|NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2017
|January is the month for the residents of Florence to enjoy the quiet halls of the most popular tourist attractions. We hope that you celebrate the New Year with those you love, and that the year to come brings you just enough of everything you could need, with best wishes from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, RAFFAELLA AND MARISA.
|PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR JANUARY
BEST EVENT FOR JANUARY: F-LIGHT FLORENCE
Until January 8
All across Florence there are individual light and video mapping installations, lighting up iconic monuments and memorialising historical events of the city. Over Christmas, the video mapping of the Ponte Vecchio, presented to a soundtrack of Ludovico Einaudi, was redesigned to include the message “STOP TERRORISM” after the devastating tragedy at the Christmas markets in Germany. You can still see eight of the city wide installations presented until the end of the first week of January.
See the full program of events and a map here: http://www.flightfirenze.it/eventi#2016
P&F RENTAL PICK FOR JANUARY: A SPACIOUS APARTMENT IN A CONVENIENT LOCATION ALONG THE ARNO RIVER
The apartment is situated at the beginning of Lungarno delle Grazie which runs along the north side of the Arno river from the Ponte alle Grazie to the Bibioletca Nazionale. It is within a short walking distance from all of Florence's most important sights (5 minutes to Piazza della Signoria and next to Piazza Santa Croce). The apartment is serviced by a doorman, in a quiet area, and air conditioned.
The furnishings are modern, the floors are parquet in the entrance, living/dining/kitchen area, and coconut fiber flooring (COIR) in the bedroom. The kitchen is built-in and well equipped. Linens and kitchenware are supplied. All the windows look onto an internal courtyard.
The apartment is on the 1st floor (with elevator or 31 steps), measures approx. 72 sq. mts. (770 sq. ft.) and consists of: Entrance, Living/dining/kitchen(table for 4/6, double sofa bed), Laundry,14 steps up: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom(with tub). It is fitted out with: Central heating and air conditioning, internet connection, satellite TV, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, oven, boiler, electric stove, hair dryer, safe,DVD, stereo.
For more information: http://www.pitcherflaccomio.com/new/index.php?file=oneaffitti&form_id_affitti=1317&l_t=1
BEST EXHIBITION FOR JANUARY: LAST CHANCE TO SEE AI WEIWEI AT PALAZZO STROZZI
Until January 22
A dissident artist with a leading voice, Ai Weiwei is known world-wide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of the Palazzo Strozzi spaces, presenting a series of new and major works from the façade of the building and the courtyard to the piano nobile and the Strozzina gallery. Mirroring the artist’s relationship between tradition and modernity, key works will be hung in response to the architecture of the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th century palace built as a political statement, and is considered to embody the history of the city of Florence.
This major exhibition will include key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. These range from his years living in New York 1980s and ’90s when he discovered his ‘masters’ Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, to the large iconic assemblages works from the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools, to his recent controversial and engaged works such as portraits of political dissidents built with LEGO bricks, and his projects on migration in the Mediterranean region.
Over the past twenty years, Ai Weiwei has become a leading voice on the international art scene and China’s most famous living artist. Known for his political activism and meticulous artistic research, Ai Weiwei has also become a symbol of resistance against censorship. The show will offer the opportunity to explore Ai Weiwei’s creative genius but also to understand his personal narrative, offering critical insight to Ai Weiwei’s ambiguous relations with his native China. Ai Weiwei denounces the inconsistencies and gaps between the individual and the community in today’s world and has a profound sense of belonging, as illustrated by his use of traditional materials and techniques. Equally, a strong sense of rebellion informs his interpretations of traditional Chinese images and metaphors.
Daily including holidays 10.00-20.00, Thursdays 10.00-23.00
More information: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/aiweiwei/?lang=en
BEST FESTIVAL FOR JANUARY: LA BEFANA
On January 6, La Befana arrives in Florence and 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 as 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 (or in modern apartments, through the 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 for 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 realised her mistake, her regret was so great that she continues to wander about Italy and on the Epiphany (January 6, when the Wise Men finally found the baby Jesus), begins rewarding good children and disappointing those who were bad.
So celebrate with your favourite children, and watch out for gift-giving old ladies in the streets of Florence.
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. The procession begins at 14.15 from Palazzo Pitti.
BEST MARKETS FOR JANUARY: ALL OF THEM!
Florence is full of bustling markets that are a great place to find bargains, enjoy the atmosphere, or spend the day browsing extraordinary antiques, artisan crafts, and delicious typical foods 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 are 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! Don’t be afraid to bargain for a better price.
When: 9:00 - 20.00. The hours may vary slightly depending on the weather and season.
What to buy: Leather goods, jackets, scarves, stationary.
Where: Piazza San Lorenzo
Florence's central market, Mercato Centrale, was once the main shopping centre 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. Now, on the upper floor is a cornucopia of shops making ready-to-eat specialties and is open from 10am to midnight.
When: 07:00 to 14:00?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, and was first known as the straw market. A smaller market, it is located beneath the loggia and sells leather goods, t-shirts, scarves, and souvenirs, though the prices are slightly higher than the Mercato of San Lorenzo. It is often referred to as the “Porcellino” market, for the famous bronze statue of a boar, “il Porcellino”, located on the south side. Legend has it that if you rub his snout and put a coin in his mouth, you will return to Florence. After years of rubbing, the bronze needed some cosmetic surgery after nose became too thin! You can see a brief and charming film about the new snout here: https://vimeo.com/144481651
When: Open everyday 08:00 to 19:00
Where: Loggia del Mercato Nuovo
Fiera di Oltrarno, Santo Spirito Antique Market
If you are looking for arts and crafts, antiques, or house wares, this is a great place to look!
When: The second Sunday of every month, 9.00 to 19.00
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 and biodynamic produce created on a small scale. You’ll also find 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
Where: Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato delle Piante
My favourite market for buying seasonal plants, flowers, and herbs. Located beneath the archways along Via Pelliceria, enjoy the burst of colour and nature that brightens Piazza della Repubblica each week.
When: Every Thursday from 10.00 to 19.00
Where: Via Pellicceria
At this popular antique market you can find almost anything old your heart desires. Located in the beautiful square beside the Fortezza da Basso, you’ll find everything from large furniture pieces to old records and coins.
When: Every third weekend of the month (on Saturday and on Sunday)
Where: Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Mercato delle Pulci, now in a new location.
Here you can find furniture and vintage objects from the past like prints, coins and jewellery. It's worth a trip if only to get insights on Italy's past through the artefacts displayed in these cluttered stalls.
When: Monday through Saturday 09:00 to 19:30 and on the last Sunday of the month.
Where: Largo Pietro Annigoni, 50122 Firenze
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 centre. 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 else you can think of, this is the place to come!
When: Tuesdays from 07:00 to14:00
Where: Viale Lincoln in the Cascine Park
Located in Piazza Ghiberti and Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, the market is both inside and outside. Take a walk and find out fresh fruits, vegetables, clothes, flowers, shoes and stalls appliances, then enter if you are looking for fresh meat or fish, pasta, general groceries or good cheeses. Are you hungry? Then you should sit at the inner restaurant (good and cheap). The market is open every weekend (except on Sunday) from 7 to 14.
BEST CONCERT FOR JANUARY: NOTTE AL MUSEO - IL SESTETTO STRADIVARI AT THE MUSEO DEL DUOMO
The Night At the Museum program has returned, and there is a sensational performance for the January evenings. The Sala del Paradiso is the heart of the museum, and will host six concerts across the season. This month, the Sestetto Stradivari of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia present Brahms and Tchaikovsky masterpieces.
The concerts are free entry, subject to availability of seats available exclusively on reservation to be made in person at the concierge of the Art and Culture Centre (Piazza San Giovanni 7) starting on Thursday of the week preceding the date of the concert.
When: Thursday January 26 at 21.00
Where: Il Grande Museo del Duomo
Informazioni: Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore Tel. 055 2302885
email@example.com – www.operaduomo.firenze.it
BEST DINING OUT FOR JANUARY: ESSENZIALE IN PIAZZA CESTELLO
This month’s dining-out tip comes from the Texan Tuscan, Girl in Florence:
“Contemporary flavors in Piazza Cestello. The hottest new opening in Florence is without a doubt this restaurant headed by popular chef Simone Cipriani, formally of Santo Graal. Inside, you’ll find a contemporary, intimate atmosphere. With a small drawer at every table with your “tools” (forks, knives and spoons) to help you along what will certainly be an interesting gastronomic affair. I went with Nico for his birthday dinner and we opted for the five-course tasting menu (55€) which was absolutely phenomenal. The cuisine is inventive and creative, imagine a take on Tuscany’s classic “pappa al pomodoro” called “papa Mary” with bloody mary elements of horseradish gelato and a spritz of vodka.”
Girl in Florence: http://girlinflorence.com/things-to-do-inaround-florence/restaurantsnightlife-list/
Address: Piazza di Cestello, 3, 50124 Firenze
Phone:055 247 6956. Open only for dinner. Closed Mondays
|BEST OF THE REST FOR JANUARY
FLORENCE WINTER SALES
While some sales have already started, after the Epiphany of January 6th all the stores of Florence will begin their major 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% towards the end of the month as stocks dwindle. It’s the perfect time to grab a few last minute winter coats to help survive the winter chill of January!
TOSCANA WINTER PARK: FIFTH EDITION
November 26 - February 26
Go skiing, ice skating and tobogganing on the banks of the Arno at Obihall. After heading down the 80-metre piste on skis or a snowboard or trying your luck on the ice rink, indulge in some après-ski at the bars, enjoy a hearty meal at the restaurant or join in the many children’s activities. The park will remain open over the Christmas period (and on Christmas Day from 2:00pm until 1.00am).
See www.firenzewinterpark.it for details.
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 folk. January is the month that fashion events, parties, and shows spill out of various venues in the historic centre, and is a heavenly time for people-watching in the streets. Look out for local bloggers covering the fashionistas and the mad styles on show as people travel to and from the events. 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 the best place to find detailed information on these exciting events. Here's what's on tap for January 2016:
PITTI UOMO 91 – From the 10th to the 13th January, Pitti Uomo will come back with its 91th edition showcasing over 1000 men's brands at the Fortezza da Basso, plus another 100 women's collections at Pitti W15.
PITTI BIMBO 84 – From the 19th to 21st, Pitti Bimbo will come back with its 84th 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 80 – From 25th to 27th, Pitti Filati returns in its 80th edition. Pitti Filati is the fair for the excellence of knitting yarn and fabric at which all the new international trends are shown.
VINTAGE SELECTION 29 - The Vintage Clothing, Accessories & Designer Objects Fair
Feed your vintage habit at Stazione Leopolda from January 25th to January 29th. 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. This edition of Vintage Selection will fascinate exhibitors and visitors alike with its theme of Disco Dance. It will be a true festival of vintage culture with lots of surprises, entertainment and opportunities for shopping.
Stazione Leopolda, info: 055 212622, www.stazione-leopolda.com
STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR EVERYONE, AND CIVIC MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state and civic museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures.
Here’s a list of the state museums free to all:
Pitti Palace (all museums)
And the civic museums also free to residents:
Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
Museo del Novecento
Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.
Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance. You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it
|EXHIBITIONS IN JANUARY
BOTTICELLI ROOMS REOPENED AT THE UFFIZI
The latest rooms to be reopened at the Uffizi Gallery this past week are the Botticelli rooms and rooms dedicated to the Early Renaissance. This latest batch of rooms to reopen – Hall 8-15 – were closed for about 15 months! The major works in these rooms were moved to other temporary halls so that visitors would not miss out on them, the two major ones being the Botticelli paintings Spring and Birth of Venus, masterpieces that draw many to the Uffizi in the first place.
After significant upgrades, retrofitting and new ceilings, all made possible with a final major grant by Friends of Florence, the Botticelli rooms reopened last Tuesday, October 18 to the public and we are super excited to see the changes that have taken place!
Features of the newly restored rooms include new lighting, alarm system, replacement of glass framing with state-of-the-art glass that is even more protective and technologically advanced. Some of the paintings not on view during this period were examined and underwent conservation.
Text From: http://www.visitflorence.com/blog/explore-new-botticelli-rooms-uffizi/?utm_source=visitflorence.com&utm_campaign=DiscoverTuscany&utm_medium=referral
DISCOVERIES AND MASSACRES: ARDENGO SOFFICI AND IMPRESSIONISM AT THE UFFIZI GALLERY
Until January 8
This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Ardengo Soffici (1879 – 1964), will be the occasion to study his artistic experience as an artist, writer, art critic and as a polemic that was very active during his time. He came into contact, and at times with stark, courageous contrast with other contemporary artistic movements within the Italian and European panorama. The title of the exhibition, Discoveries and Massacres, alludes to the collection of works by Soffici, published between the first and second decade of the 20th century, and recognized today along with the cultural initiatives he supported and organized as important steps in the renewal of art in Italy in the 20th century. Consider that he helped organize the first Italian exhibition on Impressionism in Italy in Florence in 1910.
The works included in the exhibit – from Segantini to Cezanne, from Renoir to Picasso, from Degas to Medardo Rosso, from De Chirico to Carrà as well as Soffici’s own work – were selected based on the predilections and aversions Soffici demonstrated and wrote about. The works will contain critical phrases directly from Soffici’s writings to ideally help the viewer rediscover one of the most productive and fertile interpretations on the origins of modern art, through his decisive “discoveries” as well as his drastic “massacres”.
Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
50122 Florence Phone : 055 238 8651
More information: http://www.uffizi.org/museum/exhibitions/
REAL TIME AND REALITY TIME: CLOCKS FROM PALAZZO PITTI FROM XVII TO XX CENTURY
Until January 8
The monumental figure of Kronos by Gherardo Silvani will greet you for this special occasion in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti, and will show you the path to follow towards the apartments of the Duchessa d’Aosta, where you can explore the different ways throughout time that the Florentines would tell time: spanning the Medici, Lorena and Sabauda reigns.Approximately 70 clocks have been selected from over 200 examples, most of which some way are tied to Palazzo Pitti. The criteria for the selection includes the form, the use of the clock and the environment in which it was kept.
Gallery of Modern Art
CASSA RISPARMIO DI FIRENZE PRESENT THEIR EXTENSIVE ART COLLECTION: IN COLLEZIONE
Until January 15
The exhibition is the conclusion of a project to organize the immense (over 900 pieces to choose from) collection of art by the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze with pieces by Giotto and Filippino Lippi,as well as several more contemporary or modern pieces which tell the story of Florence.
Text from: www.visitflorence.com
Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Bufalini 6, Florence
Free Entrance only with a reservation and guided tour
Tel. +39 055 5384001 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winckelmann, Florence and the Etruscans: The Father of Archeology in Tuscany
Until January 30
In honour of the 250 year anniversary of J.J. Wincklemann's untimely death, the exhibition focuses on the the German scholars contribution to archaeology in Tuscany. In particular, his contribution to the knowledge of Etruscan art and his studies were instrumental to the diffusion of the Etruscan myths in the European culture in the 17-1800’s. This is an excellent opportunity to view the Chimera and the bronze statue Minerva, both of which have their origins in Arezzo.
(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)
MAF Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze,
National Archaeological Museum of Florence
Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b
GIOVANNI DAL PONTE AT THE ACCADEMIA GALLERY
Until March 12
The monographic exhibition with works from Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-1437), protagonist for the late Gothic Humanism. A Florentine artist with his own particular language for the late gothic period will feature a new canvas, the "Madonna and Child Enthroned". The work, which will be on display along with other paintings of the Tuscan painter from November 22 to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, comes from the deposits of various Museums from the Tuscan region.
Text from: www.visitflorence.com
Via Ricasoli, 58-60, 50122 Florence
|LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN JANUARY
BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00, the British Institute presents a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library, which is followed by an informal drinks reception. The Cultural Programme is open to members of the British Institute of Florence. Membership options range from 24 hours (€5) to Life (€500).The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month.
The library reopens on January 7, and the events program includes:
11 January 2017 - 18:00: President Trump: the path to the White House and his prospects
Lecture in English by Federico Romero
Federico Romero, Professor of History of Postwar European Cooperation and Integration at the European University Institute, reviews the 2016 election campaign and looks ahead to the incoming President Donald Trump, who is expected to take office on 20 January 2017.
18 January 2017 - 18:00: Caravaggio and the guardian of mercy
Lecture in English by Terence Ward.
19 January 2017 - 17:00: It's Storytime! “Guess how much I love you”
Reading and workshop
Love is certainly not an easy thing to measure! Could you ever guess how much Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare? Find out at the Harold Acton Library and have fun with the two most loving hares in the world. For ages 3 to 8, but all ages welcome! No booking is required, but spaces are limited.
25 January 2017 - 18:00: The outlook for the European economy and financial markets
Lecture in English by Lorenzo Bini Smaghi
For more information: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/news-events/events/cultural-programme
For membership: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library/membership
EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO: FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square.
Museo Novecento also hosts special exhibitions and events. The January program includes:
Wednesday, 11 January 17:30: THE ITALIAN VIDEO ART FROM THE 70S TO THE 90S
Speakers Silvia Grandi, Gianni Melotti and Maurizio Marco Tozzi
Wednesday, 18 January 17:30: FILM: 1966: Semiologia di un’Alluvione (Semiotics of a Flood)
Cristina Acidini and Luke Brogioni meet Massimo Becattini and Leandro Giribaldi
Wednesday, 25 January 17:30: CARLO LEVI: INTELLECTUAL ENGAGED BETWEEN WRITING AND PAINTING
Philip Benfante talks to Nicola Coccia
Monday, January 30, 15.00: DESIGNWINMAKE INNOVECENTO EDITION
DesignWinMake INNOVecento Edition
For more information and reservations:
Tel. 055-2768224 055-2768558
MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE
This event started small but has fast become a night not-to-be-missed in the Florence literarature and performance scene. A literary Open Mic Night for writers in Florence held on the first Wednesday of every month, writers gather in Hostel Tasso and present poems, stories, original songs, tales, and other delights.
The first Wednesday of every month. Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso
More information: https://www.facebook.com/openmicflorence/
|FILM EVENTS IN JANUARY
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS: ODEON CINEMA
The Odeon has resumed its Original Language films program. Once only screened on Monday nights, you can now find sessions for each film spread over several days. This month’s English language films include: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Captain Fantastic, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, and Allied.
There are also a number of special film events this month, that are not to be missed! The line up includes: The Kid Vs Sherlock Jr., La Felicita Umana, Food Revolution, Segantini: Ritorno Alla Natura, Still Life, Your Name, British 100 FF: The Entertainer, British 100 FF: United Kingdom, La Teoria Svedese Dell’Amore.
Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Program-Odeon-2016-December-15-2017-February-15-2.pdf
|MUSIC FOR JANUARY
VIVALDI’S THE FOUR SEASONS AT THE AUDITORIUM DI SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE VECCHIO
The Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina will perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in the wonderful atmosphere of the Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio.
The program opens with an "Air" by Bach and Mozart's famous "A Little Night Music".
Conductor: Giuseppe Lanzetta
Artistic director: Marco Lorenzini
Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio
Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/vivaldi_s_four_seasons__auditorium_santo_stefano/33088/291266/
PINOCCHIO JAZZ CLUB
Pass an energetic evening at one of the coolest and long running jazz haunts in town.
January 7: DJAMBOLULU'SWING TRIO
January 14: MULTIKULTI CHERRY ON, Omaggio a Don Cherry con CRISTIANO CALCAGNILE ENSEMBLE
January 21: ANTONELLO SALIS & SIMONE ZANCHINI
January 28: TINO TRACANNA ACROBATS, Concerto in collaborazione con METASTASIO JAZZ. "Incroci tra Prato e Firenze"
Bookings and information: www.pinocchiojazz.it
WINE & OPERA: NIGHT OF OPERA AND BALLET IN FLORENCE AT AUDITORIUM AL DUOMO
Attend an evening full of romantic charm, dedicated to opera and ballet in Florence. A soprano, tenor and two dancers from major Italian theaters, accompanied by a fine ensemble of opera and ballet professionals, will offer staged performances of arias by Verdi, Puccini, Offenbach, and Tchaikovsky.
Experience unforgettable moments at this unique performance in Florence at the Auditorium al Duomo in the historic centre.
Choose between three menus:
- Aperitif: aperitif of the house with snacks
- Light dinner: board of Italian cured and raw sausages, cheeses, and bruschetta, served with two glasses of wine.
- Light dinner (vegetarian): board of Italian cheeses with honey, served with two glasses of wine.
Seats in the GOLDEN category are numbered and from the 1st to the 3rd row. Seats in the VIP category are numbered and from the fourth row. Seats in the A category are unnumbered and from the sixth row. The evening starts at 7 p.m. at 'Terrazza Panoramica Laurus', the concert takes place at 9 p.m. in the Auditorium al Duomo. Both locations are in the same building.
ITALIAN OPERA IN SANTA MONACA CHURCH WITH DINNER
January 4 and 6
Embark on an exciting journey through the most famous Italian opera arias. The program features arias from 'La Traviata', 'La Bohème', 'Tosca', 'Madame Butterfly', 'The Marriage of Figaro', and 'The Barber of Seville', performed by professional singers accompanied by piano. The evening is set in the heart of Florence in the beautiful Church of St. Monaca.
Before the concert, a typical Tuscan dinner awaits you at the 'Trattoria Napoleone', situated at Piazza del Carmine 24, only two minutes from Santa Monaca Church.
Bookings and to read the dinner menu options: https://www.classictic.com/en/italian_opera_in_santa_monaca_church_with_dinner/33647/270294/
ITALIAN OPERA IN SANTA MONACA CHURCH
January 1, 2, 4
An exciting journey through the most famous Italian opera arias. The program features arias from La Traviata, La Bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, the Marriage of Figaro, and the Barber of Seville, performed by professional singers accompanied by piano. The evening is set in the heart of Florence in the beautiful Church of St. Monaca.
OPERA & ROMANTICISM: DINNER AND CONCERT IN FLORENCE
In the heart of Florence, the literary café Paszkowski on Piazza della Repubblica provides a lovely setting for an evening that combines typical Italian food with favorite opera arias.
The Paszkowski came to international renown as a 'Caffè Concerto'. Since its foundation in 1846 it served as stage for some of the greatest intellectuals in Italy's history.
Customers can choose dinner before the concert, at 7pm, or after the concert, at 9pm.
BÖER, EBERLE: ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA AT TEATRO VERDI
Veronika Eberle performs Schumann's remarkable, dramatic Violin Concerto with the Orchestra della Toscana at Teatro Verdi. Roland Böer conducts this concert, which also includes Beethoven's First Symphony.
THE THREE TENORS: AUDITORIUM AL DUOMO
January 10, 17, 24
Add a taste of Italian lyricism, combined to traditional Neopolitan songs, to your stay in Florence: Three tenors offer a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful capital.
This fusion of different musical forms takes place in the heart of Florence. The soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and grand piano. Famous arias from "La Traviata", "Rigoletto", and "Tosca" share the program with Neopolitan favorites like "O sole mio", "Funiculì Funiculà", and "Torna a Surriento".
THE THREE TENORS: AUDITORIUM SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE VECCHIO WITH DINNER
January 14, 21, 28
Add a taste of Italian lyricism to your stay in Florence: Three tenors offer a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful capital.
In the Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, the soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and piano. Famous arias from 'La Traviata', 'Rigoletto', and 'Tosca' share the program with Neopolitan favorites like 'O sole mio', 'Funiculì Funiculà', and 'Torna a Surriento'.
Before the show, indulge in Tuscan cuisine and breathtaking views at the Vista Wine Bar. Located on the Panoramic Terrace of Hotel Laurus al Duomo, the Wine Bar offers views of Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower.
Approximate duration (min.): 90
Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/the_three_tenors__auditorium_santo_stefano_al_ponte_vecchio_with_dinner/32240/285096/
DANIELE RUSTIONI, FABIO FABBRIZZI & ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA AT TEATRO VERDI
Fabio Fabbrizzi performs Ibert's Flute Concerto with the Orchestra della Toscana at Teatro Verdi.
Daniele Rustioni conducts this program, which culminates in Mozart's beloved Symphony No. 35 ‘Haffner'.
AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE
If you ever wanted to listen to classical music in a theatre where you could imagine Verdi or Mozart to walk in any second go to the jewel box Pergola Theatre. The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. Works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mompou, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Bach, and Haydn are only a small sample of what will be performed.
In January, the concerts include:
January 14: Daniil Trifonov on pianoforte
January 15: Alessandro Carbonare on clarinetto, and the Quartetto Casals
January 16: The Quartetto Casals
January 21: Federico Colli on pianoforte
January 22: Angela Hewitt on pianoforte
January 23: The King’s Singers
January 28: The Quartetto Hagen
January 29: The Quartetto Hagen
To tickets and more information go to: http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/stagione/
OPERA DI FIRENZE: 80th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” is spread across multiple venues including: Opera di Firenze, Teatro Niccolini, Teatro della Pergola. They begin their 2017 season with:
January 8-12: Opera: Didone Abbandonata
January 20-February 3: Opera: Faust
January 27-28: Concert: The Two Towers (from Lord of the Rings)
Tickets and more information: http://www.operadifirenze.it/en/
CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND OPERA AT ST MARK’S CHURCH
In the beautiful and intimate setting of St Mark’s Church, the performances are complete operas, apart from one or two slight adaptations to suit the intimate setting. January’s program includes: a special Gala Concert being held on New Years Eve (with the price of 45€), and a month long season of Love Duets.
Price: 30 €, seniors 25 €, students 15 €
Info: 340 8119192
For the complete schedule: http://concertoclassico.blogspot.it/p/programme.html
|DANCE AND THEATRE FOR JANUARY
|SHOWS AT TEATRO VERDI
December 30 - January 8: Il Marchese del Grillo
January 11: Böer - Eberle
January 13-15: Dignità Autonome di Prostituzione (at Obihall)
January 13-15: Peter Pan the Musical
January 21-22: Cirkopolis
January 23: Rustioni and Fabbrizzi
January 23: Sandro Lombardi reads Proust (at Relais Santa Croce)
January 24: Made in Sud (at Obihall)
January 29: I Concerti Aperitivo (at Relais Santa Croce)
For more information and to book tickets: http://www.teatroverdionline.it/
THEATRE AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA
December 27-January 8: Natale in Casa Cupiello
December 29-January 5: L’Avaro
December 8-January 6: Mostra Labotorio di Costumi e Scene del Teatro della Pergola
January 4: La Magia delle Immagini: La Storia dell’Arte Raccontata ai Ragazzi
January 6-8: Il Primo Concerto dell’Orsetto Paddington
For more information and to book tickets: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/
|EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JANUARY
DALI, THE CLASSIC DREAM, AT PALAZZO BLU IN PISA
Until February 5
”Start by imitating the classics, and then you can do anything” - Salvado Dalì
Metamorfist, provocative, visionary, Salvador Dalí is an artist; both a myth and myth-maker. Salvador Dalí is exhibited in direct comparison with the ancient traditions and with the great masters of the past.
This is the Dalí who loved the great Italian Masters, citing Raphael & Cellini, illustrating Dante and Michelangelo, the star of this show, is the trilogy dedicated to Surrealism.
Text from: www.discoverytuscany.com
Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 19.00 & Sat - Sun: 10.00 - 20.00
Palazzo d’Arte e Cultura - Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti, 9, 56125
SIGNORINI E DI NITTIS: ART FROM THE 1800S IN VIAREGGIO
Until February 26
The 1800’s open for the World to See.
The newest exhibition at the Matteucci Center for Modern Art features an impressive display of masterpieces by the artists De Nittis, Zandomeneghi and Boldini.
The above works will be shown side by side to those of Signorini, Lega and other protagonists for the “Macchiaiolo” period.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Matteucci per l’Arte Moderna, Via D’annunzio, 28, Viareggio
LA FINE DEL MONDO: EXHIBITION IN PRATO
Until March 19
View today as from a distance, the idea is to “experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future.”
Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages will be interconnected: music, theatre, cinema, architecture and dance represented not just as side events but as integral moments of the show, helping to build an immersive and captivating narrative.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Pecci Prato, Viale della Repubblica, 277, 59100 Prato
VOLAREARTE IN PISA: PARK EUN SUN SCULPTURES AT PISA AIRPORT
Until June 15
Well into the third edition of this initiative by the Henraux Foundation together with the Tuscany Airports, you will find a collection of 9 sculptures from Park Eun Sun gracing the Pisa airport.
This renowned Korean artist, a long time resident of Versilia, arrived in Italy to satisfy his desire to work with Apuane marbles. His artwork, known on an international level, is remarkable for the pure geometric forms composed of bi-color slabs of marble.
Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Galileo Galilei Airport, Pisa
CHIANTI SCULPTURE PARK
Pievasciata, a tiny village in the heart of the Chianti region, has been transformed into a contemporary art centre. The focal point, the Chianti Sculpture Park, a permanent exhibition of sculptures and installations, is an integral part of a mystical wooded area.
There are three distinctive characteristics of the Park: integration of art and nature; diversity of cultures, represented by artists from all over the world; and a variety of materials. Each artist has been invited to visit the wood in order to choose a location and subsequently submit a site-specific proposal. This accounts for the harmony of the sculptures with the trees, the sounds, the colours, the light, and other elements of the wood. In fact, these man-made works do not extend beyond the limits of nature; rather, they integrate with it and enhance it. Inside the Park an Amphitheatre has also been created to offer visitors a rich program of concerts and cultural events.
The Chianti Sculpture Park is an indispensable stop not only for art lovers, but also for anyone who wishes to experience the delights of a walk through nature while admiring fascinating works of art. The visit is suitable for persons of every age on foot along a walking path of 1 km, but is also accessible with a child’s pushchair or a wheelchair.
Parco Sculture del Chianti, S.P. 9, Loc. La Fornace 48/49, 53010 Pievasciata (Siena)
Tel. +39 0577 357151
Web site: http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/en-index.htm
|FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JANUARY
HOT THERMAL BATHS TO EASE THE WINTER CHILL
Winter is the season to enjoy the range of beautiful hot springs located in Tuscany, both to warm you up and for all the rumoured health benefits! There are a number of different springs, some free and some with spa facilities designed to help you pass the entire day relaxing out of the city centre. Check out their websites to see which one you like, and don’t be afraid to try the plunge from the hot springs to the cold lakes - they swear it’s good for you! A list of Tuscan Thermal Baths:
Terme di Bagno Vignoni (Siena)
Grotta Giusti (Pistoia)
Terme di Gambassi Stabilimento Acqua di Pillo (Florence)
Terme di Firenze (Florence)
Terme di Montecatini (Pistoia)
Terme di San Casciano dei Bagni Fonteverde (Siena)
Terme di Saturnia (Grosseto)
Terme Calidario (Livorno)
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 restored old steam train with Befana through the Mugello. The train departs at 09.00 from Santa Maria Novella (Florence) train station, and arrives at San Piero a Sieve at 13.00, before making the return trip to Florence, arriving at 14.30. A brunch and entertainment for children make the day extra special (if riding on a steam train was not enough excitement).
Ticket: €21 (adults and children over 4 years old) with family ticket packages available.
Tickets are on sale at the Firenze SMN and Firenze CM train station now.
For info: www.mugellotoscana.it and www.italvapore.it
FIRE FESTIVALS IN TUSCANY
Falò di Sant’Antonio - The Bonfire of Filattieria is every January 17th in honour of the Abbot Sant’Antonio. You’ll find this winter spectacle near the 12th century Malaspina Castle in Massa.
Disafeda dei Falò - Pontremoli hosts a celebration in honour of an old medieval rivalry. Come and see the parishes of San Niccolò and San Geminiano as they battle it out for who can build the biggest and best bonfire! The bonfires are held on January 17th (in Pontremoli) and January 31st (in San Geminiano).
THE FESTIVAL OF SANT’ANTONIO THE ABBOT
On January 17th, many Tuscan towns celebrate the festival of Sant’Antonio 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: THE FEAST OF SAN GIMIGNANO
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.
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|With a nod to all things past and your favourite places in Florence, we hope that the new year brings you surprises, joy, novelty and innovation.
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