Florence Hot Air Balloon Festival

Get to experience the city of Florence through a perspective unlike any other. A relatively new addition to Florence, the Festival delle Mongolfiere is sure to brighten your stay.

The festival began only two years ago and is held just a short distance from the city centre. Accessible by foot, train, bus, or taxi, make your way over to the Ippodromo del Visarno on October 13th-14th or the following weekend of the 20th-21st to witness the giants of the air light up the Florence sky.

There are many activities for both children and adults that are sure to captivate. For an unparalleled view of the city, take a ride in a free-flying or tethered balloon. For those that prefer the comfort of the ground, have your breath taken away by a musical performance of colourful balloons illuminating the night sky. If you want an even closer look, let reality fade as you explore the inside of two grounded balloons and hear the fantastic stories as told by the staff. Finally, for those travelling with children, the festival offers various free workshops and activities that allow creativity to run free.

photos by balloonintuscany.com

Hot Air Balloon Festival 13-14, 20-21 October, 2018

For more details and the whole program, visit http://www.festivaldellemongolfiere.it

FEAST DAY OF SAN GIOVANNI

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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CALCIO STORICO FIORENTINO

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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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PSN EXPERIENCE ! SEE TUSCANY BY VINTAGE SIDE-CAR

 

Imagine riding around Florence or admiring the vineyards from the comfort of a vintage side-car!  Our newest exerience offers one of the most unique ways to admire the Renaissance city and take in the Tuscan country-side. Jump in the comfortable side-car and let our friendly bikers take you safely  around Florence and the Chianti hill-tops. Choose from a breakfast tour through the city,  a wine tour and Tuscan lunch or perhaps you prefer the sunset ride which offers an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts.

Contact our friendly staff and we will be happy to take care of all the details.  You just need to bring your sense of adventure!

 

Phone: +39 055 244509
Email: info@palazzosanniccolo.it

 

 

 

 

 

ARTENSITY – ART WORKSHOPS IN PALAZZO SAN NICCOLO

Art can be found in every corner of Florence, and today that corner was the courtyard of Palazzo San Niccolò. A group of aspiring artists gathered outside where they created uniquely different works of art of the scenery around them. They all spread out over the courtyard depending on their own individual style and preferences letting their creativity flow onto the canvases before them. This group of 10 strang ers have traveled from all over in order to learn from an impressionist artist, Marla Baggetta, who is the featured artist for this Florence excursion. Debra Zamperla and her husband Ivan are the owners and coordinators of Artensity, which was created in order to host art workshops in the beautiful city of Florence. They have been bringing groups of artist to Florence since 2013. Over the years the program has grown and adapted by including more activities for the participants of the workshops. All of the students have different experiences when it comes to art. Some have studied art for their entire life, while others have just seen art as one of their hobbies. They all come from different backgrounds and had different stories to share. An orthodontist from Florida, decided to come in order to pursue her passion for art that she has never had time for, while an architect from Charlotte, NC., has been taking art workshops for years. The group is staying at Palazzo San Niccolò in Florence for 8 days and each day has been planned and organized by Debra and her husband.

One of their days was devoted entirely to the beautiful courtyard of Palazzo San Niccolò. They began the workshop by watching Marla Baggetta demo a painting of a corner of the courtyard using pastels. Marla and Debra have been working together for over a decade and have been to Florence together for workshops many times. While Marla gave her demo, everyone was silent as they watched her make colorful strokes onto the canvas. It only took her about an hour to create a masterpiece which was quickly bought by one of the participants. Marla went to art school in Pasadena, Calif., where she perfected her technique and created a name for herself in the impressionist art community. Many of the workshop participants follow Marla online and have been to her art exhibitions before. This group loves to stay at San Niccolò because of the amazing architecture and scenery the building has to offer. They are able to paint just outside the door of their apartment and create beautiful works of art.

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DREAM OF ITALY & PALAZZO SAN NICCOLÒ

We cant believe a whole year has already passed since the filming of Kathy McCabe’s Dream of Italy Florence Episode! We were delighted to host Kathy and her team while they explored the city capturing Florence’s beauty and history. A special thank you to Kathy and her Dream of Italy team for all the unforgettable memories and for this heartwarming video on Palazzo San Niccolò! Use Kathy’s promo code DREAMOFITALY now and receive an exclusive 10% off 2 nights or more here at Palazzo San Niccolo.

LIFE AS AN INTERN AT PALAZZO SAN NICCOLO’

A LETTER FROM AN INTERN

We are fortunate to meet many wonderful interns here at Palazzo San Niccolò Apartments in Florence; one very capable and enthusiastic recent intern was Isabel and we were thrilled to receive this lovely post from her about her experience working in our residence.  She has graciously let us share her post below :

 

My Year Abroad and Internship at Palazzo San Niccolò

It’s been seven months since I last ate mexican food. Is that an appropriate beginning to a blog? Boh, I don’t know. When Annalisa and Federico asked me to write about my experience at Palazzo San Niccolò I panicked– how do I begin to explain my seven month bilingual internship that took place in the heart of Florence in a short blog? How do I explain why I am so enamoured with a palazzo tucked away in the heart of Florence? Thinking about the last supper I had with my family at my favorite mexican food restaurant led me to think about my decision to study abroad for a year, a decision which ultimately brought me through the gate of Palazzo San Niccolò.

Hi I’m Isabel and my journey to Palazzo San Niccolò began when I decided to attend Gonzaga University.

Three years ago I moved from sunny California to a much less-so sunny Spokane, Washington.  I wanted to study Italian so that I could study abroad in Italy, which had always been a dream of mine. With my goal insight I chose to pursue a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Italian

Gonzaga University put me in contact with Palazzo San Niccolò under the agreement I could Intern for academic credit. This internship has impacted my business skills and so much more. Not only did the internship strengthen my proficiency in Italian, but it also gave me a deeper appreciation for customer relations. Some of my tasks at Palazzo San Niccolò included assisting face-to-face guest check-ins, email communications, and collaborating with another intern to write the web content for “Your Place In Florence.” I also created and maintained an Excel database organizing guest information and an inventory workbook for each room. I  promoted and attended hotel events such as Merry and Bright, a Christmas fair, and Real Taste of Tuscany, a foodie sampling of Tuscan delicacies. These tasks and events that I partook in, along with many others, made my year abroad a truly enriching experience.

Thus far,  one of my favorite memories of being abroad is when I stayed at Palazzo San Niccolò as a guest with my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and father over my spring break. When my family told me they were visiting I was afraid they would not be exposed to the true culture of Italy by staying in a traditional hotel, but Palazzo San Niccolò offered them a tranquil piece of culture that I am thankful they got to experience.

Palazzo San Niccolò is a charming oasis tucked away from the chaos of Florence. I fell in love with the simplistic charm of the hotel from the very beginning and only wish to see it’s continued success in the future. The opportunity to work at Palazzo San Niccolò taught me how the hospitality industry operates and, more importantly, how a firm succeeds. From assignments, guests interactions, and by observing how Annalisa, Elena, Isabelle, Federico, and Simone interact with guests, I learned how Customer Service truly defines the success of a company. I will hold this as a remarkable lesson as I go forth in the business world.

Grazie mille, an endless thank you, to all of the staff at Palazzo San Niccolo for making this experience possible and so impactful. Now the time has come for me to return home and go straight to my favorite mexican food that I have missed so much.

 

 

Isabel

 

ARTIGIANATO & PALAZZO

ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO PER IL MUSEO DI DOCCIA

 

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

WHERE : GIARDINI CORSINI. VIA DELLA SCALA, 115

PROGRAM : www.artigianatoepalazzo.it

 

 

*Cover photo credits:
Susanna Stiegler

 

THE IRIS GARDEN

A Floral Oasis in the City

Florence is turning on a wonderful show for Spring and the Iris Garden, known as the Giardino dell’Iris is no exception.  Open for one month each year, the garden will be open until the 20th May and we would suggest a visit if you are in town.
Enter from Piazzale Michelangelo and you will feel instantly like you are in the country.  Narrow paths will take you on a floral excursion where you can admire the vibrant colours and miraculous displays of nature that these flowers exhibit.  There are over 150 varieties on show and as you wander amongst the olive trees, you will be pleased that you escaped the city-rush to visit this important landmark.  A lovely place also for children but not ideal if you have a stroller as there are also many steps to navigate.

OPEN UNTIL THE 20TH MAY – Piazzale Michelangelo
Monday – Friday : 10.00 – 13.00  | 15.00 – 19.30
Saturday – Sunday : 10.00 – 19.30
Last entrance half an hour before closing.
ENTRANCE to the GARDEN is FREE

 

LOOK AT FLORENCE / GUARDA FIRENZE

A NEW WAY TO ADMIRE THE CITY OF FLORENCE
(and keep fit at the same time!)

If you are in Florence this weekend you might want to choose a new way to discover the city!  The Guarda Firenze Run takes you past the stunning landmarks of the historical center with a spectacular start in Piazza Duomo.
You can choose to either run or ‘tourist-walk’ the 10km distance and there i salso a 3km Mini Guarda Firenze race for the younger participants.
The Guarda Firenze is a sport-educational event aimed at spreading the knowledge of the history of Florence through the usual tourist-sport of walking.  The race is organized by the Florence Marathon and is socially committed to guide young people, their families and the elderly towards a lifestyle particularly aware of its physical and mental health and of illness prevention.


DATE : 6TH MAY 2018
Registration Cost : € 10
Free for everyone under 14 years of age.
Free ASICS T-shirt designed specifically for the event will be given to all participants.