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NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2016
WELCOME
As Florentines avoid an outbreak of the dreaded kissing disease, Meningitis, we turn our eyes to the buds of Spring emerging over the city. It is the perfect month to visit the gardens of Florence, and there are more festivals to enjoy this month than there is time. It is also the month to honour all the special women in our lives, as we celebrate the Festa della Donna with bright yellow Mimosa flowers. Best wishes for a wonderful Easter, a blessed start of Spring, and a season of indulgence in fresh produce from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR MARCH
BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR MARCH –  SCOPPIO DEL CARRO ON EASTER SUNDAY

Don’t miss the annual Easter tradition that has been celebrated in Florence for more than 350 years. On the morning of Easter Sunday in Piazza del Duomo is the Scoppio del Carro, The Explosion of the Cart. Marking both Easter and Spring, the successful ignition of the cart guarantees good crops, a successful harvest, stable civic life and bountiful trade, as well as signifying the passage of new holy fire to light those extinguished on Good Friday.

A thirty-foot carved and painted wooden cart (the present version is over 150 years old) is pulled by flower-bedecked white oxen from Porta al Prato to Piazza del Duomo. A mechanical dove ‘flies' down a line through the open doors of the cathedral, picks up ‘fire' at the altar, returns to the cart and ignites the explosion of one of the best daytime fireworks display in the world. It was during the pontificate of Leo X (Giovanni de'Medici, 1513-1521), that the ‘colombina‘ - the mechanical bird, shaped like a dove with an olive branch in its beak - was used for the first time. At the Gloria of the Easter Mass, the deacon uses holy fire kindled from the stone chips - obtained during the crusades of 1099 from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem - to light a fuse attached to the dove.

March 27 at Piazza del Duomo - 10am Procession, and 11am for The Explosion of the Cart

NEXT BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR MARCH – FESTA DELLA DONNA

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 honour 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 in 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.

On March 2 from 18.00 - 20.00, join the Advancing Women Artists Foundation and Syracuse University for a Writers’ Marathon to generate Wikipedia entries spotlighting women artists.The Advancing Women Artists Foundation, Syracuse University, and the U.S. Consulate are all joining forces to commemorate International Women’s Day with a collective Editing Marathon!  For guidelines and to “adopt” an artist, write to linda@advancingwomenartists.org.

P&F RENTAL PICK FOR MARCH –  "A cozy and open apartment, unique, where you can enjoy the sun from dawn until sunset."

Set in a side street, off the tourist beaten track, where Michelangelo lived, of the historical center of Florence, just minutes walk from piazza Santa Croce, Sant'Ambrogio  foodmarket and Piazza Signoria, close to services as post office, supermarkets, banks and public transport. For a maximum of two persons.

On the top floor, this attic roof top apartment is set on the 4th floor (67 steps up) for a total of approx 60 sq. mt. (approx. 650 Sq. Ft.), and it consists of: Entrance, Living and dining area (table for 6), Kitchen, Double bedroom area, Bathroom with shower, Study/laundry room.

The house has a mix of antique and modern furniture, wooden beam ceilings and tile floors. The dining area has a wide size window (4 mt. \ 12 ft. wide) overlooking the Duomo, and from the kithcen window can see the hills of Florence and Fiesole.

Amenities: Oven, dishwasher, washing machine, air condition, high speed Internet, safe, hair dryer, satellite, flat screen TV and  DVD, pressurized water tank and water purifier, autonomous heating system, automatic irrigation for the plants outside. It is also fully equipped with kitchenware and linen.

Wonderful views, sun and light with a lot of windows and cross ventilation.

Be aware: 4th floor without elevator. Stairs are steep. Maybe some noise from pedestrians.

BEST DEAL FOR MARCH – FREE MUSEUMS FOR WOMEN

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

BEST PARADE FOR MARCH – FLORENTINE NEW YEAR / THE FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION

Most of the world celebrates on January 1st, and many people know about the Chinese New Year in late January and mid-February. However, Florence has its own celebration of the New Year on March 25 every year. Until 1750, the beginning of the calendar year would fall on March 25, roughly coinciding with the arrival of spring. This date is also 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 have held to their tradition and continue to celebrate Capodanno Fiorentino on March 25.

This year, the celebrations begin with a morning parade beginning at Palazzo Vecchio, 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 celebrations continue all day at the Piazza SS Annunziata where there will be an all day market from 09.00 - 17.00, and then an evening concert at 21.00. Between 1250 and 1750, Florentines would gather at the Church of  the Santissima Annunziata, where there is a famous medieval mural of the Annunciation. According to legend, the artist fell asleep having completed everything on the mural except for the face of the Madonna. When he awoke, the face of the Virgin Mary had been completed for him by angelic masters. And so, even today, citizens and authorities come on this day to pay tribute to the Madonna.

March 25, 09.00 at Palazzo Vecchio, 09.00 - Late at Piazza SS Annunziata

BEST EXHIBITION FOR MARCH – SEE THE BODYWORLD EXHIBITION WITH A SPECIAL LIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCE BEFORE IT CLOSES
Until March 20

***Seen by more than 40 million visitors in more than 100 cities in the world, BODY WORLD has now come to Florence. The exhibition was created by the German physician and scientist Gunther von Hagens and is dedicated to the "real world of the human body”. You will find the display in the Monumental Complex of Santo Stefano al Ponte, a stone's throw from Ponte Vecchio. This is a must-see, as evidenced by the record attendance, more than 40 million visitors in 100 cities in the world. This extraordinary exhibition of real human cadavers, preserved in detailed displays of the human anatomy, will allow you to experience the extraordinary synergy between the organs and anatomical apparatus’ that make life possible. The selection for this exhibition shows the installation entitled The Heart of Life, which is focused on the heart, the engine of life, and on the cardiovascular system. You see the systems preserved through the vision of whole plastinated bodies, a technique created by Von Hagens, which allows the perfect preservation of tissues and organs. Able to observe the real details of the preserved bodies, you are able to understand the simplicity and complexity in this extremely detailed exhibition.

***WITH SPECIAL DAILY THEATRE PERFORMANCES - AN IMPOSSIBLE MEETING BETWEEN LEONARDO DA VINCI AND GUNTHER VON HAGENS

You can find more information on the website: http://www.bodyworldsinthecity.it/

BEST DINING OUT FOR MARCH – ZEB GASTRONOMIA IN SAN NICCOLò

One of my favourite spots for lunch, though they’re also open for dinner, Zeb is run by mother Giuseppina, and her son Alberto Navari. While space is limited (only 17 eats), you will love the clean design of this eatery where one long table wraps around an island in the centre, with tall stools lining all sides. The feel is modern and youthful, while the food is a selection of seasonal and satisfying family Tuscan recipes. You can shop after you eat, purchasing from the range of gastronomic treats on offer including vinegars, wine, cured meats, and cheese. Their wine selection is excellent and they are located near Florence’s famed Rose garden and Piazzale Michaelangelo, so it’s the perfect place to grab a take-away selection to devour while taking in the views.

ZEB Gastronomia, Via San Miniato, 2, Florence 50125
Tel: (+39) 055 234 2864
Website: zebgastronomia.com

BEST BOOK FOR MARCH – THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE

Written by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, this is an older book but absolutely worth reading. It tells the true story of a famous serial killer in Florence who was never caught. New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy. In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14th century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. This is the true story of their search for--and identification of--the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, Preston and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. Preston has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into Italy's grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself. Like one of Preston's thrillers, The Monster Of Florence, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta.

BEST OF THE REST FOR MARCH

DON’T MISS THE LAST DAYS OF WINTER PARK AT OBIHALL
Until March 6th

Until March 6th in Florence, it will be possible to ski, ice-skate, and even snow-tube at the FIRENZE WINTER PARK near to the OBIHALL, a few steps away from the Arno River. Inside the Florence Winter Park there are a wide ice rink (800 sq. meters) and a ski run of 80 meters. To enhance the Winter Park there are a bar, a restaurant, stands and entertainment activities for children.

Find the opening times and more information on the website here: http://www.firenzewinterpark.it/index.php/dove-e-quando

TASTE - ITALIAN QUALITY FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL IN FLORENCE

Taste 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.

From the 12th until the 14th of March at Stazione Leopolda, there will be three days of sampling, discovering, buying, and events dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles. You can expect the lively, colorful atmosphere of a country festival, with bright lights and green installations. A kind of modern Greasy Pole: This is the theme of the new layout - by Alessandro Moradei – with which Pitti Taste will immerse its public of sector professionals and visitors in the exhibitors’ products and the new features for this edition.

An enthralling and surprising itinerary will liven up the spaces in the Stazione Leopolda, the Alcatraz (which, from this edition, will be integrated into the Taste Tour route), and the brand new Teatro dell’Opera location, the forecourt and foyer of which will host Taste events and projects for the first time.   

TASTE N. 11 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.

Find all the information and schedules here: http://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate/fairs/taste.html

Stazione Leopolda, V.le Fratelli Rosselli, 5.
March 12 - 14

FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK: THE ART OF THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION

You can’t walk very far in Florence without seeing the promotions for this incredible new exhibition coming to Palazzo Strozzi. Even the Odeon Cinema has programmed a documentary to complement.

Starting 19 March and running till 24 July 2016, Palazzo Strozzi will host a 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

MISERICORDIA MUSEUM IN PIAZZA DUOMO REOPENS

The Misericordia in Piazza Duomo is reopening its museum after a two year renovation, featuring artefacts collected over 700 years of the organisation’s history.

“The 14-room museum’s collection of furniture, manuscripts and items of everyday use charts the course of the Misericordia’s past role during plague and cholera epidemics and its services today. Its numerous artworks also reflect the generosity of donors since the charity’s founding in 1244. The renovation highlights the Misericordia’s art collection, which includes such important pieces as Pietro Annigoni’s St. Jerome the Penitent, Carlo Dolci’s St. John the Baptist, Della Robbia terracottas and Dirck van Baburen’s Christ Amongst the Doctors, which is shortly to travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and then to the Louvre. The museum’s new layout, designed by architecture firm Noferi-Locorotondo, includes space in which to screen four films that bring to life major events in the history of Florence, such as the plague epidemic of 1348 described in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and the critical role played by the Arciconfraternita, the group that formed the Misericordia.” (The Florentine)
 
Monday–Friday, 10.00 - 12.00, and 15.00 - 17.00; Saturday 10.00 - 12.00.
Entrance free (donations welcome).
For more information, visit the Misericordia's website: http://www.misericordia.firenze.it/

MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE

On the first Wednesday of every month the lounge lizards, bards, vates, ovates, griots, laureates, thrill-seekers, rhymesters, troubadours, lyricists, exhibitionists, minstrels, librettists, and performers--indeed all of the followers of Orpheus and King David--converge on an ex-Catholic girls-school of the Oltrarno to educate the porcelain ears of the English-speaking community of Dante's ungrateful popolo maligno in the name of the mad poet Torquato Tasso and his midnight flight to Naples dressed as a renegade monk to escape the clutches of the Duke D'Este. We escape in words, song, and performance and nest in the auricular cavities of the faithful. Come join in the sacred circle of our stage with voice, ear, and mind. Your are welcome to perform, welcome to listen.

20.30, on the first Wednesday of every month.
Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso

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.

The Museum presents a journey back from the 1990s to the beginning of the 20th century. The itinerary starts with the rooms containing the works on free loan illustrating the last decades from the end of the century, when the Tuscan arts scene showed exceptional fervor. Then come the civic collections, with Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti’s core collection which arrived after the flood, including the exceptional Alberto Magnelli bequest. The itinerary continues with references to Fashion and to the birth of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and with the exposition of the Alberto Della Ragione collection, which comprehensively illustrates Italian art in the first half of the 20th century. The subject of reviews and literature accompanies the viewing of the works belonging to the first decades of the century. The itinerary ends offering a critical reflection on the idea of Florence in Cinema.

Museo Novecento also hosts special exhibitions and events. While they have yet to announce their program for March, it is worth checking their website throughout the month to see if there will be any great lectures or special events.

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

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. March is a great month for Original Language films, with an absolutely packed program of Oscar Award nominated films for Oscars Week. There are documentaries about Renoir and Peggy Guggenheim, the Korean Film Festival, and Italian Film classics.

This month’s English language films include: The Big Short, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Spotlight, Amy, The Revenant, Room, Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Hail Cesar!, and Batman V Superman.

For session times you can collect a schedule from the cinema itself, or download the pdf online at: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Odeon-Program-February-22-April-10.pdf

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 Institute also hosts special events throughout the month. The events for March are:

De tous les livres celui que je préfère est mon passeport: Lecture in English by Julia Race

Reflections (in English) on living and working in fascinating places, from Cape Town to Cairo.
Julia Race has been director of the British Institute of Florence since August 2013.

2 March 2016 - 18:00
 
Dante and Lady Philosophy: Lecture in English by Andrew Frisardi

In the Convivio, Dante defines philosophy as the ‘loving use of wisdom’, while study requires a ‘mind in love’. Philosophy itself is personified as a woman, whose lover, Dante says, is the seeker of wisdom. In this talk the poet and scholar Andrew Frisardi will describe how Dante depicts his own discovery of Philosophy—‘the most beautiful and dignified daughter of the Emperor of the universe’—after the death of Beatrice.

9 March 2016 - 18:00

Reading Exchange

The next Reading Exchange will be held at the Library on Thursday March 10th at 4 pm. Bring a book that you have enjoyed and give a brief presentation of it to the group, or just come to listen! The event is open to all. There will be tea and cakes.

10 March 2016, 16:00

Un critico riflette sul cinema italiano: Lecture in Italian by Giovanni Bogani

Film critic for La Nazione, Giovanni Bogani was born and lives in Florence.He has directed numerous short- and medium-length films, and has written monographs on Peter Greenaway and Silvano Campeggi. He has worked extensively on television and radio, and has published five novels.

16 March 2016 - 18:00

It's Storytime! Indian Storytelling: Reading and Workshop

Sharpen your wits with Birbal! We will read some Indian Akbar and Birbal tales and crafting Indian artwork.
All are also welcome to the Library Afternoon Tea from 4.30 to 6 pm. For ages 3 to 8, but all ages welcome!
No booking is required, but spaces are limited!

17 March 2016 - 17:00

The trial of Jesus: Extended lecture in English by Joseph Weiler

The trial of Jesus is arguably the most important and certainly the most famous trial in the history of Western civilisation. Thousands of articles, hundreds of books have been written about the trial. Yet not a single one of them has asked this simple question: what has been the impact of this trial on the concept of justice in civilisation? It is this theme which will be addressed by Professor Joseph Weiler, President of the European University Institute.

23 March 2016 - 18:00

FOOTBALL IN FLORENCE

Only one match this March for the football fans amongst you:

March 13th: Fiorentina Vs Verona

ONGOING EVENTS THROUGH MARCH
STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH

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

FLORENCE CAPITAL CITY 1865-2015: THE KING’S GIFTS AND COLLECTIONS
Until April 3

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Florence’s designation as the capital of a newly united Italy, the exhibition is devoted principally to the visit of King Victor Emmanuel II and the works of art and furnishings that were acquired for his sumptuous Florentine residence in Palazzo Pitti during the years that he spent in the city. The exhibition creates a striking evocation of the life of the Sovereign, his artistic taste, and his main interests and ties, as a way to engage visitors in the atmosphere of the palace. With the exhibition ticket you can visit the rooms of the Gallery of Modern Art, the Palatine Gallery, and the Royal Apartments.

Galleria d’arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti

FERRAGAMO MUSEUM PRESENTS: A PALACE AND THE CITY
Until April 2016.

The Ferragamo Museum presents A PALACE AND THE CITY. With a vast display of sculptures, paintings, and installations, the exhibition offers through art the complex history of the palace that now houses Ferragamo.

“In 2015, Florence celebrates the 150th anniversary of the start of its tenure as the capital of Italy. This is, then, the ideal occasion to stage an exhibition and produce a catalogue on Palazzo Spini Feroni, which played host to the City Council and was, therefore, the place where those important decisions were taken that endowed the city with its current layout. The symbol of this exhibition is inspired by a 360° view of Florence from the turrets of Palazzo Spini Feroni originally engraved by Ramsay Richard Reinagle for the 1806 publication of “Journal des Luxus und der Moden” to be used as a diorama of the city for promotional purposes.”

Read more information at: http://www.ferragamo.com/museo/en/usa/exhibitions/

CARLO PORTELLI: AN ECCENTRIC PAINTER BETWEEN ROSSO FIORENTINO AND VASARI
Until April 30

The exhibition Carlo Portelli, Pittore eccentrico tra Rosso Fiorentino e Vasari (Eccentric Painter between Rosso Fiorentino and Vasari) at the Accademia Gallery in Florence brings together all the paintings that can reliably be attributed to Carlo Portelli.

The exhibition, which comprises some fifty paintings, drawings and documents, sets out not only to enhance the Galleria dell’Accademia’s own altarpiece but also to encourage the crowds that daily visit the gallery to discover an artist hitherto known only to the experts, when in fact he deserves far wider appreciation for his originality, his imagination and his ability to translate inventive concepts into painting in the manner of Vasari. Portelli (died 1574) was a Tuscan painter of the Renaissance period. The exhibition aims to investigate and confirm once and for all his role in Florentine painting during the Vasari period. Portelli’s masterpiece is the Immaculate Conception (1566). This majestic work measures 4 by 2.5 metres (13 by 8 feet) and is on permanent display in the Accademia Gallery in the room know as the Tribune, alongside the statue David by Michelangelo.

For more information: http://www.unannoadarte.it/carloportelli/

“IL RIGORE E LA GRAZIA” (THE RIGOUR AND GRACE) AT PALAZZO PITTI - A LOST TREASURE OF RECOVERED ARTWORKS
Until May 7th.

The Rigour and Grace is an exhibition of a little-known group of works, painted by great artists of the XVII century and carefully restored and returned to public use. The treasures kept in the exhibition come almost entirely from the assets of the company of St. Benedict White, who was one of the most important and prestigious Florentine lay groups. There are works by prestigious artists of the seventeenth century Florentine such as Cristofano Allori, Vincenzo Dandini, Matteo Rosselli, Agostino Melissi, Lorenzo Lippi, Ottavio Vannini, Jacopo Vignali, Giovanni Martinelli, Mario Balassi, and Simone Sprockets.
As of December, a new service of free guided tours of the exhibition was launched. The tours will be led by the curators of the exhibition themselves. This is an unmissable opportunity to enjoy even the opening of the Palatine Chapel of Palazzo Pitti, and the historical adjacent buildings that accommodate the exhibition.


MUSIC FOR MARCH
LUCA CARBONI - POP UP TOUR 2016 AT OBIHALL

From February Luca Carboni returns with one of the most anticipated concerts of the new year after the extraordinary success of best selling hit "Lucalostesso" and POP-UP, the new solo album released last October 2 for Sony Music. A new musical journey with solid roots in the pop of the 80s and a look towards the future with all the great successes and the new album songs.

March 8th at 21:00

AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE

The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola.

March 5: The Jerusalem Quartet
March 6: Ilya Gringolts on Violin
March 7: Gringolts Quartet
March 12: Clemens Hagen on Violincello, Kirill Gerstein on Pianoforte, and Kolja Blacher on Violin
March 14: The King’s Singers
March 19 and 20: Beatrice Rana on Pianoforte, and the Modigliani Quartet

Fore more information: http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/.

Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola
Tel: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333

MODERN & CLASSICAL MUSIC IN CONCERT AT TEATRO VERDI

Teatro Verdi hosts a diverse line up of music acts from contemporary to classical throughout February.
For more information and times: www.teatroverdionline.it

February 10: Concerto di Carnevale
February 18: Homage to Adrej Tarkovskij
February 14: Cin Ci La’
February 28 and 29: Battiati and Alice with  Ensemble Symphony Orchestra

MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

If you haven’t yet been to Florence’s new Opera House, you must pay them a visit. A world class cultural complex, the auditorium holds 2000 people and the complex contains multiple spaces for music, opera, theatre, and concerts while including bars and restaurants and connecting to nearby La Cascine Park. Through the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera di Firenze presents an excellent range of aural treats in February.

March 3: Daniele Rustioni as Director with Beatrice Frog on Piano. Kodaly Galanta Dances (1933)
March 4 and 6: The Musical “Cabaret” by Compagnia della Rancia
March 12: The Operetta “Light” for children
March 22: Virginia Raffaele in Performance
March 25: An Easter Concert directed by Pablo Gonzalez with Maria Perrotta on Pianoforte and Marco Ortolani on clarinet.

Tickets and more information: www.maggiofiorentino.com

PINOCCHIO JAZZ CLUB

The home of jazz in Florence.

March 5: Carlo Atti sax / Fabrizio Puglisi piano / Stefano Senni bass / Thomas Cappellato drums

March 12: Francesco Diodate Yellow Squeeds present “Flow, Home”

March 19: Luigi Tessarollo Hammond Trio, with special guest Nico Gori

For event details, see: http://www.pinocchiojazz.it/

FOR LOVERS OF LIVE MUSIC, WHERE TO FIND THE LOCAL SCENE IN FLORENCE:

For lovers of live music, it can be tricky to know where to go in Florence to hear contemporary acts, or a little live jazz in a relaxed atmosphere. Here is a list of venues around town that support live music through concert programming, open mic nights, or regular appearances by musicians. This list is by no means complete, and I’ll revisit and expand it throughout the year for you!

L’APPARTAMENTO

Intimate new multi-arts venue with live music acts programmed every Thursday evening, and other special events programmed on other nights throughout the year. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/lappartamentofirenze
Via dei Giraldi 11

THE SPEAKEASY 23

A cosy bar in San Niccolo that hosts DJs and live musicians throughout the week and on weekends. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/speakeasyfirenze/
Via San Niccolo 23

REX FIRENZE

A large nightclub with live Jazz every Tuesday night by Jazz students studying in Florence, as well as DJs and bigger acts on weekends. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/rex.firenze/
Via Fiesolana 25r

TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE

A large bar and performance venue attached to the beloved Tasso Hostel. Programs contemporary music acts, including salsa outfits and larger music acts. More information here: http://www.tassohostelflorence.com/
Via Villani 15

SUPERFOX

A funky new player on the local bar scene, with open mic nights and live music programmed throughout the week. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/superfox.florence/
Via della Vigna Vecchia 27r

JAZZ CLUB FIRENZE

The much loved home of Jazz in Florence, with diverse live music performances most nights of the week. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/jazzclubfirenze.it/
Via Nuova de Caccini 3

CAFFè CONCERTO PASZKOWSKI

An elegant cafe in Piazza della Repubblica open since 1846, that programs live jazz and crooners every night of the week. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/CaffePaszkowski/
Piazza della Repubblica 35

HARD ROCK CAFE

Florence’s own Hard Rock Cafe programs live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Special Concerts, as well as throwing a huge party celebration each year in Piazza della Repubblica. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/hardrockcafefirenze/
Via Brunelleschi 1

LA CITé LIBRERIA CAFE

An institution in the Oltrano, with a large bar and cafe that features international acts, solo performers and larger music acts. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/La-Cit%C3%A9-789232257802749/
Borgo San Frediano 20r

TAMERò PASTABAR RESTAURANT

Last year Tamerò was the new player on the scene in Santo Spirito, but it has already become an institution. A large restaurant known for its freshly made pasta, Tamerò also programs musicians on their stage in the centre of the restaurant. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/TameroRistorantePastaBar/
Piazza Santo Spirito 11r


NoF BAR

A busy Oltrano nightclub with live music acts and DJs all weekend. Currently under renovation, but will reopen for the Spring/Summer season. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/NofGallery/
Borgo San Frediano 17

NERI VOLUME FIRENZE

Another cafe and bar that is famous amongst locals, the super hip Volume programs live music acts throughout the week and weekends. Known by most as simply “Volume”. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/Neri-Volume-Firenze-457237671106306/
Piazza Santo Spirito 5r

QUELO BAR FIRENZE

A welcoming bar in Santa Croce that serves pressed juices and lunches in the day, and serves up music and arts events at night. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/quelobar.firenze/
Borgo Santa Croce 15r

THE JOSHUA TREE PUB

A classic pub atmosphere with an Open Mic Night for musicians every Friday night. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Joshua-Tree-Pub-61897122899/
Via della Scala 37r

TATO RISTORANTE / LOUNGE BAR
 
Warm and intimate restaurant in Santa Croce that programs contemporary music acts all throughout the week. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/TATO-Ristorante-448118291936516/
Largo Piero Bargellini 2

FINNEGANS

The classic Irish Pub vibe, which hosts a regular open mic night for musicians. More information here: http://www.finneganpub.com/FindUs-Florence.htm
Via San Gallo 123r


FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR MARCH

PALIO DEI SOMARI - DONKEY RACE TO WIN THE PALIO IN SIENA

The famous tradition in Siena of a donkey race to win the Palio!

The Palio dei Somari began in 1966 in honour of the patron saint of Carpenters, San Guiseppe. Held in the beautiful medieval town of Torrita di Siena, eight contrada compete to win: Porta a Pago, Porta a Sole, Porta a Gavina, Porta Nova, Cavone, Le Fonti, La Stazione, and Refereno. Each contrada has its own colours, coat of arms, and characters that appear in costume throughout the day. The custom began in 1966, and there is a draw held the night before the race where each contrada is allocated a donkey. The next day the donkeys race, and their stubborn nature and crazy antics make for great entertainment. The race is accompanied by historical costume parades, flag throwing and, of course, a party that goes well into the night. The winning contrada takes the prized Palio - a painted banner featuring the image of San Giuseppe.

Sunday March 29th

MOSTRA DELLE ANTICHE CAMELIE DELLA LUCCHESIA - ANTIQUE CAMELLIA FLOWER FESTIVAL IN LUCCA

It is the 27th annual Festival of the Antique Camellia Flowers of Lucca, an irresistible attraction for green thumbs, lovers of the open air life and tea lovers.

The event dedicated to the world of Camellia transform the ancient villages of Pieve and Sant'Andrea di Compito , located just minutes from the city of Lucca, in a veritable treasure chest of natural beauty, culinary delights, curiosities botanical and cultural whims.

During the exhibition, every corner of the "Village of the Camellias" will not only put on petals and blooms, but will also offer a taste of local produce, host photo exhibitions and paintings, and even show artists painting the spectacular scenery. There will be themed pop-up workshops, exhibition stands, and small and large ensembles for live music performances.

One of the great focusses of the event will be Japan: many curiosities to discover and flavors to taste, most of them related to the main product of the camellia plant, tea . A small pavilion dedicated to the Country of the Rising Sun will be open to all guests, where you can learn about and experience first hand the culture and traditions from the Far East. There will also be an exhibition of Japan Nostalgia, dedicated to objects and traditional costumes. Each weekend authentic Japanese delegations will make presentations to give body and voice of the centuries-old art of the tea ceremony.

Also not to be missed is the scientific exhibition of camellias, with unique and rare species, the age-old trees enclosed within the walls of towering historic villas (Villa Borrini, Giovannetti, Torregrossa and Bears), open rarely to the public during the event so you can see the tea plantation, unique in Italy, and camelias of 7250 square meters where about 1000 specimens are preserved, including 750 cultivars from almost all over the world.

The 2016 edition of the exhibition Ancient Camellias of Lucca will, as always, have an international scope. In addition to the participation of the delegation and the Japanese associations, there will be influential European exponents. Among the special guests will be the members of a large German delegation. With them the ancient camellias from Castello Pillnitz, botanical treasures of the city of Dresden.

Three weekends in March: 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th, 19th and 20th.
Opening Hours: 10.00 to 18.00

www.camelielucchesia.it

FESTA DI SAN GIUSEPPE, ANTICA FIERA AGRICOLA DI PRIMAVERA - FESTIVAL IN PRATO

A traditional fair for livestock and traditional produce, and one of the most important of its kind in Italy. The livestock features various breeds of cattle, horses, sheep, goats and pigs, as well as other farmed animals on show. There are stands set up throughout Prato selling locally produced products. Don’t miss the horse shows!

March 20th, Prato  
For more information: www.comune.vernio.po.it


SPECIAL UPCOMING EVENTS TO PUT IN THE DIARY

FLORENCE WRITERS PUBLISHING DAY

We are excited to announce our upcoming Publishing Day on Saturday 14th May 2016. With Literary Agents Kimberley Cameron and Andrea Cirillo, Harpercollins Editor Martha Ashby and Writer & Poet Nuala O’Connor - this is an event not to be missed by any writers in or near Florence.

For writers pitching for the first time or those with a book under their belt, listen to the experts discuss hot topics in the morning and then in the afternoon, ask any burning questions in one-on-one sessions.

The admission fee is significantly reduced if you book “early bird” before the 15th of March.

There are limited spots so to reserve your place or find out more, contact administrator@stmarksitaly.com.
or see the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/603571929811932/

Saturday 14th May 2016

MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:

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

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

 

MARCH WISHES
We hope that the women in your life feel honoured this month, and that the flowers of Spring bring fresh colour and opportunities for your year.
All the best,

Staff
Pitcher and Flaccomio


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