APERITIVO TIME

For every Italian the aperitivo is a very important tradition and a part of the everyday life. An aperitivo is normally an alcoholic drink with a light meal after a hard-working day, which Italians usually enjoy at the end of the day with some friends. While drinking it, a calm and relaxed atmosphere prevails and everyone communicates with each other and leaves work-problems behind them. In other words, it’s like a warmup for the dinner. In every town and country of the Italian peninsula you’ll find lots of bars and restaurants that offer the traditional aperitivo. The snacks that claim the aperitivo normally are salty and don’t replace the dinner. Typical snacks are for example, small pieces of pizza, meat balls, cheeses and a lot of other delicious finger-food. Initially it was a tradition that started in northern Italy, in the area of Milan. Time by time it spread out and now it’s all over Italy. Here in Florence, the aperitivo is also a very common thing and very loved by tourists. The special thing of the florentine aperitivo is that you can enjoy it while watching the sunrise all over the city, as there are a lot of rooftop bars that are specialized for the aperitivo. As the sun goes down thousands of colors spread awide and Florence looks like a kind of paradise. The only thing is that these rooftop bars are often fully booked and you need a reservation, especially on the weekends. So, if you want to experience such an unforgettable moment please make sure to have a reservation. If you are travelling to Italy one day, hopefully to Florence, don’t miss the chance to experience such a nice thing and don’t forget to stop a long and take pictures.

The Boboli Gardens

The Boboli Gardens is one of the worldwide most fascinating and beautiful park in the whole wide world. If you once are in Florence, the Boboli Gardens are a must and should be on everyone’s bucketlist. They are located immediately next to the Palazzo Pitti, which was the main seat of the de Medici family that governed the city of Florence for a long long time. The park is located on the south side of the river Arno, near the city center. You can combine the visit of the Boboli Gardens with the visit of Palazzo Pitti, so you can buy just one ticket for both attractions. While walking through the Boboli Gardens you can enjoy the tuscan sun and smell different kinds of citrus fruits and olive trees. The Boboli Gardens are decorated with hundreds of sculptures, small lakes and mediterrean plants. On the upper part of the Gardens you also have the possibility to visit the Museum of porcelain, which contains several outstanding examples of Italian porcelain objects. You will see landmarks as never before and feel like being in a sort of paradise. Tip: Bring something to do a picnic, lay on the grass, catch some sunrays and feel free.

Coffee with a view

Italy is famous for its lifestyle, its climate, its multicultural flair but especially for its delicious and worldwide well-known coffee. Once here in Italy you will be surprised of how good the italian coffee actaully tastes. It doesn’t matter if you have a small one or a big one or with milk or without, it just tastes too good in all the different forms and sizes. Here in Florence, there are a lot of coffee bars, often hidden in some secret spots or in special places like at the cathedral square where you can enjoy your coffee while looking at the fascinating Cathedral of Florence. Rooftop bars are also very loved by italians for having a cup of coffee. It should be on everyone’s bucketlist to enjoy a delicious coffee while having a fascinating view over the whole city, when spending some good time here in Florence. Feel life and enjoy the italian bella vita!!cid_16afd63c411f2efb4ea2

La Ribollita, la ricetta toscana originale

La Ribollita è uno dei piatti più tipici della tradizione toscana: con la sua bontà vi scalderà il cuore e il palato.

 

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Conosciamo tutti la ribollita come piatto di recupero per eccellenza della tradizione culinaria toscana. Le origine di questa pietanza risalgono al medioevo quando i nobili erano soliti consumare le loro pietanze dentro a dei pani detti “mense”. Una volta terminato il pranzo, il pane avanzato veniva dato ai servi, che per sfamarsi lo univano alle loro povere verdure e lo facevano bollire, ottenendo una zuppa sostanziosa e saporita, una vera e propria antenata della ribollita! Ancora oggi questa ricetta fa parte della cucina casalinga, conosciuta e apprezzata in diverse varianti nella stessa regione che esprimono tradizioni familiari o usanze del luogo. In questa ricetta vi raccontiamo i nostri piccoli segreti per gustare al meglio questo comfort food di altri tempi. Attendete i primi freddi e concedetevi il tempo che serve per realizzare la ribollita, un piatto che non conosce fretta ma che vi ripagherà dell’attesa!

 

Ingredienti:

– 1 cavolo nero

– 1/2 cavolo verza

– 2 patate

– 2 carote

– 1 cipolla

– 10 pomodorini

– 2 zucchine

– 1 costa di sedano più le foglie

– 400 grammi di fagioli cannellini

– 1 barattolo di passata di pomodoro

– Olio extra vergine di oliva

– Pane toscano raffermo

 

Preparazione

Mettete a bagno i fagioli per una notte intera e poi fateli cuocere in una pentola di terracotta in acqua bollente.
In una grande padella, invece, fate soffriggere in olio extra vergine di oliva la cipolla tagliata a rondelle, aggiungete la carota tagliata a dadini e il sedano a tocchetti, poi lasciate imbiondire.
Dopo 5 minuti mettete i pomodorini tagliati a spicchi, condite con sale e pepe e fateli cuocere coperti per una decina di minuti a fuoco vivace.
Abbassate la fiamma e aggiungete le patate tagliate a dadini; dopo circa 10 minuti aggiungete il cavolo verza e il cavolo nero spezzatati.
Per ammorbidire il tutto potete usare l’acqua di cottura che state utilizzando per i fagioli.
Ora è il momento di mettere metà dei fagioli nella padella e, dopo un po’, anche le zucchine a pezzetti.
Con l’altra metà dei fagioli fate un purè e aggiungeteci la passata di pomodoro, poi lasciate che il composto si asciughi un po’ e, alla fine, unitelo alle verdure che avete cotto in padella.
A parte, nel frattempo, tagliate il pane raffermo a pezzettoni e fatelo arrostire in forno a 180° per 3 o 4 minuti.
Prendete un tegame di terra cotta e disponete i dadini di pane croccanti sul fondo.
Versateci sopra la verdura con il brodo e poi mettete un altro strato di crostini, aggiungete ancora verdura e brodo e condite con un filo d’olio extra vergine di oliva.

Servite la Ribollita toscana molto, molto calda!

 

 

Pausa Caffè / Coffee Corner

Ancora una novità per i nostri studenti, un angolo caffé dove ci si può fare un caffè ( o un té ) da soli, con il nostro semplice bollitore, le nostre tazze – caffè e tè offerto dalla scuola – chiediamo solo di lavare le tazze dopo l’uso (naturalmente non utilizziamo bicchieri di plastica usa e getta) e tenere pulito, per i colleghi !

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Another novelty for our students, a coffee corner where everyone can make a coffee (or a tea), with our simple kettle, our cups, and with coffee and tea offered by the school – we just ask to wash the cups after use (of course, we didn’t want to use disposable plastic cups, there is always too much of plastic allover ) and keep the place clean for the other students !

滞在先紹介サービス

イタリア、フィレンツェは世界でも有数の観光地で、世界中から多くの旅行者や留学生が訪れます。
スクオーラトスカーナでは滞在先として以下の4種類を提供しています。
・シェアアパート
・ホームステイ
・独立アパート
・ホテル
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当校では滞在先についてのコミッションなどは受け取っていませんので、当校で紹介する滞在先の料金はフィレンツェでの一般的な値段です。
時期によっては、とても良い滞在先を低価格でご提供できることもあります。
それは、当校が、ホストファミリーや家主と長年に渡り築いてきた良好な関係の賜物です。
また、ホストファミリーや家主の多くは、空き部屋にしておくよりは安い値段でも学生に貸す方を好む場合もあるのです。
フィレンツェの中心地の良い部屋
さらに、ホストファミリーは(食事付きの場合でもそうではない場合でも)、金銭的なことよりも、別の国から来る別の文化的背景を持つ人との交流という面を重視しており、
当校の学生を喜んで受け入れてくれます。
当校のスタッフは学生一人一人のニーズに耳を傾け最適の滞在先をお勧めします。
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Early morning, Fortezza & Pitti Uomo

Same place, same hour, 7.30 in the morning, just got off the bus. The bus stop area at Montelungo (which a side entrance to the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella), at the side of the Fortezza da Basso, today looks like this:

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Pitti Uomo Fashion Show is over, and all this trucks are waiting to enter the field of the fairground and reload the fair equipment (most of them are heading to Milan, for the following fashion fair). During the day this queue will lenghten to some kilometers. Better to avoid any car today and go by public means of transportation. Still better, go walking. Florence is a small city. Just 50 minutes walk from home to work…