P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR SEPTEMBER – OltrarnoApartment With So Many Views
Want a terrace for every bedroom and the living room, too? Views north, south, east and west? Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, modern kitchen, top floor (with elevator) – the perfect place for five people for a month, or six, or a year or two.
This area was in rubble after WWII, therefore this building is new, without the quirks of 500-year-old construction. The apartment was renovated in 2005. The best of both worlds – views of the Renaissance outside, but all of the comforts inside.
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PICK EVENT FOR SEPTEMBER – CORRI LA VITA
Join Suzanne and thousands of others for the 13th Edition of Florence’s CORRI LA VITA on September 27 at 8am in Piazza del Duomo. The Association Corri la Vita Onlus, in collaboration with LILT, the Italian League for the Fight against Cancer, Florence Section, The Florence Marathon, and the Amateur Sport Associazione organize this delightful athletic event which is a run of approx. 13 km and approx. 5 km walk through the city of Florence.
For many years Suzanne has had the pleasure of being on the committee organizing CORRI LA VITA, an event managed by volunteers to help the fight against breast cancer. Not only should you to “save the day” September 27, 2015, but you may want to take an active part, either by volunteering or opening you wallet, or both.
CORRI LA VITA is not only a walk/run, but is an event for people to gather together for sport, culture and solidarity in a great cause that has touched so many of our lives. All sorts of athletes and non-athletes, families, children, and pets participate. There are no limits in size, age or capability. See the routes on the CORRI LA VITA web site: http://www.corrilavita.it/programma.php
CORRI LA VITA expects over 32,000 participants this year, which represents a phenomenal increase from the first edition. The official T-shirt will yet again be generously offered by the Florence fashion house of SALVATORE FERRAGAMO.
THE PROGRAM AND GERNARAL INFORMATION:
The date and meeting place for 13th edition of Corri la Vita:
It will take place in: Florence on Sunday 27th September 2015.
Meeting place: Piazza Duomo
Meeting time: 8 a.m. onwards
Departure time: 9.30 a.m.
How to participate in the walk or the run:
The walk of approx. 5 km is open to all, there are no winners or chronometric times taken, so no chip is necessary.
The fun run of approx. 13 km is open to everyone (but will also include those runners who are registered and micro chipped for their individual arrival times to be registered)
Participation is open to recreational and non-competitive runners, all FIDAL (Italian Athletics Federation) including the amateurs category, members of sporting associations with a valid agreement with FIDAL , and non-members whoare only occasional or recreational (non competitive) participants
Registration opens on September 1, 2015.
Registration and participation locations for Corri la Vita 2015 are listed on the web site www.corrilavita.it
Registration for run of 13 km with micro chip will close on 26 September 2015 at 1 p.m (or as long as pectoral numbers and micro chip supplies last).
For the walk of 5 km one can register up till Sunday September 27, 2015. Registration booths will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.(starting time) in Via Martelli (near Piazza Duomo) in Florence (or as long as pectoral numbers and T shirt supplies last)
The registration fee for the walk of 5 km and the 13 km run is €10
The registration fee for runners with micro chips is €15.
The registration fee entitles participants to a cotton T shirt offered by Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, (as long as supplies last) together with a pectoral number (also as long as supplies last). Each year the T shirt is specially designed for this event.
There will be a designated cloaking area close to the starting line, where personal belongs may be stored till 12.30 p.m on Sunday September 27th 2015..
There will be portable toilets near the start and finishing areas.
Medical assistance and care will be provided by Misericordie Fiorentine.
To sign up:
LILT – viale D Gianotti, 23 (office hours)
FILE – Via San Niccolò, 1 (office hours)
Universo Sport - one of the biggest, best and most loyal sponsors – P.zz Duomo, 7 Firenze, or Via Sandro Pertini, 36 (shop hours)
Pitcher & Flaccomio - Lung. della Zecca Vecchia, 30 (please telephone 055 234 3354 before you drop by)
For the competitive race there are extra requirements. You do not need to “compete” to be a runner. See details at: http://www.corrilavita.it/iscrizioni/
Note from Suzanne: You don’t have to be in Florence to participate: We of Pitcher & Flaccomio have given you – our friends and clients – up-to-date information on what is going on in Florence and Tuscany for the past years with our monthly newsletter. I know a lot of you read it and appreciate our work, so I was thinking that if you all have enjoyed visiting Italy and Florence; in particular, maybe you would like to give a donation to her citizens by supporting CORRI LA VITA. Cheques should be made out to: “L.I.L.T. sezione Firenze” (which means La Lega Italiana per la Lotta conto i Tumori - cancer society - Florence section). I really hope you will see your way to writing a few zeros after the number! You may send your cheques to our office and we will see that they get to the right place.
Thank you for your support.
BEST DEAL FOR SEPTEMBER – Free Access to the Duomo Terrace
September 8 is the 718th Anniversary of the first stone being set for the building of Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence. Every year the terrace above the rose window is opened free to visitors.
The festival of Santa Maria del Fiore is celebrated on 8th of September every year in memory of the laying of the first stone of the Florence cathedral, which took place on the feast of the birth of Our Lady in 1296 (or according to others, 1298). The most entertaining event of the day is the free opening of the terraces of the Duomo for the traditional “walk” at a height of thirty-two meters (105 feet), which allows Florentines and visitors to enjoy an extraordinary panoramic view over the city of Florence. The route follows the two sides of the cathedral, including the inner gallery of the counter-facade.
At the same time, there is the possibility of visiting free of charge the workshop of the Opera del Duomo in Via dello Studio 23/r, where the master masons work on the restoration of the marble works of the monumental complex of the cathedral.
The entry to the terrace usually is located at the entry to Brunelleschi’s Dome on the northeast side of the cathedral, but look around for the line. It usually starts at 9am and ends at about 4pm.
PICK EATERY FOR SEPTEMBER – San Martino 26 in San Gimignano
When you are out in Tuscany checking out the harvest festival, stop for lunch at San Martino 26, a new restaurant in San Gimignano. The address and the name are the same – Via San Martino 26. The menu is a contemporary twist on Tuscan cuisine. Fabio, the chef, says his inspiration for the menu was “Passion for the Palate.” Every plate is specifically created to arouse a new sense of aroma and taste. The ingredients are prodotti artigianale direct from the area, farm-to-table.
San Martino 26 has an intimate dining room with beige travertine floors, antique-Tuscan stone and brick walls and violet accent walls. Elegant crystal chandeliers add to the ellegance.
Start with marinated salmon accompanied by a lemon and filed green salad (Il Salmone Marinato a freddo con misticanza e salsa d’agrumi). Continue with the crepe filled with rabbit & topped with delicate Creme of Leek Sauce (Il fagottino di Coniglio su fondente di porri), the chick Pea soup served with warm cod-fish (Zuppa di ceci e Baccalà), the fresh vegetarian pasta (I Tacconi di Pasta Fresca con Ragu Finto) and the range-glazed duck served with spinich sformatino and potato (San Martino 26 Anatra Spcecialità). Save room for dessert and try a local wine from the fine wine list.
BEST BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER – Murder and Marinara: An Italian Kitchen Mystery by Rosie Genova
Hit whodunit writer Victoria Rienzi is getting back to her roots by working at her family’s Italian restaurant. But now in between plating pasta and pouring vino, she’ll have to find the secret ingredient in a murder....
When Victoria takes a break from penning her popular mystery series and moves back to the Jersey shore, she imagines sun, sand, and scents of fresh basil and simmering marinara sauce at the family restaurant, the Casa Lido. But her nonna’s recipes aren’t the only things getting stirred up in this Italian kitchen.
Their small town is up in arms over plans to film a new reality TV show, and when Victoria serves the show’s pushy producer his last meal, the Casa Lido staff finds itself embroiled in a murder investigation. Victoria wants to find the real killer, but there are as many suspects as tomatoes in her nonna’s garden. Now she’ll have to heat up her sleuthing skills quickly…before someone else gets a plateful of murder.
First in a new series! RECIPES INCLUDED!
BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR SEPTEMBER – Mission Rome: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure by Catherine Arago
Planning to travel to Rome with kids? Want to ensure your young explorers get the most out of their travel experience in the ‘Eternal City’? Mission Rome guides your young travelers through the famous sights of the Italian capital, engaging them in an exciting scavenger hunt as you explore Rome landmarks together as a family.
Say ‘arrivederci’ to a trip filled with the stress of keeping everyone entertained. Instead, say ‘buongiorno’ to a memorable family vacation - and to your children excited to discover the wonders of Rome with you, with this book as their guide.
Imagine, not only will your kids want to sightsee; but together you'll uncover the intriguing histories of sights like Pantheon, Roman Forum, Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, and many more.
Not your typical travel guide, Mission Rome ensures a fun vacation for everyone with a captivating, spy-theme scavenger hunt packed with fun activities and the fascinating stories behind the city's landmarks.
Created by a travel-loving family, Mission Rome is a must-have book for kids visiting Rome, Italy!
BEST PARTY FOR SEPTEMBER – Festa Democratica
Tents and simple chairs make up the eatery at this traditional Italian event. Add music, games, and a market to make this what used to be the liberal festival, Festa d’Unita.
Until September 14 the Cascine Park is host to the Festa Democratica.
This is one of the things to do in Florence in August if you really really want to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and atmosphere. There are rides for the kids (this place is great for children!), live music or dj session, stalls and stands selling all sorts of items, and also pubs & bars.
Go over to the Festa Democratica for some authentic Florentine fun - one of the not to be missed things to do in Florence in August!
Piazza Vittorio Veneto (at the start of the Cascine park)