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|NEWSLETTER – January 2009
January greetings from Florence. The year 2009 brings worldwide
change and we at Pitcher & Flaccomio are welcoming a series
of novità with open arms and great hope.
Our new office on Lungarno della Zeccha Vecchia is up, running
and already starting to feel like home. We are making changes
in our monthly newsletter as well. In December, we were honored
to receive warning from the Ordine dei Giornalisti di Toscana
that our newsletter results as a pubblicazione periodica
continuative di notizie di informazione hence requiring
registration with the Tribunale of Florence. We are, of course,
more than happy to comply. So while awaiting completion of
the registration process (in attesa di registrazione presso
il Tribunale di Firenze) which we have already undertaken,
here is a "lite version of our newsletter for January.
We look forward to being in full swing come February.
In the meantime we are happy to introduce our new Newsletter
Director, Mario Spezi. Mario is a renowned Italian journalist,
investigating and writing for La Nazione though some of Tuscanys
most horrendous crimes. He is the author of both fiction and
non-fiction, including his latest success The Monster of Florence
(co-written with Douglas Preston), which recently spent 8
weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He currently
writes for Il Corriere Fiorentino, the Tuscan edition of the
Corriere della Sera. We look forward to having Marios
contributions, including his wonderful caricatures. More about
Mario can be found at: http://www.mariospezi.it
Many thanks to those who follow our work, offering continued
positive and useful feedback.
Warmest best wishes for a 2009 filled with unusual, unexpected
and ultimately positive surprises from SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA,
LORI, ANNA PIA and KIMBERLY.
& FLACCOMIO REPORT
CHIANTI REAL ESTATE HIGHLIGHTED BY FORBES MAGAZINE
A recent issue of Forbes Magazine, in an article entitled
Europe's Most Idyllic Places To Live by Edward
Beckett and Parmy Olson, tempts Americans to consider a move
to Europe. Our very own Gaiole-in-Chianti, located about 40
kilometers south of Florence tops the list. Forbes notes:
The greenback is regaining value. For Americans considering
a move to Europe, locales such as these are becoming more
affordable. Despite the global recession and slumping job
market, the timing--and prices--might be just right. With
the exchange advantage currently leaning toward the U.S. dollar,
the question isn't if Americans--particularly retirees--should
consider moving, but where.
Forbes interviewed a panel of five travel and relocation experts
to find that out of the top ten spots, including Copenhagen,
Budapest, and the smaller Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in
France, Burford in England and Deia in Majorca, Italy is the
only country that figures twice on the list. Gaiole-in-Chianti
was the experts' number one choice; and the country's capital,
Rome, came in at No. 9.
"For me, Chianti is all about mountains, vineyards, wineries,
country inns and walking," says Gay Gillen of travel
consultancy Brownell, based in Birmingham, Ala. "There
are equestrian centers and opportunities to hike and play
tennis, and the food is amazing."
MORE THAN WILD BOARS ROAM THE TUSCAN MAREMMA
To see why the New York Times includes our Tuscan Maremma
area in their just released list of The 44 Places to Go in
2009, visit http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/11/travel/20090111_DESTINATIONS.html.
One hint: George Clooney.MESSAGE FROM DEMOCRATS ABROAD
Tuesday, January 20, Democrats Abroad Florence & Villa
La Pietra/NYU host an Inaugural Celebration. PresidentElect
Barack Hussein Obana will take the Oath of Office at noon
EST and the will deliver his Inaugural Address. Our own celebration
will begin after this, with invited speakers, gospel music
and more. All are welcome to attend. Write to email@example.com
to be included on the guest list. RSVP strictly required.
- 1:00-5:00 Community Service: Blood Drive (bloodmobile in
parking lot of Villa Sassetti)
- 4:00-5:30 Historic Inaugural Event opens at 14th century
Villa Sassetti (120 Via Bolognese; parking available or take
bus #25 from Stazione SMN/Piazza Liberta): meet & mingle;
watch live from Washington DC, introductory remarks &
- 5:30-7:00 Watch Swearing-In ceremony; toast the new President
& Vice President; ecumenical convocation; poetry reading,
gospel music, occasion-appropriate poetry reading. Of course
there will be music & refreshments - a regular celebratory
- 7:00-9:00 Lobby Congress: attending Americans will write
their Representatives & Senators, asking them to join
the non-partisan/bicameral Americans Abroad caucus & lay
out the major issues of particular concern to Americans Abroad.
Pre-printed letters can be personalized. The Representative
& Senators (and their addresses) for each citizen will
- 9:00 Finish Best,
Jo-Ann White, Florence chapter chair. National Vice Chair.
Democrats Abroad Italy. 335-604-8493.
P.S. ALSO PROVIDED BY JO-ANN:
Florence's mayoral election is in the Spring, with a primary
before that (date TBC). Residents of Florence - even non-Italian
citizens - can vote; logistical information (date, time, location,
etc) will be provided as we get a little closer. A cocktail
party is being held on January 27, 7:30-9:00pm, at the fabulous
new Four Seasons Hotel (99 Borgo Pinti) to introduce candidate
Matteo Renzi to the English-speaking residents of Florence.
Capacity is 150 people maximum, so RSVP to Alessandro by phone
at 335-611-4595 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your
Only during two periods of the year are Italian stores allowed
to mark down prices. In fact, Italy has two legally determined
sale seasons (from January 7 to March 7, and July/August),
when stores have their only possibility of sale pricing merchandise
to make room for the new collections. Most kinds of stores
have lots of items on sale, and clothing stores in particular
drop prices by 30 to 50% on almost everything. Go wild!
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!.....Babbo Natale has been good to us this Christmas,
bringing a return to consistent form, a boost in confidence,
more goals for Mutu and Gilardino and a place in the late
stages of the UEFA Cup. The squad is entitled to enjoy the
winter break though some will be wondering how active
Corvino and Prandelli mean to be in the January transfer window.
However, we want them back fighting fit. The turn of the year
is the time when calcio sorts the men from the boys, the sheep
from the goats and the cod from the haddock. Fiorentina are
doing well, sitting in fourth position in the league and in
touch with the pack chasing Inter plus entry to the UEFA Cup
will bring more European football in 2009.
Serie A. With week 15s trip to struggling Torino, we
seemed to remember the earlier demolition job on Udinese and
gunned them down 4-1 (and it took a penalty to get past Frey).
We were irresistible. The bullets were fired by Mutu
who dilly-dallied for all of 150 seconds of the game before
he opened the scoring followed by Kuzmanovic and a
doppietta from Gilardino, who must be wondering if life gets
any better than leading the Fiorentina line.
Then at home to Catania; more of a test as they lay mid-table
and harbor their own dreams of European qualification. The
southerners worked hard early on but elbow grease counts for
nothing once the two-pronged Viola goal-machine got busy in
the second half. First Mutu, then Gilardino: 2-0 and it could
easily have been four or more as we spurned several gilt-edged
chances. Week 17 and the final league game of 2008 meant a
tricky-looking journey to Sampdoria. In the event, it wasnt
as hard as it might have been as the Viola carried off the
points courtesy of Montolivos 19th minute strike; it
was open and entertaining but we always had the edge
they needed their woodwork more than we did!
Champions League/UEFA Cup. Off to Romania for our last group
match against Steau Bucharest needing a point to qualify for
the UEFA Cup; a defeat would have handed this consolation
prize to Steau. It was a bit like the home game which
we should have won except that, this time, we remembered
to have Gilardino kick the ball into their net. No reply and
we go through 1-0, our first win in the competitions
modern format, and take the UEFA spot. When ones team
is in the Champions League, one looks down on the UEFA Cup;
when UEFA is all one has, it becomes the pinnacle of achievement.
So just bear in mind that we reached the semi-finals last
year, edged out on penalties by the wooden Glasgow Rangers.
European football returns to the Stadio in February as we
play the first leg against Dutch legends, Ajax!
Coppa Italia. (Or TimCup as the sponsors like
it to be known.) Not a top priority! Fiorentina are just too
busy to be bothered by a little thing like the Italian Cup;
were riding high in the league, alive and kicking in
.So a mere ten days after blitzing Torino
up north, we rolled over at the Stadio and allowed them the
only goal of the game. On with the serious business!
A satisfactory end to the year as we collect a full nine points
from our three league games in December on a 7-1 goals aggregate.
January is going to be an absolute belter! We start 2009 with
a gentle warm-up against Lecce, fighting relegation already.
Then comes the crunch as we play the teams currently sitting
in third (Milan, away), second (Juve, away) and fifth (Napoli
two points behind us, at home). With the Juventus game,
we are into the second half of the season; in the very first
game, we held the mighty Juve 1-1 (and dont forget that
last year we beat them at Turins Stadio Olimpico 3-2
for the first time in twenty years) and, shortly afterwards,
lost narrowly 2-1 away to Napoli. Were hesitant about
predictions but wed like to see a minimum of eight points
out of the twelve available. In the meantime, a Happy New
Year from the Stadio
..Forza La Viola!
Ticket information is available from the biglietteria
section of the clubs website [http://www.acffiorentina.it].
There is a plan of the stadium seating areas, prices and a
list of ticket outlets in Florence, including:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between the Pzza
Repubblica post office and the Odeon cinema). Tel 055 292363).
BAR MARISA, via Carnesecchi 1. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ASS. SPOTIVA COLLETTIVO AUTONOMO VIOLA 1978, via Lungo lAffrico
10r. Tel 055 672580.
BAR H9, via dellAriento (south side of the central market).
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, via Luigi Alamanni 39 (close to SMN station).
Tel 055 264321
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE:
Week 18: (Florence)11 January: Fiorentina-Lecce
Week 19: 18 January: Milan-Catania
Week 20: 25 January: Juventus-Fiorentina
Week 21 (Florence): 28 January: Fiorentina-Napoli
READERS REVIEW RESTAURANTS
We invite your comments for our Readers Review Restaurants
section. Use this forum to spread the word about restaurants
that merit recognition for their great food and good service.
The contents will reflect our readers points of view
(though we reserve the right to agree or disagree). Send your
input to email@example.com.
Dear Pitcher & Flaccomio,
My review regards not a restaurant, but one of Florences
quintessentially traditional cafes Bar Rivoire in Piazza
della Signoria. As a regular there, I want to encourage those
interested in artisan crafts to step up to the bar at Rivoire
and order a cocktail from Barman Luca Picchi. Graze on the
various nibbles if it is cocktail hour, and observe as your
drink is created. Luca recently offered to make me one of
his new ones. After a brief discussion (along the lines of
Would a fairly strong mix agree with you? Yes indeed
it would.), he proceeded to create a masterpiece before
my eyes, using that combination of precision and nonchalance
available only to a professional with decades of experience
in their art (whatever it may be). With a martini glass chilling
all the while, Luca poured a touch of vermouth into an ice-filled
shaker and twice tipped it out, he added a mysterious red
ingredient, a touch of amber liquid, plus so many more steps
I cant remember them (not of course fault of the strong
The result was a crystalline, barely rose-colored, brilliant-as-a-diamond,
faintly citrusy vodka martini with a hint of Tabasco-like
heat. I dont think it has an official name yet, but
if you would like one, try asking for a Pink Diamond, I think
Luca will understand. The experience will be the epitome of
the Art of a Genteelly Prepared Cocktail. No loud music, no
bottle flinging, just the pizzazz of a true class act.
Thanks for your insightful newsletter, and for the chance
to share an experience.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH Americano and Negroni Cocktails
Inspired by the Rivoire review above, my mind turns to cocktails
and specifically to two of my Italian favorites, the Negroni
and the Americano, which share a pair of basic ingredients:
sweet vermouth and Campari. This pleasant combination is kicked
up a notch with the addition of gin in a Negroni.
Cocktail history tells us the Americano came first (invented
in the 1920s, but re-named in honor of the post-war
American visitors to Florence who enjoyed it immensely), so
we present it first. Pour equal parts of sweet vermouth (try
Cinzano or Martini & Rossi ), Campari and soda water over
lots of ice into a glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.
The Negroni is said to have been created when a certain Count
Camillo Negroni asked his favorite bartender to add some oomph
to his Americano. The soda water was replaced with gin, and
the Count Negroni-style Americano was born. In fact a perfect
Negroni is made with 1 oz sweet vermouth, 1 ounce Campari
and 1 ounce gin, poured over ice, stirred, and served with
an orange slice or twist for garnish. Both are easy to serve
at a party, make a pitcher of either (adding the soda water
glass by glass for each Americano).
Many of our recipes are provided by Sahna Wicks of A Tuscan
Welcome cooking school and catering (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.
Recipe provided by Sahna Wicks of A Tuscan Welcome Catering
From Tues. 13 to Friday 16 the Fortezza da Basso, the Lyceum,
Stazione Leopoldo and the entire city of Florence are a playground
for the fashion-forward crowd that floods the city every January
for PITTI UOMO, the world preview of mens clothing and
accessory collections for the 2009-2010 fall-winter season.
In order to understand the impact Pitti has on the city of
Florence, consider that Giambattista Valli will present a
premiere showing of his Wintertime 2009/2010 collection at
a glamour-filled gala in the Salone di Cinquecento in Palazzo
Vecchio. Among the events organized by the Pitti Uomo exhibitors
(most by invitation only), dinner at the exclusive restaurant
Nove dedicated to Smiths American, Teatro del Sale hosts
the Brunello Cucinelli dinner, a cocktail party at the Loft
will be held in honor of the magazine Rider; a toast to Shaft
Jeans at the Cantinetta dei Verrazzano, a Turkish delight
cocktail party will be hosted by the Turkish brand Tween,
while the British Menswear Guild cocktail party entitled Tartans
in Tuscany will be held at the Educatorio del Fuligno.
Pal Zileris lunch for buyers and the press will be at
Nove, the Pa:nuu party at Doris disco, the presentation cocktail
party hosted by Daks at the Loft, and the Parcrust
fashion show by Crust will feature the fearless Parisian traceurs
who have just finished working on Luc Bessons new film.
Hermès boutique hosts Erwin Wurms exhibition
of portraits inspired by the brand, and the Magic House Party
for Adidas Originals will take place at Luisa Via Roma.
As noted by the CEO of Pitti Immagine Raffaello Napoleone,
Pitti Uomo is an excellent device for detecting climate
change in the world of fashion. Buyers flock here to
find the finest firms presenting their latest products. The
January 2009 program features presentation of the Thom Browne
(American designer known as the Czar of Style)
Menswear Collection, the launch of a sartorial line by Comme
des Garçons and the debut of Allegris new main
line along with a big exhibit on Workwear curated by
Oliviero Toscani and Olivier Saillard. Along with a Fashion
Casual line by Joop!; the European project from Dockers,
the world preview of the new Jack Purcell by Converse project
and an important Pitti Uomo first - Franklin & Marshall,
watch for collections by avant-garde designers from around
the world. Names to keep an eye on include: 2sickbastards,
Dead Meat, Frav, Furious Clothing, Jehee Sheen, Last Love,
Social Suicide, Uneeto, Unestablished & Rebel.
The shows (including Pitti Filati and Pitti Bimbo mentioned
below) are generally open to members of the trade only. To
get an admission badge, you must show your official invitation
at the reception desk. If you do not have an invitation you
can fill out a registration form and show identification proving
your professional status. For more information contact: email@example.com,
or phone. 055.3693223.
On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, the park and gardens of
the Fortezza da Basso once again host Florences most
important, monthly antiques fair (returning from a temporary
home in Piazza Indipendenza). Come browse the more than 100
booths and stands selling antique tables, chairs, armoires,
plus frames and paintings and all sorts of bric-a-brac.
Fortezza da Basso gardens. Open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm each
day. Phone for further information: tel. 055 27051.
PITTI IMMAGINE BIMBO
From Thursday 22 to Saturday 24, Florence and the Fortezza
da Basso will be the scene of PITTI BIMBO the only
trade event in the world that offers a complete overview of
the childrens fashion galaxy, says Agostino Poletto
deputy general manager of Pitti Immagine. It is a fair that
features not only different looks and styles in childrens
fashions from sportswear to the classic-elegance of
the big brands, from the creativity of independent brands
to street couture but also textiles and design related
to a kid-size environment. Watch for BabyWorld, the area dedicated
to design and infant care, the presentations of Diesel Footwear,
Paul Frank, the Ballantyne childrens line, the Pitti
Bimbo debut of Gold Rush Outfitters from the USA, plus Eco
Ethic, the area for brands with an ethical and fair trade
approach to fashion.
See Pitti Uomo for visitor information.
From Thursday 22 to Sunday 25, Piazza Santa Croce will host
the 5th edition of Cioccoloso, Florences now annual
Chocolate fair. Discover the work of over 30 Italian artisan
chocolatiers. Next to some of Florences best chocolate
artisans (Becagli Cioccolato, Boutique del Cioccolato, Il
Cioccolato di Luca Moranti), you will find Sicilys oldest
chocolate producer Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, Torinos
Cioccolato Poretti, and Garritano 1908 from Cosenza, to name
a few. Special events pepper the show: a chocolatethemed
inauguration dinner will be held Wed. 21 at the restaurant
Ganzo, as well as a chocolately closing dinner on Sunday 25,
plus there will be a Chocolate Making workshop on Sat. 24
at 3:00 pm. (tel. 055 241076 or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
for reservations). In Piazza Santa Croce each evening from
6:00 to 8:00 pm, Ganzo will offer a 4 euro mini-tasting aperitivo,
and on Friday 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, chef Andrea Trapani
will hold a demonstration of Molecular Gastronomy.
Thursday 22 to Sunday 25. Piazza Santa Croce. Open from 10:00
am to 10:00 pm. Free entry. For further info: tel. 055 3289
Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 nearly closes the Pitti extravaganza
with the show dedicated to fibers and knits. This is the venue
to preview trends for the 2010 spring/summer season. Agostino
Poletto, deputy general manager of Pitti Immagine calls it
a laboratory-workshop offering its audience international
buyers and fashion designers the tools for researching
and developing fashion products through the art of yarn
manufacturing. A special area will be dedicated to the latest
innovations in ECO-EQUO-ETHICAL yarns, with the aim to expand
knowledge about yarns with properties related to health and
wellness: hypoallergenic yarns, yarns that warm, yarns that
cool, yarns that treat, yarns that close wounds, mosquito
repellent yarns, yarns with aromas and special wellness components
the yarns of the future have therapeutic functions.
As you can imagine, buyers arrive from Great Britain, Germany,
France, Spain, United States, Japan, Turkey, Hong Kong, Holland
See Pitti Uomo for visitor information.
WORKWEAR: Lavoro Moda Seduzione.
Running from Wednesday Jan. 14 to Feb. 8, at the Stazione
Leopolda, the exhibit WORKWEAR curated by Oliviero Toscani
and Olivier Saillard, features a dialog between the clothing,
accessories, images and sounds from the work and fashion worlds.
Displayed on freight pallets and workbenches, clothing and
accessories from a myriad of work environments will offer
a spectacular show. You will find 300 different outfits: from
fireproof suits in multilayered fiber to diving suits, from
space suits to fishermens coveralls to nurses
uniforms, hardhats, welders masks, aprons and gloves
(in chain mail for meat processing, etc.) and safety shoes
with reinforced, perforation-proof toes and soles, plus 15,000
images, videos and more. The WORKWEAR project starts from
observation of how the simple, functional esthetics of work
clothes, developed to move with the body and protect it, have
provided an endless source of fashion inspiration since the
beginning of the twentieth century.
Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5. Open Tuesday
to Thursday 10:00 am 3:00 pm, Friday to Sunday 10:00
am 6:00 pm. Closed Mondays. Free admission.
From 28 January to February 1st the Stazione Leopolda will
once again host Vintage Selection, the exhibition-market of
vintage clothing, accessories and design items that works
in parallel with the Pitti fashion shows. Vintage Selection
is used by many as a tool to research the fashions of the
past, as an archive from which todays collections can
be inspired. It is attended by a large number of collectors
and aficionados, and has become a not-to-be-missed event for
style consultants of international fashion houses that come
to Florence seeking input for their own creative research.
Each Vintage Selection has a different theme. This years
theme is the world of workwear, a tribute to the fair Workwear
- Work Fashion Seduction, happening during the same
period and in the same place, Stazione Leopolda (until February
Stazione Leopolda, Viale F.lli Rosselli, 5. Opening times:
10 am to 8 pm. Entrance fee: 5.00 euro. Entrance reduction
coupon available on http://www.stazione-leopolda.com. Tel:
055 212622. http://www.stazione-leopolda.com.
MEDUSA: IL MITO, LANTICO E I MEDICI.
This free show, open until January 31 at the Uffizis
Sala delle Reali Poste, is hosted by one of our favorite associations,
the Amici degli Uffizi. In their successful bid
to show off works of art that would otherwise languor, hidden
in the Uffizi storage areas, they have inaugurated the first
in the 2009 series of exhibits entitled I Mai Visti (The Never
Seen). This edition highlights a Flemish school painting featuring
the Head of Medusa. Since the Renaissance, Medusa represents
a recurring theme in the Medici family acquisitions, beginning
with the well-known work of Caravaggio and Cellinis
Perseus. This exhibit features lesser known works, brought
up from the dark vaults of the museum.
Maria Vittoria Rimbotti, President of the Amici degli Uffizi
reminds us this series of exhibits, housed in the Sala
delle Reali Poste della Galleria degli Uffizi, are presented
as a gift to Florentines and visitors by the association.
In fact, we at Pitcher & Flaccomio cannot recommend strongly
enough, that a visit to the show become the opportunity to
purchase an Amici degli Uffizi membership. This small, annual
investment provides members with fabulous, line-free access
to Florences major museums. The Amici welcome-desk is
located around the corner on Via Lambertesca 2, and is open
from Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The show runs until January 31. Uffizi Gallery, Sala delle
Reali Poste, Piazzale degli Uffizi. Open from 10:00 am to
5:00 pm. Closed Monday. Entry: free.
THE MACCHIAIOLI PAINTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: When the lens revolutionized
The current Alinari National Museum of Photography exhibition,
open until Feb. 15, aims to show the relationship between
Italys Impressionist painting movement of the 19th century
and the burgeoning art of photography, as well as celebrating
the art of Giovanni Fattori in the centenary of his death.
Alongside works by Fattori, are others by Signorini, Boldini,
Banti, Gioli and Cabianca. For the first time, the tight relationship
between painting and photography is outlined in a five chapter,
side-by-side analysis of nearly 200 works (paintings, photographs
and more). The dialog between the two arts was magnified by
the fact that some exponents of the Macchiaioli movement used
photographs as instruments for their work, and others were
The show runs until February 15. Alinari National Museum of
Photography. Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Open from 10:00 am
to 7:00 pm. Closed Wednesday. Entry: euro 6. http://www.firenzeperfattori.it,
THE MADONNA DEL CARDELLINO: Raphaels newly restored
Madonna of the Goldfinch
Until March 1, Palazzo Medici Riccardi hosts a masterpiece
by Raphael Sanzio, the Madonna del Cardellino, painstakingly
renovated over the last nine years by Florences Opificio
delle Pietre Dure. This restoration has brought back the delicate
coloring of the painting, created by a young Raphael for his
friend Lorenzo Nasi in Florence. Alongside the painting itself
are panels describing the stages of the restoration, high
definition videos providing a clear, close-up view of it,
and four works from the same period illustrating the atmosphere
and taste of the time. You will find a portrait, the Gravida,
assigned to Raphael during his Florentine sojourn between
1504 and 1508, documenting the other genre (in parallel to
the paintings of the Madonna) in which Sanzio engaged during
his permanence in Florence. A second portrait, the Monaca,
by a Florentine master (here identified as Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio,
son of the great Domenico and a friend of Raphael), serves
to demonstrate the influence the young artist from Urbino
had over his colleagues on the banks of the Arno. The third
work is a thin wooden panel, once used as a portrait cover
and decorated with grotesque motifs (in the past, authoritatively
attributed to Raphael himself but, instead, probably by Ridolfo),
which serves as ulterior proof of the stylistic consonance
between Florence and the master. The last work is a glazed
terracotta sculpture by Girolamo della Robbia representing
the Madonna and Child with the young Saint John the Baptist
(1510-1515) that, in its composition, faithfully reproduces
the La Belle Jardinière by Raphael today in the Louvre.
The show runs until March 1. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via
Cavour 3. Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily except Wednesday.
For reservations or info: tel. 055 2760340. http://www.palazzo-medici.it
WOMEN IN POWER: CATERINA AND MARIA DE MEDICI: The return
to Florence of two Queens of France.
On until Feb. 8 at Palazzo Strozzi, this exhibition tells
of the power of imagery, and how images of powerful women
were used by the two Medici queens of France to legitimize
their rule at a time when women in such positions were rare.
It brings to Florence fifteen monumental tapestries commissioned
by Caterina de Medici (1519-89) in the mid-16th century
and completed by Maria de Medici (1573-1642) which depict
Artemisia of Caria, widow of Mausolus, who ruled after his
death from 352-350 BC, conquering the island of Rhodes. Further
sections of the exhibition expand on the themes depicted by
the tapestries as well as studying the character of the two
Medici queens, using portraits and works of art loaned from
various Florentine museums to illustrate the extraordinary
refinement that characterized their lives and their patronage.
Several curious pieces include Caterina's Talisman, a letter
with one of her drawings, a small canvas that portrays her
at an outdoor banquet with her husband Henry IV and a precious
jeweler collection with cameos portraying the king.
Until February 8. Palazzo Strozzi. Tel. 055 2645155. Open
daily 9 am - 8 pm, and Thursday 9 am - 11 p.m. Tickets: 10.00
THE OTHER FACE OF THE SOUL, PORTRAITS BY GIOVANNI FATTORI.
Running through Jan 24 at the Palazzo Pitti Gallery of Modern
Art, this is the sixth exhibition in a series dedicated to
this great, if relatively unheralded, painter. The Other Face
of the Soul showcases some of this best-know works including
I Fidanzati, Ritratto della prima moglie, Il Bersagliere,
and the Autoritratto del 1894. Giovanni Fattori, born in Livorno
in 1825, won fame if not fortune as one of the leaders of
a group of Tuscan artists called the Macchiaioli, contemporaries
of the Barbizon School and forerunners of the French Impressionists.
Fattori was a painter of the epic deeds of the Risorgimento
and of views of the Maremma. In later paintings, those associated
with the Macchiaioli, his subjects were often landscapes,
rural scenes and military life. He died a century ago in a
hall of the Accademia di Belle Arti, the institution on Via
Ricasoli that he had frequented for 60 years, first as a student
and later as a teacher.
Until January 25. Gallery of Modern Art, Palazzo Pitti. Open
Tuesday through Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. Ticket:
12 euro. For reservations: tel. 055-294883 or go to http://www.firenze2008.it.
ANNIGONI AT VILLA BARDINI.
This ongoing show at the newly restored Villa Bardini, features
Pietro Annigoni, who died in 1988, leaving a legacy that we
can now begin to explore in depth. A selected portion of the
6000 works of art recently donated by the artists family
will be on show, changing annually to enable his public to
eventually view the entire collection. Painting in a Renaissance
style, Annigonis portraits graced the cover of Time
magazine five times during his life. Visit the museum today,
to enjoy an introduction to the artists works, as this
year we will be shown paintings (and lithographs, designs
and memorabilia) dating to the beginning of his career.
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2 and Via dei Bardi 1r. Museum
hours: October 1 through March 31: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday. From April 1 through September 30:
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tel. 055-2638599.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE CINEMA
Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi.
Monday 12 - NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by George C. Wolfe with D.
Lane, R. Gere, C. Meloni. 4.30 6.30 8.30
Thursday 15 - SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE by Danny Boyle with Dev
Patel, Anil Kapoor, F. Pinto, M. Mittal, I. Khan (Italian
subtitles). 4.00 6.10 8.20 10.30 pm
Monday 19 - SEVEN POUNDS by Gabriele Muccino with Will Smith,
Woody Harrelson, R. Dawson, Barry Pepper (Italian subtitles).
4.00 6.10 8.20 10.30 pm
Tuesday 20 - SEVEN POUNDS. 4.00 6.10 8.20
Thursday 22 - THE DUCHESS by Saul Dibb with Keira Knightley,
Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling. 4.30 6.30
8.30 10.30 pm
Monday 26 - THE SPIRIT by Frank Miller with Gabriel Macht,
Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Paz Vega.
4.30 6.30 8.30 10.30 pm
Tuesday 27 - YES MAN by Peyton Reed with Zooey Deschanel,
Jim Carrey, Sasha Alexander, Bradley Cooper, Terence Stamp.
4.30 6.30 8.30 10.30 pm
Thursday 29 - HAPPY-GO-LUCKY by Mike Leigh with Sally Hawkins,
Alexis Zegerman, Eddie Marsan, Andrea Riseborough. 4.00
6.10 8.20 10.30 pm
In Nights in Rodanthe Richard Gere and Diane Lane find romance
while boarded up as hostages of a hurricane in scenic North
Danny Boyles Slumdog Millionaire has taken the world
by storm (4 Golden Globe nominations, winner Peoples
Choice Award - Toronto Film Festival 2008) with its
affecting story of Mumbai street boy Jamal Malik and his progress
to the jackpot in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Seven Pounds once again pairs Will Smith and Gabriele Muccino
(who hit it off in The Pursuit of Happyness). This time Smith
is an IRS agent with a secret, on a seven-fold quest for redemption.
In The Duchess, Keira Knightley plays gorgeous Georgiana,
Duchess of Devonshire, 18th century avatar of Diana, Princess
of Wales in a lavish, romantic costume drama.
A red tie and trench coat for another masked crusader, The
Spirit/Denny Colt in Frank Millers adaptation of Will
Eisners graphic novel The Spirit, with Samuel L Jackson
impressive as the super-evil Octopus.
In Yes Man, yes is the new no. Jim Carrey is in top comic
form as Carl Allen, the man who resolves to say Yes to everything
for a year.
Happy-Go-Lucky is Mike Leighs heartwarming story of
exasperatingly optimistic Poppy Cross, a North London schoolteacher
and her close encounters with dysfunctional males (Winner
Best Actress Berlin Film Festival 2008, and 2 GOLDEN GLOBE
Info and critiques courtesy of the Odeon.
CIOCCOLOSITA CHOCOLATE FAIR
From Friday Jan. 30 to Sunday Feb. 1, Monsummano Terme (about
a half hour west of Florence) hosts Cioccolosità, another
fab chocolate fair featuring the best in Italian artisan chocolate
(just in case you werent in Florence for the Jan. 22/25th
Chocolate fair, or
or perhaps you just didnt get
your fill of cocoa). The Monsummano fair, with Slow Food organizational
input, accents biodiversity and quality. Each chocolate artisan
greets visitors personally with tastes and information about
their production methods. Two special dinners (including one
with the participation of the famous chocolatier Roberto Catinari)
dot the event, plus a chocolate cocktail competition sponsored
by Grotta Giusti spa.
Getting there: take the Florence-Viareggio train to Montecatini
(Montecatini Terme-Monsummano or Centrale stops, which leaves
you 4 km. from Monsummano), by car take the A11 to the Montecatini
exit and follow signs to Monsummano, by bus, the Lazzi lines
head in that direction (http://www.lazzi.it). Show info: 0572
MERCATINO DI ARTIGIANTO E ANTIQUARIATO
Sunday 18 the town of Certaldo hosts their Antique and Artisan
fair in Piazza Boccaccio. In addition to antique furnishings
and knick-knacks, you will find stands dedicated to the work
of local artisans.
The fair is open from 9:00 to 8:00 pm. For info: tel. 0571
Saturday 24 is a good day to plan a visit to Pisa for their
monthly Farmers Market. Tuscan producers of everything
from organically grown vegetables to jams and honey, cheese,
pasta, bread and extra virgin olive oils set up stands where
tasting and explanations are free for the asking.
Pisa Piazza della Berlina. Open from 8:00 am to 7:00
pm. For further info see http://gasp.versacrum.com/
EXHIBITS AROUND TUSCANY
GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES
IN PRATO. Prato Cathedral. Open Mon. Sat. 10:00 am
5:00 pm. Admission: 4 euro with audio guide. Small, guided
tours available by calling 0574/24112.
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories
of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Pratos cathedral.
Today, the three-tiered frescoes, which cover the walls and
vaults of the main chapel with stories of St. John the Baptist
and St. Stephen, are visible in renewed splendor after seven
years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle
now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi. (See
more about it, in our May 2008 issue.)
All our best,
The Staff of Pitcher and Flaccomio
Newsletter compiled by Kim Wicks
Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter Copyright 2009
Direttore responsabile Mario Spezi - Pubblicazione con
iscrizione n. 5697 del 23\01\09 presso il Tribunale di Firenze