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June brings the festive saint’s day of San Giovanni with its parades, historical soccer, and fireworks. Stay in town for the festivities, but make sure to visit Chianti for some wine and music. After a cold and rainy May, get out and enjoy the sun in June, with best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, ANNA PIA, VANNI, ANN and MARIO.


BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR JANUARY – Calcio Storico (Historical Soccer)

Testosterone abounds when four teams of 27 players 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 Reds on June 15. The Blues will play the Greens on June 16. 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 2013): Central Grandstand € 52 (+ € 7 presale fee), Side Grandstand € 42 (+ € 7 presale fee), Numbered grandstand € 27 (+ € 7 presale fee), Curved sectors € 21 (+ € 7 presale fee) Tickets are available at Box Office Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, (inside the Murate) with info at: www.boxol.it

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR JUNE – Special Space Near Santa Croce

This two-bedroom, two-bathroom (with tiled shower stalls) gem of an apartment is in the middle of all of the action for the summer. Up forty steps (no elevator) you will burn off all of those pasta calories. Comfortable and recently refurbished, it’s perfect for a family or two couples.

The modern kitchen will inspire you to head to the nearby Sant’Ambrogio market for the ingredients for your own Italian dinner. On the other evenings head out to the nearby trattorias, gelaterias and enotecas.

There is air conditioning and high-speed internet access. Bring your own cell phone.

For more information click this link.


PICK EATERY FOR JUNE – San Michele all’Arco

At the relatively new trattoria San Michele all’Arco on Via dell’Oriuolo, just a couple of block from the back of the Duomo, everything they serve here, both food and drink, is sourced from their own farm, the Fattoria San Michele a Torri, and organically produced. This is easy to believe, as the quality of the ingredients is excellent. Beautiful fresh asparagus, intensely flavored 'cinta senese' pork, fabulous pancetta and the best salami. Try the pappardelle al sugo rosticciana di Cinta Senese DOPpappardelle perfectly cooked, the sauce is rustic and satisfying; the portion is ample. Spinach as a side was simple and tasty, just the right amount of garlic. Taste the Fattoria San Michele a Torri Chianti and Vin Santo. The staff is obviously proud of what they do and the food they serve. This small place deserves to prosper.

The agricultural estate Fattoria San Michele a Torri is situated 15 km from Florence in the Chianti wine producing area, at an altitude of 211 meters above sea level and set amongst vineyards and olive groves which slope gently down into the valley of the Pesa river. Extended over 200 hectares of land, of which 50 cultivated as vineyards, 30 as olive groves and the remainder given over to cereal crops and woodland, Fattoria di San Michele lies astride the Chianti Colli Fiorentini and the Chianti Classico wine zones. A habitat particularly suited to winemaking, which produces smooth, aromatic red wines of great character. Paolo Nocentini, the current owner of the Azienda Agricola, has given a new lease of life to the estate's traditional farming activities, renewing and expanding the cultivation and directing it towards organic farming methods.

For Fattoria San Michele a Torri wine and products in Florence

VIA DELL'AGNOLO, 101/R Tel / Fax +39 055 2001926

VIA DEI RUSTICI, 6/R Tel / Fax +39 055 289009

OPENING TIMES:From Tuesday to Saturday - from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00; Monday - from 16.00 to 20.00

San Michele all'Arco

Via dell'Oriuolo n.3/r, Ph. 055245626 From Tuesday to Saturday - from 10.00 to 13.00 and from
16.00 to 20.00, Monday - from 16.00 to 20.00

BEST SCHOOL FOR JUNE – 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. 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.

BEST BOOK FOR JUNE – Miss Garnet's Angel: A Novel by Salley Vickers

After the death of her longtime friend and flatmate, retired British history teacher Julia Garnet does something completely out of character: She takes a six-month rental on a modest apartment in Venice. She befriends a young Italian boy and English twins who are restoring a fourteenth-century chapel. And she falls in love for the first time in her life with an art dealer named Carlo.

Juxtaposing Julia's journey of self-discovery with the apocryphal tale of Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Miss Garnet's Angel tells a lyrical, incandescent story of love, loss, miracles, and redemption and of one woman's transformation and epiphany.

Salley Vickers is a former university professor of literature and Jungian psychotherapist. Miss Garnet’s Angel, her first novel, was a book club favorite and an international bestseller. She lives in London and is currently Royal Literary Fund fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, UK.

BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR JUNE – Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion

What do children and adults love in equal measure? Food! And what food inspires rapture in the hearts of children and adults alike? Pizza! Have your children ever asked where pizza comes from? Who invented the Pizza Margherita? How did anyone think of combining such scrumptious ingredients as mozzarella, tangy tomato sauce, and fresh-baked bread? Thanks to Pizza in Pienza, you and your young charges will have all the answers, in English and Italian, including a recipe for homemade pizza.

Here is the essential history of pizza, told by a charming Italian girl who lives in Pienza and whose favorite food is . . . well, you can guess it: pizza. Life in Pienza is pretty old-fashioned, and our young heroine knows everyone on the street and at the market by name. She comes home from school at midday to eat meals with her family, but in between her snack of choice is pizza, and her favorite place is Giovanni's, where Giovanni cooks pizza the old-fashioned way in a hot brick oven heated by a wood fire. Her grandmother, of course, makes it by hand and teaches her how to make it too. Her love of pizza even leads her to the library, where our heroine learns all she can about this ancient and ever-popular food, and so do we.

FORZA VIOLA!! FOR JUNE – Florentine Calcio

P&F Sports Reporters Simon Clark & Anne Brooks bring you May’s Florentine Calcio results. Thank You So Much, Simon and Anne. We at the P&F Newsletter know that this is your LAST posting. You’ve been faithful reporters since January 2009 and we know you will continue to cheer on the VIOLA for years to come. (The newsletter is looking for someone who wants to continue the reporting tradition.)

Phew! The 2012-13 roller coaster has just about come to rest, rocking gently on its rails after a staggering final Sunday. Last August, we climbed aboard the Viola Express with a new Director, new Coach and pretty much a fresh group of players. Prade and Montella kept reminding everyone – “this is a re-building year”. Fast-forward to Sunday and we were six minutes away from the grail, the Champions League; at the death, Milan scraped in while we ran riot in Pescara. If only, in January, we had not lost at home to the same Pescara, if only, if, if, if.......Fourth position and a place in next year’s Europa League is a fantastic achievement by the whole club. And done in an entertaining manner; the fifth best defence in Serie A but only Napoli scored more goals. So much has it been a team effort that it’s all but impossible to settle on our Man of the Season. Pasqual has proved a commanding leader; Pizarro has consistently set the heart-beat of the team; Borja Valero has been the Buy of the Season; Ljajic is starting to look really special; Montella has been a revelation. But one man has made it all happen, stayed hands-on and demonstrated his commitment as Number One Fan..........Forza Andrea della Valle!

Fiorentina’s Results

Week 35: Fiorentina-Roma LOST 0-1

Week 36: Siena-Fiorentina WON 1-0

Week 37: Fiorentina-Palermo WON 1-0

Week 38: Pescara-Fiorentina WON 5-1

Serie A. OK, so we aren’t going to win all our remaining games. Roma stole this one right at the death. Yes, two good sides but c’mon! Jovetic had a shot brilliantly turned onto the post; Pizarro hit the woodwork with the keeper beaten; we had the ball in the net but the referee had blown for a collision involving the goalie; shots skimmed past the post six or seven times. Then Oswaldo headed in after 92 minutes. Roma owe us one now – we need them to beat Milan.

The local derby with Siena, a team accustomed to dicing with death but this year looking horribly like a side that has reached its sell-by date. No Tuscan sympathy; our sights are on a higher constellation. The 1-0 scoreline masks our total domination of a slumping Siena. Our goal was terrific – although anyone other than Johann Cruyff might ask what on earth Gonzalez, a defender for Beppe Grillo’s sake, was doing in the Siena goal area! Still four points adrift of Milan, who see off Roma.....

Our last home game of the season brings Palermo to the Stadio. They are desperate for points, their Serie A life hanging by a thread. They come out with all guns blazing – but they don’t have many guns and very little ammunition. So after a spunky start to a sunlit first half, Pizarro and Borja Valero get a grip on matters, letting loose Jovetic – who shows what he can do – and Cuadrado – who gives Palermo palpitations every time he has the ball. Having struck the post right at the start, Toni slides in the goal on 41 minutes and that seals it more firmly than it may sound. The most interesting thing about the second half is the torrential rain! The fifth-placed team cannot now catch us; we are definitely in next year’s Europa League competition.

The End. Away to a relegated Pescara with an outside chance of climbing to third but we have to win. We do. Emphatically and as a rising team should against the worst in the league. Terrific interplay between Borja Valero and Cuadrado serves the opener to Ljajic on a silver platter. Fernandez opens the door for Ljajic’s second before rifling in the third himself after only 28 minutes. Pescara had gone, too, and their fans started leaving at half-time. Jovetic got in on the act for the fourth before Ljajic tortured their defence for speed and his hat-trick. Pescara grabbed a late consolation but the game was over. Not a bad way to finish a re-building year!

All we can say at the end of the season is that it’s not long until the next one, when it will be impossible to damp down expectations; we are going to expect a realistic tilt at the Scudetto. Well, this year we have beaten everyone bar Juventus, Napoli and Roma and we haven’t reached full potential yet. Will Jovetic leave? Is Pizarro hankering for his Chilean home? It doesn’t matter. Fiorentina is no longer dependent on one or two players; we have a squad, a team that is bigger than any individual. Next year will be tough, with league, cup and Europa League to cope with. This squad can win the Scudetto. It may or may not happen next year but we are confident that next season will see us qualifying for the Champions League. Remember how we beat Bayern Munich (this year’s favourites) at the Stadio?.........................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 SUMMER PROGRAM – 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 5 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


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.



Love him or hate him, author Dan Brown will be in presenting his book, Inferno, largely set in Florence, in interview at the Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento, on June 6 at 6pm.


The Palatine Gallery at the Palazzo Pitti

Before mid-September take yourself over to the Pitti Palace to view the incredibly well conceived exhibit all about the subjects of Dreams and their depiction in Renaissance art.

“If dreams are intrinsically a nocturnal and often disquieting phenomenon, coinciding with a vacatio or temporary freedom from the conscious mind, which opens the doors to the darkest recesses of human experience (but also, according to deep-rooted beliefs, opens a gateway to the Divine), the representation of dreams has been a challenge for artists of all ages, involving as it does grappling with the two-fold aspects of convention and fantasy. And in the Renaissance, the artistic responses to this challenge were as varied and illuminating as they could be, as those who visit the exhibition or leaf through the catalogue will see” said Cristina Acidini.

The words of the Superintendent Acidini are a fitting introduction to the exhibition that gives visitors the opportunity to explore for the first time such a fascinating and engrossing topic as The Dream at the time of Renaissance, which attempts to point up its rich variety.

The theme of dreaming does in fact take on a particular significance in ancient mythology and in the Renaissance cultural setting, as demonstrated by its widespread occurrence in the figurative arts and, in particular, in works of a religious nature or those involving the rediscovery of ancient myths. Whether prophetic or premonitory, illustrated by celebrated episodes from the Old Testament (the Pharaoh’s dreams explained by Joseph the Hebrew, Jacob’s dream, etc.), the dream is presented first and foremost as the manifestation and revelation of another world. It also reveals, from a profane perspective, the inductive and speculative possibilities held out to the human spirit; it transfigures the quotidian experience and reveals its erotic dimension; it comes to occupy a valuable place in the theory and practice of art, being no less attentive to oneiric activities than to literature, philosophy or medicine.

“The unusual (in Italian exhibitions) iconographic and iconological approach will enable the public to see from a fresh perspective such famous works as The Knight’s Dream by Raphael in the National Gallery of London, which will be shown for the first time alongside Raphael’s principal source, the Latin poem, the Punica by Silius Italicus, published in Rome between 1471 and 1472” (Alessandro Cecchi).

The exhibition is divided into sections, the first of which define and precisely situate the context in which the dream is revealed: at night, in sleep. The starting point of the exhibition is the Night, represented in all its complex symbology and in particular by means of some of the many sculptural and painted works based on Michelangelo’s Night, which he sculpted in the New Sacristy for Julius de’ Medici’s funerary monument.

This is followed by the section entitled The Transmigration of the Soul, which highlights works related to sleep. This is followed by others relating to the classical myths such as the Frieze in the Medici Villa at Poggio a Caiano by Bertoldo, but also literary works such as the celebrated Hypnerotomachia Poliphili by Francesco Colonna, in which dreaming plays a key role. They stand alongside paintings and engravings with mythological and allegorical themes, some of which are exhibited for the first time in Florence such as The Knight’s Dream by Raphael, from the National Gallery, London and the painting with the Sleeping Venus and Cupid spied on by a satyr by Correggio, from the Louvre. Visions from the Afterlife look at the theme of dreams in the biblical and religious tradition, with graphic and pictorial examples from the 15th and 16th centuries, from Jacob’s Dream to the Interpretation of dreams by Joseph, to the Dreams and Visions of saints such as Helena, Ursula, Catherine of Alexandria, Augustine and Jerome.

The section on Life is a dream is of fundamental importance; it is based on the exceptional iconographic

success of a drawing by Michelangelo, the Dream or the Vanity of human life, as demonstrated by the large number of versions and copies that it has inspired, including those by Giulio Clovio, Francesco del Brina, Battista Franco, etc. In the same section, The Prince’s dreams introduce Francesco de’ Medici and his particular and fecund rapport with dreams, of which there are a number of testimonies, often imbued with fantastic theatricality (such as the Allegory of Dreams by Naldini, to be found in the Study). They are symbolically revealing of the extent to which the Dream is at the centre of the cultural debate at the end of the Renaissance. In this context are to be found drawings, documents and paintings, including the Portrait of Bianca Cappello by Alessandro Allori with the iconography of the celebrated Dream of Michelangelo on the verso and, also by Allori, the rare Headboard of the Bed with oneiric motifs, held in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello.

The penultimate section on Enigmatic dreams and nightmarish visions introduces disconcerting works that are difficult to interpret, such as the print depicting The Doctor’s Dream by Albrecht Dürer where it is difficult to decide whether the artist has represented a dreamer tempted by Venus or the dangers of sloth; or Cybele who makes fun of an alchemist who has fallen asleep at his crucible. Other nightmare scenes are inhabited by the Devil as Separator, the great Transgressor and bringer of nightmares, who appears when day gives up its sovereignty and the darker side of things appear -- which brings us to visions of hell and the Temptations of Saint Anthony, by Bosch, Brueghel, Jan Mandijn and Met de Bles.

The exhibition concludes with a reference to Dawn considered during the Renaissance as the space-time of true dreams (represented by a painting by Battista Dossi) to finally open out to the Awakening (with the Awakening of Venus by Dosso Dossi, Bologna, Collezione Unicredit Banca) as an expression of the paradigmatic and complementary cyclical nature of time.

Full Price: € 13,00

Reduced: € 6,50


Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15-18.50

Closed Mondays.


Florence is luck to host the International Championships in Volleyball at the Nelson Mandela Forum on June 16 at 8pm. For details and tickets see www.mandelaforum.it .

NIGHT OF ST. JOHN MARATHON – Not Exactly on St. John’s Day

On Saturday, June 22 at 9pm the Night of St. John Marathon will kick off in Piazza del Duomo. This will be a 10K passing all of the major monuments. For details check www.firenzemarathon.it and click on “Eventi”.


Palazzo Strozzi, until 18 August 2013

The new exhibition at the Strozzi Palazzo, organized by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Musée du Louvre, proposes to illustrate, in theme-based sections, the origin of what is still known today as the "miracle" of the Renaissance in Florence, doing so principally through masterpieces of sculpture, the branch of figurative art in which that new season first saw the light of day.

The first section is devoted to the rediscovery of the ancient world during the "rebirth" that occurred between the 13th and 14th centuries – from Nicola Pisano to Arnolfo di Cambio and their successors – and following assimilating the expressive richness of the Gothic style, especially of French origin, the two panels depicting the Sacrifice of Isaac by Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi and the model of Brunelleschi's Dome of Florence Cathedral represent the fundamental starting point of the Early Renaissance .

Arranged around the city's absolute symbol – the wooden model of Brunelleschi's Cupola for Santa Maria del Fiore – the exhibition offers a retrospective of sculpture that was also to have a crucial impact on the development of the other figurative arts, in a direct debate with its classical predecessors, from the tombs of the Humanists, to the inspiration provided by ancient sarcophagi, to the rebirth of the equestrian monument and the carved portrait. The carved portrait, which started to become popular towards the middle of the century – in the marble busts of Mino da Fiesole, Desiderio da Settignano and Antonio Rossellino – heralds the transition from fiorentina libertas to the private patronage that was soon to lead to the hegemony of the Medici family. In this context, the exhibition – which opened with the evocation of Brunelleschi’s dome – closes with the evocation of the most illustrious private residence of the Renaissance in the shape of a Wooden Model of Palazzo Strozzi. (text from the official website.)

Info: Tel. + 39 055 2645155

Opening times

Daily 9.00-20.00

Thursdays 9.00-23.00

Tickets sold until one hour before closing time.

Tickets: Full price € 12.50; Concessions € 8.50, 8.00


SACI is proud to present a sculpture installation by Bryan Holt Moore on exhibit until June 22.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?.... With this fairy tale question Bryan Holt Moore presents a dilemma between the classic and the contemporary in art. A female figure literally looks into a mirror, which reflects through a second mirror, not her own image, but that of an abstract contemporary sculpture. Which might be the observer's first choice?

Remaining within the fairy tale theme, Moore proposes, "Once upon a time, in a far away land, we surprise the ancient giants whose past-time was to play the well known game of pick-up-sticks..." But they didn't pick them up; perhaps they were the naughty giant's children?

Visitors are confronted with the inconvenience of a contemporary art installation both in its interpretation, and physically, in its overwhelming challenge to navigate through. There are a total of 17 "sticks" amounting to over 116 meters of length.

Bryan Holt Moore was born in Los Angeles, California, 1951. He studied for two years at the University of California at Santa Cruz before transferring to Emerson College in Sussex, England. After one year of studying liberal arts he moved to Germany where he did a three-year apprenticeship as a cabinet-maker, realizing the title of "journeyman". Being fascinated by the European way of life he decided to not return to the United States and moved back to England where he worked as a toy maker for a year. Soon afterwards he transferred to Oslo, Norway, where he stayed for almost three years continuing with furniture making and sculpture in wood. He decided to make a big change coming to Italy in 1980 to try working with marble. In Carrara he became immersed with marble, and preferring the material for sculpture. However, more recently, he has done a number of new works with a mixture of materials.

Since his first solo exhibition in Milano in 1983, Moore has had numerous shows in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. Presently, he resides outside Florence.

The MAIDOFF Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am-7pm.

Studio Art Centers International

Palazzo Jules Maidoff - Via Sant'Egidio 14

Press Office: T 055 289 948 - F 055 277 6408 gallery@saci-florence.edu www.saci-florence.edu


On Sun. 2, pop around to Piazza S.S. Annunziata and admire the crafts and organic food fair. This one, Arti and Mestieri as the name suggests will provide all of your art and gift needs. 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.

There are Fieruculinas on other June Sundays: Piazza Santo Spirito on June 16 and at the Vecchio Conventino, Via Giano della Bella, 20 on June 9.

NEW IN SHOES – The Prodigious Shoemaker: Legends & Fairy Tales On Shoes And Shoemakers

There is a new exhibition that just opened at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, where various artists interpret the fabulous role of shoes in legends, myths and fairy tales. Curated by Stefania Ricci, Sergio Risaliti and Luca Scarlini, the exhibition portrays various artists’ interpretations on the universe of shoes: from the original manuscript of Federico Garcìa Lorca’s “La zapatera prodigiosa” to writers and poets such as Hamid Ziarati, Michele Mari and Elisa Biagini, Argentine-Italian composer Luis Bacalov and Milanese visual artist Liliana Moro; all works focus on a brilliant point-of-view of a lady’s second best friend.

From April 19th, 2013 to March 31st, 2014

Salvatore Ferragamo Museum – Piazza Santa Trinità 5

LUXURY AND ELEGANCE – Silver Gallery of the Palazzo Pitti

This is the last chance to see the plates that Napoleon and his sister Elisa, Grand Duchess of Tuscan ate off; as well as to see French porcelain from the ducal court and the Ginori ceramic factory (1800-1830) in the 'Museo degli Argenti' (The Medici Treasury) at the Pitti Palace, closing on June 23.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the inauguration of the Museo delle Porcellane in Palazzo Pitti, the Polo Museale has organized an exhibition designed to highlight both the important collection in the Palazzo Pitti museum and the Doccia Manufactory's output during the Napoleonic occupation and the restoration of the House of Lorraine (1800-1830). The changes that the advent of Napoleon's empire brought to the governance of Tuscany were reflected in the arts as early as under the Kingdom of Etruria (1801-1807) with Louise de Bourbon Parma, but they reached a crescendo under Elisa Baciocchi. Napoleon's sister, initially princess of Lucca and Piombino (1805-1809) and later grand duchess of Tuscany (1809-1814), promoted a renewal of interest in the arts, which had been lacking for some time. Her patronage not only brought sculptors, painters and musicians flocking to Florence, it also fostered the artisan industries of Tuscany by encouraging the production of silk, furniture and porcelain. The Doccia Manufactory played an important role in this newly vibrant artistic climate, evincing major French influence in both its formal and its decorative aspects.

Ticket prices

Full Price: € 10,00

Reduced: € 5,00

The Education Department is offering the visitors a free opportunity to know the art of making porcelain.

Every Saturday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until June 15 at the Porcelain Museum (entrance from the Boboli Garden)


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


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, Firenze

Tel. +39.055.214068 or +39.055.295051

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.

“Music on the screen can seek out and intensify the inner thoughts of the characters. It can invest a scene with terror, grandeur, gaiety or misery… It often lifts mere dialogue into the realms of poetry… it is the communicating link between screen and audience, reaching out and enveloping all into one single experience.” - Bernard Herrmann 1911-1975

Why do films have music? What constitutes good film music? What are the narrative or emotive functions of music in films? To what extent is music in films explicitly heard by the moviegoer, and even if it is heard subliminally, what are the implications of the viewer attending or not attending to a film’s music? Stravinsky asked ‘Who likes film music? Who understands it? Who needs it?’ No name stands out more in the annals of film music history than that of Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975), often described as Hitchcock’s maestro (for his most celebrated work in that director’s films). But Herrmann’s film compositions have enriched the movies of Hollywood over a much wider range, beginning with his debut in Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane – until recently the ‘greatest film ever made’ – and ending with the memorable score for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

It was said that Herrmann “… knew how to make music that came not just from the action we are seeing or the characters, not just from the heart of a film or the incoherent dream of its director, but from the unique marriage of a particular film and the large medium. Herrmann knew how lovely the dark should be, and he was at his best in rites of dismay, dark dreams, introspection, and the gloomy romance of loneliness.”

So, climb on board the raft and sail away with a selection of movies showcasing Herrmann’s talents, including the four Hitchcock (and Herrmann) masterpieces, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) – in which Herrmann appears as conductor – Vertigo (1958) – as of 2012 ‘the greatest film ever made’ – North By Northwest (1959) and the all-time classic Psycho (1960). Cape Fear (1962) features music in a slightly different key, as does Obsession (1976) – partly filmed in Florence. “In a good film score one is not aware whether the music is making the film go forward or whether the film is pushing the music forward.” - Bernard Herrmann

Wednesday, June 05, 20.00

Film: Cape Fear (1962) with Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen

Wednesday, June 12, 20.00

Film: Obsession (1976) with Cliff Robertson, Genevieve Bujold, John Lithgow

Wednesday, June 19, 20.00

Film: Taxi Driver (1976) with Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd


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

Wednesday, June 05, 18:00

Lecture: Corinna Salvadori Lonergan and Anatole Tchikine

Lorenzo the Magnificent’s Ambra: a poem and a villa with garden, Poggio a Caiano

[This lecture is preceded by a presentation at 16.30 of the new book “Roscoe and Italy”]

Emeritus Professor of Italian at Trinity College Dublin, Corinna Salvadori Lonergan discusses the famous poemetto ‘Ambra’ by Lorenzo de’ Medici (1449-1492), which she has translated into rhymed octaves; she is joined by Dr Anatole Tchikine of Dumbarton Oaks, who explains the connection with Villa Poggio a Caiano.

Wednesday, June 12, 18:00

Lecture: Michael Griffiths

Niccolò Machiavelli, ‘the disarmed prophet’

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Machiavelli’s The Prince, the Vice-Chairman of the British Institute, Michael Griffiths, offers a sympathetic portrait of its much maligned author.

Wednesday, June 19, 18:00

Lecture: Mauro Annese

Petroleum: the beginning and end of a precious resource

A geologist who has worked for oil companies in Egypt, West Africa, the Persian Gulf, India and Indonesia, Mauro Annese examines the complex role of petroleum in today’s world.

Wednesday, June 26, 18:00

Lecture: Gherardo Vitali Rosati

Carlo Goldoni and Pietro Chiari: two authors for one company

“That rare Italian master Julio Romano” is the only renaissance artist who is mentioned by Shakespeare; their connection is explored by Professor Rita Severi of the University of Verona, in the light of the treatise on painting by Giovan Paolo Lomazzo.

MORE AT THE BRITISH INSTITUTE – The Second Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista


"Preparing the Way II - The representation of John the Baptist"

The conference is part of the second Festa della Cultura - San Giovanni Battista - again presented by i Buontalenti.

The guest speakers include maestro & artist Federico Maria Sardelli, musicologist and cultural historian Kate Bolton M.Phil and Samantha Stout PhD on behalf of Prof. Maurizio Seracini from Editech, Centro Diagnostico per i Beni Artistici e Architettonici.

The conference will once again be chaired by Mark Roberts MBE, MA, Cultural Programme co-ordinator, British Institute of Florence.

Tickets for this event are now on sale in the library at the price of €10, which also includes a buffet lunch and invitation to the Symposium. To reserve your place please contact the Library.


"Come andare avanti? : the way forward."

An open platform for both arts practitioners and the public to discuss ideas for developing the festival for Florence in the future.

This is part of the stated mission of i Buontalenti : to bring Italian and Anglo-Florentine artists and audiences closer together. We would like to invite all Florentines to participate in this exciting forum.

The Symposium which commences at 14.00 is open free of charge to members of the public - the exhibition will be on view to the public from 13.00.


"Il Passato è Presente II"

A sacred art exhibition with contemporary works by Florentine artists including Antonio Ciccone, Alessandro Vannini, Caroline Jervis, Massimo Pivetti and Helen Bayley; sculptor Jason Arkles; photographer Neri Fadigati and visual artist Alessandro Secci. These will be contrasted with classic works of San Giovanni Battista literally revealed in a fresh light by Editech, Centro Diagnostico per i Beni Artistici e Architettonici - whose multispectral diagnostic imaging and analytical diagnostics have examined over 18 paintings of San Giovanni Battista by some of the world’s most famous artists.

CONCERT – June 21

"DOLCISSIMO SOSPIRO - Cantare e Sonare nel primo Seicento"

On the evening of Friday 21st, also at the British Institute of Florence, will be a concert of essentially Florentine baroque music with soprano Claudia Conese and three musicians from Modo Antiquo: Maestro Federico Maria Sardelli, flauti dritti; Bettina Hoffmann, viola da gamba and Giovanni Bellini, liuto e tiorba.

Tickets for the concert which commences at 18.00 are now on sale in the library at the price of €10.

A combined ticket for the conference and the concert is available in the library at the price of €15.


FlorenceArt.net offers the possibility to take private lessons in the arts of gilding, decorative painting, Venetian plasters and restoration of paintings. They also organize courses for groups upon request. Participants learn traditional European decoration techniques in our school-laboratory in Florence or in scenic Tuscan settings, carefully chosen for participants to enjoy the good life. These courses are a must for faux and trompe l'oeil painters, interior designers, antique restorers, crafts people and art connoisseurs.

Now FlorenceArt.net is offering an intensive week on mural painting in June, which breaks down the individual challenges of mural painting, allowing you to concentrate on mastering the various elements and on bringing them together to great effect.

Course: Trompe L'Oeil Chiaroscuro

Teacher: Alison Woolley,

Location: Firenze Via della Scala 11, 3rd floor Dates: June 3-7, 2013

Times: Mon-Fri 9:30-13:30

Cost: €600 euros

Course: Scenic Elements

Teacher: Alison Woolley,

Location: Firenze Via della Scala 11, 3rd floor

Dates: June 3-7, 2013

Times: Mon-Fri 14:30-18:30

Cost: €600 euros

For more info on these courses:


To register: Fill in the registration form online: http://florenceart.net/registration/


The Sant’Ambrogio Market introduced a loyalty card to reward its faithful customers with discounts and promotional offers. Now the Sant’Ambrogio We Are Florence (We-Fi) card has been extended to include other neighborhood businesses. You can buy “what you want, where you want, and when you want” to accumulate points that will be turned into vouchers to use for your future purchases and services. The We-Fi Card is free and allows you to take advantage of special discounts and promotions for you. Every 500 points is good for a discount of 5 euro.

Already popular with locals, the new gives discounts at over twenty stores, bars, restaurants and stands within the Sant’Ambrogio market and businesses located in the neighborhood stretching from Piazza Beccaria to Piazza dei Ciompi, Via Ghibellina, from Via de Macci to Via dell’Agnolo. Among the participating merchants are butchers, pharmacies, tripe sellers and lingerie shops. The merchants have joined because of a common neighborhood identity, so that they can be more competitive and offer customers a small, but real, reward for loyal shopping.

Look for the distinctive Sant’Ambrogio We Are Florence (We-Fi) sign to get your free fidelity card.

See also: http://www.wefi-card.it

FESTA DELLA CULTURA - San Giovanni Battista

June 21 to 25 the second year of the San Giovanni Battista Festa della Cultura is again dedicated to the people of Florence in celebrating the feast day of the city’s patron saint on 24th June. As before, the event will be presented by the founders of the festival I Buontalenti - a group of colleagues established 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. For details see:




Parco Sculture del Chianti kicks off its 2013 Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre on Tuesdays from 4 June through 27 August, 19:00

See http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/program2013.htm for the program of the 2013 season concerts

04 June at 19:00

Lisetta Luchini - Tuscany in Music

Lisetta Luchini, guitar and voice

Marta Marini, mandolin and guitar

The 2013 season opens with Lisetta Luchini, one of the most applauded interpreters of popular Tuscan music.The most beautiful songs of this genre, accompanied by guitar and mandolin, traditional instruments par excellence, once again recall the atmosphere of peasant festivals of days gone by. From narrative songs to blank verse ballads, from serenades to ditties, this is music born from direct contact with the people who inspired it.


The end of school concert at the Stanford University’s Florence home in Palazzo Capponi will take place on June 5 at 5pm at Via dei Bardi 36. The evening will highlight cello and Piano music. Call 055 2480952 or email standordinflorence@stanford.edu.


Enjoy the music in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi on June 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 1pm. See. www.palazzostrozzi.org.

MUSICA DA VINO – Music at the Winery

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.

June 9 Concert: ETHOS Wind Quartet

Musica da Vino starts the evening off with an informal guided tasting of the new range of Tenuta red wines that Fattoria il Piano has been creating this year. We will also taste the Carlesi Zucconi premium range wines that were produced last year.

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.

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

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

Fax : (0039) 0577 940551

E-Mail : musicadavino@gmail.com

Web Site : musicadavino.com


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Pop singer Jovanotti is in town on his Backup Tour. June 23 at 9pm in the Stadio Artemio Franchi, Viale Manfredo Fanti, 4a. You can get tickets online at www.tickettone.it.


For this you have to be under 30 or very very energetic. If this fits then be at Piazzale Michelangelo before 9pm on June 15 for the MTV Music Awards. It’s free. It’s music. It’s the place to be.


The 76th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, with our own conductor Zubin Mehta, will host numerous star players, including Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim as well as a program that includes masterpieces such as Macbeth, Don Carlo and Maria Stuarda. More than 70 events, with a stimulating and multi-disciplinary offer including operas, concerts, ballets, cinematographic works, books, conferences, publications and children's activities. It’s an extraordinary international exhibition. 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


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. Diane Krall, Earth, Wind & Fire, Leonard Cohen, Bryan Adams, and Neil Young, and more, from July 6 to July 30. For details, see www.summer-festival.com .

CONCERT AT THE VIPER THEATRE – Techno, Rock, & Heavy Metal

Above & Beyond on June 1 at 9:30pm

Saxon on June 14 at 9:30pm

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


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


The famed VIP butcher of Panzano will be hosting with the Tuscan Wine School a tasting of fine meats and wines. Bring you favorite bottle to be part of the fun.

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. For more information, visit the website www.tuscanwineschool.com or pass by to meet then any afternoon of the week!

See the schedule of this and future events: http://www.tuscanwineschool.com/special_events.htm


Until September 22 at the Bargello Museum, via del Proconsolo 4, Florence

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 pop and R&B singer songwriter Sarah Jane Morris on July 18 and the Florence Dance Festival (June 26–July 24).

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


The Festival delle Colline, celebrating its 34th year, from July 3 to July 31, 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. Diane Krall, Earth, Wind & Fire, Leonard Cohen, Bryan Adams, and Neil Young, and more, from July 6 to July 30. For details, see www.summer-festival.com .


Parco Sculture del Chianti kicks off its 2013 Musical Evenings at the Amphitheatre on Tuesdays from 4 June through 27 August, 19:00 See http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/program2013.htm for the program of the 2013 season concerts.



Experience the extraordinary opening of the Porta del Cielo (Door of Heaven) – or, at least, Siena’s version of it. Until October 27, 2013, if you happen to visit Siena, don’t miss this spectacular opportunity.

For the first time, after extensive renovation, it will be possible to take a tour of the walkways in the vault of the Duomo of Siena. Internal passages, balconies (both inside and outside) and hidden attic spaces will be open to small, guided groups. Until now, these parts of the Cathedral were accessible only to the architects and builders in charge of maintaining the structure over the centuries.

The two massive towers on each side of the façade of the Duomo house spiral staircases that lead up into the roof where there is a series of walkways and rooms that provide astonishing views of both the interior of the Duomo and the city of Siena outside.

You will be able to look down onto the marble intarsia floor of the main nave and understand its design in a way that until now could only be done through photographs. You will be able to traverse the walkway over the main altar and almost reach out and touch Duccio di Buoninsegna’s stained glass rose window. Finally, you will be able to walk along the balcony inside the dome of the cathedral from which there is a fabulous view of the high altar.

The visiting itinerary “from above” will thus permit visitors to better understand the dedication of the Cathedral of Siena to the Assumption of the Madonna, and the strong connection the people of Siena have had with their ‘patron’ for centuries: Sena vetus civitas Virginis.

The exterior views extend over the Basilica of St. Domenico, the Medici Fortress, the entire dome of the chapel of St. John the Baptist and the landscape of the surrounding Sienese hills.

The Door to Heaven Guided Tour (La Porta del Cielo)

6 April – 27 October 2013

Reservations required: tickets per person €25, groups of max 17 people €400. Tel +39 0577 286300 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or email: opasiena@operalaboratori.com

For all of the details of what to wear and what to consider before taking the tour see the official website:



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 02 to July 31; see www.estatefiesolana.it for more information.Events are held in Fiesole, Vaglia and Florence.

For the entire calendar see http://www.estatefiesolana.it/opencms/opencms/it/calendario/ .


On June 1 and 2, 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 20th 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 27 to July 6. The wineries include Suvereto near Livorno and the new Antinori Winery in Bargino near Florence. If you have to choose just one, don't miss the final event at Petra in Suvereto. See more at www.melodiadelvino.it .


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. Diane Krall, Earth, Wind & Fire, Leonard Cohen, Bryan Adams, and Neil Young, and more, from July 6 to July 30. For details, see www.summer-festival.com .

MERCATINO DI APRILANTE - Artisanal Crafts Market

Sun. 2 (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.


On Sun. 2, 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.

MUSICA DA VINO – Music at the Winery

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.

June 9 Concert: ETHOS Wind Quartet

Musica da Vino starts the evening off with an informal guided tasting of the new range of Tenuta red wines that Fattoria il Piano has been creating this year. We will also taste the Carlesi Zucconi premium range wines that were produced last year.

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.

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

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

Fax : (0039) 0577 940551

E-Mail : musicadavino@gmail.com

Web Site : musicadavino.com


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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 FOOD RULE: Water Or Wine, Nothing Else

In thousands of kitchens across America there is a person standing in front of an open fridge calling out to those gathered around the dinner table: “I’ve got white wine, red wine, mango juice, beer, milk, Pellegrino, ice tea, Coke, 7-Up, a bottle of Bacardi Breezer Lemon, and, of course, ice cold tap water. What does each of you want to drink?” This would never happen in an Italian kitchen.

In the homes and good restaurants of Italy the only beverages served with lunch or dinner are wine (red, white, rosé or Prosecco) and water (frizzante (carbonated) or naturale (still/no gas)). The water glasses, of course, have no ice in them.

It does not matter how young or old an Italian is: it’s wine or water, only. Children sometimes have a splash of wine in their fizzy water. Even adults, on a hot day, might opt for this refreshing combo using an inexpensive Chianti and a glass of ice-free acqua frizzante. This is not the sweet wine cooler found on picnic tables on the 4th of July. It is a sugar-free slightly flavored glass of water.

For children and adults, alike, milk is not an option (see the Italian Food Rule on drinks such as latte and cappuccino). Any Italian mother can tell you how milk interferes with a person’s digestion.

Italians never drink coffee with food during a meal. It is sipped from tiny espresso cups after the last bite is swallowed. Don’t try to tempt an Italian with an extra morsel after the espresso is served. (It’s sort of the same as offering an American a cookie after they’ve brushed their teeth.) Also, coffee is never drunk throughout the meal in Italy because it too interferes with digestion – in an acidic way, rather than a curdling way – any Italian grandmother will tell you. However, the same nonna will also tell you that that shot of espresso at the end of the meal aids in digestion.

Juices, sodas, cocktails, and even sugarless ice tea all interfere with the flavor of the food. To savor the true taste of each ingredient is of utmost importance to Italians as well as those who truly love Italian cooking. The only beverages that compliment Italian cuisine are wine and water.

“But what about beer?” you might ask. Until recently, Italy did not have a rich beer tradition, but Peroni and Moretti have been around since the middle of the 1800s. Italians drink beer with pizza. This does not violate the Italian Food Rule: Wine or Water, Nothing Else, because pizza is not a meal. Pizza is ... well ... pizza. Neither wine nor water compliment pizza as well as beer does. Kids and teenagers celebrate the lifting of the “no sodas” ban on pizza nights.

Then the next day it’s back to wine or water, nothing else.



For all of those Australian and New Zealand expat residents or visitors to Florence, who want to know what is going on in the community, join Victor Caulfield, President of Australians & New Zealanders In Florence (ANZIF), for one of their monthly events. They just had an very exciting Anzac Day 2013 in May and are enjoying High Tea in June and celebrating the 1933 flight of Bert Hinkler in Casentino on July 27. If you would like to get their eNewsletter, send an email to: australians.florence@gmail.com

Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:

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

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


June is the month where Florence shines. Get outside and enjoy the music, the pageantry and the food.

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio