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Visit Florence, learn Italian ,enjoy our food

Visit Florence for 1 or 2 weeks in March learn Italian language and Art, enjoy good Italian food and magnificent views. This offer is valid from 15th to 31st March 2017    (for one or two weeks stay) and includes: Breakfast from 7.30 to 10.00 am Italian language  from 10.00 to 11.30 am from Monday to Friday Focus on Florence Museums,  from 11.30 to 12.00 am from Monday to Friday 1 cooking lesson in Italian language and following lunch on Friday 1 hour a day relax in our Spa (reservation required) Dinner from 7.30 to 8.30 pm (drinks not included) Suggestions how to organize your afternoons, helping with museum’s or concert’s reservations. The price of the package will be (120 euros per day)  total 840 euro per person for one week stay in a room with view over the countryside or 1500 euro per person for 2 weeks stay. Supplement of 10 euro per day for rooms overlooking Florence The tourist tax is not included and costs 2 euro per person per day. We make special rates for people coming with their partners or children: Supplement of 50 euro including dinner and breakfast for the adults and 20 euro including dinner and breakfast for the children  Babysitting […]

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Notwithstanding the rainy spring, Bencista’s kitchen garden is flourishing

Notwithstanding the rainy spring, Bencista’s kitchen garden is flourishing by Chris (the Kitchen gardener) Having gardened for many years in England, I was greatly looking forward to working under the abundant Italian sun. Despite the Italian spring feeling incredibly English this year, with more days being wet than dry, the crops in Bencista’s organic kitchen-garden (“orto”) are now beginning to flourish. Picked in the morning and cooked the same day by our great chefs; zucchini, insalata, ravanelli, bieta, cicoria, and cavolo nero are now regularly being turned into delicious, simple Tuscan dishes for our guests. We await the summer bursting and the suns strong southern energies ripening our pomodori, piselli, and bacelli. Dining at Bencista’ is the perfect way to enjoy wonderful Tuscan food grown completely organically in the hotel’s park. The Pensione’s attention to sustainability also flourishes in the orto thanks to a fruitful mix of old techniques with innovative ones. Come and try it yourself – and do not hesitate to take a look around the orto to see where the food comes from! We are sure you won’t be disappointed!

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The Season a Villa La Pietra

The Season a Villa La Pietra 5 giugno – 23 agosto 2016 New York University Florence – Villa La Pietra La dodicesima edizione di The Season a Villa La Pietra-rassegna di concerti, letture e rappresentazioni teatrali in lingua orginale organizzata da New York University Florence-sarà inaugurata il prossimo 5 giugno (ore 17, Villa La Pietra) con EROS ΕΡΩΣ, una performance che celebra la fonte ispirativa del Rinascimento tramite la poesia lirica dell’antica Grecia. Scritto ed interpretato da Ensemble Melpomen in collaborazione con Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. Al Caffè Letterario Le Murate (ore 18:30) quattro romanzieri e poeti di risonanza internazionale che insegnano nel programma estivo di NYU Florence e presso il dipartimento di scrittura creativa ad NYU, New York, leggeranno brani delle loro opere in lingua inglese. Il 7 giugno letture di Mark Bibbins e Maaza Mengiste e il 13 giugno letture di Alexander Chee e Dorothea Lasky. Le letture ed i dialoghi con scrittori contemporanei americani ed italiani proseguiranno a Villa La Pietra con The Writers’ Season – La Stagione degli scrittori, curato da Alessandro Raveggi, scrittore e docente di NYU Florence. Il 16 giugno (ore 18) Dorothea Lasky incontra Antonella Anedda (poesia), moderatore: Luca Baldoni. Alexander Chee incontra Tommaso Pincio […]

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little time just for yourself in our Spa

BenciSpa takes care of its guests For the entire month of May our massage service will be available without prior booking every: Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm …Enjoy a little time just for yourself in our Spa with scented candles and relaxing music…   1 hour massage at € 55 instead of € 70 + as a gift a 15 mins facial massage at € 12,50 instead of €25 For all other massages (from 25 to 50 min) you will have an additional discount of 10% o phone to +39 055 59163 Pensione Bencistà Via Benedetto da Maiano, 4 50014 Fiesole (Firenze) info@bencista.com 055 59163

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An afternoon with Dante Alighieri

An afternoon with Dante Alighieri Toscana Cultura informs that Thursday, April 21 to 17h in Sala delle Feste di Palazzo Bastogi, seat of the Consiglio regionale della Toscana, the Accademia Internazionale Medicea promotes an afternoon dedicated to Dante Alighieri Thursday, April 21 aprile 2016 16.45h SALONE delle FESTE Palazzo Bastogi – Regione Toscana Via Cavour, 18 – Firenze FREE ADMISSION Program: REGARDS Eugenio Giani Presidente Consiglio Regione Toscana Fabrizio Borghini Presidente Accademia Internazionale Medicea NTRODUCTION The critic Federico Napoli has two new works of artist Dante Fiorella Nuti. SPEAKERS Prof. Leonardo Cappelletti “La Lupa ed il veltro: il problema dell’usura al tempo di Dante” Prof. Zeffiro Ciuffoletti “Dante e il cibo” Prof. Stefano Socci “Appunti di cinema dantesco” Prof. ssa Maria Grazia Proli “Seymour Stocker Kirkup, un pittore inglese a Firenze e il mito di Dante” The actor Alessandro Calonaci read sonnets from “La Vita Nuova”. Accademia Internazionale Medicea Via Luigi La Vista, n.1- 50133 Firenze – cell. 3246938147

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Fiesole Villas garden visits

Fiesole Villas garden visits Also this year you can visit the Fiesole Villas in months from April to October

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Art and chocolate Bandini Museum in Fiesole

Art and chocolate Bandini Museum in Fiesole Sunday, April 10, Sunday, April 17 and Sunday, May 1 at 15.30 and 17.30 performances Marco di Costanzo, Erik Haglund and production of the Theatre dell’Elce. At the end of the performance chocolate tasting offered by Tortapistocchi. Ticket 10 € (reduced 6 €) with reservations required at the Box Office of Fiesole Museums tel.055-5961293 o per email infomusei@comune.fiesole.fi.it

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Pensione Bencistà and the prominent people of Florence

Pensione Bencistà and the prominent people of Florence Leonardo Ximenes and the Ximenian Observatory (also called Observatory of San Giovannino) On December 27th, 1716 a man was born in Trapani who, through his studies and hydraulic works, would give prestige to the scientific culture of Florence: Leonardo Ximenes. Right in front of the incomplete façade of the Church of San Lorenzo stands a building surmounted by a small white dome, which can be seen from several viewpoints of the city: it’s the Ximenian Observatory, one of Italy’s meteorological and geophysical observatories, which is part of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. It is located on the top floor of the convent of San Giovannino (hence the name) which is run by the Piarist Fathers, in the same building where, in 1756, it had been founded by the Jesuit Leonardo Ximenes. The works of Leonardo Ximenes are numerous and varied. Born in Trapani, he was then transferred to Tuscany by the Society of Jesus. Here he dedicated himself to hydraulics studies, supervising important works such as the reclamation of the Maremma area. The Grand Duke of Tuscany chose him as a cartographer and engineer, consulting him on important issues. Today many […]

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The Concerts in the Historical Buildings of the Tuscany Region

The Concerts in the Historical Buildings of the Tuscany Region Discover Concerts in the Historical Buildings of the Tuscany Region, to admire architecture fascinating and often unfamiliar with classical music … Those who love classical music, now can listen to unique places and “unknown” in the region. Following is the list of upcoming concerts and the buildings in which they were organized Saturday, May 7 – Palazzo Panciatichi 2 visits at 9.30 and 10.00, 1 concert at 11.00 am Azusa Onishi violin, piano Irene Novi. Music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy. Saturday, May 21 – Casa Rodolfo Siviero 2 visits at 10.00 and 12.00 1 concert at 11.00 am Quartet Alfa – Tiziana Maccherini soprano saxophone, alto saxophone Nardoni Gabriele, Carlo Francisci tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone Formiconi Duccio. Music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Anonymous, Georges Bizet, Erik Satie, Yann Tiersen, Apocalyptica. Saturday, October 1 – Santa Maria Nuova Hospital 2 visits at 9.00 and 11.00 am, 2 concerts at 10:25 and 12:25 Quartet Daphnis – Emma Colombi flute, flute Emanuele Rosi, Sofia Ferrara Health flute, flute Jacopo Lights. Music by Arcangelo Corelli, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms. Saturday, October 15 – Casa Rodolfo Siviero […]

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DANIELE GATTI / ELIAS DI MENDELSSOHN Sab 9 aprile, ore 20:00

DANIELE GATTI / ELIAS DI MENDELSSOHN Sab 9 aprile, ore 20:00 Opera di Firenze Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elias, oratorio op. 70 per soli, coro e orchestra Artisti Direttore Daniele GattiMaestro del Coro Lorenzo Fratini Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Soprano Genia KühmeierMezzosoprano Sara Mingardo Tenore Rainer Trost Basso Peter Mattei Opera di Firenze Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1 50144 Firenze  

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March 25: Florentine New Year Day

March 25: Florentine New Year Day On March 25, we celebrate the Florentine New Year day In ancient times the year began with the spring, awakening of nature and true new beginning. Florence, since the Middle Ages, established as the first day of the year on 25th March, when is celebrated the “Announcement of the Incarnation of Christ” symbol of the new life of faith. In 1582 entered into force the Gregorian calendar, and the year started with the 1st of January Anyway the Florentine Republic continued to celebrate New Year on March 25. It was the Grand Duke Francis III of Lorraine to establish that calendar will begin the 1st of January. Despite the new decree, the tradition of Florentine New Year has remained steady in the city’s culture. Nowadays the Florentine New Year is celebrated in a symbolic way with a procession starting from the Palazzo di Parte Guelfa, through the streets of the city, to the church of the Santissima Annunziata. At effigy of Mary Annunciation are brought as gifts white lilies has always been a symbol of purity, and later the emblem of Florence. For those who are in Florence on March 25, definitely an event […]

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Il rigore e la grazia: la compagnia di San Benedetto Bianco nel Seicento fiorentino

Il rigore e la grazia: la compagnia di San Benedetto Bianco nel Seicento fiorentino (The rigor and grace: The San Benedetto White company in the XVII century) An exhibition  to admire some of the works of artists of the Florentine ‘600 belonging to the lay confraternity of Saint Banedetto Bianco until May 17, 2016 Cappella Palatina Time: October 8:15 to 18:30 from November to February 8:15 to 16:30 1 to 24 March 8:15 to 17:30 March 25 to 31, April, May, 8:15 to 18:30 Closed first and last Monday of the month Phone: 0552388709, 0552388761 E-mail: argenti@polomuseale.firenze.it E-mail: argenti@polomuseale.firenze.it

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Bencistà News: The Gregorian Chant at Santa Croce

Bencistà News: The Gregorian Chant at Santa Croce Choir Viri Galilaei Director Enzo Ventroni Concerts Gregorian Chant Concert Complex in the Santa Croce – 11 hours Saturday, June 18, 2016 Cenacolo di Santa Croce – 21 hours Saturday, May 7, 2016 Saturday, November 7, 2015 Saturday, December 5, 2015 Saturday, January 9, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016 FREE ADMISSION liturgies in Gregorian Chant in the Basilica of Santa Croce Evening Mass of the first Saturday of the month – 18 hours Saturday, April 2, 2016 Saturday, May 7, 2016 For information: tel. 328 0427031 info@gregoriano-virigalilaei.it viri.galilaei@tin.it www.gregoriano-virigalilaei.it

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Bencistà News: Exhibitions at the Galleria Mentana

Bencistà News: Exhibitions at the Galleria Mentana Mentana Gallery From 5 to 23 March, the historic Florentine gallery hosts the collective exhibition Light and Matter and the artist’s retrospective Saviour Warehouses. The exhibition Light and Matter is concerned to investigate the relationship between painting, sculpture and photography through the works of ten artists which explore the concepts of light and matter. The exhibition of Salvatore Warehouses staff is housed in Saletta and sees the presence of sixteen works set in a more real and believable Morocco compared to other works Mentana Art Gallery Piazza Mentana, 2/3 r – Tel. 055 211985-50122 Florence until March 26 Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 16:30 to 19:30. Saturday and Sunday open by appointment. www.galleriamentana.it – galleriamentana@galleriamentana.it

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Growing local – Bencistà shortens its food chain

Growing local – Bencistà shortens its food chain From spring 2016, Pensione Bencistà will enhance its countryside’s roots, creating a new kitchen-garden to supply and delight the guests of the restaurant. Bencistà’s kitchen-garden will bring an exciting new facet to the visitors’ wellbeing by enriching the quality of the food-experience we offer our guests. On top of enjoying delicious Tuscan recipes on our stunning terrace, Bencistà’s clients will now be able to appreciate the countryside’s roots of the Pensione by eating freshly picked vegetables coming directly from our garden! Moreover, while walking around the park, clients will have the opportunity to meet Chris, the kitchen-garden manager. Just out of his training in the Royal Botanic Garden of Kew, London, Chris will be available to offer explanations and demonstrations on the delicious fresh plants you will feed on in the restaurant. Quality and sustainability of food have long been themes that deeply touch the Simoni family, and this year we have decided to actively participate in the growing discussion around the topic of food. Bencistà is planning to do so by returning to make productive use of the park surrounding the villa, re-establishing some of the food production that was once traditionally practiced on these fertile soils. We indeed believe this is an ethically meaningful and ‘taste-full’ choice that will heighten our guest’s awareness and experience. Buon appetito!

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Bencistà News Convent of Santa Croce

Bencistà News: Cenacolo di Santa Croce Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 21 hours Concert Gregorian chant Tenebrae sunt factae Meditation on the Passion of Christ Choir Viri Galilaei Directed by Enzo Ventroni Soprano sax improvisations: Giulio Ottanelli Player: Sauro Albisani Program: 1. Tristis est anima mea – Responsory – VIII way 2. Omnes friends méi – Responsory – III so 3. Zelus domus tuae – Antifona VIII c + Psalm 68 4. In the Mount of Olives – Responsory – VIII way 5. De Lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae 6. Caligaverunt oculi méi – Responsory – V way 7. Deus Meus, éripe me – ANT – II so d + Psalm 70 8. Factae Tenebrae sunt – Responsory – VII so 9. Velum temples scissum east – Responsory – II so 10. Divisérunt sibi VESTIMENTA mea – Antiphon – VIII so c + Psalm 21 11. Plange almost virgo, plebs mea – Responsory – V way 12. Aestimátus sum cum descendéntibus in Lacum – Responsory – IV so 13. In peace in idípsum – Antiphon – VIII g + Psalm 4

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Pronto! Bencistá

Pronto! Bencistá “Pronto! Bencistá!” She answers my call Mama di Bencistá, Beatrice, gracious, generous loving and kind Her guests are her family Her staff, her friends. It’s a good job            The people, they come back            I know them            They are good people            Some say the carte is limited            They want many choices            I choose            This is our dinner            We start in the morning                       Make everything fresh            There is no waste this way. She takes care of the people She takes care of the home Signore She glances over her shoulder, behind her and Sees my friend in the sitting room.  You are not a small man.            This chair is for you Delicately deliberate She shows him to a good, solid chair. Her home is our home We are as family. Arrivederci, Beatrice! Arrivederci, Bencistá! When will we find our way […]

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Menù Pranzo Pasqua Ristorante Pensione Bencistà

Menù Pranzo Pasqua Ristorante Pensione Bencistà Menù Pranzo di Pasqua Il pranzo sarà servito alle ore 13:00 con menù fisso. A seguito il nostro menù per il Pranzo di Pasqua Antipasti: Crostini salsiccia stracchino e polenta fritta e lardo di colonnata  Uova mimosa Primi: Tagliatelle al ragù di carne  Crespelle mozzarella e pomodoro Secondi Costolette a scottadito e fritte Cosciotto d’agnello farcito Spalla d’agnello in umido alla maremmana Arista alla fiorentina e pollo alla diavola per chi non gradisce l’agnello Contorni: Patate arrosto Sformato di verdure Fagioli cannellini Insalata Dolci: Colomba pasquale Torta  al cioccolato”Depardieu” 35 euro con acqua caffe e amari inclusi ,vini esclusi E’ necessaria la prenotazione, contattateci al 05559163 o mandateci una mail a info@bencista.com Scopri il nostro menù per il pranzo di Pasqua alla Pensione Bencistà. Festeggia con noi la Pasqua. Presso il nostro ristornate piatti genuini e secondo la tradizione toscana. Passa con noi e la nostra famiglia il giorno di Pasqua. Pensione Bencistà La pensione Bencistà si trova a Fiesole a 5 minuti da Firenze. Affacciata sulla città con una bella finestra panoramica ha giardino e parcheggio privato. Il ristorante delle Pensione Bencistà ha bellissime finestre con vista sulla città. La struttura è realizzata […]

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Bencista news Buffoni, villani e giocatori alla corte dei Medici

Bencista news From May 9 to September 4, 2016 at Galleria Palatina “Buffoni, villani e giocatori alla corte dei Medici” (Fools, villains, and players at the Medici court) curated by Anna Bisceglia, Matteo Ceriana and Simona Mammana Approximately 30 works from the deposits of the Galleria Palatina telling, with didactic purposes the daily life of the “minor” characters of the courts as players, dwarves, peasants and peasants

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Bencistà News Carlo Portelli – Pittore eccentrico tra Rosso Fiorentino e Vasari

Bencistà News Until April 30 at the Galleria dell’Accademia, the exhibition Carlo Portelli – Pittore eccentrico tra Rosso Fiorentino e Vasari

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In March Pensione Bencistà reopens

In March Pensione Bencistà reopens News and information for 2016 Dear Friends, This is just a short note to remind you that in March Pensione Bencistà reopens, and to update you with some news and information for 2016. As you know, we really love Bencistà and its centuries’ old history. Our ancestors started to run Bencistà during the 1900’s and we continue that tradition while, at the same time, we consider it a  great privilege to live here and be able to go out onto its amazing terraces and embrace the whole of Florence with a glance. We are passionate about what we do as well as the people we welcome, and are committed to always doing more at Bencistà. We love to share moments of life with those who know how to become part of the special atmosphere that is our home and those who share with us precious moments of their lives, maybe a time to renew energy, to relax and enjoy the beauties of life and/or Art, in the unique and unparallelled beauty and natural setting of Fiesole, the reknowned hillside which rises above the city of Florence. NEWS for 2016! This winter, we worked busily refurbishing […]

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Bencista news Fece di scoltura di legname e colorì

From March 21 to August 28 at the Galleria degli Uffizi, the exhibition: “Fece di scoltura di legname e colorì. La scultura del Quattrocento in legno dipinto a Firenze a cura di Alfredo Bellandi con Marta Onali” (“He made timber sculpture and painted. The sculpture of the fifteenth century, wooden and painted in Florence by Alfredo Bellandi with Marta Onali) exposition of about fifty works of painted wooden sculptures

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Bencistà News Bencistà News 18th of February Elettrice Palatina

Bencistà News 18th of February will be celebrated the anniversary of death of the Elettrice Palatina, the last Medici Family descendent. Free admission to the Museum of the Medici Chapels from 8.15 at 13.50 and historical procession of the Florentine Republic. Elettrice Palatina, a woman of immense culture, preserved numerous works of art, and donated Madici Family properties to the city of Florence

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Bencista news Florence Capital of Italy1865-2015. King gifts and the collections

Bencista news Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Palazzo Pitti: until April 3rd the exhibition “Florence Capital of Italy1865-2015. King gifts and the collections.” Discover the art and everyday life of the kings during the six years in which Florence was the capital of Italy

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New Oil

We are back from the mill, the new oil is fantastic. After one year of absence,here it is our  extravergine oil 2015.    

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Vintage cars at Bencistà

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Brioches and homemade granola

Now for breakfast we have brioches, pain chocolat and we started producing our own homemade biological granola.

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Kettles in the rooms

Now we have new kettles for the Tea in every room.

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