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NEWSLETTER april 2009

April – If even March showers bring flowers, we should have a very colorful April. After a particularly wet March, this month’s many garden and flower events in Florence and Tuscany should be the best ever.
Five years ago we sent out our first newsletter and now, 60 issues later, we are going stronger than ever and getting appreciative feedback that brightens even the bleariest days.
In this issue, we offer a wide selection of April exhibitions, movies, music and lots of fairs and markets in the countryside. April is a holiday-filled month starting with Easter on Sunday 12. Watch for shops and banks to be closed on Easter Monday (13th), Saturday April 25th (Liberation Day), and Friday May 1 (Labour Day).
Sent with all our very best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, KIMBERLY and MARIO.


After a closure lasting ten long years, Florence’s Museo Bardini on Piazza de’Mozza in the San Niccolo neighborhood, is scheduled to reopen April 5th. A meticulous restoration has brought back, amongst other features, the original blue chosen for the walls by Stefano Bardini himself, prior to his death in 1922. While looking up further information about the museum, I stumbled onto a “divertente” story on a blog sponsored by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (gardnerafterhours.wordpress.com). I’ll carry the story here, as an aside, and leave discovering the new Bardini Museum to each of us on our own (Via dei Renai 37. Open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. tel. 055 2342427. Ticket: 5 euro.)
“Stefano Bardini was a popular 19th century art dealer based in Florence, Italy, offering furniture, paintings and sculpture to buyers such as architect Stanford White and the Louvre Museum. Gardner purchased objects and furniture from Bardini and seems to have admired his own particular approach for displaying his collection which included sculptures by the della Robbia brothers and 15th century polychrome stuccoes. Bardini chose several shades of blue for his rooms, which inspired visitors to call his house – now a museum – the “Blue Museum.”
Gardner wrote again to Berenson later in the year, “…When you get there (you are there) please do get me a piece of paper painted with the blue of Bardini’s walls. You know you promised me before. I am working hard over my new house.”
Berenson writes back right away: “I was most sincerely pleased to hear from you, after so long a silence – even tho’ you mildly scolded me for not having gotten you a sample of Bardini’s blue. The truth is that when you wrote about it last year, I saw Bardini about it directly. He solemnly assured me he would send it [to] you in a day or two….This time I went down and approached him. He was profuse in apologies, and to make sure that now you really got it, I told him to give it to me. I enclose it, the sample, and with it, the receipt for preparing it…”
She was unrelenting in her pursuit of the right color, wondering if the paint chip was the correct color. “Did you compare them [the paint chip and wall]? In case you have not, will you kindly do so. I enclose a piece. The important [thing] is to get the tint exactly…”
Berenson assured Gardner that the color was the exact shade on Bardini’s walls and, to this day, the museum has continued to follow a similar formula (with the help of Benjamin Moore), in keeping with Gardner’s intent.”

In the New York Times Style Magazine: Travel Spring 2009, eight luxury experiences in the heart of Florence are spotlighted in the magazine's "Style Map." The introductory paragraph reads "Rightly celebrated for its history, Florence too often seems like a city-cum-museum, preserved in amber for the enjoyment of the tourist hordes. But lately it is rediscovering its innovative side, as artisans and entrepreneurs are giving the town's traditional pursuits - art, craft, food, fashion - a distinctly modern sensibility."
The map directs the reader to 'ino wine bar, Villa Bardini restaurant, FOR gallery, Four Seasons Hotel Spa, Saskia Scarpe Su Misura for (mostly) men's shoes, Britta in Bicicletta children's clothes, Q.B. Quantobasta restaurant and wine bar, and Taddei leather goods.
Try this link for access: http://travel.nytimes.com/indexes/2009/03/22/style/t/index.html#pageName=22map

A MESSAGE FROM ST. JAMES (including a handy explanation of the “5 per mille” program)
Dear Friends,
If you pay taxes in Italy, you can support our non-profit association "Amici di St. James in Florence" by using the "5 x 1000" line on your tax return. Simply sign the relevant box on your tax return form and indicate the 'codice fiscale' (tax ID number) for Amici di St. James in Florence:
Cinque per mille for Amici di Saint James is an instrument to support the outreach/mission giving programs at St. James, including the Food Bank, Thrift Shop (whose proceeds support the work by the sisters of Madre Teresa in Florence), as well as annual donations that St. James awards to sustain local and international charities. To learn more about these programs please contact: Cindy D'Alimonte (cwilson1976@gmail.com), Barbara Maraventano (b.maraventano@gmail.com) or Mary Diamond (mediamond@dinonet.it) .
What is "5 per mille"? "5 per mille" is a percentage of earnings that the Italian government relinquishes and redirects to non-profit organization to support their activities. Therefore, "5 per mille" does not cost individual taxpayers anything and is NOT an added tax.
How can I give "5 per mille" to the AMICI DI SAINT JAMES? Your tax returns (forms CUD, 730 and UNICO) contain a space dedicated to "5 per mille" where you should add your signature and the "codice fiscale" of the AMICI DI ST. JAMES 94138720480, and more specifically in the box that states "Sostegno del volontariato e delle organizzazioni non lucrativa di utilità sociale ....". Thank you and we do hope we can count on your contribution.
Music at St. James has begun its inaugural season this year with a program of opera and chamber music. Saturday night is opera night, presenting performances of four beloved operas in Spring 2009: Tosca, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Seviglia and La Bohème. The final Monday of each month will feature chamber music, including concerts by world-famous organists on our new Willis organ, music for piano, vocal and world music ensembles and more. Maestro Riccardo Foti, music director at St. James, is impresario for this new arrival on the musical scene in Florence. He is also music director for the monastic choir at the Badia Fiorentina, and teaches at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. The Monday recital: €15 (€10 students, seniors). All other performances: €25 (€15 students, seniors).
Concert Calendar
Saturday 4 - Il Barbiere di Siviglia. 8.30 pm
Saturday 18 - La Bohème. 8.30 pm
Saturday 25 – Tosca. 8.30 pm
Monday 27 - Organ recital – Giovanni Vitangeli. 9:00 pm
Saturday May 2 - La Traviata. 8.30 pm
Egg Decorating Fun!! Date:Saturday, April 4. Time: 4:00-6:00pm. Location: St. James undercroft. Egg decorating, book reading, games and crafts. Baked goods, books and toys will be on sale. Entrance €3 euro for library members and €5 euro for non-members/per child, children under 2 free. Bring your own eggs to decorate! Contact childrenslendinglibrary@googlemail.com for more information.
Visit our website at www.stjames.it or join us on facebook -- St. James American Church!

This season’s Distinguished Lecturer Series has its exciting kickoff with a lecture by an advisor to President Obama for environmental policy. So if you’re interested in the changes a Democratic Administration is bringing America’s environmental footprint and the role our country is now poised to play in working to heal our environment, then this is a talk you won’t want to miss! We are very excited to welcome Armin Rosencranz, Stanford professor and member of Obama’s energy and environment advisory committee during the campaign, to speak on “Realistic climate and energy policies in President Obama's first two years in office.” This event is co-hosted by DAF and Stanford University in Florence and we have a wonderful new venue at the Palazzo Strozzi – Altana, top floor. Friday, April 3, 5:00pm. RSVP events.florence@democratsabroad.it.
Refreshments will follow. Volunteers appreciated.
At the April chapter meeting we will be experimenting with a new day, time and venue: Tuesday April 21st at 7:30pm we will meet at Moyo (www.moyo.it) located in centro at via dei Benci 23R. We hope to see new faces as we seek to involve as much of our membership as possible in DAF.
Democrats Abroad Florence is making a bid to be the site of the fall Regional Meeting of DA (EMEA: Europe, Middle East, Africa) in early October 2009. This is a very exciting initiative for us – sort of like trying to get the Olympics in your hometown!! – and if anyone is interested in entering at the planning stages, please write me.
Democrats Abroad Florence said goodbye to one of its founding members this week. Carolyn Demcy died Sunday, March 8, 2009. A native of Brooklyn, Carolyn came to Florence in 1967 as a Mud Angel to help save books and art after the terrible flood of 1966. She made Florence her home and was known and loved by many many people here. She will be missed.
Thank you,
Cathleen Compton, Chair Democrats Abroad Florence, Treasurer Democrats Abroad Italy. cathleen.compton@gmail.com

FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!......Not good. March was not good at all. In the last newsletter we said “nine points are essential; more desirable”. If we had managed nine, Fiorentina would be starting April in the prized fourth position and hanging onto Milan’s coat-tails. Seven points would have been enough to keep us in fourth spot. But four (quattro)! Yes, a meagre four points and an outburst from the wonderful Mr. Prandelli threatening to leave if people don’t stop moaning. Where has it all gone wrong between us? And on top of all that, Giampaolo Pazzini, whom we sold to Sampdoria in January is suddenly scoring goals and getting into the national squad – for whom he then scored against Montenegro! Not fair!
Serie A. Presumably, the squad approached week 26’s game against bottom-placed Reggina in a bad mood; edged out of the UEFA Cup after a fighting display but gifting a late goal to the cloggers from Amsterdam lead to Florence criticizing Prandelli and he had blasted back. None of which actually explains why we slunk back home with a single point in a 1-1 draw. Reggina even had the cheek to take the lead on 20 minutes; sure, we equalized three minutes later as Bonazzoli scored his first since joining us but, ominously, Reggina had the better of the rest of the game.
The following week, Palermo visit the Stadio. We’d already beaten them on their own ground and had only lost once at home all season so the scene appeared set fair. Make that two home defeats at home this season. Amateurish defending gave them an opening goal; once the rest of the defence had opened the door, even Frey’s gymnastics were of no avail. As we faded, Palermo nicked another to win 2-0. At this level, confidence is simultaneously vital and fragile and ours looked low. At times like this, fans have to remember that all teams experience a dip in format some time each season; the issue is how long it lasts. This is where coaches earn their money (and the right to keep their jobs!).
Still, just what we need when times are tough and the bickering is audible – a trip to league-leaders Inter, themselves smarting at being dumped out of the Champions League by Manchester United. The result – Ibrahimovic 2: Fiorentina 0 – might be expected but it doesn’t tell the full story. Mr. Prandelli had done his stuff and we clearly felt we had nothing to lose and everything to prove. A draw would not have been an unfair result but we were always just a whisker away. No shame here (but no points either); Fiorentina are a young team in development and we were facing a mature squad confident in their ability to beat us. Our dander seemed to be up once more but the week 29 derby against relegation-battling Siena still looked daunting. Siena stirred occasionally but we were clearly superior. Nonetheless, it was a relief to see Mutu slide the ball into the net in the 72nd minute. A second was rightly ruled out for offside. In these difficult times, 1-0 will do as well as 6-0 thank you very much.
Nine games to go. Inter, Juve and Milan are almost out of sight. We are in fifth place, two points behind Genoa. Roma crashed heavily against Juventus in week 29 so we now have three points on Totti & Co. On the face of it, the battle for fourth place is among the three – Genoa, Fiorentina and Roma; however, Palermo and Cagliari are far from out of it and April’s games will be tense. Especially when you look at the Viola schedule. We travel to Atalanta, who probably harbor some last thoughts of qualification for the Europa competition (earlier this season, we beat them 2-1); then we host Cagliari in one of two must-not-lose matches – they beat us 1-0 back in week 12 and we need to extract revenge. Off to Udinese, who just aren’t getting the results any more and whom we slaughtered 4-2. Finally, the other critically-important game as we host Roma. After a mysteriously abysmal start to the season, Roma went on a long and winning run (including defeating us 1-0 in the capital) but they may have gone off the boil again, especially after the mauling from Juve.
Twelve points up for grabs and we must match or better Genoa’s excellent form. We want ten points and we must not, in any circumstances, settle for fewer than eight – otherwise we’ll be too far off the pace in the final stages. We need goals. Looking at the Serie A top scorers, Gilardino stands in fourth place (16 goals) and Mutu in sixth (13 goals); we need them to remember how to put the inflated animal bladder into the onion bag (i.e. the ball into the net). The next Viola player on the list is Montolivo in 47th place; we need the rest of the team to stand up and be counted. Forza Viola!
Ticket information is available from the “biglietteria” section of the club’s website [www.acffiorentina.it]. There is a plan of the stadium seating areas, prices and a list of ticket outlets in Florence, including:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between the Pzza Repubblica post office and the Odeon cinema). Tel 055 292363.
BAR MARISA, via Carnesecchi 1. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ASS. SPOTIVA COLLETTIVO AUTONOMO VIOLA 1978, via Lungo l’Affrico 10r. Tel 055 672580.
BAR H9, via dell‘Ariento (south side of the central market).
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, via Luigi Alamanni 39 (close to SMN station). Tel 055 264321

Week 30: 5 April: Atalanta-Fiorentina
Week 31 (Florence): 11 April: Fiorentina-Cagliari
Week 32: 19 April: Udinese-Fiorentina
Week 33 (Florence): 26 April: Fiorentina-Roma

We invite your comments for our “Readers Review Restaurants” section. Use this forum to spread the word about restaurants that merit recognition for their great food and good service. The contents will reflect our reader’s points of view (though we reserve the right to agree or disagree). Send your input to newsletter@pitcherflaccomio.com.

Calling this place "tucked away" would be an understatement. Not only is it tiny, its located off an ancient "underpass" archway connecting Via Sant'Egidio and Borgo degli Albizi. Once inside though, the ambience is every bit as friendly as the nice owner. You will find good, solid Tuscan food with steaks in the 15 to 20 euro range, primi around 10 euro and antipasti from 6 to 10 euro.
Antico Noe' Osteria. Volta di San Piero 6/r. Open 12:00 to midnight. 055-2340838

THUMBS UP – THUMBS DOWN “Our Readers Right”
Our “Thumbs up, Thumbs down” column is your chance to write us and share your own ideas and information, or to toot the horn of businesses, events and those Florentine situations that strike you as either wonderful or terrible. Please note: all opinions are (usually) strictly those of our readers. Lend us your thoughts!

In the waning days of March, Florence welcomed a great Tuscan Chocolate Master, Roberto Catinari. This humble father of all Tuscan chocolate makers has given his blessing for the opening of a shop with exclusive rights to sell his handmade chocolates. If you want to treat someone special to the best chocolate Easter egg, head with a good map into the centro. Just around the corner from Via Tornabuoni/Piazza Santa Trinità, as you start down Via Porta Rossa, keep an eye out to your left for a tiny (TINY) lane called Chiasso dei Soldanieri. This is where you will find chocolate bon bons, hot chocolate, chocolate bars of the most amazing quality, chocolate eggs and more. Ask the staff to prepare a chocolate tasting for you.
L’Arte del Cioccolato Esclusivamente Roberto Catinari. Chiasso dei Soldanieri. Tel. 055 217136, 3351778359.

In Tuscany vin santo, a sweet wine, is sometimes used to deglaze the pan. Another delicious variation is to use balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar.

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped pancetta
1/2 onion, finely chopped
8 ounces chicken livers
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus leaves for garnish
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Red Delicious apple, cored

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and onion and sauté until golden, 5 minutes. Add the chicken livers and wine; cook until the livers are firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vinegar and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer the mixture to a food mill or a food processor and process until smooth. Stir in the thyme, minced parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
Just before serving, spread chicken liver mixture on the crostini. Cut the apple into thin slices and place 1 parsley leaf and a 1 apple slice on top of each toast. Arrange on a platter and serve at room temperature. Serves 8

This month our recipe comes from 50 Great Appetizers by Pamela Sheldon Johns (www.FoodArtisans.com).



From Fri. 3 to Fri. 10 Florence’s Santo Stefano al Ponte church will be filled with the spirit of both youth and music. The International Festival of European Youth Orchestras started in 1999 thanks to an EU grant and to the longstanding relationship between the Accademia San Felice and the Florentine and Tuscan governing boards. The aim of the Festival is to offer young European musicians a unique experience in Italy, with the chance to play in magnificent venues, and experience “full immersion” in classical and contemporary music.
Easter 2003 saw the birth of the renowned World Sacred Music Week festival in the Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence. The festival runs for one week before Easter and offers up to 3 concerts a day. Quality youth, amateur and professional ensembles from all corners of the globe unite to present over 5 centuries of beautiful sacred music, ranging from solo performances of the Goldberg Variations to mass choral-symphonic productions of the Verdi, Brahms, Mozart, Faure Requiems and Beethoven's 9th symphony.
The festival has been enriched by and internationally recognised for its organisation of joint productions and stunning performances of ensembles from India, Morocco, Cuba, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, and the USA. As well as including major religious works from the classical Western repertoire, the festival has presented performances of Klezmer, Samaa, contemporary music (Arvo Part, Gubaidulina), gospel, cross-over projects, gregorian chant, traditional Sardinian polyphony and the famous Italian musicians Paolo Fresu and Mauro Pagani, who play rock/jazz/folk music heavily influenced by popular Eastern and Mediterranean traditions.
Chiesa di S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, Via Por Santa Maria. Info: tel. 055 611299 - 055 6123516. Box Office: tel. 055 210804. Ticket office S. Stefano: 338 4306155 (on concert days). Reserve tickets at: festival@accademiasanfelice.com. Outlines of each concert can be found on the site www.accademiasanfelice.com.
Friday 3 - Jacques Loussier TRIO. 9:00 pm.
Saturday 4 - Quintetto Polifonico "C. Terni". 6:00 pm
Saturday 4 - F. Corteccia - Passione Secondo Giovanni. 9:00 pm
Saturday 4 - M.R. Delalande Troix Lecons de Tenebres. 10:30 pm
Sunday 5 - Recital WALEY-COHEN. 6:00 pm
Sunday 5 - W.A. Mozart - Requiem in Re min. 9:00
Monday 6 - Quem Queritis? (BASILICA DI S. CROCE). 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7 - L.van Beethoven - Concerto per Violino, A. Dvorak Concerto per Violoncello Op.104 (G. Ricciardi). 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8 - Orchestra Milano Classica. 9:00 pm
Thursday 9 - Glass, Beethoven, Pärt. 9:00 pm
Friday 10 - G. Mahler - Sinfonia n.4. 9:00

Holy Week Services at St. James
Palm Sunday, April 5, 2009
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
10:00 am - Adult Forum: Preparing for Cross and Resurrection: THEOLOGY, with Gianluigi Gugliermetto. What is the Atonement? Was the Resurrection physical? How could God really die on a cross? Theologians put it all together.
11:00 am - Liturgy for Palm Sunday: Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry in triumph into the city of Jerusalem. The liturgy then moves immediately into the Story of the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus.
Maundy Thursday, April 9
8:00 pm - Liturgy with washing of the feet, followed by all-night vigil in the chapel of repose. Maundy Thursday takes its name from the traditional Latin refrain during the ceremony of the washing of the feet (”I give you a new commandment,” mandatum novum, John 13:31). The service is also the commemoration of Our Lord’s Institution of the Eucharist in the story of the Last Supper narrative in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. It includes a light meal, called an “agape,” which is a Greek word for “love.”
Good Friday, April 10
10:00 am - Neighborhood Stations of the Cross
12:00 pm - Liturgy for Good Friday
Good Friday is probably a Middle English modification of “God’s Friday” (in the same way that “Goodbye” is derived from “God be with ye.”). This commemorates the day of Our Lord’s crucifixion and is usually celebrated within the traditional hours of noon and three in the afternoon, the hours in which the crucifixion and death of Jesus occurred.
Holy Saturday, April 11
9:30 - Parish Excursion to San Vivaldo (Details to be announced).
8:00 pm - Great Vigil of Easter with Baptisms.
The culminating festival of Holy Week and the first Mass of Easter Day. The Jewish practice of the observance of sunset as the beginning of a new day merges with the earliest Christians’ practice of re-kindling the New Pascal Fire and retelling the great Scriptural stories of salvation history in a “new light.” Whenever possible, baptisms are also celebrated as they did in the early church, in the darkness of what is “liturgically” Easter morning. The First Mass of Easter is always followed by a celebration that the Lenten Fast is ended and the Victory of Christ is won!
Easter Sunday, April 12
6:00 am - Sunrise Service
9:00 am - Holy Eucharist
10:00 am - Gather to watch the ox-drawn procession of the Florentine ‘Carro’
11:00 am - Feast of the Resurrection and Musical Celebration. Children’s Easter egg hunt. This service will be followed by a potluck lunch.

Starting at 9:00 am on Easter Sunday 12, the city of Florence hosts one of its most ancient, living traditions: the Exploding of the Cart and the Flight of the Dove. The event holds all of Florence with bated breath, hoping for a positive outcome. At 9:00, a huge, lumbering cart, tricked out with a carefully laid mountain of fireworks, pulled by a team of richly decorated oxen and accompanied by a parade of costumed attendents, is paraded through the streets of Florence to the space between the Duomo and the Baptistery. At around 11:00, once in place, it is connected to the High Alter of the Cathedral by a long wire riged with a symbolic, rocket-shaped “dove”. The dove is lit and zooms down and out from the High Alter to light the cart, setting off an impressive succession of explosions (hopefully). A fully exploded extravaganza of sparks and flames tells Florence that the coming year will be a good one.
Easter Sunday 12, Piazza del Duomo. 11:00 am.

For the week of April 18 to 26, Italy celebrates its cultural patrimony by opening all state-run museums admission-free. The list of these museums in Florence happily includes: the Uffizi; the Pitti Palace museums (Palatine, Silver and Porcelain museums, and the Costume Gallery, the Accademia; the Bargello, the Archaeological Museum; the Medici Chapels; San Marco Museum; and the Semi-Precious Stone Inlay Museum (Opificio delle Pietre Dure).

Sat 18 and Sun. 19 join the action in Piazza Santa Croce leading up to the traditional Vivicittà Half Marathon. Saturday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, the piazza will host demonstrations from various Florentine dance schools. The runs (a 12 km non-competitive, and a 21 km agonistic) begin and end in Piazza S. Croce, starting off at 9:30 am Sunday morning. The route leads the athletes through the city of Florence. Kids can participate in the 4th annual "TOMMASINO RUN" departing at 9:45 am. www.mediauisp.it. Call 055432055 or 055 9060156 for further information.

Sunday 19 browse Piazza Santo Spirito and pick up all kinds of natural and organic prducts, from fresh cheeses, to jams, clothing, and handmade items of all sorts. Open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

From Thurs. 23 to Sun. 26 the Italian Tango Festival in Florence will billow the white tent ceiling of Florence's Saschall Theater. From rank beginners to some of the world's best tangeuros, all will have a chance to experience the intense emotions of tango. Beginners can sign up for classes starting Tuesday 21, held at the Tangoclub on Via Gemignani in Florence.
The main tango nights begin on Friday 24 with the Tango-Show “Colores de Tango” onstage The protagonists of this show will be Hyperion – an 7 element orchestra and five dance couples. After the show, the ball begins. The theatre's 400 square meters of dance floor will be transformed into a typical Milonga where the dancing will continue until morning to live music.
The tangonights of Thursday 23 and Sunday 26. will be in a smaller theatre about 10 minutes from the Saschall. Further info will soon be available at www.tangoclub.it

From Sat. 25 to May 3, in the fairytale setting of Florence’s Giardino dell’Orticulture, not far from Piazza della Libertà, it is possibile to browse amongst flowers of every color, shape and size. Smell them, touch them, and most of all, take some home. From primroses, to cactus to bonsai, nearly 50 different produces and growers come together to present their colorful wares. It is a great excuse to visit one of Florence’s best “hidden” secrets. The Giardino dell’Orticulture has entrances at Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4 and off the Via Bolognese. Open daily 8 am - 7:30 pm. Free admission.

From Fri. 25 to Sunday May 3, check out the Fortezza da Basso for an array for the best artistic handicraft work that Italy and the world have to offer. The International Arts and Crafts exhibition, has reached it's 73rd edition and it is not by chance that ART was born and developed in Florence. Artistic handicraft is an important richness of this culture and economy, one of the sectors which made the ingeniousness of “Made in Italy” products known and well-regarded all over the world. The 73rd Fair will be characterised by a vision toward the future, aiming at new shapes, new materials, new colours, taking into account at the same time, the traditions not to be forgotten.
Fortezza da Basso, Viale Strozzi 1. Open from April 25 to May 3, daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (last day until 8:00 pm.). Ticket € 5.00.

Until May 6th the Galleria Poggiali e Forconi on Via della Scala hosts a one man show of the multi-faceted American photographer David LaChapelle. Ten years after his last show in Italy, LaChapelle has chosen to return to a private gallery. The exhibition is a tribute to the artist, a celebration of his career, consisting of 39 works and a video.
The display features four sections: Deluge, Recollections in America, Star System and Heaven to Hell, presenting a transversal show focused on the lesser known recent works of the artist (the series Awakened and Recollections in America) alongside the works for which LaChapelle is famous: his Pietà with Courtney Love, Hi Bitch and Bye Bitch with Paris Hilton and Bon Apetite with Naomi Campbell, displayed in different areas of the gallery.
In Deluge, LaChapelle criticises rampant consumerism, and the collapse of universal values such as solidarity between peoples and compassion. Belonging to this section is Cathedral, an evocation of nineteenth-century neo-mediaeval painting; in the centre, a beam of supernatural light emerging from a rift in the stained glass window behind the altar strikes a group of faithful at prayer. The dismay on the faces of those present, submerged up to the waist in water, is proportionate to their hope of salvation. Only a child turns her back on the light, gazing back at the observer impassively like a witness to the time, in line with the consolidated tradition of Renaissance painting. Water returns again in the cycle Awakened, which shows ordinary people wearing their everyday clothes immersed one by one in a tank of water. The artist strives to underscore how universal rebirth emerges through individual destiny. The same is true in Statue, where salvation belongs to works of art alone, which are nevertheless left to their own devices.
The photographs of the section Recollections in America date to the Seventies and portray groups of friends gathered for family parties and other occasions. After buying them, LaChapelle manipulated them via the insertion of objects and figures extraneous to the original context, such as flags, weapons and symbols of American power. The protagonist of Star System is public image, the most important visiting card for every celebrity, from Paris Hilton to Courtney Love. The artist grasps the aspects of personality that capture the narcissistic nature and exhibitionist attitudes of those belonging to the star system. Normality is ruled out, because the real attraction is every conceivable form of excess. Each of these portraits underscores how the icons of the star system morph into an alter ego to which they entrust their identity.
The section Heaven to Hell presents a series of three photos addressing the theme of death that grazes us or strikes us every day. Two of the images show a raging fire as it destroys the decor of an interior; the third is a contemporary Pietà interpreted by Courtney Love holding in her arms the dead body of a young drug addict. The drama of grief for the loss of a loved one, is condensed in the historic iconography of the Pietà, and extends to embrace the whole of humanity, giving shape to a sentiment of empathy that feeds on influences deriving from LaChapelle’s profound passion for the history of art.
Galleria Poggiali e Forconi until May 6. Via della Scala, 35/a. Open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:30 to 7:00 pm. Closed on Sunday. Tel. 055 287748. www.poggialieforconi.it. info@poggialieforconi.it. Free entry.

Until August 30, at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence pays homage to the human and intellectual epic of one of its most ingenious sons.
Galileo’s first celestial discoveries date to exactly 400 years ago, and to mark this fourth centenary the United Nations has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy. The exhibition proposes a journey through time and space that begins with the mystical and poetic visions of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. It moves on to the Greek cosmogonies, characterised by the ingenious homocentric spheres of Eudoxus, through the planetary architectures of Ptolemy and Arab astronomy, revoking the Christian interpretations and finally arriving at the heliocentric theories of Copernicus that inspired Galileo and Kepler, the scholars who – together with Newton – made a decisive contribution to the definitive consolidation of the new concept of the universe.
Enhanced by informative videos, the itinerary is illustrated by archaeological finds, beautifully-fashioned scientific instruments, celestial atlases, paintings (spectacular frescoes from Pompeii never shown before, in addition to Botticelli, Rubens and Guercino), sculptures, precious illuminated codices and specially-built working cosmological models. Among the most spectacular exhibits are the monumental astronomical tapestry of Toledo, the Farnese Atlas, the mysterious painting Linder Gallery Interior, displayed here for the first time, and Galileo’s telescope.
Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi. Until August 30. Open daily 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Thursday until 11:00 pm. Tickets: € 10.00. Tel. 055 2645155. For bookings: tel. 055 2469600. prenotazioni@cscsigma.it

From March 10 to June 21, the Palatine and Modern Art Galleries of the Pitti Palace host Pietro Benvenuti.
Pietro Benvenuti (Arezzo, 1769 – Florence, 1844) was the leading protagonist of Tuscan art in the years that marked the passage from neoclassicism to romanticism. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Florence and completed his training in Rome where he painted his first important studio trials: the Judith for the Cathedral of Arezzo and the Martyrdom of the Blessed Signoretto Alliata for the Cathedral of Pisa.
Elisa Baciocchi (whose brother Napoleon Bonaparte received the principality of Lucca and Piombino, and then the government of the entire Tuscany) appointed Benvenuti court painter, and in 1807 she summoned him to direct the Academy of Florence, an office he maintained until his death. The Napoleonic parenthesis was the period of several monumental compositions (The Death of Priam, The Oath of the Saxons, Elisa and the Artists), which precluded to the great decorative undertakings planned to modernise the Pitti Palace, the Room of Hercules in particular (in the wing today occupied by the Palatine Gallery), terminated during the Restoration.
Benvenuti was also an extraordinary portraitist. In Tuscany, he represents the style that prevailed in the middle-European ambit, both in bringing the character of the personages into focus, and in the setting. His classicist vocation is fully expressed in the composition of mythological themes, which the painter prepared with exquisite drawings that often assume the value of autonomous works. Leopold II of Lorraine commissioned him to complete the decorations in the dome of the Chapel of the Princes in the Church of San Lorenzo.
So the exhibition illustrates Benvenuti’s artistic history, presents his most important works, and compares them with those of his early teachers, and those by Italian and foreign artists (from Giani to Sabatelli to Thorvaldsen), encountered in Rome in the eccentric and experimental Accademia dei Pensieri (Academy of Thought). The Sala Bianca of the Gallery of Modern Art presents the paintings of the Napoleonic years (mainly portraits and mythological themes). The set up revolves around the large painting of Pyrrhus, presented to the public for the first time after a long and complex restoration that has revealed its stylistic components drawn from the study of David and Canova.
The exhibition itinerary also includes the Room of Hercules and ends with a section dedicated to the paintings of the years of the Restoration, genre paintings for the most part of a historical-literary matrix with inflections of a troubadour flavour. The particular interest of these works emerges from the comparison with several paintings with an explicit romantic adhesion by contemporaries Luigi Sabatelli and Giuseppe Bezzuoli. They are the proof that the classicist maestro Benvenuti at least in part shared the instances of truthfulness advanced by the next generation of the “moderns”, especially the Macchiaioli. Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery, Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 6:50 pm. Closed Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it. Info: 055 294883.

From March 14 to July 12, the Pitti Palace Silver Museum hosts a show featuring the art of antiquity reflected in twentieth-century and present-day art. Paintings and sculptures that have passed through the centuries (from the Etruscans to the Classical Age, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance), are proposed in comparison with Picasso and Dali, Modigliani and De Chirico, Soffici, Marino Marini, Vangi, Mitoraj, Theimer, Guadagnucci and Franco Angeli.
The more than 130 works on show include a series of significant parallels of the applied arts: between the glass manufactures by Ercole Barovier and Carlo Scarpa and extraordinary pieces from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, between ceramics by Giò Ponti and those from the National Archaeological Museums of Florence and Rome, between twentieth-century jewels and several wonders from antiquity and the Medici collections in the Pitti Palace.
The exhibition visually represents the innovative force and great expressiveness of twentieth-century art, juxtaposed with an historical Neoclassicism. Already present in Picasso’s works from the early XX century (the exhibition presents the Repas Frugal from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London), the return to origin became a creative drive also for a generation of Italian artists. After the disruptive experiences of the turn of the century, Carrà, Severini, Soffici, De Chirico, Morandi, and Modigliani chose this road to reconnect with roots and traditions. Even foreign artists were influenced by the allure of our past: in the Birth of Liquid Desires dated 1931-32, and on loan from the Guggenheim Museum of Venice, Salvador Dalì presents a surreal atmosphere, and literally cites the famous Cornelian with Apollo, Marsias and Olympus, which once belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent. Silver Museum. Palazzo Pitti. Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 5.30 pm. Closed Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it. Info: 055 294883.

Until June 14, the Alinari National Museum of Photography hosts works by Carlo Mollino, Italian architect and designer whose skill as a photographer was only rediscovered some years after his death in 1973. Mollino held photography in high esteem, it was a great passion and favourite means of expression. He was a photographer who advocated retouching, as documented in his treatise The Message from the Dark Room. Mollino often painted on his photos or negatives.
Alinari National Museum of Photography. Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed Wednesday. Entry: euro 6. www.firenzeperfattori.it, www.alinarifondazione.it.

This ongoing show at the newly restored Villa Bardini, features Pietro Annigoni, who died in 1988, leaving a legacy that we can now begin to explore in depth. A selected portion of the 6000 works of art recently donated by the artist’s family will be on show, changing annually to enable his public to eventually view the entire collection. Painting in a Renaissance style, Annigoni’s portraits graced the cover of Time magazine five times during his life. Visit the museum today, to enjoy an introduction to the artist’s works, as this year we will be shown paintings (and lithographs, designs and memorabilia) dating to the beginning of his career.
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2 and Via dei Bardi 1r. Museum hours: October 1 through March 31: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. From April 1 through September 30: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tel. 055-2638599. www.bardinipeyron.it.

Theatre info: Teatro Comunale , Via Solferino 15. Tel. 055 27791. Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel. 055 2479651. Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, tel. 055 212320. Teatro Saschall , Lungarno Moro 3, tel. 055 6504112. Teatro Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15. Tel. 055 229651. Teatro Romano, Fiesole, Tel. 055/59187. Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3, tel. 055 678841. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5. St. Mark’s Church. Via Maggio 16. Tel. 055 294764. Church of Orsanmichele, Via dei Calzaiuoli. Tel. 055-210305. Teatro Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, tel. 055 362067. Chiesa S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, piazza S. Stefano 5. Teatro Politeama Pratese, Via G. Garibaldi, 33 – Prato. Tel: 0574/603758
www.politeamapratese.com. Purchase tickets for theatre, concerts and other events at the following ticket agencies: BOX OFFICE: Via Alamanni, 39 (alongside the train station). Open Monday 15,30-19,30, from Tuesday to Saturday 10,00-19,30. Tel: 055/210804. Fax: 055/213112, INTERNATIONAL STUDIO, Chiasso de’ Soldanieri, Tel. 055/293393, ARGONAUTA VIAGGI, Lungarno Torrigiani 33/B, 055/2342777.9187. Many tickets can be pre-purchased via www.ticketone.it or www.boxol.it or www.classictic.com/en or www.festivalopera.it.

Every day
ORGAN CONCERT. Chiesa S. Maria de' Ricci, Via del Corso. Daily at 9:15 pm; Saturdays at 6:00 pm.

Friday 3
PIERO PELU’ - Politeama Pratese - Prato
MARTHA ARGERICH AND LILYA ZILBERSTEIN, piano. Music of Mozart, Rachmaninov, Schumann. Teatro Pergola. 9:00 pm

Saturday 4
ACCADEMIA BIZANTINA - OTTAVIO DANTONE, conductor and harpsicord. Music of Handel. Teatro Pergola. 4:00 pm

Sunday 5
ARDITTI QUARTET, THOMAS SELDITZ, VALENTIN ERBEN, viola and cello. Music of Brahms, Schonberg. Teatro Pergola. 9:00 pm

Monday 6
MAX GAZZE’ - Teatro Puccini - Firenze
PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE - Fabio Lombardo, Nicola Pazkowski. Pietro De Maria (piano), Andrea Lucchesini (piano), Antonino Siringo (armonium). Music of Rossini. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm.
 Tuesday 7
ANDREA TACCHI with voice and poetry by Alba Donati. Music of Haydn. Teatro Verdi. 9:00 pm.
Saturday 11
ANDREA TACCHI with voice and poetry by Alba Donati. Music of Haydn. Duomo (to be confirmed)
Saturday 18
BOB DYLAN - Nelson Mandela Forum

Sunday 19
NOMADI - Saschall

Tuesday 21
Wednesday 22
TIZIANO FERRO - Nelson Mandela Forum

Thursday 23
NEK - Saschall

Wednesday 29

Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2 (across from Colle Beretto Bar). Phone: 055 214 068.
Tom Tykwer’s movie The International is a tale of banks’ involvement in money-laundering and arms dealing in the context of the War on Terror.
Kate Winslet is the older woman with a past, romantically involved with a teenager in Steven Daldry’s reconciliation drama The Reader, set in post World War II Germany (Berlin Film Festival, WINNER BEST ACTRESS OSCAR Kate Winslet).
Easy Virtue is a delightful period adaptation of Noel Coward’s play about a 1920s culture clash between the new and the old world.
Costa-Gavras’ movie Eden a l’Ouest (Eden is West) is a story of illegal immigrants in the EU. Shown in its original French version.
Based on actual historical events, Valkyrie stars Tom Cruise as a Nazi officer who heads a plot to assassinate Hitler at the height of World War II.
Another solid performance as both star and director from Clint Eastwood in his Gran Torino, a challenging story of racism and crime and the difficult road to multicultural tolerance.
Harvey Milk was the first openly-gay man to be elected to public office in the US, in San Francisco in 1977. Sean Penn plays him in Gus Van Sant’s excellent biopic Milk (winner of 2 OSCARs, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay).
Barry Levinson’s comedy drama What Just Happened? is about the business of trying to get a movie made in Tinseltown.
Marley & Me is a cheery family comedy about a dog, Marley, and the naughtiness he gets up to in the family who host him.
Tony Gilroy’s thriller Duplicity features a star line-up and tells the story of corporate espionage and revenge.
Courtney Hunt's directorial debut Frozen River is an unflinching tale of two women, who, driven by economic hardship, form an unlikely partnership smuggling illegal immigrants.

Thursday 2 - The International by Tom Tykwer with Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, James Rebhorn. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Monday 6 - The International. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Tuesday 7 - The Reader by Stephen Daldry (Italian subtitles) with Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Thursday 9 - Easy Virtue (Italian subtitles) with Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Barnes, Kimberley Nixon. 4.30 – 6.30 – 8.30 -10.30
Tuesday 14 - Eden a l’Ouest (Original French version) with Riccardo Scamarcio, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Tukur, Anny Duperey, Antoine Monot Jr. 4.00 – 6.10 – 8.20 – 10.30 pm
Thursday 16 - Valkyrie by Bryan Singer (Italian subtitles) with Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Monday 20 - Gran Torino by Clint Eastwood (Italian subtitles) with Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley, Austin Douglas Smith. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Tuesday 21 - Frozen River by Courtney Hunt with Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe. 4.30 – 6.30 – 8.30 -10.30
Thursday 23 - Milk by Gus Van Sant with Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Victor Garber. 5.00 – 8.00 – 10.30 pm with Italian subtitles
Monday 27 - What Just happened? by Barry Levinson with Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, John Turturro, Robin Wright Penn, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis. 4.00 – 6.10 – 8.20 – 10.30 pm
Tuesday 28 - Marley &Me by David Frankel with Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Thursday 30 – Duplicity by Tony Gilroy (Italian subtitles) with Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Wilkinson. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30


Held in Fiesole on Sunday 5 (the first Sunday of each month), this open-air market celebrates antiquities and vintage objects in the newly reopened central piazza of this pretty hilltop town. Sun. 5. Piazza Mino, Fiesole. Open: 8:00 am to sundown. Info: Tel. 055.055. www.comune.fiesole.fi.it.

“Artisan wares market”: Sun. 5 (morning to afternoon). Panzano-in-Chianti. The first Sunday of each month the weekly town market held in Panzano is expanded with artisan booths of all sorts. Depending on who chooses to show up, you’ll find honey and pecorino (sheep’s milk) cheese makers, hand-embroidered linen makers, boutique wineries and antique dealers and much more. To visit Panzano by car from Florence or Siena, take Route 222, the "Chiantigiana" highway passing through the Chianti wine area. From the west, there is a road connecting with the highway at Tavarnelle or S. Donato. This pretty road passes the monastery at Badia a Passignano. It is also possible to reach Panzano by SITA bus from Florence. The trip takes about one hour.

SCOPPIO DEL CARRO (Explosion of the cart).
On Tuesday 14, Easter Tuesday. Panzano-in-Chianti hosts a sweet, small-town version of the traditional Scoppio del Carro (Exploding Cart). This one takes place in pretty Panzano, about an hour drive south of Florence, in the heart of the Chianti region. A cart is rigged with fireworks and sparklers so that when a dove-shaped rocket (symbolising the Holy Spirit) zooms down a steel cable from the local church, it will set off a magnificent dance of fire on impact. Plan to be there by 6:00 pm. to catch the fever. For information call 055852020.

2000 FIORI
Easter Monday 13 is the perfect holiday to take a drive to Scarperia, into the northern heart of the Tuscan Mugello countryside. Starting at 9:00 am, the village streets will explode with the presence of the best of Tuscany’s flower and fruit tree growers. This is a chance to stroll through one of Italy’s prettiest historical villages, invaded by sweet scents and all the colors of the rainbow.
Piazza dei Vicari, Scarperia

FESTA DELLA STAGION BONA (A local fair in medieval style)
Saturday April 25, Panzano in Chianti is traditionally host to a local fair born in remembrance of an event which took place in the twelfth century. One April centuries ago, a young nobleman of the Firidolfi family was taken prisoner and killed by two hit men hired by the Gherardini clan. The present-day procession evokes the event with a parade of more than 200 locals dressed in medieval costume, plus a “trial” and a “hanging”. The fun starts around 4:00 pm.

Sunday 26th the Macelleria Falaschi in San Miniato (province of Pisa) opens its doors and its heart offering Jazz in Macelleria, the 5th annual edition of this aperitivo/concert/event featuring the smooth, rolling notes of the Trio Scafroglia. Don’t miss the fun if you are in the area. The town of San Miniato is worth a visit in any case. From 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Macelleria Norcineria Gastronomia, Sergio Falaschi, Via A. Conti, 18/20, 56027 San Miniato (PI). Tel./Fax 0571 43190. info@sergiofalaschi.it. www.sergiofalaschi.it

THE DELLA ROBBIA: A Renaissance Dialogue Between the Arts.
Until June 7, Arezzo’s Museum of Medieval and Modern art of Arezzo presents the industrious Della Robbia family. From the early 1400's to near the end of the 1500's, this family produces glazed earthenware works that still speak to us today, with grace, charm and silent sweetness.
Starting with Luca della Robbia, through the ingenious, secret formula for creating and glazing the terra cotta masterpieces attributed to this family, sculpture, architecture and painting dialogue with the so-called "decorative arts (gold-smithing, glasswork, enamels, etc). In order to better explain this moment in art history of sharing and comparing that bred genius, alongside the Della Robbian production, will be works by artists contemporary to the family (Donatello, Ghiberti, Andrea del Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Desiderio da Settignano and others).
Arezzo, Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna, Via San Lorentino 8. Open: daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Ticket: 10.00 euro. For info: www.mostradellarobbia.it

ART, GENIUS, FOLLY: The Night and Day of the Artist.
Until May 25, Siena’s Museum Santa Maria della Scala will host an exhibition of works by Ernst, Dix, Van Gogh, Kirchner, Munch, Guttuso, Mafai, Ligabue and more (do you feel the angst?). The show highlights the results of research from both artistic and scientific viewpoints, on the rapport between artistic production and mental disturbances that have touched art over time. More than 300 works, both paintings and sculpture, have been chosen to illustrate this complex relationship.
Siena, Museo di Santa Maria della Scala. Open: every day including holidays from 10:30 am/7:30 pm., Ticket: 8.00 euro. Tel. 0577 224811. www.artegeniofollia.it.

ANTONIO LIGABUE: His Tiger Roars between Pontassieve and the Arno.
Until June 7, the Palazzo Municipale of Pontassieve hosts 49 works by Antonio Ligabue, one of Italy’s most important, 20th century Naïve artists. Ligabue was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and died in Reggio Emilia in 1966. During a life spent in and out of psychiatric hospital wards, his natural talent came out in his use of wild colours, and the deep-seeing expressions that haunt his many self portraits, three of which are on show in Pontassieve. Other pieces depict wild animals, especially regal felines.
Pontassieve, Palazzo Comunale, Sala delle Colonne. Open: 9:30 to 12:30 and from 3 to 7:00 pm. On Fridays, afternoons only. Closed Mondays. Ticket: 5 euro. Info: tel. 055 8360346 www.comune.pontassieve.fi.it

GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES IN PRATO. Prato Cathedral. Open Mon. ¬ Sat. 10:00 am ¬ 5:00 pm. Admission: 4
euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by calling 0574/24112.
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Prato’s cathedral. Today, the three-tiered frescoes, which cover the walls and vaults of the main chapel with stories of St. John the Baptist and St. Stephen, are visible in renewed splendour after seven years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi.

All our best,

The Staff of Pitcher and Flaccomio

Newsletter compiled by Kim Wicks

Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter Copyright 2009

Direttore responsabile Mario Spezi -  Pubblicazione con iscrizione n. 5697 del 23\01\09 presso il Tribunale di Firenze