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NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2016
WELCOME
June is filled with events, as Florence brings out her absolute best for the summer. There are so many festivals and feasts to choose from, you couldn’t possibly see everything if you tried. Between the Calcio Storico, Twyla Tharp, the Colour Run, multiple arts festivals, and a full spread of exhibits both indoor and outdoor, we know you’re going to have an inspired month. Enjoy the sunshine before it gets too hot, with best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR JUNE

BEST EVENT FOR JUNE – THE COLOUR RUN
June 4

#1: START SHINING WHITE AT THE START LINE;
#2: ARRIVE COLOURFUL AND HAPPY AT THE FINISH LINE;
#3: DANCE AND CELEBRATE IN FRONT OF THE FINISH-FESTIVAL STAGE.

Grab your tutus, your friends, and your running shoes and we’ll see you at the start line! Every COLOUR RUNNER gets his starter package (bag, t-shirt, colour powder, headband and bib number) for his ticket, before going to the start line in a shining white shirt. After firing the starting pistol the participants pass through one of five colour zones after every kilometre. There they are pelted with 100% natural colour powder based on cornmeal by our volunteers - a lot of fun, we promise that! And as one might expect: We also save the best for last! With magnificent big colour tosses and best music all COLOUR RUNNERS celebrate together at the finish festival.

Check-In Opening: 10 am, The Color Run Village: 11 am - 8 pm,
Race Start: from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Firenze - Ippodromo del Visarno
More information: http://thecolorrun.it/en/firenze/

P&F RENTAL PICK FOR JUNE – A SUPERB APARTMENT IN A WONDERFUL LOCATION ON THE ARNO

"A superb apartment in a wonderful location, handy to everything Florence has to offer. The sheer height of the ceilings and the wooden decorations are impressive as is the delightful terrace, except for some traffic noise."

Situated in one of Florence’s most prestigious buildings situated on the river Arno between Ponte Santa Trinita and Ponte alla Carraia and within a short walking distance from all of Florence´s most important monuments and museums. 10 minutes to the Pitti Palace, Boboli gardens and Piazza della Signoria.  The neighbourhood is famous for its many boutiques, artisan workshops, antique stores and numerous first class restaurants and trattorie. The British Institute Library called The Sir Harold Acton Library, is also in the same building which offers foreigners many interesting lectures, and Italian/English language school.

A refurbished apartment on the 1st floor with an elevator and doorman, measures approx. 250 sq.mts. (2,500 sq. ft.) together with approx. 60 sq. mts. (600 sq. ft.) of terrace and consists of: Entrance, Hall, Living/dining room (access to the terrace and fireplace), Kitchen (with table for 6/8 persons), Pantry, Loft/study (over kitchen area), 3  bedrooms (1 double and 1 small double, 1 with twin beds), 2  bathrooms (1 en-suite with tub and hand shower, 1 with shower), Powder room (with toilet, basin ), 1  terrace (with terrace furniture).

The floors are parquet and the ceilings are “a cassettone”,  wooden hand painted approx. 6.5 mts. high with windows facing the river Arno. The soft furnishings are silk and satin combined with Imperial period furniture, mixed with modern accessories. The terrace has a dining table and 2 benches for approx 10 persons, and several couches for outdoor lounging. Toperi plants and jasmine vines complete the decorations on the terrace.

See more at: http://www.pitcherflaccomio.com/new/index.php?file=oneaffitti&form_id_affitti=1035&l_t=1

BEST ARTS FESTIVAL FOR JUNE – 5TH EDITION OF THE FESTA DELLA CULTURA, SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA
June 11-24

Celebrating the cultural diversity of Florence through our five themes – art, music, visits, community and spiritual focus – the multi-faceted 2016 Festival presents exciting opportunities to experience some of Florence’s beauty, both ancient and modern, in a new way. The two-week programme includes four exhibitions, five concerts, two Holy Masses, seven guided tours, four art workshops, and the screening of a new film exploring the life of Don Alessandro Pacchia, who is celebrating 50 years of service at the Duomo.

Throughout the Festival, the European School of Economics in Palazzo Rosselli del Turco will be home to two exhibitions – “preparando la via” featuring the works of Antonio Ciccone, Alessandro Vannini, Helen Bayley, Jason Arkles, all on the theme of John the Baptist. The other, “Dolcezza porge e gran diletto” is a collection of new sculptures by Lisa Nocentini, inspired by the lyrics of 16th century Florentine, Cosimo Bottegari.
This year’s concerts range from early music to late Renaissance, through classical to gospel, and feature Gianluca Lastraioli (lute) and Lucia Sciannimanico (mezzo-soprano), Natascha Majek (piano), the Harding University Singers in Florence, and the Orpheus Ensemble. The venues for 2016 are Palazzo Rosselli del Turco, Palazzo Rucellai, and one of Florence’s earliest churches, Santi Apostoli e Biagio. Proceeds from the concerts will support the ancient Florentine church, Santi Apostoli, in its current community building project, and the continued work of two community organisations, Angeli per un Giorno, and AILO.
Students supported by Angeli per un Giorno will again study renaissance fresco techniques at the Academia d’Arte San Giovanni, under the careful guidance of Luca Viviani.
Our spiritual partner for this year’s festival, Santi Apostoli will celebrate Mass in English with Fr. Scott Murphy, and for the first time in Italian, with P. Paolo Cerquitella.
Joining forces in 2016, English and Italian tour guides will highlight the connections between the Patron saint and historical Florentine art. Helen Bayley and Mario Messineo will visit the Tornabuoni Chapel in the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Alexandra Lawrence and Emily Grassi (Città Nascosta) will visit the Baptistery and the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, and Fr. Scott Murphy in collaboration with Ars et Fides, will focus on the theological interpretations of art in Santi Apostoli.
Filmmaker David Battistella explores the working life of Don Alessandro Pacchia, as he marks his 50th anniversary of service as a chaplain at the Duomo and Baptistery. “Luce e Spirito” will screen at Cinema Spazio Uno, with Battistella’s photographs on sacred Florentine themes on display in the foyer.
Three of Florence’s modern artists will host workshops – Laura Thompson (painting) and Frank Rekrut (sculpture) present two workshops at The Florence Studio, and Tom J. Byrne will lead a group in mixed media for Workshop en Plein Air in Piazza del Limbo. Each one is an exciting opportunity to learn alongside a talented artist as they pursue the themes of John the Baptist and Florence. The doors of The Sacred Art School, Le Pavoniere, Stables in Cascine, and The Florence Studio in Borgo Santi Apostoli will be opened for special visits.
For the full program and tickets: http://www.festacultura.org/SGB/San_Giovanni_Battista.html

BEST CONCERT FOR JUNE – DURAN DURAN
June 10

Pop icons, Duran Duran are bringing their Paper Gods tour to Italy, with June 10 in Florence, at the Visarno Arena in Cascine Park. The tour follows the release of the last album, Paper Gods, released last September. In the course of their brilliant career, Duran Duran has sold over 80 million albums, and have achieved five prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards and others, including MTV Video Music Awards, Brit Awards, Ivor Novellos, Q Magazine and Spanish Ondas.

June 10 at 21.00
Hippodrome of Visarno
Viale del Visaarno 14
More Information/Tickets: http://www.ticketone.it/duran-duran-biglietti-firenze.html?affiliate=ITT&doc=artistPages/tickets&fun=artist&action=tickets&key=1625898$7694598n

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE FOR JUNE - THE MEDICI DYNASTY AT IL FULIGNO
Until January 2017

After the great success of last year’s season, The Medici Dynasty has reopened this year with an all new, updated production. There is a new script created by your very own newsletter writer, Marisa Garreffa, based on the original script by Gherardo Rosati Vitali, Carolina Gamini, and Giuseppe Arone. With direction by New York based director, Bari Hochwald, and the stunning new location of the Baroque church of Sant’Onofrio (inside the Il Fuligno complex), this is a production not to be missed.

The performance explores the relationship between brother and sister, Gian Gastone and Anna Maria Luisa, who were the last of the ruling Medici family line. As they struggle to reach a reconciliation, Anna Maria Luisa develops her idea for The Family Pact, which bequeathed the entire Medici patrimony to the city of Florence, on the condition that nothing could ever be removed from the city. This historic agreement is the reason that Florence is still the home of the great works of the Renaissance today. Over the one hour show, audiences get a glimpse of 300 years of the history of the Medici. Performed in English, the show is suitable for all ages.

Every day except Mondays and Fridays.
Il Fuligno Complex, Via Faenza 48
More information: medicidynasty.com

BEST DANCE PERFORMANCE FOR JUNE - TWYLA THARP AT TEATRO VERDI
June 21

A spectacular event to launch the Florence Dance Festival. I already have my tickets reserved! Twyla Tharp is one of the most influential choreographers in modern dance, and she will be presenting three of her works at Teatro Verdi: Country Dances (1976), Brahms Paganini (1980), and the world premier of her choreography set to Beethoven’s Opus 130. You can find the rest of the Florence Dance Festival as a part of the Estate Fiesolana program - see the Festivals Outside of Florence section of this newsletter.

For tickets and information: http://www.teatroverdionline.it/

BEST SPECTACLE FOR JUNE - FIREWORKS AND FOOTBALL FOR LA FESTA DI SAN GIOVANNI, PATRON SAINT OF FLORENCE
June 24

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 below) in the afternoon. The morning begins with a small civic parade, which carries the offering of cancles from Palazzo Vecchio to the Baptistery. Then the Archbishop of Florence celebrated holy mass in the cathedral at around 10.30am.

On this day, the San Niccolò Tower is also opened for the season until the end of September. The tower is a part of the original ancient walls that surround the city, and has been restored. The public are able to visit during the summer, every day between 17.00-20.00.

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, and Borgo Santa Croce, to end in Piazza Santa Croce

At 5.00 pm - The Calcio Storico, the Florentine Traditional Football, have their final match 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 spectacle begins from Piazzale Michelangelo. Stand along the Arno for the best view, where there are bars offering drinks, refreshments, and even some seating. Try the beach on Lungarno Serristori.

For Calcio Storico tickets: boxol.it

BEST SPORT FOR JUNE - CALCIO STORICO
June 11, 12, 24

Testosterone abounds when four teams of 27 players 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 “chianina” calf, or bistecca alla fiorentina, which was historically butchered for the occasion.

11 June – Verdi (S.Giovanni) - Bianchi (S.Spirito)
12 June – Azzurri (S.Croce) - Rossi (S.Maria Novella)

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

Tickets are available at Box Office Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, (inside the Murate)
More Info at: www.boxol.it

BEST EXHIBITION FOR JUNE – JAN FABRE IN PIAZZA SIGNORIA, PALAZZO VECCHIO AND FORTE BELVEDERE
Until October 2

The exhibition, entitled Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards, promoted by the Comune di Firenze, will pan out between the Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.  In fact, it will be one of the most complex and multifaceted exhibitions that this Flemish artist and author has ever produced in any public space in Italy.  For the very first time, a living artist will be expounding his art in three venues of outstanding historical and artistic importance at once.  Roughly one hundred of Fabre’s works dating from 1978 to 2016 will be on display, including bronze and wax sculptures, performance films and works made of wing cases of the jewel scarab.  Fabre will also be presenting two new works specifically devised and produced for this occasion.

**Please note that on June 4th and 5th, the Forte di Belvedere will be closed, but the other two locations remain open. For more information: http://musefirenze.it/en/mostre/janfabre/

BEST DINING OUT FOR JUNE – CORTE REALE IN PIAZZA DELLA STAZIONE

For five months over summer, the outdoor courtyard of Palazzina Reale will be serving drinks from its long curving bar, along with a range of street food kiosks, a breakfast bar, and special events and tastings organised throughout the summer.

This is definitely the hip place to be on hot summer nights. You find it just near platform 16 at Santa Maria Novella.

Open daily from 12.00-02.00

BEST OF THE REST FOR JUNE

FABBRICA EUROPA EDITION 23 - INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN FLORENCE
Until June 18

Fabbrica: a ‘factory’ of open, independent, interdisciplinary creativity. An experimentation platform of ideas and innovative languages, Fabbrica Europa works for the circulation of the different types of knowledge and expressive codes of culture in the making.

The XXIII Edition of the festival will transform Stazione Leopolda in Florence into a place of living contemporaneity: a creative transit station where, piece by piece, a fertile, original, innovative, current world of imagination will be constructed, through panoramas on people and artists whose identities are not linear.

Stazione Leopolda is presented as a platform of creative sharing that opens out onto new project formats and sets in motion an artistic movement both collective and independent. An interchange among artists that lights up new forms of relation, perception and fruition of space, permeated by choreographic and sound signs that design anew contours and volumes.

See the full program here: http://fabbricaeuropa.net/en/fabbrica-europa-2016/

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY HOSTS ‘THE SEASON’ AT VILLA LA PIETRA
Until August 23

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.

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.

The Season 2016 features concerts, acting performances, dialogues and readings with contemporary American and Italian writers, a film festival, and a multimedia installation, all against the spectacular setting of the gardens of Villa La Pietra and in downtown Florence.

For the full program: http://lapietra.nyu.edu/project/the-season-2016/

FLORENCE DESIGN WEEK, SEVENTH EDITION, AT LE MURATE AND OTHER VENUES
June 15-19

Design United is the theme of the seventh edition of FLORENCE DESIGN WEEK the festival dedicated to creativity, which aims this year to promote the collective dimension of design and creativity, encouraging exchanges between various cultures.

The creative process is usually not a solitary activity and includes group participation right from the conceptual phase of a project. Even the most solitary of the designers finds inspiration and reference to the society in which he lives and aims his work to one in which he would like to live; good design tends to union and communication rather than to separation.

Florence Design Week this year is dedicated to the most creative cities that integrate people of different cultures through design, to designers who welcome inputs from different disciplines, and to design solutions that include a strong ethical and sustainable orientation.

Full program: http://florencedesignweek.com/

FESTA DEL VIAGGIO
June 7-12

Explore the world right here in the Renaissance city! With editions in Palermo and Florence, this festival features travel-themed film screenings, exhibitions, lectures and events. Given that 2016 is the Jubilee Year of Mercy, with pilgrimage a frequent topic of discussion, one of this year's main themes is traveling on foot. An urban stroll through Florence's street art scene will be one of this edition's main events (6.30pm, June 10; reservations required to scandaloso@gmail.com), along with a barefoot trek through the Cascine (10.30am, June 12, reservations required to viaggi@festivaldelviaggio.it).  Other highlights include a Siberia-themed exhibition by Russian photographer Oleg Kugaev (opening 6pm, June 8, Spazio Alfieri) and Rocco Rorandelli's migration-focused photography (opening 7pm, June 10, Fondazione Studio Marangoni).
(Text from The Florentine:
 http://www.theflorentine.net/highlight/2016/05/best-events-florence-june-2016-2/)

For the full program: http://www.festivaldelviaggio.it/2012/

CIRCO STANZA 251 - MINI FESTIVAL AT CARTAVETRA GALLERY
Until 11th June

The artist community of Stanza 251, in collaboration with Florentine art gallery Cartavetra, present "Condition 251": twelve days in which artists and writers will take over the Cartavetra spaces. It is a diverse festival of art, literature and music that will present readings of texts and meetings with a number of authors.

In the first room three solo exhibitions will alternate, by Baerbel Reinhard, Zei Carlo and Stefano Loria. One wall of the interior of the gallery, spaces will be occupied by "Art of the Day", a rotation of eight other artists from Stanza 251. "Art of the Day" will feature works by Francesco Biasetti Valentina Niccolai, Beatrice, Ferdinand & Iacomelli, Squitti, Vicky Bailey, Andrew Smaldone, Francesco Lauretta, and Enrico Bianda.

The following writers will participate, all frequenters of Room 251: Enzo Fileno Carabba, Vanni Santoni, Matthew Licht, Simone Lisi, Ferruccio Mazzanti and also Lavinia Ferrone, Cristina Guarducci, Roberta De Piccoli and Lucia Mattocks.

The historian Sergio Tossi, gallery owner, will perform the musical duo Now! Marta Scaratti and Francesco Niccolai will speak about their anthropological and photographic work, Pietro Torrigiani will describe his unconventional bookseller experience atTodo Modo. The journalist/photographer Enrico Bianda will conclude the festival meetings, examining the intersection of artistic languages, always dear to the theme of Stanza 251.

For the full program: http://www.cartavetra.com/#!circoSTANZA251/cd23/5745cbca0cf23a64f6daf54b

TOSCANA PRIDE PARK AT VILLA LIMONAIA STROZZI
June 11-19

Following the Italian Senate’s recent approval of legislation recognising same-sex civil unions, celebrations at the first-ever Toscana Pride Park are particularly timely. Villa Strozzi’s Limonaia will host a colourful series of LGBT-themed events, from film and documentary screenings to parties, concerts and book presentations. Highlights include the opening party (10pm, June 11); a conference on same-sex parenting organised by Rete Genitori Rainbow (9pm, June 12); a cheeky performance by Milan-based group Nina’s Drag Queens (9pm, June 15); and an outdoor brunch to cap off the festivities on June 19.
(Text from The Florentine:
 http://www.theflorentine.net/highlight/2016/05/best-events-florence-june-2016-2/)

View the full program: http://www.toscanapridepark.com/

PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 90TH EDITION
June 14-17

The world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections and for launching new projects in men’s fashion. The trade shows and parties for the world-renowned menswear showcase are closed to the general public as custom goes, but every Florentine knows there’s no better people-watching than when the Pitti tastemakers come to town. Keep your eyes peeled for prominent figures on the fashion scene and public events at stores around town, and if you’ve got a daring outfit you’ve been too timid to don, these are the days to give it an airing.

On the occasion of Pitti Immagine Uomo 90, on June 14 in Florence, Palazzo Pitti will host “KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion”, a photography exhibition curated by Eric Pfrunder and Gerhard Steidl, which represents Karl Lagerfeld’s entire photographic oeuvre and includes many unpublished works. (See the exhibitions section of this newsletter for more details.)

More information: http://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate/fairs.html

VINTAGE SELECTION - FASHION AND ACCESSORIES AT LA FORTEZZA DI BASSO
June 29 - July 1

Vintage Selection! Come and view vintage clothing, accessories and design objects in an event created by Stazione Leopolda srl Florence. Followed by a large audience of collectors and enthusiasts, Vintage Selection has become an absolute must for cool-hunters and the offices of leading international fashion and style, who come to Florence to search for inspiration for their creative research.

Stazione Leopolda
Viale F.lli Rosselli, 5

MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE
June 1

A literary Open Mic Night for writers in Florence. On the first Wednesday of every month, writers gather in Hostel Tasso and present poems, stories, original songs, tales, and other delights.

The first Wednesday of every month. Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso
More information: https://www.facebook.com/openmicflorence/

 

EXHIBITIONS IN JUNE

THE POLYPTYCH OF SANTA CROCE BY ADAM ELSHEIMER - PALATINE GALLERY, PALAZZO PITTI
Until June 5

The Galleria Palatina, in the special exchange with Städel Museum from Frankfurt, will be exhibiting the Adam Elsheimer’s Polyptych of the Holy Cross. The altarpiece, which once formed part of Cosimo II de’ Medici’s collection, will be accompanied by panels illustrating its history, dispersal and reassembly on the basis of archival documents.

LIU XIADONG: MIGRATIONS STROZZINA
Until June 19

The Strozzina area of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting a major one-man show devoted to the work of Liu Xiaodong, one of China’s most important and original contemporary artists.

The exhibition, devised and produced by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, will be showcasing a broad selection of paintings, drawings and photographs on which the artist will be working during a spell in Tuscany lasting from the autumn of 2015 through to the spring of 2016. The main themes of the work on display will be the cities of Florence and Prato and the Sienese countryside, which the artist is observing and experiencing through direct contact with the local people, but with a special focus on the local Chinese communities.

Liu Xiaodong, who was born in Liaoning province in 1963 and trained in Beijing, is celebrated for his very personal painterly style midway between historical painting and a reporter’s angle on the contemporary world. Seemingly routine moments or daily events take on an epic monumentality in Liu’s large canvases, akin to stills recording places in the world marked by conflict or by social and human tension. With their style which, while summary and extremely controlled, is at the same time emotional and heavy with texture, Liu’s pictures reproduce images of everyday life, almost always in the open air, inhabited by the men and women who populate the countryside or the cities in which the painter has chosen to spend time. A crucial role in his creative process is played by photography, which he uses as a tool of observation and a model for his painting, but also as an objet d’art in its own right for display alongside his paintings and preparatory sketches, testifying to his urgency to forge a link between different artistic techniques and cultural realities.

See more at: http://www.strozzina.org/en/exhibitions/liu-xiadong-a-firenze/

FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK: THE ART OF THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION
Until 24th July

Palazzo Strozzi is hosting this major exhibition, bringing to Florence over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that reconstructs the relationship and the ties between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim.

Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition – the result of a cooperative venture involving the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York – will be offering visitors a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the crucial work of European masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso and European masters of so-called Art Informel, or “Unformed Art,” such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, with large paintings and sculptures by some of the most important personalities on the American art scene in the 1950s and 1960s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.

Devoting an exhibition to the Guggenheim collections means telling the fast-paced story of the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II in a tight and uninterrupted interplay between European and American artists. But producing such an exceptional exhibition in Florence also means celebrating a very special tie that goes back a long way, because it was precisely in the Palazzo Strozzi’s Strozzina undercroft that Peggy Guggenheim, who had only recently arrived in Europe, decided in February 1949 to show the collection that was later to find a permanent home in Venice.

The large paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs on display at Palazzo Strozzi on loan from the Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice and from other leading international museums, paint a vast fresco of the extraordinarily heady season of 20th century art in which Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim played such a key role.

For information and tickets: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/guggenheim-2/?lang=en

JOHN CURRIN AT THE STEFANO BARDINI MUSEUM
Until October 2

John Currin is contemporary American painting’s reigning “bad boy,” known for his satirical and sexualized artwork, blending classical techniques with his self-described “trashy” sensibilities. In his comically crude paintings, viewers find the fleshiness of Rubens, the frivolity of Fragonard and the pop references of Warhol. Currin’s show is the first in the new “Contrappunti” exhibition series, aiming to make the public more aware of the Stefano Bardini Museum’s antique treasures through unexpected and provocative juxtapositions. For additional information, call 055/2342427.

(Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/highlight/2016/05/best-events-florence-june-2016-2/)

Stefano Bardini Museum
via dei Renai 37

SPLENDIDA MINIMA AT PALAZZO PITTI - SMALL SCULPTURES FROM THE MEDICI COLLECTION
Until November 2

The exhibition Splendida Minima (Beautiful Miniatures) at the Pitti Palace Medici Treasury in Florence displays small sculptures in hard stone, which belonged to the Medici family.

The works are from the Uffizi Gallery, which holds a valuable collection of small sculptures in precious and semi-precious gemstones, mainly produced in Hellenistic and Roman times. The technique for making these sculptures was lost during the Middle Ages, but rediscovered and revived during the Renaissance.

It is the first exhibition dedicated to this particular type of artistic expression, highlighting the unique technical and stylistic characteristics of the objects.

The Medici Treasury
Palazzo Pitti

JESTERS, VILLAINS, AND PLAYERS AT THE MEDICI COURT GALLERY OF MODERN ART, PALAZZO PITTI
Until September 11

This exhibition will explore the bizarre figures and faces of court life found in many of the Medici collections, yet often overlooked or marginalized. Comprising approximately thirty 17th and 18th century artworks, the show will focus mostly on genre scenes illustrating the comic and less-refined rituals and faces of court life.
(Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2016/01/top-upcoming-exhibitions-in-florence/)

Medici Court Gallery of Modern Art
Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini

KARL LAGERFELD - VISIONS OF FASHION AT PALAZZO PITTI
Until October 23

“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is a special anthological exhibition celebrating Karl Lagerfeld’s diverse and elegant approach to photography: photos from fashion shoots published in the world’s most important fashion magazines – among them different editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and V Magazine – and others inspired by classical mythology such as the series “Le Voyage d’Ulysse” and “Daphnis and Chloe”. The show assembles an extraordinary collection of more than 200 images created using a variety of techniques including daguerreotypes, platinum prints, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, screen-prints and digital prints.
 
The exhibition will start from the grand staircase, Scalone del Moro, and wind its way through the rooms of the Galleria Palatina, the Sala Bianca and the two rooms of the Appartamenti degli Arazzi in a continuous dialogue between the sizes of the pictures and the exhibition areas: from the smaller, subtle images to be shown in the Galleria Palatina, almost as if to punctuate the tour of the masterpiece-filled museum, to the imposing pictures in the Appartamenti degli Arazzi that converse with the beautiful tapestries on display. As to the Sala Bianca, where Italian fashion was born in 1951, the curators have selected fashion photos by Karl Lagerfeld printed on lightweight paper that will flutter from the ceiling, recalling the lithe movements of models on the runway.
 
“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is part of the “Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs”, promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana with a grant from the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development and Agenzia ICE – in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy.

More information: http://www.pittimmagine.com/corporate/fairs/uomo/events/2016/karllagerfeld.html

FECE DI SCOLTURA DI LEGNAME E COLORI - PAINTED WOODEN SCULPTURES AT THE UFFIZI
Until August 28

Throughout the first half of the 15th century painted sculptures of wood, marble or terracotta were the primary creations of artistic sculpture. This exhibition aims to investigate for the first time, through a group of approximately fifty works, the story of polychrome wooden sculpture of the 15th century in Florence, where the close proximity of sculptors, painters and architects was crucial for the activity of the masters of the time. Curated by Alfredo Bellandi.

Galleria degli Uffizi
For more: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/

STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
June 5

On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures. Here’s a list of the state museums you could visit:
Museum of Palazzo Vecchio
Arnolfo Tower
Complex of Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
Museo Novecento
Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.
Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance. You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN JUNE

BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES

Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June, the British Institute presents a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library, which is followed by an informal drinks reception. The Cultural Programme is open to members of the British Institute of Florence. Membership options range from 24 hours (€5) to Life (€500).The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month. The events for June are:

‘I am not what I am’: hidden identities in Shakespeare’s plays: Lecture in English by Luigi Giannitrapani
June 1st - 18:00

Luigi Giannitrapani, who spoke last November about the English Romantic poets, turns his attention the question of hidden identities in the plays of William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago this spring.
‘I will wear my heart upon my sleeve’, says Othello to Roderigo, ‘for daws to peck at. I am not what I am.’

The myth of republicanism in Renaissance Italy: Lecture in English by Fabrizio Ricciardelli
June 8th - 18:00

The period between the late 13th and early 14th centuries saw significant discussion in Italy about the two different political models of republicanism and lordship. The example of the Italian republics has been a fundamental reference point for the values of modern political thought, which has made controversial and sometimes severe judgments in their regard. Yet these republics were experiments that helped to extend the participation in government to large segments of the population.

Dr Ricciardelli is Director of the Kent State University program in Florence.

Primo Levi: chemistry, literature and memory: Lecture in English by Luigi Dei
June 15th - 18:00

This talk offers a science-based interpretation of a story (‘Cerium’) by Primo Levi from the book The Periodic Table, suggesting that chemistry and literature are the two banks of the same river we call culture. Luigi Dei is Rector of the University of Florence, where he is Professore Ordinario in the department of Chemistry ‘Ugo Schiff’.

L’immagine delle ville medicee: le lunette Utens: Lecture in Italian by Alessandra Griffo
June 22nd - 18.00

Since 2013, the complex of Medici villas and gardens has been recognised as a UNESCO site. All of the houses and gardens were depicted in a series of lunettes, painted in the late 16th and early 17th century, to a commission from the Grand Duke Ferdinando I, by the Flemish artist Justus Utens.

Dott.ssa Griffo works as an art historian at the Uffizi Gallery.

For membership to The British Institute, see here: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library/membership

EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO - FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square.

Museo Novecento also hosts special exhibitions and events.The June program isn’t out yet, but keep an eye on the website, as there’s always something interesting happening.

For more information: http://www.museonovecento.it/en/

FILM EVENTS IN JUNE

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – ODEON CINEMA

The Odeon has resumed its Original Language films program. Once only screened on Monday nights, you can now find sessions for each film spread over several days.

This month’s English language films include: Julieta, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Nice Guys, Masaan, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Ma-Ma, Now You See Me 2.

There are also a number of special film events this month, including more from the series La Grande Arte al Cinema, a presentation of Le Confessioni with the director Roberto Andò, and re-screenings of the magnificent Italian film La Grande Bellezza.

Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Odeon-Program-2016-June-1-July-13.pdf

MUSIC AND THEATRE FOR JUNE

PATTI SMITH IN CONCERT
June 18

An extraordinary writer and performer, a charismatic female figure of music history from the late sixties to the present, who continues to renew herself through writing and capture the younger generation with the visionary strength of the force that emanates from her.

PLEASE NOTE: The concert was originally going to be held at the Hippodrome of Florence, but has now been moved to the Visarno Racecourse, located inside the Cascine Park.

June 18 at 21.25
Hippodrome of Visarno
For tickets: http://www.bitconcerti.it/patti-smith.html?evid=825

“SORSI DI MUSICA” - LIVE MUSIC AND APERITIVO IN THE GARDENS OF VILLA BARDINI

A gorgeous music program through the spring and summer, with concerts presented at Villa Bardini in collaboration with the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory. The concerts for June will begin at 17.30, before shifting to 18.00 from June until August. You can park your car for free in the inner space of Forte Belvedere. June’s program:

June 7: Fantasie Novecentesche
June 14: Viola Fest II
June 21: Giovani Voci Internazionali
June 28: Il Quartetto

Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
More information: http://www.bardinipeyron.it/blog/sorsi-musica-programma-aprile-luglio-2016/

MTV AWARDS
June 19

Teenyboppers and party people will take over the Cascine when the MTV Awards ceremony returns to town. The fun kicks off with an 8pm MTV Awards Social Party, open to all, with the main show following at 9pm. Alessandra Amoroso, Emis Killa, Benji & Fede, The Kolors and Lorenzo Fragola of “#FuoriCeilSole” fame are just a few of the young stars who will take to the stage. Late into the night, there’ll be plenty of off-camera action and dancing during the Aftershow Party, featuring performances by Il Pagante and Merk & Kremont.  
(Text from The Florentine:
 http://www.theflorentine.net/highlight/2016/05/best-events-florence-june-2016-2/)

More here: http://mtvawards.mtv.it/

JAMES BAY AT THE OBIHALL
June 3

This June at the Obihall, don’t miss English singer/songwriter James Bay for one night only, on his Chaos and the Calm tour. Known for his hit single “Hold Back the River”.

June 3 at 21.00: James Bay
For more details: http://www.obihall.it/

THEATRE  AND PERFORMANCES AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA

June 5: Prova Aperta di The Underground - A Response to Dostoevsky
June 8-15: Lear
June 9: Progetto Bach

The new Pergola program and book for the year has been released, and can be collected for free in the foyer of the Pergola Theatre. For more information: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/

OPERA DI FIRENZE - 79th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” is spread across multiple venues including: Opera di Firenze, Teatro Niccolini, Teatro della Pergola. They continue their 2016 season with:

In the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti:
June 20-26: The Opera “L’Elisir D’Amore”
June 23-July27: The Opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”
June 3-July 25: The Opera “La Traviata”

Across other venues:
June 4: Stairway to Heaven
June 5: Roverto Wind Orchestra/Andrea Loss
June 9: Zubin Mehta/Diana Damrua
June 18: Zubin Mehta
June 19: Filarmonic a della Scala/Myung-Whun Chung
June 24: Messa di San Giovanni Battista
June 28: Weiner Philharmoniker/Daniele Gatti
June 30: Berliner Philharmoniker/Yannick NÉZET-SÉGUIN

Tickets and more information: www.maggiofiorentino.com

MODERN & CLASSICAL MUSIC IN CONCERT AT TEATRO VERDI

Teatro Verdi will announce their new 2016/2017 season on the 23rd of June at 11.30. It’s sure to be another great season of music and performance. Meanwhile, don’t miss the three part performance by famed choreographer Twyla Tharp, to open the Florence Dance Festival.

More information: http://www.teatroverdionline.it/

EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JUNE

THE SHADOW OF THE ETRUSCANS: SYMBOLS OF A PEOPLE BETWEEN THE PLAINS AND HILLS
Until June 30

A journey through time exploring the sacred and the underworld horizons to rebuild the threads of the Etruscan civilisation that in ancient times spread on the north area of the Arno river, along the direction of the Florence-Prato-Pistoia plain, the Mugello/Val di Sieve and Montalbano wide territory.

Between stones, bronzes and steles, what emerges is a fascinating part of history full of suggestions, which reconstructs distant cultural roots of Tuscany through Prato and the epicenter of Gonfienti.

To Gonfienti is dedicated the first section of the exhibition: a special attention is paid to the universe of the sacred, deducible from the devotees figures in bronze, as well from the representation on an important attic kylix (cup) in red-figure assigned to Douris, the famous Athenian painter.

The second section opens the horizon on the production of "Fiesole stones" that best characterize this vast terrotory from which emerged, during the Etruscan age, the centers of Artimino, Fiesole and Gonfienti: steles and stones, decorated relief monuments that identify noble families coming from funerary contexts of the tergeted area.

An exhibition that reveals new aspects so far unknown of the archaeological past of Prato and Tuscany.

Prato - Museo Palazzo Pretorio
Wed-Mon 10:30 - 18:30

More information: https://www.coopculture.it/en/events.cfm?id=424

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ROBERT CAPA: EXHIBITION IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Until October 7

An exhibition dedicated to the great war photographer Robert Capa who tells the story of World War II in Italy through 78 images. The photographs were taken in Italy during the years 1943-44. A powerful and striking exhibition by a photographer than many consider to be the father of photojournalism.

Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art - “Raffaele de Grada”
Via Folgore, San Gimignano
More information: www.sangimignanomusei.it

THE VIOLATED CANVAS: FONTANA, CASTELLANI, BONALUMI, BURRI, SCHEGGI, SIMETI, AMADIO, AND RESEARCHING THE PHYSICAL USE OF THE THIRD DIMENSION
Until June 19

The exhibition takes into account those artists who, in the late forties and the first half of the sixties, worked on "overcoming" the canvas concept, no longer understood as the space of representation, in favour of a more physical approach - direct, conceptually able to turn the schedule in artistic self-significant object that was supposed to talk so absolutely subjective with the public. They created work that cancels the emotional influence of instinctive gesture to reconnect to the world and real life.

It all starts from the holes and cuts of Lucio Fontana and Gobbi of Alberto Burri . With the first Manifesto of Spatialism (1946), Fontana offers a new art that would have to be characterised by the physical study of the subject, the colour of the moving sound of the rhythm that could result from a new job with the painting schedule. The aim was to overcome the two-dimensional limits of the canvas to create a space that was, at the same time, physical and conceptual.

Explore the artwork of Fontana, Castellani, Bonalumi, Burri, Scheggi, Simeti and Amadio.

Lucca Centre of Contemporary Art
Via Della Fratta, 36
Wed-Sun 10:30 - 18:30

More information: http://www.luccamuseum.com/en



DINOSAURS AND AQUARIUMS AT THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN PISA
Until August 30

The Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa has its origins in the Gallery of the Botanical Garden, established in 1591 by Ferdinand I de’ Medici. However, the different collections that make up the museum began being gathered by Luca Ghini prior to the establishment of the gallery (1544-1554). From 1823 to 1887, the museum and the adjoining research laboratories went through a period of rapid expansion. This led to the existing collection, comprised of over two hundred thousand scientific specimens from four centuries of naturalistic research in Pisa. In their present location, the rooms and galleries of the zoological, mineralogical and paleontological sectors offer plenty of historical and architectural references. Also part of the museum is a 5-hectare plot of land surrounding the buildings, characterised by typical Tuscan crops and a canalisation and storage system for spring and rainwater.

There are two special exhibitions on now:
THE AQUARIUMS: AN AQUARIUM TUNNEL AND 24 TANK DISPLAY

The first room hosts some of the fish that live in our rivers and our lakes. The Italian fish fauna is characterised by a chaotic fruit composition of continuous human interference, that in more than a century have profoundly altered the composition of these populations. Currently it consisted of little more than 80 species of which about 40% were introduced. Currently there are: The Tyrrenhian rudd (in danger of extinction), barbel, chub, carp, roach, perch, the roach of Albania sun, and the bluegill.

In the second room of 24 aquiariums there arev arious freshwater fish from all over the world. Currently there are: the potamotrigonidi races, some species of Characiformes, the catfish, the killifish and Perciformes, rainbow fish, puffers of fresh water, the arowana, the knife fish, polipteri, the lepistostei and lungfish African.

THE HALLS AND THE COURTYARD OF THE DINOSAURS

The route begins in the backyard with two resin skeletons, the “carnotauro”, a carnivore with two horns on his forehead, which attacks the “amargasauro”, a herbivore with a double row of long spinal processes on the neck. Within the niche, a three-dimensional diorama reproduces a nesting “saltasauri” (titanosaurs herbivorous quadrupeds) with two “aucasauro” cubs (bipedal theropod carnivores) close to the nests to try to eat the eggs, while an adult is in the background trying to distract  the “saltasauri”.

In the first room is reconstructed in 1: 1 scale the field of dinosaurs El Cuy Valley (Patagonia), excavated by the researchers of this Museum. The reconstruction documents the excavation phases and recovery of fossils. The adjoining restoration workshop presents the fossil restoration techniques. It is thus possible to follow the path of a fossil from the time of its discovery, through its complete reconstruction, and potential duplication with the production of the mold.

The second hall describes the way of the dinosaur. It exhibits a resin skeleton of a “kritosauro”, this species belongs to the group of duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurs), specialised herbivores that lived up to the time of the great extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era. On the opposite wall are exposed representatives of the most significant groups of Mesozoic, being compared with those of the Cenozoic, the two eras are separated by a red band indicating that the biological crisis occurred 65 million years ago, which also led to the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

The tour ends with a recreational-educational workshop on dinosaurs for children of nursery and primary schools.

Open Every day 9.00 - 19.00
Natural History Museum, University of Pisa
Via Roma 70

FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR JUNE

INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL IN FORTE DEI MARMI

The seaside city of Forte dei Marmi will explode over four separate nights as countries compete to win the International Fireworks Competition for 2016. A free event that is sponsored by the city to draw the international crowd, with Gabriele Salvatores leading the jury who will decide on the winner. See England’s “Smart Pyrotechnics”,  South Africa’s “Fireworks for Africa”, Germany’s “Flash Art Group”, and Italy’s own “Pyrotechnics Morsani”. Audiences can have their vote by registering on the website.

June 4 at 22.00: England
June 18 at 22.00: South Africa
July 9 at 22.00: Germany
July 23 at 22.00: Italy

On the pier at Forte dei Marmi.



69TH EDITION OF ESTATE FIESOLANA - FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, CINEMA, THEATRE, DANCE IN FIESOLE

Launching in June, this is a stunning program of arts centred around the open air auditorium in Fiesole. Definitely go to their website and have a browse of the dozens of events programmed, far too many to list here. From ballet performances, to music concerts, art exhibitions and special events, there are more than enough reasons to climb the hill.

There are two free events to open the season:
June 16: Fiesole Prize for the Masters of Cinema with a screening of Antonio Pietrangeli’s “I Knew Her Well”.
June 18: Musical Hiking - a two hour hike with musical discoveries through the pathways of Monte Ceceri.

See the full program on the website: http://www.estatefiesolana.it/



21ST BIRTHDAY OF RADDA NEL BICCHIERE - WINE TASTING IN CHIANTI
June 4 and 5

Everything is ready for “Radda nel Bicchiere”, (Radda in a Glass), the appointment with Chianti wines in the suggestive town of Radda in Chianti, a common point of interest for lovers of folklore and ?ne wine. Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, the event, in its 21st year, begins. Thousands of tourists ?ll the small town in the heart of Chianti Classico to enjoy the breathtaking view while imbibing a few glasses of excellent wine. Guests of honor this year are wines from Etna.

There will also be a guided wine tasting of 24 wineries and 80 labels from Radda. The party begins on Saturday at 10:30am with the meeting “Radda incontra L’Etna – Analogie e differenze del rosso d’altura” (Radda meets Etns…Analogies and differences between high altitude reds”. It will be conducted by Giampaolo Gravina in the “Sala del Podesta’” of Town Hall. Reservations are required. The event will be opened from 3pm to 8pm with the tasting of the best Radda wines. At 4:30pm the seminar, “I vini di Radda in Chianti alla prova dei bicchieri neri, con qualche intruso” (Radda reds…with some intruders) will be conducted by Davide Bonucci, President of the Siena Enoclub. Reservations are required. For info and reservations call Pro Loco: 0577738494.

Sunday, June 5, the event will be open from 11am to 6pm. During the day, the 9th “Degustazione alla Cieca” (Blind tasting) will take place in the Saletta of the Misericordia. Prizes will be awarded at 6pm. During the event there will be a vast selection of wines for sale at cellar price in bars and wine bars of the town.

(Text from: http://www.wechianti.com/2016/05/28/si-scaldano-motori-radda-nel-bicchiere/?lang=en)

More information: http://www.raddanelbicchiere.net/



GIUGNO PISANO - MONTH LONG FESTIVAL IN PISA

June is the month to visit Pisa! Giugno Pisano is a month full of historical re-enactments, demonstrations, concerts, carnivals and cultural events to celebrate the ancient traditions of the city.
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The historical events are: the Luminara di S. Ranieri, the S.Ranieri Festival, the Historical Regatta of Saint Ranieri, the Gioco del Ponte and, every four years, the Historical Regatta of the Maritime Republics. Around these main events there are also concerts, markets, festivals, fairs, shows and much more!

Find the full program at: giugnopisano.com



A CENA DA MESSER GIOVANNI - LONG TABLE DINNER IN CERTALDO, 16th EDITION  
June 4 and 11

An impressive long table dinner in medieval style, served at two long tables on either side of via Boccaccio. The area will be lit by torches in the beautiful setting of Certaldo Alto. The dishes are served on traditional earthenware with wooden cutlery, with 80 boys and girls dressed in medieval costumes taking care of the guests. In the intervals between courses, there will be sword fights, fire-eaters, and stilt walking by the Company of the Black Dragon - a spectacular group from Certaldo who are now known all across Italy. At the end of the dinner will be a fireworks display at Palazzo Petrorio. The two dinners will both have the same menu.

For more information, and to see the menu: http://www.elitropia.org/it_IT/cena-medievale/



GIOSTRA DELL’ARCHIDADO - CORTONA CROSSBOW FESTIVAL
June 12

The Archidado Joust traces its origins back to the Middle Ages and was officially created in 1397 to celebrate the wedding of Francesco Casali, the Lord of Cortona, and Antonia Salimbeni, a noble woman from Siena. In the city of Cortona, this historical event is recalled every year on the second Sunday of June, when people are lead back to the ancient medieval splendor of the city. The streets are decorated in medieval style, ladies, knights, flag flyers, crossbow shooters, soldiers, pages, civil and religious authorities, all dressed with fine costumes, liven up the city center, which is rich in history and artistic beauties of every time.

For more information: http://www.giostraarchidado.com/en/the-joust.aspx



GIOSTRA DEL SARACINO - HISTORICAL REENACTMENT IN AREZZO
Second Sunday of June

The Giostra del Saracino is the main historical reenactment of the city of Arezzo. The event takes place twice a year: the second Saturday of June at night edition (Joust of San Donato) and the first Sunday of September in the daytime edition (Tournament of Our Lady of Consolation). The jousting tournament attracts thousands of visitors, fascinated by the historical procession. See hundreds of people in medieval costumes and dozens of horses, punctuated by the sound of trumpets with the colours of flags. The event has its origins in the Middle Ages. Arezzo Baroque rides were organised between the sixteenth and the end of the seventeenth century. The jousting tournament has since been celebrated over the centuries, during visits of important personalities, to accommodate kings, princes and cardinals, but also to solemnise civil significant anniversaries like the noble marriages.

For more information: http://www.cortonaweb.net/en/cortona-events/archidado-joust

MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:

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JUNE WISHES
June is the month when Florence shines. Spend the time outside soaking up the sunshine, the festivals, and all the pageantry.
All the best,

Staff
Pitcher and Flaccomio


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