Events in Florence

Is our pleasure suggest our host to visit and enjoy all activity around our bed & breakfast


Terra Futura 2103

From May 17 to 19, at the Fortezza da Basso of  Florence will take place Terra Futura, the conference and exhibition that every year assembles the best proposals dedicated to building a future ‘sustainable’, a large network of people, projects, ideas and investments that works for a new global governance, a “future Earth”, and a social and economic fairer system.
Entrance to the exhibition is free, do not miss it!



Taste 8 | 9-11 Mar 2013,  Stazione Leopolda (Via F.lli Rosselli 5, Florence)
The fair dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles is coming!!

Entry hours:
Suturday 9 and Sunday 10 March
from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm only for professionals
from 12.30 am to 7.30 pm for public
Monday 11 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


Florence Bike Festival

Florence Bike Festival

From 1 to 3 March 2013, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM will be held at the Fortezza
da Basso BiciFI, Florence Bike Festival, an event not to be missed by lovers of
bikes. There will be the opportunity to test bikes and accessories for fascinating
routes and new technologies for all needs. A festival because BiciFi open a n
unexplored scenery on bike with shows and lots of fun.


Fair of Chocolate

Fair of Chocolate

cioccolatoOn days 23.02 and 24.02, from 9 AM to 8 PM, the fair of Chocolate will be held at Scandicci, in Matteotti Square, where you can taste and buy many varieties and
kinds of chocolate!! In the same days there will be open shops and markets
stand. Scandicci is easily reachable from the city center by tram and bus in 20

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Viareggio Carnival 2013

bed and breakfast for 2013 carnivalVIAREGGIO CARNIVAL 2013 !!!

On 3, 10,12,17 February and 3 March, will be held the Viareggio Carnival, that
celebrate 140 years of life and is no doubt one of the best known events in Italy.
Music, dances in the street, confetti, streamers, and the funny parade which has
the purpose of baring the problems of society.

The shows start at 3 PM.

The entry fee is: 15 Euro for adults and 10 euros reduced. From Florence, Viareggio is
reachable by train in an hour and a half.


Pitti Immagine Uomo 83


Fortezza da Basso, from the 08th to the 11th January 2013

From the 08th to the 11th of January 2013 at the Fortezza da Basso of Florence will take place the 83rd edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo, one of the most important international fair of male fashion.
The fortress will host over 1.000 brands/collections, 380 foreign brands, 825 participating companies and more than 32,000 visitors.
In the same dates, at the Dogana, adjacent to the Fortezza da Basso, will be held Pitti W no.11, the fair event dedicated to women’s fashions.

tel +39 055 36931
fax +39 055 3693200

Pitti Uomo 83
January 8-11, 2013
Fortezza da Basso
Viale F. Strozzi 1, Firenze

Exhibition times
Every day:    9 am-6 pm
Last day:    9 am-4 pm


Traditional Christmas Market

Traditional Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce

From November 28th until December 16th, comes back to Florence the traditional Christmas Market in Piazza Santa Croce.

The magnificient square will host 50 wooden houses where you can buy traditional decorations for your Christmas tree and crib, mulled wine, a lot of traditional food products, and find some original ideas for your gifts!!

The market will be open every day from 10 am to 8 pm, do not miss it!



Florentine recipe at Casa Rovai bed and breakfast: il castagnaccio

Castagnaccio is a very special cake made with chestnut flour and therefore particularly  suitable  in winter time..

Preparation time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 30 minutes.

  • 400g chestnut flour.
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil.
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Salt.
  • 100g raisins.
  • 50g pinenuts.
  • 50g walnuts.
  • Rosemary.

Sift the chestnut flour into a mixing bowl and gradually add 500ml of water, whisking continually to avoid lumps forming, until you have a smooth paste, neither too runny nor too thick, but forming ribbons when it falls from the spoon. Soak the raisins and squeeze out the excess water. Add two tablespoons of oil, sugar and pinch of salt.. Pour the mixture into a baking dish (typically rectangular) oiled (the cake should usually be about 1cm high), sprinkle with pinenuts, chopped walnuts, some rosmary leaves on top and drizzle 2 tablespoon of oil over. Put in the oven for thirty minutes.
Leave aside for about half an hour before serving as the cake should be eaten either tepid or cold.


Florentine recipe for our b&b coddled guests

Florence-Tattoo-ConventionTypical Florentine recipe, prepared by all the bakeries and pastry shops in Florence during the harvest in September and October, and exclusively in this time of  theyear, by Mrs. Anna, for our coddled guests!

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes.
  • Raising time for dough: 2 hours.
  • Cooking time: 1 hour.
    For the dough:

  • 25g dried yeast.
  • 400g plain white flour.
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil.
  • 200g sugar.Salt.
    To garnish:

  • One kg black grapes (Canaiolo)
  • Sugar.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Dissolve the yeast in a little tepid water and add to the flour, oil, two tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

Mix together rapidly, form into a round ball, cover the bowl with a cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for two hours.Remove the grapes from their individual stalks (using small, black wine grapes and not the larger, table variety), put in a colander, wash and leave to dry.

Divide the dough in two and roll out into rectangles the same size as the baking tray you are using. Put one piece in the greased tray and top with 700 gr of the grapes.

Sprinkle with a little sugar and put the second rectangle of dough on top. Cover with the remaining grapes, oil and sugar.

Put in the oven at 180°C. and cook for about 1 hour.


5° Florence Tattoo Convention


The 2nd, 3rd and 4th November 2012 the association Firenze Indelebile will present the best of the international scene in the world of tattoo and body piercing.

The ancient Fortezza da Basso of Florence will host 315 world-renowned tattoo artists for the fifth edition of the Florence Tattoo Convention, a three-day event really out of the ordinary!

Open to public:
Friday from 03 pm to 03 am
Saturday from noon to 3 am
Sunday from noon to midnight

Ticket Office:
Full Price euro 15
Subscription 2 days euro 25
Subscription 3 days euro 30
Reduced price after 9 pm 10 euro.

Book a room in our b&b with a special price for Florence tattoo convention!