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.


Christmas time at Casa Rovai Bed and Breakfast

Christmas time at Casa Rovai Bed and Breakfast

Have you ever been in Florence during Christmas time? If you have never been… then YOU MUST BE ABSOLUTELY!

Take advantage of our Christmas gift!
Casa Rovai B&B is glad to present you its special Christmas week (from December 21 to December 28) all included which consists in:
- 7 nights in a double room with half board (lunch or dinner in some very special restaurants where you will experience the best of Tuscan food .. and more!)
- 2 Florence cards, which provide you the admission to all the major museums of Florence, avoiding long queues!

for the very special price of 62 euros per night per person!!

And for those who cannot stay 7 nights? Double rooms starting from 80 euros per night (40 euros per person), that is 30% off of our standard rates!

Don’t miss it out, and give yourself a Christmas in Florence!


Cheap b&b in Florence

Cheap b&b in Florence

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Only in November with great choice for all rooms

i.e. Double room with ensuite bathroom for 80 euro! Free wi-fi and breakfast are included in this price.
We could make reservations for museums, and we will be happy to tell you where to go to have a fantastic dinner!

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!


Eco-friendly bed and breakfast

We wished Casa Rovai to be an eco-friendly bed and breakfast in the center of Florence…

… paying all possible attention to environmental impact reduction, from the products served for breakfast to the use of alternative energy source.

Even a guest house in the heart of a city of art can practise sustainable actions that can make a difference and can let our guests feel in a “low energy home”.

Here are some of the green practises followed by our b&b:

  • Carbon emission is one of the biggest issues and we are aware that even a deep cultural change in our lifestyle can invert the trend. We can play our role in making the difference: our small house takes care about Earth”s health. We therefore decided to reduce carbon emissions and improve overall resource efficiency, through electricity and natural gas supplied by Sorgenia®, exclusively produced by alternative energy sources, without using fossil fuel and carbon emission. This turned out to be a more expensive choice but we believe it is worth.
  • Our guest house is located where the limited traffic central area begins so all main attractions are at walking distance. The city is pretty small so walking around without having to drive or catch a bus is probably the main privilege our guests can have… You will enjoy energy-saving tourism in Florence!
  • Energy use was significantly reduced by replacing existing light bulbs with energy-saving fittings.
    The three main hallways are provided with motion-sensor lighting and timers.
  • We installed a water filtration system that serves pure water: our guests adore it!! A glass and a jar are left in each room so to avoid using plastic glasses and bottles. We very often see that our guests refill their bottles with filtered water so to have pure water for the whole day while exploring the city.
  • Annual laundry costs were reduced by introducing a policy to charge our guests for a more frequent (less than every three days) replacement set of fresh towels during their stay.
  • Our washing machine is both water and energy conserving and we decided not to have a drier to avoid very strong enviromental impact. After being washed, towels and linen are all hung outside at the window!
  • Low-flow toilets were installed in all guest rooms.
  • The heating is centralized and programmed by a cronothermometer that sets starting time and temperature automatically. We make sure our staff inform our guests that energy saving rules impose not to exceed 20° C (68° F).
  • Everyone working at Casa Rovai was educated to turn off lights and turn down heating/air conditioning when rooms are unoccupied. We always like to motivate our guests to keep the air conditioning off while they are not in the room.
  • Our bed and breakfast is located in the no traffic area of Piazza del Duomo. Cars, buses and taxis are not allowed to drive in the very heart of Florence and being our b&b just three minutes away from the Duomo we can testify the good repercussion of this policy. The use of green transportation options is promoted by our staff, from the moment our guests contact us asking for availability, to their check in. We like to give our guests tips on bike rental service, walking maps and information on public transportation. Beware: driving in Florence could make you waste precious time!
  • For breakfast, we make sure we buy local food to reduce unnecessary imports. Whenever it is possible, we prefer to buy food in bulk to reduce packaging consumption. The real “star” of our breakfast is the home made cake that every morning leads our guests from their rooms to the breakfast room. We decided to avoid buying packaged cakes and to make our own fresh one!

Here is our message: being green means guests and staff are healthier!


Terra Futura

From May 25 up to May 27 the Fortezza da Basso of Florence will host Terra Futura, a fair-meeting that is getting bigger and more articulate every year, with its fully program of cultural initiatives, meetings, seminars, workshops, laboratories and shows.

The common goal is to guarantee a future for our planet, and to achieve it together!

The entrance is free, don’t miss it out!!

For more informations visit: http://www.terrafutura.info/


Handicraft Fair in Florence

Handicraft Fair in Florence

From May 11th to may 13th the XVIII edition of the Handicraft Fair ‘Artigianato e Palazzo’ will be held in the suggestive location that is the Garden of Palazzo Corsini in Florence.

Artigianato e Palazzo is a three-day exhibition; 80 craftsmen will recreate their workshops in the beautiful historic formal italian garden and orangeries surrounded by hundreds of lemon trees in terracotta pots and II C.a.d. statues. In these “botteghe” the craftsmen will work and show their skill and secrets explaining ancient and preserved techniques of making bronze, wood, glass, iron, paper, marble objects. Don’t miss it!

Where: Giardino Corsini – Via della Scala, 115 – Firenze

When: From 10 a.m. to 8,30 p.m.

Entrance fee: 8,00 euro

For more details…

Email: info@artigianatoepalazzo.it
Website: www.artigianatoepalazzo.it


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


Prato Tuscany exhibitions

A new, big event in Prato (20 minutes away from b&b Casarovai in Florence by train).

From May 1 to May 6Prato è fiera‘, an open air fair starring local production, artisans, small businesses, merchants, wine and food producers and more. Don’t miss it out!

Admission is free.

Hours: Tuesday May 1 and Sunday May 6: from 10 am to 9 pm Wednesday 2 ,Thursday 3, Friday 4 May: from 3:30 pm to 9 pm Saturday 5: from 10 am to 9 pm

Info:055-8953651 www.pratofiera.it