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The Vasari Corridor in Florence

19 Dec

The Vasari Corridor is a raised path connecting Palazzo Vecchio with Palazzo Pitti, passing through the Uffizi and over the Ponte Vecchio.ponte-vecchio_corridoio-vasariano_Florence_Vacavilla

It was built by Giorgio Vasari, who already created the Uffizi Gallery, in just 5 months at the behest of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de ‘Medici in 1565. The Vasari Corridor was realized in occasion of the marriage between the son of the Grand Duke, Francesco, and Johanna of Austria.

It was realized to give opportunities to the grand dukes to move freely and without danger from their residence to the government building, given the still uncertain support of the population towards the new Duke and the new system of government that had abolished the ancient Florentine Republic.

Some curious stories:

the Vasari corridor had to tour around the Torre de ‘Mannelli at the end of the Ponte Vecchio, because of the strenuous opposition of the family that owns this medieval stone tower to overthrow it.


At the center of the Ponte Vecchio there are a series of large panoramic windows on the Arno river towards the Ponte Santa Trinita. Two of these ones were made by Mussolini in 1938 on the occasion of the official visit by Adolf Hitler (May 1938) to tighten the Axis between Italy and Germany, visiting Rome and Florence.

It is said that the sight was very pleasing to the Führer and the Nazi hierarchs who could enjoy it, and perhaps it was the possible reason that saved the bridge from destruction, unlike the fate of all other city bridges following the Nazi retreat.

The Vasari Corridor can be visited starting from the first floor of the Uffizi Gallery.
Beyond the Arno one observes another ‘curiosity of the Corridor or the’ overlooking the Church of Santa Felicita. Suddenly on the right there is a large window with iron grates and a balcony directly overlooking the Church. From here the Medici assisted at Mass, being able to count once more on a private and privileged position, which allowed them not to mix with the people.


The Vasari Corridor ends at the side of the famous Grotta del Buontalenti, in the Boboli garden.

The visits are generally reserved for groups with a limited number of people, due to the rather small size of the passage.

Living in Florence, staying in a private villa with pool, it is a privileged experience. Contact Vacavilla to book Villa Michelangelo

Osteria Brucia Tegami, Bagno a Ripoli, Florence in Tuscany

4 Nov

Just 20 minutes far from Florence, in the little town of Bagno a Ripoli, at the 39th of Roma street, the thoughtful and lively Fiamma welcome her guests in the cozy space of the Osteria Brucia Tegami.


Light green and yellow are the relaxing colours dominating walls and furnitures of this nice osteria. A selected menu of traditional dishes, prepared with high quality, genuine products. Nice presentations and generous portions, in a young and familiar hospitality style. Selections of great pecorino’s cheeses and salami of Cinta senese, potatoes tortelli, spicy pici, excellent beef tenderloin, fiorentina steaks and tagliate, but also baccalà (salted codfish) and cacciucco soup (on request).


The dessert menu offers, a very good apple pie and an excellent tiramisu. The wine menu is not large, but very well built and realized. It is organized in geographical areas and in each of them some good there few selected wines, at reasonable prices.


There you can find gluten-free pasta, and some gluten free dishes will let also the celiacs enjoy a tasting experience.


Osteria Brucia Tegami is a recommended address for the Vacavilla‘s guests, staying in Florence or in the surroundings of the most beautiful city of the world.

To book, call 0039 055 682 1276

PICASSO and Spanish Modernity, at Palazzo Strozzi, in Florence Tuscany from 20 September 2014 to 25 January 2015

24 Oct


From the  20 September 2014 to 25 January 2015, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, organised a great exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso and his influence and interaction with the leading Spanish artists as  of 20th century painting, Pablo Picasso.


The florentine exhibition will present a broad selection of works by this great master of modern art and the reflection on his influence and interaction with such important Spanish artists as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Maria Blanchard and Julio González.


The exhibition Picasso and Spanish Modernity shows ninety works by Picasso and other artists: paintings, sculpture, drawing, engraving and film. Some very famous masterpieces presents at the exhibition: Woman’s Head (1910), Portrait of Dora Maar (1939) and The Painter and the Model (1963) by Picasso, Siurana, the Path (1917) and Figure and Bird in the Night (1945) by Miró and Dalí’s Arlequin (1927), along with Picasso’s drawings, engravings and preparatory paintings for his huge masterpiece Guernica (1937). The exhibition presents works have not been displayed outside Spain in such vast numbers before now.

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Monday to Friday  9.00-13.00; 14.00-18.00

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Michelangelo Buonarroti, 450-year death celebrations in Florence

15 Feb

During the 2014, in occasion of the 450th anniversary of the Michelangelo’s death, there will be various exhibitions dedicated to the great artist.


From the 18th of February to the 18th of April, the Archivio di Stato of Florence will host “Storia di un primato mondiale. 450 anni dell’Accademia delle Arti del Disegno e l’insegnamento accademico delle belle arti a Firenze. Da Michelangelo alla contemporaneità”. It is an exhibition that retraces the 450 years through the main academic documents, between them, the Galileo’s autographs sticks out, as well as the statutes of the Compagnia di San Luca.


The itinerary will  be accompanied with the works of great artists as Lorenzo Bartolini, Cesare Mussini,  Morghen, Perfetti, and in the Gallery of Novecento where it will be possible to admire De Chirico, Carrà, Annigoni, Guttuso and many others.


The Galleria dell’Accademia, in in cooperation with the Fratelli Alinari I.D.E.A. spa, will show “Ri-conoscere Michelangelo”. From the 18th of February to the 18th of May 2014, paintings, statues and medals made from artists as Vernet, Delacroix and Rodin will testify the importance of the myth of Michelangelo from the 1800 until today. It will be also possible to admire the great works of 1800 by Alinari, Brogi, Braun and Baldus, as well as the works of Sheeler, Pagano and Herbert List, and contemporary ones as Helmut Newton, Frank Horvat e Youssef Nabil.

From February to April 2014,  The  Casa Vasari museum of Arezzo will host the exhibition  “Il rapporto tra Michelangelo e Vasari nelle lettere e nei disegni”, whilst Casa Buonarroti in Firenze will host two exhibitions telling the the story of the great artist: “La forza del mito – i progetti per la facciata di San Lorenzo a Firenze” (18 March – 2 June 2014) and “Michelangelo e il Novecento” (18 giugno – 20 ottobre 2014).

Michelangelo is one reason more to come to Tuscany this year. Rent a villa with pool with Vacavilla to experience Tuscany: food, culture, nature and more. Contact Susi or Andrea at +39 0577 165 6690 or write to

Taste 9th edition, March 2014, from 8th to 10th, Florence Stazione Leopolda

13 Jan


The ninth edition of Taste, this year, will be held from the 8th to the 10th of March. As usual the exhibition dedicated to the food excellences and food lifestyle will be hosted at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. Look at also to the rich program of the FuoridiTaste events. Taste-FuoriDiTaste-2014-program-calendar-florence

Entry hours:
Suturday 8 and Sunday 9 March
from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm only for professionals
from 12.30 am to 7.30 pm for public
Monday 10 March
9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Ticket entrance:
€ 15 for the public – daily ticket
€ 10 for professionals  – the entrance card is valid for all the three days of the event.


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RistoBottega Antica Macelleria Falorni in Florence

10 Jan

The Antica Macelleria Falorni has recently opened in Florence. The RistoBottega (this is the way, the Falorni family entitled their format of restaurant and shop) is located in Palmieri street, at 35, to the corner with piazza San Pier Maggiore, in the medieval tower of the Donati, between Santa Croce and the Piazza della Signoria. It is a very authentic neighborhood of the downtown, close also to the famous Sant’Ambrogio market.
The RistoBottega offers the possibility to buy and to taste the Falorni products. There are dishes of  exquisite salami and cheeses from the Chianti area, crostoni with the specialties of Greve in Chianti, but also soups,  tartare, carpacci etc.. 
Important to know: all the salami, meat and cheese produced by Antica Macelleria Falorni are GLUTEN-FREE.
Everything can be eaten on the spot, but it also ready for a take away service. The RistoBottega is opened from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10,30 am to 9.00 pm.For  information call +39 055 245430 at also this article: you are searching for an accommodation in Florence or in the Tuscany countryside, contact Andrea and Susi will be happy to find the right apartments or villa with pool for you.


Villa Michelangelo, overlooking Florence, from the hills of Piazzale Michelangelo.

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Tuscany food: celiac friendly Restaurants, Trattorie, Pizzerie, etc.

2 Jan

Tuscany is a place where  the celiacs can travel with pleasure for their eyes and for their taste.

The number of restaurants and trattorie offering gluten_free dedicated menu is growing constantly, and anyway, also where there is not any specific menu, the restaurants’ managers, waiters and chefs, are now aware about this kind of needs, and normally are able to adress the choice and to serve some naturally gluten free dish safely prepared.

As regards  the pizzerie, there are some specialized ones. It is normally better to inform about the non gluten free request at the reservation moment.

The gluteen fee products, such as pasta, biscuits, bread etc, are available, not only in the pahrmacy or in the specialised shops, but also in the supermarket, with a good choice. The CONAD spermarket chain is starting  indicating all the the gluten free products, includine salami, chips, fruit chuice, etc. with a specific and clear labels.

Now also Barilla is producine gluten free pasta.

The artisanal made ice-cream is naturally gluten free. All the goog gelaterie offers this kind of ice cream, and in many case salso gluten free ice cream cones.

Some good restaurants, trattorie and pizzeria addresses in Florence:


The Cammillo Trattoria in Florence (Borgo S. Jacopo, 57/r ), offers a typical Tuscany food, and it is very attentive to the gluten free food, serving a spectacular fritto alla fiorentina also for celiac.


L’Ora d’aria, by Marco Stabile, one of the best chefs in Florence, is also very attentive to the gluten free food, and if informed one day in advance, he can prepare also a fantastic gluten free bread.


Hostaria Il Desco in Florence, Via delle Terme 23/R. Typical Tuscany food. Large portions at good price. The fanciful gluten free starters are simply fantastic, such as the Vin Santo cheese cake.


La Cucina del Garga in Florence, Via S.Zanobil, 33a/r.  Excellent food, in a restaurant with a  gallery art, where young artists can show their works.  It is better to reserve; contact Alessandro Gargani.


Ciro & Son serves a really the best non gluten free pizzas in Florence. Ciro offers others gluten free dishes, and also a great Nutella crepe.

Some others addresses in Tuscany:

Restaurant Gallo Nero, in Siena, Via Del Porrione 65 53100 Siena – Italy Tel: 0577/284356  3 minutes walking from the marvelous Piazza del Campo, the restaurant, situated in a grotta with medieval atmosphere, offers traditional Tuscany food and also some excellent gluten free pasta dishes.

Bistrot Manalù, in Livorno, Piazza della Vittoria, 9 tel. 0586/958326 or mobile 333/2133839. The restaurant is 100% gluten free, and offers any kind of hand made gluten free pasta. An excellent new openingú-Naturalmente-Gluten-Free/429341550516774

Restaurant Le Vecchie Mura, in San Gimignano (Siena), via Piandornella, 15  Tel  0577 940270. The restaurant offers real Tuscany food, together with a gluten free menu.

Trattoria Tre Stelle, in Forte dei Marmi (Lucca), Via Montauti, 6, Phone +39 0584 80220 Mobile +39 335 7767977 mail: In the cool Forte dei Marmi, Massimo serves excellent sea-food, being very attentive to his gluten free guests, as he is cook the mixed fried fish using cornstarch, and he serves bread of different types, and many types of gluten free spaghetti, penne and noodles, as well as desserts.

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