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NEWSLETTER march 2009

March - Enjoy your Marzo Pazzo (crazy March) with its delightfully unpredictable weather. March 8th brings the Festa della Donna, when Italians pay tribute to all women. Moving on through the month, the pre-Easter fun begins as cafe and shop windows fill with brightly wrapped chocolate Easter eggs of all sizes.

In this issue, Simon Clark and Anne Brooks fill us in on the Fiorentina latest, plus we list an array of Florentine and Tuscan celebrations of truffles, rice fritters and lots of other foods, music and tango, plus exhibitions, lectures, movies in English and more.

With springtime right around the corner, SUZANNE, CORSO, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, KIMBERLY and MARIO all send a sunny Florentine greeting.


St. James is the American Church in Florence. Besides maintaining a full schedule of worship and music, the church offers many educational opportunities: a weekly forum for adults on a variety of topics from a faith perspective taught by scholars resident or visiting in Florence; Bible studies, including one in Italian, a Sunday School for children and activities and trips for teens and young adults. A gospel choir and a chancel choir offer choral music for worship, and visiting artists often sing or play for service as well. St. James ministers to the community with a weekly food bank, a childcare centre, a very popular monthly thrift shop, a number of 12-step recovery groups and a weekly dinner for college students studying in Florence. The Children's Lending Library offers English-language books to children in Florence and environs. Many community groups hold their meetings at St. James.
The church is always looking for volunteers who want to help out and get to know others, as well as people who just love fun, food, singing, friends and service to the world. Visit our website at www.stjames.it or join us on facebook -- St. James American Church!
Music at St. James begins its inaugural season this year with a program of opera and chamber music. Saturday night is opera night, presenting performances of four beloved operas in Spring 2009: Tosca, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Seviglia and La Bohème. The final Monday of each month will feature chamber music, including concerts by world-famous organists on our new Willis organ, music for piano, vocal and world music ensembles and more.
Maestro Riccardo Foti, music director at St. James, is impresario for this new arrival on the musical scene in Florence. He is also music director for the monastic choir at the Badia Fiorentina, and teaches at Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He is delighted to be leading a new musical venture at the American Church.
MUSIC AT ST. JAMES Concert Calendar
Saturday, March 7th - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) 8.30
Monday, March 16th - La Bohème (Puccini) – (a change from Saturday!)
Saturday, March 21st - Tosca (Puccini) 8.30
Saturday, March 28th - La Traviata 8.30
Saturday, April 4th - Il Barbiere di Siviglia 8.30
The Monday recitals begin at 9pm - €15 (€10 students, seniors). All other performances begin at 8.30pm - €25 (€15 students, seniors).

On March 7 and 8 at the Teatro di Cestello, Florence International Theatre Company hosts VDay FIRENZE 2009 - bringing Awareness to Violence Against Women locally and internationally. Twenty seven women from 7 countries will perform "The Vagina Monologues" in Italian and English (with corresponding subtitles) to bring awareness to this issue and to raise money for Artemisia Centro Antiviolenza as well as for VDay which is a global movement to end all violence.
This year's "spotlight" issue is the rape of women in the Congo as a tool of war. Performances are: March 7, 9pm and March 8 at 4pm and 9pm. Tickets are a minimum required donation of 10 euro.
VDay FIRENZE events kick off at Paperback Exchange on March 3 by putting this subject into context from a Renaissance perspective. Dr. Andrea Gáldy, History and Art History Professor at Florence University of the Arts and specialist in Renaissance History of Collecting will lead a conversation with selected readings from historian Lauro Martines' fictional novel "Loredana." There is also a play for children written for VDay Firenze by TeatroLà presented by The Children's Lending Library and the St. James Church.
For more information on the performance or to get involved with the letter writing campaign to the President of the DRC please visit www.florencetheatre.com or contact us at info@florencetheatre.com. Or tell us you will attend by contacting the PAPERBACK EXCHANGE, Anglo-American Bookshop. Via delle Oche 4R- 50122 Florence, Italy. Tel.055/293460 - Fax.055/2658395, Skype: Emylina. E-mail: papex@papex.it
The Il Giorno Della Memoria Project - We are grateful to the survivors who spoke with us about their stories here in Florence and Tuscany. And to the new partnerships we have formed on this project - New York University, Sinagoga di Firenze, Prof.ssa Carla Forti/CISE (Centro Internazionale Studi Ebraici) of Pisa, Dott.ssa Marta Baiardi/Istituto Storico per la Resistenza, Regione Toscana and Yavneh Academy/New Jersey, USA. Theatre can bring history and humanity to life in ways in which no other art form is capable. FITC looks forward to where these partnerships will lead in the coming years and to the art, experiences and educational opportunities which will develop. For more information on this project contact us via email.
Creative Campus Spring 2009 - Creative Campus celebrates its 3rd year this month with more wonderful American students engaging with their Italian counterparts in creative activities as alternatives to the drinking nightlife of this city. The kick-off took place at Club Paradiso with students from various university programs in the city who are looking for a positive engagement with each other. Around both tables much enthusiasm and ideas were shared and an Italian/American photo club joins the list of projects they will be creating. Stay tuned for information on what great events they will be bringing to the city in the next couple of months!
A Note From The Producing Artistic Director - When I came here three years ago, I could not have imagined the enormous amount of creativity and passion I would have the gift of sharing with and experiencing in this city. FITC has travelled very far and very deep in an extremely short period of time. We have initiated many long-term projects, such as Creative Campus, because of the belief we have in the strength of the arts to affect the civic and cultural life of this city. And we have stayed true to our mission of integration and intercultural exchange both on our professional stages and in all our initiatives. With VDay Firenze 2009, FITC engages Florence in a world-wide movement to respond to a terrible issue with a creative response. With the Giorno Della Memoria Project we launch a cross-continental effort to bring local history first to life and then to international exposure. There is nothing that can stop creative efforts of good will and passion. And to think, we have only just begun.
And for that, I am deeply grateful. I look forward to seeing you at the VDay Firenze 2009 events!
Bari Hochwald, Producing Artistic Director

FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!......Serie A is nearing a crescendo with a brawl building for the fourth Champions League spot. As February ends, Fiorentina hold it – just. “Can we hang onto it?” is The Big Question. As long as Gila and il fenomeno keep up the habit of scoring with the last kick of a game, we have a chance! Referees have started awarding us penalties, too – and sending off opposition players…..
Serie A. Perhaps thrown of balance by the snow which caused February’s opener at Bologna to be postponed for a day, we have lived dangerously from time to time this month – but not at Bologna, once the ice had melted away. Two goals within the opening sixteen minutes from Adrian Mutu, both set up by Montolivo, and the game was pretty much over. Bologna got one back courtesy of sloppy defending but later on Gilardino popped in a third and it finished 3-1 to us.
Week 23 brought Lazio to the Stadio. They gave us a drubbing back in September but have gone off the boil of late. Still, they started off at 100mph for the eighteen minutes during which they kept a full team on the pitch; then the referee reduced them to ten. That should have handed the initiative to us but Lazio have class and continued to match us stroke for stroke; we needed just about every part of Frey’s anatomy to keep them out. Ultimately, reason triumphed over passion, eleven over ten and Gilardino tapped in the only goal from close range in the 90th minute.
Off to Genoa for week 24. In last month’s newsletter, we emphasised the importance of doing well here as Genoa are one of our closest rivals. This was, to use one of those bathetic football phrases “a game of two halves”. Genoa went 1-0 up in 12 minutes; then the “Lazio effect” kicked in as they had a player sent off; again we were playing ten men. Unperturbed, Genoa scored again in the 38th and 57th minute and there we are, losing 3-0 and the season ebbing away from us. Adrian Mutu wasn’t having that. On 60 minutes, he put away a penalty; ten minutes later he netted a second from open play; he curled in the equalizer in the 94th minute just as the referee was raising his whistle to his lips – 3-3 with the last kick of the game. Three goals scored by Mutu, one point salvaged for Fiorentina.
Back to the Stadio to host Chievo but we seemed on the back foot as the Veronese took the lead on 13 minutes and came close to doubling that lead shortly afterwards. Mr. Prandelli got busy and made a couple of substitutions at half-time; now we charged forward. It still took till the 73rd minute for Gilardino to equalize. Chievo then had a man sent off. That made three games in a row and you’d think we’d be good at facing a reduced team but we still couldn’t manage the winner until the last kick of the game again – Mutu bashed it in from the edge of the penalty area. Chievo were less than happy. We’ll probably be fined for the ensuing near-brawl and a Chievo player being “restrained” down the tunnel by police. Who cares? A 2-1 win and we retain fourth place!
UEFA Cup. “Close but no cigar” as someone said once……We’d drawn “Dutch giants” Ajax Amsterdam with the first leg at the Stadio. They may have a great history but Ajax are only fourth in their league and we were in with a chance. We needed a good home result and we didn’t get it as the Netherlanders strutted away with a 0-1 victory. We had our chances; we dominated the first half especially but we either fluffed those chances or found their goal keeper on inspired form. We needed to win in Amsterdam and remind ourselves that in last year’s UEFA Cup, we beat PSV Eindhoven on their own territory. How close we came! Fiorentina dominated the first half of the second leg, hitting the woodwork and scaring the Dutchmen. An hour in, a terrific Mutu assist and Gilardino finish put us even in the tie and we went for the win…then allowed Ajax to get the winner in the 88th minute. A 1-1 draw on the night and we exit to concentrate on the league, which may be no bad thing. Who wants to win the secondary European competition? We want to get back into the premier Champions League!
It looks like Inter, Juve and Milan for one, two and three. Behind them are half a dozen clubs jostling for the fourth Champions League place and the consolation Europa (new name for the UEFA Cup) places. Viola are squatting in fourth as March begins but it’s really tight and we have to keep up the pressure through this month’s four league games. It would be nice to win all four but one is away to Inter so we may have to settle for a draw there (and why not? We held them goalless at the Stadio in October). We take on Reggina. It’s a long way DOWN to Reggina – down south to Sicily and down Serie A to the absolute bottom. Three points. We should win the other two games, both at home – Palermo (mid-table and not yet to be written-off but we cuffed them 3-1 at their ground and ought to repeat the treatment) and Siena (hovering just above the relegation zone, they beat us earlier in the season but we should have too much firepower). Nine points are
essential; more is desirable. Forza Viola!
Ticket information is available from the “biglietteria” section of the club’s website [www.acffiorentina.it]. There is a plan of the stadium seating areas, prices and a list of ticket outlets in Florence, including:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between the Pzza Repubblica post office and the Odeon cinema). Tel 055 292363).
BAR MARISA, via Carnesecchi 1. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ASS. SPOTIVA COLLETTIVO AUTONOMO VIOLA 1978, via Lungo l’Affrico 10r. Tel 055 672580.
BAR H9, via dell‘Ariento (south side of the central market).
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, via Luigi Alamanni 39 (close to SMN station). Tel 055 264321

Week 26: 1 March: Reggina-Fiorentina
Week 27 (Florence): 8 March: Fiorentina-Palermo
Week 28: 15 March: Inter-Fiorentina
Week 29 (Florence): 22 March: Fiorentina-Siena

We invite your comments for our “Readers Review Restaurants” section. Use this forum to spread the word about restaurants that merit recognition for their great food and good service. The contents will reflect our reader’s points of view (though we reserve the right to agree or disagree). Send your input to newsletter@pitcherflaccomio.com.

Suzanne made a find recently… “it is a small restaurant that was taken over about 6/8 months ago by a guy called Massimo (I think). It is tucked away between Piazza del Trebbio and Via della Scala, you wouldn't know it was there unless you went looking for it. I ate all seafood…antipasto di assaggini tepidi followed by zuppa di cozze and then ravioli stuffed with fish and with a very light fish sauce. With wine by the glass, coffee and water we spent euro 25 each. The house wine was delicious and generous. I didn't try their dolce.
The restaurant has an upstairs loft area. In the time that I was there he must have turned away about twenty people, so booking is obviously essential. I would imagine they seat about 40 people.
The young, but brilliant chef apparently also does an 8 euro lunch. I noted that it was an extremely clean restaurant… noticeably so. The prices are very reasonable even for meat and fish, he has a limited menu but he seems to prefer to suggest options, or maybe that was because I was with one of their loyal clients. The atmosphere was very pleasant and a young crowd was present. Pensavo Peggio, Via Del Moro 51/R. Tel. 055 285486.? pensavopeggio@libero.it.

THUMBS UP – THUMBS DOWN “Our Readers Right”
Our “Thumbs up, Thumbs down” column is your chance to write us and share your own ideas and information, or to toot the horn of businesses, events and those Florentine situations that strike you as either wonderful or terrible. Please note: all opinions are (usually) strictly those of our readers. Lend us your thoughts!

As long as we are writing our own reviews this month, and as long as we are unashamedly touting the talents of our own Mario Spezi, we thought you might also like to see how good looking he is and what fascinating company he keeps… Kim



Mario (film rights to his bestseller The Monster of Florence have been been picked up by Tom Cruise and Co.) tells us: “La foto e stata scattata la sera del 28 gennaio a Roma, in occasione del red carpet anteprima del film Operazione Valchiria alla quale ero stato invitato. E' stata scattata nel backstage e con me, oltre a Cruise, ci sono Chris McQuarrie (sceneggiatore premio Oscar con I Soliti Sospetti) che da marzo comincerà a scrivere la sceneggiatura del Monster of Florence; e il regista di Valchiria (e di X Men, I Soliti Sospetti e altro) Bryan Singer. La foto e stata pubblicata ("Picture of the day) su Publisher Weekly la settimana scorsa. E' stato il primo incontro personale con Cruise e Mc Quarrie, che sono anche produttori del film. Mi hanno detto che a loro non interessa raccontare la storia di un serial killer, ma quella di due scrittori (me e Douglas), che decidono di vedere chiaro in un' indagine oscura, e come ha reagito il potere. Questo mi piace molto.

COFFEE GRANITA - A Sicilian classic, coffee granita is wonderful served in a fresh brioche for breakfast on a hot day, or as an after-dinner refreshment in small elegant glasses.

4 cups hot, freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee
½ cup sugar

In a medium bowl, combine the espresso and sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Set aside to cool. Pour into a 9-inch round or square baking dish. Freeze until the mixture becomes slushy around the edges, about 30 minutes. Stir to break up the ice crystals. Continue freezing, stirring the mixture every 20 minutes, until it is slushy, about 1 hour. Makes 1 quart; serves 4.

Recipe provided by Pamela Sheldon Johns, from her popular book GELATO!



On Friday 6th, Florence celebrates its inner Brit at Saschall. Starting promptly at teatime, the doors open and soon after tribute bands honouring the Beatles (Voxpower), Queen (Queenmania) and Robbie Williams (RW tribute band) will take the stage. Along with a Brit-themed market, a Brit-themed book fair, a mini Austin Mini car show, there will be a celebration of British artists living and working in Tuscany. The show will go from 5:00 pm til midnight. Tickets: 10 euro. www.britmania.eu.

LENTEN SUNDAY (8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th) MARKETS.
Florentine tradition called for Fiere delle Quaresimali markets in every neighbourhood during Lent. The modern version takes place each Sunday of the month before Easter. You will find over 300 vendors of everything from pots and pans to fur coats (used). The Cascine Park, Piazzale Kennedy and Viale Lincoln. Open from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

For the week from Sat. 7 to Sun. 15, stop off at the Fortezza da Basso. It is hard to shake the sensation of walking through the pages of a design magazine when browsing the 12th edition of Florence’s Salone del Mobile. You’ll find furnishings that range from classic, to modern, to high tech, to way-in-the-future. As you stroll, it is impossible not to gather ideas. Ask advice from designers, architects and producers about hardwood flooring, windows and doors, garden furnishings, security systems, alternative heating and cooling systems, plus bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens to die for. Salone del Mobile. Monday to Saturday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Sunday: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. Ticket: 4/5 euro. www.salonedelmobile.com. Tel. 055 571708. Fortezza da Basso.

Starting at 9:00 am on Sun. 8, meander around Piazza Santo Spirito and discover something wonderful amongst the varied wares of purveyors of antiques and “other”.

From Fri. 13 to Sun. 22 the Fortezza da Basso will be overrun by antique fiends hunting down the best in Italian and international paintings, jewellery, books, sculpture and furniture from a bevy of antique dealers. A special section this year (during the first 3 days only) will highlight dealers of Modern and Contemporary art. Fortezza da Basso. Weekdays 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sat./Sun. from 10:30 am to 8:00 pm. Tel. 055 2657940. For further info: www.palazzopiozzo.it.

From Sat. 14 to Mon.16, Florence’s Stazione Leopolda hosts TASTE: a festival of food, in recognition of the fact that a large portion of Italy’s charm is thanks to its fabulous cuisine. At TASTE there will be sampling, discovery and food related events including cultural- gastronomic debates, tasting sessions and shopping.
The show presents a 5-stage journey. TASTE TOUR lets you discover and taste products to become better acquainted with the gastronomic treasures of Italy. TASTE TOOLS presents kitchen utensils and equipment, combining food and kitchen design. TASTE PRESS is a selection of magazines and editorial projects dedicated to wine, food and food culture. TASTE RINGS are the meetings and debates, serving ideas about taste and quality food addressing subjects like “Pasta on Trial. How can we explain the rising price of pasta against falling wheat prices?”. And the journey ends with TASTE SHOP where visitors get a chance to buy anything that has been presented along the way.
TASTE is a meeting place for Italian and international food industry members as well as an event for the all quality food enthusiasts. There will be over 170 exhibitors, selected from Italy’s makers of outstanding and niche products – from chocolates, to dry egg pasta prepared following ancient traditions, to aged buffalo milk cheeses, to balsamic vinegar preserves and Taggiasche olive jams. Some exhibitors this edition include: Acquerello, Azienda Agricola La Cà Dal Non Acetaia 1883, De Gust, Giordano Caffè, Giraudi Cioccolato Artigianale, La Campofilone Pasta all'uovo dal 1912, La Motticella, Le Tamerici, Luigi Guffanti Formaggi 1876, Pastificio Benedetto Cavalieri Dal 1918, Pastificio Latini, Primitivizia, Torrefazione Caffè Lelli, Tortapistocchi ®, and Villa Marta.
But perhaps the biggest news at this edition is Fuoriditaste, a rich program of events in Florence to be held concomitantly with the fourth edition of TASTE. Fuoriditaste is the program of off-site meetings, entertainment, cultural and promotional events that will take place in public and private venues, indoors and outdoors around the city – concerning not only excellence in eating and drinking, but everything that is related or relatable to the huge galaxy of taste and the pleasures of the “good life”. The events are not limited to restaurants, wine shops and cellars, specialty food stores, craft ice cream shops, markets and street-food vendors, trendy bars and hotels, but includes art galleries, museums and associations that make up the city’s cultural life. From Thursday 12 to Monday 16, check the website schedule for special events (a beer and cheese tasting, babà al rhum and limoncello tasting, dinners, aperitivi, hot chocolate tastings and more), at locales around town including the new Q.B Quantobasta on via dei Ginori, at the Officina di Santa Maria Novella on via della Scala, the recently inaugurated delicatessen Amarù on Piazza Sauro, Caffè Chiaroscuro on via del Corso, JK Place and more. For information visit: www.fuoriditaste.com. For general information about TASTE: Stazione Leopolda, V.le Fratelli Rosselli, 5. Hours: 10.30 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. (Monday 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.). Admission € 10. www.tastefirenze.it

IRLANDA IN FESTA, 16th Edition,
From Tuesday 17 (St. Patricks Day) to Saturday 21, hit Saschall for some good Irish fun. This year the Celtic fair will feature the music from the PADRAIG RYNNE GROUP, MODENA CITY RAMBLERS, WHISKY TRAIL, VAN DE SFROOS and DERVISH. Don’t miss the fantastic dance of CLIFFS OF MOHER. Irish culture in general is there for the taking: food (stews and salmon, beer, fish and chips), atmosphere and Ireland travel information. The fun starts each day at 7:30 pm. Dance lessons (jigs and reels) will be available every evening except the 19th. Info: www.saschall.it. Tel. 055 6503068. Saschall, Lungarno Moro (take bus 14). Admission: 12 to 15 euro.

KOREA FILM FEST - Festival of Korean Cinema in Italy
From Fri. 20 to Sat. 28, the Cinema Odeon will host the 7th annual Samsung Korea Film Fest. Since 2003 the Festival has been organized by the Florentine Associazione Culturale Taegukgi, advocating an exchange of Tuscan and Korean Cultures. The objective of the festival, other than cultural and institutional collaboration between Italy and Korea of course, is to promote Korea’s seductive cultural universe through the lens of the big screen, art expositions and other organized events. From new releases to contemporary classics, the festival is one of a kind in Italy. It offers documentaries, short films, and full-length features. The schedule of events is to be posted on the Film Fest website: www.koreafilmfest.com. Korea Film Fest. Cinema Odeon, Piazza Strozzi. Tel: 055 576551. E-mail: info@koreafilmfest.com

If you are in “centro” on the afternoon of Sun. 29, don’t be surprised to see a parade of costumed characters winding their way from Piazza di Parte Guelfa near Piazza della Republicca across town to Piazza SS. Annunziata.
Following one of the oldest Florentine traditions, the city celebrates its “real” New Year on March 25th, on the day of the Annunciation, when Mary learned she was to become the mother of Christ. The obvious church to hold this celebration therefore, is Santissima Annuziata.
Therefore, despite the fact that Florence has adopted the 1st of January as New Year’s day for over 250 years.... starting at 3:00 pm, a stream of well-dressed Renaissance Florentines, with much drum pounding fanfare, will pass through the city centre from Pzza. di Parte Guelfa, arriving around 3:45 pm at the Church of SS. Annunziata to pay homage to the chapel of the Holy Effigy of the Annuciation. At 5:00 pm, the parade will have made its way to Piazza della Signoria where the Uffizi Traditional Flag team will put on a great show.

From March 10 to June 21, the Palatine and Modern Art Galleries of the Pitti Palace host Pietro Benvenuti.
Pietro Benvenuti (Arezzo, 1769 – Florence, 1844) was the leading protagonist of Tuscan art in the years that marked the passage from neoclassicism to romanticism. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Florence and completed his training in Rome where he painted his first important studio trials: the Judith for the Cathedral of Arezzo and the Martyrdom of the Blessed Signoretto Alliata for the Cathedral of Pisa.
Elisa Baciocchi (whose brother Napoleon Bonaparte received the principality of Lucca and Piombino, and then the government of the entire Tuscany) appointed Benvenuti court painter, and in 1807 she summoned him to direct the Academy of Florence, an office he maintained until his death. The Napoleonic parenthesis was the period of several monumental compositions (The Death of Priam, The Oath of the Saxons, Elisa and the Artists), which precluded to the great decorative undertakings planned to modernise the Pitti Palace, the Room of Hercules in particular (in the wing today occupied by the Palatine Gallery), terminated during the Restoration.
Benvenuti was also an extraordinary portraitist. In Tuscany, he represents the style that prevailed in the middle-European ambit, both in bringing the character of the personages into focus, and in the setting. His classicist vocation is fully expressed in the composition of mythological themes, which the painter prepared with exquisite drawings that often assume the value of autonomous works. Leopold II of Lorraine commissioned him to complete the decorations in the dome of the Chapel of the Princes in the Church of San Lorenzo.
So the exhibition illustrates Benvenuti’s artistic history, presents his most important works, and compares them with those of his early teachers, and those by Italian and foreign artists (from Giani to Sabatelli to Thorvaldsen), encountered in Rome in the eccentric and experimental Accademia dei Pensieri (Academy of Thought). The Sala Bianca of the Gallery of Modern Art presents the paintings of the Napoleonic years (mainly portraits and mythological themes). The set up revolves around the large painting of Pyrrhus, presented to the public for the first time after a long and complex restoration that has revealed its stylistic components drawn from the study of David and Canova.
The exhibition itinerary also includes the Room of Hercules and ends with a section dedicated to the paintings of the years of the Restoration, genre paintings for the most part of a historical-literary matrix with inflections of a troubadour flavour. The particular interest of these works emerges from the comparison with several paintings with an explicit romantic adhesion by contemporaries Luigi Sabatelli and Giuseppe Bezzuoli. They are the proof that the classicist maestro Benvenuti at least in part shared the instances of truthfulness advanced by the next generation of the “moderns”, especially the Macchiaioli. Palatine Gallery and the Modern Art Gallery, Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 6:50 pm. Closed Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it. Info: 055 294883.

From March 14 to July 12, the Pitti Palace Silver Museum hosts a show featuring the art of antiquity reflected in twentieth-century and present-day art. Paintings and sculptures that have passed through the centuries (from the Etruscans to the Classical Age, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance), are proposed in comparison with Picasso and Dali, Modigliani and De Chirico, Soffici, Marino Marini, Vangi, Mitoraj, Theimer, Guadagnucci and Franco Angeli.
The more than 130 works on show include a series of significant parallels of the applied arts: between the glass manufactures by Ercole Barovier and Carlo Scarpa and extraordinary pieces from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, between ceramics by Giò Ponti and those from the National Archaeological Museums of Florence and Rome, between twentieth-century jewels and several wonders from antiquity and the Medici collections in the Pitti Palace.
The exhibition visually represents the innovative force and great expressiveness of twentieth-century art, juxtaposed with an historical Neoclassicism.
Already present in Picasso’s works from the early XX century (the exhibition presents the Repas Frugal from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London), the return to origin became a creative drive also for a generation of Italian artists. After the disruptive experiences of the turn of the century, Carrà, Severini, Soffici, De Chirico, Morandi, and Modigliani chose this road to reconnect with roots and traditions. Even foreign artists were influenced by the allure of our past: in the Birth of Liquid Desires dated 1931-32, and on loan from the Guggenheim Museum of Venice, Salvador Dalì presents a surreal atmosphere, and literally cites the famous Cornelian with Apollo, Marsias and Olympus, which once belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent. Silver Museum. Palazzo Pitti. Piazza Pitti 1. Hours: 8:15 to 5.30 pm. Closed Monday. www.polomuseale.firenze.it. Info: 055 294883.

THE MADONNA DEL CARDELLINO: Raphael’s newly restored Madonna of the Goldfinch
Extended to March 15, Palazzo Medici Riccardi hosts a masterpiece by Raphael Sanzio, the Madonna del Cardellino, painstakingly renovated over the last nine years by Florence’s Opificio delle Pietre Dure. This restoration has brought back the delicate colouring of the painting, created by a young Raphael for his friend Lorenzo Nasi in Florence. Alongside the painting itself are panels describing the stages of the restoration, high definition videos providing a clear, close-up view of it, and four works from the same period illustrating the atmosphere and taste of the time. You will find a portrait, the Gravida, assigned to Raphael during his Florentine sojourn between 1504 and 1508, documenting the other genre (in parallel to the paintings of the Madonna) in which Sanzio engaged during his permanence in Florence. A second portrait, the Monaca, by a Florentine master (here identified as Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio, son of the great Domenico and a friend of Raphael), serves to demonstrate the influence the young artist from Urbino had over his colleagues on the banks of the Arno. The third work is a thin wooden panel, once used as a portrait ‘cover’ and decorated with grotesque motifs (in the past, authoritatively attributed to Raphael himself but, instead, probably by Ridolfo), which serves as ulterior proof of the stylistic consonance between Florence and the master. The last work is a glazed terracotta sculpture by Girolamo della Robbia representing the Madonna and Child with the young Saint John the Baptist (1510-1515) that, in its composition, faithfully reproduces the La Belle Jardinière by Raphael today in the Louvre.
The show runs until March 15. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Cavour 3. Hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily except Wednesday. For reservations or info: tel. 055 2760340. www.palazzo-medici.it

The Alinari National Museum of Photography hosts works by Carlo Mollino, Italian architect and designer whose skill as a photographer was only rediscovered some years after his death in 1973. Mollino held photography in high esteem, it was a great passion and favourite means of expression. He was a photographer who advocated retouching, as documented in his treatise The Message from the Dark Room. Mollino often painted on his photos or negatives.
Alinari National Museum of Photography. Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Closed Wednesday. Entry: euro 6. www.firenzeperfattori.it, www.alinarifondazione.it.

This ongoing show at the newly restored Villa Bardini, features Pietro Annigoni, who died in 1988, leaving a legacy that we can now begin to explore in depth. A selected portion of the 6000 works of art recently donated by the artist’s family will be on show, changing annually to enable his public to eventually view the entire collection. Painting in a Renaissance style, Annigoni’s portraits graced the cover of Time magazine five times during his life. Visit the museum today, to enjoy an introduction to the artist’s works, as this year we will be shown paintings (and lithographs, designs and memorabilia) dating to the beginning of his career.
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2 and Via dei Bardi 1r. Museum hours: October 1 through March 31: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. From April 1 through September 30: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Tel. 055-2638599. www.bardinipeyron.it.

Theatre info: Teatro Comunale , Via Solferino 15. Tel. 055 27791. Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel. 055 2479651. Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, tel. 055 212320. Teatro Saschall , Lungarno Moro 3, tel. 055 6504112. Teatro Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15. Tel. 055 229651. Teatro Romano, Fiesole, Tel. 055/59187. Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3, tel. 055 678841. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5. St. Mark’s Church. Via Maggio 16. Tel. 055 294764. Church of Orsanmichele, Via dei Calzaiuoli. Tel. 055-210305. Teatro Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, tel. 055 362067. Chiesa S.Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, piazza S.Stefano 5. Purchase tickets for theatre, concerts and other events at the following ticket agencies: BOX OFFICE: Via Alamanni, 39 (alongside the train station). Open Monday 15,30-19,30, from Tuesday to Saturday 10,00-19,30. Tel: 055/210804. Fax: 055/213112, INTERNATIONAL STUDIO, Chiasso de’ Soldanieri, Tel. 055/293393, ARGONAUTA VIAGGI, Lungarno Torrigiani 33/B, 055/2342777.9187. Many tickets can be pre-purchased via www.ticketone.it or www.boxol.it or www.classictic.com/en or www.festivalopera.it.

Every day
ORGAN CONCERT. Chiesa S.Maria de' Ricci, Via del Corso. Daily at 9:15 pm; Saturdays at 6:00 pm.

Friday 6
DENÈVE AND ANDERSZEWSKI: Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the French conductor Stéphane Denève will be making a return to the Teatro del Maggio, following his first performance here during the 2004 Festival with the Orchestra della Toscana. He will be presenting a varied programme which will include Stravinsky’s Concerto in E flat major, commissioned in 1937 by Robert Woods Bliss to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the building of Dumbarton Oaks, his splendid residence in Georgetown, near Washington; the Suite for orchestra op. 80 which Fauré took in 1900 from his stage music for the play Pelléas et Mélisande by Maeterlinck, and Suite n. 2 taken in 1934 from the ballet Bacchus et Ariane by Roussel. The Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski, one of the finest up-and-coming talents on the international scene, will be performing the Concerto in D major K. 451, composed by Mozart in 1784 while he was living in Vienna. 8.30 pm Teatro Comunale

Saturday 7
CORO DI VOCI BIANCHE DI FIRENZE E SCANDICCI. Youth Orchestra of Florence. Director: Janet Zadow. Ceremony of the Signing of the Pact of Brotherhood between the cities of Florence and the town of Mauthausen. Salone de' Cinquecento (Palazzo Vecchio). 11:00 am. (Tel. 055 680487).
PIETRO DE MARIA, piano. Music of Chopin. Teatro della Pergola. 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 8
ANDRAS SCHIFF, piano. Music of Mozart. Teatro della Pergola. 9:00 p.m.

Monday 9
LUCA CARBONI - 'Musiche Ribelli Tour'. Teatro Puccini. 9:00 pm.
CHORAL OF SACRED MUSIC by Crooks United Methodist Church (United States). Chiesa S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. 9:00 pm. Free.

Wednesday 11
LAURA PAUSINI - World Tour 2009. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00 pm.

Thursday 12
LAURA PAUSINI - World Tour 2009. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00 pm.
CHORAL OF SACRED MUSIC by THE Shenandoah Conservatory (United States). Chiesa S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. 9:00pm. Free.

Friday 13
ROBERTO ABBADO - Highly acclaimed by Florentine audiences as both a symphonic and opera conductor (his successes include Attila and I Lombardi alla prima crociata by Verdi, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini and, most recently, during the last Festival, the Italian première of Henze’s Phaedra), this time Roberto Abbado will be conducting the only movement which has reached us in its complete form, the Adagio, from Mahler’s Tenth Symphony; the Symphony in E flat major K. 543 written by Mozart in Vienna in 1788, and the magnificent Missa in angustiis in D minor composed by Haydn in 1798 and also known as "Nelsonmesse" in honour of the legendary English admiral and of his victory over Napoleon on the Nile. Teatro Comunale. 8.30 pm.

Saturday 14
ARTEMIS QUARTET. Music of Schubert and Widmann. Teatro della Pergola. 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 15
ROBERTO ABBADO. 4:30 pm. See Fri. 13.
ARTEMIS QUARTET. Music of Schubert and Widmann. Teatro della Pergola. 9:00 p.m.

Monday 16
KIM KASHKASHIAN, viola, ROBIN SCHULKOWSKY, percussion, TIGRAN MANSURIAN, piano and voice. Music of Mansurian and Komitas. Teatro della Pergola. 9:00 p.m.

Thursday 19
TANGO METROPOLIS: Argentinian Tango dance extravaganza. With Pilar Alvarez, Claudio Hoffmann and Daniel Binelli. Teatro Verdi.

Friday 20
CARYDIS AND STEINBACHER - Born in Athens in 1974, the conductor Constantinos Carydis is a rising star on the music scene who has already been engaged to perform in the future in a number of major European orchestras. For his début in Florence, he has chosen the Symphonic Poem The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas, composed in 1897 and inspired by the ballad Der Zauberlehrling by Goethe, and the two Suites taken from the ballet Daphnis et Chloé begun by Ravel in 1909 on a commission from Sergei Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes, the famous dance company which he had just founded and which this year celebrates its hundredth anniversary. The ballet was performed on 8th June 1912 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, choreographed by Michel Fokine. The German violinist Arabella Steinbacher will be playing Prokofiev’s Second Concerto in G minor op. 63 on the priceless 1716 Booth Stradivarius owned by the Nippon Music Foundation. Teatro Comunale. 8.30 pm.

Saturday 21
ORNELLA VANONI - Più di Me Tour 2009. Teatro Verdi. 8:45 pm.
TOKYO STRING QUARTET. Music of Haydn. Teatro della Pergola. 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 22
CARYDIS AND STEINBACHER. 4.30 pm. See Fri. 20.
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA, conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta, soprano Patrizia Cigna, Music of Ciglioni and Pergolesi. Chiesa di Orsanmichele. 9:00 pm.
ROSSINI PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Concert in honour of St. Joseph. Chiesa di San Giuseppe, Via Santa Caterina d'Alessandria 9:30 pm.

Monday 23
ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA, conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta, soprano Patrizia Cigna, Musico f Ciglioni and Pergolesi. Chiesa di Orsanmichele. 9:00 pm.

Wednesday 25
BIAGIO ANTONACCI - 'Il cielo ha una porta sola'. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00 pm.

Tuesday 31
ZUBIN MEHTA - Immediately before setting off for the tour which will take him to Oviedo and Abu Dhabi, Zubin Mehta will close the Season with a performance of the monumental Symphony n. 2 "The Resurrection”, which Mahler began in 1888 but did not complete until 1894, as a homage to the great German orchestra conductor Hans von Bülow. The solo soprano and contralto parts and the parts for the chorus are taken from the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) and from the poem Die Auferstehung (The Resurrection) by Klopstock. The performance will feature the soprano Barbara Frittoli and the contralto Marjana Lipovšek. Teatro Comunale. 8.30 pm

Wed. April 1
ZUBIN MEHTA. 4:30 pm. See Tues. 31

Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2 (across from Colle Beretto Bar). Phone: 055 214 068.
Monday 2 - Rachel Getting Married by Jonathan Demme (with Italian subtitles) with Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mather Zickel, Bill Irwin, Anna Deavere Smith. 4.00 – 6.10 – 8.20 – 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 3 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng. 5.00 – 9.00 pm
Thursday 5 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 5.00 – 9.00 pm
Monday 9 - Revolutionary Road by Sam Mendes with Leonardo Di Caprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Zoe Kazan, Kathryn Hahn. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Tuesday 10 - Pink Panther 2 by Harald Zwart with Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina. 4.30 – 6.30 – 8.30 -10.30 p.m.
Thursday 12 - Frost/Nixon by Ron Howard with Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Patty McCormack. 8.20 – 10.30 p.m.
Monday 16 - The Reader by Stephen Daldry (with Italian subtitles) with Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz. 3.45 – 6.10 – 8.20 -10.30
Tuesday 17 - Watchman by Zack Snyder (With Italian Subtitles) with Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. 5.00 – 9.00 p.m
Wednesday 18 - SPECIAL EVENT: Ken Loach will be at the Odeon to presents “It’s a Free World” (G.B. 2007). SHOW at 8.30 p.m
Thursday 19 - Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle - with Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Irfan Khan (with Italian subtitles) 4.00 – 6.10 – 8.20 – 10.30 pm
From 20 to 27 March Odeon Cinehall will host The 7th Festival of Korean Cinema in Italy.
Monday 30 - The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (with Italian subtitles) with Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry. 4.00 – 6.10 – 8.20 – 10.30 p
Tuesday 31- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher with Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng. 5.00 – 9.00 pm

A contemporary family drama, Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married explores the tensions that estrangement can bring when reunions are called for (1 OSCAR NOMINATION - Venice Film Festival)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of a man who ages in reverse. David Fincher has Brad Pitt as Benjamin, born in his eighties and whimsically aging backwards to youth in a magic realist universe not too distant from Forrest Gump (WINNER of 3 OSCARS).
Expect the unexpected in Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin as Clouseau on the trail of a missing diamond (Berlin Film Festival).
Frost/Nixon takes us through the famous interviews that disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon gave to renowned British journalist David Frost in 1977. Ron Howard expertly reveals the clash of wills and egos (5 OSCAR NOMINATION INCLUDING BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR, 5 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS.
Sam Mendes directs Revolutionary Road, the story of a 1950’s suburban American couple with aspirations beyond their station, whose path to fulfilment in the Old World is strewn with obstacles (WINNER BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS GOLDEN GLOBE).
Kate Winslet (again) is the older woman with a past, romantically involved with a teenager in Steven Daldry’s reconciliation drama The Reader, set in post World War II Germany (Berlin Film Festival, WINNER BEST ACTRESS OSCAR Kate Winslet).
Watchmen is Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel, considered by many to be one of the masterworks of the 20th Century. It promises to be exciting and worth the long wait and hype.
Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire has taken the world by storm with its affecting story of Mumbai street boy Jamal Malik and his progress to the jackpot in ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Indian style (WINNER 8 OSCARS INCLUDING BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR, WINNER 4 GOLDEN GLOBES).
Darren Arnofsky gave us the harrowing Requiem for a Dream, and his current drama The Wrestler has Mickey Rourke as Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson, retired wrestler on the comeback trail in a brutal and searing performance (WINNER BEST FILM VENICE FILM FESTIVAL – 2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS).

Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Free admission. Lectures start at 6:00 pm. For info: tel. 055 2677 8270, library@britishinstitute.it
Wednesday 4 - The Eden Trio. An evening of chamber music. The Eden Trio was recently formed in Florence by three young musicians: Pietru Gabriel Horvath (violoncello), Fanny Ravier (violin), and Salvatore Monzo (pianoforte). On this occasion they will play trios by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
Wednesday 11 - Anne Leader - Reforming the Florentine Badia: art and observance in a renaissance monastery. Anne Leader, currently a Fellow at Villa I Tatti, examines a comparatively little-known fresco cycle: the Scenes from the Life of St Benedict, painted in the 1430s in the so-called "Orange Cloister" at the Badia Fiorentina.
Wednesday 18 - Richard Serrin - The art of Antoine Watteau. Antoine Wateau (1684-1721) was the first painter to realise the implications for art of the new universe ushered in by Isaac Newton’s Principia Matematica and the secularisation of philosophic thought in the 17th century. In Watteau’s two greatest paintings, L’embarquement pour Cythère and L’enseigne de Gersaint, art historians have failed to recognise the explicit references to his melancholy premonitions, premonitions borne out only too well in succeeding centuries. When seen from this perspective, Watteau’s paintings take their seminal place in the artistic watershed that was the 18th century. Richard Serrin is an American painter who has lived and worked in Florence for 40 years.
Wednesday 25 - Derek Granger - On the Waugh path. A look at the way Evelyn Waugh’s novels have been turned into films, with particular reference to A Handful of Dust, which Waugh believed to be the best of all his humanist output. The talk describes how a whole generation of English novelists was influenced by the arrival of a powerful new art form: talking pictures. The eminent British film-maker Derek Granger, who wrote and produced A Handful of Dust (starring James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, Anjelica Huston, Judi Dench and Alec Guinness) in 1998, will illustrate his talk with scenes from this film and from other Waugh adaptations


From Fri. 6 to Sun. 8, the Luigi Pecci Centro di Arte Contemporanea of Prato hosts a sweet surprise. Discover the art of Italian pastry, gelato and chocolate makers, honey and jam producers, bakers and more, through tastings, art shows, fashion and food design. Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Ticket: 5.00 euro. www.dolcementeprato.it

From Fri. 20 to Sun. 22 and Fri. 27 to Sun. 29, Certaldo, one of Tuscany’s loveliest hill towns hosts their 16th annual fair celebrating the delicious, and rare Marzuolo truffle. This spring tuber is less renowned than the white truffle, so come join the fun and find out for yourself which you prefer. There will be traditional truffle specialties to purchase and dine on directly including crostini al tartufo, crostini di polenta al tartufo, tagliolini and ravioli al tartufo. Dining options start evenings at 8:00 pm., and Sunday at noon. For info and reservations phone 0571 668974 or 338 7415160.

Sat. 21 and Sun. 22 come to the medieval hilltop jewel of Montefioralle (right above Greve-in-Chianti) for the best, hot Frittelle you’ll ever taste. Usually the few tiny lanes of this town are quiet as a mouse, but for 2 days each year, the town bursts with people, fun and FRITTELLE (made by frying blobs of a sweet dough of cooked rice, flour, eggs and sugar). Watch a skilled team of townsfolk work in unison around a 7-foot diameter frying pan of boiling oil, to turn out a continuous stream of fritelle di riso. SITA buses will get you to Greve, then you’ll have a pretty, but pretty steep trudge uphill to Montefioralle. Here is a link to the SITA schedule. http://www.acvbus.it/orari/365.pdf
Montefioralle, Sat. from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Sun. from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Tel. 055 8545227. www.montefioralle.info

Saturday 28 is a good day to plan a visit to Pisa for their monthly Farmer’s Market. Tuscan producers of everything from organically grown vegetables to jams and honey, cheese, pasta, bread and extra virgin olive oils set up stands where tasting and explanations are free for the asking. Pisa – Piazza della Berlina. Open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. For further info see http://gasp.versacrum.com/

THE DELLA ROBBIA: A Renaissance Dialogue Between the Arts.
Until June 7, Arezzo’s Museum of Medieval and Modern art of Arezzo presents the industrious Della Robbia family. From the early 1400's to near the end of the 1500's, this family produces glazed earthenware works that still speak to us today, with grace, charm and silent sweetness.
Starting with Luca della Robbia, through the ingenious, secret formula for creating and glazing the terra cotta masterpieces attributed to this family, sculpture, architecture and painting dialogue with the so-called "decorative arts (gold-smithing, glasswork, enamels, etc). In order to better explain this moment in art history of sharing and comparing that bred genius, alongside the Della Robbian production, will be works by artists contemporary to the family (Donatello, Ghiberti, Andrea del Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Desiderio da Settignano and others).
Arezzo, Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna, Via San Lorentino 8. Open: daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Ticket: 10.00 euro. For info: www.mostradellarobbia.it

ART, GENIUS, FOLLY: The Night and Day of the Artist.
Until May 25, Siena’s Museum Santa Maria della Scala will host an exhibition of works by Ernst, Dix, Van Gogh, Kirchner, Munch, Guttuso, Mafai, Ligabue and more (do you feel the angst?). The show highlights the results of research from both artistic and scientific viewpoints, on the rapport between artistic production and mental disturbances that have touched art over time. More than 300 works, both paintings and sculpture, have been chosen to illustrate this complex relationship.
Siena, Museo di Santa Maria della Scala. Open: every day including holidays from 10:30 am/7:30 pm., Ticket: 8.00 euro. Tel. 0577 224811. www.artegeniofollia.it.

ANTONIO LIGABUE: His tiger roars between Pontassieve and the Arno.
Until June 7, the Palazzo Municipale of Pontassieve hosts 49 works by Antonio Ligabue, one of Italy’s most important, 20th century Naïve artists. Ligabue was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and died in Reggio Emilia in 1966. During a life spent in and out of psychiatric hospital wards, his natural talent came out in his use of wild colours, and the deep-seeing expressions that haunt his many self portraits, three of which are on show in Pontassieve. Other pieces depict wild animals, especially regal felines.
Pontassieve, Palazzo Comunale, Sala delle Colonne. Open: 9:30 to 12:30 and from 3 to 7:00 pm. On Fridays, afternoons only. Closed Mondays. Ticket: 5 euro. Info: tel. 055 8360346 www.comune.pontassieve.fi.it

GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES IN PRATO. Prato Cathedral. Open Mon. ¬ Sat. 10:00 am ¬ 5:00 pm. Admission: 4
euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by calling 0574/24112.
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Prato’s cathedral. Today, the three-tiered frescoes, which cover the walls and vaults of the main chapel with stories of St. John the Baptist and St. Stephen, are visible in renewed splendour after seven years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi.

All our best,

The Staff of Pitcher and Flaccomio

Newsletter compiled by Kim Wicks

Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter Copyright 2009

Direttore responsabile Mario Spezi -  Pubblicazione con iscrizione n. 5697 del 23\01\09 presso il Tribunale di Firenze