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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.

 
 

Paper Florence

If Paris can be reckoned a sort of paradise for bibliophiles, because of its ‘bouquinistes’ (characteristics stalls on the parapets of the Seine, from quai Voltaire on the rive gauche to quai du Louvre on the other side), Florence too can offer the enthusiast looking for some good deals, interesting findings among the stands of old books and the antiquarian bookshops.

We can start from the stall in Via Pietrapiana, in the Sant’Ambrogio quarter, close to Piazza de Ciompi and just in front of the Loggia del Pesce and the flea market, where we can find books about the history of Florence, essays, or first editions of the twentieth century as Papini, Prezzolini, Malaparte.

Another stop going to San Lorenzo visiting the New Sagrestia and the Medici Chapels is the historical stand of Via Martelli, in the widening between Galilei high school and the Medici Riccardi Palace, where it’s possible to find old editions of classics.

A few steps ahead, at the bottom of a brief stair, the antiquarian bookshop Giorni is really worth a visit. Another historical stand is that at the corner of the Strozzi Palace, an authentic jewel of the Renaissence architecture, home to the major exhibitions, where it’ s possible to go through art books and exhibition catalogs.

Finally, going back to Republic Square, we can have a quick passage under the arcades, where the oldest stand is located, just near the entrance of the Central Post Office, offering everything, from essays to university books.

For those who can afford it there are also tha antiquarian bookshops, as Gonnelli in Via Ricasoli, Conforti in Via dè Ginori or Salimbeni in Via Matteo Palmieri, where you can stumble into major rarities, even antique prints, or graphic arts.

Dear book loving friends, have fun

 
 

Parks and gardens in Florence

Spring has begun.. at last!!

So.. what’s better than a walk outdoor?!

Below I give you a list of the main gardens and parks of Florence, it could be very useful, trust me!

Boboli Gardens

Address: Piazza Pitti, 1
Phone: 055 2651816
Web Site: http://www.firenzemusei.it/00_english/boboli/index.html

Bardini Garden

Address: Via dei Bardi, 1 rosso (Piazza dei Mozzi)
Web Site: http://www.bardinipeyron.it

Giardino dell’Iris

Address: entrance from Piazzale Michelangelo
Opening time: open from the 2nd of May to 20st of May (Monday-Friday: 10-12,30; 15-19. Week-End: 10-19)
Phone: 055 483112

Giardino delle Rose

Address: viale Giuseppe Poggi 2 Opening Times: suggested to visit in May
Phone: 055 2625342

Botanical Gardens

Address: Via P.A. Micheli, 3
Opening times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, from 9,00 to 12,00
Phone: 055 2757402 Ticket: free Web Site: Orto Botanico

The Garden of Palazzo Medici Riccardi

Address: Via Cavour, 1
Opening times: from 9,00 to 13,00 and from 15,00 to 18,00 – Sunday from 9,00 to 13,00 – (Closed Wednesday)
Phone:
055 276.01

Giardino dell’Orticultura

Address: Via Bolognese, 17
Opening Times: from 8,00 to 20,00
Phone: 055.483698
Web Site:
http://brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/ist/luogo/giardinoorticultura.html

The Garden at Villa della Petraia

Address: Villa della Petraia, 40 – Località Castello
Opening Times: Every day (except Monday), from 9,00 to 16,30
Phone: 055 425691
Ticket: free
Web Site: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei/petraia/Default.asp?

The Garden at Villa di Castello

Address: Via di Castello, località – Castello
Opening Times: Every day (except Monday), from 9,00 to 16,30
Phone: 055 454791 Web Site: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei/villacastello/Default.asp?

Cascine Park

Address: Parco delle Cascine
Opening Times: always open
Ticket: free

 
 
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