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Spring is already blooming in Florence and the mimosa brings sunshine both inside and out. Visitors will be welcomed by a number of new museum exhibits as the tourist season gets into full swing. With best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, ANNA PIA, VANNI, ANN and MARIO.



In many countries, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day. In Italy it is known as Festa della Donna and the symbol is the bright yellow mimosa flowers. Fifteen million bunches of mimosa are bought each year to honor the women of Italy. Teresa Mattei, a partisan in WWII, who held the rank of Company Commander in the Garibaldi Youth Front, who, came up with the idea of mimosa for Festa della Donna. It had been proposed that violets be the flower, but she said it should be a flower available, growing wild in March, to the poorest of the poor. She was the youngest person elected to the Constitutional Assembly after the war and was also the national leader of the Union of Italian Women.

Women’s Day has its roots in two events that took place outside of Italy. On March 8, 1857 a strike by garment workers in New York, led to the formation of the first women's union in the United States (ironically, the U.S. is one country that does not celebrate International Women’s Day). Sixty years later Russian women led a strike calling for "bread and peace" during the twin horrors of World War I and the Russian Revolution. In 1945 the Union of Italian Women declared that this special date, March 8, should be set aside to celebrate womanhood across the country.

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR MARCH – Extravagantly Modern in an Monastery

Set in an old monastery garden this huge ground level apartment begs to be enjoyed as Spring turns to Summer in Florence. Newly refurbished with the most modern of furnishings this open plan 2800 sq. ft. apartment has another 2800 sq. ft. of private garden and loggia space for enjoying the warm weather.

There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, a huge living and dining area, and a designer kitchen. But that is not all. Downstairs is a family den and wine cellar both with vaulted brick ceilings.

This place also has two things that are very rare in Florence – private parking and a barbeque.

This a long term rental for at least a month minimum.

For more information click this link.

BEST THEATER FOR MARCH – Cinderella and Gala di Danza at Teatro Verdi

From October 5 to 8 the whole family can enjoy (and interact) with the musical Cercarsi Cenerentola for the traditional Cenderella story with a modern twist. Then on March 13 wonder at the gala ballet honoring Rudolf Nureyev with the following world-famous soloists and duets: NIKOLA HRISTOV HADJITANEV & MARTA PETKOVA of the Sofia Opera and Ballet; VITTORIO GALLORO & ARIANNE LAFITAGONZALEZ of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba; NICOLAI GORODISKII & ANA SOPHIA SCHELLER of the Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon; OSIEL GOUNEO of the Den Norske Opera and Ballet; DINU TAMAZLACARU of the Staatsballet Berlin; OLGA CHELPANOVA of the Sapaev Mari State Opera Ballet Theatre; VIKTOR ISHCHUK of the National Opera of Ukraina; and EKATERINA KHANIUKOVA of the National Opera ad Ballet di Kiev.

For more information, see www.teatroverdionline.it or drop by the box office at Via Ghibellina, 99.

BEST DEAL FOR MARCH – Free Museums for Women

Free Entry for Women! On Sunday, March 8 - Women's Day - Italy is offering women free entry into all state-run museums. Florence will also open the city-run museums to women of all ages. So celebrate the wonderful women in your life. Follow tradition and give them a sprig of yellow mimosa, and be sure to also spring for champagne and something glittery or silky.

PICK EATERY FOR MARCH – La Sosta Convivium

La Sosta Convivium a new gourmet restaurant and gastro-bistro, has a “laboratory” for homemade pasta and a wine bar, a wine cellar with over one thousand labels and a catering service. In short, Convivium has everything. Best of all, Beatrice Segoni, one of the most brilliant interpreters of haute cuisine Florentina, the inspiration and head chef the fine Ristorante Borgo San Jacopo is in charge at Convivium. You can enjoy the energy beyond the window into the large open kitchen – it is right at the entrance. The food is an innovative take on Tuscan cuisine with raw materials of the highest quality.

At lunch a lighter formula with spaghetti with tomato sauce, grilled meat and fish, and a sweet of the day. In the evening, the artistry comes alive. Don’t miss the soup, inspired by the Marche region, the great pigeon “burger”, the sublime fish dishes chosen from what is freshest in the market, the homemade pastas (the bread is also made in house) and the inspired desserts. There is also a vegetarian tasting menu. The food is complemented by a wine list with over a thousand labels, of which about 40% are Champagne and French wines.

Convivium is also has a gastro-bistro for a quick snack and a glass of wine. And a little market with Iranian caviar, Joselito ham, dry pasta from Verrigni, chicken from Laura Peri, eggs from Paolo Parisi, chocolate from Gobino and of course Covivium’s own homemade fresh pasta and sauces.

Address: Viale Europa 5, Florence. Phone: 055-6802482. Hours: 10 am to 2am. Always open. E-mail: info@conviviumfirenze.it Website: www.conviviumfirenze.it

BEST BOOK FOR MARCH – 50 Places in Rome, Florence and Venice Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen

Following the critically acclaimed 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen adds new gems to her selection of the best spots for female travelers in Italy's most popular cities, (Rome, Florence, and Venice), along with enticing Golden Day itineraries to make vacation dreams come true. Like a savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear, she guides readers to masterpieces where women are glorified — from Rome's Pieta to Florence's Birth of Venus, best spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan shopping experiences to meet leather craftsmen or glass blowers, and places for adventures — from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are fresh, practical tips, giving readers insider's secrets for what to pack, the best places to get their hair styled, and how to bargain for souvenirs.

Whatever your mood or budget, whether it's your first or 21st visit to Italy, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go opens the door to extraordinary experiences that fully immerse travelers in the beautiful, fascinating, and delicious pleasures of the Bel Paese.

BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR MARCH – Not For Parents Rome: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Lonely Planet Not for Parents)

This is not a guidebook. And it is definitely 'not-for-parents'. It is the real, inside story about one of the world's most famous cities - Rome.

If you were a cat why would you want to live in Rome?

Would you want to go to the bathroom with dozens of other people?

Can you imagine eating a flamingo's tongue for lunch?

Why do they fire a cannon every day in Rome?

This book shows you a Rome your parents probably don't even know about.

BEST PARADE FOR MARCH – Florentine New Year

Most of the world parties on January 1st, and the Chinese New Year happens between late January and mid-February, but Florence has its own New Year on March 25 every year. Until 1750, in Florence the beginning of the calendar year fell on March 25 and roughly coincided with the arrival of spring. This date also indicated the day of Christ's conception with the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, exactly nine months before the birth of Jesus. Although the Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1502, the Florentines continued to celebrate Capodanno Fiorentino on March 25 for another two centuries and still today, celebrations begin in the early afternoon (3pm), with costumed dignitaries and flag-waving groups parading through the streets of the city carrying the emblem of Florence, a red lily on a white field. The procession starts at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa and continues to the church of the Santissima Annunziata where all the citizens and the authorities pay tribute to the Madonna. A market runs all day in the square outside the church.


THE OTHER HALF OF HEAVEN – Two Exhibits with the Same Theme

(Last Day March 8)

The aim of the exhibition is to probe the subject of private devotion in the great Florentine families of the past from the female point of view. The focus is on the female saints.

On this occasion it will be possible to visit places, rooms and areas of Villa La Quiete which are normally not visible to the public, opened for a special itinerary during the period of the exhibition. Similarly, the Museum of Casa Martelli can be visited along an entirely original itinerary than usual.

The Casa Martelli

The section of the exhibition hosted in Casa Martelli begins with an introduction to the history of devotion in Florence. This addresses the particular worship which the Medici family and the Florentine nobility devoted to the saints and to the Santissima Annunziata.

The exhibition continues with the illustration of the more private aspects of worship, spirituality as it was experienced in the domestic environment of the aristocratic residences – expressed through the possession of reliquaries, books, small portable altars and devotional images. This worship was addressed to the great Florentine saints, and above all to the female saints. The most prominent among the observant were Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi (Florence, 1566 – 1607; can. 1669), Caterina de’ Ricci (Florence, 1522 – Prato, 1590; can. 1746), the illustrious forbear of the Caterina who married Niccolò Martelli in 1802, and Giuliana Falconieri (Florence, (1271(?) – 1341, can. 1737).

The Martelli family whose proximity to the Florentine Curia was decisive in the last centuries of its history. Caterina de’ Ricci brought her dowry to the Martelli family showing an affinity of life choices and religious devotion, which was shared even by the last members of the dynasty. To be interpreted in the same light is the decision of the last of the Martelli, Francesca, who bequeathed her entire estate to the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Florentine Curia.

Guided Tour of Casa Martelli with Alexandra Lawrence

The Other Half of Heaven

Saturday, March 7 at 10am

15 euro

Celebrate International Women’s Day weekend with an in-depth visit to Casa Martelli’s current exhibition, L’Altra Meta’ del Cielo, which explores female saints and patterns of private devotion among the prominent 17th and 18th century Florentine families. Space is limited to 15 people. Contact: a.lawrence@theflorentine.net

The Villa La Quiete

The section of the exhibition set up in a series of rooms in Villa La Quiete explores the origins and characteristics of female devotion in Florence between the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries.

Villa La Quiete housed an ancient institution of religious inspiration founded by Eleonora Ramirez de Montalvo in the middle of the 17th century: a community of women mostly of noble origins who wished to live freely in seclusion and prayer, without taking vows. They also played an educational role for the girls entrusted to their care by families who wished them to be trained in Christian morals so that, when they came of age, they would be able to decide whether to get married or take vows. The founders and key figures behind this institution were Eleonora Ramirez de Montalvo (Genoa, 1602 – Florence, 1659) and the Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere (Pesaro, 1622 – Pisa, 1694); the former was the leading spirit behind the congregation and the author of its constitutions, while the latter was its mother superior and “patron”.

This section extends over a number of rooms, including the church and the lower choir. Displayed in the church, as well the works of art that were already present, are several exhibits related to the two figures mentioned above – in addition to the memorial monuments devoted to them which are located in the church – and also to the life of the institution in the seventeenth century. Then, in the lower choir, we can admire the works commissioned by Vittoria’s granddaughter Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the last of the Medici who was profoundly attached to La Quiete, and several artefacts of outstanding artistic and documentary value for the spirituality of the Montalve.


The first section of the exhibition is hosted in the museum premises of Casa Martelli (Via Zannetti 8) with the following opening hours: Thursday 14.00-19.00, Saturday and Sunday (I-III-V of the month) 9.00-14.00.

The second section of the exhibition is hosted in Villa La Quiete (Via di Boldrone 2) and can be visited on the following days:

Friday only 10.00-18.00 (last day March 6).


The name keeps it simple, but from Saturday, March 7 through Monday, March 9, at the Stazione Leopolda, there will be three days of sampling, discovering, buying, and events dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles. TASTE N. 10 is the Italian fair dedicated to good eating and good living attended by the top figures in the international gastronomic and catering trade as well as an increasingly growing public of passionate foodies. Growing in popularity, TASTE N. 10 will present 250 specialist and niche companies presenting their products to the public, as well as the exhibition spaces, which will fill the Alcatraz area of the Stazione Leopolda, with a series of special projects and events. This year, check the web site for restaurant participating in Fuori di Taste (Outside of Taste) with special deals and tasting menus.

TASTE N. 10 is an amusing and absorbing experience for members of the gastronomic and catering trade as well as the general public, who can embark on a multi-sensorial journey to discover the myriad ways in which we express and experiment with taste today:

Taste Tour: an itinerary that gives visitors a chance to sample Made In Italy products to learn more about the gastronomic treasures of the country: from cream of black truffle soup to fish matriciana, from Chianti salame to tuna bresaola, from handmade dry egg pasta drawn through gold dies, to Pecorino cheese with saffron, balsamic vinegar chocolates and Taggiasche olive jam;

Taste Tools: view the most modern food and kitchen design utensils, clothing and technical/professional equipment for the table and kitchen;

Taste Shop: a shopping area where you can buy everything that you see and taste during the tour - a kind of department store of exclusive food products; and

Taste Ring: A series of talk shows and meetings with the protagonists of food culture, top experts and VIPs from the world of food, dedicated to the hottest and most curious food lifestyle themes, unexpected combinations between food and the various aspects of social, economic and cultural life.

Start here: http://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate/fairs/taste/news/2015/taste10.html

Stazione Leopolda, V.le Fratelli Rosselli, 5. Hours: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Monday 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.). Admission: 15 euro. For general information visit:. www.tastefirenze.it (Also click on the link for Fuori di Taste (‘Beyond Taste' but also a pun on fuori di testa or ‘out of your mind') to obtain information about the dozens of events that precede and compliment Taste N. 9.)

PITTI PALACE – The Color of Shade Until March 8

The 100 or so portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, dream images and more on display at the Modern Art Gallery for the current exhibition, ‘Il colore dell’ombra,’ disproving the concept that black-and-white images lack ‘colour’ , instead revealing many nuances of light and dark. See www.polomuseale.firenze.it for more information.

Modern Art Gallery, Pitti Palace


The Costume Gallery, Pitti Palace

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Costume Gallery of the Pitti Palace is dedicated to “Twentieth-Century Women Protagonists”. It presents garments and accessories belonging to women who came to prominence in the course of the twentieth century and continue to distinguish themselves in a range of different fields and disciplines through which they demonstrate their creativity. But they were also icons of the taste of their time.

The display unwinds through the rooms of the gallery, starting with the precious garments made by Rosa Genoni, a socially-committed woman and promoter of Made in Italy fashion, followed by the splendid tunics made by Fortuny specially for Eleonora Duse and the legendary gowns of Donna Franca Florio. Less well-known to the greater public are Maria Cumani, the inspiring muse of her husband Salvadore Quasimodo, and Antonella Cannavò Florio who wore the romantic creations of Schuberth, “dressmaker to the stars”. Exuberance and eccentricity appear to bring together personalities as different as Anna Piaggi and Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini (an important selection of garments from the latter’s sumptuous collection having come to the museum as a donation), both avid fashion collectors.

Susan Nevelson, designer for Ken Scott, and Lietta Cavalli are both creators of textile prints, physically close in two adjacent rooms but poles apart stylistically. Then there are the garments of the novelist Anna Rontani, who loved to flaunt her wardrobe of over a thousand items, some of which have been donated to the museum. Another distinct attraction is the donation of some of the dresses worn by Patty Pravo during the 1984, 1987 and 2002 editions of the Festival of Sanremo, which are on display in the ballroom.

Jewellery made of non-precious materials and costume jewellery respectively represent Flora Wiechmann Savioli and Angela Caputi. And then we have the brides (stars for a day) in the shape of nine wedding dresses. Finally there is weaving of the women of Rwanda transformed by the designers into jewellery.


Closes March 21

At Eduardo Secci Contemporary (Via Maggio 51r), two Scandinavian artists, Be Andr (Norway) and Klas Eriksson (Sweden), are compared in the show called “Transformative Limits”. The two artists’ works are very different: Be Andre’s minimalist works play with letters, while Klas Eriksson is extravagant with coloured smoke bombs. The curator of the exhibit finds that they have things in common in their working methods.


10 March – 7 June , Galleria Palatina, Pitti Palace

The exhibition of “decorative food” designed to emulate real works of art takes its cue from a banquet held in Palazzo Vecchio in the evening of 5 October 1600 to mark the Florentine wedding of Marie de’ Medici with King Henri IV of France.


If you want to mix in a bit of Europe into your Renaissance Florence experience, visit the “Van Gogh Alive” exhibition at the deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano al Ponte, a stone's throw from the Ponte Vecchio.

The exhibition, which has travelled the world, is an innovative way of drawing closer to art. Large dimensions, lights and sound lead visitors into the realm of Van Gogh. The Dutch master's best-known artworks fill our eyes with their colours as they appear, one after another, out of the darkness.

Thanks to the SENSORY4 system, 40 high-definition projectors cast out more than 3,000 images, accompanied by sound, as if in a cinema. The ambience created with Van Gogh's painting is magical, making for an enjoyable experience that is more fun than merely educational.

Van Gogh Alive

Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte

Open every day until April 12, 2015

12 euro www.vangoghalive.it


March 2-5 A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE (in Swedish with Italian subtitles)

March 2-5 ROMEO AND JULIET (in English with Italian subtitles)

March 9-13 INHERENT VICE (in English with Italian subtitles)

March 20-29 13th Annual Korean Film Festival

Located in Piazza Strozzi. See website for times: http://www.odeonfirenze.com

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute

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

Speechless—A season of 'silent' films, some with live piano music

In Sight & Sound's 2012 survey of the Greatest Films of All Time, no less than three ‘silent' movies feature in the Top Ten. And in the survey of The Greatest Documentaries of All Time, there are two. The sight and sound of early cinema therefore, while superseded by movies of increasing technological visual and aural complexity, still has something to say to modern audiences. It is important to note that ‘silent' cinema is a clamorous misnomer: cinema was never silent: many movies of the teens and twenties of the last century had scores especially written for them, and even if they didn't they were always accompanied by a variety of musical performances, from a solo piano or organ to a full symphony orchestra. It is also a myth that these movies routinely feature speeded-up action. This is simply a repeated mistake of incorrect projection speed, incompatibilities due to improving technology. It is therefore appropriate that The 62nd Talking Pictures season should be called Speechless, as the only thing that distinguishes these films from later cinema is the absence of spoken dialogue. Intertitles, music, gestures and the grammar and syntax of the cinematography itself all contribute to a full cinema experience in a selection of films.

Not the first science fiction movie in cinema history, but nevertheless a milestone in the genre is Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927), breaking all records for big budget extravaganzas: Gottfried Huppertz's original score is memorable. European émigrés in Hollywood were numerous in the 1920s and Murnau was one of them. His Sunrise (1927) is at number 5 in Sight & Sound's Top Ten; another is Victor Sjostrom (later Seastrom) who directed the brilliant melodrama The Wind (1928). An undisputed classic of the cinema is Carl Dreyer's harrowing account of the French martyr's trial La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928). The season is rounded off with Dziga Vertov's Man With A Movie Camera (1929) made on the cusp of the sound era. This was voted the greatest documentary of all time in the 2012 poll. All in all, a memorable season of important historic films, and a reminder of the very few that have survived: the vast majority of all films produced before 1930 have been lost forever...

Non-English language films are subtitled.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015. 20.00

Film: METROPOLIS by Fritz Lang, 1927

Wednesday, March 11, 2015. 20.00

Film: SUNRISE by F W Murnau, 1927

Wednesday, March 18, 2015. 20.00

Film: THE WIND by Victor Sjostrom, 1928

Wednesday, March 25, 2015. 20.00

Film: LA PASSION DE JEANNE D'ARC by Carl Dreyer, 1928


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

Wednesday, March 04, 2015, 18.00

Concert: Duo Ammatte: Alessia Arena (voice) & Federica Bianchi (piano)

In this concert a voice, a harpsichord and percussions meet to tell the human and musical story of an extraordinary woman, who put on her first pair of shoes when she was fifteen: Rosa Balistreri (1927-1990). It is a tribute to her Sicilian folk music.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 18.00

Lecture: Giles Waterfield

A recent talk by Nigel Beevor told the story of the Janet Ross and Waterfields of Aulla; this talk focuses on a different branch of the same remarkable family.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 18.00

Lecture: John Hooper

Italy correspondent for The Economist and Southern Europe editor for The Guardian, John Hooper is the author of a new book called The Italians, a portrait of the Italian people and culture. In this talk he explains how he came to write it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 18.00

Lecture: John Took

Professor of Dante Studies at University College London, John Took is a passionate and eloquent speaker with a profound sense of the importance for 21st-century readers of the supreme medieval poet.



The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. Works by Haydn, Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn are only a small sample of what will be performed. See the schedule for concerts at http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/.

Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola, info: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333, and www.amicimusica.fi.it

IRLANDA IN FESTA - The Color and Taste of Ireland

March 17, starting at 7:30pm, at Obihall promises some good Irish fun. This year the 20th Celtic Fair will feature the music of WHISKY TRAIL, MEOGA, MED KELT BAND and DALRIADA. Irish culture, food, music and dancing are presented each night. Join the festivities - everyone is a bit Irish at the Irlanda In Festa.

Obihall (ex-Saschall), Lungarno Moro. Admission: 12 to 15 euro. Info: http://www.obihall.it/

Tel. 055 6503068.


Pop singer, famed from the San Remeo Festival FIORELLA MANNOIA come to the Teatro Verdi on March 23.

Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina, 99



March is a great month to get to know the new Opera house in Florence with DIDO AND ÆNEAS / LE JEUNE HOMME ET LA MORT (Ballet and Opera), ROBERTO ABBADO (Conducting), and FIDELIO, IL VOLTO DELLA LIBERTÀ (Opera).

Ticket Office Teatro Comunale

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

Tickets on line http://www.operadifirenze.it tickets@maggiofiorentino.com

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


14 March−21 June 2015

Starting 14 March Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting a major exhibition showcasing some of the ancient world's most important masterpieces of sculpture with exhibits from leading Italian and international museums. The exhibition uses 50 bronze sculptures to tell the story of the spectacular artistic developments of the Hellenistic era throughout the Mediterranean basin. Under Alexander the Great Hellenistic sculpture saw the birth of a genre known as "portraits of power", but at the same time it also revolutionized the style of Classical art by imbuing its figures with pathos, or expressiveness.

Monumental statues of gods, athletes and heroes will be displayed alongside portraits of historical figures, in a journey allowing visitors to explore the fascinating stories of these masterpieces' discovery while also probing the production and casting processes and the finishing techniques adopted.

Palazzo Strozzi is in Piazza Strozzi.

Tickets: €11, €9 reduced


Monday to Friday 9.00-13.00, 14.00-18.00

Tel. +39 055 2469600, Fax +39 055 244145, prenotazioni@palazzostrozzi.org

Website: www.palazzostrozzi.org


March 28, 2015 - July 5, 2015

One hundred years from the entrance of Italy in World War I, Palazzo Blu dedicated an exhibition of photographs and documents dedicated to the conflict that opened and put its mark on twentieth century Italy.

Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti 9, Pisa

Visit www.palazzoblu.it for more information.


TORITA DE SIENA – Celebrate with the Donkey Races

In Torrita di Siena, on Sunday after St. Joseph's Day(March 19th), the original (although not the only one in Italy) Palio dei Somari (Race of Donkeys) takes place as usual every year. Sunday, March 22 the eight districts in which the town is divided compete against each other with the donkeys assigned each by a drawing. The race will take place in a place called Gioco del Pallone, just outside the city walls. The district (contrada) winner will win the palio (banner).

The race will be preceded by a week of celebrations. Saturday, March 15 there will be a Medieval market della Nencia and il will be opened four "taverns" (old restaurants) managed by the same districts offering some Tuscan specialties (such as pici and Chianina steak). Sunday 16, Festa della Bandiera (Flag Day) where flag wavers and drummers from all over Italy compete.

On Friday, March 20 "cene propiziatorie" (propitiatory dinners) will be held by each district.

On Saturday, March 21, Medieval Banquet of the Spring and in the night Race in pairs between drummers and flag-wavers of the eight districts.

On Sunday, March 22 SS. Mass in the Church of S.S. Flora and Lucilla, historical parade, and finally the Palio donkeys race at 4 p.m.


TARTUFO MARZUOLO – Certaldo & San Giovanni d’Asso

Get your fill of March white truffles at the 22nd Sagra del Tartufo Marzuolo in Certaldo for 20 days from March 13 to 29. Or go to the 13th edition of the truffle festival at San Giovanni d’Asso on the 21st and 22nd. Or take in both because truffle season doesn’t return until next fall.


Italian Food Rules and Italian Life Rules written by Ann Reavis have been published! Find a copy at The Paperback Exchange at Via delle Oche, 4r or at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.it.


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Spend your March honoring women.

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio