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|NEWSLETTER – july 2009
July Let the good times roll! Florence and Tuscany
are the hot place to be in July... in more ways than one!
Even for those still at work, the month of July always brings
an air of vacation, joy and celebration. Weekends can easily
include a drive to the sea, and weeknights are spent outdoors
at concerts, or in open-air piazzas enjoying the cool surroundings
of the Tuscan hills.
This month we cover the cultural and musical events enlivening
our local scene (exhibitions, jazz, rock, soul, original language
movies and more) plus notes and articles by much-appreciated
contributors Anne, Simon, Evan, Joe and Deirdre, introducing
us to a great gelato neighborhood, a new book, restaurant,
and one of Florences best new auto initiatives.
For a future issue, we are researching the tour guide world
of Florence and Tuscany. If you have had a great (or less
than great) experience in the hands of a guide, please let
us know. And if you work as a guide in the area, we would
love to hear about what you offer. Please be in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note from Suzanne:
As you may remember from previous editions of our Pitcher
& Flaccomio newsletter, I am on the committee that organizes
Corri La Vita, a walk/marathon to raise money and awareness
about breast cancer. In our seventh edition, to be held on
Sunday September 27th, we are being generously sponsored by
Ferragamo. In addition to this backing, we seek additional
financial support to raise sufficient funds for our projects.
Therefore I am turning to all of you who read our newsletter,
to see if you could be generous or, if you could ask your
companies or local associations if they would like to become
sponsors for Corri La Vita. Undoubtedly, this high visibility
event in the historic city of Florence would provide excellent
exposure as well as association with a very just cause. Should
you need any further information as to where, how, what and
why, please dont hesitate to email email@example.com
or go to the official event website www.corrilavita.it.
I will be forever grateful for any assistance my friends can
offer this worthy cause.
I thank you in advance,
From the new office on Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia SUZANNE,
CORSO, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, KIMBERLY and MARIO send our
summer best. Again, we thank you for your helpful feedback
regarding our newsletter, and welcome all future comments,
ideas and suggestions.
& FLACCOMIO REPORT
A MESSAGE FROM FITC
The Florence International Theatre Company has been on the
road this path month.... in Los Angeles... where Producing
Artistic Director, Bari Hochwald, has held exciting meetings
with her colleagues in Hollywood and Broadway from film, television
and theatre to create an exciting future for Florence. Building
on the last three seasons of professional theatre, cultural
opportunities and education that we have offered the residents
of our beautiful city, now is the time to enter the next phase
of establishing FITC as Florence's first international cultural
center of professional theatre and education. If you are interested
in learning more about how you can be involved on the ground
floor of this innovative opportunity for Florence, there will
be an event with Bari explaining the details and future in
mid July. For information please write firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 055 213 788 after July 6th.
MESSAGE FROM DEMOCRATS ABROAD FLORENCE
Don't miss the 4th of July Picnic on Saturday, July 4, from
5:00 pm to midnight at Villa Demidoff, Via Bolognese, Via
Fiorentina, 276 - Pratolino (Vaglia), #25A bus. (See FLORENCE
NEWS below for more info). Enjoy the cool and the fun at the
Parco di Villa Demidoff! People of all ages can participate
in the games like three-legged races, egg-on-a-spoon runs,
and more. Check out the mini version of the USA Street Fair,
which will showcase some of the services available to the
English-speaking community in Florence. If youd like
to volunteer for an hour please write email@example.com.
Cathleen Compton, Chair, www.democratsabroad.org
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!..........Nothing much happening on the field
this month not at the Stadio Franchi, anyway. Gamberini,
Gilardino and Montolivo went off to South Africa with the
national squad for the Confederations Cup. The Italian media
thought the Azzurri could win this but the glory went elsewhere
a last-minute goal taking it for Brazil after being
2-0 down against a magnificent USA (can World Cup victory
be far away for the Americans?). A humbling defeat at the
hands or feet of the mighty Egypt stopped Italy
progressing beyond the group stage. It obviously wasnt
the fault of the Viola squad members; Fiorentina had no representatives
in the European Under-21 Championship team and the juniors
did little better, fading out at the semi-final stage to the
eventual winners, Germany (who thrashed England 4-0, so theres
some good news).
Otherwise, the main news (gossip is
a better word) is from the transfer market, which continues
to beguile and bore in equal measure week by week and day
by day. Gobbi and Pasqual are definitely leaving; no, they
are definitely staying. Frey and Melo are being stalked by
Real Madrid, Juventus etc; Frey and Melo pledge themselves
to Fiorentina; we may be willing to sell either as we have
no spare cash with which to fund further acquisitions. So
it goes and so it will go until either a deal is signed or
the transfer window closes. Mind you, it does look as though
well take on loan with an option to buy
a Dutch defender called Drenthe from Real Madrid. Hes
a full-back so, according to the press, well likely
sell Vargas even though Prandelli has transformed the
Peruvian into a rumbustious midfielder. Two plus two equals
Politics is getting into football, too. The run-off for boss
of Firenze gave us Mayor Renzi who has been quick to sound
off in favour of the new stadium being sought by the Della
Valle brothers. Judging by his sound bites and oleaginous
performances on Tuscan TV, hes out there personally
with shovel and tape measure searching for potential sites.
Politicians are as untrustworthy as transfer rumours! At least
the football players, no matter what reservations you may
have about salaries and so forth, are out there for the game,
under scrutiny and under pressure to deliver. And ours are
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE: A new round of friendlies will come
along in late July as the preface to the 2009-2010 Scudetto
campaign. We will kick off next season properly with the Champions
League qualifiers and we come in at the 4th preliminary round.
We reckon the Viola will be playing someone over two legs
18-19 and 25/26 August. The champions of Malta would be good!
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN - Our Readers Right
Our Thumbs up, Thumbs down column is your chance
to toot the horn of businesses, events and those Florentine
situations that strike you as either wonderful or terrible.
Please note: all opinions are strictly those of our readers.
Lend us your thoughts!
We were thrilled to learn that our friend Deirdre Pirro, who
writes beautifully, succinctly telling the stories of Italys
great achievers, has published a collection of her works.
This is how we found out:
Shamelessly, I am going to ask if you could give a plug to
my book which has just been published by The Florentine Press.
It's a book of 40 Italian Sketches that I hope some of your
clients might be interested in reading. To give you an idea
of what the book is about, the following is from the preface;
Culture lovers the world over often cultivate an awe-struck
sense of familiarity in relationship to Italy's cultural history,
moved by the indisputable genius of Leonardo, Michelangelo
or Dante, who still demand our attention on a first-name basis.
And when it comes to recounting Italy's grandeur, Anglo-writers
from the Grand Tour onwards have been generous with their
ink, spotlighting the splendor of the peninsula's artistic
Renaissance and the ingenious passion of its people. Yet,
amidst widespread literary celebration of Italy's past, the
mosaics that make up the country's modern identity are often
left fragmented, uncollected and pitifully unpolished. Its
contemporary culture is too overwrought with paradox, tragedy
and intrigue to tempt anyone but the boldest authors to venture
into the political, moral and social labyrinth that characterized
the country throughout the twentieth century, as it forged
its way into the second millennium.
To capture the daunting essence of contemporary Italy, one
must shed the mystique and accept the mystery, embrace the
talent, admit the decadence and shoulder both its failures
and its triumphs. Thanks to capsule-like chapters that captivate
the novice and impress the knowledgeable, Deirdre Pirro's
Italian Sketches provides a forum for Italy's unsung heroes,
unpunished villains, creative masters and forerunners of innovation
and reform. The book can be found at The Paperback Exchange
on Via delle Oche near the Duomo.
FLORENCE CAR SHARING PROGRAM
Your newsletter readers might like to know about the Florence
Car Sharing program. For those needing occasional use of a
car for urban transport and the surrounds, Florence's Car
Sharing program may be ideal. This is a membership-based,
short-term car rental program, optimal for use a few hours
and a few kilometers at a time. As a government sanctioned
program, Car Sharing is considered public transportation and
afforded the same privileges as taxis and buses (e.g. ZTL
immunity, free parking, use of bus/taxi lanes, etc). Members
reserve cars through a web site, and then collect the car
at one of 20+ depots around Florence. Your "smart"
identity card unlocks the car and grants you access to the
There is an annual membership fee (ours was discounted as
AAA members), and per usage fees (about € 2/hr and €0.40/km),
billed monthly. Rates come down after 12 hours or 100km, in
line with a normal auto rental agency. The fleet is mostly
small Fiat Pandas. An extended membership offers service in
10 additional northern Italy cities.
We find that for less than a one-way taxi trip, we can fetch
visitors at the airport and then give them an orientation
tour through Centro's ZTL before arriving at our house. Its
also cost-effective for a run to the super mercato or Ikea.
Website: http://www.carsharingfirenze.it/. Address: Viale
Amendola Giovanni, 36 (upstairs in the ACI - Auto club Italia.
GELATO: AN OCCASIONAL PROMENADE
What better to do in July than promenade with a gelato? Some
say that Florence - in the person of Bernardo Buontalenti,
described by Elizabeth David as architect, costume designer,
master of mechanical works and hydraulic engineering and impresario
of Medici feasts, festivals and fireworks invented
the gelato. True or not, the city seems to lead the world
now. If you are in the area west of Santa Croce, feel confident
in any of these:
VIVOLI [via Isola delle Stinche 7r. Tel: 055 292 334]. Gelateria
and café, Vivoli is something of an institution. It
has a claim to be the best gelateria in Firenze and it gets
very busy as people and tours rush to test it. No-one can
deny its quality and some of its flavours are outstanding
(superb apple, for instance) even as the competition heats
up! See www.vivoli.it Youll find it tucked behind the
Teatro Verdi west of Santa Croce; open Tuesday to Saturday
07.30-01.00, Sunday 09.30-01.00 and closed on Mondays (and
a couple of weeks in August).
GELATERIA DEI NERI [via del Neri 20-22r. Tel: 055 210 034].
We confess. This is a favourite. Not only a splendid range,
not just organic, not merely the lovely staff....Neri has
that indefinable something that makes it a really nice place
especially with gelato like theirs! The road winds
from Santa Croce to the rear of the Uffizi worth a
stroll from either end. Open every day 11.00-midnight.
LATTERIA ZURLI [Borgo Pinti 69 R]. A real case of hiding light
under a bushel! Zurli is also known as I Cugini.
Since 1912. You could walk right past its slightly scruffy,
viola-tinged pavement frontage, past the small blackboards
advertising the days specialities. Its fantastic.
Fruit flavours verging on the sweet lemon and apricot
and a dark chocolate to revitalise the taste buds.
Anne and Simon
Il SASSO DI DANTE
The Galli Brothers have scored again with their acquisition
of the long established Il Sasso di Dante (Rock of Dante)
restaurant. The name comes from a nearby rock where it is
believed Dante himself sat, as he watched the construction
of The Duomo. If only the restaurant had been available to
him it would have made the experience far more interesting.
It is actually nestled in among some of the oldest structures
in Florence but sitting in a place immersed in history is
not enough. This restaurant delivers exceptionally delicious
Alessandro and Massimilliano Galli have established themselves
as talented restaurateurs with their wildly successful Birreria
Centrale at Piazza Cimatori, which enjoys a loyal local following
along with visitors fortunate enough to find it. While Birreria
Centrale offers a choice of Tuscan dishes with a number of
outstanding Tyrolean Dishes (M-m-m- so tasty and warming on
a crisp day), Il Sasso di Dante focuses on the Italian Cuisine,
which they have mastered. Additionally, there is a wide choice
of a dozen salads for those seeking something a bit lighter.
Although I havent yet sampled all of the dishes (just
give me time), I am enamored of the numerous antipasti, salads,
house made pastas, main courses (the meat dishes are exceptional),
and house made desserts Ive gobbled down with relish
(figuratively) . In addition to the classic Tuscan dishes
offered, there are a variety of Italian plates with classic
roots that have been embellished by a creative kitchen that
has enhanced them to give them their own special Sasso stamp.
The pastries are house prepared daily in a common kitchen
shared with Birreria Centrale. If you have already, partaken
of the desserts, no more need be said.
When first acquired, some of the kinks had to be worked out
as the Gallis reconstituted the restaurant to reflect their
love of fine foods. The kitchen and staff have been revamped,
the menu reconstructed, and the experienced wait staff is
in place. I dined at Il Sasso di Dante early on and experienced
a few bumps that were smoothed out in subsequent visits. The
wine list has been expanded but is a work in progress. There
are plenty of snooty, overpriced restaurants in Florence if
thats your taste, but at Il Sasso di Dante youll
find an informal atmosphere with outdoor dining available.
Ask for Alessandro or Massimo, two of the most genial hosts
youll ever meet. Piazza delle Pallottole, 6r, at the
Duomo (between Via della Studio and Via dei Proconsolo).
OSTERIA CAFFE ITALIANO
I love the pizza at Osteria Caffe Italiano... Via Isola delle
Stinche, 11/13r (go in the pizza door for informal seating
and take away service, or enter at the restaurant door for
the table cloth and napkin service....). Either way you will
find thick, yummy, Naples-style pizza. Only three types available
- all with mozzarella di buffalo, and cooked in wood stove
margherita, napoletano and marinara.... Say hi to Vincenzo
the pizzaiolo and Michele the waiter.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Zucchini Carpaccio Salad - (serves 6)
This month we feature a recipe from our friends at the Linari
Festival who say we could not take this salad off the
menu at the Festival in 2005, it was so popular! No
wonder, given the superb range of zucchini available in central
Tuscany in July and August. The recipe is based on a similar
one from the nearby Pieve a Castello, the 8th Century former
monastery which is now a tourist facility, and where some
recitals are held during the festival.
- 2 medium sized zucchinis
- Lemon juice and the zest from the lemons
- Olive oil.
- About 150 gms of the best finely grated parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper
Thinly slice the zucchini lengthways using a mandolin. (Use
a cheese slicer if you don't have a mandolin.) Arrange some
zucchini slices in a layer in a large porcelain dish, sprinkle
with lemon juice and a little olive oil (be sparing with both
- you want the zucchini wet, but not floating in excess oil
or juice) and a little lemon zest. Lightly season and sprinkle
with parmesan cheese. Repeat this process until all the zucchini
has gone. Let stand for 20 minutes. Before serving twist the
zucchini slices into swirls, and place into piles on a serving
dish. Sprinkle with any remaining lemon zest and a little
CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY
On Sat. 4 grab the kids and head up the Via Bolognese to Pratolino
and the lovely, cool Parco di Villa Demidoff. The TuscanAmerican
Association and others, are putting on a fun party with Italian
Folk music, and American Hip Hop to Totemaju, a concert by
the Aeronautica Militare di Firenze, greetings from the Consul
General of the USA, country music with Wild Aces, dancing,
games a super Lottery and lots of stuff for the kids to do.
There will be burgers, hot dogs and more. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 055 333378.
SALDI SALES - SCONTI
Starting Tuesday July 7th (until Sept. 7th), shops and stores
in Florence and Tuscany are officially allowed to reduce prices
on their spring/summer merchandise. Take advantage and stretch
those precious euros.
PITTI FILATI 65
From Tues. 7 to Thurs. 9, once again Florences Fortezza
da Basso hosts the world preview of knitting yarn collections
for the 2010/2011 fall-winter season. Anyone interested in
getting a jump-start on the fashions, colors and textures
for next-next season shouldnt miss finding a way into
this show. Over one hundred textile firms will display their
latest inventions. Pitti Filati exhibitors represent the high
end of Italian and international yarn production for the knitting
industry and the buyers present each year come from the style
offices of the most important names in fashion. As always,
it will be THE opportunity to see the excellence of international
yarns and to get a better understanding of the coming seasons
trends thanks to the textile preview. A special research space
Fashion at Work is dedicated to the most advanced
technologies and services for the industry, presenting stitches
selected from the historical archives of knitting mills and
the great fashion houses, clothing and experiments in knits
as well as concrete links with the world of textiles
washes, prints, embroideries, ornaments, and finishes furthering
new trend development in ecological, ethical, fair trade and
environmentally sustainable yarns. Fortezza da Basso. Open
daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and the last day until 4:00
pm. Entrance is allowed only for operators, so be prepared
to show something that identifies you as in the business.
From Tues. 7 to Sat. 11 visit the Stazione Leopolda for the
best in vintage clothing. Vintage shops from all around Italy
bring their best-of-the-best to this popular annual show/market.
Relive your youth, or your grandmothers youth! The show
annually fills with fashion designers looking for inspiration
from the past. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli
5. Open 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. Tel. 055/212622, email@example.com,
EXHIBITS AROUND FLORENCE
DREAMS AND SHADOWS - Photographs by René & Radka
Until Aug. 2 the Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia
is host to the work of two young and creative photographers
from the fashion world. René was born in Germany and
Radka is from Czech Republic. The new exhibition Dreams
and Shadows presents a selection of photographs from
their last two shows: Come play with us and Under
water. René and Radka have collaborated with
numerous magazines worldwide with fashion editorials and personal
works appearing in magazines such as Vogue Nippon, French,
Citizen K, Wound, Milk, Squint, Tusch, Beaux Art, L´oeil,
Photo, and Art actuel. On the advertising market Rene and
Radka signed campaigns for labels like Adidas with David Beckham,
Kenzo, Absolute Vodka, Aston Martin, Miss Sixty and Energie.
They came to the world of art by first taking part in collective
shows and then with their first solo exhibition Moonage
daydream in 2006 in Berlin followed by Come and
play with us in 2007 and Under Water in
2009 in Paris. MNAF - Alinari National Museum of Photography.
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 14°. Open: every day from 10:30
am to 1:30 pm and from 4:00 pm to 9 pm; closed on Wednesday.
Ticket: € 6.00 euro. The visit of the exhibition includes
the visit to the Museum.
FROM PETRA TO SHAWBAK - Archaeology of a Frontier
From Monday July 13 to October 11, the Limonaia in the Boboli
Gardens offers an exhibition of the latest international archaeology
investigations and of the research conducted by the University
of Florence in these past twenty years in Jordan at the sites
of Petra and Shawbak. Petra was the capital of the mercantile
empire of the Nabataeans which controlled the incense route,
then conquered by the Romans, the Persians and the Arabs up
to the epoch of the Crusades, between 1100 and 1118, when
king Baldwin of Jerusalem built the two castles of Al-WuAyra
and Al-Habis. The Crusader century (between 1100
and 1189) revived the citys ancient function in southern
Jordan, as a frontier between the Mediterranean and Arabia,
but also between Syria and Egypt. The Castle of Shawbak, also
founded by Baldwin I, is one of the most spectacular medieval
settlements of the eastern Mediterranean. It is located 25
km north of Petra, which it replaced as capital of Transjordan
in the XII century. The studies conducted by the Italian archaeological
mission have restored this site to the great history of the
Mediterranean, along with its extraordinary monuments: the
cathedral of Saint Mary, the palace of Saladins grandson,
the monumental bastions of the late XIII century. As of 2006,
the Shawbak site has been the object of an innovative international
Italian-Jordanian agreement of scientific and cultural cooperation
between the Department of Antiquities of Jordan and the University
of Florence, which combines archaeological research, conservative
restoration and valorization. The exhibition itinerary has
been conceived in three sections: 1) the discovery of an authentic
capital that reinterprets the Crusader presence of the Seigniory
of Transjordan, and begins a succession that crosses the dynasty
of Saladin and reaches us; 2) the documentation of the diverse
role performed by the frontier as a historical key of interpretation:
from the ancient age (Nabataean, Roman, Byzantine), Arab-Islamic
(Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid) up to the Crusader-Ayyubid and
Mameluke ages, explored through the archaeological observatory
of the region and of the sites of Petra and Shawbak; 3) the
collection and publication of visitors comments.
Several films (from Indiana Jones to Aleksandr Nevskij) will
contribute to drawing the public to the exhibition themes.
Limonaia of the Boboli Garden. Daily from 8:15 am to 7:30
pm. Closed the first and last Monday of the month. Tel. 055
DRAWINGS FROM THE LOUVRE
Until Sept. 14 the Museo della Casa Buonarroti will present
a show based on studies carried out by the Département
des Arts Graphiques at the Musée du Louvre on the vast
graphics collection (about three thousand drawings and thirty
thousand engravings) donated by Edmond de Rothschild to the
Louvre in the 1930s, that has led to the identification of
a remarkable number of works by Italian Renaissance masters.
For many years now, Fondazione Casa Buonarroti and the Département
des Arts Graphiques have had excellent scientific relations,
with the result that the Museo della Casa Buonarroti is now
putting on an exhibition of the highest level, with over ninety
items, almost none of which have been shown previously. A
particularly enchanting introduction to the exhibition is
given by a group of twenty-one International Gothic drawings,
visible from both sides. On the front, there are fabulous
images of ancient castles, and on the back architectural and
figure drawings of the finest draughtsmanship. The various
subjects include an Angel Defeating Vices, a Saint George
and the Dragon, a Crucifixion with God the Father and Mary
Magdalene, and Architecture with Peacock and Birds in Flight.
These are followed by nine niello works by famous artists;
then we find the main section of the exhibition, which consists
of about sixty-five sheets, with masterpieces by Pisanello,
Jacopo Salimbeni, Leonardo, Raphael, Fra Bartolomeo, Benozzo
Gozzoli, Maso Finiguerra, Niccolò dell'Abate, Perin
del Vaga, Battista Franco, Cavalier d'Arpino, and other great
names from Quattrocento and Cinquecento Italian art. Casa
Buonarroti, via Ghibellina 70, tickets: € 6.50, opening
hours: 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Tel. 055
THE LIVING MARBLES, GIAN LORENZO BERNINI AND THE BAROQUE PORTRAIT
Until July 12 the Bargello National Museum pays tribute to
Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his exceptional qualities as a portraitist.
With the bust of Costanza Bonarelli, the Bargello possesses
the most exciting and famous testimony of the breakthrough
that Bernini (1598-1680) brought to the genre of portrait
sculpture. The show sheds light on the most significant phase
of the artists activity, represented by Costanza Bonarelli,
the Portraits of Urban VIII and of Scipione Borghese, and
of other personages of the papal court. It concentrates on
the portraits that Bernini sculpted from his early youth and
is divided into two sections: Bernini the Portraitist: the
Beginning and Rise, and The Talking Portraits
Portrait sculpture had an extraordinary diffusion in Rome
in the first half of the seventeenth century, with much innovation
occurring in little more than twenty years, between 1615 and
1640. Thanks to Bernini, it progressed from stern and stiffly
formal images to figures which seem to breathe and even converse
with the viewer. They are the so-called talking portraits.
Bargello National Museum. Until July 12. Ticket: 7.00 euro.
Open Tuesday to Sun 8:15 6:00 pm.
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, PERFECTION IN FORM
Until Sept. 27, an exhibition dedicated to the great American
photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, in the twentieth anniversary
of his death, will illuminate the Accademia Gallery. For the
first time works of this renowned artist of photography will
be exhibited with universal icons of art like the David, flanked
by the Prisoners, and paintings by masters from the fourteenth
century to the full Renaissance.
From its very title, Robert Mapplethorpe, Perfection in Form,
the show expresses the profound principle that associates
Mapplethorpe with the great Renaissance masters and, in particular,
with Michelangelo: the search for balance, the precision and
clarity inherent to Form that tends toward perfection
by means of the geometric rigor of volumes defined by line
and sculpted by light. In Mapplethorpes own words: I
look for perfection in form
I am trying to capture
what could be sculpture. The photographer confessed
his fascination for the art of Michelangelo, stating: If
I had been born one hundred or two hundred years ago, I might
have been a sculptor, but photography is a very quick way
to see, to make sculpture.
The material is grouped into four sections addressing the
single theme of Form; Geometry of Form, Fragment as Form,
Repeating Form, and Sculptural Form. Michelangelos David
and the four Prisoners, as terms of comparison, in addition
to four drawings and a wax model also by Michelangelo, reflect
off 93 works by Mapplethorpe that include human subjects as
well as numerous still-lifes, where Mapplethorpe confirms
his attention for the study of light and shadows on the object,
giving it a clear placement in space.
Accademia Gallery. Via Ricasoli 58. Open Tues-Sun 8:15 am-6:50
pm; last admission 30 min. before closing. Ticket: 10 euro.
Closed Monday. Firenze Musei Tel. 055. 2654321
SPLENDOUR AND REASON, ART IN 18TH CENTURY FLORENCE
Until Sept. 30 the Uffizi Gallery hosts a fascinating special
exhibit. With the extinction of the Medici dynasty (1743),
Florence did not lose its prestige as capital of culture and
the arts, thanks to the government of the Lorraines, who gave
the city the international profile required by Enlightenment
policies. This exhibition is the first overall panorama of
the principal artistic events of the eighteenth century in
Florence, with 120 paintings, sculptures, art objects and
furnishings, works from the entire century, recording the
changes in taste from the late Baroque period to Neoclassicism.
The show starts with commissions made by Cosimo III and the
Grand Prince Ferdinando de Medici, that opened the city
to foreign artists like Sebastiano Ricci and Giuseppe
Maria Crespi. They favored sculpture (with personalities like
Giovan Battista Foggini and Massimiliano Soldani Benzi), and
developed the manufacture of tapestries and semiprecious stone
Following the Medicis, Peter Leopold of Lorraine brought the
European version of Rococo and Neoclassicism to Tuscany, along
with the reformist spirit that accompanied the theories of
the Enlightenment even in the figurative arts. A new elite
of patrons took shape in Florence. In this context, the families
of the Florentine aristocracy held a conspicuous role: the
Gerinis for the diffusion of the veduta (landscape), the Ginoris
for their famed porcelains of Doccia, the Corsinis for their
constant relations with pontifical Rome. In this climate of
civic and cultural fervor, the Frenchmen François-Xavier
Fabre, Bénigne Gagnereaux, Louis Gauffier and Jean-Baptiste
Desmarais came to Florence, driven from Pontifical Rome after
the murder of the diplomat Nicolas de Basseville. With them
came the international version of neoclassicism, thus contributing
to the reform of the portrait, the veduta and
the historical painting, on the eve of the instatement of
the Napoleonic court (1799). Uffizi Gallery. Ticket: 10 euro.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:15 6:50 pm. Closed Monday.
Firenze Musei Tel. 055. 2654321
GALILEO. IMAGES OF THE UNIVERSE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE TELESCOPE
Until August 30, at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence pays homage
to the human and intellectual epic of one of its most ingenious
sons. Galileos first celestial discoveries date to exactly
400 years ago, and to mark this fourth centenary the United
Nations has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.
The exhibition proposes a journey through time and space that
begins with the mystical and poetic visions of ancient Egypt
and Mesopotamia. It moves on to the Greek cosmogonies, characterized
by the ingenious homocentric spheres of Eudoxus, through the
planetary architectures of Ptolemy and Arab astronomy, revoking
the Christian interpretations and finally arriving at the
heliocentric theories of Copernicus that inspired Galileo
and Kepler, the scholars who together with Newton
made a decisive contribution to the definitive consolidation
of the new concept of the universe.
Enhanced by informative videos, the itinerary is illustrated
by archaeological finds, beautifully-fashioned scientific
instruments, celestial atlases, paintings (spectacular frescoes
from Pompeii never shown before, in addition to Botticelli,
Rubens and Guercino), sculptures, precious illuminated codices
and specially-built working cosmological models. Among the
most spectacular exhibits are the monumental astronomical
tapestry of Toledo, the Farnese Atlas, the mysterious painting
Linder Gallery Interior, displayed here for the first time,
and Galileos telescope. Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi.
Until August 30. Open daily 9:00 am 8:00 pm, Thursday
until 11:00 pm. Tickets: € 10.00. Tel. 055 2645155. For
bookings: tel. 055 2469600. firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMORIES OF ANTIQUITY IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART
Until July 12, the Pitti Palace Silver Museum hosts a show
featuring the art of antiquity reflected in twentieth-century
and present-day art. Paintings and sculptures that have passed
through the centuries (from the Etruscans to the Classical
Age, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance), are proposed
in comparison with Picasso and Dali, Modigliani and De Chirico,
Soffici, Marino Marini, Vangi, Mitoraj, Theimer, Guadagnucci
and Franco Angeli.
The more than 130 works on show include a series of significant
parallels of the applied arts: between the glass manufactures
by Ercole Barovier and Carlo Scarpa and extraordinary pieces
from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, between
ceramics by Giò Ponti and those from the National Archaeological
Museums of Florence and Rome, between twentieth-century jewels
and several wonders from antiquity and the Medici collections
in the Pitti Palace.
The exhibition visually represents the innovative force and
great expressiveness of twentieth-century art, juxtaposed
with an historical Neoclassicism. Already present in Picassos
works from the early XX century (the exhibition presents the
Repas Frugal from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London),
the return to origin became a creative drive also for a generation
of Italian artists. After the disruptive experiences of the
turn of the century, Carrà, Severini, Soffici, De Chirico,
Morandi, and Modigliani chose this road to reconnect with
roots and traditions. Even foreign artists were influenced
by the allure of our past: in the Birth of Liquid Desires
dated 1931-32, and on loan from the Guggenheim Museum of Venice,
Salvador Dalì presents a surreal atmosphere, and literally
cites the famous Cornelian with Apollo, Marsias and Olympus,
which once belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent. Silver Museum.
Palazzo Pitti. Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 5.30 pm. Closed
Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it. Info: 055 294883.
Theatre info: Teatro Comunale , Via Solferino 15. Tel. 055
27791. Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel.
055 2479651. Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, tel. 055 212320.
Teatro Saschall , Lungarno Moro 3, tel. 055 6504112. Teatro
Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15. Tel. 055 229651. Teatro Romano,
Fiesole, Tel. 055/59187. Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3, tel.
055 678841. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5.
St. Marks Church. Via Maggio 16. Tel. 055 294764. Church
of Orsanmichele, Via dei Calzaiuoli. Tel. 055-210305. Teatro
Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, tel. 055 362067. Chiesa S.
Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, piazza S. Stefano 5. Teatro Politeama
Pratese, Via G. Garibaldi, 33 Prato. Tel: 0574/603758,
www.politeamapratese.com. Purchase tickets for theatre, concerts
and other events at the following ticket agencies: BOX OFFICE:
Via Alamanni, 39 (alongside the train station). Open Monday
3:30-7:30 pm, from Tuesday to Saturday 10:0-7:30 pm. Tel:
055/210804. Fax: 055/213112, INTERNATIONAL STUDIO, Chiasso
de Soldanieri, Tel. 055/293393, ARGONAUTA VIAGGI, Lungarno
Torrigiani 33/B, 055/2342777.9187. Many tickets can be pre-purchased
via www.ticketone.it or www.boxol.it or www.classictic.com/en
ORGAN CONCERT. Chiesa S. Maria de' Ricci, Via del Corso. Daily
at 9:15 pm; Saturdays at 6:00 pm.
SUD SOUND SYSTEM, Fortezza da Basso, 9:30 pm.
MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD, Teatro Romano di Fiesole, 9:15
JARRETT - PEACOCK DeJOHNETTE, Teatro Comunale. 9:00
CAMERATA BERLIN DELLA BERLINER PHILARMONIKER, conducted y
Giuseppe Lanzetta, music of Mendelssohn. National Museum of
ESPERANZA SPALDING, Teatro Romano, Fiesole , 9:15 pm.
MOTORHEAD, Fortezza da Basso. 9:30 pm.
NICO GORI - ALESSANDRO LANZONI quartet, Teatro Romano, Fiesole.
MOGWAI, Fortezza da Basso. 9:30 pm.
ORCHESTRA JAZZ DELLA SARDEGNA 'Concerto grosso', Teatro Romano,
Fiesole. 9:15 pm.
DAVID BYRNE on Tour, Teatro Romano di Fiesole. 9:15 pm.
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA, music from Bach to Sollima,
National Museum of the Bargello.
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA, conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta.
Music of Lanzetta, Beethoven, Mendelssohn. National Museum
of the Bargello.
SUBSONICA, Fortezza da Basso. 9:30 pm.
PETRA MAGONI E FERRUCCIO SPINETTI, Fortezza da Basso. 9:30
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA, conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta,
Music of Piovani, Morricone, Rota, Bacalov. National Museum
of the Bargello.
DONOVAN, Fortezza da Basso. 9:30 pm.
MORGAN, Fortezza da Basso. 9:30 pm.
DANIELE SILVESTRI. Fortezza da Basso. 9:30 pm.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE CINEMA
Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2. Phone: 055 214 068.
Friday 3 - THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS by Mark Herman -
with Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O'Brien, Domonkos Németh
6.00 8.30 10.30 p.m.
Saturday 4 -THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS - 6.00 8.30
Sunday 5 - TERMINATOR SALVATION by McG with Christian Bale,
Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin. 5.30 8.10 10.30
Monday 6 - NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
by S. Levy with B. Stiller, A. Adams, O. Wilson. 6.00
8.30 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 7 - THE SECRETS OF MOONACRE by Gabor Csupo with D.
Blue Richards, A. Prew. 6.00 8.30 10.30 p.m.
Wednesday 8 - THE SECRETS OF MOONACRE - 6.00 8.30
Thursday 9 - SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Italian subtitles) by Danny
Boyle with Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto. 5.30
8.20 10.30 p.m.
Friday 10 - SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Italian subtitles) - 5.30
8.20 10.30 p.m.
Saturday 11 - MY BEST FRIENDS GIRL by Howard Deutch
with Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, Jason Biggs. 6.00 8.30
Sunday 12 - MY BEST FRIENDS GIRL - 6.00 8.30
Monday 13 - ANGELS & DEMONS by Ron Howard with Tom Hanks,
Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer. 5.30 8.00 10.30
Tuesday 14 - THE BOAT THAT ROCKED ( Italian subtitles)by Richard
Curtis with P. Seymour Hoffman, B. Nighy, Rh.Ifans, Nick Frost,
K. Branagh. 5.30 8.00 10.30 p.m.
Wednesday 15 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles)by David Yates with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,
Rupert Grint. 5.00 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Thursday 16 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 5.00 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Friday 17 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 5.00 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Saturday 18 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 5.00 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Sunday 19- HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 5.00 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Monday 20 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
Tuesday 21- HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
Wednesday 22 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
Thursday 23 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
Friday 24 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
Saturday 25 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 5.00 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Sunday 26 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 5.00 8.00 10.45 p.m.
Monday 27 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
Tuesday 28 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
Wednesday 29 - HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (Italian
subtitles). 6.30 9.30 p.m.
In Terminator Salvation (aka Terminator 4) Christian Bale
steps into the Schwarzenegger role as John Connor finds himself
in 2018 leading the resistance against Skynet terminators
bent on eliminating mankind, and tussling with a man who may
be from the future or the past. Action all the way.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is the heart-warming and tragic
story of the friendship between Bruno, the 8-year-old son
of a Nazi concentration camp commandant and a Jewish boy on
the other side of the fence. This film has divided the critics
with its childs eye view of the Holocaust.
The sequel to Night at the Museum (2006) is Night at the Museum:
Battle of the Smithsonian in which a host of the worlds
biggest museums characters come to life to comic effect.
Ben Stiller is the security guard who is caught up in the
post-closing nocturnal adventures.
The Secret of Moonacre is an adaptation of Elizabeth Goudges
teen fiction success The Little White Horse. Set in 1842.
Maria Merryweather is 13 and an orphan and is sent off to
her uncles estate in Moonacre Valley, where the supernatural
and the fantastic combine to provide adventures and thrills.
The director Gabor Csupo also made the 2007 hit Bridge to
Danny Boyles Slumdog Millionaire has taken the world
by storm winning 8 Oscars - with its affecting story
of Mumbai street boy Jamal Malik and his progress to the jackpot
in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Indian style.
A real Bombay Mix: realist feel-good Bollywood crime thriller.
Richard Curtis wrote and directed The Boat That Rocked, his
affectionate riotous comedy about illegal 1960s radio stations
broadcasting from ships in the North Sea and the soundtrack
of the lives of those involved.
Once again I must ask too much of you, Harry...
No summer would be complete without Harry Potter. So Potteristi/Potterites
will be delighted that HP6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince is released simultaneously around the world, after
its premieres in Tokyo, London and New York, on July 15. The
usual cast is in place, with the addition of Jim Broadbent
as Potions Professor Horace Slughorn and Helen McRory as Narcissa
Malfoy, Dracos mother, as well as some newcomers in
smaller roles. By now everyone will be familiar with the plot,
but suffice to say that teenage hormones figure prominently
in this part of the saga as Voldemort threatens the very existence
of Hogwarts and wizards as well Muggles. David Yates directs
his second Potter movie which promises to be bigger and better
than all the others.
PISTOIA BLUES 2009
From Fri. 3 to Sun. 5 be a part of music history as Pistoia
hosts one of the best music festivals in Italy. From 7:00
pm to late night the Piazza del Duomo and other venues in
town will rock and soul with notes from the likes of Sammy
Hagar, Joss Stone and Michael Burks. See www.pistoiablues.com
for tickets and info on concert times.
Friday 3 - Lorenzo del Pero, Guthrie Govan Band with Dave
Kilminster, Kaki King, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Jon Spencer
Heavy Trash, Chickenfoot - Joe Satriani + Sammy Hagar (Van
Halen) + Michael Anthony (Van Halen) + Chad Smith (Red Hot
Chili Peppers) and Alvin Youngblood Hart.
Saturday 4 - Scott Mckeon, Nick Becattini, Michael Burks,
The Derek Trucks Band, Joss Stone and Michael Burks.
Sunday 5 - Guitar Crusher & The Emiblues, Roberto Ciotti,
Larry Carlton, Taj Mahal and PFM.
MONTERIGGIONI DI TORRI SI CORONA
From Fri. 3 to Sun. 5 and Fri. 10 to Sun. 12 return to the
past in the medieval hilltown of Monteriggioni, near Siena.
Enter through the ancient gates to find artisans, events,
music and foods. Dine with soldiers armed for battle. Jesters
and jugglers will vie for your attention. The fun begins at
6:00 pm each evening, and goes until midnight or later. Tel.
0577 30484. www.monteriggionimedievale.com
ANTIQUARIAN ARTISAN MARKETS
Held in Fiesole on Saturdays 4, 11 and Sun. 19, an open-air
market celebrates antiquities and vintage objects in the newly
reopened central piazza of this pretty hilltop town. Plus
meet the hands that forged our past. Artisans and artisanal
food producers present their wares for sale. From 8:00 am
to 8:00 pm. Piazza Mino, Fiesole. Info: Tel. 055.055. www.comune.fiesole.fi.it.
MERCATINO DI APRILANTE
Artisan wares market: Sun. 5 (morning to afternoon).
Panzano-in-Chianti. The first Sunday of each month the weekly
town market held in Panzano is expanded with artisan booths
of all sorts. Depending on who chooses to show up, youll
find honey and pecorino (sheeps milk) cheese makers,
hand-embroidered linens, boutique wineries, antique dealers
and much more. To visit Panzano by car from Florence or Siena,
take Route 222, the "Chiantigiana" highway passing
through the Chianti wine area. From the west, there is a road
connecting with the highway at Tavarnelle. This pretty road
passes the monastery of Badia a Passignano. It is also possible
to reach Panzano by SITA bus from Florence. The trip takes
about one hour.
FIESOLE CON I FUOCHI
Mon. 6 keep your eyes to the sky toward Fiesole. In celebration
of the towns patron saint San Romolo, at 7:00 pm a procession
will take place, starting in Piazza Mino. At 9:00 pm there
will be a concert in the piazzetta of the Cathedral (the Filarmonica
G. Verdi of Fiesole) and at 10:30 pm. a spectacular
display of fireworks will light the summer sky.
SUMMER JAZZ FESTIVAL
On Thursdays throughout July (9, 16, 23 and 30), the Castelli
del Greve Pesa collective winery at Ponte di Gabbiano, located
between Greve in Chianti and S. Casciano Val di Pesa, lights
up the Chianti nights with a Jazz Festival. At the lovely
site of S. Angiolo Vicolabate, artistic director Carlo Fagiani
presents a host of nationally and internationally important
jazz musicians. Together with the music, you will find wines
of the Castelli del Greve Pesa as well as a buffet of Chianti
dishes and specialties. Ponte di Gabbiano is located 18 km.
from the Firenze Certosa roundabout, in the direction of Greve.
S. Angelo Vicolabate, Ponte di Gabbiano. Each evenings
events start at 8:00 pm and finish around midnight. Tickets:
25 euro. Information and bookings: tel. 055 821911, www.castellidelgrevepesa.it,
STELLE E MERCANTI
On Thurs. 16 spend the evening in Greve. At 6:00 pm, as the
day cools to evening temperatures, Greves main piazza
will come to life with a handicraft market and street performers.
Filled with great places to eat, the small town shows its
best side at night. Greve-in-Chianti. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00
p.m. Tel. 055.85.45.271
LINARI CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The official Linari classical concert season will then run
from July 20 to August 7, based in the tiny, medieval village
of Linari, situated between Florence and Siena. Linari is
hilltop Borgo in the Chianti Classico area, one
of the most enchanting parts of Tuscany. This music festival
presents a rich program of classical music, ranging from the
Baroque Era to the Twentieth century executed by young and
talented musicians from Australia, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands,
Switzerland and the United States, many of whom perform in
some of the world's great orchestras. A special feature of
the festival is the opportunity to join your friends and the
performers over a meal at the end of most of the concerts.
The first festival was held in the summer of 2003 at the initiative
of Airdrie Armstrong Terenghi, organizer and artistic director
working with Joris van Rijn, music director. There are around
ten concerts every summer. Ranging from medieval castles and
churches to town piazzas and private villas, the unique venues
provide an extra dimension to a musical experience.
Artistic Director Armstrong Terenghi tells us: Amongst
many other delights this year, four composers will be featured
in the concert series as they are celebrating significant
anniversaries: the 250th anniversary of Handels death;
the 200th anniversary of Haydns death; the 200th anniversary
of Mendelssohns birth; and the 350th anniversary of
Another special event in 2009 is the inclusion of a composer
born in Volterra in 1737, Francesco Zanetti. Age seventeen
Zanetti became Maestro di Cappella at Volterra, and early
in 1760 he assumed the same position at Perugia Cathedral.
A master of the harpsichord, organ, and violin, he composed
not only a substantial amount of church music but also several
operas and chamber works. For the first time we have access
to his original manuscripts and some of these compositions
will be played on the 4th August at Il Moro near Impruneta
in the Chamber Music Room where Zanetti himself performed.
Please note that a few concerts and suppers have limited numbers
so please book early. New booking telephone number: 327 221
5301. For updated information on the program please check:
Monday 20th July - Pieve di Sant Appiano, Barberino
val dElsa: music of Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn: Piangero
(Julius Ceasar), The Mermaids Song, Fidelity and The Wanderer,
Hear Ye Israel. Artists: Pietru Horvarth (violin), Elisabetta
Sepe (piano), Anna Leese (soprano), Judith Schmid (mezzo),
Michael Pugh and Kirsten Simpson (piano).
Thursday 23rd July - van Marle home, near Castellina in Chianti.
Music of Bizet, Dvorak, Mozart and Puccini: Arie da Carmen,
Song to the Moon da Rusalka, Dove Sono da Figaro,
Arie e Duetti da Cosi fan Tutte, Arie da Gianni
Schicchi. Artists: Anna Leese (soprano), Judith Schmid
(mezzo), Michael Pugh and Kirsten Simpson (piano).
Sunday 26th July - Badia a Coltibuono, Gaiole. Music of Purcell,
Strauss, de Falla, J.S. Back and Mendelssohn: Suite The Fairy
Queen, Brentano Lieder - An die Nacht-Saussle, Liebe myrthe,
Ich wollt ein strausslein binde, Als mir dein Lied Erklang,
Psyche, Brandenburg Concerto nr 5, Pianosextet. Artists: Pepijn
Meeuws, Nienke van Rijn and Edith van Moergastel (Royal Concertgebouw,
Amsterdam), Gesa Luecker (piano),Guilia Nuti Amante (harpsichord),
Anna Leese (soprano) and Kirsten Simpson (piano).
Tuesday 28th July - Castello di Volpaia. Music of Ravel, Meeuws:
Introduction et Allegro, Symfonietta (1986).
Friday 31st July - Piazza Barberino val dElsa. An open-air
Classical music concert, free for all. Music of Gershwin,
Piazolla, Brahms, Mendelssohn and a homage to Judy Garland
on the 40th anniversary of her death.
Saturday 1st August - Hotel Relais Borgo, San Felice. Music
of: W. A. Mozart, Saint Saens, Dowland, Escudero, Turina,
Piazzolla. Horn Quintet.
LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2009
From Sun. 5 to Sun. 26 Lucca is burning up with music greats
from around the world. Piazza Napoleone is THE place to be
for a line-up that starts with the Dave Matthews Band, flashes
through Anastacia, Lenny Kravitz, Moby and ends up with John
Fogerty. Gates open at 7:30 pm and concerts begin around 9:30
pm. Tickets range in price. Pre-purchase via www.ticketone.it.
For more info: www.summer-festival.com. Tel. 0583 464268.
July 5th Dave Matthews Band
July 8th Anastacia
July 10th Biagio Antonacci
July 11th Lenny Kravitz
July 15th Enzo Vitabile
July 16th James Taylor
July 18th Burt Bacharach
July 23rd Summer Giovani - Youth music contest
July 24th Amy McDonald + James Morrison
July 25th Moby
July 26th John Fogerty
EXHIBITS AROUND TUSCANY
Until July 26th the town of Impruneta is celebrating the masters
of terra cotta, from the Renaissance to todays kilns.
This exhibition is devoted to a particularly important anniversary
when, on 23rd March 1309, the Impruneta kiln workers set up
a corporation with a deed that is kept today at the State
Archives in Florence. Statues by Renaissance masters together
with antique and modern pots, archaeological finds in Etruscan
terracotta, garden objects and todays kiln productions
make up this fascinating exhibition. The show is laid out
in the historical Piazza Buondelmonti, more specifically in
the hall and cloisters of the Basilica di Santa Maria as well
as in the Pellegrino Loggia. It is structured in five sections
and boasts objects by Brunelleschi, Luca della Robbia, Benedetto
da Maiano, Nanni di Bartolo and others in the section entitled
Masters of the Renaissance. Evidence of the use of terracotta
in architecture starts with the Etruscans who used it for
their temples, moving on to Brunelleschi who used it to cover
the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, reaching right up to contemporary
usage with the Florentine Liberty villas or the University
building at Porta Tufi, Siena by the architect Adolfo Natalini.
An illustrated leaflet of the itinerary with a tourist map
allows the visitor to tour around the area and see objects
and beautiful, unexpected constructions throughout the towns
and museums of Barberino Valdelsa, Greve in Chianti, San Casciano,
Val di Pesa and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. The exhibition is
open only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Opening
times are from 10am-1pm; 3pm-7pm; the entrance fee is €
5,00 for which you are given a special Cotto Card that also
gives entrance to the museums mentioned above and to the Museum
of Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence. Many restaurants,
hotels and shops offer 10% discounts to card holders. The
Cotto Card also gives use of a free bus service that connects
Florence to Impruneta on Sundays. Exhibition information 055
2012158. Bookings 055 243140, www.imprunetacotto.it
GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES
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. Prato
Cathedral. Open Mon. to Sat. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission:
4 euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by
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