, Florence will celebrate St. John the baptist with a feast day that includes different cultural events throughout the day. The whole city is apart of the celebration and you will be able to see Florence come alive with traditions that display their ancestral history. In ancient times, noble lords and ladies would donate candles to the churches as a way to celebrate St. John. This tradition of receiving candles still continues today. The Archbishop of Florence will accept the offering of candles and everyone will follow him into the cathedral for mass at 10:30am. This date also marks the opening date of the San Niccolò tower, which is only opened to the public for the summer months.

The final match for Calcio Storico Fiorentino is held during this celebration. The match will be between two teams from historical neighborhoods of Florence and will begin after the parade at 5:00pm. The historical parade will begin in Piazza Santa Maria Novella and make its way toward Piazza Santa Croce at 4:00pm. After a day of festivities, the people of Florence will gather around the arno river and various places in the city. The last event to celebrate St. John are fireworks which are launched from Piazzale Michelangelo. This national holiday is full of fun activites and historical traditions which can allow the soul of Florence to shine through.


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The San Miniato basilica is turning 1,000 years old, so the city of Florence is ready to celebrate with 50 plus events scheduled over the course of 2018. The celebrations began on April 27 to
commemorate the date of when the remain of martyr Miniato were recovered and placed on the altar by bishop Ildebrando. There are many different events that are scheduled in order to celebrate the basilica. There will be an inauguration of three wooden doors and the ciborium, which were recently restored for this special occasion. The calendar of events also has concerts and varying activities scheduled.

The Millennium Sunset Prayer Concert will be held on June 21 with a musical debut by young composer Ian Cecil Scott. There is day-long Piazza San Miniato festival on June 23. This will include tastings, workshops about medieval times, street performances and mass. There is an international conference about the basilica’s history on September 13 and 14. A focus on the development of liturgical chants, titled “Haec est porta coeli, canti per mille anni”, involving Florence’s international peoples, will be held from April 3 to 7. This monumental occasion is being celebrated in a very big way. These events can be a great way to learn about the history of Florence and the people who call the city home.


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The rich history and culture is found through a 16th century sport, Calcio Storico Fiorentino, which is a combination of soccer, rugby, and wrestling. All of the matches are held at Piazza Santa Croce. This square has been the location of all of the matches of Calcio Storico. The square is covered in dirt as a way to “recreate” the setting from years past. 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 playoffs are played over the weekend of June 10 and 11. The first match will be on June 10th, where the “greens” of San Giovanni will challenge the “reds” of Santa Maria Novella at 5pm. On June 11th, the “whites” of Santo Spirito will go against the “blues” of Santa Croce at 5pm.

The final match is held on June 24, which is patron saint’s feast day for St. John the Baptist. This day is full of celebration for the people of Florence and the spectators of the match. There is a parade for all of the players of 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 which begins at 5pm. The day of festivities ends with a night of fireworks which are launched from Piazzale Michelangelo. Tickets for all matches will go on sale June 7 online from Boxoffice Toscana and the cost varies from year to year.


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Appreciating the Artisan

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





*Cover photo credits:
Susanna Stiegler



Buona Festa della Mamma!


The greatest love is a mother’s…and from all of us at Palazzo San Niccolò Apartments in Florence, we wish all the mothers a very Happy ‘Festa della Mamma’! Mother’s day or Festa della Mamma as it is known in Italy was first celebrated in 1957 by a priest from the village of Tordibetto in Assisi.   As in many other countries, in Italy it is celebrated each year on the second Sunday of May.  It is a day widely celebrated as a special day to honor all mothers and motherhood.

Florence is the perfect location to spoil your mother and make her feel loved and appreciated and if you are staying in our San Niccolò neighborhood, then we suggest starting the day by treating your mother to an indulgent breakfast at one of the fantastic cafes in the area.  After breakfast, go and see a special exhibition in one of the many galleries that Florence is famous for.  If the sun is shining, then a stroll around the stunning gardens of Boboli or Bardini is a must.  You could also pamper your mother with her own personally designed perfume or send her to a day-spa so that she can totally relax and turn-off from her Mamma responsibilities for the day!

We couldn’t think of a better location than Florence to honour the very special women who raised us!




Photograph featured in this post are from one of the most beautiful Florists in the OltrarnoFiorile located at Via di Santo Spirito 26r.

Easter in Florence

Explosion of the Cart

The entirety of Italy is deeply rooted in tradition and religion. So celebrating Easter anywhere in the country is very special. However, there is no better celebration than the one that takes place in Florence! The main attraction of Easter day is a tradition that dates back to around the year 1097 called “Scoppio del Carro,” or the “Explosion of the Cart.”

This involves a huge wooden cart called the Brindellone which is nine meters high and decorated in fireworks. The ceremony begins in Porta al Prato then the cart is pulled through the streets of Florence by a pair of white oxen before arriving in the Piazza Duomo and sits in between the cathedral and the baptistry. It is there where one can find hundreds of both tourists and Florentines awaiting to witness the spectacular tradition.

When the Easter Mass ends at 11am, the Archbishop of Florence lights a rocket along a wire from the altar in the direction of the cart. This rocket is called the “Colombina” and is shaped like a dove which is meant to symbolize the holy spirit. When the Colombina reaches the Brindellone the incredible firework show begins. The hope is that the Colombina will follow the wire back to the altar and if this happens that means a good year is ahead. In the past this used to predict a good harvest year.

This is definitely something you do not want to miss! Come join the excitement and the tradition of a Florentine Easter on April 1, 2018.





Real Taste of Tuscany


A unique collection of local treats gathered at Palazzo San Niccolò Apartments in Florence for the immersive two day event, “Real Taste of Tuscany.” Family and friends gathered together the 25th and 26th of February, to sample some of the best regional foods and wines, and marvel at the work of local artisans. Shelves of vibrantly hand painted ceramics, the soft smell of freshly baked bread, and the gentle red beams from the iconic Palazzo San Niccolò holidays apartments in florence city centre  curtains, illuminated the lobby all weekend. Real Taste of Tuscany offered the community and guests the opportunity to indulge in the high quality products Tuscany is famous for. The weekend did not disappoint as an event for the senses. Local producers of olive oil, wine, bread, and truffle spreads were in attendance, offering samples to those floating through the lobby. In addition to the delicious foods, artisanal products and crafts were showcased. Including handmade and painted ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and other one-of-a-kind home and travel goods. All weekend, guests came by to taste the delicious food and wine and to enjoy the atmosphere of this central community event.

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“Scatti di Cinema & Moda” at Palazzo San Niccolo for Pitti Uomo 93

After its recent success during the Rome Film Festival, the “Scatti di Cinema & Moda” (“Shots of Cinema & Fashion”) exhibition curated by Luxury Files magazine arrived in Florence just in time for Pitti Uomo 93, whose theme was based on cinema. The photographic exhibition, shot by Fulvio Maiani, was held in the lounge of our very own Palazzo San Niccolò.



The exhibition showcased the special relationship between film and fashion, two of Italy’s finest features. Maiani used various famous Italian actors, such as Carolina Crescentini and Giorgio Pasotti, as the subjects of his photographs. Each photograph expressed a particular theme within film and fashion conveying strong emotions. The sophisticated images sat perfectly in the vintage glamour of Palazzo San Niccolò’s lounge.



Hamilton watches also were on display during the vernissage revealing its own relationship with cinema. Most may not know, but Hamilton watches have appeared in nearly 400 films over the past 60 years. Films ranging from Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to Die Hard.

The guests enjoyed many Tuscan specialties including Savini truffles, chocolate treats by the award-winning Andrea Slitti and an exclusive selection of wines by La Tognazza. The vernissage was an overall success attended by many people within the fashion and film industry.

Video courtesy of Luxury Files magazine.  

Article by Allegra de Leon Delli
Photos by Lorenzo Fanti.