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NEWSLETTER July 2014
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July is the month of music in Florence and Tuscany. Stay cool and enjoy the arts of all kinds with best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, ANNA PIA, VANNI, ANN and MARIO.

PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR JULY

BEST NEW MUSEUM – MUSEO NOVECENTO


The wait is over; the Museum of the 20th Century opens its doors. Its venue is the Leopoldine complex in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, and it is entirely dedicated to 20th-Century Italian art, with a total of about 300 works, owned by the City of Florence.

The exhibition path is in reverse chronology, starting from 1990 towards the early 20th Century, presenting vibrant artistry with a focal point of Florence. The modern exhibition spaces highlights the Alberto Della Ragione Collection, where all the most significant artists are present: De Chirico, Morandi, Sironi, Casorati, De Pisis; moreover, there are the works donated by various artists, including Fontana and Vedova. The museum also hosts the legacies of Rosai, Magnelli, Cagli and other artists. The exhibits include interactive and listening stations and a video room. Children are welcome with an exclusive area dedicated to them.

The Leopoldine Complex, Piazza Santa Maria Novella

Web Site: www.museonovecento.it

Opening hours (during the summer): on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 10am-9pm; on Thursday: 10am-2pm; on Friday: 10am-11pm.

Admission to the museum: € 8.5, reduced ticket € 4, free entrance for children until 18.

The museum is included in the Firenze Card system, but the extra activities are not (€ 5 per person).


BEST FLORENCE DANCE FESTIVAL

In the intimate courtyard of the Bargello Museum, from July 1-July 27, there is a journey into the new age of movement and dance. This year’s festival celebrates modern, post-modern and contemporary dance through a new generation of choreographers and great international dance companies, including the New York City Ballet and Compagnia Zappalà Danza. The historic Bargello Museum will provide the backdrop to these multimedia shows, which will feature over 250 artists. Visit www.florencedance.org for the program.


P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR JULY – Modern Gem

Do you want a modern apartment in an old neighborhood, filled with light and close to the Mercato Centrale? The Melaranico apartment is perfect for two (although it can accommodate four people). This conveniently located apartment is nestled midway between the Santa Maria Novella train station and the San Lorenzo Church area, on Via Melaranico. The apartment is located on the second floor, with elevator, and has an entry into living/dining/kitchen (table for two, double sofa bed), one bedroom (double bed, can be divided into two singles), and a Bathroom with a shower stall.

The newly refurbished apartment is modern with a few antique pieces and parquet floors. The kitchen is built in along one wall of the living room and is equipped with an oven, three-burner gas stove, small refrigerator with freezer, microwave oven, small dishwasher, washer/dryer combo, icemaker, and capsule coffee maker. The large shower stall has a bench and can produce a steam bath. The apartment has WiFi internet connection, a computer and printer, iPod port, radio and CD player, satellite TV, DVD, and a safe.

For more information click this link.

PICK COCKTAILS FOR JULY – The Art Bar

Good cocktail bars are hard to find outside of hotels in Florence and hotel bars serve the most expensive drinks in town. The Art Bar is quite a small space, far from fashionable and fancy Florentine bars attended by the smart and ‘in’ crowds. Just a few tables, good friendly service, lots of popcorn to munch while killing the long long time you have to wait for the drink to come. The barman is an artist with fruit and alcohol.

But after the long wait, your drink comes and you wished you had already ordered another one in order not to wait after you have savored the first perfect cocktail. Try the Fruit Mojito with ginger that comes with a fabulous decoration of peaches and candied ginger dipped in brown sugar.

This space has had a number of lives as Antico Caffè del Moro, named for Via del Moro where it is located, and Caffè degli Artisti, which has been shortened and updated to Art Bar. Artisan cocktails are the main focus of the bar, and you can order many different types of daiquiris, mojitos, fruit cocktails, or beer and wine (but what is the point of wasting the barman’s talents?). Art Bar has “happy hour” every evening until 9pm, 6 euro drinks instead of 9 euros (cocktails). Every table gets popcorn, nuts and bar snacks, which only encourages you to order “just one more.”


Art Bar Via del Moro, 4R, 6:30 pm – 1:00 am, ph. 055 287 661

www.facebook.com/AnticoCaffeDelMoroArtBarFirenze?ref=ts&fref=ts



BEST BEACH (IN FLORENCE) FOR JULY

Following the example of Paris, Florence has its own beaches along the Arno River. Naturally, bathing is strictly forbidden, but for those of you who don't like to go to the swimming pool or to seashore, this is a fun alternative.

Head to the beach in San Niccolò where you can find umbrellas, sun loungers and other wooden gazebos. And if the heat is unbearable you can have a refreshing shower at the WC facilities. On the upper part of the beach there is the "Easy Living" kiosk for food and drinks.


BEST BOOK FOR JULY – Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant’s latest historical feast opens on August 11, 1492, with the people of Rome rejoicing, “We have a pope!” The cardinal, who has just been elevated to the papal throne after five days of voting by the College of Cardinals, is a Spaniard by the name of Rodrigo Borgia, who chooses to reign as Pope Alexander VI. Thus is inaugurated a highly dramatic period in papal, Italian, and even European history as the Borgia family—the pope and his bastard children, two sons and one daughter, unhidden as such—extend their influence well beyond the confines of ecclesiastical matters to exert power within the Italian peninsula exactly as would a powerful royal dynasty heavily involved in the politics of the day.

Pope Alexander, who reveled in the physical attractiveness and mental vitality of his three illegitimate, now full-grown children, used them as pawns to strengthen his personal hand within the papacy and further afield, “becoming stronger and more potent in their presence.” As the eldest son, the infamous Cesare, says, “There have been none like us before. And there will be none like us afterwards.”


BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR JULY – Mira’s Diary: Home Sweet Rome by Marissa Moss

As if traveling to a new country in search of her missing mother weren't difficult enough, Mira has to do it dressed as a boy in a different century. This is a time travel adventure to Rome.

A new postcard from her time-traveling mother points Mira to the 16th century Rome. But before she can rescue her mom, she must follow the clues left around the city to find Giordano Bruno, a famous thinker and mathematician, who discovered something so shocking that important Italian officials don't want it revealed. All the while avoiding the Watchers—time-traveling police who want Mira back in her own time.

It's another whirlwind adventure for Mira, and this time she is determined to bring her mother out of the past. In this sequel to Lost in Paris (Sourcebooks, 2012), Mira, her brother, and their father receive a cryptic message from their mother, who is still hidden somewhere in the fabric of time on a secret mission. Mira's gift for time travel transports her to 16th-century Rome through touchstones, though she still can't seem to control how or when, and she hobnobs with famous artists like Caravaggio and his forward-thinking circle of philosophers and scientists. Moss's writing is conversational, accessible, and engaging.

Small sketches dot the pages, adding to the book's charm and appeal. The historical figures are given genuine voices, and Rome's present and past topography leaps off the pages. Struggling readers within the book's target audience may find the blend of real and fictional characters, the fast-paced jumps between the present and past, and the theories of time and space confusing. Mira's Jewish heritage and stance against anti-Semitism are only briefly mentioned in the story, unlike in Lost in Paris, where they help drive the narrative. Readers will continue to root for Mira, an intelligent, creative, and vulnerable protagonist with strong convictions to do what is right.


BEST VENUE FOR AN EVENING IN JULY – Summer At The Bargello

Until September 22 at the Bargello Museum, via del Proconsolo 4, there will be music and damce. It is an intimate evening in an evocative space under the stars.

The courtyard of the beautiful Bargello Museum will be filled with musical, dance and theatre performances all summer. Highlights among the more than 70 events include classical music on July 6, 17, 26-31 and the Florence Dance Festival (June 2 – July 24).

See http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/it/eventi/evento.php?t=5190c674f1c3bc300c00001c for details.


BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR JULY The Palio in Siena

Each year on July 2nd and August 16th, the Palio of Siena takes place in Italy. Ten bareback jockeys circle the main piazza three times on horses they may have met just four days earlier; while the actual prize may be the Palio, a silk painted banner, there's much more at stake. The competition between neighborhoods has roots going back centuries, and established rivalries add further dimension to the race. The historical procession preceding the race is unlike any parade ever experienced.

The race itself lasts less than 2 minutes, but that explosion of activity marks the culmination of a four-day crescendo of fascinating events, starting with the selection of the horses and concluding with the breathless gallop of the race. On a deeper level, for the Sienese people, the Palio is part of their lives 24/7, 365 days a year. They are either strategizing, preparing, or participating when they’re not celebrating victory or gnashing their teeth in defeat.


BEST OF THE REST FOR JULY

A ROOF WITH A VIEW

Florence’s tourism office has put together an interesting collection of rooftop view suggestions. A number of the city’s hotels and restaurants are opening their doors to clients as well as passersby. All of July, August and September you are invited to explore Florence from above, from terraces that you may otherwise have missed. Most of the venues have a bar or restaurant for an aperitif, for a dinner enjoyed watching the sunset, or for after-dinner drinks under a star-filled sky.

In some cases, you can also visit the terrace just to admire the view and take a few pictures. Choose your terrace and enjoy the beauty of Florence from above. There is even a photography contest that goes with “A Roof With A View”. Please note that in some cases you may need to book your visit beforehand. (Check to see if private parties haven’t reserved the space, before you go.)

Go to this site for all of the details:/www.facebook.com/FirenzeTerrazza/info


FIND OUT ABOUT THE MEDICI “FAMILY PACT” – Anna Maria de’Medici’s Gift to Florence

Until November 2, 2014 at the Museo delle Cappelle Medicee. There are many reasons for paying due tribute to the Electress Palatine, the last descendent of the Grand-ducal branch of the Medici dynasty, Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici. Indeed the last years of her life – following the death of her brother the last Medici Grand Duke Gian Gastone – were intimately bound up with the present and future life of her State, for the safeguarding of which she drafted the “Family Pact”, the fundamental document that guaranteed the protection and conservation of the heritage of the Medici within their city and their State.

The idea for the exhibition stemmed from a 2012 project organised in collaboration between the REM museums of Mannheim – which wished to honour the memory of the Electress who lived and reigned in Germany following her marriage to the Elector Palatine Johann Wilhelm von Pfalz Neuburg, from 1691 to 1716 - the Museum of the Medici Chapels, the Faculty of Medical Surgery of the University of Florence and the Superintendencies for the Archaeological Heritage of Tuscany, for the Architectural, Landscape, Historic, Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological Heritage of the Province of Florence and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

The Museum of the Medici Chapels decided to illustrate to the public the results of this research and restoration by organising this exhibition, centred in particular on the last years of life of the Electress. Among the outcomes of the control of the tomb and the remains of the last descendent of the Medici, the show displays to the public for the first time two gold medals, two coins and the dedicatory plaque. In addition, the exhibition is also intended to cast light on what Anna Maria Luisa did for art and politics in Florence from 1737, when her brother Gian Gastone died up to the year of her own death in 1743.

Following the “Family Pact” of 1737, the Princess indeed launched the final season of Medici patronage in the great complex of San Lorenzo: “Anna Maria set in motion a wide-ranging series of commission initiatives which were focused on San Lorenzo, comprising the construction of the bell-tower, the painting of the cupola of the basilica, the project for the decoration of the ceiling of the Chapel of the Princes (never carried through): it was clearly an attempt on her part to conclude the extensive cycle of operations begun by her distant ancestor Giovanni di Bicci three centuries earlier, in the service of the famous basilica and the public magnificence of the family” (Cristina Acidini).


THE SEASON AT LA PIETRA

Villa La Pietra is the outstanding historical villa and home of the New York University Florence program. Bequeathed to NYU in 1994 by Sir Harold Acton, the Florentine study abroad campus consists of five historic villas and 57 acres of gardens and olive groves. Villa La Pietra, the Acton Collection, and the Garden are maintained as they were by the Acton family and serve as an inspiration to all whom live and study on the campus. Villa La Pietra also has one of the best summer programs for students and visitors alike. It’s called The Season.

The Season is a summer celebration of creative collaboration and exploration conducted throughout the grounds of Villa la Pietra and its extraordinary and scenographic gardens. Artists, writers, musicians, poets, actors and public intellectuals are given time and space to nurture and hone their craft, experiment, collaborate across disciplines, and to create and present new works or the reinterpretation of classics. Well-known figures and emerging talents work together, in classes and workshops or experimental laboratories, and present their work before an audience of Italians and Americans invited to the gardens of Villa la Pietra for a surprising and elegant evening.

The intimacy and immediacy of the interaction between audience and artist contributes to the creative process and provides a unique experience for both. Performances often end with an open dialogue and the conversation between performers and the public continues at a reception in the gardens under the stars. The Season explores the creative process in all its forms, inviting selected artists to reflect on their craft in special dialogues with students and the public.

High production quality, innovation and the intimacy of the Season's Community have played a vital role in the incubation of new talent and the celebration of culture, which has been part of the City of Florence's identity for centuries. It has also been the source of new innovative and cutting-edge work that has traveled from La Pietra to New York and around the world.

Check out the schedule at: http://www.nyu.edu/global/lapietra/season/ or call 055 500 7212 and ask to have a brochure sent to you. Email: lapietra.reply@nyu.edu



FIERUCOLINA FOR JULY

At Piazza Santo Spirito on July 20 is the Fierucolina del Grano. This one, as the name suggests will focus on grains and breads, but there will be hand-woven dresses and linens, beeswax candles, naturally scented soaps and oils, home-baked bread and cakes, ceramics, wine, olive oil, hand-carved wooden salad bowls and more. www.lafierucola.org.


ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Fulgor Cinema

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


ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema

The Odeon is still presenting original sound movies, but with less frequency. Visit the web site or stop by the theater for the most recent schedule. www.odeonfirenze.com

Piazza Strozzi, Tel. +39.055.214068 or +39.055.295051


July 1-2

JERSY BOYS


THE TUSCAN WINE SCHOOL ON VIA DEI BARDI

The Tuscan Wine School is an initiative to have a connection year-round with people in the city – be they travelers or locals – and the wine regions around Tuscany. The school is run by expats who have come to love Tuscany’s wines and who’ve seen a need for such a place in Florence. It is a fun kind of “school” where you can choose a light class of just one hour, a two-hour in-depth class on Tuscan wines or a whole week of studies to the subject. The Tuscan Wine School also run professional WSET courses that award international wine diplomas. All the classes in English and serves the best possible wines from small unique producers that are selected from throughout the region.

The Tuscan Wine School also provides entertaining and educational wine tours in the Chianti Classico region.

For more information, visit the website www.tuscanwineschool.com or pass by to meet then any afternoon of the week in Via de' Bardi 23R, Florence.


TWO EXHIBITS AT THE PALAZZO STROZZI

LAST CHANCE: Until 20 July 2014

Palazzo Strozzi is hosting Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism until 20 July 2014, a major exhibition devoted to the work of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino, the two painters who were without question the most original and unconventional adepts of the new way of interpreting art in that season of the Italian Cinquecento which Giorgio Vasari called the 'modern manner'.

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino trained under Andrea del Sarto while maintaining a strongly independent approach and enormous freedom of expression. Pontormo, always a favourite with the Medici, was a painter open to stylistic variety and to a renewal of the traditional approach to composition. Rosso Fiorentino, on the other hand, was more tightly bound to tradition, yet at the same time he was fully capable of flights of originality and innovation, influenced also by Cabalistic literature and esoteric works.

Mirroring the precepts underlying the Bronzino exhibition, this exhibition opted for a broad and multifaceted overview of the two great painters' masterpieces, according priority to the formal splendour and lofty poetry of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino so that the exhibition appeals in its clarity not only to the specialist but also to a wider audience thanks to themed sections set out in chronological order.

A unique and unrepeatable event bringing together for the very first time a selection of masterpieces by the two artists in Italian and foreign collections, many of them specially restored for the occasion.

You can download a pdf of an English language guide to the exhibition here:

http://www.palazzostrozzi.com/allegati/Booklet-English_140313035640.pdf


Monday to Friday

9.00-13.00; 14.00-18.00

Tel. +39 055 2469600

Fax +39 055 244145

prenotazioni@palazzostrozzi.org

While you are at Palazzo Strozzi don’t miss: The Palazzo Strozzi unveils Family Matters: Portraits and Experiences of Family Today (CCC Strozzina, 14 March-20 July 2014), which presents the works by contemporary artists that encourage an investigation into the images and dynamics of family in the contemporary world.

And there is still more: The Greeting by Bill Viola

The Greeting, a video which the artist first presented at the Venice Biennale in 1995, will be on show at Palazzo Strozzi alongside the work of art that inspired it, Pontormo's Visitation from the church of San Michele Arcangelo in Carmignano. The event will mark the return of this great contemporary artist to Palazzo Strozzi after the CCC Strozzina's first exhibition, Emotional Systems, in 2007, in which his Observance (2002) played an extremely important role.

The Greeting is the first work in which the artist relates directly to the work of the old masters. His aim is not to recreate Pontormo's Visitation (which depicts the meeting between Mary, who is pregnant with Jesus, and St. Elisabeth, who is pregnant with St. John the Baptist) but to use the Florentine master as "a guide for doing something new." Viola has created a choreography of contemporary characters interpreting a scene from traditional Christian iconography using these great masterpieces of the past as his models. The figures are stripped of their religious symbolism and provided with a new context in a new dimension. What we see here is neither a literal transposition of the story from the Gospel of Luke nor yet Pontormo's interpretation of that story, but a touching and original vision of a meeting that becomes a timeless and universally poetic metaphor for the very essence of the human condition.


MUSIC FOR JULY

FLORENCE YOUTH FESTIVAL 2014

The 16th Edition of the Festival Orchestre Giovanili kicks off in Florence on June 28 and runs through July. The concerts are free to attendees.

The International Florence Youth Orchestra's Festival was created in 1999 to allow young musicians from Europe and beyond the opportunity to participate in an intense and quality Italian musical experience. The Festival is held each July and culminates in a total of 50-75 concerts given by 15-20 orchestras distributed throughout the beautiful region of Tuscan. The Festival aims to represent as many different cultures and nationalities as possible and encourages applications from all international youth and student symphony orchestras. This year the festival is dedicated to Gustav Mahler.

The Festival is open to all international youth chamber and symphony orchestras, which are free to choose their own programs ranging from baroque to contemporary music. Eligibility for the Festival is assigned according to concert program and musical level, but high standard youth groups are generally able to participate. During the Festival each orchestra performs three or four concerts. The main festival venue in Florence is the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, the Church of S. Stefan and the others in some of the most beautiful venues in towns such as: Lucca, Arezzo, Siena, Viareggio, Montecatini Terme, San Gimignano, Venezia, Pisa, Padova, Montepulciano, Modena, Perugia, Cortona, and Spoleto.

Find the full schedule here: http://www.florenceyouthfestival.com/2014.html


MUSIC IN THE SCULPURE PARK

Parco Sculture del Chianti kicks off its 2014 Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre on Tuesdays from 3 June through 26 August, 19:00

See http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/program2014.htm for the program of the 2014 season concerts

MUSICA DA VINO – Music at the Winery

Come enjoy the second season of Music in the Vineyard. Each evening will have a different theme and program, which will be linked together by impresario John Wregg. He believes passionately that explanation is one of the keys to enjoyment of the classic arts.

Dinner will include wine, antipasto prepared freshly; meats from the Gambassi family of Poggibonsi, including their renowned porchetta; primo sale pecorino all rounded off with Il Piano’s Vin Santo with cantucci. Your hosts will be Andrea Carlessi and David Hughes.

Cost: 30 euro per person. Reserve at: http://www.musicadavino.com/page2.html

Tel : (0039) 3492253295 (English & French spoken)

Fax : (0039) 0577 940551

E-Mail : musicadavino@gmail.com

Web Site : musicadavino.com

Loc. Montauto, 053037 San Gimignano (SI)


MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

The closing concert of this 77th Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, entrusted to a specialist of the German repertoire as Daniele Gatti, opens with two works by Johannes Brahms. Il Canto delle Parche, with music on the final monologue of the protagonist of Iphigenia in Tauris of Goethe, is probably the result of estimating the composer for the actress Charlotte Welter, the Variations on a Theme by Haydn are testimony of the incessant admiration for Brahms music of his predecessors. After four Lieder by Gustav Mahler, the program ends with the intense Three Pieces for Orchestra, Alban Berg's first job writing for a large ensemble, dedicated to the "teacher and friend Arnold Schoenberg, with immeasurable gratitude and love".

Go to the website at www.maggiofiorentino.com for all of the details.


Ticket Office Teatro Comunale

Corso Italia 16 - Firenze - fax: +39 055 287222 Tues. - Fri. 10:00-16:30 & Sat. 10:00-13:00

Tickets on line www.maggiofiorentino.com tickets@maggiofiorentino.com


LUCCA MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Lucca Summer Music Fest is one of the most famous in Tuscany, pulling big names from all over the world. There is a little something for everyone. The Eagles, Jeff Beck, Stevie Wonder, the Backstreet Boys, and more, from July 2 to July 26. For details, see www.summer-festival.com .


LINARI CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

This fabulous music festival runs through July. For centuries, Italy has been the recognised cultural focal point of the arts, music and lifestyle. The famous Florentine Medici family, from the 14th Century onwards, were serious patrons of the arts and by the 16th Century The Grand Tour of France to Italy served as an educational rite of passage. Then, in 1908, when E.M Forster wrote a "Room with a View" he emphasized the attraction of Florence with its excitement of the arts, music, life and politics.

Not a lot has changed since then. From Palestrina to Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and Chopin, through to such contemporary luminaries as Piazzolla and Philip Glass, their music and the great classics have been performed in Florence , which remains a centre point of the classical music world. Enthused by all of this, Airdrie Armstrong Terenghi, living in Tuscany, determined in 2003, that a Classic Music Festival featuring young and highly accomplished performers from around the world should be established at Linari which is in the heart of Tuscany. And so, the Linari Classic Music Festival, backed by patrons, sponsors, enthusiastic donors and friends was created and successfully launched.

There can be no doubt that there are other Classic Music Festivals held in the Tuscan Summer, however the Linari Festival does have a distinct character and quality of its own. Linari is a 10th century hilltop town with a long record of historical events and battles and surrounded by Romanesque Churches, Villas, Castles and quintessentially beautiful landscapes . Since 2003, the Linari Festival has expanded its vistas to encompass the glorious areas and settings of the renowned Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Young musicians, who have become renowned artists continue to return to the musical summers of Linari. Others, finding their way to fame, come to Linari to exhibit their skills and talents.

For the 2014 schedule see: http://www.linariclassic.com/programp.php?lang=en


GO TO BARGA FOR GREAT OPERA

The Opera Barga Festival is an annual opera festival held in July in the town of Barga,Italy. Founded in 1967 by Peter Gellhorn and Lorenzo Malfatti,its performances take place in the late 18th Century theatre, Teatro dei Differenti which seats 289. (Between 1982 and 1998, the theatre was taken over by the town administration and closed for renovations.)

The main artistic aim of the festival is to perform works from the Baroque era - in addition to modern operas - and, since its inception, it has staged more than 40 operas, many being heard for the first time in modern times. The performers are young musicians taking part in the festival's summer school. Past participants have included the Welsh operatic tenorDennis O'Neill, and the bass-baritone, John Del Carlo.

Vivaldi's operas play an important role in this festival. In 2005, his totally unknown opera, Motezuma, was due to have been performed. The score had been discovered in Kiev in theUkraine as part of the collection of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin which had been looted towards the end of World War II. Due to a complex copyright dispute, a German court issued an injunction to prevent the performance, and substitute music from other Vivaldi operas was presented along with the original text.

This year the 48th Edition of the Opera Barga Festival runs from June 27 to July 20.

For more information, see http://www.operabarga.it/italiano/programma-2014/ (in Italian);

operabarga@gmail.com; 058/3723250


MUSIC SCHOOL OF FIESOLE SUMMER CONCERTS

The Scuola di Musica di Fiesole has a summer concert (Le Feste Delle Music III) schedule that runs through July. Download the schedule at: http://www.scuolamusicafiesole.it/en/


MUSIC AT LA FOCE – Incontri in Terra di Siena

From July 18 to 27, Incontri in Terra di Siena, celebrating its 26th year, was founded in 1989 in memory of Antonio Origo and his wife Iris, the well-known Anglo-American writer. After moving to the area southeast of Siena in 1924, the Origos dedicated their lives to the development and progress of the Val d'Orcia and its people.

Based at Villa La Foce and the nearby medieval castle, Castelluccio, Incontri's aim is to spread the appreciation of music and art through concerts, meetings, and artistic events held in the many beautiful neighboring towns that include Pienza, Radicofani, Cetona, Città della Pieve and San Quirico d'Orcia. Art and music is a meeting ground for the awareness of many issues, from the understanding and collaboration between peoples to increased cultural interaction between America and Europe and the challenge of musical and literary education for the young.

Antonio Lysy, grandson of Antonio and Iris Origo, is both an internationally-acclaimed cellist and current professor at UCLA, as well as being Incontri's Artistic Director and its principal founder. In past seasons, he has invited renowned artists Pascal Rogé and Kathryn Stott to be guest Music Directors while musicians such as Charles Dutoit, Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Hans Werner Henze are on the Incontri's Honorary Board.

See this years schedule at: http://www.itslafoce.org/?action=home


ITALIAN BRASS WEEK

From July 1 to 6 the festival Internazionale degli Ottoni offer the music of horns in Florence and Vinci. This is the 15th Edition of the celebrated show of brass force. Brass and percussion players of the world reunite in Italy to give breath to brass, wings to talent and music to the people. Students will be tutored by international brass virtuosi, soloists and members of the great orchestras of the world. Together they will form jazz bands and the Italian Brass Week Ensemble, a unique international group of musical ambassadors directed by Dale Clevenger. The ensemble will perform in the Teatro Leonardo da Vinci, in historic Palazzi of Florence and in ten Florentine brasseries, leaving the public breathless.

Check out the schedule at: http://italianbrass.com/en/agenda/Competition-Ibw-2014-Scholarship/515


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

Not to worry! … Here are a bunch of events or exhibits that will still be happening in late July and August:

THE PALIO IN SIENA

Each year on August 16th, the Palio of Siena takes place in Italy. Ten bareback jockeys circle the main piazza three times on horses they may have met just four days earlier; while the actual prize may be the Palio, a silk painted banner, there's much more at stake. The competition between neighborhoods has roots going back centuries, and established rivalries add further dimension to the race. The historical procession preceding the race is unlike any parade ever experienced.

The race itself lasts less than 2 minutes, but that explosion of activity marks the culmination of a four-day crescendo of fascinating events, starting with the selection of the horses and concluding with the breathless gallop of the race. On a deeper level, for the Sienese people, the Palio is part of their lives 24/7, 365 days a year. They are either strategizing, preparing, or participating when they’re not celebrating victory or gnashing their teeth in defeat.



THE ARTIST’S JEWELRY: TRADITION IN MODERNITY

This exhibit, lead and organized by the Associazione Osservatorio dei Mestieri d’Arte at the Ente Cassa di Risparmio in Florence, presents the artistic creations of Tuscan goldsmiths and foreigners who work in the region. Another section, housed at the Horne Museum, will instead see certain works of this tradition “converse” with the works of the Herbert Horne collection. The many provocative and unusual displays are all meant to shed a new and unique light on both the contemporary and the antique.

The attention of the two shows focuses, in particular, on these artists that create jewelry as a wearable sculpture, as an artistic expression; the artists whose work is unrepeatable, and who desires a continuous search for the secret to beauty, sensibility, and innovation.

The exhibit will run until October 15, 2014 at the Exhibition Space of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio on Via Bufalini, 6 (free); and at the Horne Museum on via de’ Benci, 6 (ticket).

For more information, see http://www.entecarifirenze.it/ and http://www.museohorne.it/


SUMMER AT THE BARGELLO

Until September 22 at the Bargello Museum, via del Proconsolo 4, FlorenceThe courtyard of the beautiful Bargello Museum will be filled with musical,

dance and theatre performances all summer. Highlights among the more than 70 events include classical music on July 6 and 17 and the Florence Dance Festival (June 2 – July 24).

See http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/it/eventi/evento.php?t=5190c674f1c3bc300c00001c for details.


A ROOF WITH A VIEW

Florence’s tourism office ( has put together an interesting collection of rooftop view suggestions. A number of the city’s hotels and restaurants are opening their doors to clients as well as passersby. All of August and September you are invited to explore Florence from above, from terraces that you may otherwise have missed. Most of the venues have a bar or restaurant for an aperitif, for a dinner enjoyed watching the sunset, or for after-dinner drinks under a star-filled sky. In some cases, you can also visit the terrace just to admire the view and take a few pictures. Choose your terrace and enjoy the beauty of Florence from above. Please note that in some cases you may need to book your visit beforehand. (Check to see if private parties haven’t reserved the space, before you go.)

Go to this site for all of the details: http://www.firenzeturismo.it/en/firenze-territorio/a-roof-with-a-view.html

 

MUSIC IN THE SCULPURE PARK

Parco Sculture del Chianti kicks off its 2014 Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre on Tuesdays from 3 June through 26 August, 19:00

See http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/program2014.htm for the program of the 2014 season concerts



FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JULY

FIESOLE

Estate Fiesolana-Music, Dance, Theater, and art come together at perhaps the best-known festival in the area and is famous for its rich calendar of events and international star lineup. Part of the Estate Fiesolana, is the jazz lineup with Jazzsonic, Pino Marino and Frida Neri. The summer program celebrating music, theater, dance and art includes Johanna Knauf, Pat Mtheny and Tommy the Rock Opera. Be sure to attend at least one event, if only to enjoy the amphitheater and a cool breeze on a summer evening. From June 02 to July 31; see www.estatefiesolana.it for more information. Events are held in Fiesole, Pratolino and Girone.


AREZZO – Arezzo Wave Love Festival

With more than 100 events: July 17 to 21 in downtown Arezzo and Civitella in Val di Chiana, the 28th edition of Arezzo Wave Love Festival. After five years of traveling Italy (Florence, Livorno, Lecce), the Italian music festival returns for a second year to the city where it was born. Expect lots of music but also theater, literature, comics, dance, art and new art, electronics, children's area, and a new section dedicated to spirituality and a surprise concert Sunday morning at dawn.

Arezzo Wave Love Festival 2014 will, in large part, offer free admission and will require paid entrance tickets for "special" concerts that will nonetheless be affordable.

The festival offers as an anti-crisis solution through the opportunity to buy a special subscription ticket of 20 euros to watch all of the events taking place on the Main Stage. But to watch the four nights of music by entering the stadium before 20:00 will free!

All the information: www.arezzowave.com


LUCCA MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Lucca Summer Music Fest is one of the most famous in Tuscany, pulling big names from all over the world. There is a little something for everyone. The Eagles, Jeff Beck, Stevie Wonder, the Backstreet Boys, and more, from July 2 to July 26. For details, see www.summer-festival.com .


ARCHEOLOGICAL NIGHTS – Le Notti dell’Archeologia

Channel your inner Indiana Jones at over 100 museums, parks and archeological sites around Tuscany that will stay open into the wee hours with events, guided tours and tons of activities for kids. Le Notti dell'Archeologia runs until July 31. For information: http://www.regione.toscana.it/nottidellarcheologia


GO TO PRATO FOR ART

The Festival delle Colline, celebrating its 35th year, from July 15 to July 30, this popular festival in Prato features internationally renowned artists performing all'aperto. Music ranges from African rhythms to orchestral sounds. Find the complete schedule at www.festivaldellecolline.com .


SAN DONATO IN POGGIO

At the Chianti Star Festival until July 20 at Palazzo Malaspina, science and art unite in this celebration of the Chianti area and dissemination of scientific culture. Meet OpenLab professors and researchers dedicated to the relationship between art and science, see an international contemporary art exhibit and watch films which explore what happens when art meets science.

Visit http://eng.chiantistarfestival.com for more information.


MONTERIGGIONI

At the Monteriggioni Festival (July 18-20 and 25-27) costumes, taverns, minstrels, acrobats, jesters, stilt walkers, sword swallowers, storytellers and pageants are only part of the fun. The small town of Monteriggioni will go back to medieval times for two weekends only. With many multilingual performances, visitors from across the globe are welcome. Find out more at www.monteriggioni.info/monteriggioni.htm .


MELODIA DEL VINO

June 26-July 6

Various vineyards in Tuscany

A feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds, Melodia del Vino combines fine wines and top quality live music in beautiful locations in Tuscany. This year will take in the extraordinary buried cellars of Cantina Antinori and the medieval Banfi castle, and will include international stars such as young Ukrainian pianist Alexander Romanovsky and French ‘cellist Henri Demarquette. Visit www.melodiadelvino.it for the full program.


MERCATINO DI APRILANTE - Artisanal Crafts Market

Sun. 6 (morning to afternoon) visit 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 which vendors show up, you'll find honey and pecorino (sheep's milk) cheese makers, hand-embroidered linen makers, boutique wineries and 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 or S. Donato. 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 ANTIQUE MARKET

On Sun. 6, as on every first Sunday of the month, from 8 am to sunset, you can enjoy a visit to Fiesole with the added fun of perusing the stands filled with bric-brac and antiques. Piazza Mino. For info phone 0555978373.


LINARI CLASSIC MUSIC FESTIVAL

This fabulous music festival runs through July. For centuries, Italy has been the recognised cultural focal point of the arts, music and lifestyle. The famous Florentine Medici family, from the 14th Century onwards, were serious patrons of the arts and by the 16th Century The Grand Tour of France to Italy served as an educational rite of passage. Then, in 1908, when E.M Forster wrote a "Room with a View" he emphasized the attraction of Florence with its excitement of the arts, music, life and politics.

Not a lot has changed since then. From Palestrina to Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and Chopin, through to such contemporary luminaries as Piazzolla and Philip Glass, their music and the great classics have been performed in Florence , which remains a centre point of the classical music world. Enthused by all of this, Airdrie Armstrong Terenghi, living in Tuscany, determined in 2003, that a Classic Music Festival featuring young and highly accomplished performers from around the world should be established at Linari which is in the heart of Tuscany. And so, the Linari Classic Music Festival, backed by patrons, sponsors, enthusiastic donors and friends was created and successfully launched.

There can be no doubt that there are other Classic Music Festivals held in the Tuscan Summer, however the Linari Festival does have a distinct character and quality of its own. Linari is a 10th century hilltop town with a long record of historical events and battles and surrounded by Romanesque Churches, Villas, Castles and quintessentially beautiful landscapes . Since 2003, the Linari Festival has expanded its vistas to encompass the glorious areas and settings of the renowned Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Young musicians, who have become renowned artists continue to return to the musical summers of Linari. Others, finding their way to fame, come to Linari to exhibit their skills and talents.

For the 2014 schedule see: http://www.linariclassic.com/programp.php?lang=en


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

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


ITALIAN LIFE RULE: The Italian Foot

Italy is famous for its shoes and rightly so. There are, however, rules for which pair of shoes is appropriate for each occasion and location.

The short and unchanging list: 1) shoes and sandals for townwear (be it a village or city); 2) sport shoes for participating in sporting events; 3) flip-flops or rubber sandals for the beach or poolside; 4) shower shoes for public or hotel showers; and 5) slippers for home.

The trend-setting Italians base their choice of shoe both on reasons of style and of health. The sidewalks, streets, and floors in the world outside the home are not controlled nor cleaned by the Italian mother. Thus, all surfaces outside the home are suspect and assumed to contain large amounts of deadly pathogens. Shoes and sandals, depending on the weather, are to be worn at all times when outside the home, except when participating in a sport or at the beach.

No professional Italian woman transits (on foot, via car, scooter or bicycle, or on public transportation) to work wearing sports shoes with her designer slacks or skirt. Sports shoes are to be worn when participating in sporting events. Men may be let off the hook if they are wearing designer sporting shoes with casual attire.

Flip-flops are never worn by Italians anywhere except the beach, poolside or at the spa (spa footwear is usually a spa-branded slipper). After leaving the sand and entering the parking lot or street, shoes or sandals must be worn.

Shower shoes are necessary for any shower that is not your own or is not maintained in the way that your mother would approve. Dangerous fungi, molds, and germs lurk, waiting for the Italian foot in public shower stalls and hotel bathtubs.

Upon arrival home, the Italian will remove his shoes and put on slippers or some footwear that is designated for the house only. An Italian does not wear these slippers down three flights of stairs to retrieve a package from the deliveryman. An Italian does not wear slippers to deposit the bundled newspapers and magazines outside the door on recycling day.

Bare feet are not allowed in the home, except in the shower or the bed. The coolness of the floor can lead to cramps, if not other maladies. Furthermore, between mopping and vacuuming an errant breeze might bring a dust-borne pathogen will adhere to bare feet and those feet will eventually slide between clean sheets at bedtime. Pantofole (slippers), wool for winter and open-toed for summer, are the footwear of choice for the Italian home.

Be stylish, be healthy, be Italian by wearing the proper shoe at the proper time in the proper place. It’s all part of the Italian Life Rules.


MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

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JULY WISHES

Music, music, music is in the summer air this July. Enjoy the opera. Symphony, dance and tunes in Florence and under the Tuscan stars.

All the best,

Staff
Pitcher and Flaccomio


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