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March Madness is in the air even though Carnival is over. But there is plenty of partying going on – March 25 Florence is celebrating the Florentine New Year and don’t forget the Festa della Donna on March 8.

Here’s a month full of wishes for Florentine music, pageantry and Spring flowers from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, 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.

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.


Free Entry to Museums – See below at Next Best Deal for March.

New Exhibit at the Strozzi Palace – See below at Best Exhibit for March: Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists. The elegant subjects of Sargent’s paintings and the impressionistic art of numerous women artists are sure to please with their depiction of a most romantic world, not entirely lost today.

Cake Thinking, an art show at the Palazzo Coveri, Lungarno Guicciardini, 19 (11am- 1pm, 3:30pm – 7pm, Tues-Sat.) where the creations of Marina Calamai depict a simple world that joyously combines the antique with the modern. These works are inspired by the art of Renaissance pastry-cooks, rediscovering and reconstructing the forms and colors of the sweetmeats which graced the tables of Eleonora and Cosimo I de’ Medici into an entirely original style of painting, sculpture, and jewelry, with the theme of sumptuous cakes and pastries of all sorts, able to appeal to the eyes and the appetite at the same time. Be sure to see the art- à -porter sculpture of “sweet” hats that transform the ordinary into the unconventional – they can be worn as ironical headdress or displayed as sculpture. This is just one event of Fuori di Taste (see Taste N. 7, below)

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR MARCH – A Front Row Seat for Classic Florence

Piazza della Signoria has been the political heart of the Florentine city since the Middle Ages. And you will feel you have traveled back in time when you stay here. This apartment is located on the second floor of a beautiful 18th century building (with elevator, plus approx. 12 steps). A French door from the living room opens onto a very small balcony overlooking Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Neptune Fountain. There are also superb views of the piazza from the bedroom and living room windows. The air-conditioned apartment is fitted with satellite TV, internet connection and a safe. Sleeps maximum 2 + 2 persons (sofa bed). For more information, check this link.

MUSEUM FOR MARCH – Marino Marini Museum

The Marino Marini Museum, in the heart of the historical center of Florence, between Via della Vigna Nuova and Piazza Santa Maria Novella, is housed in the ancient church of S. Pancrazio, founded before 1000, deconsecrated in 1809 and used for several activities. The museum was inaugurated in 1988 after the extensive restoration work directed by the architects Bruno Sacchi and Lorenzo Papi.

Each floor of the museum contains a different genre of Marino Marini's art, which have been organized by theme in order to reflect the artist’s state of mind as he progressed through his career. The space is designed to enable visitors to view each piece from many different points, with varying angles and heights, as intended by the artist.

The Museum contains 180 works by Marino Marini (1901-1980) given by the sculptor and his wife Marina at different times of his life.

The collection includes sculptures, drawings and etchings. Pieces are arranged by subject rather than by chronological order. The core of the exhibition is the imposing equestrian group from The Hague ( 1957-58) placed in the centre of the old liturgical space and immersed in the light of the large windows.

The Marino Marini Museum always has other artists’ works showing in special exhibits. The current on is that of Rob Johannesma, a 41-year-old Dutch artist who uses photography to explore concepts of space and reality. The exhibit is called World-Wielding.

Museo Marino Marini
Piazza San Pancrazio
Admission and opening hours

Monday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Wed - Sat: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Closed on Tuesday, Sunday and on public holidays
Tickets: adults: € 4, children, seniors: € 2

BEST CAFÉ FOR MARCH – La Buchetta Café

La Buchetta Cafe is small elegant respite from the hustle and bustle of the historic center. Located in the Palazzo Bardi alle Grazie on Via de' Benci, a lively zone of Florence, this quiet locale offers a cozy presence. The food is delicious and their Sunday Brunch is famous. The presentation of each plate is exquisite. The menu is reasonably priced. Start with burrata or a white bean salad; move on to a savory papa al pomodoro or swordfish ravioli; make room for tuna tartare or baked lamb shank, and then share a fruit crisp or a white chocolate mousse.

The actual dishes are very unique as well. Because the overriding theme here is art. La Buchetta is a small art gallery where the fanciful road sign works of Clet Abraham are now hanging. But six months from now another artist will take center stage.

Soft music plays. La Buchetta can be a quiet place for a drink or a romantic occasion for any special night among lovers. There are comfortable armchairs and the decor is very calm and relaxing.

Via de' Benci, 3 - +39.055.217833 - www.labuchetta.com

FORZA VIOLA!! FOR MARCH – Florentine Calcio
P&F Sports Reporters Simon Clark & Anne Brooks bring you February’s Florentine Calcio results and the upcoming schedule for March.

Forza Viola!.........The word is that Corvino is poised to sign a contract extension so he’ll carry on working with Rossi. We’ve just lost three on the spin; Panto & Delio must stop the rot and they have to do it with the squad we have. Team selection can’t be a problem for the Mr. For each game, he can pencil in Boruc at the head of the team-sheet; perm any 4 from 7 defenders and know they can keep the castle safe; add in Behrami (looking like the purchase of the decade), Pasqual (Mr Reliable) and Montolivo; put Jo-Jo and Amauri up front. All he has to think about is one starting position and who he wants on the panchina. Easy!

Fiorentina’s Results

Week 20: Fiorentina-Siena WON 2-1

Week 22: Fiorentina-Udinese WON 3-2

Week 23: Parma-Fiorentina Snowed off

Week 24: Fiorentina-Napoli LOST 0-3

Week 21: Bologna-Fiorentina LOST 0-2

Week 25: Lazio-Fiorentina LOST 0-1

Primavera. Little to report as the junior leagues emerge from their winter break. Fiorentina still stands second in the Primavera table, our youth and boys team continue to top their leagues. They’ll be noticing Rossi’s liking for trying out young players in the Serie A squad.

Serie A
. Another Siena derby; in sub-zero temperature, tempers are on the rise. The curva are on strike, complaining that neither squad nor management are worthy of support. Management retaliate with a strike of their own in protest at the complaints. So there is ample room for reasonable people to watch the Viola pocket the points. On 4 minutes, the talismanic Jovetic runs past four defenders and rifles home. The rest of the half is much ado about nothing, Siena lively but heading nowhere near Boruc, Fiorentina searching for a way to wrap Amauri, our new striker, into the team. By the break, Montolivo has worked it out and from then on it just gets better. Amauri sees an overhead kick pushed aside and forces a couple of point-blank saves; their keeper is keeping Siena afloat today. We blossom and Natali – having a fine game – heads in the second. It’s Nastasic, also having a fine game, who inadvertently lifts his arm to concede a penalty and Boruc has no chance. Not championship form yet but this takes us to 10th place; Curva and management will be back!

With the Week 21 Bologna game postponed (snow), the fear is that we’ve insufficient momentum to deal with Scudetto-chasing Udinese. We go behind to an early goal; Montolivo gives the ball away and Di Natale lobs a stranded Boruc with consummate skill. But we come to grips with the Arctic wind. Jovetic and Amauri increasingly worry their defence. Pasqual tortures them – forcing the handball for Jo-Jo’s sweetly-struck penalty equaliser, crossing again for Cassani to steal in and nod us into the lead. Meantime, Boruc makes three world-class saves to discourage the northern clodhoppers. Our tails are up; Jo-Jo is flying – literally, as he is hacked down for another penalty and a 3-1 lead. Where is the knuckle-gnawing fun in a score-line like that? We gift them a second - but spurn further chances and that’s how it stays. The Udinese manager thinks we deserve the win. We can only agree.

And then Napoli. Beware of Neapolitans bearing gifts: they pledge not to bid for Jovetic because Fiorentina are such friends - then roll us over at the Stadio 3-0. We played well but Napoli, having been misfiring of late, got back into top gear. We helped; Cavani is one of Serie A’s deadliest marksmen so we let him wander through our defence at will until we were two goals behind. We deserved to lose but it could easily have been by a 5-3 scoreline. The glass is half-full – we never gave up; it looks as though Rossi has restored some pride.

Bologna, the snow having melted. This wasn’t in the script. We should have been able to take them and we start well but they are buoyed by having roasted Inter the previous week - their belief is stronger. Late in the first half, Bologna react faster than our defence and get a nose in front. We still have the possession and territorial edge but we don’t do the business. A stunning second and back-heeled goal is followed by disaster as new signing Olivera is red-carded. It’s all over. We have thrown away one of our games in hand. Amauri, by the way, is still threatening but not quite scoring; this is what got Santiago Silva shown the door!

The home game against Lazio had been close, the Biancoceleste coming from behind with a last-minute Klose winner. This was pretty much the same except that the German got the goal in the first half. Till then, it had been nip-and-tuck but in a flash Klose had beaten the offside trap and danced around Boruc. We stepped up the assault in the second half with a goal ruled out for a very tight offside decision, a splendid save from their keeper and a stress-inducing series of near misses.

Next Month. Um. We have a game in hand but have slipped to 15th place; there are only five teams beneath us and that’s too close to the developing relegation dogfight. The strategy for March has to be victories over Cesena (rooted to the bottom) and Parma (with us in the doldrums), hold Catania (always tough at home), create the upset of the season by gubbing [a Scottish term meaning “to administer a sound beating”] Juve and then set ourselves up for the run-in by drubbing Genoa (stuffed with ex-Viola players and discovering why we let them go as the Genovese, too, are struggling for results). ...........Forza Viola!


The month of March features:
Week 26: 04 Mar/home Fiorentina-Cesena

Week 23: 07 Mar/away Parma-Fiorentina

Week 27: 11 Mar/away Catania-Fiorentina

Week 28: 18 Mar/home Fiorentina-Juventus

Week 29: 25 Mar/away Genoa-Fiorentina


Ticket information - seating plan, prices, and ticket outlets - is on the "biglietteria" section of the club's website [www.it.violachannel.tv ]. Tickets can be purchased at official box offices and holders of TicketOne lottery franchises. Sources include:

CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi 1. Tel 055 292363.
BAR MARISA, viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, (inside the Murate). Tel 055 264321
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de' Cerretani 39/32R

BEST BOOK FOR MARCH – Death in Florence: The Medici, Savonarola and the Battle for the Soul of the Renaissance City by Paul Strathern

By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was well established as the home of the Renaissance. As generous patrons to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, the ruling Medici embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age, and in Lorenzo the Magnificent they possessed a diplomat capable of guarding the militarily weak city in a climate of constantly shifting allegiances between the major Italian powers. However, in the form of Savonarola, an unprepossessing provincial monk, Lorenzo found his nemesis.

Filled with Old Testament fury and prophecies of doom, Savonarola's sermons reverberated among a disenfranchised population, who preferred medieval Biblical certainties to the philosophical interrogations and intoxicating surface glitter of the Renaissance. Savonarola's aim was to establish a 'City of God' for his followers, a new kind of democratic state, the likes of which the world had never seen before. The battle which this provoked would be a fight to the death, a series of sensational events - invasions, trials by fire, the 'Bonfire of the Vanities', terrible executions and mysterious deaths - featuring a cast of the most important and charismatic Renaissance figures.

This famous struggle has often been portrayed as a simple clash of wills between a benign ruler and religious fanatic, between secular pluralism and repressive extremism. However, in an exhilaratingly rich and deeply researched story, Paul Strathern reveals the paradoxes, self-doubts and political compromises which made the battle for the soul of the Renaissance city one of the most complex and important moments in Western history.

BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR MARCH – Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci (Time Warp Trio #14) by

Jon Scieszka

In the Time Warp Trio's fourteenth heart-pounding escapade, the three young Brooklyn friends set out to discover who invented the Book, the magic catalyst to their time-travel adventures. Their quest projects them to sixteenth-century Italy, where they meet Leonardo da Vinci, outwit Machiavelli, and learn something about famous inventors and their discoveries (the discussion of Thomas Crapper will be a particular hit). The encounter with da Vinci, who is portrayed as a goofy practical joker, is thrilling, and as usual, the fast action and spot-on humor carry the plot. Illustrations, include new interpretations of da Vinci's work. Grade 3-6.

BEST EXHIBIT FOR MARCH – Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists

From 3 March-15 July 2012, at the Palazzo Strozzi, century-old ties between Florence and the United States will be celebrated in a fantastic new exhibition.

In 2012, exactly 500 years since the death of Amerigo Vespucci, Florence will be marking this event with an exhibition designed to celebrate the strong ties linking the Old World and the New, and the cosmopolitan ambiance that bound the city to the New World for ever, transmitting European culture and sophistication to America. The exhibition explores the American impressionists' relationship with Italy, and with Florence in particular, in the decades spanning the close of the 19th and dawn of the 20th centuries.

There was a marked upswing in the number of American artists travelling to Europe after the Civil War ended in 1865, and the trend continued on into the early 20th century. Hundreds of painters came to Paris and other parts of France while others studied in Germany, with England, Holland and Spain being other favorite locations. Italy, however, was an inescapable pole of attraction for most of them. Florence, Venice and Rome had been at the heart of the Grand tour for centuries and had become legendary for all those eager to study the art of the past, quite apart from their appeal in terms of the climate, the countryside, the people, and the overall atmosphere prevailing in them.

This exhibition will be hosting the work of American painters who embraced the artistic vocabulary of Impressionism and spent time in Italy. It will contain works by painters who, while not explicitly subscribing to the new style, were nevertheless crucial masters for the younger generations: men such as Winslow Homer, William Morris Hunt, John La Farge and Thomas Eakins. These will be followed by the great forerunners, artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who could boast of strong cosmopolitan leanings.

The main part of the exhibition will comprise works by artists of remarkable quality who spent time in Florence and who deserve to be better known. Their number includes members of the American impressionist group known as the Ten American Painters: William Merrit Chase, John Henry Twachman and Frederick Childe Hassam. Franck Duveneck also played an important role in fostering relations between American and local artists by putting together the “Duveneck boys“, a group that included his wife Elisabeth Boott and the painter Joseph Rodefer De Camp.

The Americans in Florence lived their lives and pursued their activities in close contact with their scholar, collector, writer and art critic compatriots in the city, with some of whom they had previously had dealings in America: Gertrude Stein, Mabel Dodge, Bernard Berenson, the brothers Henry and William James, Egisto Fabbri and his family (his sisters Ernestine, a painter, and Cora, a poet) Mabel Hooper La Farge, Bancel La Farge, Charles Loeser and Edith Wharton. Though tending not to mix with the local population, these American colonies in Italy learnt the lesson of the most up-to-date Italian painting of the day – in Florence it is worth highlighting the importance of the Macchiaioli – and had a certain impact on Italian artists and thinkers, introducing sophisticated and cosmopolitan lifestyles and adopting a more relaxed attitude towards women.

The exhibition will include female portraits of great quality in which women symbolize the modern American nation: young girls, adolescents and even children, often dressed in white, personify the purity and hopes of an entire nation. The female portrait theme provides a link with the activity of American women painters, who were far more emancipated than their French and European counterparts. The more enterprising among them came to Europe and contributed to the cultural osmosis between their country and the Old World, a shining example of this trend being Mary Cassatt. Painting for women was considered little more than a pastime in Europe, but women painters in America were allowed to frequent the academies on an equal footing with their male counterparts.

Curated by Francesca Bardazzi and Carlo Sisi.

Info: Ph. + 39 055 2645155 Website: www.palazzostrozzi.org/Sezione.jsp?idSezione=683


Anacleto Abraham is better known as Clet. If you have spent any time walking around Florence, you have seen his work. Did you notice a No Entry street sign that has a little man carrying away the cross bar? Did you see the Dead End sign near Santa Croce that is now a crucifix? Or the stylized policeman handing out tickets in a parking lot on a directional sign? That’s Clet.

Clet is a French artist from the Bretagne region, who has now lived in Florence for a few years. Clet began his “street art” activity when he organized a group assault to many of Florence’s street signs. In nighttime raids, Clet and his team inserted the famous stickers on sign in strategic points of the city.

Clet moved to Italy almost 20 years ago, starting his career as a restorer in a antique furniture shop in Rome. He spent some time in Arezzo and then moved to Florence where he seems to have settled for the time being.

These days he is concentrating less on street signs (although you can buy one from him at his studio or see them displayed at La Buchetta Café), and more on painting and sculptural pieces.

His studio is located in the San Niccolò neighborhood (Via dell’Olmo, 8/red). Cross the Arno River on the San Niccolò Bridge and on the corner in front of San Niccolò’s Church, you will see a glass door with a silver sign saying “Clet”.

BEST DEAL FOR MARCH – Free Bach for Everyone!

For three days Florence will rock with Bach. The music of J.S. Bach will resound throughout Florence (and hopefully the world). The World-Bach Fest is an event created by the virtual network of the JS Bach’s Facebook Group (Facebach), and implemented as sort of a mud-free “Bach Woodstock” thanks to an idea by Ramin Bahrami and Mario Ruffini.

The festival will be opened at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Friday, March 9 at 9:30 pm) and continue for the Saturday and Sunday in the Salone dei Cinquecento, Sala dei Duecento, and Sala dei Lorenzo in the Palazzo Vecchio. At the Cinema Odeon, with a non-stop Bach in film and music for 24 hours (Saturday 10 and Sunday, March 11). If that was not enough, there will be “JS Bach Non-stop 24 Ore Musica” in the Hall of the 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio.

Best of all: free entry for all events.

For full information and programming: http://www.worldbachfest.it/ or go to World Bach-Fest on Facebook.

NEXT BEST DEAL FOR MARCH – Free Museums for Women

Free Entry for Women! On Friday, March 8 - Women's Day - Italy is offering women free entry into all state-run museums. 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.


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 name keeps it simple, but from Saturday, March 10 through Monday, March 12, 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. 7 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. 7 will present 240 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, ten food bloggers will write about the events from beginning to end. Check out the interviews with the chosen bloggers on the website.

TASTE N.7 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: the Cultural-Gastronomical arena organized by the “Gastronaut” Davide Paolini. 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. And among the Taste Rings:

At the Stazione Leopolda the “Gastronaut” Davide Paolini will moderate three meetings looking at new table trend today:

Saturday 10th March, h. 3.00p.m.
“Enough with chefs! Let’s go back to cooks!”

Sunday 11th March, h. 12.00 p.m.
“What does the future hold for Italian craft products on domestic and, above all, international markets”. A talk show with Oscar Farinetti, creator of Eataly.

Sunday 11th March, h.4.00 p.m.
“Behind the scenes: butchers are the true champions of the table!”

TASTE N. 7 has an excellent website in both English and Italian.

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

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 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.7.)

SONS OF ITALY - The Innocenti Institute and the founding of a national project for children

Children of Italy is an exhibition (open until March 18) about infancy is being hosted by the Florentine institution, which most represents children: the Istituto degli Innocenti. Figli d’Italia, Children of Italy, looks at the first fifty years of Italy as a united nation from a new point of view. This was a time when themes related to children and their care became part of the newly-born social politics of the united nation. Through the biographies of some orphans who lived at the Innocenti and in other charitable Italian institutions between 1861 and 1911, and thanks to old photographs and documents from the archives, the exhibition describes the daily life of the children inside the Institute.

The exhibition is organized chronologically: from the last years of the use of the barred windows up to their closing, which in Florence happened in 1875, marking the end of anonymous abandonment and introducing new methods of reception of the babies. Brogi’s photographs, kept in the Archives of the Istituto degli Innocenti, illustrate the evolution of the spaces and functions of the Hospital. The historical events are presented side by side with the children’s biographies, telling stories not only of abandonment, but also of travel, reunion with their families and new ties of affection.

Museo degli Innocenti

Istituto degli Innocenti

Admission (museum included): € 5.00, concessions € 4.00

From Monday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Info: 055 2037308 - 055 2037279


IRLANDA IN FESTA - The Color and Taste of Ireland

March 13 to 17 (St. Patrick's Day), starting at 7:30pm, at Saschall promises some good Irish fun. This year the Celtic fair will feature the music of WHISKY TRAIL, CISCO and DIARMAID MOYNIHAN. Irish culture, food, music and dancing are presented each night. Join the festivities - everyone is a bit Irish on St Patrick's Day.

Obihall (ex-Saschall), Lungarno Moro. Admission: 12 to 15 euro. Info: www.saschall.it. Tel. 055 6503068.


On Sun. 18 pop around to Piazza Santo Spirito and admire the crafts and organic food fair. This one, as the name suggests will focus on the wood-workers’ crafts. Your will also find handmade ceramic whistles for kids, antiques, food, hand-woven dresses and linens, beeswax candles, naturally scented soaps and oils, home-baked bread and cakes, ceramics, wine, olive oil, hand-carved wooden salad bowls and more. www.lafierucola.org


HUGO CABRET (USA 2011 - 126') By Martin Scorsese. With Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley
Thu 1 4.00 - 6.15 - 8.30 - 10.45 pm

This adaptation of Brian Selznick’s bestselling novel about a boy living secretly in a Paris station is a homage to early movies as well as an enchanting fable. ‘In attempting to make his first film for all ages, Scorsese has fashioned one for the ages. Simultaneously classical and modern, Hugo flagrantly defies the quality of most kids’ movie. 11 Oscar Nominations.

(UK 2011 - 94') By Gareth Edwards. With Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy
Mon 5 4.00 - 6.00 - 10.30 pm
Tue 6 4.00 - 6.00 - 10.30 pm

First time filmmaker Gareth Edwards made this film almost literally in his bedroom. Alien monsters, survivors from a crashed NASA probe, are on the prowl in the Americas. ‘An amazing achievement… which measures up to the finest indies for performance and character-work, and the biggest blockbusters for jaw-dropping effects. And it has the year's best sex scene, too’ (Empire).

ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL (Can 2008 - 80') By Shasha Gervasi
Tue 6 8.30 pm

This ‘Hymn to the Human Spirit’ is a ‘rockumentary’ featuring the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil, inspiration to Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. ‘It's a hilarious, and unexpectedly moving, documentary about the greatest metal band you've probably never heard of’ I (Entertainment Weekly).

ALBERT NOBBS (Uk, Irl 2011-113') By Rodrigo Garcia. With Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska
Thu 8 4.00 – 6.10

Albert Nobbs is a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

50/50 (USA 2011 - 100') By Jonathan Levine. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Seth Rogen,
Mon 12 4.00 - 6.00 - 8.30 – 10.30 pm
Tue 13 4.00 - 6.00 – 10.45 pm

A comedy about cancer. A twenty-seven year old discovers he has a rare form of spinal cancer and sets about coping with it. Based on a true story. ‘Whether you're after a comedy-drama about cancer or a Rogen laugh-fest with added heart, this does a remarkable job of balancing the odds. And the laughter/tears split? Call it 70/30’ (Empire)

LENNONYC (USA 2010 - 115') By Michael Epstein
Tue 13 8.30 pm
Wed 14 4.00 pm

2010 documentary commemorating the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. The Yoko Ono driven project takes an intimate look at the lives of Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean in New York City during the 1970s. ‘Features never-before heard studio recordings from the Double Fantasy sessions and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies that have only recently been transferred to video. It also features exclusive interviews with Ms. Ono’ (PBS)

YOUNG ADULT (USA 2011 - 94') By Jason Reitman. With Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson
Thu 15 4.30 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
Fri 16 4.30 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
Sat 17 4.30 - 6.20 pm

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter. Screenwriting phenomenon Diablo Cody (Juno)’s latest effort. ‘Shorter than a bad blind date and as sour as a vinegar Popsicle, Young Adult shrouds its brilliant, brave and breathtakingly cynical heart in the superficial blandness of commercial comedy’ (NYT).

THE DOUBLE (USA 2011 - 98') By Michael Brandt. With Richard Gere, Topher Grace
Mon 19 4.30 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
Tue 20 4.30 - 6.20 - 10.30 pm

A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin. ‘A good return "to the classic spy thriller" of another time and another world that itself is making a comeback.’ (ReelTalk Movie Reviews).

GIRL MODEL (Rus/Jap/Fra 2011 - 77') By Ashley Sabin e David Redmon
Tue 20 8.30 pm

Opening with unsettling images of girls looking like concentration-camp survivors in cheap swimsuits, this quietly effective lo-fi doc explores the trafficking of Russian teens to the Japanese modeling meat market. But although the journey of 13-year-old Nadya is quietly heartbreaking, the real core is an intriguing character study. Once a teen model, now a conflicted adult, Ashley Arbaugh scouts girls for the same exploited existence (revealed in video diaries) she endured in her youth.

HAYWIRE (USA 2012 - 93') By Steven Soderbergh. With Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender
Wed 21 4.30 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
Thu 22 3.20 - 5.00 pm

When freelance covert operative Mallory Kane finds she has been double crossed, she uses all her skills and tricks of the trade to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her. ‘Supremely economical, pulse-pounding and undeniably bewildering thriller, which plays like a blend of mid-'90s Hong Kong action flick and mid-'70s European crime drama’ (Salon.com).


Try something different! Join the crowd at the 10th edition of the Korean Film Festival in Florence, running from March from 23 to 31 at the Cinema Odeon.

info: 055 5048516 For info:www.koreafilmfest.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.

On the 200th anniversary of his birth in Portsea on 7 February 1812, enthusiasts around the world will be celebrating the life and work of one of Britain’s best loved novelists, Charles Dickens. Admired well beyond the Anglosphere for his unforgettable and inimitable chronicle of the highs and lows of life in all its variety in Victorian England, perhaps it is Dickens’s characters – often accused of being unrealistically eccentric and one-dimensional – that people most delight in. That this kaleidoscope of caricature, incident, comedy, tragedy, satire and irony would go unnoticed by the cinema is of course unthinkable, and adaptations of the novels (or parts of them) to the screen date from as early as 1901, only 30 odd years after the author’s death. Since then, there have been hundreds of adaptations (Dickens being second only to Shakespeare in this regard), and by the nature of Dickens extended style and convoluted plotting, many of these have found a natural home on television in numerous multi-part serials that not least cinematically are excellent and perhaps unrivalled visualisations of the Dickens oeuvre.

Conceived as a cinematic whole (although divided into two parts for manageability), Christine Edzard’s reduction of Little Dorrit (1855-57) will be shown in two sessions. Dirk Bogarde gives one of his best performances as Sidney Carton in Dickens’s story of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities (1859). The season ends with what is generally regarded as one of the finest adaptations of any literary work, David Lean’s of Great Expectations (1860-61).

Wednesday, March 07, 2012. 20.00
Film: Little Dorrit Part 1
"Nobody's Fault"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012. 20.00
Film: Little Dorrit Part 2
"Little Dorrit's Story"

Wednesday, March 21, 2012. 20.00
FIlm: A Tale of Two Cities

Wednesday, March 28, 2012. 20.00
Film: Great Expectations

LECTURE SERIES - British Institute of Florence

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event, followed by an informal reception. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.

Tuesday, March 06, 18.00
Lecture: Shafquat Towheed
An exceptional reader in Florence: Vernon Lee's books in the archive of the British Institute

Wednesday, March 07, 18.00
Lecture: Lisa Hilton
Cesare Borgia and Florence

Wednesday, March 14, 18.00
Concert: Fanny Ravier and Vittoria Quartaro
Concert for violin and pianoforte

Wednesday, March 21, 18.00
Lecture: John Hoenig
Scene and heard: Dafne, Euridice and beyond - the birth of opera in Florence

Wednesday, March 28, 2012. 18.00
Lecture: Kamin Mohammadi
The Cypress Tree: a love letter to Iran

TROPOS – Time to follow up on those New Year’s resolutions

Looking for a gym or swimming pool during your stay in Florence? Tropos is a private swimming pool, gym and city spa, exclusive and refined.

Tropos has served Florence for over 35 years with professionalism and customer care. It is situated near the historic center and it’s very simple to reach. There’s a parking lot, but it’s also easy to reach by foot, bike or bus.

All of the staff at Tropos are able to offer their clients all the recent innovations from the world of wellness: new technologies, new practices, new methods, and new experiences. Tropos, with its customized programs and the complete range of services and products for the wellness permits you to regain the perfect psycho-physical balance. It also offers children an equipped world of sporting facilities and games, animation and courses.

Tropos welcomes tourists and other visitors with a range of special offers and personalized areas.

Monday/ Friday:  7:30 – 22:00  Saturday: 7: 30 – 20:00  Sunday: 9:00 – 13:00

Via Orcagna, 20/AContatti: tel. 055678381 055679746

email:desk@troposclub.it ; website www.troposfirenze.it

MAGGIO MUSICALE – Operas & Ballet

Concert – Conductor Leonidas Kavakos, cello Sol Gabetta

Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

3, 4 March

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Anna Bolena - opera by Gaetano Donizetti

Conductor Roberto Abbado, Orchestra and Chorus of

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

15, 18, 21, 24 March

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Concert - Director Kazushi Ono, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

March 31

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Short Time - New Choreographies for Maggio Danza

10, 11, 14, 16 March

Teatro Goldoni

See the calendar on the Maggio’s website: http://www.maggiofiorentino.com/?q=node/1852


Throughout the holiday season, the Amici della Musica of Florence present various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola.  Works by Haydn, Schumann, Mozart and Beethoven are only a small sample of what will be performed.  The Emerson Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Amaryllis Quartet, and the Belcea Quartet are highlighted. See the schedule for concerts at http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/ .

Amici della Musica - Concert Season

Teatro della Pergola

3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 31 March

info: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333


THE ROCK OPERA – Roger Daltrey Performs The Who's Tommy

20 March

Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera, telling a loose story about a "deaf, dumb and blind boy" who becomes the leader of a messianic movement,. Released in 1969, the album was mostly composed by Pete Townshend. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value".

Teatro Comunale

info: 055 2779350


O FLOS COLENDE. 16TH EDITION – Free Concert at the Duomo

On 21 March, at 9:15pm, enjoy the Duomo at night as the music echos thug the cupola.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

info: 055 2302885



Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud, György Ligeti, Sechs Bagatellen, and Ferenc Farkas

22 March

Auditorium "Cosimo Ridolfi"

Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze

via Carlo Magno 7, Firenze

Free entrance with obligatory reservations. Email : r.crescioli@scuolamusica.fiesole.fi.it

info: 055 597851 email: www.scuolamusica.fiesole.fi.it

EASTER CONCERT – Schola Cantorum F. Landini Orchestra Vincenzo Galilei

On 30 March at 9pm, the Mozart Requiem will be ring out through the Church of Santa Trinita.

Piazza Santa Trinita

info: 055 597851


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


A fascinating world comes to life in Florence and March 4th is going to be the grand opening!

The Natural History Museum of Florence will showcase the fascinating world of dinosaurs. From March 1 to September 2, through an informative, educational and fun exhibition, Dinosaurs in the Flesh and Bones will bring the public one of the most fascinating of aspects of science that will be a kind of laboratory in 'continuous evolution.'

"Dinosaurs in the flesh" is a cultural event entirely Made in Italy and expresses Italian excellence in the Sciences and Paleontology, which has traditionally been predominant among the Anglo-Saxon cultures.

At the Giardino dei Semplici and between the palaeontological collections of the Natural History Museum visitors can admire life-size prehistoric animals, created by internationally recognized Italian artists of the field. A recreated dinosaur habitat emerges with copies of the Tyrannosaurus and Spinosauri, and using the fossil skeletal remains of the museum, other dinosaurs will be on display, among them the Glyptodon and Thylacinus.

The exhibition features 40 hyper-realistic reconstructions on a 1:1 scale of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, some of them colossal in size. Also, as part of the exhibition, there are 9 murals with prehistoric animals and paleoenvironmental reconstructions; 110 illustrated information panels; 120 works by internationally renowned Italian illustrators of paleontology art; and the exhibition of fossils, molds and tools needed to build the reproduction of a dinosaur, and a 3D paleontology aquarium

In conjunction with the exhibition are an array of cultural events, such as guided tours, informational lectures, and conferences with special initiatives.

Florence Museum of Natural History

March 1 to September 2


two adults and up to two children aged 4-18

children aged 11-18; senior (over 65)

children aged 4-10; students

children under 4; disabled people and their accompanists;

3 teachers/accompanists per class.

The entrance fee is cumulative for access to the exhibition, the Geology and Paleontology Section and the Botanic Garden Section.

Geology and Paleontology Section , Via G. La Pira, 4

BOTANICAL GARDEN Section on P.A. Micheli, 3



Le Stanze dei Tesori, the initiative links “The Small Great Museums” of Florence – eight museums for ten euro: Museo Stefano Bardini, Museo Stibbert, Museo Horne, Fondazione Salvatore Romano, Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, Museo Casa Rodolfo Siviero, and Museo Bandini. Each museum has its special collection, many of them the personal collections of antiques collectors from the 19th century, the treasures they decided to keep instead of selling or auctioning around the world. These collections now are part of small, separate museums such as the Horne, Bardini and Stibbert – all named after the collectors themselves.

Ongoing until April 15, the museums are showing off their collections with a special focus on the Florentine artistic craftsmanship and the golden era of when private antiques collectors in Florence were very active.

The exhibit at Palazzo Medici Riccardi presents a general summary of the era, while the Stibbert Museum offers an international exhibit of Florentine “maiolica” created by Ginori and Cantagalli. The Bardini Museum reopens its Hall of Paintings, with the original setup Bardini used to display the works, at the center of which is the newly restored 13th century crucifix by Bernardo Daddi. The Horne Museum offers a collection of designs from Raphael to Constable, while the Palazzo Davanzati exhibits photographs by Elia Volpi that document the original furnishings of the house before they were sold in a large auction in New York during the Great War.

A very special way to see many treasures in Florence, particularly since a special “Treasure Pass” has been created at just € 10 to allow you to visit all of the museums — a really good deal, since it also includes free entrance to the Fondazione Salvatore Romano, Bandini museum, Casa Rodolfo Siviero museum,  the Ceramic Museum in Montelupo and the Museo della Manifattura Galileo Chini and discounts on entry to Palazzo Vecchio, the Brancacci Chapel, the Santa Maria Novella museum and the Richard Ginori of Doccia Works Museum.

See the
website: http://www.stanzedeitesori.it for more information

Duffy The Photographic Genius
- Retrospective of Brian Duffy, famous fashion photographer

The Alinari National Museum of Photography in Florence presents the first Italian exhibition dedicated to Brian Duffy, a celebrated British artist from Swinging London, who is famous for immortalizing David Bowie on his record covers that caused a sensation, such as that of Aladdin Sane (1973), which depicts the singer with lightning-shaped make-up on the face, and which immediately became a pop icon image. Working with the most popular newspapers and magazines, Duffy revolutionized how fashion images are made, creating the cult of the fashion photographer by putting himself at the center of the runway with the models and the celebrities.

Since 1957, when he began working for British Vogue, Duffy shot the portraits of many artists, moving between film, music, advertising, fashion and literature. But, at the peak of his career in 1979, Duffy decided to round up most of his work and bring it to the garden behind the house, where he made a bonfire. After many years of research among archives and publications around the world, his son, Chris, has recovered 160 photographs, putting together a true catalog of cultural iconography from the ’60s and ’70s. This show features 80 photographs, selected from those retrieved by Chris Duffy, in an exhibition that can be said to have literally risen from the ashes.

The exhibit will run until March 25 and it’s open everyday from 10 am to 7:30 pm (closed Wednesday).

MNAF - Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia, Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 14/r

For more information, see http://www.mnaf.it/mostre.php


MERCATINO DI APRILANTE - Artisanal Crafts Market

Sun. 4 (morning to afternoon) visit Panzano-in-Chianti. The first Sunday of each month the weekly town market held in Panzano is expanded with artisan booths of all sorts. Depending on which vendors show up, you'll find honey and pecorino (sheep's milk) cheese makers, hand-embroidered linen makers, boutique wineries and antique dealers and much more. To visit Panzano by car from Florence or Siena, take Route 222, the "Chiantigiana" highway passing through the Chianti wine area. From the west, there is a road connecting with the highway at Tavarnelle or S. Donato. This pretty road passes the monastery of Badia a Passignano. It is also possible to reach Panzano by SITA bus from Florence. The trip takes about one hour.

TARTUFO MARZUOLO – Certaldo & San Giovanni d’Asso

Get your fill of March white truffles at the 14th Sagra del Tartufo Mazuolo in Certaldo from March 8 to 10 and 16 to 18. Or go to San Giovanni d’Asso on the 10th and 11th. Or take in both because truffle season doesn’t return until next fall.


On Sun. 4, as on every first Sunday of the month, from 8 am to sunset, you can enjoy a visit to Fiesole with the added fun of perusing the stands filled with bric-brac and antiques. Piazza Mino. For info phone 0555978373.



We love getting letters of all kinds , but our favorites are, of course, like this one from Diana:

27 January 2012

Congratulations on a wonderful newsletter!

My name is Diana Canchola and I am native of California. I was introduced to Pitcher & Flaccomio by a dear friend back in 2004. At the time, I was in search of an apartment rental and did not have much time to conduct my search due to a hectic schedule. I had visited your Web site and knew I wanted to contact you for assistance. But, before I had the opportunity to place the call for an appointment, a friend of a friend offered his place since he was relocating to Rome. Talk about timing! Fortunately the place worked out and I loved it so much I even extended my stay.

Although I did not contact Pitcher & Flaccomio for rental assistance back then, I did sign up for the monthly newsletter. Still to this very day, I look forward to reading your monthly suggested picks in events, food, music, local "lifestyle"news, and especially looking over the property listings. I have print-outs of my favorite homes and apartments in and around the city. It has helped me pin-point my favorite areas as one day I will be purchasing a place of my own to stay when I am visiting Florence.

My reason for contacting you is simple. To thank you for a great Web site and newsletter. I look forward to the day I can work with your company in finding my next apartment. This time to purchase.

Grazie Mille!

Diana Canchola


Dear Readers of P&F Newsletter,

I’ve got to share a recent frustration I experienced. I’ve lived in Florence “forever” and I am kicking myself for not remembering one small reality: unlike in most countries of the western world, it is very, very difficult to take back and exchange something once it has been purchased.

The Florentines do not embrace this custom that many of us take so for granted: "If we don't like it, we take it back and exchange it." Well, forget that here. The majority of shop owners in Florence do not think the customer is always right, and quite frankly, they couldn't care less, they actually are more inclined to risk losing a client rather than change a purchase.

My latest encounter was not so long ago. I bought some cosmetics at a shop called LE VANITA' which I believe has several outlets in town, but the one I used is situated in Via Corso. Cosmetics, here you might say, are such a purchase should not be exchanged at all, but in my case, the product was still sealed and I had the receipt. I wanted to change the colour, no big deal, same price same product etc., but stupidly I forgot "the rules" and I was immediately refused. Apparently I had purchased the product too long ago (from the receipt it was established approx.3 weeks), at which point I asked where was it stated that there was a time limit. At which point the assistant showed me a notice of small print with several rules and regulations hidden somewhere in the shop.

So the point of my story is; Be aware about returning merchandise. Always ask what is the policy of the shop and definitely do this prior to buying anything.

The good news is I very recently found a real "outlet" or "discount house" for cosmetics called BEATY BEAT in Via Pietrapiana 6/8R Firenze 50121. It goes without saying, that they may not have everything that you want when you want it, but they do have all the big brands in both creams and perfumes, all at very competitive prices ...worth a look

And while I am chatting about shopping woes: another point I'd like to bring your attention to is; as a foreigner, you have a right to the added value added tax (IVA or VAT) reimbursement if you spend euro 154.94 or more. Some shops will not inform you of this fact, so if you are a tourist, and you will be leaving the country within three months of purchasing something, make a point of asking for the VAT refund.

Happy shopping,


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


You couldn’t tell it by the crowds in January and February, but the Florence tourist season is just about to begin as it usually does with the April Easter holidays. This is a month to stay in town because every day will bring new and exciting events, sights, tastes, and sounds. Listen for the drums and trumpets on the Florentine New Year, revel in 24 hours of Bach, try some tripe for the very first time, see if the Duomo gets its new light show, and wander through the ancient byways of your favorite city bedecked in mimosa for La Festa della Donna.

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio