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|NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2016
|It has been an unseasonably warm winter, with the cold finally arriving late this year. Now that the festive celebrations of the holidays are over, I find myself casting a few thoughts toward the coming Spring. Let’s not abandon winter too quickly however, the celebrations in February are worth enjoying to their fullest. Whether you are partying for Carnevale, binging on artisan chocolate at the Chocolate Fair, or preparing for Ash Wednesday and the fast for Lent, there is plenty to choose from in Tuscany this month. Best wishes for valentines, sweets, and carnival masks, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
|PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR FEBRUARY
|BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR FEBRUARY – IL CARNEVALE CELEBRATIONS IN VIAREGGIO!
The celebrations for Il Carnevale happen all over Tuscany, but by far the most famous and exciting is the famed Carnevale in Viareggio. This is their 143rd year, and there are five chances to see the Masked Parade, as well as the “Great Ending Fireworks”. If there was ever a time to make the trip outside of Florence, this is it. The parades, parties, fireworks, masked balls, theatre, and culinary events are truly over-the-top. Wear clothes you don't care too much about, because it's a given that you'll end up sprayed with foam and sprinkled with confetti! Old, young, and everyone in-between, joins in the silliness.
The Viareggio Carnival started in 1873 when a number of local aristocrats decided to organize an extravagant parade on Shrove Tuesday (martedì grasso), before the 40-day austerity of Lent. The five masked parades through the seaside town will each have their own set of papier-mâché floats and puppets, which will parade along the famous viali a mare, down the seaside promenades, offering a wide program of entertainment and fun for children and adults. Bands and other performance groups come from all over the world to participate. At least 800,000 visitors enjoy the Viareggio Carnival each year.
“The triple cannon is the unmistakable signal that the party starts in Viareggio, giving way to the parade. Like magic, the giant gargoyles come to life between movements, music and dancing. At every parade of floats 200 thousand spectators assist spellbounded by the gigantism of extraordinary buildings. Five Great Courses Masked, concentrated in a single month of great celebrations.”
The floats are the true crowd-pleasers. They take an entire year to construct. The biggest floats, over 20 meters high and weighing 40 tons, will carry about 200 people in costume who will dance and throw confetti and candies. Other people will be inside the floats to maneuver the weights, the counter-weights and levers that will make the puppets move. The paper maché puppets satirize public and political figures, depict social issues, as well as fairy-tale heroes. Noteworthy, is the program of related events including a large number of shows and cultural activities such as musical comedies in vernacular, a series of carnival menus available in the restaurants, festivals in the various neighborhoods, as well as numerous masked balls held in the most fashionable discotheques and ballrooms.
February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 5: Parades start 3pm.
P&F RENTAL PICK FOR FEBRUARY – “A spacious, uncluttered apartment in a wonderful location.”
Via SS. Apostoli is located right in the heart of Florence, near the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and Piazza Signoria. The apartment is within a few minutes’ walk from the city’s most important museums and monuments plus the very best boutique shopping in Via de’ Tornabuoni. Nearby is the Straw Market with the famous Florentine symbol “Il Porcellino” (the boar). It is about a 10 minute walk to the train station and the Florentine Food market of San Lorenzo.
The recently refurbished apartment has hardwood floors in entry, living room and bedrooms, tiles in the kitchen/dining room. The bathrooms are tiled in white with blue decorative touches. The furnishings are a mix of antique style and modern with built in cabinets and closets. The living room and bedroom/living areas can be connected by opening a sliding door.
The apartment is equipped with washer, dishwasher, oven, electric kettle, Nespresso capsule coffee maker, microwave, TVs, internet connection, hair dryer, fans, locked space for bicycles, equipment for infants (bed, high chair, etc.). Heating is centralized. The building has a doorman on duty during the day and a video surveillance system. Kitchenware and linens are supplied.
The apartment is on the 1st floor with elevator, measures approx. 110 sq. mt. (about 1200 sq. ft.) and consists of:
Entry, Living room with raised office space (7 steps) (Double sofa bed), Kitchen/dining room (table for 6), Bedroom/living room (bedroom on raised space, 7 steps) (Table for 4 in living area), Bedroom (double bed), 2 Bathrooms (1 ensuite with shower stall, 1 with tub).
BEST NEW DISCOVERY FOR FEBRUARY - AN ICE MACHINE ON VIA GHIBELLINA
Finally our prayers for ice have been answered! No more desperate cramming of the freezer with water filled plastic bags, trying to make enough cubes for parties. THERE IS FINALLY A PLACE TO BUY ICE IN FLORENCE! The 24 hour machine is located on Via Ghibellina 53R (on the right hand side as you head towards the Viale). Enjoy.
BEST EXHIBITION FOR FEBRUARY – SEE THE PRINCE OF DREAMS BEFORE IT CLOSES
Until February 15
“The Prince of Dreams,” the Medici arazzi (tapestries), are reunited after 150 years. The exhibition was inaugurated in Rome and arrived in Florence in September.
“Today is a good day for Italian culture and for Florence. It is also a dream come true: to see gathered together, after 150 years, the Medici tapestries is a truly extraordinary event,” said the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella during the press presentation of the exhibition. “The prince of dreams. The stories of Joseph in the arazzi of Pontormo and Bronzino”.
An exhibit at Palazzo Vecchio combining art, history and technology. For the first time after the Unification of Italy, the twenty tapestries - commissioned by Cosimo I de Medici from some of the most important artists of the Florentine Renaissance for the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio - have been reunited right in the place they were originally been designed for. During the late XIXth century the Savoia family wanted some of them moved to Rome and so, since then, they haven't been seen together...until now! This show also includes a multimedia section with high-definition documentaries and interactive options for going deeper into the history and technique of these marvellous tapestries.
BEST MARKET FOR FEBRUARY – FESTA DEL CIOCCOLATO ARTIGIANALE
“Life is like chocolate, is the bitterness that makes you appreciate the sweet.” Xavier Brébion
From Friday, February 12 to 21st, Piazza Santa Maria Novella will host the 12th edition of La Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale, Florence's annual Chocolate Fair, for the first time led by an organising team made up entirely of women.
Mountains of chocolate truffles, cascading chocolate fountains, luscious chocolate liqueurs or giant slabs of chocolate spiked with fruits and nuts, are only a small part of the event. The products of artisan chocolatiers are a feast for the eyes, a gift for the nose and a treat for the taste buds. This year the fair includes pastry workshops for children, as well as chocolate quizzes and workshops for the adults. A tasting session pairing chocolate and grappa is again on offer this year.
Come on the weekends dressed for Carnival fun. The fair is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Free entry. For further info: tel. 055 414497, http://www.fieradelcioccolato.it
BEST DINING OUT FOR JANUARY – HEMINGWAY CAFFE
“There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.”
Linda Grayson, “The Pickwick Papers”
In honour of the Chocolate Festival, this month I recommend a visit to the Oltrano to try an understated gem, the delicious Hemingway Cafe. It is a dream for chocolate lovers with the selection of sumptuous cakes, crepes, and artisinal chocolates, with an extensive list of hot chocolates to choose from, like their 55% Dark Chocolate with Chilli Pepper Hot Chocolate. You will pay a little more for the selection here, but the flavours and quality are worth the price. This tiny bar is cosy during the daytime, but expect it to be crowded late at night as the after-dinner crowd flock here for the cocktails and the cool ambiance.
Hemingway Firenze, Piazza Piattellina, 9r.
BEST BOOK FOR JANUARY – From Marble to Flesh: The Biography of Michelangelo’s David.
Michelangelo's David is the world’s most famous statue, a universal symbol of Florence and of Italy. Hailed as the epitome of Renaissance art, the David has inspired contemporary artists from Warhol to Banksy and has been reproduced in life-size copies all over the globe. Why does a 500-year-old statue of a religious figure continue to resonate so deeply today? The answer lies in the captivating story of Michelangelo s David. It is a tale rich in conflict, tension, controversy and cultural meaning. Author Victor Coonin tells this story not as ancient history but as a centuries-long biography right up to the present day. What started simply as a monumental block of Carrara marble took on new vigour in Michelangelo s gifted hands. The statue is both life-like and larger than life: an embodiment of human accomplishment, of perfection, magnificence and beauty. The David has a life of his own, and this life succeeds in telling us something about ourselves.
Professor Victor Coonin tells the story of Michelangelo’s David as if it were a biography, from the quarrying of its marble near Carrara to his adoption by contemporary artists. And in between, a litany of desires, contracts and conflicts, artistic and political decisions, and much more that makes this the most famous statue in the world.
|BEST OF THE REST FOR FEBRUARY
FLORENCE HONOURS ANNA MARIA LUISA DE MEDICI
February 18 celebrates the greatest artistic patroness of Florence, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the creator of The Family Pact. She was the last of the ruling line of the Medici family, after she and her brothers failed to produce any heirs before their deaths. However, she left behind an extraordinary legacy in the form of The Family Pact, which bequeathed the considerable artistic patrimony of the Medici family accrued over three centuries to the city of Florence. Her condition was that none of these gifts could ever be removed from the city. Instead, she insisted, they must remain on display in Florence, forever, for the use of the public and to attract the curiosity of foreigners.” It is she that we have to thank for the vast majority of treasures that make Florence the artistic mecca that it is today.
In honour of Anna Maria Luisa, Florence opens its Museums for free on the day of her death, February 18. Be sure to visit the Medici Chapels to pay your respects.
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. For more information: http://www.museonovecento.it/en/
February at Museo Novecento features the lecture series: The 1980’s
Three lectures in Italian language to recount the lively cultural climate of the 80’s, when Florence established itself as one of the most vital cities of the peninsula. Musicians, directors, writers and protagonists of that time, retrace the events of a decade marked by the spreading of art in nightspots, discotheques and fashion studios, experiencing unusual hybridizations, mixing low culture and sophisticated art researches.
Giancarlo Cauteruccio and Dario Evola: Post-Avantgarde, a New Spectacular Concept: Theatre in Post-Modernity
A journey through the aesthetics of an artistic phenomenon characterizing an entire generation of contemporary artists. With the aid of a rich audio-visual material, Giancarlo Cauteruccio and Dario Evola will delve into Krypton’s rich work to narrate the creative environment of the 80’s, experiencing a real aesthetic revolution in the field of theatre. The meeting will offer a chance to discuss the content of books including Teatri di Luce by Giancarlo Cauteruccio, Nero Chiaro by Gabriele Frasca, Teatro Studio Krypton/Trent’Anni di solitudine by Simone Nebbia, Epica di un Migrante/Eneide di Krypton by Giuliano Compagno, Samuel Beckett, Nel buio di un teatro accecante by Giancarlo Cauteruccio, with essays by Dario Evola.
Wednesday February 10 at 17.30
Bruno Casini converses with Nicola Vannini, Antonio Aiazzi and Gianni Maroccolo: Walk on the Wild Side
A song by Lou Reed to capture the Florentine atmosphere and cultural adventures of a decade that was celebrated and idealized by many writers and protagonists. Music and clubbing in Florence during the “Rock Renaissance”, that is, the “post-modern week-end” of Pier Vittorio Tondelli, will be among the topics discussed. In addition to this, we will also cover independent labels, concerts, festivals, cultural contaminations, radio, fanzines, spectacular moments in an international and eclectic city. The viewing of materials and documents of the time will be accompanied by the reading of texts by Dimitri Milopulos capturing the spirit of those years.
Wednesday February 17 at 17.30
Daniele Locchi, Bruno Casini, Leonardo Tozzi, Gimmy Tranquillo and Antonio Glessi: Viva la Notte Viva. Assonanze e dissonanze di notti avventurose
Through recollections and readings the conference will retrace generations of Tenax, one of the most innovative nightclubs of Italy. There will be notes and images selected by Deliri Progressivi, in association with Roby Bruno and Annamaria Pecoraro. These will accompany the stories of Daniele Locchi (art director of the theater-disco Tenax between ‘81 and ’87), Leonardo Tozzi (director of the magazine Firenze Spettacolo), Gimmy Tranquillo (editor of Controradio and Tenax collaborator), and Bruno Casini (art director of the club Manila).
Wednesday February 24 at 17.30
WHEN THE WORLD ANSWERED - DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
“After a sold-out world premiere at the Odeon in October, When the World Answered is back by popular demand! This art documentary from the makers of the Emmy-winning Invisible Women spotlights the international women artists who gifted their works to Florence after the 1966 flood destroyed over 14,000 artworks. Their dream was to create a modern-day Uffizi and catapult the city into the twentieth century. This inspirational story is an ode to art, restoration and Florence, and is particularly poignant in 2016, fifty years after the fact.”
In English with Italian subtitles. Admission is free.
Email email@example.com to reserve your spot.
February 2 at 18.30
Syracuse University, Piazza Savonarola 15
BALLET OF ROME PRESENTS JOSÈ PEREZ AS OTHELLO AT TEATRO VERDI
Scenes and Choreography: Fabrizio Monteverde Music: Antonin Dvorak
After the remarkable success of his Romeo and Juliet, Fabrizio Monteverde is back with a new version of Othello which revisits the Shakespearean text to focus on the psychological dynamics of the relationship, ambiguous and complex, between the triangle of Othello-Desdemona-Cassius.The three vertices are constantly interchangeable thanks to the intrigues of Iago, but even more because of the various 'masks of the unspoken' with which Reason fights Sentiment. The setting in a modern sea port clarifies and expands the basic premise: If Othello really is 'different', not so much for his skin colour as for his being 'foreign', ie someone who is used to 'other rules of the game', then it is also true that the dock of a port is a kind of ‘free-zone' limbo as well - a patchwork of diversity where all drives are peacefully accepted as natural and necessary because of the simple fact that there, in the continuous swarm of humans, the stranger, the different, the barbarian, does not exist.
To book tickets: http://www.teatroverdionline.it/cartellone/danza-e-balletto/650-otello_il_12_02_16.html
February 12 at 20.45
Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99
MAGIC IN FLORENCE - MAGIC SHOWS AT TEATRO PUCCINI AND TEATRO VERDI
Teatro Puccini: Magic Florence
"The magic is the illusion of living a waking dream”.
The best Italian illusionists, coordinated by Mattia Boschi, who will perform with them during the evening.
A unique show that will entertain and excite audiences of all ages. The Illusionist Florentine Mattia Boschi is known to the general public for his appearances on television: Disney Channel in Sketch Up program, in the guise of actor and magician, and, later, a presenter and magician, along with Jacopo Sarno, at the live concert of the kids of the program "I sing" Channel 5 in Italy.
February 26, 27, 28 at 21.00
And February 28 at 16.45
Teatro Verdi: CATAPULT: Magic Shadows
The dance of shadows that will charm you and will move you. The Catapult is born from the creative genius of Adam Battlestein dancer and choreographer of the famous Pilobolus Dance Theater, whose dream was to give new life to an ancient art form as that of shadow puppetry. By using the human body to the full capacity of expression, formidable dancers manage to surprise the public by creating figures seemingly unthinkable with the simple play of light / shadows.
February 24 at 20.45
INTERNATIONAL DANCE SHOW – DANZA IN FIERA
Danza in Fiera is the biggest and most original International Fair Event dedicated to dancing and ballroom dancing. The event has confirmed itself as the sector's reference point in terms of exhibitors, visitors and surface.
This unmissable event dedicated to sector professionals, dancers, schools, dance companies and firms renews itself every year in Florence. Danza in Fiera is a unique platform of its kind , where the exhibition space and meeting places interchange with stages and classrooms to accommodate a vast program that covers all styles of dance.
For a full program and tickets, visit www.danzainfiera.it
February 25-28 at Fortezza da Basso
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. For session times you can collect a schedule from the cinema itself, or download the pdf online at: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Odeon-Origina-Sound-1-Gennaio-17-Febbraio-2016.pdf
February’s films include: The Revenant, Joy, The Hateful Eight, How to be a Single.
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June, 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.
3 February: Wines in Opera: Dithyrambs, Brindisi and Mischief. A Musical Lecture in English by Matteo Sansone and Tanya Di Rienzo
Toasts are a time-honoured ingredient in opera. Wines may have varied functions in a farcical or tragic plot. Mozart’s Don Giovanni drinks an ‘eccellente Marzemino’ in the final Act. In Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, guests are offered poisoned ‘vin di Siracusa’. Rossini’s Don Magnifico boasts of his Montefiascone ‘vino amabile’. The ‘elisir d’amore’ turning the shy Nemorino into a spirited suitor is just Bordeaux. The wines mentioned in this talk – by the musicologist Matteo Sansone and the sommelière Tanya Di Rienzo – will be on display and can later be tasted.
10 February: Art: Mirror of the Soul. A Lecture in English by Richard W. Serrin
An American painter who has lived and worked in Florence for 52 years, Richard Serrin reflects on the nature of art and beauty. He says that his talk will be ‘an entertaining appraisal of the art of our own times, as we thumb our noses at the universe and blithely walk towards the abyss’.
17 February: Middle-ground Morals for Middle Sea Migrants. A Lecture in English by Martino Traxler
The more rehearsed moral arguments for opening and for closing European borders to migrants raise large questions of empirical detail which this talk will attempt to address. Such considerations should dissipate the worst fears currently raised and help in sketching a more far-sighted, morally acceptable, and economically beneficial European policy.
24 February: Sensory Engagement in Cimabue’s Murals at Assisi. A Lecture in English by Holly Flora
Cimabue (ca 1240-1302) painted a famous cycle of murals in the apse of the Upper Church of the Basilica of San Francesco at Assisi, the space used by the friars for celebrating Mass. This lecture will explore how these paintings encouraged a multi-sensory experience of the liturgy while emphasizing key tenets of the Franciscan Order. Holly Flora is Associate Professor of Art History at Tulane, and currently a Fellow at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti.
VESTIRE ED ARTE AT THE BARDINI MUSEUM
Until February 22
Emma Bardini was the daughter of the antiquarian Stefano Bardini, known for her elegant style of dressing. Her outfits capture the change in fashion at the turn of the 20th century, and while her wardrobe has been lost, it has been captured in the photographs of Mario Nunes Vais, on display here. A combination of art and fashion, the exhibition will combine artefacts of the great Florentine craftsmen, 43 outfits showing the evolution of style from the 20s to the 80s, as well as a vast collection of accessories, gloves, bags, and hats. Open Friday to Monday, 11am– 5pm.
Museo Stefano Bardini, Via dei Renai 37
More information: http://www.museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it
FOOTBALL IN FLORENCE
There are three matches coming up in February for the football fans amongst you:
February 3rd: Fiorentina Vs Milan
February 14th: Fiorentina Vs Inter
February 28th: Fiorentina Vs Napoli
|ONGOING EVENTS THROUGH FEBRUARY
|FLORENCE CAPITAL CITY 1865-2015: THE KING’S GIFTS AND COLLECTIONS
Until April 3
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Florence’s designation as the capital of a newly united Italy, the exhibition is devoted principally to the visit of King Victor Emmanuel II and the works of art and furnishings that were acquired for his sumptuous Florentine residence in Palazzo Pitti during the years that he spent in the city. The exhibition creates a striking evocation of the life of the Sovereign, his artistic taste, and his main interests and ties, as a way to engage visitors in the atmosphere of the palace. With the exhibition ticket you can visit the rooms of the Gallery of Modern Art, the Palatine Gallery, and the Royal Apartments.
Galleria d’arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti
CARLO PORTELLI: AN ECCENTRIC PAINTER BETWEEN ROSSO FIORENTINO AND VASARI
Until April 30
The exhibition Carlo Portelli, Pittore eccentrico tra Rosso Fiorentino e Vasari (Eccentric Painter between Rosso Fiorentino and Vasari) at the Accademia Gallery in Florence brings together all the paintings that can reliably be attributed to Carlo Portelli.
The exhibition, which comprises some fifty paintings, drawings and documents, sets out not only to enhance the Galleria dell’Accademia’s own altarpiece but also to encourage the crowds that daily visit the gallery to discover an artist hitherto known only to the experts, when in fact he deserves far wider appreciation for his originality, his imagination and his ability to translate inventive concepts into painting in the manner of Vasari. Portelli (died 1574) was a Tuscan painter of the Renaissance period. The exhibition aims to investigate and confirm once and for all his role in Florentine painting during the Vasari period. Portelli’s masterpiece is the Immaculate Conception (1566). This majestic work measures 4 by 2.5 metres (13 by 8 feet) and is on permanent display in the Accademia Gallery in the room know as the Tribune, alongside the statue David by Michelangelo.
For more information: http://www.unannoadarte.it/carloportelli/
BODY WORLD - THE REAL WORLD OF HUMAN BODIES: AN EXHIBITION OF GUNTHER VON HAGENS
Until March 2016.
Seen by more than 40 million visitors in more than 100 cities in the world, BODY WORLD has now come to Florence. The exhibition was created by the German physician and scientist Gunther von Hagens and is dedicated to the "real world of the human body”. You will find the display in the Monumental Complex of Santo Stefano al Ponte, a stone's throw from Ponte Vecchio. This is a must-see, as evidenced by the record attendance, more than 40 million visitors in 100 cities in the world. This extraordinary exhibition of real human cadavers, preserved in detailed displays of the human anatomy, will allow you to experience the extraordinary synergy between the organs and anatomical apparatus’ that make life possible. The selection for this exhibition shows the installation entitled The Heart of Life, which is focused on the heart, the engine of life, and on the cardiovascular system. You see the systems preserved through the vision of whole plastinated bodies, a technique created by Von Hagens, which allows the perfect preservation of tissues and organs. Able to observe the real details of the preserved bodies, you are able to understand the simplicity and complexity in this extremely detailed exhibition.
Image: Marisa Garreffa
You can find more information on the website: http://www.bodyworldsinthecity.it/
“IL RIGORE E LA GRAZIA” (THE RIGOUR AND GRACE) AT PALAZZO PITTI - A LOST TREASURE OF RECOVERED ARTWORKS
Until May 7th.
The Rigour and Grace is an exhibition of a little-known group of works, painted by great artists of the XVII century and carefully restored and returned to public use. The treasures kept in the exhibition come almost entirely from the assets of the company of St. Benedict White, who was one of the most important and prestigious Florentine lay groups. There are works by prestigious artists of the seventeenth century Florentine such as Cristofano Allori, Vincenzo Dandini, Matteo Rosselli, Agostino Melissi, Lorenzo Lippi, Ottavio Vannini, Jacopo Vignali, Giovanni Martinelli, Mario Balassi, and Simone Sprockets.
As of December, a new service of free guided tours of the exhibition was launched. The tours will be led by the curators of the exhibition themselves. This is an unmissable opportunity to enjoy even the opening of the Palatine Chapel of Palazzo Pitti, and the historical adjacent buildings that accommodate the exhibition.
The curators Alessandro Grassi, Michel and Giovanni Scipioni Serafini, will lead tours for exhibition visitors with pleasure on the following days in January:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 15.00
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 15.00
FERRAGAMO MUSEUM PRESENTS: A PALACE AND THE CITY
Until April 2016.
The Ferragamo Museum presents A PALACE AND THE CITY. With a vast display of sculptures, paintings, and installations, the exhibition offers through art the complex history of the palace that now houses Ferragamo.
“In 2015, Florence celebrates the 150th anniversary of the start of its tenure as the capital of Italy. This is, then, the ideal occasion to stage an exhibition and produce a catalogue on Palazzo Spini Feroni, which played host to the City Council and was, therefore, the place where those important decisions were taken that endowed the city with its current layout. The symbol of this exhibition is inspired by a 360° view of Florence from the turrets of Palazzo Spini Feroni originally engraved by Ramsay Richard Reinagle for the 1806 publication of “Journal des Luxus und der Moden” to be used as a diorama of the city for promotional purposes.”
Read more information at: http://www.ferragamo.com/museo/en/usa/exhibitions/
STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state 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 you could visit:
Museum of Palazzo Vecchio
Complex of Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
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.
February 7th: Museums Free
FLORENCE WINTER SALES
The stores of Florence have begun their annual sales to clear out their Autumn and Winter stock, in order to make room for the new season arrivals. You can expect savings of at least 50%, which often reach 70% through February as stocks dwindle. It’s the perfect time to grab a few last minute winter coats to help survive the last of the winter chill!
WINTER PARK AT OBIHALL
Until March 6th
You don’t need to drive for hour for winter fun. Until March 6th in Florence, it will be possible to ski, ice-skate, and even snow-tube at the FIRENZE WINTER PARK near to the OBIHALL, a few steps away from the Arno River. Inside the Florence Winter Park there are a wide ice rink (800 sq. meters) and a ski run of 80 meters. To enhance the Winter Park there are a bar, a restaurant, stands and entertainment activities for children.
Open every day from now until March 6th, you can find the opening times and more information on the website here: http://www.firenzewinterpark.it/index.php/dove-e-quando
|MUSIC FOR FEBRUARY
|BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS “ONE VOICE - THE TOUR” AT OBIHALL
The legendary Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May returns to Italy along with the actress and singer Kerry Ellis for their new "One Voice - The Tour".
Wednesday, February 24 at 21:00
AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE
The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola.
February 1: The Zehetmair Quartet
February 6 and 7: The Schumann Quartet
February 13 and 14: Louis Lortie on Pianoforte
February 14: The Panocha Quartet
There is more information at http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/.
Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola, info: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333
MODERN & CLASSICAL MUSIC IN CONCERT AT TEATRO VERDI
Teatro Verdi hosts a diverse line up of music acts from contemporary to classical throughout February.
For more information and times: www.teatroverdionline.it
February 10: Concerto di Carnevale
February 18: Homage to Adrej Tarkovskij
February 14: Cin Ci La’
February 28 and 29: Battiati and Alice with Ensemble Symphony Orchestra
MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
If you haven’t yet been to Florence’s new Opera House, you must pay them a visit. A world class cultural complex, the auditorium holds 2000 people and the complex contains multiple spaces for music, opera, theatre, and concerts while including bars and restaurants and connecting to nearby La Cascine Park. Through the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera di Firenze presents an excellent range of aural treats in February.
February 4: Beethoven’s Symphonies - Guillermo García Calvo
February 9 and 10: Opera - Fra Dia Volo
February 12 and 13: Concert - John Axelrod
February 24-27: Opera - Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Tickets on line: www.maggiofiorentino.com
PINOCCHIO JAZZ CLUB
The home of jazz in Florence, with a new program of documentary films added to the schedule this year.
For event details, see: http://www.pinocchiojazz.it/
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AT L’APPARTAMENTO
Tucked away on Via dei Giraldi 11, a new cultural venue has opened, hosting live music, artistic workshops and exhibitions. The vibe is artistic and funky, while the drinks are cheap and delicious. On quiet nights through the week, it’s like a home away from home to come and sit on the lounges for a quiet drink. Every Thursday night, there is a live music performance. Past performances have included Funk and Hip Hop outfit Dre Love and the Band, as well as Jazz evenings. You can follow them on Facebook to keep posted about the weekly events.
|FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR FEBRUARY
BENVENUTO BRUNELLO - WELCOME BRUNELLO IN MONTALCINO (SIENA)
Every year in February the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino organizes an event called “BENVENUTO BRUNELLO”. On this occasion the new wines on the market since the beginning or the new year are presented to the press and the stars assigned to the new vintage are announced. On the same occasion a commemorative tile is placed on the walls of the old Town Hall and the Leccio d’Oro Prize is awarded. Two days are dedicated to the presenting of the new wines on the market to the operators in the sector. While the official tastings are limited to press and buyers, the entire town comes to life with extra events included for the public.
For more information: http://www.consorziobrunellodimontalcino.it
SESTO FIORENTINO CARNEVALE
The municipality of Sesto Fiorentino offers perhaps the closest carnival celebration to Florence. The theme of Pinnochio will be celebrated with workshops, parades, and special events for children. The parades will be accompanied by music from the local municipal band and a number of stands will line the streets, offering traditional carnival sweets, including cenci (fried and sugared dough), schiacciata alla fiorentina (citrus sponge cake), and fritelle di riso (flavored rice cakes).
For more information, please visit http://www.comune.sesto-fiorentino.fi.it/biblioteca/carnevale-a-sesto
February 6, 7 and 9
FOIANO DELLA CHIANA (AREZZO) CARNEVALE
The small agricultural town of Foiano della Chiana boasts one of the most varied carnivals, tracing its origins back to 1539. The four districts of the town compete for the best float prize, and spectators of the parades traditionally throw fruit and vegetables at the people on the floats. The protagonist of this Carnival is King Giocondo, whose straw effigy is burnt every year in the main square after the traditional reading of the deeds and misdeeds to signal the end of winter. This year, the burning of King Giocondo will take place on February 28 at 19.00.
For more information, visit www.carnevaledifoiano.it
February 7, 14, 21, and 28
BIBBIENA IN THE VALLEY OF CASENTINO – CARNEVALE DI MEA
To get off the proverbial ‘beaten path’ and witness some serious local pride, head to Bibbiena, the largest town in the valley of Casentino, for the Carnival of Mea. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Bibbiena became central to a regional Guelph–Ghibelline power struggle. To express disdain for their Florentine enemies, Bibbiena residents organized fabulous feasts, festivals and dances. Contemporary locals continue to honor this part of their history with parades on Shrove Tuesday. Adding to the local flair, the eldest resident of Bibbiena’s Fondaccini district traditionally lights a fire to kick off the evening festivities, which include singing, dancing and banquets. (no official website; events held on February 15 and 17)
February 15 and 17
CARNEVALE SULLE DUE RIVE, VINCI
Hosted in the municipality of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, the Carnevale sulle Due Rive celebrates three days of parades. The floats are particularly well done, built with the active participation of carpenters, electricians, and many local artisans to provide their time and talents to the realisation of the carnival. The floats raea particularly large and children and adults are welcome to climb aboard! On Shrove Tuesday the parade takes place at night, ending on the banks of the Arno for the Bonfire of the King, followed by a fireworks display. Also a part of the carnival is a market of local foods.
For details: www.carnevalesulleduerive.it
February 7, 14
In Piazza Dante of Borgo San Lorenzo, the Mugellano Carnival traces its origins back to Medicean Tuscany and the sixteenth century. Amongst the masks and floats, confetti and streamers, entertainment for all will be offered from 14.30 on both Sundays. This years floats will include Far West, Indians, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Disco “Teen Club”, trains, boats, and the Galleon which will be operated by the staff of the Carnival. Traditional music and market stands add to the Carnival atmosphere.
For more information: http://www.firenzetoday.it/eventi/carnevale-2016-borgo-san-lorenzo.html
February 7, 9
Have a flair for the dramatic? You’ll feel right at home at Piombino’s carnival celebrations. In addition to offering the standard seasonal parades and parties, Piombino has a festival mascot: a giant papier-mâché mask called ‘Cicciolo,’ which is ceremoniously burned at the end of the carnival in front of thousands of onlookers. Before the mask-burning extravaganza, head to one of the many food and wine stands to sample local specialties from the Costa degli Etruschi and Val di Cornia wine trails. For more information, see carnevale.prolocopiombino.it
SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS TO PUT IN THE DIARY
FLORENCE WRITERS PUBLISHING DAY
Saturday 14th May 2016
We are excited to announce our upcoming Publishing Day on Saturday 14th May 2016. For writers pitching for the first time or those with a book under their belt, listen to the experts discuss hot topics in the morning and then in the afternoon, ask any burning questions in one-on-one sessions. Panelists include Literary Agent Kimberley Cameron, Harper Collins Editor Martha Ashby and Writer & Poet Nuala O’Connor. There are a limited number of spots so to reserve your place or find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|We hope you are enjoying the new year, that St Valentine leaves you treats, and that soon the signs of Spring will put colour into your days.
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