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|NEWSLETTER – august 2009
August in Florence
ok, its hot, but this is
a month many of us adore spending in town. Most Florentines
head out to the beaches or beyond, leaving behind a nearly
traffic-free city where parking is blessedly easy, and a prevailing
atmosphere of: we are stuck in town for the summer,
so lets make the best of it. Work continues
but with a much less serious attitude. We plan evening drinks
together with friends and weekend outings to nearby lakes
or pools. It is an un-official month of small celebrations.
Enjoy yourselves; we intend to do the same.
In this issue: our August calendar of whats happening
in and out of town includes exhibitions, summer music festivals
and medieval fairs. On August 15, all of Italy celebrates
the Assumption of the Madonna, an important midsummer holiday.
It is a week that towns and cities nearly come to a complete
stop (though action at the seaside continues full force).
Dear Friends, once again this year, I have the pleasure of
joining the committee that organizes Corri La Vita, a walk/marathon
to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. In our seventh
edition, to be held on Sunday September 2, we are being generously
sponsored by Ferragamo who wil be creating 14,000 bright orange
tee shirts for our participants. Every year a new colour and
design is created especially for the official Corri La Vita
T shirt, and this year, for the first time more than 2,400
virtual friends on Facebook selected Orange because
of its energy, vitality and radiates warmth. The
minimum donation to participate is €10.00 which entitles
you to the official T shirt, and all children under 10 years
of age do not pay.
Of course, we seek additional financial support to raise sufficient
funds for our projects. Therefore I am turning to all of you
who read our newsletter, to ask your companies or local associations
if they would like to become sponsors for Corri La Vita. Undoubtedly,
this high visibility event in the historic city of Florence
would provide excellent exposure as well as association with
a very just cause. Should you need any further information
as to where, how, what and why, please dont hesitate
to email email@example.com or go to the official event website
http://ww.corrilavita.it. I will be forever grateful for any
assistance my friends can offer this worthy cause.
I thank you in advance,
From our cool office on Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia SUZANNE,
CORSO, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, KIMBERLY and MARIO send best
wishes for a summer full of fun.
& FLACCOMIO REPORT
ACCADEMIA AND UFFIZI EVENING EXTRAVAGANZA
To celebrate the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, until Sept.
10 the Accademia Gallery will open with FREE entry during
special hours from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday evenings
only. Plus, until Sept. 29, both the Accademia and the Uffizi
will extend Tuesday evening opening hours until 9:00 pm (regular
entry fee) making for cool, crowd-free art enjoyment.
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!..........Its phony war time again as teams
regroup around the transfer market and gear up with friendlies
against the best teams in the world or, in the case of Livorno
(with their own take on the rigours of Serie A) unemployed
Germans. The press blares about a new stadium but it
looks dependent on finance from public sector grants (under
pressure), planning gain (worth little in the recession) and
commercial developments (unlikely given the credit crunch).
It may stay a dream for some time yet so lets focus
on Fiorentinas hunt for a third-ever Scudetto.........
Fun & Games. Weve been training at Cortona and playing
local friendlies (made available on the official website for
insomnia-sufferers) not the most arduous of starts.
On 19 July we trampled over the locals to the tune of 13-0;
mixing old hands with juniors, nearly everyone scored! Our
azzuri internationals drifted back a little later, Gilardino
winning media coverage for returning a week early maybe
he didnt like his holiday hotel? Were being cautious
with Adrian Mutu; regular readers will recall that knee surgery
caused him to miss the tail of last season but he got a run-out
on 25 July against Belluno, another sacrificial lamb. Seven-nil.
These games dont matter for their results; they enable
Prandelli (with whom the editor of this newsletter was spotted
talking tactics in a Florentine restaurant) to make sure his
players are a group. Cesare sees the top places going again
to Inter, Milan and Juve and everyone else vying for fourth.
He may be right but (1) while it will take dynamite to prise
the Scudetto away from Inter, Milan and Juve have major remodelling
to do after personnel changes and (2) Fiorentina threw away
points against lesser teams last season and if we can cut
that out we might surprise even ourselves. A champion team
will always beat a team of champions; in football, anything
is possible [except Scotland winning the World Cup].
The friendlies got a little but not much more
serious on 29 July as the Viola hosted a visit to the Stadio
from French giants, Paris St Germain. Cold shower, dose of
reality.......we lost by an emphatic 3-0. We were trying out
a new formation and there were substitutes galore. No need
to panic. There were only two problems first, we didnt
score any goals; second, we conceded too many. Otherwise,
everything was fine and the new strip looked good. More work
Transfer Market. Pantaleo Corvino has never stopped working
to strengthen the team and the media never stopped dreaming,
inventing, imagining and reporting - but some things are becoming
clear. No-one is coming from Real Madrid. Felipe Melo, having
signed a new 5-year contract with a 20mn euro exclusion clause,
has promptly departed for Juventus (no hard feelings but lets
pray that we beat them this season and Melo gets sent off).
No matter the Viola management spin, Melos loss could
hurt; he brought a necessary degree of robustness to our midfield
some interesting alternatives are being talked about.....we
shall see! The other departures Zauri, Bonazzoli, Storari,
Lupoli and Mazurch were loan deals reaching a natural
end. Pasqual has signed a new 3-year contract but there are
whispers about Semioli looking towards Sampdoria.
We have half a dozen or so additions confirmed. The key ones
are the Juve winger, Marchionni, who is likely to go straight
into the first-choice line-up (and whose acquisition may have
unsettled Semioli); Natali, Torinos experienced central
defender; and a dollop of muted controversy at the signing
of Jose Castillo from Lecce, relegated last year. The Argentine
is 34 and is touted as cover for Gilardino; he will wear Batistutas
shirt. Not all are enthralled but the proof of the pudding..........
Serie A. The season proper gets going on Sunday 22 August.
The Viola wait till the Monday to stake their claim
3 points at Bologna should be in the bag; then a test against
Palermo at the Stadio. A good start is essential as Roma and
Lazio lurk in September...Forza Viola!
Ticket information is available from the biglietteria
section of the clubs website: http://ww.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 Piazza 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. SPORTIVA COLLETTIVO AUTONOMO
VIOLA 1978, via Lungo lAffrico 10r. Tel 055 672580.
BAR H9, via dellAriento (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.
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE: At the end of July, the squad heads
south for the Dahlia Cup with hosts Catania and Palermo. Following
another light local run-out on 5 August, we take a trip to
Birmingham (England) to play Aston Villa, then come back for
a game at Figline. Then things get serious. We have the Champions
League qualifiers over two legs in August while the Serie
A computer has settled on our August games:
Champions League: Qualifier First Leg 18 or 19 August
to be confirmed
Serie A Week 1: 23 August: Bologna-Fiorentina
Champions League: Qualifier Second Leg 25 or 26 August
to be confirmed
Serie A Week 2: (Florence) 30 August: Fiorentina-Palermo
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Put a ripe watermelon in the fridge to chill. Slice and serve.
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GELATO: AN OCCASIONAL PROMENADE (continued......) Submitted
by Simon and Anne
.....and we feel the need to continue given the African heat
bearing down on the city. If this goes on, promenading will
have to be kept in check until the sun goes down. Still, it
must be good news for the gelato industry. If you are feeling
parched by the sun in the city centre, these three places
will bring reliable relief:
FESTIVAL DI GELATO [via del Corso 75R. Tel: 055 239 4386].
Tucked down the northern side of the Coin store, a bustling
gelateria with a tight frontage but running deep into the
building. An extensive range of gelato and semi-freddo that
gives the lie to the contention that more equals less. Occasionally
offers a delectable white chocolate. Be ready to spend a little
time choosing your combination of flavours. Closed Mondays,
otherwise 10.00 to half-past midnight.
GELATERIA GROM [via del Campanile 2 (angolo dellOche).
Tel: 055 216 158]. Chic decor for the Florence outlet of what
has developed into an international chain (see http://ww.grom.it).
Duck into a contemporarily-styled gelato-bar a block south
of the Duomo, just along from the Paperback Exchange and Pegna
which upholds traditional gelateria methods. Grom boasts
a commitment to the best of Italian ingredients; some flavours
have a Slow Food accreditation. The product lives up to the
claims. Open every day from 10.00 through to midnight. The
queues can be serpentine!
PERCHE NO? [Via dei Tavolini 19r (angolo via Calzaioli). Tel:
055 239 8969]. A gem. A small city-centre outlet, off Calzaioli
by Orsanmichele and a block south of Festival di Gelato. Well-known
and offering a quality of gelato consistently higher than
high. Specialises in chocolate and does a great white chocolate.
Nothing seems to disappoint perché no indeed!
Generally open Wednesday to Monday.
ALGHIERI VIAGGI, VIA S. EGIDIO 14r. TEL 055 241044. firstname.lastname@example.org
I love all the information in your newsletters. We have used
this travel agency several times to book train tickets
all the staff we encountered were cheerful, helpful and spoke
excellent English! It was a speedy process! (Though they do
close for lunch.)
FESTIVAL OF SAN LORENZO
On Monday 10, join the neighborhood of San Lorenzo in a celebration
of their patron, Saint Lawrence. During the morning, salute
the parade writhing through town from the Palagio di Parte
Guelfa on Via Pellicceria, to the Basilica di San Lorenzo,
starting around 10:30. At 7:00 pm, head to Piazza San Lorenzo
for an outdoor celebration. There will be free lasagna, music
and watermelon for all. The event begins sometime after the
market stalls that line the streets by day are rolled away.
In addition, in honor of San Lorenzo, a concert is held each
year in Piazza San Lorenzo by the G. ROSSINI PHILHARMONIC
ORCHESTRA, at 9:00 pm. For info tel. 055603407 - http://ww.filarmonicarossini.it.
LIBERATION OF FLORENCE
Tuesday 11 watch for some local fanfare. On August 11, 1944,
with the help of the Allied troops, Florence rebelled against
the Germans and the city was restored to the Florentines.
To celebrate, a parade takes place each year at 9:00 am, beginning
in Piazza dell'Unità near the central station and ending
in Piazza della Signoria. This year we also celebrate the
65th Anniversary of Florences Liberation with a concert
by the G. ROSSINI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at 9:00 pm. in Piazza
SALDI SALES SCONTI
Through August and until Sept. 7th, shops and stores in Florence
and Tuscany are officially allowed to reduce prices on their
spring/summer merchandise. Take advantage and stretch those
EXHIBITS AROUND FLORENCE
FROM PETRA TO SHAWBAK - Archaeology of a Frontier
From Monday July 13 to October 11, the Limonaia in the Boboli
Gardens offers an exhibition of the latest international archaeology
investigations and of the research conducted by the University
of Florence in these past twenty years in Jordan at the sites
of Petra and Shawbak. Petra was the capital of the mercantile
empire of the Nabataeans which controlled the incense route,
then conquered by the Romans, the Persians and the Arabs up
to the epoch of the Crusades, between 1100 and 1118, when
king Baldwin of Jerusalem built the two castles of Al-WuAyra
and Al-Habis. The Crusader century (between 1100
and 1189) revived the citys ancient function in southern
Jordan, as a frontier between the Mediterranean and Arabia,
but also between Syria and Egypt. The Castle of Shawbak, also
founded by Baldwin I, is one of the most spectacular medieval
settlements of the eastern Mediterranean. It is located 25
km north of Petra, which it replaced as capital of Transjordan
in the XII century. Studies conducted by the Italian archaeological
mission have restored this site to the great history of the
Mediterranean, along with its extraordinary monuments: the
cathedral of Saint Mary, the palace of Saladins grandson,
the monumental bastions of the late XIII century.
As of 2006, the Shawbak site has been the object of an innovative
international Italian-Jordanian agreement of scientific and
cultural cooperation between the Department of Antiquities
of Jordan and the University of Florence, which combines archaeological
research, conservative restoration and valorization. The exhibition
itinerary has been conceived in three sections: 1) the discovery
of an authentic capital that reinterprets the Crusader presence
of the Seigniory of Transjordan, and beginning a succession
that crosses the dynasty of Saladin; 2) documentation of the
diverse role performed by the frontier: from the ancient age
(Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine), Arab-Islamic (Umayyad, Abbasid,
Fatimid) up to the Crusader-Ayyubid and Mameluke ages, explored
through the archaeological observatory of the region and of
the sites of Petra and Shawbak; 3) the collection and publication
of visitors comments. Several films (from Indiana Jones
to Aleksandr Nevskij) will contribute to drawing the public
to the exhibition themes. Limonaia of the Boboli Garden. Daily
from 8:15 am to 7:30 pm. Closed the first and last Monday
of the month. Tel. 055 2654321.
DRAWINGS FROM THE LOUVRE
Until Sept. 14 the Museo della Casa Buonarroti presents a
show based on studies carried out by the Département
des Arts Graphiques at the Musée du Louvre on the vast
graphics collection (about three thousand drawings and thirty
thousand engravings) donated by Edmond de Rothschild to the
Louvre in the 1930s, that has led to the identification of
a remarkable number of works by Italian Renaissance masters.
For many years now, Fondazione Casa Buonarroti and the Département
des Arts Graphiques have had excellent scientific relations,
with the result that the Museo della Casa Buonarroti is now
putting on an exhibition of the highest level, with over ninety
items, almost none of which have been shown previously. A
particularly enchanting introduction to the exhibition is
given by a group of twenty-one International Gothic drawings,
visible from both sides. On the front, there are fabulous
images of ancient castles, and on the back architectural and
figure drawings of the finest draughtsmanship. The various
subjects include an Angel Defeating Vices, a Saint George
and the Dragon, a Crucifixion with God the Father and Mary
Magdalene, and Architecture with Peacock and Birds in Flight.
These are followed by nine niello works by famous artists;
then we find the main section of the exhibition, which consists
of about sixty-five sheets, with masterpieces by Pisanello,
Jacopo Salimbeni, Leonardo, Raphael, Fra Bartolomeo, Benozzo
Gozzoli, Maso Finiguerra, Niccolò dell'Abate, Perin
del Vaga, Battista Franco, Cavalier d'Arpino, and other great
names from Quattrocento and Cinquecento Italian art. Casa
Buonarroti, via Ghibellina 70, tickets: € 6.50, opening
hours: 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Tel. 055
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, PERFECTION IN FORM
Until Sept. 27, an exhibition dedicated to the great American
photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, in the twentieth anniversary
of his death, illuminates the Accademia Gallery. For the first
time works of this renowned artist of photography are exhibited
with universal icons of art like the David, flanked by the
Prisoners, and paintings by masters from the fourteenth century
to the full Renaissance. From its very title, Robert Mapplethorpe,
Perfection in Form, the show expresses the profound principle
that associates Mapplethorpe with the great Renaissance masters
and, in particular, with Michelangelo: the search for balance,
the precision and clarity inherent to Form that
tends toward perfection by means of the geometric rigor of
volumes defined by line and sculpted by light.
In Mapplethorpes own words: I look for perfection
I am trying to capture what could be sculpture.
The photographer confessed his fascination for the art of
Michelangelo, stating: If I had been born one hundred
or two hundred years ago, I might have been a sculptor, but
photography is a very quick way to see, to make sculpture.
The material is grouped into four sections addressing the
single theme of Form; Geometry of Form, Fragment as Form,
Repeating Form, and Sculptural Form. Michelangelos David
and the four Prisoners, as terms of comparison, in addition
to four drawings and a wax model also by Michelangelo, reflect
off 93 works by Mapplethorpe that include human subjects as
well as numerous still-lifes, where Mapplethorpe confirms
his attention for the study of light and shadows on the object,
giving it a clear placement in space. Accademia Gallery. Via
Ricasoli 58. Open Tues-Sun 8:15 am-6:50 pm; last admission
30 min. before closing. Ticket: 10 euro. Closed Monday. Firenze
Musei Tel. 055. 2654321
SPLENDOUR AND REASON, ART IN 18TH CENTURY FLORENCE
Until Sept. 30 the Uffizi Gallery hosts a fascinating special
exhibit. With the extinction of the Medici dynasty (1743),
Florence did not lose its prestige as capital of culture and
the arts, thanks to the government of the Lorraines, who gave
the city the international profile required by Enlightenment
policies. This exhibition is the first overall panorama of
the principal artistic events of the eighteenth century in
Florence, with 120 paintings, sculptures, art objects and
furnishings, works from the entire century, recording the
changes in taste from the late Baroque period to Neoclassicism.
The show starts with commissions made by Cosimo III and the
Grand Prince Ferdinando de Medici, that opened the city
to foreign artists like Sebastiano Ricci and Giuseppe
Maria Crespi. They favored sculpture (with personalities like
Giovan Battista Foggini and Massimiliano Soldani Benzi), and
developed the manufacture of tapestries and semiprecious stone
Following the Medicis, Peter Leopold of Lorraine brought the
European version of Rococo and Neoclassicism to Tuscany, along
with the reformist spirit that accompanied the theories of
the Enlightenment even in the figurative arts. A new elite
of patrons took shape in Florence. In this context, the families
of the Florentine aristocracy held a conspicuous role: the
Gerinis for the diffusion of the veduta (landscape), the Ginoris
for their famed porcelains of Doccia, the Corsinis for their
constant relations with pontifical Rome. In this climate of
civic and cultural fervor, the Frenchmen François-Xavier
Fabre, Bénigne Gagnereaux, Louis Gauffier and Jean-Baptiste
Desmarais came to Florence, driven from Pontifical Rome after
the murder of the diplomat Nicolas de Basseville. With them
came the international version of neoclassicism, thus contributing
to the reform of the portrait, the veduta and
the historical painting, on the eve of the instatement of
the Napoleonic court (1799). Uffizi Gallery. Ticket: 10 euro.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:15 6:50 pm. Closed Monday.
Firenze Musei Tel. 055. 2654321
GALILEO. IMAGES OF THE UNIVERSE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE TELESCOPE
Until August 30, at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence pays homage
to the human and intellectual epic of one of its most ingenious
sons. Galileos 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, characterized
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 Galileos 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. email@example.com
TUSCAN SUN FESTIVAL
From Mon. 3 to Sun. 9, the medieval town of Cortona, in the
province of Arezzo provides an intimate setting for a wonderful
"new" arts festival, now already in its 7th edition.
With a program designed to explore the 5 senses, The Tuscan
Sun Festival this year includes not only world class concerts,
but a daily program of events that spans fine art, film, food
and wine, fitness, wellness, local culture and history.
Each evening the festival presents concerts by distinguished
artists performing in the intimate setting of the 420 seat,
Romantic-period theatre, Teatro Signorelli. The steps of Teatro
Signorelli spill into the open-air Piazza Signorelli, site
of not only this year's ballet performance by soloists of
the American Ballet Theatre, but the festival closing night
Opera Gala, featuring superstar soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
This years special guest is Anthony Hopkins, whose exhibition
of paintings entitled Masques and musical compositions will
both be featured. Artists Joshua Bell, Stéphane Denève,
Nina Kotova, Danielle de Niese, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maija
Kovalevska, Vlad Mirita, Jaap van Zweden, Michael Guttman
and Gisele Ben-Dor will all be featured at the festival this
year. Participation is free for a daily, morning Power Walk
or Tai Chi hour, plus art exhibitions, matinee movies, Author
Talks (by Beppe Severgnini, Barry Unsworth and others), and
many concerts. Purchase tickets to attend cooking demonstrations,
historic walks, lunches, guided wine and food tastings, music
and dance events.
For info and tickets: http://ww.ticketing.terretrusche.com
or phone 0575 630084 (from the US - +1 646 797 2915, from
England +44 (0) 20 8133 5571. In Cortona the Festival Booking
and Information Point can be found on the terrace of Teatro
55th PUCCINI FESTIVAL AT TORRE DEL LAGO
This years festival features TURANDOT (Aug. 7 and 22)
and MANON LEASCAUT (Aug. 8, 13), TOSCA (Aug. 9 and 20) and
LA BOHEME with sets and costumes by Jean Michel Folon (Aug.
14 and 21). Torre del Lago, home of the Puccini Festival,
lies between Lake Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea, four
kilometers from the beaches of Viareggio on the Tuscan Riviera.
The Festival welcomes about 40.000 spectators every year to
its open-air theatre, set next to the Villa Mausoleum where
Giacomo Puccini lived and worked. His mortal remains are now
in a small chapel inside the Villa.
The Puccini Festival was born in 1930 following Puccinis
I always come out here, take a boat and
but once I would like to come here and
listen to one of my operas in the open air
Puccini in a letter to Giovacchino Forzano in November 1924,
before he left for the Brussels clinic where he died shortly
after. The author of La Bohème and Madama Butterfly,
the last great poet of the Italian opera, the best composer
of operas Italy and the whole world had in our century
(Roman Vlad), expressed his wish to see his creatures come
to life in the extraordinary natural stage offered by the
In 1930, together with Pietro Mascagni, who had been a fellow-student
and roommate to Puccini, Giovacchino Forzano carried out the
first performances of Puccinis operas on the lakeshore
in front of the Maestros house, and one of the worlds
most famous and beloved opera festivals was born.
In 1966 the Festival moved to near the small lake harbor where
the present theatre was built, a large structure enjoying
the charming background of Massaciuccoli Lake. During the
over seventy years of the Festival, the stage of Torre del
Lago has hosted the most famous and acclaimed names of world
opera. Among them the great Mario del Monaco, who chose Torre
del Lago to leave the stage with an unforgettable performance
in Il Tabarro; Giuseppe Di Stefano, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido
Domingo, Josè Carreras (who received the Puccini Award
in 1997) and Andrea Bocelli. As for the roles of Puccinis
heroines, the performances of Giovanna Casolla, Antonia Cifrone,
Daniela Dessì, Ghena Dimitrova, Maria Dragoni, Norma
Fantini, Eva Marton, Francesca Patanè, Katia Ricciarelli,
Renata Scotto, Olivia Stapp, Maria Pia Jonata, Raina Kabaivanska,
Since 2000 the Puccini Festival has seen world-famous artists
who have chosen Pietrasanta as their homeland, in the role
of opera set designers. After Madama Butterfly by Kan Yasuda,
in 2002 a new production of Manon Lescaut with scenes and
costumes by Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj opened the 48th Puccini
Festival. A new production of La Bohème with sets and
costumes designed by Belgian painter, sculptor and illustrator
Jean-Michel Folon was a huge success in the Summer of 2003.
Performances start at 9:15 pm. Ticket prices range from 33
to 160 euro. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel.
(+39) 0584 359322. http://ww.puccinifestival.it/eng.
LINARI CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The official Linari classical concert season runs until August
7, and is based in the tiny, medieval village of Linari, situated
between Florence and Siena. Linari is a hilltop Borgo
in the Chianti Classico area, one of the most enchanting parts
of Tuscany. This festival presents a rich program of classical
music, ranging from the Baroque Era to the Twentieth century
executed by young and talented musicians from Australia, Britain,
Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States,
many of whom perform in some of the world's great orchestras.
A wonderful feature of the festival is the opportunity to
join your friends and the performers over a meal at the end
of most of the concerts.
Artistic Director Armstrong Terenghi tells us: A special
event in 2009 is the inclusion of a composer born in Volterra
in 1737, Francesco Zanetti. At age seventeen Zanetti became
Maestro di Cappella at Volterra, and early in 1760 he assumed
the same position at Perugia Cathedral. A master of the harpsichord,
organ, and violin, he composed not only a substantial amount
of church music but also several operas and chamber works.
For the first time we have access to his original manuscripts
and some of these compositions will be played on August 4
at Il Moro near Impruneta in the Chamber Music Room where
Zanetti himself performed. Booking telephone number:
327 221 5301. For updated information on the program please
Tuesday 4 - Il Moro, Impruneta. Music of Francesco Zanetti,
Beethoven, Rossini, with musicians Matthew Wadsworth (lute),
Daniel Parkin (flute), Gabriele Leporatti (piano) and Guilia
Nuti Amante (harpsichord).
Friday 7 - Pieve di SantAppiano, Barberino Val dElsa.
Music of Saint Saen, Karg-Elert, Villa Lobos and Rimsky-Korsakov,
by artists: Vicky Wright (clarinet), Daniel Parkin (flute),
Benjamin Hudson (bassoon) and Naomi Atherton (horn).
DANIEL FERRO VOCAL PROGRAM CONCERTS: Greve-in-Chianti
Each year, the Chianti area hosts vocal music concerts featuring
participants in the Music Course conducted by Daniel Ferro
and the L'Associazione Daniel Ferro Vocal Program di New York.
For over a decade the program has offered classes for talented
and developing young singers featuring a series of evening
concerts. These events are highly recommended, both for the
singing and for the locations of the concerts. Entry is free,
starting times may change. For info: email@example.com, call
the Greve information office: 055 8546287 or see http://ww.ferrovocalprogram.org.
Monday 3, 9.00 pm at the Garden of Caffé SantAnna,
Greve in Chianti Concert for youth participants.
Wednesday 5, 9:00 pm at the Santa Croce Church, Greve in Chianti.
CALICI DI STELLE - WINE UNDER THE STARS
On Monday 10, Italians celebrate San Lorenzo by turning their
eyes to the evening sky to watch for shooting stars. In Tuscany
and beyond, this day is made even more special with Calici
di Stelle, an event that will enliven wineries and piazzas
with art, music, folklore and wine. Expert enologists and
producers will guide tastings. This year, a common thread
will link Italian wine lovers under the banner of Great Wine
and Responsible Drinking. In many venues you will have the
chance to take a breathalyzer test! A disposable
breathalyzer, with the unmistakable logo of the big Italian
summer event, will be freely distributed to all.
The twelfth edition of Calici di Stelle toasts
2009 as the International Astronomic Year and
so this years event will be particularly rich in astronomical
meetings with experts, glad to show to the public the secret
beauty of the night sky.
Find special events in the following towns, generally starting
in the afternoon/evening: ABBADIA SAN SALVATORE (Siena), CARMIGNANO
(Prato), CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI (Livorno), CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI
(Siena), CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA (Siena), CHIUSI (Siena), COLLE
DI VAL DELSA (Siena), CINIGIANO (Grosseto), GAVORRANO
(Grosseto), GREVE IN CHIANTI (Firenze), MASSA MARITTIMA (Grosseto),
MONTECARLO (Lucca), MONTEPULCIANO (Siena), MONTESCUDAIO (Pisa),
MONTESPERTOLI (Firenze), PITIGLIANO (Grosseto), POGGIBONSI
(Siena), RUFINA (Firenze), SAN CASCIANO DEI BAGNI (Siena),
SAN GIMIGNANO (Siena), SCANSANO (Grosseto), SIENA, SUVERETO
(Livorno), TAVARNELLE VAL DI PESA (Firenze), TERRICCIOLA (Pisa)
and VINCI (Firenze). For details see: http://ww.movimentoturismovino.it,
FESTA DEL PATRONO SAN CASCIANO
On Thursday 13, the Tuscan town of San Casciano Val di Pesa
celebrates its patron saint with an all-day fair and evening
On the evening of Sat. 15, head out to the Mugello, north
of Florence. At Andolaccio, on the new Bilancino Lake, cool
off with free watermelon for everyone at 9:00 pm, and a great
fireworks display over the lake starting at 10:30.
On Sunday 16, Sienas Piazza del Campo hosts one of Italys
most historical events, the Palio. Lasting less than 2 minutes,
with 10 horses (representing 10 of the towns 17 neighborhoods)
careening 3 turns around the shell-shaped piazza at break-neck
speed, its something one should see at least once in
a lifetime (future editions can be viewed comfortably from
home, in front of the TV).
If you havent booked one of the few and expensive bleacher
or window seats, its best to get there by 3 pm to find
a place to stand in the center of Piazza del Campo. Though
the event itself is short, a day at the Palio presents a live
opportunity to understand the history of Siena. Remember though,
Italys RAI channel broadcasts the Palio with a very
informative running commentary. In addition to the race itself,
a series of test runs take place in the preceding week on
August 13, 14 and 15. The winning contrada holds a victory
parade on the 17th. A colorful and heartfelt parade starts
around 5:00 pm. The race generally begins around 7:00. Check
for info and seating availability by phoning 0577/280551.
VOLTERRA A.D. 1398
For the past 12 years, on two August Sundays (16 and 23) the
town of Volterra becomes a medieval village, returning to
the year 1398 in every way imaginable. With the help of local
merchants, musicians, jugglers, commoners and noblemen, the
streets and shops come to new (old) life. From dawn to dusk
youll find that your euros must be changed into grossi
(the currency of the 14th century) to carry any weight. At
5:00 pm on Sat. 15 as well, watch for medieval pageantry in
Piazza dei Priori. Admission 9 euro. Under 18/over 60: 5 euro.
Children under 10 free. Admission includes: reduced entry
to the (very interesting) Etruscan Museum Guarnacci and the
Art Gallery (from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm). Tel. 0588 87257. Email:
EXHIBITS AROUND TUSCANY
GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories
of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Pratos 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 splendor after seven
years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle
now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi. Prato
Cathedral. Open Mon. to Sat. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission:
4 euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by
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