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NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2016
WELCOME
Florence is starting to swelter with the August humidity that we know so well. While the Italians escape to the seaside, their stores may be closed but there is plenty to see during the Florentine summer. Spend an afternoon at the beach on the Arno, hide away from the midday sun in the air-conditioned museums, and spend your nights under the stars in Piazza Carmine. Don’t forget the sunscreen! With best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR AUGUST

BEST PERFORMANCE FOR AUGUST – ZAUBERTEATRO ON THE ARNO RIVER

ARNO ESTATE 2016 – CINQUANTA ANNI DOPO IL 1966
ARNO SUMMER 2016 – FIFTY YEARS AFTER 1966

Part of the Estate Fiorentina! From July 12, Zauberteatro return with theatrical performances on the Arno river, presented on-board small boats of ancient Renaioli. This year special attention will be given to the memory of the flood in Florence for the occasion of the 50th anniversary. Eleven evenings between July and September with spectators and actors in boats beneath the bridges, in the stretch and certainly the most spectacular central part of the river between Ponte alle Grazie and Ponte Santa Trinita.

During these evenings, the company will present the show "Come in America" ??by Manuela Critelli, with Silvia Guidi and Fabio Mascagni, set right during the flood of 1966. Zauberteatro recount the memories of two young people who were supposed to get married on November 4, their love story, their favourite songs. A true "Florentine" story, like all those that Zauberteatro has brought to the river since 1999, without ever growing old.

Monday August 1, 21.30
Tuesday August 30, 21.00
Wednesday August 31, 21.00

Tickets : full price € 20 / reduced € 15 (limited seating, reservations are recommended at tel. 055.5000640)

 

BEST FESTIVAL FOR AUGUST – ESTATE FIORENTINA PROGRAM 2016

Launched with one of our favourite nights of the year, Notte Bianca, Estate Fiorentina is a summer long program of events throughout Florence, giving life to our favourite city and keeping it infused with artistic happenings right throughout the season. I’ve plucked out some of the best in the program and listed them individually throughout this newsletter, but it’s worth having a browse of the whole website and seeing what you like!

For the whole program: http://estatefiorentina.it/

 

P&F RENTAL PICK FOR AUGUST – SPACIOUS AND QUIET APARTMENT CLOSE TO THE CENTRE, RECENTLY RENOVATED

Via delle Campora is around the corner from the city gate called Porta Romana in a leafy residential area within walking distance from the city centre. The property is conveniently near the #13 bus stop on Viale Niccolo Machiavelli which goes to Piazzale Michelangelo and to the International School stop. Piazza Santo Spirito, featuring Brunelleschi's beautiful Church of the same name and a daily, open air food and clothing market, is approx. 15 minutes away on foot. Porta Romana is an area frequented by locals with many shops, bars and patisseries, as well as numerous well-known restaurants.

This is an independent villa recently renovated. It is laid out on 2 levels, ground floor (4 steps up) and first floor (22 steps up), it measures approx. 200 sq. mts (2,000 sq.ft.) and consists of:

Ground floor:
Entrance, Living area (access to garden) , Dining area (table for 4, access to garden), Kitchen (opening onto dining area, access to garden), Double bedroom, Living room or study, Bathroom (shower stall), Guest bathroom, Cellar (8 steps down), Garden (garden furniture and bbq)

First floor:
3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 single) , Study (can be converted into a double bedroom), Kitchen, Bathroom (shower stall), Closet/laundry room

The furnishings are a mix of modern and antiques, with modern kitchens and bathrooms. The floors are parquet. Quiet, spacious, private, close to centre, high ceilings, light and airy, recently renovated.

 

BEST “BEACH” IN FLORENCE FOR AUGUST – EASY LIVING

It’s the symbol of summertime, when the living is easy! Following the example of Paris, Florence has its own beaches along the Arno River. Naturally, bathing is strictly forbidden, but for those of you who don't like to go to the swimming pool or can’t get to the seashore, this is a fun alternative.

Head to the “beach” in San Niccolò, between Piazza Poggi and Lungarno Serristori, where you can rent (for free) umbrellas, chairs, and wooden gazebos for relaxing as you sip cocktails and freshly made fruit juices from the Easy Living Kiosk. And if the heat is really unbearable, you can have a refreshing shower at the WC facilities. Over the summer, this is the place to enjoy live music, theatre, aperitivo, yoga at sunset, and other performances by the river.

As a new addition to the beach for the year, you’ll also be able to enjoy pizzas, hamburgers, and seafood dishes from the new extended restaurant menus of Easy Living. Open until the end of September.

 

BEST EXHIBITION FOR AUGUST – KOREAN ARTIST PARK EUN SUN
Until September 18

The Korean artist Park Eun Sun, who lives and works in Pietrasanta, is exhibiting across famous landmarks: Piazza Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio, San Miniato al Monte, the Rose Garden, Piazzale Michelangelo and the airport Amerigo Vespucci.

The Park Eun Sun sculptures are an emblem of essentiality and elegance, a blend of the oriental style and Italian tradition. Stems, boxes and balls made of two-tone marble, to emphasise the continuity with the Romanesque style popular in Tuscany, but also a symbol of Yin and Yang in the search of the perfect balance.

The exhibition is sponsored and organised by the Copernicus Studio in collaboration with the Municipal Administration, it is part of the initiatives of Summer Fiorentina and is curated by Luciano Caprile.

For more information: http://estatefiorentina.it/2016/06/14/mostra-dellartista-coreano-park-eun-sun/

best street parade for august – the feast of san lorenzo and the night of THE FALLING stars
August 10

Join the neighbourhood of San Lorenzo in a celebration of their patron, St Lawrence. Traditionally, this is known as the Night of the Falling Stars – in reality an annual meteor shower. Since San Lorenzo was martyred on this day (by grilling) in 258, the stars are also seen as his tears.

During the morning, a marching parade of the Florentine Republic marches through town from the Piazza di Parte Guelfa on Via Pellicceria, to the Basilica di San Lorenzo, starting around 10:00 am, and then at 11.00 am you can join the church service at the Chiesa di San Lorenzo.

In addition, in honour of San Lorenzo a concert by the G. Rossini Philharmonic Orchestra is held each year in Piazza San Lorenzo at 9:00 pm. Then afterwards, head to Piazza del Mercato Centrale for an outdoor celebration. There will be free lasagna, music and watermelon for all!

For concert info: tel. 055603407 and http://www.filarmonicarossini.it

For festival info: tel. 055 0516181 and www.comune.fi.it

To best view the falling meteorites (when the Earth intersects the orbit of an old comet whose fragments penetrate the atmosphere), you should go somewhere outside of the city and away from “light pollution”. This year the best viewing days will be August 12 and 13, between 23.00 and 04.30 am. So if you’re staying in one of P&F’s rental apartments or villas in the countryside, you’re in luck!

 

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE FOR AUGUST – THE MEDICI DYNASTY AT IL FULIGNO
Until January 2017

After the great success of last year’s season, The Medici Dynasty has reopened this year with an all new, updated production. There is a new script created by your very own newsletter writer, Marisa Garreffa, based on the original script by Gherardo Rosati Vitali, Carolina Gamini, and Giuseppe Arone. With direction by New York based director, Bari Hochwald, stellar performances by Carolina Gamini and Tim Daish, and the stunning new location of the Baroque church of Sant’Onofrio (inside the Il Fuligno complex), this is a production not to be missed.

The show explores the relationship between brother and sister, Gian Gastone and Anna Maria Luisa, who were the last of the ruling Medici family line. As they struggle to reach a reconciliation, Anna Maria Luisa develops her idea for The Family Pact, which bequeathed the entire Medici patrimony to the city of Florence, on the condition that nothing could ever be removed from the city. This historic agreement is the reason that Florence is still the home of the great works of the Renaissance today.

Over the one hour show, audiences get a glimpse of 300 years of the history of the Medici. Performed in English, the show is suitable for all ages.

Every day except Mondays and Fridays.
Il Fuligno Complex, Via Faenza 48, More information: www.medicidynasty.com

 

BEST DINING OUT FOR AUGUST – SERRE TORRIGIANI IN PIAZZETTE, AN URBAN GARDEN HIDDEN IN THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF FLORENCE

A new garden has blossomed in the centre of Florence, thanks to the passion and care of Serre Torrigiani. A garden refuge where it's possible to relax completely in a magical atmosphere. Piazza dei Tre Re is a small madeleine that is rich in history, with lush greenery in the very heart of Florence. It's possible to access the square from three strategic points: Piazza Repubblica, Via Orsanmichele, and Via dei Calzaiuoli. A menu based on Tuscan excellences and beyond, with a special twist: the spices and herbs from Serre Torrigiani, all grown locally in the garden right in the heart of the city.

From breakfast to aperitif, the square is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing time in the green city! Serre Torrigiani in piazzetta is also food for thought. There are two cultural events scheduled per week including prose, theatre, music and art. See the august events here: http://www.serretorrigianiinpiazzetta.it/sites/all/themes/inpiazzetta/pdf/eventi_agosto.pdf

See the website for the menu and more info: http://www.serretorrigianiinpiazzetta.it/

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR CORRI LA VITA

Join Suzanne and thousands of others for the 14th Edition of Florence's CORRI LA VITA on September 25 at 9:30 in Piazza del Duomo. The official T-shirt will yet again be generously offered by the Florence fashion house of SALVATORE FERRAGAMO. Registrations open on September 1st, and this year's t-shirts are fluorescent blue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood of Florence. Let's all unite against breast cancer and have fun doing it!

Started in 2003 to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer, with the collaboration of the Italian Cancer Association – Florence. The proceeds are divided between projects and the main portion going to the Public Health Department of Florence for breast cancer patients. All the proceeds that have been collected over the past eleven years have been given to help the patients directly and to assist the volunteers in executing their work. The proceeds collected from the Corri la Vita will be given to following associations: L.I.L.T. Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori Sezione di Firenze (Florence Cancer Association) supporting Ce.Ri.On. Centro Riabilitazione Oncologica (Oncology Center in Florence), FILE Fondazione Italiana di Leniterapia (palliative care Association), The Vito Distante Project in Breast Cancer Clinical Research and SenoNetwork Italia Onlus (a national network for cancer patients).

Suzanne has had the pleasure of being one of the founding members of CORRI LA VITA.

Please save the day September 25, 2016, but also consider taking an active part in helping organise the event, either by volunteering, opening your wallet, or both. You can make a donation here: http://www.corrilavita.it/en/donazioni/and to volunteer, please write to me at s.pitcher@dada.it

CORRI LA VITA is an chance for people to gather together to enjoy sport, culture and solidarity in support of a great cause that has touched so many of our lives. All kinds of people, athletes and non-athletes, families, children, and even pets participate. There are no limits in size, age or capability. You can join the 5.2 km walk or the 12 km competitive race. See the routes on the CORRI LA VITA web site: http://www.corrilavita.it/en/itineraries/

We hope everyone will participate, but we also hope that when signing up, everyone will dig deep and be more generous than the requested €10 to enter!

To sign up:
LILT – viale D Gianotti, 23 (office hours)
FILE – Via San Niccolò, 1 (office hours)
Universo Sport - one of the biggest, best and most loyal sponsors – P.zz Duomo, 7 Firenze, or Via Sandro Pertini, 36 (shop hours)

A personal note from Suzanne: You don't have to be in Florence to participate: We of Pitcher & Flaccomio have given you – our friends and clients – up-to-date information on what is going on in Florence and Tuscany for the past years with our monthly newsletter. I know a lot of you read it and appreciate our work, so I was thinking that if you all have enjoyed visiting Italy and Florence; in particular, maybe you would like to give a donation to her citizens by supporting CORRI LA VITA. Cheques should be made out to:  CORRI LA VITA ONLUS. I really hope you will see your way to writing a few zeros after the number! You may send your cheques to our office and we will see that they get to the right place ASAP.
I would also like to mention that I have clients who have become dear friends who have made the trip to Florence every year to participate in this event. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago and being a survivor she feels,  and to quote her "very privileged to be present" and thankful for being so supportive of our cause. I also have many friends who EVERY year never forget to send me money for Corri La Vita, to all of you a HUGE BIG thank you. Of course, you generous ones know who you are…..

Thank you for reading my note, I hope you'll join the CORRI LA VITA  group of supporters.

A big hug
Suzanne

BEST OF THE REST FOR AUGUST

TORRE DI SAN NICCOLò – CLIMB THE TOWER

Summer is the time that the San Niccolò Tower opens up for visitors. The medieval tower dates back to 1324 and once formed a part of the old walls around the city – it is the only one of the city towers to retain its original height of 60m (the others were lowered during the siege of 1529 to make them less vulnerable to cannonball fire). This year you can make the climb (around 200 steps) between 5pm and 8pm each day, with visits beginning every 30 minutes.

For Bookings: 055/2768224 or info@muse.comune.fi.it

 

THE GIARDINO DELL’ARTECULTURA PROGRAM

The enchanting Horticultural Garden of Florence presents a beautiful program of live music, art exhibitions, dance, sports, and creative workshops for the little ones. The events will run until September, and the kiosk cafe is open to the public daily from 10.00-24.00.

Some of the events for August:

Monday 1
You can dine at the Kiosk with pizza, salads, piadine pulled by hand, draft, craft, gluten-free and organic beers, and tall glasses of fresh fruit drinks in a relaxing atmosphere (for reservations 055.4627276).

Tuesday 2 | 19.00
Ukulele Space Revolver Tour Danilo Vignola & Gio Didonna, Danilo Vignola is one of the greatest experimenters of technical ukulelistiche, Gio Didonna is famous for its percussive innovations: together they gave birth to the album "Ukulele Revoler" and a musical project with more than 200 concerts in prestigious locations across Italy. Their show is an engaging journey through the rhythms and Mediterranean sounds (rumba, flamenco, tarantula, arabesque sonorities) interweaving with experimental refinement, psychedelic harmonies, and heavy rhythms.

Wednesday, 3 | from 18:00
The return of the free creative workshops for children organised by Arts and discarti. At 19.30 the Maravè take the stage with their eclectic, romantic, multi-faceted songwriting – ranging from neo folk and bossa nova all the way to pop music, and winking at the typical rhythms of jazz and popular songs.

Thursday 4 | 19.00
We welcome Smoking Notes, a Florentine combo that plays the classic motifs of the swing era with a tribute to the 40's and 50 years masterpieces. On the Scene: Peter Randazzo (vocals), Francesco Meozzi (guitar), Simone Fallaci (sax), Marco Cencetti (trumpet), Gigi Ragucci (piano), Riccardo Roversi (bass), Riccardo Simoncini (drums).

Friday 5 | 19.00
The Aperitif Sound warms up until 22.00 with DJ sets, strictly vinyl edited by MLB & Mystiche Vibre (Autetnica).

Saturday 6 | 19.00
More music with performances of Tumbason offering their repertoire of music "tradicional Cuban" thanks to the talent of Daniel Bracaloni (tres and vocals), Andrea Marianelli (bass), Philip Shell (percussion and chorus) , Jordi Roldan (percussion and chorus), Rachel Sforzi (chorus).

More information: http://www.giardinoartecultura.it/

 

ART, FOOD, AND PERFORMANCES IN PIAZZA DELLA CARMINE – PART OF THE ESTATE FIORENTINA PROGRAM
From June until September

Come across the river into the Oltrarno this summer, where the Italian Association of Culture and Sport are launching programs to return Piazza della Carmine to the community, encouraging the piazza as a meeting point and a space for education, entertainment and fun. They have launched an extensive summer program, that will last until the end of September. There is also a Pizzeria to complement the outdoor bar.

AUGUST PROGRAM:

Monday 1 | from 21:00 – And away singing ... presents "Love ... between dream and reality" a succession of arias from the Italian tradition in a sparkling 1950s theatrical frame.

Wednesday 3 | from 21.00 – Milonga in Piazza del Carmine – by Tango Florido

Thursday 4 | from 21:00 – comedy show "Toscano by chance" by Gianmaria Vassallo

Friday 5 | from 21:00 – live from The Next Three -Police Tribute Band

Saturday 6 | from 21:00 – live Psychedelphia -Pinkfloyd Tribute Band

Sunday 7 | from 21:00 – live acoustic Florentine group -Monotono- with covers of songs with new arrangements

Wednesday, 10 | from 17 to 23 – “Stars in Piazza del Carmine", day and evening astronomy by Roberto Mugnaini and his team from 21.00 | Milonga in Piazza del Carmine – by Tango Florido

Thursday, 11 | from 21:00 – live of The Box Blu Italian music copyright

Friday, 12 | from 21:00 – live from Dans La Rue -Hot World Music-, for a musical journey through Hawaii, Madagascar, the Caribbean and India

Saturday 13 | from 21:00 – live Jacopo Meille & Francesco Bottai -tributo to Led Zeppelin acoustic

Monday, 15 | from 21:00 – “cocomerata in Piazza del Carmine" – watermelon and DJ sets with Freddy Villarosa

Wednesday, 17 | from 21:00 – Milonga in Piazza del Carmine – by Tango Florido

Thursday, 18 | from 21:00 – live Cris Pinzauti – Florentine solo – acoustic rock

Saturday 20 | from 21:00 – live Freddie Maguire & Lorenzo Nardi -Jazz and Blues

Sunday, 21 | from 21:00 – to Country Line Dance performance by 4 Jumps – for those who love to dance to country music

Tuesday, 23 | from 21:00 – Arabic dance performance by Sara Bellydance

Wednesday, 24 | from 21:00 – Milonga in Piazza del Carmine – by Tango Florido

Thursday, 25 | from 21:00 – live Estromaldestro – Florentine band of Rock / punkabilly

Friday, 26 | from 21:00 – Musical choir Only To Voice – chorus of twenty, for a musical experience out of the ordinary

Saturday 27 | from 21:00 – live Stefano Dentone & Antonio Ghezzani- Theatre Staller tour 2016- Italian music and rock

Sunday 28 | from 21:00 – live Aspronauts -Rock Band Cover 70s ... to the future

Monday, 29 | from 21:00 – to belly dance show curated by Yalla Yalla Bellydance

Wednesday 31 | from 21:00 – Milonga in Piazza del Carmine – by Tango Florido

 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY HOSTS ‘THE SEASON’ AT VILLA LA PIETRA
Until August 23

The Season is a summer celebration of creative collaboration and exploration conducted throughout the grounds of Villa la Pietra and its extraordinary and scenographic gardens. Artists, writers, musicians, poets, actors and public intellectuals are given time and space to nurture and hone their craft, experiment, collaborate across disciplines, and to create and present new works or the reinterpretation of classics.

There is one feature event in August, to close the season:

Aug 23, 2016 / 21:00 – 22:00 / Limonaia
The Sir Harold Acton Anniversary Concerts: Tenor Toby Spence, Accompanied by Pianist Kirill Gerstein
An evening of music performed by tenor Toby Spence, accompanied by pianist Kirill Gerstein

Limonaia
VILLA LA PIETRA
Via Bolognese, 120

More information: http://lapietra.nyu.edu/event/the-sir-harold-acton-anniversary-concerts-tenor-toby-spence-accompanied-by-pianist-kirill-gerstein/

EXHIBITIONS IN AUGUST

STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR EVERYONE, AND CIVIC MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
August 7th

#Domenicoalmuseo
On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state and civic museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures.

Here’s a list of the state museums free to all:
Uffizi
Accademia
Bargello
Medici Chapels
Pitti Palace (all museums)
San Marco
Palazzo Davanzati
Medici Villas

And the civic museums also free to residents:
Palazzo Vecchio
Arnolfo Tower
Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
Museo del Novecento
Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.

Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance. You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it

 

MASTERPIECES OF BOTTICELLI ON DISPLAY AT VILLA LA QUIETE
Until October 30

“The converted Montalve Convent in Florence is hosting some little-known artworks by Botticelli, Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio and Baccio da Montelupo this summer. This temporary exhibition anticipates the inauguration of a more permanent museum at Villa La Quiete in April 2017, which will also see the reopening of the recently restored rooms of Electress Palatine Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici.

Villa La Quiete, a converted farmhouse near Castello, came to hold these artistic gems—predominantly altarpieces—thanks to its connections with the Medici family and local churches and monasteries. There are over 1,000 works in the collection, which is now owned by the University of Florence.

The Coronation of the Virgin with Saints by Botticelli and his workshop, the Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine by Ghirlandaio and a crucifix by Montelupo are some of the highlights of the display.

Dean of the University of Florence Luigi Dei expressed his eagerness to introduce these paintings back into the public domain, and is also keen to celebrate the villa’s powerful woman, namely Eleonora Ramirez de Montalvo and Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici. The temporary exhibition is a first step in this process.

The exhibition will run until October 30. For more information see www.villalaquiete.unifi.it or call 055/2756444.”

Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2016/07/botticelli-villa-la-quiete/

 

FECE DI SCOLTURA DI LEGNAME E COLORI – PAINTED WOODEN SCULPTURES AT THE UFFIZI
Until August 28

Throughout the first half of the 15th century painted sculptures of wood, marble or terracotta were the primary creations of artistic sculpture. This exhibition aims to investigate for the first time, through a group of approximately fifty works, the story of polychrome wooden sculpture of the 15th century in Florence, where the close proximity of sculptors, painters and architects was crucial for the activity of the masters of the time. Curated by Alfredo Bellandi.

Galleria degli Uffizi
For more: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/

Glances on the 1900s: Sketches by Italian Artists between the Two Wars
Until September 4

On show at the Uffizi Gallery, over 35 drawings and prints from the early 1900’s play with the wide range of emotions that arise between the artist, his subject and the observer. These images were drawn in the time frame between the two great wars and it is possible to detect signs of heralding the upcoming tragedies.

(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)

The Uffizi, at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6

 

JESTERS, VILLAINS, AND PLAYERS AT THE MEDICI COURT GALLERY OF MODERN ART, PALAZZO PITTI
Until September 11

This exhibition will explore the bizarre figures and faces of court life found in many of the Medici collections, yet often overlooked or marginalized. Comprising approximately thirty 17th and 18th century artworks, the show will focus mostly on genre scenes illustrating the comic and less-refined rituals and faces of court life.
(Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2016/01/top-upcoming-exhibitions-in-florence/)

Medici Court Gallery of Modern Art
Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini

 

JAN FABRE IN PIAZZA SIGNORIA, PALAZZO VECCHIO AND FORTE BELVEDERE
Until October 2

The exhibition, entitled Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards, promoted by the Comune di Firenze, will pan out between the Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. In fact, it will be one of the most complex and multifaceted exhibitions that this Flemish artist and author has ever produced in any public space in Italy. For the very first time, a living artist will be expounding his art in three venues of outstanding historical and artistic importance at once. Roughly one hundred of Fabre’s works dating from 1978 to 2016 will be on display, including bronze and wax sculptures, performance films and works made of wing cases of the jewel scarab. Fabre will also be presenting two new works specifically devised and produced for this occasion.

**Please note that on July 4th and 5th, the Forte di Belvedere will be closed, but the other two locations remain open. For more information: http://musefirenze.it/en/mostre/janfabre/

 

JOHN CURRIN AT THE STEFANO BARDINI MUSEUM
Until October 2

John Currin is contemporary American painting’s reigning “bad boy,” known for his satirical and sexualized artwork, blending classical techniques with his self-described “trashy” sensibilities. In his comically crude paintings, viewers find the fleshiness of Rubens, the frivolity of Fragonard and the pop references of Warhol. Currin’s show is the first in the new “Contrappunti” exhibition series, aiming to make the public more aware of the Stefano Bardini Museum’s antique treasures through unexpected and provocative juxtapositions. For additional information, call 055/2342427.

(Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/highlight/2016/05/best-events-florence-june-2016-2/)

Stefano Bardini Museum
via dei Renai 37

 

KARL LAGERFELD – VISIONS OF FASHION AT PALAZZO PITTI
Until October 23

“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is a special anthological exhibition celebrating Karl Lagerfeld’s diverse and elegant approach to photography: photos from fashion shoots published in the world’s most important fashion magazines – among them different editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and V Magazine – and others inspired by classical mythology such as the series “Le Voyage d’Ulysse” and “Daphnis and Chloe”. The show assembles an extraordinary collection of more than 200 images created using a variety of techniques including daguerreotypes, platinum prints, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, screen-prints and digital prints.

The exhibition will start from the grand staircase, Scalone del Moro, and wind its way through the rooms of the Galleria Palatina, the Sala Bianca and the two rooms of the Appartamenti degli Arazzi in a continuous dialogue between the sizes of the pictures and the exhibition areas: from the smaller, subtle images to be shown in the Galleria Palatina, almost as if to punctuate the tour of the masterpiece-filled museum, to the imposing pictures in the Appartamenti degli Arazzi that converse with the beautiful tapestries on display. As to the Sala Bianca, where Italian fashion was born in 1951, the curators have selected fashion photos by Karl Lagerfeld printed on lightweight paper that will flutter from the ceiling, recalling the lithe movements of models on the runway.

“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is part of the “Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs”, promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana with a grant from the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development and Agenzia ICE – in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy.

More information: http://www.pittimmagine.com/corporate/fairs/uomo/events/2016/karllagerfeld.html

 

SPLENDIDA MINIMA AT PALAZZO PITTI – SMALL SCULPTURES FROM THE MEDICI COLLECTION
Until November 2

The exhibition Splendida Minima (Beautiful Miniatures) at the Pitti Palace Medici Treasury in Florence displays small sculptures in hard stone, which belonged to the Medici family.

The works are from the Uffizi Gallery, which holds a valuable collection of small sculptures in precious and semi-precious gemstones, mainly produced in Hellenistic and Roman times. The technique for making these sculptures was lost during the Middle Ages, but rediscovered and revived during the Renaissance.

It is the first exhibition dedicated to this particular type of artistic expression, highlighting the unique technical and stylistic characteristics of the objects.

The Medici Treasury
Palazzo Pitti

 

Winckelmann, Florence and the Etruscans: The Father of Archeology in Tuscany 
Until January 30

In honour of the 250 year anniversary of J.J. Wincklemann's untimely death, the exhibition focuses on the the German scholars contribution to archaeology in Tuscany. In particular, his contribution to the knowledge of Etruscan art and his studies were instrumental to the diffusion of the Etruscan myths in the European culture in the 17-1800’s. This is an excellent opportunity to view the Chimera and the bronze statue Minerva, both of which have their origins in Arezzo.

(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)

MAF Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze,
National Archaeological Museum of Florence
Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN AUGUST

EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO – FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square.

CIAK NOVECENTO : L’amour fou (*)

As part of Summer Fiorentina 2016 the Association Rive Gauche – Art Cinema offers an exhibition dedicated to some masterpieces of international cinema not distributed in Italy. The screening cycle, which takes place between July and October for a total of twelve meetings, provides for the presentation of films in original version with subtitles in Italian language specially made for the occasion. These are free events in the cloister. The entrance does not provide access to the museum.

Friday, August 5 20:45 – I killed my mother
Screening of the film written, directed and performed by Xavier Dolan (Can. 2009).

Debut of young director, who wrote the screenplay at the age of sixteen, I killed my mother (min. 96 '), largely autobiographical, tells of the conflict between a homosexual boy and his mother.
The film, which won at the Cannes film Festival and numerous other festivals, it is the first of a selection of the Canadian director who, at only 25, has to his credit five features already very successful. Winner of important awards at major international festivals, including Cannes, Venice and Toronto, is a member of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival, chaired by the Coen Brothers. At the same festival conquest, in 2016, the Grand Jury Prize with Juste La Fin Du Monde.

Friday, August 19 20:45 – Hearthbeat / Les amours imaginaires
Screening of the film by Xavier Dolan (Can. 2010)

Hearthbeat / Les amours imaginaires (min. 102 ') tells the story of Francis and Marie, two friends who fall in love with the same boy, Nicolas. It's love at first sight for both of which attempt, as an evil duel, to attract the attention of Nicolas .

Friday, August 26 20:45 – Tom à la ferme
Screening of the film by Xavier Dolan (Can. 2013)

The film (min 105 ') tells the story of Tom. The protagonist, who went to the country to attend a funeral of what had been his great love, Guillaume, is shocked to discover that no one knows him and homosexuality of the latter with the exception of brother Francis, who violently imposes silence, and Tom at work in a strange attraction. The film won the FIPRESCI prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival in Venice.

 

FILM EVENTS IN AUGUST

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – ODEON CINEMA

The Odeon has resumed its Original Language films program. Once only screened on Monday nights, you can now find sessions for each film spread over several days.

This month’s English language films include: Now You See Me 2 and Mother’s Day.

There are also a number of special film events this month, including a tribute to Robert Wilson: Ten Years of Watermill, and the Italian film classics Quo Vado? and Perfetti Sconosciuti.

Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Odeon-Program-2016-June-1-AUGUST-13.pdf

MUSIC AND THEATRE FOR AUGUST

THE 18TH FLORENCE YOUTH FESTIVAL – ORCHESTRAS
Until AUGUST 27

The Youth Orchestras Festival (FOG) was founded in Florence in 1999 to give young musicians from all over the world the opportunity to be part of a unique musical experience in the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy. The Festival’s main venue is the Loggia dei Lanzi - an astonishing space widely recognised as cultural heritage- on Piazza della Signoria, one of the main squares in Florence city centre.

The entire edition takes place between the Tuscan and Umbria regions in cities such as Lucca, San Gimignano, Montecatini Terme, Prato, Perugia and Assisi. FOG is held during the month of AUGUST and consists of a total of 50-75 concerts given by 15-20 orchestras. Usually each orchestra performs three or four concerts. So far over 300 orchestras from all over the world have participated in the festival.

In addition to running the yearly festival, FOG also organises concert tours around Italy to promote musical exchange within the Italian territory. These concert tours are tailor-made based on the experience and requests of each orchestra. They represent a great opportunity for international orchestras and choirs that want to perform in some of the most beautiful venues and cities.

All concerts are free to attend.
For the full schedule: http://www.florenceyouthfestival.com/2016.html



“SORSI DI MUSICA” - LIVE MUSIC AND APERITIVO IN THE GARDENS OF VILLA BARDINI

A gorgeous music program through the spring and summer, with concerts presented at Villa Bardini in collaboration with the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory. The concerts for AUGUST will begin at 18.00 from AUGUST until August. You can park your car for free in the inner space of Forte Belvedere. AUGUST’s program:

AUGUST 5: Ottocento e Novecento alla tastiera
AUGUST 12: Ottocento e Novecento alla tastiera, altri percorsi
AUGUST 19: Omaggio ad Alexandre Tansman con chittara e pianoforte
AUGUST 26: Curiosità flautistiche  

Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
More information: http://www.bardinipeyron.it/blog/sorsi-musica-programma-aprile-luglio-2016/



THEATRE  AND PERFORMANCES AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA
AUGUST 13 until AUGUST 20

Supported by Teatro della Pergola:
HARMONIC SPACES 2016, at Teatro Niccolini
by Italian Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

The fifth edition of  Harmonic Spaces, the Italian Youth Orchestra's summer festival, event of the Fiesole School of Music, in collaboration with the Fondazione Teatro della Toscana, offers an extensive program of musical proposals, with the participation of young people from all over Italy and various European countries.There are eight concerts to choose from!

For the full program: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/evento/spazi-armonici-2016/



OPERA DI FIRENZE - 79th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” is spread across multiple venues including: Opera di Firenze, Teatro Niccolini, Teatro della Pergola. They continue their 2016 season with:

Open air concerts in the historic courtyard of Palazzo Pitti:
June 20-AUGUST 26: The Opera “L’Elisir D’Amore”
AUGUST 23-AUGUST27: The Opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”
AUGUST 3-AUGUST 25: The Opera “La Traviata”

Across other venues:
AUGUST 4: Jurij Temirkanov with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg

Tickets and more information: www.maggiofiorentino.com

MUSIC, DANCE, AND THEATRE FOR AUGUST
“SORSI DI MUSICA” – LIVE MUSIC AND APERITIVO IN THE GARDENS OF VILLA BARDINI

A gorgeous music program through the spring and summer, with concerts presented at Villa Bardini in collaboration with the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory. The concerts for July will begin at 18.00 from July until August. You can park your car for free in the inner space of Forte Belvedere.

THE FINAL EVENT for the season is:

Tuesday 2 August at 18.00
The music class of prof. Leonardo De Lisi
Playing compositions by Tosti, Beethoven, Schubert, Fauré and other composers.

Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
More information: http://www.bardinipeyron.it/blog/sorsi-musica-programma-aprile-luglio-2016/

EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR AUGUST

LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE DINOSAURS AND AQUARIUMS AT THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN PISA
Until August 30

The Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa has its origins in the Gallery of the Botanical Garden, established in 1591 by Ferdinand I de’ Medici. However, the different collections that make up the museum began being gathered by Luca Ghini prior to the establishment of the gallery (1544-1554). From 1823 to 1887, the museum and the adjoining research laboratories went through a period of rapid expansion. This led to the existing collection, comprised of over two hundred thousand scientific specimens from four centuries of naturalistic research in Pisa. In their present location, the rooms and galleries of the zoological, mineralogical and paleontological sectors offer plenty of historical and architectural references. Also part of the museum is a 5-hectare plot of land surrounding the buildings, characterised by typical Tuscan crops and a canalisation and storage system for spring and rainwater.

 

There are two special exhibitions on now:
THE AQUARIUMS: AN AQUARIUM TUNNEL AND 24 TANK DISPLAY

The first room hosts some of the fish that live in our rivers and our lakes. The Italian fish fauna is characterised by a chaotic fruit composition of continuous human interference, that in more than a century have profoundly altered the composition of these populations. Currently it consisted of little more than 80 species of which about 40% were introduced. Currently there are: The Tyrrenhian rudd (in danger of extinction), barbel, chub, carp, roach, perch, the roach of Albania sun, and the bluegill.

In the second room of 24 aquiariums there arev arious freshwater fish from all over the world. Currently there are: the potamotrigonidi races, some species of Characiformes, the catfish, the killifish and Perciformes, rainbow fish, puffers of fresh water, the arowana, the knife fish, polipteri, the lepistostei and lungfish African.

 

THE HALLS AND THE COURTYARD OF THE DINOSAURS

The route begins in the backyard with two resin skeletons, the “carnotauro”, a carnivore with two horns on his forehead, which attacks the “amargasauro”, a herbivore with a double row of long spinal processes on the neck. Within the niche, a three-dimensional diorama reproduces a nesting “saltasauri” (titanosaurs herbivorous quadrupeds) with two “aucasauro” cubs (bipedal theropod carnivores) close to the nests to try to eat the eggs, while an adult is in the background trying to distract the “saltasauri”.

In the first room is reconstructed in 1: 1 scale the field of dinosaurs El Cuy Valley (Patagonia), excavated by the researchers of this Museum. The reconstruction documents the excavation phases and recovery of fossils. The adjoining restoration workshop presents the fossil restoration techniques. It is thus possible to follow the path of a fossil from the time of its discovery, through its complete reconstruction, and potential duplication with the production of the mold.

The second hall describes the way of the dinosaur. It exhibits a resin skeleton of a “kritosauro”, this species belongs to the group of duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurs), specialised herbivores that lived up to the time of the great extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era. On the opposite wall are exposed representatives of the most significant groups of Mesozoic, being compared with those of the Cenozoic, the two eras are separated by a red band indicating that the biological crisis occurred 65 million years ago, which also led to the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

The tour ends with a recreational-educational workshop on dinosaurs for children of nursery and primary schools.

Open Every day 9.00 – 19.00
Natural History Museum, University of Pisa
Via Roma 70

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ROBERT CAPA: EXHIBITION IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Until October 7

An exhibition dedicated to the great war photographer Robert Capa who tells the story of World War II in Italy through 78 images. The photographs were taken in Italy during the years 1943-44. A powerful and striking exhibition by a photographer than many consider to be the father of photojournalism.

Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art – “Raffaele de Grada”
Via Folgore, San Gimignano
More information: www.sangimignanomusei.it

FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR AUGUST

BARGA OPERA FESTIVAL – 50TH EDITION AND POSSIBLY THE LAST
July 27 to August 6

The Opera Barga Festival is an annual opera festival held in July in the town of Barga, near Lucca. It was founded in 1967 by Peter Gellhorn and Lorenzo Malfatti, and performances take place in the late 18th Century theatre Teatro dei Differenti.

The main artistic aim of the festival is to perform works from the Baroque era in addition to modern operas. Since its inception, it has staged more than 40 operas, many being heard for the first time in modern times. The performers are young musicians taking part in the festival's summer school. Past participants have included the Welsh operatic tenor Dennis O'Neill, and the bass-baritone, John Del Carlo.

This could be the final year of the festival, as the Italian Cultural Ministry no longer intends to fund the festival, among other musical events and programs. There is an online petition to protest these funding cuts, and you can find the link on the Barga Opera Festival website.

To see the program for this years event and sign the petition: http://www.operabarga.it/english/

 

MASSA MARITTIMA HOSTS THEIR ANNUAL CROSSBOW FESTIVAL “BALESTRO DEL GIRIFALCO”
August 14

The "Balestro del Girifalco" has taken place since ancient times, twice a year on the first Sunday after May 20 and the 2nd Sunday of August. The Balestro is a crossbow competition between the quarters of the city, named " Terzieri", which consists of hitting the target placed at a distance of 36 meters from the start. Each crossbowman, 24 maximum, shoots an arrow. The crossbowman who is able to put the arrow nearest the target centre is the winner. A gold arrow made by an artist, is the prize for the winning arbalester, whereas, the winning quarter receives the "Palio", a painted silk cloth. About 200 people in mediaeval costumes take part in this pageant.

The event starts at 17:30 and ends about 20:00. Tickets are for sale on the same day starting 10:00 in Museo Archeologico in the main square (same square where the event takes place). Numbered seats cost 16 euro, entry tickets to the square where you can seat on the steps of the cathedral if you find room cost 8 euro.

More information: http://www.massa-marittima.com/

 

THE Palio in Siena
August 16

Each year on July 2nd and August 16th, the Palio of Siena takes place in Italy. Ten bareback jockeys circle the main piazza three times on horses they may have met just four days earlier; while the actual prize may be the Palio, a silk painted banner, there's much more at stake. The competition between neighbourhoods has roots going back centuries, and established rivalries add further dimension to the race. The historical procession preceding the race is unlike any parade ever experienced.

The race itself lasts less than 2 minutes, but that explosion of activity marks the culmination of a four-day crescendo of fascinating events, starting with the selection of the horses and concluding with the breathless gallop of the race. On a deeper level, for the Sienese people, the Palio is part of their lives 24/7, 365 days a year. They are either strategising, preparing, or participating when they’re not celebrating victory or gnashing their teeth in defeat.

Did you know that… Early in the afternoon, just before the Palio, each contrada takes its horse and jockey to its own church. There the hopeful and enthusiastic contrade watch as a priest blesses the special horse and its jockey. The Palio horses, along with rescued horses, spend their final years taken care of, complete with veterinarian care. The city of Siena pays for horse clinics and provides for their retirement in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Additionally, in the last few years strict laws have been enacted to protect horses before, during and after the race. – (From Freya’s Florence Tours)

 

THE VOLTERRA AD 1398 MEDIAEVAL FESTIVAL
August 21-28

A week long festival, with most of the action happening on the two Sundays. They are the best two days of the year to visit Volterra! Costumes, events, and food complete with all the mediaeval touches. Not to be missed!

“Volterra AD 1398 is one of the most entertaining and admired Italian re-enactment festivals. The festival takes place in the pulsing heart of medieval Volterra and in the singular “Parco di Castello” (town’s public garden), overlooked by the imposing Medici’s Fortress. The town centre is animated by the ever-present past and the visitors are taken, as if by magic, back in time. Fiery steeds, bold knights, noblemen, craftsmen and merchants, peasants and farmers, flag-flyers, crossbowmen and soldiers, jugglers, musicians and jesters bring back to life the mysterious Middle Ages of Volterra. The gist of the festival is the “Feast Day of 1398 AD” that takes place on the third and fourth Sunday of August. On that occasion, from sunrise to sunset, the medieval town of 1398 lives again with shows, events, markets, craftsmen, musicians, jugglers, peasants and noblemen: a unique occasion to dive into the magic atmosphere of the Middle Ages, in one of the finest cities in Tuscany.”
(from http://www.volterratur.it/en/volterra-a-d-1398/)

More information: http://www.volterra.net/events.htm#.V5oXMZN97eQ

 

BRAVIO DELLE BOTTI, THE BARREL ROLLING RACE IN MONTEPULCIANO
Sunday August 28

Bravìo delle Botti (barrel rolling race) takes place on the last Sunday in August and is a competition between the eight Contradas (neighbourhoods) of Montepulciano. They compete for a “Bravio”, a painted cloth banner that bears the image of the town’s patron saint, San Giovanni Decollato. The barrels weigh a seriously heavy 80 kg each, and have to be rolled uphill about 1800 m along the main street of Montepulciano, finishing in the Piazza Grande. Costume processions precede the competition and a street celebration with banquets, music, and entertainment follows. The event, which was originally a horse race, dates back to 1373. It was abolished during the 17th century, but was revived as a barrel race in 1974. The barrels roll at 7pm when the bells toll! A fantastic atmosphere.

 

PARCO SCULTURE DEL CHIANTI – MUSICAL EVENINGS AT THE AMPHITHEATRE
Until August 30

Parco Sculture del Chianti kicks off its 2016 Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre on Tuesdays from the 5th of July. “Pievasciata, a tiny village in the heart of the Chianti region, is being transformed into a B.A.C.: Borgo d'Arte Contemporanea (hamlet of contemporary art). The focal point, the Chianti Sculpture Park, a permanent exhibition of sculptures and installations, is an integral part of a mystical wooded area. Inside the park, an Amphitheatre has been created to offer visitors a rich programme of concerts and cultural events. Opposite the Park there is a sculpture gallery in the old pottery workshop La Fornace.... And that's not all …”

02 August 2016 at 19:00
Tangos Argentinos
Martin Diaz Gonzales – voice and guitar, Andrés Langer – piano, dancers
Argentinian tango, the real thing, is a thought, an emotion, a sensation, and an enigma. There will be two Argentinian musicians to enchant us with the passion of their music: guitarist Martin Diaz Gonzales and Andrés Langer at the piano, both award winners with impressive musical careers in Italy. Two dancers will perform the “chacarera” – a folk dance. At the end of the evening you will have the chance to try tasty morsals from Argentina. This event has been organised in collaboration with l’Associazione Martin Fierro active in Siena since 2004 with the objective of promoting and introducing Argentinian traditions and culture to Italy.

09 August 2016 at 19:00
Duo Madreperla – The essence of women: from opera to operetta to cabaret
Lucia Adriana Koechlin – mezzosoprano, Cristiano Manzoni – piano
Duo Madreperla consists of Lucia Adriana Koechlin, singer and musicotherapist who lives in Switzerland and Castellina in Chianti; her concerts are mainly in Switzerland with various ensembles and musicians of the classical genre, and a repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music. The prize-winning pianist Cristiano Manzoni pursues a busy concert schedule including accompanying recitals by Andrea Bocelli, K. Ricciarelli, F. Cedolins among others. The theme of their concert is the female figure in legends and the real world in a varied and touching program that ranges from opera to operetta ending with cabaret. The music is from Georges Bizet (Carmen), Franz Léhar (the Merry Widow), Kurt Weill (The Threepenny Opera), Amilcare Ponchielli, Eric Satie and Bertold Brecht.

23 August 2016 at 19:00
Duo Dois – traditional Brazilian music
Maria Laura Bigliazzi – voice, percussion,
Francesco Petreni – guitar, voice, percussion
Dois was born from the passion of two Sienese musicians for Brazilian music, and their desire to play as if they were a larger group, not a duo. Some of the most interesting compositions of wellknown Brazilian composers (Veloso, Guinga, Djavan Jobib, etc.) have been revamped with specific arrangements. Guitar, voice, percussion together, played with warmth and personal emotion, songs that have made history in contemporary music.

30 August 2016 at 19:00
Duo Stefanie Boltz & Paulo Morello – Jazz
Stefanie Boltz – voice, Paulo Morello – guitar
The singer from Munich and the guitarist, two very interesting protagonists of the German jazz scene, will present the results of their collaboration. Intense and intimate rhythm is the style of this duo which moves between an intuitive world of jazz and blues. The basis of their improvisation and arrangements are either from standard jazz such as Gershwin’s They can’t take that away from me, and Cole Porter’s Love for Sale and original compositions by Stefanie Boltz.

For the full program: http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/program2016.html

 

MUSICA DA VINO – 4TH EDITION OF MUSIC AT THE WINERY: FATTORIA IL PIANO, SAN GIMIGNANO
Until September 4

“Wine, music and food have been complementary pleasures for millennia. One needs only to think of ancient Roman and Greek banquets to confirm their close association. At Il Piano we combine these pleasures. Following the success of our previous, high quality seasons, we are proud to present our fourth season of summer concerts, ‘Musica da Vino’, directed by our artistic director, John Wregg, a renowned Australian opera director. Each evening starts with guests enjoying a tasting of Il Piano wines, followed by a concert, and then a typical Tuscan feast, under the stars at the picturesque and elegant villa of the winery.”

With its splendid views of the Tuscan hills, Fattoria Il Piano is the idyllic setting for the 2016 season. The ancient towers of San Gimignano on the horizon provide the perfect backdrop for a cultural feast of fine foods and wine, with exceptional entertainment. Featuring a program of five concerts, one per month, ranging from classical to contemporary but always aspiring to high standards, with established performers from the international stage and young, talented musicians refining their craft.

Concert for August:
Sunday August 7: MUSICAL TREASURES FROM BROADWAY & ITALY

After the resounding success of Dutch baritone Hans Pieter Herman’s concert last year we have asked him back to sing popular hits from Italian opera and Broadway. An evening of glorious melody and toe-tapping tunes sung in the honey tones of this distinguished baritone. Hans Pieter will sing favourite arias from The Barber of Seville and La Traviata, Italian Songs by Tosti, and Tirindelli, and musical hits from Les Miserables, Camelot, My Fair lady, Fiddler on the Roof and A Little Night Music.

For more information and bookings: www.musicadavino.com

MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:

The Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter would like to invite readers and friends of readers to submit announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to visitors and residents of Florence and Tuscany, provide shopping tips, and/or comments on what’s “right” or “wrong” in Florence (or the Newsletter). We can’t promise to put every announcement in the newsletter, but we appreciate your support, interest and messages.

Please send an email to info@pitcherflaccomio.com or newsletter@pitcherflaccomio.com .

 

AUGUST WISHES
Don’t let the heat deter you from having a divine Florentine summer. The piazzas are full of life, and there are more than enough music and entertainment events to keep the evenings vibrant and fun. If it all gets too much, you’re only a brief train ride away from the seaside!

All the best,

Staff
Pitcher and Flaccomio


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