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June bring the festive saint’s day of San Giovanni with its parades, historical soccer, and fireworks. Stay in town for the festivities, but for the rest of the month head to the hills for a bit of cool air.

Wishing you a June filled with pageantry, fireworks and red poppies from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, ANN and MARIO.



Testosterone abounds when four teams of 27 youths apiece face each other during the Calcio Storico. This entertaining 15th-century-style tournament of fighting and football is held in Florence's Piazza Santa Croce. The game itself is said to originate from an ancient Roman ball sport, which became the sport of princes and noblemen in the golden age of the Tuscan capital.

Today, it is fiercely fought between the four Florentine quarters: San Giovanni (Green), Santa Maria Novella (Red), Santo Spirito (White) and Santa Croce (Blue). Clad in medieval garters and pantaloons, players seem more preoccupied with attacking each other than putting the ball anywhere, though the rules of the game are fairly complex. The aim is to seize the ball and put it in the net (which runs the entire width of the pitch) by whatever means available. Precision is everything, as misses and interceptions provide points for the other team.

Following the semi-finals, the final match takes place on 24 June and winners are rewarded with a mass of steaks equivalent in weight to the more traditional prize of a white calf or
bistecca alla fiorentina, which was historically butchered for the occasion. (Text from http://www.whatsonwhen.com)

The Whites will play the Greens on June 16. The Blues will play the Reds on June 17. The winners of these two matches will play for the Victory on June 24, Festa del Patrono San Giovanni (St. John’s Day).

Tickets (prices 2012): Central Grandstand € 40 (+ € 7 presale fee), Side Grandstand € 30 (+ € 7 presale fee), Numbered grandstand € 20 (+ € 7 presale fee), Curved sectors € 15 (+ € 7 presale fee) Tickets are available at Box Office Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, Italy (inside the Murate) with info at: www.boxol.it

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR JUNE – Wow! What else can be said?

Three terraces over the Arno? Three bedrooms? 2 ½ baths? Modern furnished kitchen? One of the terraces is a roof-top paradise with table and chairs? A mix of modern and antique furniture? An elevator? Air conditioning, internet and satellite television? What more do you want? For more information click this link.

MUSEUM FOR JUNE – The Laurentian Library at San Lorenzo

This is your last chance to see at fabulous exhibit at the Laurentian Library and to revisit Michelangelo’s incredible stairway (last chance for the exhibit – the stairs will still be there).

The exhibition “Consilioque manuque. Surgery in the Manuscripts of the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana” will close 16 June 2012. Consilioque manuque is the motto of the Académie Royale de Chirurgie, founded in Paris in 1731, which paved the way for surgery as an academic discipline. Through the Laurentian manuscripts, the exhibition itinerary, arranged in chronological order, bears witness to the development of surgery, from traumatology in ancient Greece, discussed in Homer’s poems, to the treatises of the Corpus Hippocraticum, Roman surgery with Celsus’ De medicina and Pliny’s Naturalis Historia, moving on to the Mediterranean basin and the works translated of Avicenna and Albucasis, translated from Arabic.

The exhibition features a number of fascinating works such as the 4th-century papyrus with a fragment of Soranus’ De morbis muliebribus, the manuscript with the collection of Nicetas’ surgical texts, compiled in Constantinople and purchased for the library by Lorenzo the Magnificent, Avicenna’s Canon medicinae, richly illuminated in Ferrara in the mid-15th century, and the French manuscript of the Chirurgia magna by Lanfranc of Milan.

The manuscript production has been supplemented by printed works on loan from the Biomedical Library of the University of Florence, which round out this path, as they are from the School of Surgery of the Florentine Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, and by the printed works and instruments of the private collection of Piero Conti.

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9.



Strudel gelato – who would have thought of it? But take it from us, this is the best flavor of artisanal gelato we have tasted in months. this small gelateria, one of two in town, uses the Carpigiani system for their production, which means the creamiest gelato around. Another difference – two different types of pistachio – one is the usual Bronte nuts and the other is forte, called Integrale, is a coarser grind of the nut, resulting in more flavor.

Two locations in Florence: Via Gabriele D'Annunzio, 105 and Via Dei Servi, 10r (right behind the Duomo)


How many times have you gone to lunch where you have been offered a handset audio tour of the restaurant? Go to Alle Murate for their new reasonably-priced (16 euro) lunch and enjoy learning about the history of the building – next door to the Bargello Museum – including the earliest portrait of the poet Dante – before you savor the three course meal. The famed restaurant is usually out of the price range of most visitors but this new lunch offer is a fabulous opportunity open to everybody. Chef Giovanna Iorio makes lunch a joy and the location makes it an education. The perfect combination.

Alle Murate, Via Proconsolo, 16r. Tel: 055 240 618 Website: www.allemurate.it/?lang=eng


2012 sees the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As part of its Diamond Jubilee program, the British Institute will be celebrating the anniversary on Sunday the 3rd of June, the same weekend as the Jubilee festivities in the UK, with a tea party open to all in the historic surroundings of the Harold Acton library. Tea will be served between 2pm and 6pm with a live screening of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, tea and cakes will be on sale, there will be traditional British family games, as well as a Fortnum & Mason Jubilee Hamper raffle (tickets available in the library).

British Institute, Lungarno Guicciardini, 9

FORZA VIOLA!! FOR JUNE – Florentine Calcio

P&F Sports Reporters Simon Clark & Anne Brooks bring you June’s Florentine Calcio results.

Forza Viola!.........Just when we thought it safe to get back in the water, the Mgr savages one of his own players (gets fired) and YouTube takes us global! Caretaker Guerini is our 3rd this season; bets are being laid on next year. We finish 13th (12th= with Atalanta if that feels better). Grubby mid-table respectability after last year’s workmanlike 9th but, interestingly, the same 12 points off a European place. We have trodden water. Maybe. We have shown late flashes against Inter, Milan and Roma. We can be there again next season!

Reflecting on this season, Player of the Year: Valon Behrami (Serie A’s buy of the year) with a very honourable mention for Manuel Pasquale, who gets better every year and rightly captained our final game. Young Player of the Year: if we can keep him, Matija Nastasic will one day be captain – he and Jo-Jo could lead us to the Scudetto. Mistake of the Season: ditching Mihajlovic – time will show the platform he was building. Flop of the Season: Gilardino. His pace had gone, his overdraft with us was the difference on last year - we note with happy spleen that Genoa finished below us! Revelation of the Season: cameras on Andrea Della Valle as we nearly scored against Inter. He’s a fan! The fickle curva should wake up to that. And Good Luck to Riccardo Montolivo, whose performance against Novarra showed that, when wearing viola, his commitment never wavered.

Fiorentina’s Results

Week 36: Fiorentina-Novarra DREW 2-2

Week 37: Lecce-Fiorentina WON 1-0

Week 38: Fiorentina-Cagliari DREW 0-0

Serie A. Novarra in Florence. What a circus! Tension, fisticuffs and Montolivo on fire. This should have been 3 points in the bag and Serie A safety. Instead, we gifted them an opening goal and the referee served them a second with a ludicrous penalty. 30 minutes gone and we are 0-2 down at home. Rossi elected to take Ljajic off. As Adem entered the below-ground dug-out, he seemed sarcastically to applaud the coach, who was standing above at the side of the pitch. Words were exchanged, then the coach launched himself into the dug-out, raining punches on the boy before the Viola squad hauled him off. Goodness knows what was said by whom in the half-time-talk but Montolivo emerged pumped up and ready to drag us back from the brink. He converted an excellent penalty, piled in a second from a Cerci assist in 70 minutes and late on ran through the entire Novarra defence only to be thwarted by their keeper’s fingertips. We still need a point. We also need a new manager; everyone seemed stunned by what had happened but Andrea Della Valle was clear – “he had to go”!

The 1-0 win at Lecce made us safe. It’s just as well we had an away game. The atmosphere in Florence remained poisonous as the Rossi-Ljajic recriminations filled the media. Vincenzo Guerini stepped up from team manager to find eleven fit bodies to put out on the park – with Dal Bello making his first start in two years (when his name was Felipe!). With our tension and Lecce feeling the drag of that black hole, relegation, it was never going to be a great game. We had too much class – Cerci demonstrating how to run through a shaky defence and guide the ball precisely past a keeper who was being troublesome. We had some hanging-on to do as Guerini had to use all three substitutions to replace injured players but hang on we did.

Finally, Cagliari. Football matches are like volcanoes – live, dormant or extinct. This game was dormant going on extinct and we closed an unsatisfactory campaign with a barely-audible whimper. There were no highlights worth taking time over. One to forget. The curva barracked the Della Valle brothers, who promptly left. Everyone needs a break!

So, a monstrously turbulent season comes to a close. We have only ourselves to blame and we are all to blame – squad, management, owners, fans. We collected 60% of our points at home, the same profile as, say, Lazio, who ate up the fourth Champions League spot. We just didn’t put points on the board and it’s easy to see why. Our scoring total puts us 16th; defensively, we have the 4th best record! At home, our defence ranks 11th; away, it’s the 3rd best in Serie A. So, when the Della Valle Bros. get a new management team in place, the key questions are who is going to score the extra 20 goals in a season we need for European qualification and how do we get our home defence to play like our away defence? A third question might be how we keep the squad fit – because the squad we have can – when physically and mentally on the ball – give anyone a run for their money. We can do it next year ..............Forza Viola!


Ticket information - seating plan, prices, and ticket outlets - is on the "biglietteria" section of the club's website [www.it.violachannel.tv ]. Tickets can be purchased at official box offices and holders of TicketOne lottery franchises. Sources include:

CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi 1. Tel 055 292363.

BAR MARISA, viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Duprè 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, (inside the Murate). Tel 055 264321
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de' Cerretani 39/32R

BEST BOOK FOR JUNE – Namesake by Conor Fitzgerald

This is the third in the well-received Commissario Alec Blume mysteries set in Rome. When magistrate Matteo Arconti’s namesake, an insurance man from Milan, is found dead outside the court buildings in Piazzo Clodio, it’s a clear warning to the authorities in Rome—a message of defiance and intimidation from a powerful crime syndicate.

Commissioner Alec Blume, interpreting the reference to his other ongoing case—a frustrating one in which he’s so far been unable to pin murder on a Mafia boss operating at an untouchable distance in Germany—knows he’s too close to it. Handing control of the investigation to now live-in and not-so-secret partner Caterina Mattiola, Blume takes a backseat. And while Caterina embarks on questioning the Milanese widow, Blume has an underhand idea of his own to lure the arrogant mafioso out of his hiding place…

BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR JUNE – Brother Sun, Sister Moon by K. Paterson & P. Dalton

In Brother Sun, Sister Moon, award-winning author Katherine Paterson re-imagines a hymn of praise originally written by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224. Illuminated with the exquisite illustrations of cut-paper artist Pamela Dalton, this picture book offers a stunningly beautiful tribute to nature.

Katherine Paterson is a two-time Newbery Medal winner, a two-time National Book Award winner, and the 2010-11 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. She lives in Barre, Vermont.

Pamela Dalton is a master of scherenschnitte, the art of papercutting. Her artwork has enthralled collectors worldwide for more than two decades. She lives in Ghent, New York, where her home and studio overlook a biodynamic farm and a school community. This is her first book.

BEST MUSIC AND DANCE FOR JUNE – The Maggio Musicale Festival 75

The Maggio Musicale Festival turns 75 this year! The 75th season of Florence's historic opera company promises to be the best yet. Held in collaboration with the Pergola Theatre, the Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's program this year is dedicated to Amerigo Vespucci, marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian explorer's death. Between May 4 and June 7, over 90 events – operas, ballets, concerts, exhibitions, conferences, open rehearsals and workshops – 200 guest performers, 42 collaborating institutions at 23 venues thoughout Florence, explore the theme of voyage.

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, founded in 1928 by Vittorio Gui as the Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina. One of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious opera, symphonic music and ballet festival, along with Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals. Its year of birth is 1933.

First established as a three-year event, in 1937 it became a yearly festival held in the month of May as a tribute to and in memory of the ancient Calendimaggio festivity, when Firenze (the ancient Fiorenza, the flower city) celebrated the month of flowers with dancing, music and plays, and the streets were decorated with laurel festoons and garlands of flowers (Dante saw Beatrice for the first time during the 1274 Calendimaggio “dressed in the noblest color”).

The first home of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, which is made up of an orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta since 1986, a chorus and MaggioDanza ballet company, was the Comunale Theatre. This will be the last year: the Teatro Comunale will close and the Maggio Festival will be held at the new opera theater, Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze.

Among the names who have participated in the festival over the years are von Karajan and Muti, Maria Callas, Pietro Mascagni and Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinskij, and stage designers of the caliber of Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli and Giorgio De Chirico.

This year the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival (May 4 – June 10 2012) celebrates its 75th anniversary with a programm devoted to early twentieth-century Mitteleuropa. From May 31 to June 5, two masterpieces by Béla Bartók: Il mandarino meraviglioso and Il Castello del Duca Barbablù, directed by Peter Eötvös. The MaggioDanza creations are performed within this repertoire inspired by the events of the early 1900s.

See the calendar on the Maggio’s website: http://www.maggiofiorentino.com/?q=node/1852


The patron saint of Florence, John the Baptist, is celebrated on June 24. There is a parade to the Baptistry in the morning and another before the Historic Soccer (Calcio Storico) game (see above) in the afternoon.

The grandest of the parades starts at 4.00 pm – The Parade of the Florentine Republic starts from Piazza Santa Maria Novella passing through Via dei Banchi, Via Rondinelli, Via Tornabuoni, Via Strozzi, Piazza della Repubblica, Via degli Speziali, Via Calzaiuoli, Piazza della Signoria, Via della Ninna, Via de’ Neri, Borgo Santa Croce up to Piazza Santa Croce.

At 5.00 pm - Florentine Traditional Football match starts in Piazza Santa Croce with the parade continuing in the arena (even if you don’t have tickets, go and see if there is extra space, usually there are last-minute deals for the empty seats).

At 10:00 pm the fireworks begin from Piazalle Michelangelo. Stand along the Arno for the best view.



Thursday 21st June - Saturday 30th June 2012 Tickets are on sale now!

Ten days of antiquarian and contemporary art exhibitions, a one-day conference, two performances of Alessandro Stradella's 1675 oratorio San Giovanni Battista and a concert at the Palazzo Pitti. The Festival is a new event dedicated to the people of Florence to celebrate the feast day of the city’s patron saint on 24th June.

Presented by I Buontalenti - a venture recently founded by five colleagues to initiate creative opportunities and work for Florentine artists, musicians and writers - the festival will be in partnership with Associazione Via Maggio, the British Institute of Florence, St Mark’s English Church and the Amici di Palazzo Pitti. The Festival has received the patronage of the Comune di Firenze, the Provincia di Firenze and the Società San Giovanni Battista.

EXHIBITIONS – There will be twenty galleries showcasing significant antiquarian works representing John the Baptist from rarely-seen private collections on display for ten days in the Via Maggio galleries. In addition there will be new work by ten contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers and visual artists inspired by the theme of the life of the patron saint of Florence.

CONFERENCE – There will be a conference entitled “Preparing the Way - the representation of the image of John the Baptist in art, music and literature” at the British Institute of Florence on Friday 22nd June. Art historian Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Canon of Florence Cathedral and Director of Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, will be the keynote speaker.

ORATORIO – In 1675, the Confraternity of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Rome commissioned a series of oratorios for Holy Year. One of the most memorable but rarely-performed was Alessandro Stradella’s “San Giovanni Battista“ based on the story of Salome. The oratorio will be presented in two semi-staged performances on Sunday 24th & Monday 25th June at St Mark’s English Church by some of Florence's most talented baroque singers and musicians.

Theatre Director and Renaissance Scholar, John Hoenig is the festival Founder and Artistic Director. The festival team is most grateful for the support it has received and looks forward to developing further partnerships with other cultural associations and patrons of the arts. Festa della Cultura - San Giovanni Battista is a non-profit venture.

Tickets are now on sale for the oratorio (24th & 25th June) from St Mark’s English Church, Via Maggio 16, directly online at ClassicTic.com and also through Opera at St. Mark’s.

Tickets for the conference (22nd June) which includes a buffet lunch are available at the British Institute of Florence, Harold Acton Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.

For further information please visit the Festival website.


2012 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci who named the continent America. Florence is presenting events and initiatives that celebrate Vespucci and the idea of Italy-USA relations.

From June 5 to 7, 2012, Palazzo Vecchio, Sala d'Arme, hosts ‘The New New World – they are not illegals’, an art exhibition by a group of associations under the name ‘I am not an illegal immigrant,’ promoted by Mark Abouzied, with international partnerships. American artists, Japanese stylists, Chilean astrophysicists, Philippine Blues Singers, Chinese Opera Sopranos, and Colombian Rhodes Scholars are among those showcased. The New New World exhibit is an art and video installation that features modern reinterpretations of famous Renaissance paintings with foreigners as the subjects, selected for their contribution to Florence's contemporary art scene. Entrance to the exhibit is free (the door is behind the Neptune fountain).

On June 7, there is a related free concert in Piazza Beccaria (7-11pm), featuring Dre Love & The White Niggaz.

On June 8, the Travel Festival (Festival del Viaggio) kicks off with a conference (in Italian)” ‘Amerigo: from Vespucci to America’, Palazzo Vecchio, Sala d’Arme

Also, celebrating Vespucci’s Americas will be concerts by American artists: Bruce Springsteen, June 10, 2012 and Madonna, June 16, 2012 (reportedly sold out).

Finally, from June 26 – July 23, the 23rd Florence Dance Festival will be on the theme ‘Rediscovering a new world,’ dedicated to Vespucci, taking place at the Bargello Museum.


It says it allFlorence Wine Event – takes place in the courtyard of the Pitti Palace on June 8, 9 and 10. Over 100 wineries will be offering tastes of their wines from the DOCGs of Chianti, Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina and Cortona. Friday 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 11am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 8pm.

Check out the web site for more information http://www.florencewinevent.com/ .


On Sun. 17, pop around to Piazza Santo Spirito and admire the summer crafts and organic food fair. This one, as the name suggests will focus on food, plants, and Summer gardening. Your will also find handmade ceramic whistles for kids, antiques, food, 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


At publication time the Odeon Cinehall Original Language schedule for June had not been published. Check the web site http://www.cinehall.it/pagine/odeon%20original%20sound.asp for updated information or stop by the theater near Piazza Strozzi.

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute

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

Terrence Malick: All Things Shining

Terrence Malick is one of the great enigmas of contemporary filmmaking, a shadowy figure whose towering reputation rests largely on a very small body of work. A visual stylist beyond compare, Malick emerged during the golden era of 1970s American movie-making, bringing to the screen a dreamlike, ethereal beauty countered by elliptical, ironic storytelling; resonant and mythic, his films illuminated themes of love and death with rare mastery, their indelible images distinguished by economy and precision. Jason Ankenny, allmovie.com.

This Talking Pictures season aims to review the work and pick out the trademarks that distinguish his style to determine whether he can truly be called an auteur alongside the greats. What is the visual style that Christopher Nolan observes is so masterfully matched with the narrative drive? How does Malick approach the ultra-cinematic twilight luminosity that is the magic hour? Why does Malick privilege the a priori ‘un-cinematic’ use of an esoteric or unreliable narrator in mysterious voiceovers? Why is the pristine diversity of the natural world such an important force in the films? Why do the memes and tropes of philosophy, religion and mythology as well as popular culture resound so powerfully in the stories Malick chooses to tell? To what extent is his blend of 20th Century Americana – some of it autobiographical – and the European Art Film successful? And what of his revisiting of the earlier American past and the romanticisation of the Pocahontas story? Can cinema sustain the monumental vision that is Malick’s?

Wednesday, June 06, 20.00

Film: The Tree of Life 2011

LECTURE SERIES – British Institute of Florence

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event, followed by an informal reception. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Check the web site at www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/default.asp for times, dates, and detailed information or stop by the library for a brochure.

Wednesday, June 13, 18.00

Lecture: Bonnie McMullen

“To see Italy steadily and see it whole”: Edith Wharton’s Italian Backgrounds

Wednesday, June 20, 18.00

Concert: The Piccadilly Piano Quintet

A concert of music by Cyril Scott

Wednesday, June 27, 18.00

Lecture: Charles H. Cecil

The innovative portraits of John Singer Sargent


Palazzo Pitti: Museo degli Argenti & Galleria Palatina & Galleria d’Arte Moderna until July 1, 2012 presents ‘Japan, Land of Spells’ (Giappone. Terra di Incanti) is a series of three distinct exhibitions using three of the Pitti Palace galleries, all celebrating the art, history and culture of Japan and its peoples.

The Museo degli Argenti displays a wide ranging collection of Japanese art dating from the mid-16th to the mid-19th century. Ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, lacquer work, metal work and fabrics, all dedicated to the elegance of line and richness of color.

The Galleria Palatina includes an exhibition dedicated to the finest Japanese art of the 20th century in an exhibition under the title ‘The Elegance of Memory’. All works were exhibited in one of the annual domestic exhibitions dedicated to the best of traditional Japanese art, organized since 1954 by the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and by the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.

The third exhibition takes place in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and has as a theme the relationships and influences between Italian and Japanese art.

TIES, TIES & MORE TIES – The Professor’s Impossible Ties at the Pitti Costume Gallery

This exhibit ends on June 10, so go NOW! The tie, possessing an intense aesthetic value, thanks to the colors, designs, and rich materials of which it is composed, is additionally a precious and sought-after object for collectors; it thereby continues to securely maintain a privileged position within the scope of the world of fashion. The tie sustains one’s image, assigns an identity to the wearer, and distinguishes lifestyles. Fashion accessories are part of our historic patrimony, a patrimony that must remain active and vital, and, seen in this way, the exhibit is a stimulus to help focus attention on this singular item of clothing.

In the world of textiles, this piece became one of the most complex and articulated, from the moment in which it asserted itself as a modern garment. Additionally, the stylists ended up giving the best of themselves to its creation, alternating between the use of varied textured textiles and the use of printed designs, while frequently combining the two techniques. In this precious textile jewel, which is almost always made of silk, the textured surface and the printed surface coexist in this way and create a dialogue between one another.

The collection is rich in pieces that bear designer labels, which include, for example, Leonard, Versace, Fornasetti, Ferragamo, Emilio Pucci, Armani, Mila Schön, etc. The most unique of these will be highlighted with displays that use particular devises, such as placing them inside frames, and that reconstruct a painter’s studio in a special installation that incorporates a redundancy of the signs and colors relating to the ties.

In the exhibit, the pieces are subdivided according to tonality and color, as well as according to the type of subject depicted in the design: flowers, animals, optical illusions, and subjects reproducing masterpieces of modern and of, overall, contemporary art.

The Costume Gallery, through its Ballroom the site for this unique collection, the appreciation of which is enhanced by the photography of Niccolò Guasti, who successfully attempts to present the ties in well-articulated artistic contexts.


After a long career as a criminal defense lawyer in New York, Charles Adler thought life is too precious to spend it all toiling in the same field. He had become enamored with the poetry of Dante and thought he would write a murder mystery involving a newly discovered document and his secret design to return from exile. But he found he enjoyed learning about this city much more than writing novels. So, he became a licensed tour guide and now has the pleasure of sharing with interesting visitors both Dante and Florence. You can write to him at DanteGuideInFlorence@gmail.com


P&F client, Amy Elias, was looking for a great massage after the stresses and strains of walking cobblestoned streets and the hallways of way too many museums … and she found it. “This is the most fantastic place and they do a wonderful massage. Warm, large massage tables and expert therapists. Also they use oil from candles for total luxury.” Amy found Silathai: Thai Massage Center at Via de’ Serragli, 63r-65r. They offer classic oil massages as well as traditional Thai massage and Thai reflexology. Ph: 055 217 559


Throughout the June Newsletter are notes about festivals that include musical events, so be sure to review the other sections thoroughly so as not to miss a musical moment.


The only thing that stays the same with this festival is that it takes place outside. Not only in Florence in the Boboli Garden, but it offers much more than just opera, including Italian pop, dance and classical concerts. From June 29 to August 5, open-air opera performances of Aida and Carmina Burana alternate with concerts featuring contemporary Italian artists like Vinicio Capossela and Arisa. Venues in Florence and around Tuscany include the Boboli Gardens, San Galgano in Siena and Piazza Duomo in San Gimignano. See www.festivalopera.it for complete schedule.


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: June 10, Franchi Football Stadium, Florence

MADONNA: June 16, Franchi Football Stadium, Florence


Stay in town for the Estate Fiorentina 2012, where ballets and concerts by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino take center stage all summer. Catch concerts and shows at the Roman amphitheater of Le Cascine, Franchi Stadium, Le Murate, the Nuovo Teatro dell'Opera, and more. Mayor Renzi is getting fancy with his PR so it seems that the only way to get up to date info on events is to check the Estate Fiorentina 2012 Facebook fan page for updates or find them on Twitter..

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


A fascinating world comes to life in Giardino dei Semplici (Florence’s Botanical Garden).

The Natural History Museum of Florence will showcase the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Until September 2, through an informative, educational and fun exhibition, Dinosaurs in the Flesh and Bones will bring the public one of the most fascinating of aspects of science that will be a kind of laboratory in 'continuous evolution.'

"Dinosaurs in the Flesh" is a cultural event entirely Made in Italy and expresses Italian excellence in the Sciences and Paleontology, which has traditionally been predominant among the Anglo-Saxon cultures.

At the Giardino dei Semplici and between the palaeontological collections of the Natural History Museum visitors can admire life-size prehistoric animals, created by internationally recognized Italian artists of the field. A recreated dinosaur habitat emerges with copies of the Tyrannosaurus and Spinosauri, and using the fossil skeletal remains of the museum, other dinosaurs will be on display, among them the Glyptodon and Thylacinus.

The exhibition features 40 hyper-realistic reconstructions on a 1:1 scale of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, some of them colossal in size. Also, as part of the exhibition, there are 9 murals with prehistoric animals and paleoenvironmental reconstructions; 110 illustrated information panels; 120 works by internationally renowned Italian illustrators of paleontology art; and the exhibition of fossils, molds and tools needed to build the reproduction of a dinosaur, and a 3D paleontology aquarium

In conjunction with the exhibition are an array of cultural events, such as guided tours, informational lectures, and conferences with special initiatives.

Florence Museum of Natural History

March 1 to September 2



two adults and up to two children aged 4-18


children aged 11-18; senior (over 65)


children aged 4-10; students


children under 4; disabled people and their accompanists;

3 teachers/accompanists per class.

The entrance fee is cumulative for access to the exhibition, the Geology and Paleontology Section and the Botanic Garden Section.

Geology and Paleontology Section , Via G. La Pira, 4

BOTANICAL GARDEN Section on P.A. Micheli, 3


PREPARING THE WAY - The Representation of John the Baptist in Art, Music & Literature

A conference that is part of the new San Giovanni Battista - Festa della Cultura presented by i Buontalenti. In addition to keynote speaker Monsignor Timothy Verdon, other speakers will include Professor Carolyn Gianturco, foremost expert on Stradella; Professor Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, an authority on Dante and Professor Matteo Sansone, musicologist at New York University in Florence. The conference will be chaired by Mark Roberts MBE, MA, Cultural Programme co-ordinator, British Institute of Florence.

Friday, June 22, 10:00 - 16:00 British Institute, Lungarno Guicciardini, 9

Tickets for this event are now on sale in the library at the price of €10, which also includes a buffet lunch.

Website: http://johnhoenig.com/JH/San_Giovanni_Conference.html


Until July 15, 2012, at the Palazzo Strozzi, century-old ties between Florence and the United States is celebrated in a fantastic new exhibition.

In 2012, exactly 500 years since the death of Amerigo Vespucci, Florence will be marking this event with an exhibition designed to celebrate the strong ties linking the Old World and the New, and the cosmopolitan ambiance that bound the city to the New World for ever, transmitting European culture and sophistication to America. The exhibition explores the American impressionists' relationship with Italy, and with Florence in particular, in the decades spanning the close of the 19th and dawn of the 20th centuries.

There was a marked upswing in the number of American artists travelling to Europe after the Civil War ended in 1865, and the trend continued on into the early 20th century. Hundreds of painters came to Paris and other parts of France while others studied in Germany, with England, Holland and Spain being other favorite locations. Italy, however, was an inescapable pole of attraction for most of them. Florence, Venice and Rome had been at the heart of the Grand tour for centuries and had become legendary for all those eager to study the art of the past, quite apart from their appeal in terms of the climate, the countryside, the people, and the overall atmosphere prevailing in them.

This exhibition hosts the work of American painters who embraced the artistic vocabulary of Impressionism and spent time in Italy. It contains works by painters who, while not explicitly subscribing to the new style, were nevertheless crucial masters for the younger generations: men such as Winslow Homer, William Morris Hunt, John La Farge and Thomas Eakins. These are followed by the great forerunners, artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who could boast of strong cosmopolitan leanings.

The main part of the exhibition comprises works by artists of remarkable quality who spent time in Florence and who deserve to be better known. Their number includes members of the American impressionist group known as the Ten American Painters: William Merrit Chase, John Henry Twachman and Frederick Childe Hassam. Franck Duveneck also played an important role in fostering relations between American and local artists by putting together the “Duveneck boys“, a group that included his wife Elisabeth Boott and the painter Joseph Rodefer De Camp.

Curated by Francesca Bardazzi and Carlo Sisi.

Info: Ph. + 39 055 2645155 Website: www.palazzostrozzi.org/Sezione.jsp?idSezione=683

ROBERTO CAPUCCI – Colors: My Great Karma

Take a springtime walk through the Bardini Garden and at the top of the hill go to the Villa Bardini and on the top floor you will arrive at the wonderland that is the Roberto Capucci Foundation Museum. The new exhibition is called Colors: My Great Karma – the philosophy of this unique designer, who invites the audience on a journey into his world of colors. On display are 28 dresses in 3 colors emblematic of his production: green, red and purple.

Among the dresses is Bougainvillea, a famous dress-sculpture presented for the first time in 1989 at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, a masterpiece in pleated taffeta green circular elements in shades of green and cyclamen that recreates gracefully sculptural glamour with the color and charm of the plant that inspired it.

Enter the Bardini Garden at Via dei Bardi, 1/r or the Villa Bardini at Costa San Giorgio, 2.

8:15am to 6:30pm



On the eve of the patron saint’s feast day (June 16) Pisa transforms the lungarni (banks of the Arno) into a phantasmagoric fairy-tale setting. The architectural details of the palaces – windows, cornices, balconies – the parapets of the river and the bridges glow in the reflected light of over 70,000 ‘lumini’ (small glass lamps burning oil or wax) while thousands of lighted candles float on the waters of the Arno. Sham architecture (‘machines’) and a firework spectacle at the Cittadella Vecchia make this event, which dates back to 1688, even more fascinating.

Also in Pisa enjoy classical music in the classical setting of the cloisters of Pisa's Museo dell'Opera del Duomo at Music Under the Tower. Usually runs from the end of June to early July; check full schedule at www.opapisa.it


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 Gilberto Gil, Dave Holland and Eric Johnson, the summer program celebrating music, theater, dance and art. Be sure to attend at least one event, if only to enjoy the amphitheater and a cool breeze on a summer evening. From June 20 to July 27; see www.estatefiesolana.it for more information.Events are held in Fiesole, Vaglia and Florence from June 20 to July 27 this year. Details at www.estatefiesolana.it .


On June 2 and 3, the small fortified village of Malmantile (near Lastra Signa), you will be immersed in medieval atmosphere with dames and knights, artists, and artisans will relive the magic of the times that were. There are archery competitions and grand cavalcades of knights on horseback. All of the trattorias and osterias in the town go all out with medieval flavors. This is the 19th Festa Mediovale in Malmantile.

See http://www.festamedioevalemalmantile.it/index.php for the schedule of events.


Melodia Del Vino is a series of beautiful classical music concerts accompanied by fine wines in some of the most lovely and architecturally interesting wineries of the region. Festival runs from June 26 to July 7. If you have to choose just one, don't miss the final event at Petra in Suvereto. See more at www.melodiadelvino.it.


Sunday, June 3 (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.


The Festival delle Colline, celebrating its 33rd year, from June 24 to July 28, 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.


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. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Norah Jones, Blink 182, Duran Duran and more, from June 29 to July 29. For details, see www.summer-festival.com .

TEXTILE MUSEUM IN PRATO – Fabric is Everything

“Fabric is Everything” (Il tessuto è tutto) is likely the most important cultural event dedicated to contemporary textiles ever organized in Italy. The title, a quotation from the great master of style Yohji Yamamoto, is a declaration of love for fabric, the raw material and key element of quality and beauty in any fashion product. The exhibit runs until September 2012.

This belief has led the Prato Textile Museum (Museo del Tessuto) to develop this tribute to the excellence of its manufacturing district, proposing the latest results in research and innovative technology, creativity and style within the museum space.

Over 200 fabrics are displayed in a playful and dreamy exhibition in the former industrial area of the Cimatoria Campolmi, which has been transformed for the occasion into a kind of modern "wonder room" that immerses visitors in an all-encompassing world of materials and colors.

In fourteen macro installations developed especially for this exhibit, the variety and rich creativity of the fabrics is enhanced through their installation, taking on the form and importance of works of contemporary art.

Opened in 1975 in Tullio Buzzi Technical Institute, Prato Textile Museum commenced its cultural mission by providing a collection of items testifying the history of local textile production since the beginning of the 12th century for use in the training of new technicians in the textile design sector.

Prato Textile Museum is now a flourishing center for the promotion of the local industrial district, a district which comprises around 8,000 companies and employs over 40,000 people. Since May 2003 Prato Textile Museum has been definitively housed in the converted Campolmi textile mill, a symbol of the local textile manufacturing industry located in the centre of the city of Prato.

Prato Textile Museum

Via Santa Chiara 24
Phone: +39 0574 611503
Fax +39 0574 444585

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-3pm

Saturday: 10am - 7pm

Sunday: 3 - 7pm free entrance

Closed on tuesday

Last entrance 40 minutes before closure time


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This June we recommend that you beat the heat by heading to the hills of the Chainti Classico region and then come back to celebrate Florence’s patron saint, St. John, on June 24, for the pageantry, Calcio Storico, and fireworks!

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio