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Antica Macelleria Falorni – Take away – Greve in Chianti – Florence – Tuscany

15 Oct


In the beautiful square of Greve Chianti, the Antica Macelleria Falorni, one of the must of the gastronomy in Tuscany and a real destination for local and foreign people, has became not only a place, where to buy typical salami, but also  to taste mixed board with salami and cheese, panini made with the typical Tuscan bread slices, schiacciate and other take away delicacies ready in the fridge in eco-packages.The Antica Macelleria Falorni offers the high quality Tuscany street-food. Of course it is also possible to drink well. Indeed in the shop it is possible to drink the best Tuscany and Italian wines.


It is possible to eat inside the macelleria, in the cave, or outside in the square from April to October.

The quality of the salami and cheese (especially the pecorino cheese), often combined with honey or figs’ jam is excellent, as well as the pappa al pomodoro and the passata of chickpeas, but in our opinion, the top is the tartare made by the best quality of the Falorni meat.

It is important to know, that all the salami, hams, sausages and all the meat you can buy in the Falorni shop and eat in the restaurant are #gluten-free (useful for #celiacs) persons.


Greve in Chianti is in the hearth of the Chianti area, surrounded by beautiful hills and famous country estates producers of some of the best Italian wines.

If you wish to rent a villa with pool in Chianti, contact Vacavilla, which offers a wide selection of properties all around Tuscany.


Taste, 8/9-11 March 2013, Florence

27 Feb

The exhibition dedicated to food excellence and the food lifestyle comes back again.

Taste is the place where it is possible to meet the best international gastronomy operators and the the ever largest public of foodies.

During and before the exhibition there is the “fuori di taste”. The city of Florence lives the “Taste” giving the opportunity to try unique gastronomic experiences in some of the more representative restaurant/pizzerie or just places of the city.

Calendar of the “fuori di taste” events.

Don’t miss this experience, and in this occasion, rent an apartment in Florence with Vacavilla, to be 100% to taste all that the exhibition offer.

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The Dalì Universe in Florence – from 1 February to 25 May 2013 – Palazzo Medici Riccardi

10 Feb

The Dalì Universe in Florence exhibition is opened from the 1st of February. Palazzo Medici Riccardi hosts this beautiful exhibition,  dedicated to the famous hispanish artist, showing more than 100 works of art including sculptures in bronze, object in glass, furniture and the very famous melted watches.

There are some of the mastepiecses of the leader of the surrealism, such as Alice in the worderland (1977) and Woman in fire (1980).

“The Dalí Universe” in Florence will close the 25th of May. It is open everyday from 9 am to 7 pm.

 Ticket costs 10€, reductions 8€.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi is on via Cavour 1 in the Florence historical center.
For further information official website.

For your stay in Florence, rent an apartment with Vacavilla. Weekly rentals or short breaks, the best way to live Florence. Do not feel as a tourist, be part of the Renaissance city and live Florence as a fiorentino.


Florence: dinner with show at Teatro del Sale

31 Dec

This night I attended the Maria Cassi show “Crepapelle” at the Teatro del Sale, in Florence.

The Teatro del sale is a unique place in Florence, where it is possible to have a dinner (or a lunch or brunch) and after to assist to a live show.

The food is prepared live by the Fabio Picchi’s kitchen staff. Picchi is the chef of the famous Il Cibreo, one of the best restaurant in Florence. The Teatro del Sale is not a traditional restaurant where the waiters serve the dishes on the tables, but the guests receive them directly from the kitchen windows, after the chef informed “shouting” it is ready.

Semolino gnocchi, polenta with herbs, chicken with potatoes, risotto alla fiorentina, paccheri with tomato, meatballs with capperi, trippa and lampredotto alla fiorentina, chocolate cake with cream, and many other things, but the menu can change every day.

The food is always special and very typical.

The Maria Cassi show “Crepapelle” has been very very funny. Maria Cassi is a very good actress who drives the spectactors in a travel from Florence to Paris and back.

Crepapelle is one of the different shows Maria Cassi performs at the Teatro del Sale.

In few words, if you want to live a nice evening in Florence, doing something special. The Teatro del Sale is a place you will love.

The price is affordable: 30€ per person (no limits dinner and show included), 20€ for the lunch/brunch. The only neo is that to have access to the Teatro del sale you have to pay a fee and become a member of it. The fee is valid one year long and it is 7€ for the foreigners or the under 27, whilst the Italians pay 11€.

If instead you want to live in Florence as a “fiorentino”, rent a private apartment with Vacavilla.

Contact Susi at or call the +39 0577 165 6690.

If you want to know more about it, have a look to the website:

Osteria La Mescita in Pisa – very good food in the downtown

18 Nov

La Mescita is a very typical Italian Osteria. It is located in the market area. Old wooden tables, marble counter, many gastronomic guides signalling. A very pleasant atmosphere to taste very good dishes. Excellent artichokes salade with Parmigiano and oil of anchois, interesting ravioli filled with mucco (a typical cow of the Pisa area) served with a potato’s sauce, magnifics are the tagliatelle with the meat sauce and also the “parigina”, a very typical Tuscany dish. Also the creamy tiramisu is well prepared and  excellent dessert. The Wine offer is interesting and also the vino della casa is a good Rosso di Montalcino.

The service is quite quick and informal but very kind. The portion are genourous, and the prices correct.

Try Osteria La Mescita in Pisa:

Via domenico Calvalca,2 – tel. 050 957019 –

Contact the restaurant or, if you prefer, contact Vacavilla to receive all necessary information.




10 Nov

42nd Festival of the White Truffle in San Miniato

San  Miniato is a mediaval village on the top of a hill and overlooking the Arno valley.  In November, the Tuscan town hosts  the “42nd Sagra of the white truffle”, one of the most exquisite truffle festival in Italy.

The picturesque area of San Miniato produces a quarter of Italy’s white truffles (oro bianco), and November is the month when it get to the climax of their ripening.

The main square and the surrounding streets of San Miniato will offer to the visitors wine, cheese and other local products, a gathering of the most traditional flavors of Tuscany. Moreover, there will be open-air plays, art exhibitions, marching bands, arts and crafts markets and, of course, tastings of the luscious tartufo bianco!

The festival the white truffle will be happening from the second weekend (the 10th of November) until the last weekend of November. If you wish to live this enogastromic experience rent a holiday home with Vacavilla. Vacavilla is a holiday homes rentals agency specialized in Tuscany. Vacavilla offers a wide range of villas and apartments for short breaks or weekly rentals.

Contact Ludovico or Susi at


Florens 2012 – Culture is quality of life – Biennale Internazionale dei beni culturali e ambientali -From November 3 to 8

31 Oct

Florens is held every two years and is currently in its second edition. During the first edition in 2010, 9000 attendees were recorded at conferences, and 200.000 at the other events. Particular success was achieved by commemoration of the miracle of San Zanobi, involving the installation of a green lawn between the Duomo and the Baptistery and the revival of the dispute over the location of Michelangelo’s David.

The 2012 edition of Florens aims to unite organizations and individuals who deal with the relationship between economy and culture, and is convinced that long-term prospects for economic growth needs to be based  on the revitalization of culture.

This year the target in Florence is to develop ideas and innovative proposals, cultural institutions, banking foundations, companies and associations, and will involve the most important people, both Italians and foreigners, in the different fields of the economy of culture: opera theatres, film festivals, cultural entertainment, universities and research centers, publishing, art magazines, creative industries – from luxury crafts, to agribusiness design – art fairs, antique shops, museums and the most innovative elements of conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage and the landscape, companies and researchers working in the field of environmental technologies and smart cities. It is the combination of these themes, subjects and experiences which enhances quality of life and it is from this extraordinary heritage that we will be able to define a new model of development and new proposals for Italy, boosting economic growth in this necessary time.

The program of Florens 2012 will include the International Forum on Cultural and Environmental Heritage, more than 40 round tables and conferences, 7 keynotes, exhibitions, cultural aperitifs, musical events, installations and shows.
Some of the initiatives of the week are promoted and maintained by various qualified organizations that have signed partnership agreements with the Fondazione Florens.
The work of the experts will be followed and enriched by all interested parties who wish to participate with their own proposals providing the possibility to participate through social networks, and will involve 57 bloggers from all over the world.

If you wish to live Florence 2012 and the soul of the city of Florence, rent an apartment in the old downtown, in the renaissance center, between the Cathedral square and Pontevecchio.

Vacavilla can offer a wide range of private apartment for weekly rentals or short-breaks.