Catch a bit of summer breeze and take in spellbinding views of Florence at Il Salviatino, a restored 15th century villa situated in the hills of Fiesole, just ten minutes outside Florence’s city center. In a laid-back yet elegant atmosphere, enjoy quintessentially Tuscan and Italian foods: starters are typically Caprese salads and prosciutto and melon, and next up come the barbecued meats (pork spare ribs, sausage, beef, Livorno cockerel, lamb chops, mortadella di Prato) paired with grilled seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, Tuscan baked beans and a different dessert every Sunday.

Prefer fish? There’s always a catch of the day alternative on offer – octopus, cuttlefish, calamari, red prawns and scampi. If you’re not in the mood to stick to the barbecue menu, you can savor some à la carte dishes prepared by chef Stefano Santo, who embraces an environmentally friendly philosophy and sources much of his produce from Il Salviatino’s brand-new organic veggie, fruit and herb garden in the park’s historic orchard. How does this translate to the table? It means seasonally inspired menus and a truly Tuscan “garden-to-table” experience!

Besides the standard Sunday barbecue, every Thursday until the end of July, and then beginning again on August 23 after a break, Il Salviatino offers “Il Giardino del Gusto,” a live music aperitivo taking place in the Italian garden in front of the property. After a busy day spent in the sometimes-stifling city heat, it’s the perfect way to relax and unwind.


No plans for Ferragosto? On August 15 head to Il Salviatino for a special break-from-the-summer-break barbecue. The holiday event will begin with an aperitivo and live music starting at 7pm.