Sep 25 2014

October in Rome – the flowering season of Italy’s capital

The trees are going to loose their leaves. But Rome's cultural life is going to blossom out. Fall does not only bring cooler temperatures and wind, it also lets the festival and cultural season start. Come to Rome, and be a part of the flowering season!

We prepared a list with some of the greatest events in the city for you. Have a look at it, and then book your flight to Italy's capital!rome in fall city view

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi
Every year on or about the 3rd October, the Saint Francis of Assisi is celebrated. He died on the same day in 1226. In Rome, there is a wreath-laying near the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Otherwise, you can go to the Church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere where Saint Francis stayed in a hospice in 1219.


RomaEuropa Festival
This most important Italian cultural festival, first hold in 1986, takes place in Rome from 25th September to 30th November. Every year, art of the five continents come together in the Italian capital. There is a spectacular programme of dance, music, Cinema, Theatre, meetings with artists, leading-edge technological creativity, and visual arts.

Opera and Theater Season ends
This year, the season ends spectacularly with the Ballet "Cinderella" (25th 5th Oct.) and the Opera "Rigoletto" (21st to 31st Oct.). More information about the the Opera and Theater season as well as classical music in Rome will you find here.

Hunger Run in Rome
The annual Hunger Run event in Rome is this year on Sunday 19th October. This fund-raising event is supposed to help the poor to improve their ability to produce and access food. There are a ten-km race (only for athletes with a FIDAL membership card) and an non-competitive five-km run or walk. Both of them take place in the historic centre of Rome, which will be closed to traffic.  Registrations are still open, and it costs only 10 Euro to participate. 

However, Rome is more than cultural life. This city has so much more to offer. If you are not interested in all those cultural events, you can walk through the city and discover several little spots. You don't like walking, rent a bike or scooters and experince the city on a new way. 

You are still looking for an apartment? No problem, Habitat Apartments has the perfect place to stay for you.

We offer several apartments as the Ottaviano Patio apartment.

ottavianno patio apartment





©image Rome: stefano (flickr)

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Sep 23 2014

October in Florence – la cultura & el vino toscano

Benvenuto in Florence! In this city is a lot going on in October: antiques, cultural events, classic music, and last but not least wine – a lot of wine.

Have a look at all these wonderful events coming to Florence soon.

La cultura

Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell’Antiquariato (30th Sep. to 9th Oct.): Every year in late September or early October, this great antiques fair takes place at Palazzo Corsini. There are collectors from several countries – United States, France, Spain, England, and Sweden – who present their collections.

castelnuovo berardenga

Castelnuovo Berardenga

Festa di Santa reparata (8th Oct.): The ancient cathedral Santa Reparata was built at the same place where Santa Maria del Fiore is located today. Cause to archaelogical research, experts have been able to rebuild the floor plan. The celebrations on 8th October include guided visits, conferences on Roman Florence, a historical parade honoring the Florentine Republic, and a ceremony in Santa Reparata's crypt.

Amici della Musica (from 11th Oct.): The classical music concert season in Florence starts on 11th Otober with a concert of Alexander Lonquich. 

El vino

It's fall, and so the winery season starts. There are a lot of guided Winery Tours, all starting from Florence. So you can enjoy both Florence wonderful atmosphere as well as the tasty wine from the Tuskany.

In the following, we present you some of the greatest Winery Tours to the Tuskany. Here you will find more winery tours.

The two following tours lead you in the undulating hills of the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Siena, where the famous Chianti Classico wine is produced. Surrounded by tidy rows of vineyards, historical villages and silvery-green olive trees, you experience the Tuscan wine and food.

montepulciano tuscany


Chianti Nord Wine Tour (full-day or half-day)

- town of Greve in Chianti
- the Casaloste Vineyards (visiting the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included)
- Osteria La Scuderia (lunch time – typical Tuscan cuisine)
- the Antinori vineyards at Badia di Passignano or the small castle of Montefioralle (it dedpends on availability)
 the cellars of the Setriolo in Castellina in Chianti (presentation of the wine productin, followed by a guided wine tasting)

Chianti Sud Wine Tour (full day)

- town of Radda in Chianti (Piazza Ferrucci)
- the Buondonno Vineyards (visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included)
- Osteria Le Panzanelle (lunch time – typical Tuscan cuisine)
- the village of Vaglagli or the Castelnuovo Berardenga
- Monteraponi (visit of the cellars, followed by a guided tasting)

The following tour leads you to the area where the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, one of Italy's greatest red wines made from Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo grapes, is produced.

Montepulciano & Pienza Tour (full day)

- the Boscarelli Vineyards (visit to the cellars and a wine tasting is included)
- Montepulciano (short walking tour)
- the historic cellars of Contucci
- Diva e Maceo (lunchtime – local Tusan specialties)
- Poliziano estate (guided wine tasting)
- Pienza (the town's main piazza)


Cultural events and a lot of wine are looking forward to see you next month in Florence! You are convinced, and you want to go to Florence, we offer you some beautiful Habitat Apartments.

There is for example this fantastic Speziali Exclusive apartment for two person with an amazing view on the dome of the cathedral.

speziali exlusive apartment




© image Castelnuovo Berardenga: Anna & Michal (flickr)

© image Montepulciano: Pug Girl (flickr)





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Sep 22 2014

October in Amsterdam – events for the whole family

It is October, and you want to go on holiday with the whole family? Amsterdam is the right choice for you. There are several events in the city for children and their parents.

We prepared a list with the most important events for you. Have a look at the details, and plan your trip to Amsterdam!


Cinekid (for children)

This year, the annual film, television and new-media festival for children is hold from 11th to 18th October. Every year, more than 50,000 national and international children in the Netherlands attend this festival. There are not only films, documentaries, shorts, cartoons, television productions as well as cross-media productions but also some interactive installations and workshops.


For young adults

Amsterdam Dance Event (15th-19th Oct.): The world's biggest club festival and Europe's leading electronic music conference is coming to Amsterdam again.

Fiesta Cubana (3rd Oct., from 10pm): Every first Friday of the month, there is the popular Cuban style salsa night. This time DJ Arno is hosting at Badcuyp Amsterdam (5 Euro entry).

PINT (24th-26th Oct.): The Dutch beer festival, where you can try out some of the 50 types of bok beer is coming in October to Amsterdam.
opening time:
friday 17:00-23:00
saturday 12:00-23:00
sunday 12:00-19:00

Pop&Rock concerts

Jason Mraz – 1 Oct, Carré
The Libertines – 2 Oct, Heineken Music Hall
Agnes Obel – 8 Oct, Carré
Ilse Delange – 8 Oct, Paradiso
Passenger – 7 Oct, Heineken Music Hall
Buena Vista Social Club – 14 Oct, Concertgebouw
Il Divo – 16 Oct, Ziggo Dome
Anastacia – 20 Oct, Paradiso
Elvis Costello – 22 Oct, Carré
Level 42 – 29 Oct, Paradiso
John Legend – 30 Oct, Ziggo Dome


For the adultsajax amsterdam

PINT (24th-26th Oct.): The Dutch beer festival, where you can try out some of the 50 types of bok beer is coming in October to Amsterdam.
opening time:
friday 17:00-23:00
saturday 12:00-23:00
sunday 12:00-19:00

Netherland Dance Theater: “Sleeping Beauty” (18th -19th Oct.): Mats Ek's legendary interpretation of the popular tale is adjusted to the modern era. It deals with a rebelling teen who falls again her parent's wishes in love with a heroin addict..

40th anniversary of Bimhuis: This year, it's the 40th birthday of the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. The celebration starts with a kick-off weekend (1st to 5th Oct.). There will be a large number of concerts and other events.


In the end, there are some events for the whole family:

Sunday Market (5th Oct., 12-6pm): There is all what you're looking for – fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek

Ajax Amsterdam home matches: Go to the stadium with the whole family and watch one of the football matches!

Ajax vs. PEC Zwolle (5th Oct., 16:45)

Ajax vs. Go Ahead Eagles (25th Oct., 20:45)


Did Amsterdam convince you? Book your trip to Amsterdam with Habitat Apartments.

We offer beautiful apartments, perfect for you and your family! There is for example the Water View apartment with three bedrooms.


© image cinekid: Guido van Nispen (flickr)

© image ajax: Cat (flickr)

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Sep 19 2014

October in Venice – a mix of sport and food

Welcome to Venice in October! This month, we are expecting a mix of sport and food events. It’s not a secret: When you’re working out, you have to eat a lot. We are looking for to the Venice Marathon 2014 (26th Oct.) and the local festival Sagra del Mosto (5th Oct.).

pasta in venice before the race

Every year on the first weekend in October, the local festival Sagra del Mosto takes place on the Island Sant Erasmo. It is an island in the laguna of Venice. You can easily go there taking the vaporetto Line 13 from Fondamenta Nuove to the Sant' Erasmo Chiesa stop. This year the festival takes place on 5th October. On the island, you'll find live music and a regatta in mascareta (2 person, male and female), as well as a market with local products and a lot of food as pasta, risotto, ribs and sausages. Join the festival, and enjoy Venice in a new way!

On the 4th Sunday in Octobre every year, the Venice marathon takes place in the most beautiful laguna of Italy. This year, the 29th Venice Marathon will be hold on the 26th October. There will be about 8.000 person joining the race. The start will be approximately at 9:20.

If you are not the big runner, you can stand along the race course, and cheer the athletes. It will be a nice event, and the athletes are definitely happy about the audience! More race details about the 29th Venice Marathon will you find here.

Sunday 26th October will be an exhausting day. So, it is important to take some refreshment before the race starts, it doesn't matter if you're going to run or just encourage the athletes. What a coincidence that the day before is the world pasta day (25th)! So, go, and grap some pasta having the next day in mind. Enjoy your pasta!


You want to go to Venice but you are still looking for a place to stay? Have a look at our beautiful Habitat Apartments!

We offer nice apartments as the Rialto project 5 apartment for up to 7 person. 






© pasta image: Katrin Morenz

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Sep 18 2014

October in Madrid – it’s time for Prescilla, El Musical!

Musical!? Some crazy teenies jumping and singing on a stage? Reminding you of “Highschool Musical”. No thanks, not interested! Yes, some people would maybe respond like this. But this time it is different. The musical “Priscilla – Reina del Desierto” is coming to Madrid in October, and it will enthrall all of us. 

priscilla the musical in london


The première is on 2nd October 2014 at the New Teatro Alcalá in Madrid. In the following we present you the most important information about this wonderful musical. More information about Priscilla, El Musical will you find here.


The New Teatro Alcalá

Since its foundation in 1927, the theatre has produced a lot of important national and international artists. Furthermore, it is often connected with the biggest success of the Spanish musical scene as „Jesuschristo Superstar“ and „Grease“. With 1.240 seats, the theatre is the only one in Madrid – except El Lope de Vega – which is able to host a musical as “Priscilla, El Musical”.



You haven’t heard about Proscilla yet? No problem, we give you a short summary of the plot.

The musical is based on the film of the same name Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994). It is about two drag queens and a transsexual buying a run-down old bus and calling it Priscilla. The trio goes on a road trip across the Australian Outback and meets some Australian citizens who are not all receptive to their lifestyle. However, it is after all a film about three friends whose friendship is put to the test.



If the plot has not convinced you yet, the soundtrack will definitely do. Here are just some of the songs in the muscial:












And many more besides…


Did we convince you? This musical is definitely more than some teenies jumping and singing on the stage. So, do not miss this fantastic event, and get you a ticket for October in Madrid!

© Priscilla image: Rupert Ganzer (flickr)


If you are still looking for an apartment. Have a look at our amazing apartments at Habitat Apartments.

There is for example the Latina Black apartment, located in La Latina Area with two bedrooms.

latina black apartment



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