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Many consider May the best month of the year to be in Florence. It’s not too hot, it rarely rains, the June crowds haven’t arrived and the city is full of flowers. Take time to raise a toast on the terrace of the Uffizi and wander through the Corsini and Iris gardens and then rest up for the Notte Blu.

Wishing you an May filled with sunshine and flowers from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, ANN and MARIO.



Drinks on Top of the Uffizi! Would you like to enjoy a very special aperitivo in Florence this spring with your friends high above the Piazza Signoria? And then how about an extra added special visit to a new gallery opening especially for you?

Called “Aperitivo ad Arte“, the Uffizi Gallery is offering special evening openings of the museum on Thursdays, starting this April 26 (and continuing through the end of June) that allows you to enjoy an aperitivo on the Uffizi terrace over Loggia dei Lanzi enjoying an amazing view of Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio together with a visit to the new Blue Rooms of the Uffizi dedicated to foreign artists, which was inaugurated last December.

Visits to the the Blue Rooms will be at your leisure throughout the evening – the combination of the visit and the particular setting makes this a truly unique occasion to enjoy art together with an evening out with friends in a very particular setting not generally offered.

The aperitif starts at 7pm and continues through 9:30pm. Entrance is through the new stairs located to the right of the Uffizi, right behind the Loggia dei Lanzi. A buffet is included and the cost is 10 euro per person.

It is possible (and recommended) you reserve either through the call center at the following numbers: 800.424.500 or 055.294.883 if you’re calling from a land line phone, or 199-104245 if you’re calling from a cellphone.

Clet Again! In March we highlighted the street art of Clet Abraham. He’s back again because on May 6, he will be placing a large wooden nose (30 feet high) on the Torre di San Niccolò (along the Lungarno, below Piazzale Michelangelo) in an homage of the statues on Easter Island. Music will be provided in the evening by Ginevra Di Marco.

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR MAY – The perfect Summer Apartment

Located on Lungarno Torrigiani, the street running along the south side of the Arno river to the Ponte Vecchio, this two bedroom apartment is the perfect summer place (with both a terrace with view of the Arno and a private patio for late evening suppers). It is only available from June 1 to September 15. The neighborhood is famous for its many artisans’ workshops, antique stores, and good restaurants. Built on two levels, it has a tasteful mix of modern and antique furniture. Reserve it now, this one is going to be snapped up fast.

For more information click this link.

MUSEUM FOR MAY – Casa Martelli

The Museum Casa Martelli is an interesting example of an 18th-century nobleman's home and of the family's tastes in collecting. It’s one of the newest museums to open in Florence and thus, one of the least visited. Only open on Tursdays, you may be lucky to enjoy a concert by a quartet during your visit.

In 1738 Niccolò and Giuseppe Maria Martelli employed the architect Bernardo Ciurini to transform several houses into the present palace. The interior was decorated in the taste of the period with paintings by Vincenzo Meucci, Bernardo Minozzi and Niccolò Conestabile, and stucco ornamentation by Giovan Martino Portogalli. The fine collection of art works belonging to the family was arranged in a specially designed suite of rooms. This is the last example of an 18th-century Florentine collection, with the exception of the Corsini collection, that has been preserved intact.

The paintings include works by Piero di Cosimo, Beccafumi, Salvator Rosa, Luca Giordano and Netherlandish painting of the 17th century.

The Museum is open for guided tours on Thursday and you must have a reservation (€3 - but the "ticket" is free), made by calling 055 294883. You can not walk up and enter without a prior reservation. Via Zannetti is a small side street less than five minutes from the Duomo.

Casa Martelli Museum
Via Ferdinando Zannetti, 8
50123 Florence, Italy
+39 055 294883

BEST GELATO FOR MAY – The Festival of Gelato

From Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 Florence will be the world’s Gelato Capital, as the city is transformed into an open-air “maxi gelateria”. This is the Third Annual Firenze Gelato Festival and it is the biggest ever. Stroll through Piazza S.S. Annunziata and over to Piazza della Repubblica accompanied by tastes of the best frozen wares that Italy’s gelatai have to offer. Be sure to sign up for gelato-making lessons at the Gelato University, sponsored by Carpigiani.

Entry is (obviously) free, and a tasting card can be purchased for 10 euros (ten tastes). Confronting the gelato question from every side, both artisan and industrial treats will be presented. And given that the average Italian family apparently spends 82 euros a year on gelato, given that gelato is a part of Florence’s history; invented they say by the architect Buontalenti for the court of Cosimo il Primo, and most of all… given that it is widely known to be “un alimento perfetto, perfetto per tutte le diete”, we say Bring it On!

Since conferences will be held in Palazzo Vecchio, a Gelato Village and Gelato University will inhabit Piazza S.S. Annunziata, Piazza Pitti with both Piazza Strozzi and Piazza della Repubblica involved, it might actually be difficult to miss the fun. Each day watch for Gelato events, clowns and street bands from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm throughout the center.

Special dinners, events, workshops and classes can be booked through the official website at www.firenzegelatofestival.it/


A fascinating world comes to life in Giardino dei Semplici (Florence’s Botanical Garden).

The Natural History Museum of Florence will showcase the fascinating world of dinosaurs. Until 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

FORZA VIOLA!! FOR MAY – Florentine Calcio

P&F Sports Reporters Simon Clark & Anne Brooks bring you April’s Florentine Calcio results and the upcoming schedule for May.

Forza Viola!.........Time and again, we have rubbished the Italian media’s rush to describe our club’s plight as a crisi; time and again we have been proved right. This month, performances and results have proved us right again! Mathematically, we still need another three points to avoid relegation; in reality we may not need so many.

Fiorentina’s Results:

Week 30: Fiorentina-Chievo LOST 1-2
Week 31: Milan-Fiorentina WON 2-1
Week 32: Fiorentina-Palermo DREW 0-0
Week 34: Fiorentina-Inter DREW 0-0
Week 33: Roma-Fiorentina WON 2-1
Week 35: Atalanta-Fiorentina LOST 0-2

Primavera. Our Primavera squad is coping with losing members to the senior side. We finished third, a point behind Torino and good enough for the play-offs. Already we have seen off Genoa 2-0; it’ll likely be Juve in the final. The juniors stand second, a point behind Empoli. The boys roll on, biffing everyone; it’s us or Empoli – third-place Cesena are 17 points behind.

Serie A. Chievo at the Stadio. Question: how can we not love a side known as the Flying Donkeys? Answer: when they come here and win. On 24 minutes, Natali forgot which team he was playing for and passed to a Chievo forward, leaving Boruc helpless. We made nothing of our domination till the second half when Amauri made way for Adam Ljajic who promptly “curled a magnificent free kick into the near top corner from the edge of the box” (football-italia.net). We can win this but on 88 minutes the defense lies down and that’s it. Delio Rossi’s laid the blame at the fans’ door – apparently we are frightening the players. Eh?

Hercules’ 13th Labour – a visit to the San Siro and Milan, favourites for the Scudetto - until they meet us! With Jovetic (convict haircut) back and Boruc in Berlin Wall mode, how else could it end? Except with maximum drama. A first half give-away penalty (two boys falling over each other, a referee not knowing what to do) put them ahead. Then Jo-Jo breaks the off-side trap and we are equal. Who could have predicted a Milan last-minutes fading away to allow Jo-Jo and Amauri to exchange passes and the Brazilian, still part-owned by Juventus, scoring his first Fiorentina goal and allowing our hated rivals to creep above Milan?

Home for Palermo. A small crowd and no goals but the energy is returning. Palermo are riding high and are much more than a bunch of pink shirts. We could have won this but a draw is very creditable; Boruc didn’t have to make a save. If Amauri’s astonishing back-heel flick had not been acrobatically saved by their keeper, it would have been a candidate for goal of the century! Unfortunately, the referee spotted him later knocking a “goal” in with his hand and he’ll be suspended for Inter. Jovetic, Pasqual, Natali, Nastasic and Behrami all came close but no-one won a cigar. The balance of the side is better when Jo-Jo is playing – but we need more than that....And we are going to get it......

The shape of things to come? Vargas is injured, Montolivo (definitely leaving) warming the bench beside Gamberini, Amauri suspended, Jovetic ill. How will we withstand Inter? With energy, organisation and youth. That’s how. Man for man, Inter are more experienced, more skilled technically; as a team, they have lost their way and lack imagination. Rossi fields teenagers and near-teenagers – Nastasic, Camporese, Ljajic, Acosty, Salifu - and gets Cerci to scare the pants off their defenders with his pace. It works. Boruc has one (simple) save to make all game such is the performance of the mobile wall in front of him. Inter are happy to escape with a point. We replay Cesar’s penalty save from Ljajic and wonder “what if?”.......

Look at this, friends, countrymen and Romans! Morosini’s on-field death meant the delay of week 33 and our game against Roma but the return of Jovetic to amaze with a 2nd-minute goal. Great cross from Lazzari. It’s our half as Jo-Jo is within inches of doubling our lead and the rest of the team pepper their goal. Roma come back strongly after the break and on 70 minutes lucky Totti deflects an equaliser that leaves Boruc helpless. But we’ve learned from giving away all those last-minute goals; 92 minutes and their keeper can only beat away a Ljajic missile; Lazzari controls and fires home. First win at Roma in 20 years!

The long month closes at Atalanta. They came up last year, lugging a 6-point corruption penalty; we should see them off but these are not normal times. Atalanta are punching above their weight while injuries and suspensions force Rossi to put out not just a young team but a young reserve team. On 11 minutes, our old failing – inept offside trap – puts us behind. When Behrami goes off injured, the deck is stacking further against us; Atalanta grab a second early in the second half. The key moment came in the 67th minute as Jovetic’s penalty kick was saved. After that, the game rather fizzled out on his fallibility.

Next Month. The final countdown won’t be easy. Novarra and Lecce are mired in trouble but not yet doomed; they will be fighting hard. Cagliari are happily ensconced in mid-table but they are building a reputation as one of our bogey teams. The simple approach would be to beat Novarra and not lose at Lecce..............Forza Viola!

THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE: May brings our last three games:

Week 36: 02 May/home Fiorentina-Novarra
Week 37: 06 May/away Lecce-Fiorentina
Week 38: 13 May/home Fiorentina-Cagliari


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 Duprè 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 MAY – The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America, Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan and into the life of the international singing sensation, Enrico Caruso.

From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill, to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy, to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Lush and evocative, told in tantalizing detail and enriched with lovable, unforgettable characters, The Shoemaker's Wife is a portrait of the times, the places and the people who defined the immigrant experience, claiming their portion of the American dream with ambition and resolve, cutting it to fit their needs like the finest Italian silk.

This riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write, one inspired by her own family history and the love of tradition that has propelled her body of bestselling novels to international acclaim. The Shoemaker's Wife defines an era with clarity and splendor, with operatic scope and a vivid cast of characters who will live on in the imaginations of readers for years to come.

BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR MAY – Florence: Just Add Water by M. Fintoni, S. Frasca & A. Paoletti

Need the perfect guide to get your 8- to 13-year-old interested in an ancient city? This is it! A colorful and entertaining survival kit for teenagers visiting in Florence. Here is all a young reader needs to wear out his shoes, as he follows in the footsteps of Philip and his eccentric guides.

BEST MUSIC AND DANCE FOR MAY – The Maggio Musicale Festival 75

The Maggio Musicale Festival turns 75 this year! The 75th season of Florence's historic opera company promises to be the best yet. Held in collaboration with the Pergola Theatre, the Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino's program this year is dedicated to Amerigo Vespucci, marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian explorer's death. Between May 4 and June 7, over 90 events – operas, ballets, concerts, exhibitions, conferences, open rehearsals and workshops – 200 guest performers, 42 collaborating institutions at 23 venues thoughout Florence, explore the theme of voyage.

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, founded in 1928 by Vittorio Gui as the Stabile Orchestrale Fiorentina. One of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious opera, symphonic music and ballet festival, along with Bayreuth and Salzburg festivals. Its year of birth is 1933.

First established as a three-year event, in 1937 it became a yearly festival held in the month of May as a tribute to and in memory of the ancient Calendimaggio festivity, when Firenze (the ancient Fiorenza, the flower city) celebrated the month of flowers with dancing, music and plays, and the streets were decorated with laurel festoons and garlands of flowers (Dante saw Beatrice for the first time during the 1274 Calendimaggio “dressed in the noblest color”).

The first home of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, which is made up of an orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta since 1986, a chorus and MaggioDanza ballet company, was the Comunale Theatre. This will be the last year: the Teatro Comunale will close and the Maggio Festival will be held at the new opera theater, Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze.

Among the names who have participated in the festival over the years are von Karajan and Muti, Maria Callas, Pietro Mascagni and Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinskij, and stage designers of the caliber of Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli and Giorgio De Chirico.

This year the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival (May 4 – June 10 2012) celebrates its 75th anniversary with a programm devoted to early twentieth-century Mitteleuropa. It opens with the opera by Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier (May 4-11). Following, as per tradition, is an opera commissioned for the Maggio festival: The Metamorphosis (May 22-25), by young Italian composer Silvia Colasanti, based on the book by Franz Kafka. From May 31 to June 5, two masterpieces by Béla Bartók: Il mandarino meraviglioso and Il Castello del Duca Barbablù, directed by Peter Eötvös. The MaggioDanza creations are performed within this repertoire inspired by the events of the early 1900s: the first within the Mandarino meraviglioso, the second on the occasion of Die vier Temperamente (May 17-20, at the Pergola Theatre), music by Paul Hindemith, choreography by George Balanchine, inspired by Verklärte Nacht, music by Arnold Schönberg and choreography by Susanne Linke.

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


From May 7 to 12 you should spend part of every day in the Iris Garden above Florence, breathing in fresh air, avoiding the crowds and restoring your spirits. It’s free. Expect beautiful flowers, meticulously refined over generations by the careful hands of their keepers. Even if you're not passionate about flowers it should be a refreshing splash of early summer color in a beautiful city. In May, gardeners from all over the world flock to Florence to admire stunning blooms, as the renowned Iris Garden opens its gates to the public for the International Iris Competition. The closing prize-giving ceremony is held at Palazzo Vecchio.

The Iris Garden of Piazzale Michelangelo was created in 1954. The Garden, initially designed by the architect G. Zetti, was inaugurated in May 1957. It was enriched, in the meantime, by donations made by numerous foreign growers and also by a large collection of historic Irises from the Presby Memorial Garden of Montclair (New Jersey), USA. In 1967, a small lake was constructed in the lower area of the garden to allow cultivation of the Japanese and Louisiana irises in the surrounding boggy land. Specialists, botanists, hybridizers and horticulturists from different foreign nations visit and work in the Garden because of the scientific interest it has as an important stock of germ plasma of the Iris family.

The Florence Council, in collaboration the Italian Iris Society, have held a famed International Iris Competition for tall and bearded irises every year since 1954. Over 150 new varieties are on display. The Competition is 'anonymous', that is, each plant entered is labelled with initials so that the Jury knows the name of the variety and of the hybridizer only after having finished judging. A classification of merit is established and some special prizes are awarded, on the basis of particular characteristics of the individual variety. The winner of the first prize receives a Gold Fiorin. A Special prize offered by the Florence Council is awarded to the red variety, which is most similar to the Iris depicted on the banner of the City.

Web: www.irisfirenze.it

Ph. +39 055 483 112

Piazzale Michelangelo

7 - 12 May

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-12.30pm & 3pm-7pm


Join the commemoration of Savonarola's death, May 23, in Piazza della Signoria and parade in historic center, 10am to noon. The annual commemoration of Fra' Girolamo Savonarola's death with La Fiorita, a floral ceremony, will begin with mass at 10am in the priori chapel of Palazzo Vecchio and continue with a traditional costume parade that will loop the historic center and return to Piazza della Signoria at 11am. After a brief speech on this Florentine tradition, flowers will be left on Savonarola's tomb, and the parade will proceed to the Arno, where flowers will be symbolically thrown into the river.

Girolamo Savonarola Dominican friar and puritan fanatic, became moral dictator of the city of Florence when the Medici were temporarily driven out in 1494. Sent to Florence originally a dozen years before, he made a reputation for austerity and learning, and became prior of the convent of St Mark (where his rooms can still be seen). A visionary, prophet and formidably effective hellfire preacher, obsessed with human wickedness and convinced that the wrath of God was about to fall upon the earth, he detested practically every form of pleasure and relaxation.

His opponents called Savonarola and his followers ‘Snivellers’ and he grimly disapproved of jokes and frivolity, of poetry and inns, of sex (especially the homosexual variety), of gambling, of fine clothes and jewellery and luxury of every sort. He denounced the works of Boccaccio, nude paintings, pictures of pagan deities and the whole humanistic culture of the Italian Renaissance. He called for laws against vice and laxity. He put an end to the carnivals and festivals the Florentines traditionally enjoyed, substituting religious festivals instead, and employed street urchins as a junior gestapo to sniff out luxurious and suspect items. In the famous ‘bonfire of the vanities’ in 1497 he had gaming tables and packs of cards, carnival masks, mirrors, ornaments, nude statues and supposedly indecent books and pictures burned in the street. The friar also disapproved of profiteering financiers and businessmen.

Not surprisingly, Savonarola made many powerful enemies. Among them was the Borgia pope, Alexander VI, who had good reason to feel uncomfortable with the Dominican’s denunciation of the laxity and luxury of the Church and its leaders, and who eventually excommunicated the rigorous friar. On Palm Sunday in 1498 St Mark’s was attacked by a screaming mob and Savonarola was arrested by the Florentine authorities with two friars who were among his most ardent followers, Fra’ Domenico and Fra’ Salvestro. All three were cruelly tortured before being condemned as heretics and handed over to the secular arm by two papal commissioners, who came hotfoot from Rome for the purpose on May 19th. ‘We shall have a fine bonfire,’ the senior commissioner remarked genially on arrival, ‘for I have the sentence of condemnation with me.’

On the morning of May 23rd a crowd of Florentines gathered in the Piazza della Signoria, where a scaffold had been erected on a platform (a plaque marks the spot today). From the heavy beam dangled three halters, to hang the friars, and three chains, to support their bodies while they were subsequently burned to ashes. Wood for the burning was heaped up below. Some of the crowd screamed abuse at Savonarola and his two companions, who were formally unfrocked and left in their under-tunics with bare feet and their hands tied, before their faces were shaved, as was the custom. It is said that a priest standing near asked Savonarola what he felt about this approaching martyrdom. He answered, ‘The Lord has suffered as much for me,’ and these were his last recorded words.

Fra’ Salvestro and Fra’ Domenico were hanged first, slowly and painfully, before Savonarola climbed the ladder to the place between them. The executioner made cruel fun of him and then apparently tried to delay his demise so that the flames would reach him before he was quite dead, but failed, and Savonarola died of strangulation at about 10am. He was forty-five years old. With the piles of wood below the scaffold set alight, the flames quickly engulfed the three dangling bodies while a trick of the heat made Savonarola’s right hand move so that he seemed to be blessing the spectators. Some of them burst into tears, but others, including excited children, sang and danced delightedly around the pyre and threw stones at the corpses. What little was left of the three Dominicans was thrown into the River Arno. (www.historytoday.com)



From Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13, Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani have invited Eugenio Alphandery to hold the celebration of the historic Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella at Artigianato e Palazzo, a fitting venue for the 400 year-old activity founded nearby in 1221 by the Dominican Friars of Santa Maria Novella. The Friars cultivated medicinal herbs and the Pharmacy was opened to the public in 1612. Since then it has become world known and now has 55 single-brand shops in the world.

This historical brand will be the main protagonist of the “Principe Exhibition” which is held every year at the Limonaia Piccola. Friday 11th through Sunday 13th May there will be a number of celebrations dedicated to the 400 years of the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella: a preview with Eugenio Alphandery, director and co-owner of the Officina, as guest of honour. Eugenio is the heart and soul of innovation at the Officina and is responsible for the expansion abroad of this most Florentine of brands.

Another special guest of the 2012 edition of Artigianato e Palazzo will be the Consorzio “Il cappello di Firenze”, founded in May 1986 by the Association of Florentine Industrialists to safeguard and widespead the traditional art of straw hats of Florence. On exhibit, under the XVth century Loggia of Buontalenti of the Palazzo Corsini, will be some unique pieces made especially for this event following the tradition of those straw hats which, since the nineteenth century, have been crafted by Florentine hatmakers in many materials: straw, felt, raffia, precious threads, silk, satin and lace. On show will also be a grandiose collective installation.

During the three days of Artigianato e Palazzo the many artisans and craftsmen present will do practical demonstrations of how they achieve their high quality products. You will be able to understand, hands-on, the difference between quality products made by hand and others produced serially.

The gardens of the Corsini Palace, this Florentine “secret garden” created in the XVIth century by Gherardo Silvani, will once again host the techniques and ancient secrets of artisans and craftsmen. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the wealth of ancient trades and gestures, symbols of a new form of elegance, whose value is both in the image and in the quality of their products.

Over 80 artisan shops will be set up in the midst of the greenery and flowers of the Corsini Garden and inside the splendid Limonaie (the lemon-houses). Visitors will assist in the work of craftsmen where innovation and love and respect for the past merge to create special products.


Giardino Corsini

Via della Scala, 115

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2012

Opening times 10 am to 8.30 pm

Entrance € 8,00. Reduced tickets € 6,00. Childeren under 12, free.

Catalogue free

Tickets are on sale at reduced pre-sale prices on: www.boxol.it

For information on the Exhibiotn:

Tel. +39 055 2654589



Facebook: artigianatoepalazzo


The theme of La Notte Blu for May 12-13 will be traditional sports, classic disciplines and firsts: everything under the stars will be offered – a non-stop event with games, tournaments, performances, rides, races, exhibitions, and shows.

The organziations of Assessorato all’Europa and the Politiche Giovanili- Europe Direct Office Firenze, in collaboration with Assessorato all Sport, with the contribution of the Quartieri and of the sport society for the occasion of the celebration of Europe.

For the first time, sport facilities, piazzas and streets, and Cascine Park will be used for a collective celebration of 27 hours that joins together locals and tourists. Everyone can try various activities taking place in every corner of the city, with a full schedule that hour after hour provides new opportunities.

La Notte Blu 2012 edition...every event under the stars!!! See all of the events on the web site: www.notteblu.eu/


On Sun. 20, pop around to Piazza Santo Spirito and admire the crafts and organic food fair. This one, as the name suggests will focus on food, plants, and Spring gardening. 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



(UK 1985 - 115') By James Ivory.

Tue 1 >> 20.30

E M Forster’s novel is classically filmed in the meticulous heritage style of Merchant and Ivory. The story of Lucy Honeychurch’s transfiguration by Italian passion, set in Florence in the early twentieth century, is pitch perfect. ‘Distinguished by superb ensemble acting, intelligent writing and stunning design’ (Variety).


(UK 2008 – 96') By Steve Mcqueen.

Wed 2 >> 16.00

Thu 3 >> 16.30 - 18.30 - 20.30 - 22.30

Fri 4 >> 16.30 - 18.30 - 22.30

Sat 5 >> 16.30 - 18.30 - 20.30 - 22.30

Sun 6 >> 16.30 - 18.30 - 20.30 - 22.30

Steve McQueen’s stunning directorial debut features a harrowing performance by Michael Fassbender as IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands and events surrounding his imprisonment in the Maze in 1981. ‘McQueen has taken the raw materials of filmmaking and committed an act of great art’ (Washington Post). ‘Artful, beautiful in parts and unbelievably brutal in others, and no less honest for its stagecraft.’ (San Francisco Chronicle).


(USA, France, Germany, UK, Aus 2011 - 67') By Helena Norberg-Hodge,

Wed 2 >> 18.15 - 22.30

A chorus of voices from six continents call for systemic economic change. This documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance. Localization is what it’s all about.


(Italy, Norway 2010 – 52') By Line Halvorsen. With Heidemarie Schwermer

Wed 2 >> 20.30

This documentary chronicles the life of 68-year-old Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 14 years ago. Having given up her house and given away all her possessions her life is based on bartering and subsistence. An alternative lifestyle that is food for thought.


(USA 2011 - 126') By Joss Whedon.

Mon 7 >> 15.30 - 21.00

Tue 8 >> 15.30 - 18.00

Wed 9 >> 15.30 - 21.00

Thu 10 >> 16.00 - 18.40 - 21.30

Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Marvel comic book superheroes hit the big screen in a big way.


(USA 1996 - 144’) By Jane Campion.

Tue 8 >> 20.30

The marital travails of Isabel Archer and Gilbert Osmond are at the centre of Henry James’s admired novel, and Jane Campion’s handsome adaptation. Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich give superlative performances. ‘I think if you care for James, you must see it. It is not an adaptation but an interpretation’ (Roger Ebert).


(USA 2012 - 120’) By Tim Burton.

Fri 11 >> 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Sat 12 >> 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Sun 13 >> 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Wed 16 >> 15.45 - 20.30 - 22.40

Thu 17 >> 16.00 - 18.15

Fri 18 >> 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Sat 19 >> 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Sun 20 >> 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.40

Wed 23 >> 15.45 - 18.00

Thu 24 >> 15.45 - 18.00

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Tim Burton’s version of the 1960s TV series is a gothic horror soap opera peopled with monsters, witches, vampires, zombies and other creatures of the night.


(Uk, Italy 2010 - 102') By Declan Donnellan,

Mon 14 >> 16.00 - 18.20 - 20.30 - 22.30

Tue 15 >> 16.00 - 18.20 - 22.40

Robert Pattinson in his first post-Twilight role plays Georges Duroy in this adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel about a handsome young man’s rise to status through his manipulation of the women who love him in 19th century Paris.


(USA 1970 -112') By Michelangelo Antonioni.

Antonioni’s portrait of America in the 1960s is set in the desolate landscape of Death Valley – the location where the destinies of Mark, a fugitive in a stolen aeroplane and Daria meet in a bout of love-making. The counter-culture manifesto of escape from the consumer society turns out to be an impossible dream. Music by Pink Floyd amongst others.


(USA 2011 - 120') By Bruce Robinson.

Mon 21 >> 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.45

Tue 22 >> 16.00 - 18.15

American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the expatriates who live there. Bruce Robinson’s return to filmmaking celebrates Hunter S Thompson’s early story. ‘A fitting tribute to Hunter and the demise of the American Dream, but first and foremost a thrilling and funny snapshot of a country on its knees and a writer finding his feet’ (Empire). ‘The supporting cast of journalistic riffraff is uniformly excellent.’ (Globe and Mail).


(USA 1999 - 139') By David Fincher. With Edward Norton and Brad Pitt

Tue 22 >> 20.30

An anonymous narrator attends support groups of all kinds as a way to "experience" something within his unfeeling, commercial existence. On a business trip, he meets Tyler Durden who encourages them to form a fight club as a release for their latent aggressive tendencies. ‘Pulls you in, challenges your prejudices, rocks your world and leaves you laughing in the face of an abyss. It's alive, all right. It's also an uncompromising American classic’ (Rolling Stone).


(USA 2012 - 129’) By Stephen Daldry. With Oskar Schell, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock

Fri 25 >> 15.30 - 18.00

Sat 26 >> 16.00 - 18.40 - 21.30

Sun 27 >> 16.00 - 18.40 - 21.30

Wed 30 >> 15.30 - 21.30

Oskar is convinced that his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. His trek through the five boroughs brings its own sort of understanding of the way things are. ‘Best of all, von Sydow is absolutely wonderful, with the great veteran actor clearly relishing this very unusual role as he darts, skulks and, in a stealthy way, mugs across town. Without saying a thing, he dominates the middle part of the movie’ (Hollywood Reporter).


(USA 2012 -106') By Tarsem Singh.

Mon 28 >> 16.00 - 18.00

Tue 29 >> 16.00 - 18.00

Thu 31 >> 16.00 - 18.00

A fresh retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over.


(USA 1993 -188') By Robert Altman.

Tue 29 >> 20.30

Using the short stories of Raymond Carver as inspiration, Robert Altman revisits the formula of his 1975 film "Nashville," portraying various interlocking stories set against the backdrop of contemporary middle-class Los Angeles. ‘This definitive "life goes on" movie does what Altman does best: juggle 22 characters, deftly switch moods, and offer a comlex warts-and-all characters whose lives seem to extend beyond the screen. Few movies attempt this; Fewer succeed’ (USA Today).

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute

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

Terrence Malick: All Things Shining

Terrence Malick is one of the great enigmas of contemporary filmmaking, a shadowy figure whose towering reputation rests largely on a very small body of work. A visual stylist beyond compare, Malick emerged during the golden era of 1970s American movie-making, bringing to the screen a dreamlike, ethereal beauty countered by elliptical, ironic storytelling; resonant and mythic, his films illuminated themes of love and death with rare mastery, their indelible images distinguished by economy and precision. Jason Ankenny, allmovie.com.

This Talking Pictures season aims to review the work and pick out the trademarks that distinguish his style to determine whether he can truly be called an auteur alongside the greats. What is the visual style that Christopher Nolan observes is so masterfully matched with the narrative drive? How does Malick approach the ultra-cinematic twilight luminosity that is the magic hour? Why does Malick privilege the a priori ‘un-cinematic’ use of an esoteric or unreliable narrator in mysterious voiceovers? Why is the pristine diversity of the natural world such an important force in the films? Why do the memes and tropes of philosophy, religion and mythology as well as popular culture resound so powerfully in the stories Malick chooses to tell? To what extent is his blend of 20th Century Americana – some of it autobiographical – and the European Art Film successful? And what of his revisiting of the earlier American past and the romanticisation of the Pocahontas story? Can cinema sustain the monumental vision that is Malick’s?

Wednesday, May 09, 20.00

Film: Badlands (1973)

Wednesday, May 16, 20.00

Film: Days of Heaven (1978)

Wednesday, May 23, 20.00

Film: The Thin Red Line (1998)

Wednesday, May 30, 20.00

Film: The New World (2005)

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. Check the web site at www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/default.asp for times, dates, and detailed information or stop by the library for a brochure.

Wednesday, May 02, 18.00

Music, song, poetry and prose

ANZAC commemoration in Florence

Wednesday, May 09, 18.00

Lecture: Janie Cole

Musical spectacle and cultural brokerage in Medici Florence

Wednesday, May 16, 18.00

Lecture: Richard Davies

Daniele Varè, the laughing diplomat

Thursday, May 17, 18.00

Book presentation

Giovanni Agnoloni: Tolkien e Bach

Wednesday, May 23, 18.00

Lecture: Andrew Frisardi


Tuesday, May 29, 18.00

Book presentation

Janie Cole: Music, Spectacle and Cultural Brokerage in Early Modern Italy

Wednesday, May 30, 18.00

Lecture: Rosamund Bartlett

Chekhov and Tolstoy: writing about their lives, translating their prose


After a long career as a criminal defense lawyer in New York, Charles Adler thought life is too precious to spend it all toiling in the same field. He had become enamored with the poetry of Dante and thought he would write a murder mystery involving a newly discovered document and his secret design to return from exile. But he found he enjoyed learning about this city much more than writing novels. So, he became a licensed tour guide and now has the pleasure of sharing with interesting visitors both Dante and Florence. You can write to him at DanteGuideInFlorence@gmail.com


P&F client, Amy Elias, was looking for a great massage after the stresses and strains of walking cobblestoned streets and the hallways of way too many museums … and she found it. “This is the most fantastic place and they do a wonderful massage. Warm, large massage tables and expert therapists. Also they use oil from candles for total luxury.” Amy found Silathai: Thai Massage Center at Via de’ Serragli, 63r-65r. they offer classic oil massages as well as traditional Thai massage and Thai reflexology. Ph: 055 217 559



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

Amici della Musica - Concert Season

Teatro della Pergola

info: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333


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


Tickets are on sale now for this event in June.

Thursday 21st June - Saturday 30th June 2012

Ten days of antiquarian and contemporary art exhibitions, a one-day conference, two performances of Alessandro Stradella's 1675 oratorio San Giovanni Battista and a concert at the Palazzo Pitti. The Festival is a new event dedicated to the people of Florence to celebrate the feast day of the city’s patron saint on 24th June.

Presented by I Buontalenti - a venture recently founded by five colleagues to initiate creative opportunities and work for Florentine artists, musicians and writers - the festival will be in partnership with Associazione Via Maggio, the British Institute of Florence, St Mark’s English Church and the Amici di Palazzo Pitti. The Festival has received the patronage of the Comune di Firenze, the Provincia di Firenze and the Società San Giovanni Battista.

EXHIBITIONS – There will be twenty galleries showcasing significant antiquarian works representing John the Baptist from rarely-seen private collections on display for ten days in the Via Maggio galleries. In addition there will be new work by ten contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers and visual artists inspired by the theme of the life of the patron saint of Florence.

CONFERENCE – There will be a conference entitled “Preparing the Way - the representation of the image of John the Baptist in art, music and literature” at the British Institute of Florence on Friday 22nd June. Art historian Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Canon of Florence Cathedral and Director of Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, will be the keynote speaker.

ORATORIO – In 1675, the Confraternity of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in Rome commissioned a series of oratorios for Holy Year. One of the most memorable but rarely-performed was Alessandro Stradella’s “San Giovanni Battista“ based on the story of Salome. The oratorio will be presented in two semi-staged performances on Sunday 24th & Monday 25th June at St Mark’s English Church by some of Florence's most talented baroque singers and musicians.

Theatre Director and Renaissance Scholar, John Hoenig is the festival Founder and Artistic Director. The festival team is most grateful for the support it has received and looks forward to developing further partnerships with other cultural associations and patrons of the arts. Festa della Cultura - San Giovanni Battista is a non-profit venture.

Tickets are now on sale for the oratorio (24th & 25th June) from St Mark’s English Church, Via Maggio 16, directly online at ClassicTic.com and also through Opera at St. Mark’s.

Tickets for the conference (22nd June) which includes a buffet lunch are available at the British Institute of Florence, Harold Acton Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.

For further information please visit the Festival website.


Until July 15, 2012, at the Palazzo Strozzi, century-old ties between Florence and the United States is 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 hosts the work of American painters who embraced the artistic vocabulary of Impressionism and spent time in Italy. It contains 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 are 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 comprises 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 includes 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

ROBERTO CAPUCCI – Colors: My Great Karma

Take a springtime walk through the Bardini Garden and at the top of the hill go to the Villa Bardini and on the top floor you will arrive at the wonderland that is the Roberto Capucci Foundation Museum. The new exhibition is called Colors: My Great Karma – the philosophy of this unique designer, who invites the audience on a journey into his world of colors. On display are 28 dresses in 3 colors emblematic of his production: green, red and purple.

Among the dresses is Bougainvillea, a famous dress-sculpture presented for the first time in 1989 at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, a masterpiece in pleated taffeta green circular elements in shades of green and cyclamen that recreates gracefully sculptural glamour with the color and charm of the plant that inspired it.

Enter the Bardini Garden at Via dei Bardi, 1/r or the Villa Bardini at Costa San Giorgio, 2.

8:15am to 6:30pm


Palazzo Pitti: Museo degli Argenti & Galleria Palatina & Galleria d’Arte Moderna until July 1, 2012

‘Japan, Land of Spells’ (Giappone. Terra di Incanti) is a series of three distinct exhibitions using three of the Pitti Palace galleries, all celebrating the art, history and culture of Japan and its peoples.

The Museo degli Argenti displays a wide ranging collection of Japanese art dating from the mid-16th to the mid-19th century. Ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, lacquer work, metal work and fabrics, all dedicated to the elegance of line and richness of color.

The Galleria Palatina includes an exhibition dedicated to the finest Japanese art of the 20th century in an exhibition under the title ‘The Elegance of Memory’. All works were exhibited in one of the annual domestic exhibitions dedicated to the best of traditional Japanese art, organized since 1954 by the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and by the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.

The third exhibition takes place in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna and has as a theme the relationships and influences between Italian and Japanese art.



The Tuscan Archipelago National Park this year is celebrating its fourth edition of the Tuscany Walking Festival. “Taking advantage of all the benefits mother nature has to offer means living a better life.”

This year the Festival starts off with a very full programme indeed: beautiful walks, both during the day and at night, breathtaking views, some routes along the mineral archeology with the island of Montecristo in the background, or stone goat shelters and granite roads with the island of Pianosa in the corner of your eye, other routes that are perfumed and colorful, laboratories for children, schools for the preparation of medicinal herbs, and much, much more.

The philosophy of the festival: regaining the benefits of mother nature. Photography, painting and contemporary art lovers, and hobby lovers in general, will be given special treatment. During the festival a Convention will be held on the subject of the environment and the happiness it can give, with many innovative ideas and suggestions on how to live better. The Park has also published new brochures: as well as the guide to the most characteristic excursions in the Park, translated into three foreign languages, there is a brochure about the fascinating history of the Tuna fishing nets in Enfola, and a small guide for excursions on horseback, and by bike.

The festival will take place until May 6th, and then during the autumn from September 29th to November 1st. All activities will be held not only on the Islands of Elba, Giglio and Capraia, but also Giannutri and Pianosa, in an attempt to attract those who prefer to go on holiday offseason, and who will thus have the chance to follow the paths, in the company of expert guides, completely free of charge.

Website: http://www.tuscanywalkingfestival.it/en-GB/home.html

MERCATINO DI APRILANTE – Artisanal Crafts Market

Sunday, May 6 (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.

TEXTILE MUSEUM IN PRATO – Fabric is Everything

“Fabric is Everything” (Il tessuto è tutto) is likely the most important cultural event dedicated to contemporary textiles ever organized in Italy. The title, a quotation from the great master of style Yohji Yamamoto, is a declaration of love for fabric, the raw material and key element of quality and beauty in any fashion product. The exhibit runs until September 2012.

This belief has led the Prato Textile Museum (Museo del Tessuto) to develop this tribute to the excellence of its manufacturing district, proposing the latest results in research and innovative technology, creativity and style within the museum space.

Over 200 fabrics are displayed in a playful and dreamy exhibition in the former industrial area of the Cimatoria Campolmi, which has been transformed for the occasion into a kind of modern "wonder room" that immerses visitors in an all-encompassing world of materials and colors.

In fourteen macro installations developed especially for this exhibit, the variety and rich creativity of the fabrics is enhanced through their installation, taking on the form and importance of works of contemporary art.

Opened in 1975 in Tullio Buzzi Technical Institute, Prato Textile Museum commenced its cultural mission by providing a collection of items testifying the history of local textile production since the beginning of the 12th century for use in the training of new technicians in the textile design sector.

Prato Textile Museum is now a flourishing center for the promotion of the local industrial district, a district which comprises around 8,000 companies and employs over 40,000 people. Since May 2003 Prato Textile Museum has been definitively housed in the converted Campolmi textile mill, a symbol of the local textile manufacturing industry located in the centre of the city of Prato.

Prato Textile Museum

Via Santa Chiara 24


Phone: +39 0574 611503

Fax +39 0574 444585

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-3pm

Saturday: 10am - 7pm

Sunday: 3 - 7pm free entrance

Closed on tuesday

Last entrance 40 minutes before closure time


The news is spreading among the “Down Under” community in Florence. There is the new E-zine that can be downloaded as a .pub file. Entiled Australians and New Zealanders in Florence (ANZIF), its aim is the keep the members informed about new and upcoming events. It will also provide information that may be important for ANZIF visitors and residents. Members are encouraged to contribute content to the E-newsletter by contacting Deidre Pirro at australians.florence@gmail.com. Use the same email address to sign up for the newsletter. The first issue has valuable information about Anzac Day celebrations, scheduled for May 2.


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This May we recommend that you stay in town and enjoy the iris garden up by Piazzale Michelangelo and the Corsini’s private garden filled with artisans. Spring is in full bloom in Florence and in Tuscany!

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio