|NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2016
|This is truly our favourite time to be in Florence, as the Christmas lights twinkle throughout the streets and mulled wine or thick hot chocolate warms hands wrapped around the cups. It is a moment to reflect on the year that has passed, and begin to turn our hopes and anticipation toward the year ahead. We hope that you spend this festive season with dear friends or family, with bellies full of the season’s tastiest treats. Happy holidays, with best wishes from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, RAFFAELLA AND MARISA.
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|PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR DECEMBER
BEST EVENT FOR DECEMBER: AILO HOLIDAY BAZAAR
December 10 and 11
Each year the American International League of Florence Onlus (AILO), founded in 1975, organizes a bazaar. There will be all types of clothing – evening gowns, cocktail dresses, casual attire, coats, kid’s togs – plus purses, gloves, scarves, jewellery (diamonds, or not) and hats. Toys for children should also be on your shopping list.
Once again there is a lottery full of wonderful prizes with tickets already flying out the door, so call any member of the AILO or phone Pitcher & Flaccomio at 0552343354 for tickets or purchase them at the door. There will, of course, also be food and drink galore! Bring the kids, too; there will be games and activities. Everyone at P&F is looking forward to seeing you there.
The Christmas Bazaar is actually a yearlong project for league members, with lots of organization behind it! Members propose charities and their needs, which are then voted on in a certain order. There is no question that decisions in 2012 are difficult, as there is more need than ever. Over the years, AILO has raised over €1,000,000 for Florentine charities. Please do your best to help them reach their goals.
This year, the American International League ONLUS will be holding the annual Christmas Bazaar in a NEW LOCATION: Convitto della Calza - Piazza della Calza, 6, 50125 Firenze, right near the Piazza of Porta Romana.
Times: Saturday from 15.30 to 19.00, Sunday from 10.30 to 19.00
P&F RENTAL PICK FOR DECEMBER: A DELIGHTFULLY SUNNY APARTMENT, RENOVATED AND MODERN, WITH SOFT GREY AND WHITE TONES THROUGHOUT
"A delightful sunny and light apartment, renovated in a modern Italian style with some original features maintained. Situated in a convenient location in a typical Italian neighbourhood which also boasts one of the best gelati shops.”
Borgo Pinti is tucked in between Santa Croce, piazza D'Azeglio and piazza San Marco and is lined with monasteries and churches on one side and prominent family palaces on the other. One such monastry has its facade by Michelangelo. It is about 15 minutes walk to the Duomo and close to the Sant'Ambrogio outdoor market, Cibreo restaurant and bar, The Four Seasons hotel, a gym and several super markets. There are numerous buses to the station close by and a garage for parking.
1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and loft, located on the 2nd floor (44 steps, no elevator) 75 s.m. (approx. 750 s.f.) and consists of:
Living room/dining room (extendable table for 6 persons), Veranda (glassed in), 1 bedroom (double bed 150 cm wide, built in closet), Loft (14 steps, with small double divan bed 130 cm wide, built in closet), Kitchen (with bench and 2 bar stools) , 2 bathrooms (both with showers, 1 ensuite, 1 on loft)
Long grey tiles throughout, except for the parquet on the loft floor, exposed steel girders and original wooden beams, grey windows and shutters, the soft furnishings are mainly linen in shades of grey and white with colour accents, persian and kilm scatter rugs, and restored old furniture. All kitchen equipment is supplied as are all linens.
For more information and to see the amenities: http://www.pitcherflaccomio.com/new/index.php?file=oneaffitti&form_id_affitti=1268&l_t=1
BEST MARKETS FOR DECEMBER: SPECIAL CHRISTMAS AND ARTISAN MARKETS
The Four Seasons Hotel opens its doors for a magnificent event each year, held within the beautiful park grounds. This year they will continue the tradition so do not miss this! On Sunday 18, from 10:00 am. to 4:00 pm. the Four Seasons Hotel will open its lovely and extensive private garden to the public again, offering roasted chestnuts, vin brulè and hot chocolate to all. With this initiative the new Four Seasons hotel has begun a Christmastime tradition that benefits the Istituto degli Innocenti. The one euro symbolic entry donation (and any extra) goes directly to the Istituto which was founded with funds donated nearly 600 years ago by Francesco Datini, a merchant from the nearby town of Prato. In 1416 Datini left the princely sum of 1,000 florins to the silk guild (Arte della Seta), money with which the guild officers were able to raise many more florins for Datini's chosen cause. The guild oversaw construction of the famous building, a masterpiece designed by Brunelleschi. In 1445 the institute opened its doors and took in 62 abandoned children, the first of many thousands to come. The park may be accessed from the main gates located at Via Gino Capponi 54 and Borgo Pinti 97 and Piazzale Donatello 12. Call the Four Seasons Hotel for further info: 05526261 or http://www.istitutodeglinnocenti.it
Hot mulled wine, great beer and a salty, smoky wurstel – all can be found right now in Piazza Santa Croce. The Mercato Tedesco di Natale (German Christmas Market) that started in late November and runs until December 18. Traditional German food and craft products fill the square, there are also seventeen other countries represented in over fifty stands. A small Christmas village of charming wooden huts, with open areas of tables and chairs where you can sit and enjoy some of the rich German food on offer. Don’t forget to try the apple strudel and the hot mulled wine! Open daily from 10am - 10pm.
Piazza della Carmine is now the host of a new Christmas market with a winter park, featuring a small ice skating rink. Every day there are events and small concerts, and there are lots of stalls with food and christmas themed gifts to buy. This market is especially great for families and children, with special games and events for kids. Admission to this market is free.
Christmas Fair at the Harold Acton Library, Friday 2 December at 15:00. All are welcome to the annual Harold Acton Library Christmas Fair. Tea and cakes will be served from 15:00 to 18:00. We have a delicious Fortnum & Mason food hamper to be won and you can also win a beautiful handcrafted jewellery box by Anne Hepper.Tickets to win these luxury items are on sale at the library.
Fierucolina Dell'Immacolata on December 8, from 9am - 8pm, Piazza SS Annunziata will be alive with a can't-miss crafts and organic food countryside Christmas fair. You will find hand-woven dresses and ponchos, Christmas wreaths, beeswax candles, naturally scented soaps and oils, home-baked bread and cakes, ceramics, wine, olive oil, olive wood salad bowls and more.
Fierucolina Di Natale on Sunday 18th between 9am - 7pm. Take yourself down to Piazza Santo Spirito and find what Santa (or his faithful helpers) has been handcrafting for very good children. You can find all kind of stands offering foods, ceramics, hand-knit sweaters, carved wooden toys, and unique gifts, especially if you are shopping for kids.
Mercatino in a Palazzo: Christmas market to raise funds for charities held every year in Palazzo Corsini. You’ll find gourmet products and gift ideas, with proceeds going toward the non-profit organisation FILE's palliative care support. There will be over 60 exhibitors, including big brands and boutique artisans, with clothing for men, women, children, design items, household linen, modern objects, jewellery, perfume, cosmetics, wine and food products, books, toys, and many other curiosities. December 1 to 4, 10am-7pm, Palazzo Corsini, Lungarno Corsini 8.
The Creative People in Florence group are launching their first annual Christmas market of artisan products at Zetadistudio, Via San Gaggio 29. “XMAS Bazaar, a holiday event filled with creativity and handmade gifts. Find unique items made by our members including jewellery, accessories, clothing, homewares, handmade books, toys, and more. Join us for a festive aperitivo on Saturday, December 3 from 6-8pm, and again on Sunday morning at 10:30 for coffee and biscuits. At 3pm join us to make your own Christmas wreath in an exclusive workshop with wedding designer and floral expert Sonja de Graaf of Funky Bird Wedding Design. Reservations required / €35 per person. PLEASE EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org" See: https://creativepeopleinflorence.com/2016/11/26/4574/ for more details.
BEST EXHIBITION FOR DECEMBER: THE DIVINE COMEDY OF VENTURINO VENTURI AT VILLA BARDINI
Until February 26
In the early 1980s, Tuscan artist Venturino Venturi teamed up with hermetic poet Mario Luzi, re-interpreting The Divine Comedy in a series of 54 illustrations, intended for a 1985 edition of Dante’s masterpiece, to be published by Edizioni Pananti Firenze. These never-before-displayed works are juxtaposed with multimedia installations, creating a full, immersive experience of the Supreme Poet’s universe. Actor Pierfrancesco Favino is the exhibition’s narrator, reading some of the most iconic passages from each canto and lending the show even more contemporary edge.
Text from: http://www.theflorentine.net/events-articles/2016/10/best-events-in-florence-october-2016/
Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-19.00
Villa Bardini, Costa S. Giorgio, 2, 50125 Firenze
Official Website: http://www.bardinipeyron.it/blog/la-divina-commedia-venturino-venturi/
BEST FESTIVAL FOR DECEMBER: 50 DAYS OF CINEMA AT CINEMA LA COMPAGNIA
The city of Florence lights up with the greatest films of the past and present starting on October 28. Held for the first time at Cinema La Compagnia (via Cavour 52/r), the 50 Days of Cinema festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in collaboration with the Film Library of Bologna. All films will be shown in their original language with Italian and English subtitles.
Built in the 1980s originally to host theatre productions and later converted to a cinema, La Compagnia will be the permanent home of the 50 Days of International Cinema and host all other film-related events organized by or in conjunction with the Fondazione Sistema Toscana. Closed for the past 10 years, the Teatro della Compagnia has been renovated and expanded in the meantime. The theatre now includes a second, smaller screening area, two conference rooms — with one set up to allow simultaneous interpreters to work — plus a café next door at via Cavour 50/r. Managed by Ditta Artigianale, the café will be open daily from 8 am to midnight.
Founded in 1959, the Festival dei Popoli will take place from November 25-December 2. The organisation that founded the festival over 50 years ago has been works to promote the study of social documentaries. The films featured in the festival will deal with topics such as immigration issues, cults, the relationship between Western and traditional medicine and more.
The only festival of Indian film held in Italy will be shown from December 3-8. In past editions of the River to River Indian Film Festival audiences were able to see several films and documentaries accompanied by their directors and Hollywood stars. The River to River festival will pay tribute to leading figures in Indian cinema.
The last event, NICE is scheduled on December 9 and focuses on movies produced and filmed in the Tuscan region screened in the United States. There will be a section dedicated solely to documentaries.
Text from: http://www.magentaflorence.com/50-days-film-festival-teatro-della-compagnia/
BEST CONCERT FOR DECEMBER: STRINGS CITY
The grand finale of sizzling festival Estate Fiorentina is “Strings City,” a 30-hour musical event taking place across 40 of Florence’s top cultural venues. “Orchestrated” by the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Orchestra della Toscana and the Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini”, the event will place chordophones at centre stage, from harps and violins to human voices. No genre is off limits and performances will take place in some of the city’s most prestigious spaces, from splashy theatres (Teatro Niccolini) to hidden sacristies (inside the Santa Maria Novella pharmacy).
(Text from: http://www.theflorentine.net/events-articles/2016/11/best-events-in-florence-in-winter-2016)
All events are free, but require a reservation.
See the website: http://www.stringscity.it/or call 366.9771128.
BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE FOR DECEMBER: 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 in a new venue and with an updated production. The new script was written by your very own newsletter writer, Marisa Garreffa, based on the last year’s text by Gherardo Rosati Vitali, Carolina Gamini, and Giuseppe Arone. With direction by New York director, Bari Hochwald, 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 performance 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: medicidynasty.com
BEST DINING OUT FOR DECEMBER: HIGH TEA AT ST REGIS HOTEL
A ST. REGIS RITUAL: This ritual dates back to the early 1800s and represented at that time an occasion for dignified gatherings. St. Regis keeps this beautiful tradition alive every afternoon around the globe, and in Florence within the beautiful Winter Garden Bar. For the second year in a row, the Winter Garden Bar is the recipient of Gambero Rosso's Bar d'Italia award.
In exclusive partnership with tea house Dammann Frères, The St. Regis Florence is delighted to take you on a bespoke journey through the different varieties of teas, finger-food and pastries. Served by their Tea Sommelier, you will discover the world of teas and enjoy the delicious culinary creations by the pastry chef.
Afternoon tea ritual | €16 per person
Phone number | +39 05527163787
Everyday from 3.30 pm - 5 pm
|BEST OF THE REST FOR DECEMBER
DUOMO CHRISTMAS TREE AND NATIVITY SCENE
December 8 in Italy is a national holiday that celebrates the Immaculate Conception. This day of festivity unofficially starts the countdown to Christmas as many Italian families traditionally use this day to set up and decorate their Christmas tree and Nativity scene in their homes.
On December 8 in Florence's historic centre the large Christmas tree is set up in Piazza del Duomo. The lighting of the Christmas tree is accompanied by an official public ceremony with the participation of Florence's Mayor. Also in Piazza del Duomo, the impressive Nativity Scene is built in the front and left of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. The Nativity has life-sized beautiful statues made in terracotta by an artisan of Impruneta. Both the Christmas tree and the Nativity scene are up until January 6, the day of Epiphany.
In the Cathedral of Florence, the traditional Christmas Eve Mass is celebrated by the Cardinal of Florence at midnight (Vigil prayers start at 11pm). On Christmas morning, the Mass is celebrated at 10:30am, in conjunction with the Pope blessing in Rome.
TASTES FROM THE LUCCA REGION AT SIP AND SUPPER, IL MECENATE
The Tuscan Times teams up with Lucca Biodinamica, offering a chance to meet producers and taste their wines while enjoying four delicious dishes made with local products. (25 euro, all included, to be paid at the event). With several producers showcasing the growth and advances in biodynamic winemaking from the Lucca region, this is a unique opportunity to try a wide range of exciting wines in a casual atmosphere. Whether you're an expert, a wine lover or just looking to try some new sips, this event will give you new perspective on Lucca's local wines and the people who are making them.
For tickets and more information: http://www.theflorentine.net/event/?id_event=420
CAROLING AT ST. MARK’S
December 3, 10, and 18
December 3 from 5:30pm - 6:00pm
St Mark's Choir will sing Christmas Carols outside the Church as part of the festival Contemporaneamente on via Maggio, for which the street will be pedestrianised. All welcome.
December 10 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Carolling around the Oltrarno, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Please come to St Mark’s at 5.45pm, bringing a candle/torch, and don’t forget to wrap up well! Afterwards, there will be mince pies and mulled wine back in St Mark's.
December 18 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
St Mark's Carol Service: St Mark's Carol Service is very popular so please arrive in good time to make sure you get a seat. After the Service, mince pies and mulled wine will be served upstairs. All welcome.
St. Mark's English Church, Via Maggio, 16
More details on the website: www.stmarksitaly.com
TOSCANA WINTER PARK: FIFTH EDITION
November 26 - February 26
Go skiing, ice skating and tobogganing on the banks of the Arno at Obihall. After heading down the 80-metre piste on skis or a snowboard or trying your luck on the ice rink, indulge in some après-ski at the bars, enjoy a hearty meal at the restaurant or join in the many children’s activities. The park will remain open over the Christmas period (and on Christmas Day from 2:00pm until 1.00am).
See www.firenzewinterpark.it for details.
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS
Wednesday, December 31, put your warmest coat over your fanciest clothes (and perhaps some long undies) and head to central Florence for at least three free outdoor concerts. While the final schedule is yet to be announced, traditionally Piazza della Signora hosts a classical concert starting around 11:15 pm. This year look for jazz, pop and rock to be happening in Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Stazione, Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Piazza SS. Annunziata.
Ring in the New Year at the Fortezza da Basso at a celebration from 10 p.m. on December 31 to 8 a.m. on the first day of 2015. With different rooms of the centre featuring different music styles and international DJs and performers, you choose the ambience right for you to celebrate the New Year in Florence.
STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR EVERYONE, AND CIVIC MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
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:
Pitti Palace (all museums)
And the civic museums also free to residents:
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
|EXHIBITIONS IN DECEMBER
BOTTICELLI ROOMS REOPENED AT THE UFFIZI
The latest rooms to be reopened at the Uffizi Gallery this past week are the Botticelli rooms and rooms dedicated to the Early Renaissance. This latest batch of rooms to reopen – Hall 8-15 – were closed for about 15 months! The major works in these rooms were moved to other temporary halls so that visitors would not miss out on them, the two major ones being the Botticelli paintings Spring and Birth of Venus, masterpieces that draw many to the Uffizi in the first place.
After significant upgrades, retrofitting and new ceilings, all made possible with a final major grant by Friends of Florence, the Botticelli rooms reopened last Tuesday, October 18 to the public and we are super excited to see the changes that have taken place!
Features of the newly restored rooms include new lighting, alarm system, replacement of glass framing with state-of-the-art glass that is even more protective and technologically advanced. Some of the paintings not on view during this period were examined and underwent conservation.
Text From: http://www.visitflorence.com/blog/explore-new-botticelli-rooms-uffizi/?utm_source=visitflorence.com&utm_campaign=DiscoverTuscany&utm_medium=referral
WITH JUICE AND HERBS OF GREEN EARTH: FRESCOES IN THE REFECTORY OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
Until December 31
Paolo Uccello's Chiostro Verde frescoes, restored and on display in the Santa Maria Novella refectory.
Refectory of Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella
AI WEIWEI AT PALAZZO STROZZI
Until January 22
This autumn Palazzo Strozzi will present Italy’s first major retrospective dedicated to one of the world’s most celebrated and influential contemporary artists: Ai Weiwei. Libero
A dissident artist with a leading voice, Ai Weiwei is known world-wide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of the Palazzo Strozzi spaces, presenting a series of new and major works from the façade of the building and the courtyard to the piano nobile and the Strozzina gallery. Mirroring the artist’s relationship between tradition and modernity, key works will be hung in response to the architecture of the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th century palace built as a political statement, and is considered to embody the history of the city of Florence.
This major exhibition will include key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. These range from his years living in New York 1980s and ’90s when he discovered his ‘masters’ Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, to the large iconic assemblages works from the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools, to his recent controversial and engaged works such as portraits of political dissidents built with LEGO bricks, and his projects on migration in the Mediterranean region.
Over the past twenty years, Ai Weiwei has become a leading voice on the international art scene and China’s most famous living artist. Known for his political activism and meticulous artistic research, Ai Weiwei has also become a symbol of resistance against censorship. The show will offer the opportunity to explore Ai Weiwei’s creative genius but also to understand his personal narrative, offering critical insight to Ai Weiwei’s ambiguous relations with his native China. Ai Weiwei denounces the inconsistencies and gaps between the individual and the community in today’s world and has a profound sense of belonging, as illustrated by his use of traditional materials and techniques. Equally, a strong sense of rebellion informs his interpretations of traditional Chinese images and metaphors.
Daily including holidays 10.00-20.00, Thursdays 10.00-23.00
More information: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/aiweiwei/?lang=en
DISCOVERIES AND MASSACRES: ARDENGO SOFFICI AND IMPRESSIONISM AT THE UFFIZI GALLERY
Until January 8
This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Ardengo Soffici (1879 – 1964), will be the occasion to study his artistic experience as an artist, writer, art critic and as a polemic that was very active during his time. He came into contact, and at times with stark, courageous contrast with other contemporary artistic movements within the Italian and European panorama. The title of the exhibition, Discoveries and Massacres, alludes to the collection of works by Soffici, published between the first and second decade of the 20th century, and recognized today along with the cultural initiatives he supported and organized as important steps in the renewal of art in Italy in the 20th century. Consider that he helped organize the first Italian exhibition on Impressionism in Italy in Florence in 1910.
The works included in the exhibit – from Segantini to Cezanne, from Renoir to Picasso, from Degas to Medardo Rosso, from De Chirico to Carrà as well as Soffici’s own work – were selected based on the predilections and aversions Soffici demonstrated and wrote about. The works will contain critical phrases directly from Soffici’s writings to ideally help the viewer rediscover one of the most productive and fertile interpretations on the origins of modern art, through his decisive “discoveries” as well as his drastic “massacres”.
Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
50122 Florence Phone : 055 238 8651
More information: http://www.uffizi.org/museum/exhibitions/
REAL TIME AND REALITY TIME: CLOCKS FROM PALAZZO PITTI FROM XVII TO XX CENTURY
Until January 8
The monumental figure of Kronos by Gherardo Silvani will greet you for this special occasion in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti, and will show you the path to follow towards the apartments of the Duchessa d’Aosta, where you can explore the different ways throughout time that the Florentines would tell time: spanning the Medici, Lorena and Sabauda reigns.Approximately 70 clocks have been selected from over 200 examples, most of which some way are tied to Palazzo Pitti. The criteria for the selection includes the form, the use of the clock and the environment in which it was kept.
Gallery of Modern Art
CASSA RISPARMIO DI FIRENZE PRESENT THEIR EXTENSIVE ART COLLECTION: IN COLLEZIONE
Until January 15
The exhibition is the conclusion of a project to organize the immense (over 900 pieces to choose from) collection of art by the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze with pieces by Giotto and Filippino Lippi,as well as several more contemporary or modern pieces which tell the story of Florence.
Text from: www.visitflorence.com
Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Bufalini 6, Florence
Free Entrance only with a reservation and guided tour
Tel. +39 055 5384001 or email: email@example.com
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
GIOVANNI DAL PONTE AT THE ACCADEMIA GALLERY
November 22 until March 12
The monographic exhibition with works from Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-1437), protagonist for the late Gothic Humanism. A Florentine artist with his own particular language for the late gothic period will feature a new canvas, the "Madonna and Child Enthroned". The work, which will be on display along with other paintings of the Tuscan painter from November 22 to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, comes from the deposits of various Museums from the Tuscan region.
Text from: www.visitflorence.com
Via Ricasoli, 58-60, 50122 Florence
|LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN DECEMBER
JOURNO/THE FORCE OF WORDS
Explore the power of words at a timely conference inspired by the complex legacy of Florentine journalist Oriana Fallaci. Born in Florence in 1929, Fallaci made a name for herself based on her coverage of war, but later gained notoriety for her scathing remarks about Islam, particularly after September 11, 2001. Talks at this two-day conference, put on by Florence University of the Arts, include a keynote speech by Antonio Bandini, former Consul General of Italy in New York; panel discussions on Fallaci’s career and the force of word choice in politics; and related lectures dissecting rhetoric used by public figures from Donald Trump to Antonio Gramsci.
Text from: http://www.theflorentine.net/events-articles/2016/11/best-events-in-florence-in-winter-2016/
Palazzo Strozzi (Gabinetto Viesseux) and Palazzo B.G.Strozzi (corso dei Tintori 21)
For the full program, see FUA's website: http://www.fua.it/
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00 until the end of November, the British Institute presents a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library, which is followed by an informal drinks reception. The Cultural Programme is open to members of the British Institute of Florence. Membership options range from 24 hours (€5) to Life (€500).The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month. The events for November are:
7 December 2016 - 18:00: Ai Weiwei a Firenze
Lecture in Italian by Arturo Galansino
14 December 2016 - 18:00: Readers and musicians
Staff and members of the Library read poetry and prose for the festive season. Readings are interspersed with carols.
15 December 2016 - 17:00: It’s Storytime! Pooh’s Christmas Adventure
Spend an afternoon with Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Rabbit and Eeyore and join them getting ready to celebrate the most magical and joyful holiday of the year!
For more information: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/news-events/events/cultural-programme
For membership: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library/membership
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.
Museo Novecento also hosts special exhibitions and events. The November program includes:
THE GREAT ARTISTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Giorgio De Chirico is one of the most known and recognized Italian artists of the twentieth century in the world. He starts the Methaphysical Art, that was to influence the artists of Surrealism, from Max Ernst to Magritte and Dalì, and those of the German New Objectivity.
December 18, 10.30am
The admission is free. The reservation is mandatory.
For information and reservations:
Tel. 055-2768224 055-2768558
MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE
This event started small but has fast become a night not-to-be-missed in the Florence literarature and performance scene. A literary Open Mic Night for writers in Florence held on the first Wednesday of every month, writers gather in Hostel Tasso and present poems, stories, original songs, tales, and other delights.
The first Wednesday of every month. Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso
More information: https://www.facebook.com/openmicflorence/
|FILM EVENTS IN DECEMBER
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: Nocturnal Animals and Sully.
There are also a number of special film events this month, that are not to be missed! The line up includes: Tiziano Terzani: Il Kamikaze Della Pace, Madonna: Strike a Pose, Incontro con Claudio Naranjo, The Wizard of Oz, Il Curioso Mondo Di H. Bosch, Juste La Fin Du Monde.
|MUSIC FOR DECEMBER
AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE
If you ever wanted to listen to classical music in a theatre where you could imagine Verdi or Mozart to walk in any second go to the jewel box Pergola Theatre. The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. Works by Rossini, Schumann, Shubert, Brahms, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart are only a small sample of what will be performed.
To see the musicians and musical selections for December, go to: http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/stagione/
OPERA DI FIRENZE: 80th 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:
December 2: Concert Mozart Cycle: Federico Guglielmo
December 4: Concert Mozart Cycle: Federico Maria Sardelli
December 10, 11, 13, 14: Opera: Le Notti Delle Streghe
December 14: Concert: Florence for Umbria
December 20-17: Opera: Nabucco by Guiseppe Verdi
December 23: Concert: Christmas Concert
Tickets and more information: http://www.operadifirenze.it/en/
CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND OPERA AT ST MARK’S CHURCH
In the beautiful and intimate setting of St Mark’s Church, the performances are complete operas, apart from one or two slight adaptations to suit the intimate setting. November’s program includes: Love Duets, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, and Madame Butterfly. There is also a special Gala Concert being held on New Years Eve (with the price of 45€).
All start at 8:30pm
Price: 30 €, seniors 25 €, students 15 €
Info: 340 8119192
For the complete schedule: http://concertoclassico.blogspot.it/p/programme.html
CLASSICAL MUSIC IN THE BASILICA OF SANTO SPIRITO
Enjoy famous works of classical music in the appealing atmosphere of the Sala Capitolare of the Basilica di Santo Spirito. Govanni Mancini leads the Orchestra Florence Sinfonietta and the violin solo Perpaolo Ugolini in Corelli's 'Christmas Concert' and Paganini's Violin Concert n. 1 op. 6.
Concert begins at 18:30
Basilica di Santo Spirito, Florence - Sala Capitolare
CONCERT FOR THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: CHIESA DI SANTA FELICITA
On the occasion of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, enjoy sacred music by Bach and Händel in the Sala Capitolare of Santa Felicita Church in the heart of Florence. With Diego Colli on Bass, and Giacomo Benedetti on Harpsichord.
Concert begins at 21:00
Chiesa di Santa Felicita, Florence - Main Hall
THE THREE TENORS: AUDITORIUM SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE VECCHIO WITH DINNER
December 3, 10, 15
Add a taste of Italian lyricism to your stay in Florence: Three tenors offer a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful capital.
In the Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, the soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and piano. Famous arias from 'La Traviata', 'Rigoletto', and 'Tosca' share the program with Neopolitan favorites like 'O sole mio', 'Funiculì Funiculà', and 'Torna a Surriento'.
Before the show, indulge in Tuscan cuisine and breathtaking views at the Vista Wine Bar. Located on the Panoramic Terrace of Hotel Laurus al Duomo, the Wine Bar offers views of Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower.
Approximate duration (min.): 90
Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/the_three_tenors__auditorium_santo_stefano_al_ponte_vecchio_with_dinner/32240/275192/
MOZART REQUIEM: ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA
The Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina and the Choir Harmonia Cantata perform Mozart's Requiem and Ave Verum in Florence.
Show starts at 21:00
Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, Florence - Main Hall
VIVALDI’S THE FOUR SEASONS AT THE AUDITORIUM DI SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE VECCHIO
December 9, 17, 24
The Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina will perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in the wonderful atmosphere of the Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio.
The program opens with an "Air" by Bach and Mozart's famous "A Little Night Music".
Conductor: Giuseppe Lanzetta
Artistic director: Marco Lorenzini
Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio
Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/vivaldi_s_four_seasons__auditorium_santo_stefano/33088/288897/
MORE CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND OPERA THROUGHOUT FLORENCE
While there are too many events to list individually, in addition to those above it is well worth taking a look at the classictic website (link below) to peruse all of the concerts on show for November. There is sure to be something that takes your fancy, with such a range of events to choose from.
See the list here: https://www.classictic.com/en/special/florence-concerts/95
|DANCE AND THEATRE FOR DECEMBER
|LA DEMOCRAZIA DEL CORPO: DANCE FESTIVAL IN FLORENCE
Until December 28
Body language takes centre stage in this interdisciplinary and international showcase, which brings together choreographers, visual artists, dancers and art world influencers. Dance performances make up much of the program, with the local Virgilio Sieni Company—headquartered at CANGO—spearheading that side of the festival. But the event also includes site-specific art installations, choreography workshops and talks, including down-the-line discussions with Fabio Cavallucci of Prato’s Pecci Center (November) and Arturo Galansino of Palazzo Strozzi (December).
December 2 @ 21.00 – CANGO
JACOPO JENNA: Come as you are
December 4 @17.00 and 18.00 – CANGO
JACOPO JENNA: Here we are now, entertain us
December 9 and 10 @ 21.00 / December 11 @ 17.00
CHELO ZOPPI: Four
GIUSEPPE COMUNIELLO / VIRGILIO SIENI
ACCADEMIA SULL’ARTE DEL GESTO: Isaia 11,6
December16 @ 21.00 – CANGO
DANIELE NINARELLO: Blink of liberation
December 18 @ 17.00 – CANGO
LARA RUSSO: Ra-Me
December 18 @ 17.30 – CANGO
DAVIDE VALROSSO: We pop
December 18 @ 19.00 – CANGO
BRUNA GAMBARELLI – incontro
Assessore alla Cultura del Comune di Bologna e progetto nuove centralità culturali nelle periferie
December 19-22 @ 21.00 – CANGO
VIRGILIO SIENI / ACCADEMIA SULL’ARTE DEL GESTO: Grande adagio popolare
December 27-30 @ 21.00 – CANGO
COMPAGNIA VIRGILIO SIENI: La mer
December 28 @ 19.00 – CANGO
PAOLO WOODS – incontro
VIA SANTA MARIA, 23/25 FIRENZE
TEL. 055.2280525 or CANGO@SIENIDANZA.IT
For tickets: http://www.virgiliosieni.it/schede/la-democrazia-del-corpo-programma-biglietteria/
CHRISTMAS SHOWS AT TEATRO VERDI
December 17: The Snowman
A delightful animated cartoon presented with live voices and music, based on the book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.
December 22: The Nutcracker
The season’s favourite ballet presented by Daniele Cipriani Entertainment.
December 24: Christmas Concert
"Greetings from Vienna"
The most beautiful dances and beautiful waltzes of Vienna Strauss, Suppé, Stolz, Lehár, presented by the Orchestra of Toscana.
For more information and to book tickets: http://www.teatroverdionline.it/
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA
In the mood for something merry? Spend a night with the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mice King and company when the Ballet of Moscow performs holiday classic The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s iconic score comes to life on stage with a cast of colorful, costumed characters. A plot refresher: young Clara breaks away from her family’s Christmas Eve party when her brother Fritz breaks her brand-new Nutcracker. Drifting off, she ends up in a dream land where the schiaccanoci is brought to life and eventually turns into a prince. Let this holiday standard waltz its way back into your memory, just before Christmas Eve: book tickets by calling 055.0763333.
Text from: http://www.theflorentine.net/events-articles/2016/11/best-events-in-florence-in-winter-2016/
THEATRE AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA
BISBETICA: La bisbetica domata di William Shakespeare messa alla prova
Nov 29 - Dec 4
A timeless classic, coloured with popular elements and echoes from the commedia dell'arte. Nancy Brilli stars in this version of Taming where, through the meta-theatrical game, she replaces the Sly Shakespeare's whole company, turning it into the group of actors who will stage The Taming of the Shrew. A hilarious comedy, full of twists and sobering into male-female relationships, joy, irony and astonishment.
I PUGNI RICOLMI D’ORO: Teatro Niccolini
The work aims to investigate - with the ironic and always cutting edge of Brechtian theatre - the bizarre and ruthless historical and social devices thanks to which, in the early twentieth century, the old Continent was launched toward amazing economic and cultural goals, but instead found itself to be terribly (mis) governed by improbable ministers and emperors, as well as by equally grotesque "subjects" of rank.
UN INCONTRO STRAORDINARIO: Saloncino | Teatro della Pergola
On 5 December 1906 the Teatro della Pergola housed Rosmersholm by Henrik Ibsen, starring Eleonora Duse and with sets by Edward Gordon Craig, one of the founding fathers of theatre direction. Isadora Duncan, founder of modern dance, was the creator of the meeting between the two great artists, convinced that from this union a New Theatre would be born.
The initiative “An Extraordinary Meeting” commemorates one hundred and ten years since the staging of Rosmersholm and is part of the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Edward Gordon Craig, among which we highlight the International Convention of Studies of the University of Florence (24 and 25 November 2016, Saloncino the Teatro della Pergola).
IL MALATO IMMAGINARIO
Director Andrée Ruth Shammah brings back his production of The Imaginary Invalid, "no time and of all times", based on a theatrical play that interweaves existential angst, entertainment and satire of the neuroses of our time. In the role of Argan is an actor at the height of his artistic maturity: Joel Dix, who with his intelligent irony faces the challenge of a comparison with the unforgettable Franco Parenti. Beside him, Anna Rose plays Tonina.
December 9-10, 27-28
Sharing good stories is an anthropological rite that still gives us a glimpse into other lives and other worlds. It helps us to reflect on our existence, or simply relaxes us, making us abandon ourselves to the sound of the words. Each evening the audience arrives, carrying a cup from home. You can enjoy tea, hot chocolate and pastries, and listen to two or more stories chosen and introduced by Marco Vichi and read by Lorenzo Degl'Innocenti .
December 9 Jamaica Kincaid _ Leonardo Gori
December 10 Alicia Giménez-Bartlett _ Valerio Aiolli
December 27 Edgar Allan Poe _ Joe R. Lansdale
December 28 Edmondo De Amicis _ Francesco Botti
More information and bookings: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/
|EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR DECEMBER
DALI, THE CLASSIC DREAM, AT PALAZZO BLU IN PISA
Until February 5
”Start by imitating the classics, and then you can do anything” - Salvado Dalì
Metamorfist, provocative, visionary, Salvador Dalí is an artist; both a myth and myth-maker. Salvador Dalí is exhibited in direct comparison with the ancient traditions and with the great masters of the past.
This is the Dalí who loved the great Italian Masters, citing Raphael & Cellini, illustrating Dante and Michelangelo, the star of this show, is the trilogy dedicated to Surrealism.
Text from: www.discoverytuscany.com
Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 19.00 & Sat - Sun: 10.00 - 20.00
Palazzo d’Arte e Cultura - Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti, 9, 56125
SIGNORINI E DI NITTIS: ART FROM THE 1800S IN VIAREGGIO
Until February 26
The 1800’s open for the World to See.
The newest exhibition at the Matteucci Center for Modern Art features an impressive display of masterpieces by the artists De Nittis, Zandomeneghi and Boldini.
The above works will be shown side by side to those of Signorini, Lega and other protagonists for the “Macchiaiolo” period.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Matteucci per l’Arte Moderna, Via D’annunzio, 28, Viareggio
LA FINE DEL MONDO: EXHIBITION IN PRATO
Until March 19
View today as from a distance, the idea is to “experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future.”
Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages will be interconnected: music, theatre, cinema, architecture and dance represented not just as side events but as integral moments of the show, helping to build an immersive and captivating narrative.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Pecci Prato, Viale della Repubblica, 277, 59100 Prato
VOLAREARTE IN PISA: PARK EUN SUN SCULPTURES AT PISA AIRPORT
Until June 15
Well into the third edition of this initiative by the Henraux Foundation together with the Tuscany Airports, you will find a collection of 9 sculptures from Park Eun Sun gracing the Pisa airport.
This renowned Korean artist, a long time resident of Versilia, arrived in Italy to satisfy his desire to work with Apuane marbles. His artwork, known on an international level, is remarkable for the pure geometric forms composed of bi-color slabs of marble.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Galileo Galilei Airport, Pisa
CHIANTI SCULPTURE PARK
Pievasciata, a tiny village in the heart of the Chianti region, has been transformed into a contemporary art centre. The focal point, the Chianti Sculpture Park, a permanent exhibition of sculptures and installations, is an integral part of a mystical wooded area.
There are three distinctive characteristics of the Park: integration of art and nature; diversity of cultures, represented by artists from all over the world; and a variety of materials. Each artist has been invited to visit the wood in order to choose a location and subsequently submit a site-specific proposal. This accounts for the harmony of the sculptures with the trees, the sounds, the colours, the light, and other elements of the wood. In fact, these man-made works do not extend beyond the limits of nature; rather, they integrate with it and enhance it. Inside the Park an Amphitheatre has also been created to offer visitors a rich program of concerts and cultural events.
The Chianti Sculpture Park is an indispensable stop not only for art lovers, but also for anyone who wishes to experience the delights of a walk through nature while admiring fascinating works of art. The visit is suitable for persons of every age on foot along a walking path of 1 km, but is also accessible with a child’s pushchair or a wheelchair.
Parco Sculture del Chianti, S.P. 9, Loc. La Fornace 48/49, 53010 Pievasciata (Siena)
Tel. +39 0577 357151
Web site: http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/en-index.htm
|FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS MARKETS, NATIVITY SCENES, AND FESTIVALS HELD ALL OVER TUSCANY
From Pisa to Arezzo to Siena, and many other places besides, the Tuscan countryside explodes this month with seasonal festivals and markets that are well worth visiting if you are travelling through the hills this festive season. From traditional events to wine and food based fairs, there is something for everyone. To see an exhaustive list of the Christmas Markets on offer, go to: https://www.discovertuscany.com/events-in-tuscany/christmas-markets-in-tuscany.html
And if the religious history of Christmas is your fascination, be sure to take in some of the extraordinary nativity scenes being set up throughout the region. You can find a detailed list of these beautiful recreations here: https://www.discovertuscany.com/what-to-see-in-tuscany/presepe-tuscan-nativity-scene.html
PRATO DISPLAY OF THE VIRGIN'S GIRDLE
The Virgin Mary's belt, given, legend has it, to the Apostle Thomas when she ascended to heaven, is kept in a magnificent reliquary (Maso di Bartolomeo 1406–1456) housed in the equally beautiful "Pulpit of the Sacred Girdle" (Donatello and Michelozzo) on the external façade the Duomo. It is taken out five times a year amid much religious pomp and mediaeval drum rolling to be shown to the crowds amassed in the piazza. These occasions include 8 September (celebration of the nativity of the Virgin Mary) and December 25 and 26. The story of how the girdle arrived in Prato is illustrated in the chapel immediately to the left of the entrance of the Duomo in Agnolo Gaddi's fresco cycle of "The Legend of the Holy Girdle (1392-95)".
SIENA CELEBRATES IL MERCATO NEL CAMPO
The Piazza del Campo will be full and festive due to its special bowl design. The historic pageantry adds to this special holiday market that runs from Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6. Famed as Il Mercato nel Campo, this holiday market is one of the picturesque in Tuscany. This year, the Cortile del Podestà of the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo VinArte will host one of the last events celebrating 300 years of Chianti wine.
To see more of the many events that Siena hosts over the Christmas period, there is a wonderful article here: https://www.discovertuscany.com/siena/christmas-in-siena.html
SAN GIMIGNIANO: LUMIERE
Dec 3 - 4
Lit up with contemporary lights & images, the city center, the Duomo, the squares and the streets will tell a dream vision thanks to the suggestions created by the works of the artists, the lights, the sounds and the shadows. Free admission.
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