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NEWSLETTER January 2013
WELCOME

The theme for January 2013 is getting reacquainted with the favorites from the years past starting with a Maggio Musicale Fiorentino opera to the unique Florence markets to the new and improved Uffizi. With best wishes, as you head down memory lane and find something new, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, ANN and MARIO.

PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR JANUARY

BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR JANUARY – The Valkyrie performed High-Tech by the Maggio

Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen" cycle was the "Star Wars" of its day, and it continues to be a cult object in the opera world. "Ring" fans travel the globe to experience the 16-hour, four-opera saga about a magical golden ring that passes from the river Rhine to the gods to a dragon to the hero Siegfried, ultimately bringing about the destruction of the world in fire and flood and the start of a new world order.

Modern technology has upped the ante for productions of Wagner's "Ring." The Catalan directors' collective La Fura dels Baus, led by Carlus Padrissa and conducted by Zubin Mehta, is one of the most high-tech of any of the worldwide productions. With The Valkyrie, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino performs the second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle, featuring the stirring Ride of the Valkyries. Buy tickets now for performances on January 15, 17, 20 and 22, at the Teatro Communale. (For more info see www.maggiofiorentino.it )

This fluid, futuristic production is filled with eye-candy images. Flights of birds; showers of gold; a vertiginous mountainscape; and a sinuous silvery tree, its branches illuminated with floods of changing color, form just a few of the backdrops to action carried out by gods in sci-fi costumes standing in large cranes (tenors ride around on Segways) and humans in aboriginal garb. Sieglinde sports a bone corset covering her torso, and her son Siegfried, like his mother, has dreadlocks and tribal tattoos.

Valhalla is first presented as a projection of a metallic mesh in human form, and then embodied by a curtain of live bodies suspended from above, linking hands and feet to form a kind of physical macramé. Clusters of bodies represent the dragon; hold the torches of Brünnhilde's magic fire; and load down a huge swinging wrecking ball over the carnage of battle during the Ride of the Valkyries, while a mammoth globe spins on the back wall.

It may be cold and gray outside, but for four nights the Maggio is heating up the night in a most extravagant way. Don’t miss it. Info: http://www.maggiofiorentino.it/content/die-walkuere



P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR JANUARY – Apartment Antonino near the Mercato Centrale

If you are lovers of Italian cuisine with great legs and the stamina for carrying groceries to the fourth floor, this is the place for you. With an evocative view of the Mercato Centrale, the main Florence food market, this sunny spacious apartment has a fabulous kitchen ready for all of the fresh ingredients you find just a few steps from the front door. It’s reasonable priced and near all of the university programs – so a cook and a few students and a couple of cooks would be the perfect occupants for the three bedrooms.

For more information click this link.


PICK EATERY FOR JANUARY – Rugerro

It doesn't come much more down home Florentine than this. It's a bit of a trek from the center, outside the town gate of Porta Romana in the Oltrarno district, but the payoff is one of the city's most authentic and best-value trattorias. Its two small dining rooms are always full, so there's no lingering at the tables.

The menu is like a dictionary of Florentine popular cooking, taking in classics such as pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup), spaghetti alla carrettiera – literally "teamster's style" – has a delicious spicy tomato sauce, roast pork loin, roast rabbit, and for dessert – zuccotto (a brandy-infused gelato). It helps if you speak a bit of Italian here and if not, take your Italian/English dictionary.

Address: Via Senese 89r
Tel: 055 220 542.
Prices: €25-€30 a head with wine.
Opening times: Lunch and Dinner; Closed Tue, Wed.
Reservations: As the place is small, it pays to book ahead.

MUSEUM FOR JANUARY – Uffizi Gallery and its Red Rooms

It is high time for those of you who have lived in Florence for years to reacquaint yourself to the "new" Uffizi. The Sale Rosse are a suite of nine rooms (56–66) on the piano nobile of the Uffizi, opened in June 2012. The rooms display some ancient Roman sculpture and Florentine paintings from the early 16th century, most of which was formerly displayed elsewhere in the gallery. They overlook the courtyard and have large windows providing excellent lighting. Each room has a bright red wall on which the most important works are displayed.

The first room, the only one entirely painted crimson, has an impressive display of early-Imperial Roman replicas of famous Hellenistic sculptures. They include a marble replica of the Capitoline Spinario, the Farnese Hercules, and the Gaddi torso. They have been exhibited here to underline the influence that they had on Florentine painters of the early 16th century, notably Andrea del Sarto, whose works are hung in the first two rooms. His three chiaroscuro scenes, on show for the first time, show his skill and interest in representing the Classical style.

Rosso Fiorentino is for the first time given a room to himself (60) and the portraits by Pontormo are now in Room 61, including his famed portrait of Cosimo il Vecchio, dressed from head to foot in crimson, which used to hang in the Tribuna, and his very fine portrait of Maria Salviati, the mother of Cosimo I. Maria was widowed at the age of 27 and devoutly dressed as a nun for the rest of her life, hence her portrayal as such here.

Rooms 64 and 65 display all the great Medici family portraits by Bronzino, which include his masterpieces, most of which were formerly in the Tribuna – here they can be seen in a far better light. Amongst them are the newly restored refined portraits of Bartolomeo Panciatichi and his wife Lucrezia, fittingly displayed on either side of the "Panciatichi" Holy Family. Eleanor of Toledo, in a splendid velvet dress with her son Giovanni, is well known to all, whereas the delightful young Medici children are the crowd pleasers. The highlight for young and old is the full-length nude portrait of the dwarf Morgante, which was such a hit at the Strozzi's exhibition of Bronzino last year (the painter's masterful answer to whether sculpture or painting is the most versatile and thus, "nobler" art), is displayed in the center of Room 65.

The last room (66) has a superb group of paintings by the greatest master of this period, Raphael. His famous portrait of the first Medici pope, Leo X, with his two cousins whom he created cardinals, hangs beside his self-portrait and his court portraits of the Gonzaga and Della Rovere. The most evocative painting of all in this set of rooms is his famous Madonna del Cardellino ("Madonna of the Goldfinch"), which was restored a few years ago.

So in the relatively, slow month of January, after the crowds leave on January 7, drop by and get to know the Uffizi again.

Before you enter the Uffizi: Stop by the free exhibit at the Uffizi's Poste Reale gallery and see Art and Alchemy: Sixty works of art illustrating the Medici's passion for alchemy during the 16th and 17th Centuries. Open until February 3; Info: www.polomuseale.firenze.it

Climb the Stairs: If you pass up the elevator you will get to marvel at the excellent Rembrandt Seen by Morandi exhibition on the mezzanine in the Gabinetto of Designs and Prints.

BEST MARKETS FOR JANUARY – All of Them!

It is easy to get into a rut with your favorite markets in a town full of markets so revisit a few this winter. Florence is full of bustling and colorful markets that provide a great place to find bargains, enjoy the exciting atmosphere, or to spend the day browsing at the unique and extraordinary antiques, artisan crafts, and delicious typical food that Florence has to offer. Florence's markets are an integral part of local life and can be found throughout the many districts of the city. Here is a list of some of the most frequented markets in town:

San Lorenzo Market
The San Lorenzo market has it all, but is best known for its selection of leather accessories such as hand-bound journals, wallets, belts, and larger leather items such as hand crafted jackets and fur.
The San Lorenzo Market also has a great selection of souvenir clothing, stationary, ceramics, shoes, vintage clothing, and scarves. If you are looking for a deal it is most likely that you will find it here!
When: 9:00am - 8:00pm The hours may vary slightly depending on the weather and season.
What to buy: Leather goods, jackets, scarves, stationary
Where: Piazza San Lorenzo

Mercato Centrale
Florence's central market, Mercato Centrale, was once the main shopping center in Florence and today it is still the place to find the freshest products and produce. There are stands selling everything from all kinds of fowl, meats (including wild boar), fish and Tuscan products including wine, biscotti, cheese, and salami. Mercato Centrale also has a handful of restaurants located inside that offer fantastic fresh meals at very inexpensive prices.
When: 7:00am to 2:00pm
Closed Sundays and public holidays
What to buy: Food (both raw ingredients and prepared dishes to take away or eat at the market)
Where: Piazza del Mercato Centrale, San Lorenzo neighborhood (Also check out the smaller, but similar, Sant Ambrogio Market across town.)

Mercato Nuovo and the Porcellino
Mercato Nuovo has been around since the 11th century – it was known as the straw market. It is a small market located just under the loggia and sells leather goods, t-shirts, scarves, and souvenirs. As prices go, the Mercato of San Lorenzo is a bit cheaper, but the market is still worth a look.
Just outside the stalls to the south is a statue of a boar that is known as il Porcellino. Legend is that if you rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth, you'll return to Florence.
When: Open everyday 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Where: Loggia del Mercato Nuovo

Santo Spirito Antique Market
If you are looking for antiques and house wares this is a great place to look!
When: The second Sunday of every month Spirito flea market.
What to buy: Antiques
Where: Piazza Santo Spirito

Fierucola Farmer's Market in Santo Spirito
The Fierucola is not just your typical farmers market, it features artisan crafts, as well as organic produce, oils, jams, wines, and baked goods. The Fierucola market is a feast for all of the senses and is definitely worth visiting!
When: On the third Sunday of the month
What to buy: Organic products sold by local merchants
Where: Piazza Santo Spirito

Piazza dei Ciompi Flea Market
If you're lucky enough to go there on the last Sunday of every month, the stalls extend into the surrounding streets. Here you can find furniture and vintage objects from the past like prints, coins and jewelry. It's worth a trip if only to get insights on Italy's past through the artifacts displayed in these cluttered stalls.
When: Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on the last Sunday of the month.
Where: Piazza Ciompi in the Sant'Ambrogio neighborhood

Le Cascine Flea Market
Le Cascine market is situated in the very beautiful Cascine Park, and is worth a visit just to admire the beautiful views. After a day of walking through the cobblestone streets and awing at the amazing architecture it is hard to believe that a green park such as the Cascine exists so close to the city center. The Cascine Market is the biggest and cheapest market in town! If you're searching for fruits, vegetables, clothing, house ware stands, antiquities, shoes, vintage, or anything lese you can think of, this is the place to come!
When: Tuesdays from 7:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Viale Lincoln in the Cascine Park
How to get there:
The easiest way to access the Cascine from the city center is by taking the Tramvia (from the Santa Maria Novella Station). It is the second stop and takes all of 5 minutes, the stop is "Cascine" so there is no confusion. If you would like to walk to the Cascine from the city center just follow the Arno river down past Ponte della Vittoria bridge and you have arrived (takes about 25 minutes).

BEST BOOK FOR JANUARY – The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon

Donna Leon has won heaps of critical praise and legions of fans for her best-selling mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti. With The Jewels of Paradise, Leon takes readers beyond the world of the Venetian Questura in her first standalone novel.

Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she's had to leave home to pursue her career. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Manchester, England. Manchester, however, is no Venice. When Caterina gets word of a position back home, she jumps at the opportunity.

The job is an unusual one. After nearly three centuries, two locked trunks, believed to contain the papers of a baroque composer have been discovered. Deeply connected in religious and political circles, the composer died childless; now two Venetians, descendants of his cousins, each claim inheritance. Caterina's job is to examine any enclosed papers to discover the "testamentary disposition" of the composer. But when her research takes her in unexpected directions she begins to wonder just what secrets these trunks may hold. From a masterful writer, The Jewels of Paradise is a superb novel, a gripping tale of intrigue, music, history and greed.

BEST BOOKS FOR KIDS FOR JANUARY – Rome Antics by David Macaulay

A pigeon carrying an important message takes the reader on a unique tour through Rome. As we follow the path of this somewhat wayward bird, we discover that Rome is a place where past and present live side by side. Every time a corner is turned there is a surprise, just as every turn of the page brings a new perspective. This juxtaposition of ancient and modern, as seen with David Macaulay's ingenious vision, gives the reader an imaginative and informative journey through this wondrous city. Also, check out his wonderful illustrations in Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction.

BEST FESTIVAL FOR JANUARY – La Befana

On January 6, La Befana arrives in Florence. This is Italy's traditional day of gift giving.

The name Befana appeared historically for the first time in writing in a poem by Agnolo Firenzuola in 1549. She is portrayed like an old ugly woman dressed in dark rags, who during the night between 5th and 6th January flies over the houses riding her broom and entering through the chimneys (in modern apartments through a keyhole). Into the socks that children left hanging near the fireplace she leaves candies and gifts for good children, black coal (actually black sugar today), garlic and onions to the bad ones. Parents of course would always include some coal over the gifts, to trick their children. And the night before the family leaves some wine and cakes for the old lady.

In the Christian tradition the name "Befana" is a popular version of the Greek term "Epiphany" which was the festivity following Christmas, commemorating the visit of the Magi. According to the legend the three wise men on their journey were stopped by an old woman with a broom who asked them where they were going. They told her that they were following a star that would lead them to a newborn baby, and invited her to come along. But she replied that she was busy sweeping and cleaning and did not go. When she realized her mistake, her regret was so great that she continues to wander about Italy and at the Epiphany (January 6, when the Wise Men finally found the baby Jesus), begins rewarding good children and disappointing those who were bad.

So party with your favorite kids and watch out for gift-giving old ladies in the streets of Florence.

FORZA VIOLA!! FOR JANUARY – Florentine Calcio

P&F Sports Reporters Simon Clark & Anne Brooks bring you October's Florentine Calcio results and the upcoming schedule for January.

Forza Viola! Everything is looking good (except, that is, the club's "Fiorentina Style" gangnam Christmas video). Is it possible that, back in August, Andrea Della Valle, Daniele Prade and Vincenzo Montella sat down for a coffee and agreed that being in the top three by the end of December would be a reasonable measure of progress? Looking back at the previous two seasons, it is hard to accept that they could have been so unrealistic. Yet here we are in 3rd place, still challenging in the cup and giving everyone else the jitters when we roll into town. It seems the triumvirate have infused the squad with the belief that they can play great football and have fun......Forza Montella, Prade, Della Valle!

Fiorentina's Results:
Week 15: Fiorentina-Sampdoria DREW 2-2
Week 16: Roma-Fiorentina LOST 2-4
Week 17 Fiorentina-Siena WON 4-1
Coppa Italia Udinese-Fiorentina WON 1-0
Week 18: Palermo-Fiorentina WON 3-0

Serie A. Sampdoria arrive at the Stadio. We are short, due to injuries, of forwards - so are not amazed when both our goals in a dull-ish 2-2 draw come from defender Savic; no disrespect – he is magnificent. Nonetheless, we let this one get away from us with slack defending – including Rodriguez sticking one in his own net. It happens.
It worsens. Roma in the capital. Terrific game, sobering result. Roma grab a lucky lead on 7 minutes before three Viola players spring the offside trap; Roncaglia equalises. Totti is allowed too much time in our penalty area; they lead 2-1. We exchange chances until, just before the break, Totti blasts in from 30 metres; no top-class keeper should be beaten from that distance. 45 seconds into the second half, El Hamdaoui nods in for 2-3 and from then on it could go either way; they hit the bar but need a goal-line clearance of their own; at the death they rush up-field for a fourth. The press blame Viviano, ignoring three top saves; we should be questioning our defence and recognising that, when a side is organised around Jovetic and Pizarro and neither are playing, the distortion impacts on a team in the process of gelling.

Normal service resumes against Siena. If we can't coast these then we are kidding ourselves. Luckily, the Siena defence plays the first half with cement in their boots. On 16 minutes, Toni skips away from his markers to open the scoring from a fabulous Pasqual cross; 3 minutes later, he wins a penalty to give Pizarro his first Viola goal; on the stroke of half-time, Aquilani does his "just showing up on time" thing to send us in 3-0 up. Siena sort themselves out and get one back; nothing Neto could do. Toni pops in our fourth and snuffs any idea of recovery. Siena are not in our league but we need Pizarro as much as Jo-Jo! We have a problem converting penalties; Aquilani's second-half horror was the worst miss so far.

Palermo can be a tough bird in those pink shirts, but we are hungry for some Christmas turkey. For the first half, we give them a constant basting; Jovetic is back and looks sharp – but so do the rest of the team. In the second half, we complete the roasting. Five minutes after the break and a perfect ball from Cuadrado sets JoJo free – 1-0! And, after such problems with converting penalties, we suddenly find it easy; 83 minutes, Luca Toni is strangled in the area and JoJo chips in his second; five minutes later, Rodriguez smashes away a softer award. No sweat. We sit in third position for the turn of the year! Is this a dream?

Coppa Italia. To Udinese. We beat them at the Stadio in the opening game of the season. They have, in the current vogue, found their mojo again but it serves them nothing. Montella says he wants to win the Coppa; if so, he is husbanding Viola resources more economically than we suspected, orchestrating a side that allows the opposition more shots on goal but only Borja Valero's deflected strike goes in. We roll on serenely to a quarter-final tie against Roma.

A short Christmas break but no let-up in the New Year. We warm up against a reviving Pescara and stretch ourselves at Udinese. Then we have a cup opportunity for revenge on Roma before one of the season's crunch games – at home to Napoli. Then a light work out at Catania. Forza Vincenzo!

THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE:
The January programme looks like this:

Week 19: 6 Jan/home Fiorentina-Pescara
Week 20: 13 Jan/away Udinese-Fiorentina
Coppa Italia: 16 Jan/home Fiorentina-Roma
Week 21: 20 Jan/home Fiorentina-Napoli
Week 22: 27 Jan/away Catania-Fiorentina

BUYING TICKETS
Ticket information - seating plan, prices, and ticket outlets - is on the "biglietteria" section of the club's website [www.it.violachannel.tv ]. Tickets can be purchased at official box offices and holders of TicketOne lottery franchises. Sources include:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi 1. Tel 055 292363.
BAR MARISA, viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Duprè 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, (inside the Murate). Tel 055 264321
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de' Cerretani 39/32R

BEST PARADE FOR JANUARY – The Three Kings Arrive in Florence

Epiphany, January 6, commemorates the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem. In celebration of the Epiphany, a "Cavalcade of the Three Kings" takes place in downtown Florence on the morning of January 6. The event is a commemoration of an ancient celebration taking place in the city as far back as 1400 of the arrival of the three kings to the manger where Jesus was born. On this special occasion, a parade in beautiful Renaissance costumes starts from Palazzo Pitti and winds its way through the city, passing by Piazza della Signoria and arriving at the Cathedral and Baptistery in Piazza del Duomo. The Sbandieratori, or flag-throwing company, of the Uffizi also participates in the event, enchanting the public with their skill in throwing, exchanging and waving their flags in Piazza della Signoria.


BEST OF THE REST FOR JANUARY

PITTI FASHION COMES TO TOWN

Although all of the Pitti Immagine productions ( See: http://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate.html ) are aimed at specialist fashion buyers (you may be one), Florence knows they are here because the streets are full of fashionable folks and events, parties, and shows a just falling out of various venues in the historic center. The fair, itself, is strictly reserved for specialist buyers. (Check on line to see if you might qualify.) The web site – http://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate.html – is great and is the best place to great all of the detailed information for these exciting events. Here's what's on tap for January 2013:

PITTI UOMO 83 – From the 8th to the 11th January, Pitti Uomo will come back with its 83rd edition showcasing over 1000 men's brands at the Fortezza da Basso, plus another 100 women's collections at Pitti W11.

PITTI W11 – Pitti W 11 is the eleventh edition of the Pitti women's fair and is being held January 8 to 11 in the ex-Dogana adjacent to Fortezza del Basso. Over fifty brands are included in this edition of Pitti W, including daywear, eveningwear, accessories, coats and jackets, and sportswear. At the ex-Dogana, via Valfonda 25.

PITTI BIMBO 76 – From 17th to 19th, Pitti Bimbo will come back with its 76th fashion week full of events and shows dedicated to children's clothes. Over 500 collections are expected this year, including about 200 from abroad: the collections will be showcased through an area of 47.000 square meters.

PITTI FILATI 72 – From 23rd to 25th, Pitti Filati returns in its 72nd edition. Pitti Filati is the fair for the excellence of knitting yarn and fabric at which all the new international trends are shown.



WINTER PARK AT OBIHALL

You don’t need to drive for hour for winter fun. Until January 27, in Florence, it will be possible to ski, to ice-skate 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. The purpose (if one is needed) of Florence Winter Park is the ultimate effort to celebrate Florence as a 2012 Sports Capital City.

OPENING HOURS:

From Monday to Friday from 10.00 A.M. to 12.00 P.M.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 8.00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

ICE RINK

From Monday to Friday

- From 10.00 A.M. to 1.00 P.M.

- From 2.30 P.M. to 7.30 P.M.

- From 8.30 P.M. to 11.30 P.M.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

- From 08.00 A.M. to 10.00 A.M.

- From 10.30 A.M to 12.30 P.M

- From 1.00 P.M. to 3.00 P.M

- From 3.30 P.M. to 5.30 P.M

- From 6.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M

- From 9.00 P.M. to 12.00 P.M


SKI RUN

Available everyday

- From 2.00 P.M. to 6.00 P.M. (SNOW-TUBING)

- From 6.00 P.M. to 8.00 P.M. (SKI)



WINTER EXHIBIT AT PALAZZO STROZZIThe Thirties: The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism

Do not miss Anni ’30 at the Strozzi Palazzo. This challenging, beautifully presented show may be one of the first of its kind, showing a thoughtful look at the arts created during a challenging time in Italy’s history.

Italy in the 1930s, when Fascism held sway, was the scene of an extremely vigorous artistic battle in which every style from classicism to Futurism, from expressionism to abstract art, and from monumental art to decorative painting for the bourgeois home was involved. The situation was further complicated by the arrival on the scene of design and mass communication—posters, radio, the cinema and the first illustrated magazine—which stole numerous ideas from the "fine" arts and transmitted them to a broader audience. It was this complex and lively workshop, open to the international scene that introduced the concept of modernity to Italy.

The exhibition explores the 1930s through the masterpieces of over forty leading artists of the period, including Mario Sironi, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Achille Funi, Carlo Carrà, Corrado Cagli, Arturo Nathan, Achille Lega, Ottone Rosai, Ardengo Soffici, Giorgio Morandi, Ram, Thayaht, Antonio Donghi, Marino Marini, Renato Guttuso,Ivanhoe Gambini, Carlo Levi, Filippo de Pisis, Scipione, Antonio Maraini and Lucio Fontana (99 paintings, 17 sculptures and 20 objects of design). They tell the story of a crucial era characterised by an extremely vibrant and innovative arts scene. The 1930s also witnessed the increasing mass production of household objects, which led to dramatic changes in people's lifestyle, allowing ordinary families to live out a dream of modernity surrounded by designer objects, a practice that continues to this day. It was the era that defined what we might call "the Italian path to modernity" in architecture, design, painting and sculpture through an original interpretation of the stimuli coming from the broader European context (from France and Germany, but also from Scandinavia and Russia) together with the return to an Italian (14th and 15th century) tradition.

The Thirties. The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism provides us with another opportunity to show the strong bond linking Palazzo Strozzi with the history of this country and of this city, but at the same time it perfectly reflects our determination to ensure that the visitor in Palazzo Strozzi isn't passive but active... in fact interactive! A series of special areas allow visitors to explore some of the key issues addressed in the exhibition, such as mass communication (the Radio Studio, the Reading Room ), industrial design (the Design section) and artistic creativity (interactive touch-table) in an involving and stimulating manner. And like all our exhibitions, this one also has a broad programme of educational activities held in the Palazzo, collateral events involving the city and the region, and a full set of publications linked to the exhibition. (text from official exhibit website)

Website: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/SezioneAnni30.jsp?idSezione=1853

Tel. + 39 055 2645155


Opening times: Daily 9.00-20.00, Thursdays 9.00-23.00

Tickets sold until one hour before closing time.


Tickets:

Full price € 10.00

Concessions € 8.50, 8.00, 7.50

Schools € 4.00



VINTAGE SELECTION 21 - The Vintage Clothing, Accessories & Designer Objects Fair

Feed your vintage habit at Stazione Leopolda from January 23 to 27. The 21st edition of Vintage Selection is not only a chance to buy retro clothes, accessories and decorative items, there will be food music and events to make this a true walk through the past.

Stazione Leopolda, info: 055 212622, www.stazione-leopolda.com



LOS HERMANOS MACANA IN TANGO MACHO

It will be hot at the Teatro Verdi with from the Argentinians Enrique and Guillermo De Fazio. On January 22, the undisputed stars of tango festivals on all continents, Los Hermanos Macana are considered one of the pairs of the most talented dancers of international tango scene. They will surprise and captivate you with the power and masculinity of their unique interpretations, with steps clean and fast, combined with an evening of hot and lively music.

Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 101, Florence, www.teatroverdionline.it



ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Fulgor Cinema

The Fulgor is starting to make one of their theaters available for Original Sound movies, seven days a week, three show times a day. Call to find out what is showing in English. Via Maso Finiguerra – Tel. 055 238 1881


ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema


THE BEST OFFER (ITA 2012 ) By Giuseppe Tornatore. With Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland.

Tue 1 15.00 - 17.30 - 20.15 - 22.30

Wed 2 15.00 - 17.30 - 20.15 - 22.30

Thu 3 15.00 - 17.30 - 20.15 - 22.30

Fri 4 15.00 - 17.30 - 20.15 - 22.30

Sat 5 15.00 - 17.30 - 20.15 - 22.30

Sun 6 15.00 - 17.30 - 20.15 - 22.30


The Best Offer is an unconventional romancer with an Alpine setting. It is about a loveless elderly man who intersects with an astute young man and a mysterious woman in a South Tyrol setting. Geoffrey Rush and Jim Sturgess have joined Oscar winning director Giuseppe Tornatore’s English and Italian-language film, is a love story set in the luxurious world of Viennese art auctions. Ennio Morricone composed the score.


THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2012) By Peter Jackson

Mon 7 15.00 - 18.00 - 21.00

Tue 8 16.30 - 22.00

Wed 9 15.00 - 18.00 - 21.00

The first installment of Peter Jackson’s three part adaptation of Tolkien’s prequel to Lord of the Rings, in which Bilbo Baggins journeys to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug, Gandalf in attendance. ‘The film offers an enormous amount of fun, energy and a bold sense of purpose’ (The Guardian). ‘The Hobbit plays younger and lighter than Fellowship and its follow-ups, but does right by the faithful and has a strength in Martin Freeman's Bilbo that may yet see this trilogy measure up to the last one. There is treasure here’ (Empire).


HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (UK 2012 - 94') By Roger Michell.

Thu 10 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Fri 11 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Sat 12 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Sun 13 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Mon 14 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Tue 15 16.00 - 18.15

Wed 16 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Fri 18 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Sat 19 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Sun 20 16.00 - 18.15

The story of the complicated domestic life of President Franklin D Roosevelt, his wife Eleanor and his various mistresses on the occasion of the brief Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to upstate New York in the turbulent year of 1939. ‘In beauty, tone, technical achievement and cinematic artistry on every level, Hyde Park on Hudson is a movie unto itself - funny, believable, historic and hugely entertaining’ (NY Observer).


THE MASTER (USA 2012 – 137') By Paul Thomas Anderson.

Thu 17 15.30 - 18.30 - 21.00

A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a Naval veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). ‘It's a film bristling with vivid moments and unbeatable acting, but its interest is not in tidy narrative satisfactions but rather the excesses and extremes of human behavior, the interplay of troubled souls desperate to find their footing.’ (Los Angeles Times)


THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (USA 2012 - 117') By Robert Redford.

Mon 21 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Tue 22 16.00 - 18.15

Wed 23 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Robert Redford's unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to 1960s idealism. A clear-eyed drama about a former Weather Underground radical forced to reconcile with the past. What determined reporting can do when the truth is required. ‘The Company You Keep ... in its stolid, old-fashioned way ... satisfies an appetite, especially among mature adults, for dialogue and character-driven drama that gets into issues without getting too bogged down in verbiage’ (Variety). ‘Redford does his most compelling work in some time as both actor and director in a tense yet admirably restrained thriller... this gripping drama provides an absorbing reflection on the courage and cost of dissent’ (Hollywood Reporter).


QUARTET (USA 2012 - 164') By Dustin Hoffman.

Thu 24 16.00 – 18.00 – 20.30 – 22.30

Fri 25 20.30 – 22.30

Sat 26 16.00 – 18.00 – 20.30 – 22.30

Sun 27 16.00 – 18.00 – 20.30 – 22.30

Wed 30 16.00 – 18.00 – 20.30 – 22.30

Thu 31 16.00 – 18.00 – 20.30 – 22.30

Set in a home for retired opera singers, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut tells the story of a quartet of singers who every year, on October 10th, celebrate Verdi's birthday with a concert. ‘Quartet is very much a performance piece, which plays to Hoffman's strength - as an actor he knows when to allow this excellent ensemble breathing room and when to tighten the belt. The script has some nice turns of phrase and a lot of sentiment... At the end of the day "Quartet" is about final acts and in that it seems a film with modest aspirations - no big bang here, just a troupe of old friends trying to put on the best show they can (Los Angeles Times).


CLOUD ATLAS (UK 2012 – 101') By Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.

Mon 28 15.00 – 18.00 – 21.00

Tue 29 15.00 – 18.00 – 21.00

Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ‘Its too-muchness is also the source of its power; I was absolutely never bored, and felt surprised when the movie ended. It's an amazing, baffling, thrilling and (for many, it would appear) irritating experience, and for my money the most beautiful and distinctive big-screen vision of the year’ (Salon). ‘It fascinates in the moment. It's getting from one moment to the next that is tricky. Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made’ (Roger Ebert).



ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute

The Talking Movies Series at the British Institute Library. Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a film, followed by discussion. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Check the web site at www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/default.asp for times, dates, and detailed information or stop by the library for a brochure.

On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Talking Pictures presents an array of Franco Zeffirelli's work in his various guises as film producer, film director, stage designer, production designer, costume designer, and screenwriter. Zeffirelli is most acclaimed for his work in theatre and opera, his literary adaptations, most notably Shakespeare but also Charlotte Bronte, and his autobiographical film Tea With Mussolini. In chronological order, we will see the early Shakespeare adaptations, which launched the young director's cinematic career with the dream team of Burton and Taylor in The Taming of the Shrew and the beautiful newcomers in the international hit adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. (text from the official website)

Wednesday, January 16, 20.00

Film: The Taming of the Shrew

(1967) Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor

Wednesday, January 23, 20.00

Film: Romeo and Juliet

(1968) Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey



BRITISH INSTITUE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES

Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June there is a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library followed by an informal drinks reception.

Wednesday, January 16, 18.00

Lecture: Margherita Calderoni

The Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci, after whom America is named, is the subject of an illustrated lecture by the historian and journalist Margherita Calderoni, who lives in London.


Friday, January 25, 18.00

Concert: Rebecca Dinwiddie (soprano) and Andrea Trovato (piano)

The great Scottish national poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) was born on 25 January, a day celebrated by Scots all over the world; we mark the occasion with an evening of poetry and song.


MUSIC FOR JANUARY

AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATER

The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. Works by Haydn, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven are only a small sample of what will be performed. See the schedule for concerts at http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/.

Amici della Musica - Concert Season Highlights for January:

January 12, 11.30am: Bruno Canino plays piano music by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy

January 12, 4pm: 13 short piano masterpieces

January 13, 9pm: Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano

January 19, 4pm: Quartets by Frank Schubert

January 20, 9pm: Quartets by Frank Schubert

January 26, 4pm: Quartets by Beethoven

Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola, info: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333, and www.amicimusica.fi.it



CONCERTS AT THE VIPER THEATRE

January 11, 9.30pm: Firenze Suona Prog, 70s style rock

January 12, 9.30pm: Crystal Distortion - Ixindamix - Jeff23 - 69DB, techno music from around Europe

Viper Theatre, via Pistoiese, Florence, www.viperclub.eu



MORE MAGGIO MUSICALE

The Maggio Musicale Festival turned 75 last year! The 75th season of Florence's historic opera company has been one of the best yet. The New Florence Opera House, opened a year ago, only makes the experience better.

On January 27 at 8:30pm in the Picolo Teatro there will be the Concerto per il Giorno della Memoria with music of Hans Krása, Gustav Mahler. Although it seems to be impossible to confirm this, this concert may be free.

Ticket Office Teatro Comunale

Corso Italia 16 - Firenze - fax: +39 055 287222

Tues. - Fri. 10:00-16:30 & Sat. 10:00-13:00

Tickets on line

www.maggiofiorentino.com

tickets@maggiofiorentino.com


BUT WHAT IF I JUST GOT TO FLORENCE AND JANUARY IS ALMOST OVER?

Not to worry! … here are a bunch of events or exhibits that will still be happening in late January and February:

ICE SKATING AT PARTERRE

Ice Skating at Parterre provides visitors with a season-long activity in a unique setting in front of the iconic arch of Piazza della Libertà. The large rink, which has a 200-person capacity, is open through February and has been a holiday custom since 1996. Skate rental at Ice Skating at Parterre is €6. The rink stays open until 1am on Saturdays and Sundays.

VINTAGE FASHION – The Irresistible Charme Of Past

At the Prato Textile Museum, you can enjoy the walk down memory lane in fashion. The exhibition is dedicated to the issue of fashion vintage. It offers a journey into the world and history of one of the most contemporary trends of fashion. The exhibition explains how the re-use of garments in the past gave to second hand clothing an irresistible charme, generating a proper fashion phenomenon.

Opened in 1975 in Tullio Buzzi Technical Institute, Prato Textile Museum has the cultural mission of providing an extensive permanent collection of items testifying to the history of local textile production since the beginning of the 12th century. Prato Textile Museum is now a flourishing centre for the promotion of the local industrial district, a district which comprises around 8,000 companies and employs over 40,000 people. Since May 2003 Prato Textile Museum has been housed in the converted Campolmi textile mill, a symbol of the local textile manufacturing industry, located in the centre of the city of Prato.

Prato Textile Museum

Via Puccetti 3 59100 Prato (PO) Italy

Phone: +39 0574 611503

Fax +39 0574 444585


Opening hours:

Tuesday - Friday: 10am-6pm

Saturday - Sunday: 10am - 7pm

Closed on Monday

Last entrance 45 minutes before closure time

FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JANUARY

WASSILY KANDINSKY, FROM RUSSIA TO EUROPE SHOWING IN PISA

The gorgeous Palazzo Blu (you will know it when you see it) is host to over 50 works from the Russian artist seen as the father of abstract painting. Until February 3 at Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti 9, Pisa. Info: www.palazzoblu.org


PIANCASTAGNAIO – Befanate Befanotti

On the night between 5 and 6 January, groups of men go from poderi to poderi and the villages offering a begging song. They are the "befanotti", dressed in old clothes and with their faces dirty with soot. The text of the song describes the character of the befana, who promises gifts for everyone, and ends with requests for offerings. The gifts collected, usually food, are eaten in a meal shared among the befanotti or are sold for division of the proceeds. This festival also takes place in the Maremma villages of Alberese, Braccagni, Poderi di Montemerano and Monterotondo, and in the area of Monte Amiata in the villages of Saragiolo, Bagnore, Bagnolo and Marroneto.


SINALUNGA – Fiera dell'Epifania

On January 6, Sinalunga sees the arrival of the Three Wise Men and a town fair for Epiphany (Befana will certainly be there, too). Also, find similar parades and festivals in: Greve, Impruneta, Incisa (look for the purple Befana), Matione, San Casciano, Sinalunga, Borgo San Lorenzo and Figline Valdarno.



SAN PIERO A SIEVE – Befana Arrives by Train

On January 6, you too can ride the steam train with Befana through the Mugello. Departure from Santa Maria Novella (Florence) train station and arrival to San Piero a Sieve. Little brunch and entertainment for children make the day extra special (if riding on a steam train was not enough excitement).

Train Schedule – January 6th, 2013

Firenze SMN lv.9.00

Firenze CM ar.9.08 lv.9.09 (via Pontassieve)

S. Piero a Sieve ar.11.04 lv.12.30 (via Vaglia)

S. Marco Vecchio ar.13.03 lv.13.04

Firenze SMN ar.13.14

Ticket: €16,00 (adults and children over 4 years old). Free seats for children under 4 years old.

Tickets on sale at the Firenze SMN and Firenze CM train station now.

For info: www.mugellotoscana.it and www.italvapore.it



THE FESTIVAL OF ST. ANTHONY THE ABBOT

On January 17, many Tuscan towns celebrate the festival of St. Anthony the Abbot with blessings of grain, bread and animals. There will be parades and fairs in the following locations: Abbadia San Salvadore, Castiglione d'Orcia, Campiglia d'Orcia, Piancastagnaio, Radicofani, Torrita di Siena, among others



SAN GIMIGNANO – Festa e Fiera

On January 31, San Gimignano is the place to be for a grand Festival and Fair. The fair is held in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cistern. There is the offering of the church candle and blessing of the city. The relic of Saint Geminianus, the bishop saint from Modena, is in the Collegiate Church, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and situated on the west side of the Piazza del Duomo in San Gimignano, (one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany), kept in an altar dedicated to him, and his feast day is January 31.


TUSCAN TRAVELER'S ITALIAN FOOD RULES FOR THE P&F NEWSLETTER

TuscanTraveler’s Italian Food Rules written by Ann Reavis has been published! Find a copy at The Paperback Exchange at Via delle Oche, 4r, or at BM Bookshop, Borgo Ognissante, 4.


ITALIAN FOOD RULE: Do Not Eat Eggs In The Morning

There is a reason that it is called an American Breakfast or an English Breakfast. If it contains eggs it is not Italian. Italians are most likely to have a cappuccino and a pastry for “the most important meal of the day.” They might stretch to a small bowl of yogurt and a half piece of fruit. But eggs are out.

In Italy, eggs are usually eaten hard-boiled, sliced in half (not crumbled) beside (not in) a lunchtime salad. Or, more commonly, they are prepared as a frittata (thin open-faced omelet) containing a few slices of artichoke, zucchini, eggplant or fried green tomatoes.

Related Food Rules:

Orange juice is too acidic to drink in the morning – have it with an afternoon snack.

Bacon is becon in Italy and is not seen at breakfast, but may be in spaghetti alla carbonara

Pancakes and waffles are loved by Italians, but are not Italian

“Breakfast for dinner” is not a concept understood by Italians


MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:

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

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


JANUARY WISHES

With a nod to the past and your old favorite haunts in Florence,we hope 2013 brings you surprises and joy of the new and innovative variety.

All the best,

Staff
Pitcher and Flaccomio


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