EXPERIENCE A DAY AT THE BEACH

Your Place In Florence can organize the most perfect experience for you to ensure your visit to our beautiful city is your best and most authentic holiday ever.  

Take a break from the Summer heat and visit the Tuscan sea-side.  We can take care of all the details, from your private transfer from our front door, to an exclusive beach-club on the Versilia coast.  Go to the beach in super luxurious Italian style!

With our network of trusted local partners, we have an extensive list of diverse experiences for you to participate in.  There is no better way to learn about our food, traditions and artisan crafts than by immersing yourself in one of our Your Place In Florence experiences!

For more details and prices for all of the experiences we offer, please contact our Experience Manager, Federico Bonechi  – federico@yourplaceinflorence.com

EXCLUSIVE CATERING AT PALAZZO SAN NICCOLO’

At Palazzo San Niccolò we offer you the option to take advantage of our exclusive catering service.  We have teamed up with our favourite local gourmet caterer to provide a special service to our guests who would like the option of enjoying breakfast in our lounge, a private dinner in your apartment or catering for your next private party or event  in our lounge, salone and or garden.

If you would like to see the breakfast menu options or discuss the possibility of having an exclusive dinner, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for details and prices.

BEST GELATO IN FLORENCE!

The spring is one of the most popular times in Florence. It is also when the largest amount of tourists arrive. One of the most iconic things to eat while here is gelato, but due to its popularity, there are lots of shops that are not as good as others. A large amount of gelato shops use ice and air to amp up their gelato to make it look more appetizing, but it in turn changes the flavor and value of the gelato itself. It can be quite overwhelming to try and find the best ones on your own, so here are….

OUR TOP 10 BEST AUTHENTIC GELATO SHOPS IN FLORENCE :

1. Gelateria la Carraia

Creamy, soft, and flavorful gelato with a reasonable price tag and large portions.

Location: Piazza Sauro Nazario, 25/R of Ponte alla Carraia on the Oltrarno side and Carraia 2 on Via dei Benci.

2. Amorino

Originally established in 2002, Amorino offers original Italian gelato served with a spatula without limits and a variety in choices of flavors. 

Location: Via Del Corso 44/46R

3. Cantina del Gelato

Gelato with a view! Right across the Arno river from the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio.

Location: Via dei Bardi 31 and Borgo La Croce

4. Gelateria Vivaldi

Wonderful Gelateria with a beautiful space to sit either outside or inside and even better gelato. 

Location: Via Dei Renai, 15 

5. Gelateria Dei Neri

Right near Piazza Santa Croce lies this Gelateria with a huge selection! From fruit gelato to chocolate and caramel, you have many creamy choices to choose amongst.

Location: Via Dei Neri, 26R

6. La Strega Nocciola 

With original homemade flavors, La Strega is a gem with fantastic artisanal gelato with amazing service. 

 Location: Via De’ Bardi, 51 

7. Grom

Naturally made gelato with rotating seasonal flavors.

Location: Via del Campanile (to the right of the Duomo)

8. Gelateria Edoardo 

Known for there homemade cones, this Gelateria lies right next to El Duomo so that you can enjoy the beautiful view with some amazing gelato. 

Location: Piazza Del Duomo, 45/R

9. Le Botteghe Di Leonardo 

If you are after a healthier gelato made with natural, high quality ingredients this is the perfect place for you. 

Location: Via De’ Ginori, 21/R

10. Venchi

Started in the 1800s by a chocolate maker, that has since turned into a gelato legend.

Location: Via dei Calzaiuoli, 65


Edited by Julia Wright

A Summer in Florence

Summertime in Florence is like no other with a happening nightlife, lively cultural scene day in and day out, warmth (and lots of it), and a million more breathtaking experiences that you will be able to surround yourself with. Not to mention, we have a few special Florentine holiday’s that make the atmosphere even more fun and special for everyone to enjoy.

Florence is filled with fun throughout the summertime and we would love for you to get to experience all these unique experiences with us.

Apart from the touring around all of Florence’s usual famous sites like El Duomo, Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio, the Accademia, and more, here’s a list of a few of our favorite local events hosted throughout the summertime:

1) SAN GIOVANNI: June 24th

June 24th is a special day for Florence where we celebrate Saint John’s Feast Day: San Giovanni with  Florentine football, fireworks, food trucks, and more! It’s a complete fun filled day that everyone needs to experience while visiting Florence if they can.

2) MERCATO CENTRALE

Open throughout the entire summer and more, the Mercato Centrale, located right next to the Church of San Lorenzo, is home to many gastronomic treats and “stalls” that are full-on delis shipped from all over the world.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday from 7AM till 2PM

3) MAGGIO MUSICALE: May to June

Founded back in 1933, Maggio Musicale is Italy’s leading opera and classical music festival. Holding several different shows throughout the months of May and June, there’s plenty of time to stop in and watch for yourself.

4) PITTI UOMO

Dating back to September 1972, Florence held the first edition of the Pitti Uomo. The Pitti Uomo is one of the world’s most important platforms for men’s clothing and accessory collections. It is hosted every year in the summer in Florence to launch new projects in men’s fashion.

5) FEAST DAY OF SAN LORENZO: August 10th

The Feast Day of San Lorenzo is one of the most famous festivals in Florence. The whole square is filled with stalls serving free lasagna and watermelon along with hosting live music. This celebration is definitely an experience to be witnessed when you’re visiting Florence, especially when you need to take a break from the heat.

Summer Tips:

Apart from all the exciting events that Florence has to offer, here are some important tips to remember when visiting Florence in the summertime….

  • Summer months are the peak time of tourism in the city, so it is best to plan your trip well in advance
  • The heat in Florence during the summer is like no other. So, remember to have lots of gelato to surpass the heat throughout the day.
  • For the best photos, be sure to rise early and avoid all the touristy crowd to fully witness and take in all the beauty of our historical monuments.
  • Pack appropriate clothes like WALKING SHOES! Remember, comfort over cute any day.
  • STAY HYDRATED! Even when you aren’t thirsty, it’s still a good idea to drink as much water as you can with the heat being at its peak.

Calcio Storico Fiorentino 2019

The month of June is one of the most exciting months to visit Florence because of all the different activities and events that our city has to offer. In particular, being the 500th anniversary, the Calcio Storico Fiorentino, which is our Italian association to football, is one of the most exciting events that we look forward to every year. Being one of the city’s oldest traditions that dates back to 16th century Florence, this series of games holds a special place in our hearts.

The Calcio Storico is a combination of soccer, rugby, and big-time wrestling all played in historical costumes in front of the Santa Croce Church. This wildly played sport became known as the Giuoco del Calcio Fiorentino, which stands for “Florentine Kick Game,” or simply just Calcio. The four teams of the different historical neighborhoods within the city play against each other, first in two semi-finals and then the final match to determine the overall winner.

The four teams are: (1) Santa Croce– Blue, (2) Santo Sprito– White, (3) Santa Maria Novella– Red, and (4) San Giovanni– Green.

At the games, the teams of 27 players roughly battle for 50 minutes to try and score into the net, which are located at the end of both sides of the field. Once the 50 minutes are up, whichever team has the most points are announced the winner of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino. By roughly battling to take the title, the last team standing wins both pride and a Chianina calf.

(Photo by Massimiliano Donati/Awakening/Getty Images)

There’s nothing like being in the arena to watch these historical games so, if you can, try to get tickets. However, if you can’t seem to make it to the games or if you’re having a hard time finding tickets, you can still watch the Calcio Storico games by streaming it only or on your television screen offered by RTV38.