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|NEWSLETTER – May 2013
With a festival for gelato, a world-famous artisan’s fair, and international iris competition and the season’s finale of the Fiorentina Viola soccer team, what more could you want. Maybe the Maggio Musical Fiorentino’s new season! Get out there and have a great May, with best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, ANNA PIA, VANNI, ANN and MARIO.
|PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR MAY
BEST WEEKEND EVENT IN MAY – Lunch and Shopping at the Corsini Garden Arts And Crafts Fair
From Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19, Giorgiana Corsini invites the world into her garden to view the workmanship and purchase the wares of Florence and Tuscany’s foremost artisans. The co-host of the 19th Edition of Artigianato e Palazzo is Neri Torrigiani. 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 16th 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.
You will also be able to purchase food for a Spring lunch in the garden.
Artigianato E Palazzo – Giardino Corsini, Via della Scala, 115
Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2013. Opening times 10 am to 8.30 pm
Entrance € 8,00. Reduced tickets € 6,00. Children under 12, free.
Tickets are on sale at reduced pre-sale prices on: www.boxol.it
For information on the Exhibition:
Tel. +39 055 2654589
www.artigianatoepalazzo.it, email@example.com, Facebook: artigianatoepalazzo
P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR MAY – View of La Cupola
This modern, beautifully appointed apartment has one of the best views of the Duomo from two terraces! It is on the top floor and is serviced with an elevator. This special apartment has a living/dining room (table for 6-8), a kitchen with a breakfast table (for 4), two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms (one with Jacuzzi-tub and extra shower stall, one with Jacuzzi-tub and hand shower), and a guest powder room. Up one level is a rooftop studio/office (with fax and phone), which has access to a spacious rooftop terrace. Underneath the main level is a roomy utility area with bathroom (shower) and laundry facilities. An in-house elevator connects the three levels. The apartment is equipped with wireless Internet access.
The apartment is elegantly furnished with silk wall-coverings, parquet floors and Persian carpets. Two terraces and a plant-filled roof garden offer stunning views of Florence's Duomo and rooftops. The apartment overlooks the garden of Oblate, which is part of the former museum "Firenze Come'era". Each outdoor area is equipped with patio furniture. Both bedrooms have access to a terrace. Come and enjoy this apartment for all seasons.
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BEST GARDEN FOR MAY – INTERNATIONAL IRIS GARDEN
From May 1 to 20 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 57th International Iris Competition (Judging down from the 13th to the 18th.). The closing prize-giving ceremony is held at Palazzo Vecchio. On the 9th and 10th there will be courses given on the hybridization of the iris flower. See http://www.055firenze.it/art/103355/Giardino-dellIris-apre-porte for info.
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 labeled 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, 1 to 20 May, Opening Hours: Daily 10am-12.30pm & 3pm-7pm
PICK EATERY FOR MAY – Trattoria Pandemonio
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” This quote from Virginia Woolf is your intoduction to Trattoria Pandemonio’s website and your thoughts, sleep and love life will be well served by dining at this romantic family-run restaurant in the Oltrarno.
Pandemonium does not generally describe the atmosphere at this well-organized family-run restaurant that is more than a trattoria. It is located in the San Frediano quarter, near Santo Spirito. Giovanna Biagi, the owner and chef, offers what she calls home cooking, but her menu is unusually varied and the presentation exquisite, with fish almost as prominent as meat.
The food is mouth-watering and the staff efficient and solicitous. Try Spaghettini alla Cecco, sauced with fresh tomatoes, plenty of garlic and thin-sliced artichokes; or spaghetti con le vongole with small clams in place of artichokes. In season find funghi porcini, which we tasted both braised, served as a vegetable, and on pasta with the woodsy taste of nipitella (calamint or basil thyme), a popular herb that always goes with porcini.
Peposo, a typically Florentine stew of beef in red wine, with mashed potatoes and side dish of fagioli sgranati, simply dressed with extra virgin oil and freshly ground pepper, is always excellent. They also serve baccalà alla livornese, salt cod in tomato sauce that is unusually light and flavorful.
Save room for cheesecake or chocolate pie, good renditions of the dense American-style desserts.
The wine list with exclusively Tuscan reds is well chosen, but has rather high markups. Or you can stick with the reasonably priced good house wine. There is also a wide selection of grappas and dessert wines.
Located at Via del Leone, 50r. Reservations advised: 055 224002 (Closed Sunday)
BEST TOUR FOR MAY – The Door Of Heaven At Siena’s Duomo
Experience the extraordinary opening of the Porta del Cielo (Door of Heaven) – or, at least, Siena’s version of it. From April 6 to October 27, 2013, if you happen to visit Siena, don’t miss this spectacular opportunity.
For the first time, after extensive renovation, it will be possible to take a tour of the walkways in the vault of the Duomo of Siena. Internal passages, balconies (both inside and outside) and hidden attic spaces will be open to small, guided groups. Until now, these parts of the Cathedral were accessible only to the architects and builders in charge of maintaining the structure over the centuries.
The two massive towers on each side of the façade of the Duomo house spiral staircases that lead up into the roof where there is a series of walkways and rooms that provide astonishing views of both the interior of the Duomo and the city of Siena outside.
You will be able to look down onto the marble intarsia floor of the main nave and understand its design in a way that until now could only be done through photographs. You will be able to traverse the walkway over the main altar and almost reach out and touch Duccio di Buoninsegna’s stained glass rose window. Finally, you will be able to walk along the balcony inside the dome of the cathedral from which there is a fabulous view of the high altar.
The visiting itinerary “from above” will thus permit visitors to better understand the dedication of the Cathedral of Siena to the Assumption of the Madonna, and the strong connection the people of Siena have had with their ‘patron’ for centuries: Sena vetus civitas Virginis.
The exterior views extend over the Basilica of St. Domenico, the Medici Fortress, the entire dome of the chapel of St. John the Baptist and the landscape of the surrounding Sienese hills.
The Door to Heaven Guided Tour (La Porta del Cielo)
6 April – 27 October 2013
Reservations required: tickets per person €25, groups of max 17 people €400. Tel +39 0577 286300 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For all of the details of what to wear and what to consider before taking the tour see the official website:
BEST BOOK FOR MAY – The Deadly Sisterhood by Leonie Frieda
The long-titled “The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427-1527” is an epic drama of love, death, and betrayal, in which Leonie Frieda charts the rise and fall of the Italian Renaissance through the lives of the princesses who helped shape it.
Mothers of popes and wives of princes, the women who feature in The Deadly Sisterhood were joined by birth, marriage, or friendship, and all ruled for a time in the place of their dead or absent menfolk. An intricate network of blood ties bound them together even as passion, treachery, and greed set sister against sister. These were women who were not afraid to wield the sword against their enemies in the murderous struggles that dominated the Italian Peninsula in the fifteenth century. Each experienced great riches, power, and the warm smile of fortune, but each also knew banishment, imprisonment, poverty, attempts on her life, and the loss of a husband or child.
Leonie Frieda brilliantly reassesses the reputations of celebrated figures such as Isabella d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia, while exposing the influence of neglected characters such as Isabella d'Aragona and Clarice Orsini on the brutal dynastic conflicts of the fifteenth century.
From sleeping with the enemy to leading troops into battle, The Deadly Sisterhood explodes the myth that Renaissance women were passive bystanders. Far from being confined to patronage and piety, these women proved that as rulers, politicians, warriors, and lovers they equaled—if not overshadowed—the men whose power they shared.
BEST BOOK FOR TEENS FOR MAY – Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de' Medici (Young Royals) by Carolyn Meyer
As in Mary, Bloody Mary (1999), Meyer's Young Royals historical-fiction series creates a sympathetic, engrossing portrait of a noble girl who, later in life, became a feared, notorious queen. Meyer focuses on Catherine de' Medici's sixteenth-century youth and early marriage, closing with her coronation as queen of France. Political treachery is a constant threat, and Meyer creates thrilling suspense from sinister court intrigues and family secrets, all set against thoroughly drawn backdrops, from stark convents to opulent palaces.
Women's limited power during the time period is a strong, recurring theme, realized with particular grimness in references to rapes and the realities of Catherine's arranged marriage, plotlines that suggest an older audience. With meticulous historical detail, sensitive characterizations, and Catherine's strong narration, Meyer's memorable story of a fascinating young woman who relies on her intelligence, rather than her beauty, will hit home with many teens. "A sympathetic, engrossing portrait of a noble girl who, later in life, became a feared queen. . . . With meticulous historical detail, sensitive characterizations, and Catherine's strong narration, Meyer's memorable story of a fascinating young woman who relies on her intelligence, rather than her beauty, will hit home with many teens." (Booklist)
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! Gabriel Batistuta has been in town and he thinks we’re doing “well”. Who’s he kidding? We are doing fantastically! This is meant to be a re-building year for a new management team, a new coach and a new squad – and here are Fiorentina rolling off three more wins on the spin (including successive away victories) to sit fourth, but a single point behind a very under-pressure Milan. A Europa League place is ours to throw away; a Champions League slot may yet reward a real team performance. Picking a Player of the Year may be impossible...........Forza Montella!
Week 31: Fiorentina-Milan DRAW 2-2
Week 32: Atalanta-Fiorentina WON 2-0
Week 33: Fiorentina-Torino WON 4-3
Week 34: Sampdoria-Fiorentina WON 3-0
Serie A. Never surrender! Not to Milan. A contrast for the sell-out 40,000 crowd as our brand of total football collides with one of Europe’s sharpest attacks. Fortunately, their defence is a bit wonky. Deep irony as Chief Engineer Pizarro wilts under pressure from Montolivo and the ex-Viola under-performer coolly scores the sort of goal he so rarely managed for us. We don’t lose heart. The referee takes against us; instead of having his eyes tested, he sends off Tomovic. We keep going. On the hour, Milan go two-up from a free kick. Enough! Ljajic dribbles through their defence until they pull him down; he gets up and smashes in the penalty himself. Then they trip up perennial thorn in the flesh, Cuadrado. Pizarro equalises from the spot. We keep pushing but it stays 2-2 That will do nicely; if we finish equal, we edge them on head-to-heads – but it’s the insistent, obdurate, energetic style that warms the heart.
A potential banana skin. Atalanta had beaten Inter in Milan the previous week but proved no match for the Viola machine. After an even-Steven goal-less first half, Montella injected pace up front and Pizarro & Co went to work. Ljajic burst down the left and won a penalty; the handball might have seemed a harsh decision but, given the circumstances, the referee had little choice. Pizarro blasted it into the net on the hour. Ten minutes later, Larrondo ran onto a Cuadrado through-ball and hammered a terrific shot for our second. Ljajic and Larrondo have similar programming – “get ball, head for goal”. At the other end, Viviano looked settled in goal. If we can do this with an “injury crisis”, what might we do when everyone’s fit?
The proverbial game of two halves as Torino, fired up by old friends Cerci and Santana, came desperate for points; fortunately, we left just enough wiggle-room. The first half was all Fiorentina, calm, confident, fluid in all parts of the pitch. We basked in the stands as a neat Cuadrado lob, a fearsome Aquilani header and a stunning Ljajic free kick put us three-up in 30 minutes. Then we relaxed, gave the ball away and they grabbed one back just before the break. The Torino coach told his troops to go and get another and we gave it to them on a plate. Suddenly, Torino were hungrier, Fiorentina all on edge – on the pitch and in the fickle stands. Viviano was holding them at bay but even he was helpless as Cerci’s bullet levelled things. We sweated. Montella juggled substitutes, looking for the key, finding it in the nick of time; slick interpassing left Romulo to keep his head and drive in our fourth. You have never seen such a pyramid of viola bodies atop the scorer!
Is the Force with us? Man of the Match at Sampdoria is Montella; his team-selection and tactics are spot-on. By half-time we are 2-0 up and the game is as good as done. Cuadrado booms in the first from fully 30 metres; Ljajic seizes on a poor clearance, outwits their defence and – bang! – there’s a second. Later on, Ljajic – again – makes monkeys of the defence and slides the ball across for Aquilani to put the icing on a very tasty cake. Momentarily we are third although Milan, in the late game, restore their point advantage.
Four games to go and the agenda is simple: we want four wins. That’s all we can do, aside from hoping that Milan slip up. The crunch is the match with Roma. Milan also have to play them and that could be key. If we fail to win the other three then we have only ourselves to blame .........................Forza Viola!
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE:
This is it – the final countdown.........
Week 35: 4 May/home Fiorentina-Roma
Week 36: 8 May/away Siena-Fiorentina
Week 37: 12 May/home Fiorentina-Palermo
Week 38: 19 May/away Pescara-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 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 PARADE IN MAY – La Fiorita
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)
BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR MAY – The Festival of Gelato
From Friday, May 17 to Sunday 26 Florence will be the world’s Gelato Capital for a record-breaking nine days, as the city is transformed into an open-air “maxi gelateria”. This is the Fourth Annual Firenze Gelato Festival and it is the biggest ever.
The stands will be in Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Strozzi and Piazza Santa Maria Novella. So buy a tasting card and try flavors from traditional to the very weird. Each day watch for Gelato events, clowns and street bands from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm throughout the historic center. Be sure to sign up for gelato-making lessons at the Gelato University, sponsored by Carpigiani.
Gelato is a part of Florence’s history – invented they say by the architect Buontalenti for the court of Cosimo il Primo. Nowhere else is the celebration of a hometown food more enthusiastic! Get out there and join the fun!
Special dinners, events, workshops and classes can be booked through the official website at http://www.gelatofestival.it/firenzegelatofestival/ .
|BEST OF THE REST FOR MAY
TWENTY-SEVEN HOURS OF SPORTS AND MUSIC – The Blue Nights of Europe
The theme of La Notte Blu for May 11-12 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.
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 2013 edition...every event under the stars!!! See all of the events on the web site: www.notteblu.eu/
THE SPRINGTIME OF THE RENAISSANCE: SCULPTURE & THE ARTS IN FLORENCE 1400-1460
Palazzo Strozzi, 23 March-18 August 2013
The new exhibition at the Strozzi Palazzo, organized by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Musée du Louvre, proposes to illustrate, in theme-based sections, the origin of what is still known today as the "miracle" of the Renaissance in Florence, doing so principally through masterpieces of sculpture, the branch of figurative art in which that new season first saw the light of day.
The first section is devoted to the rediscovery of the ancient world during the "rebirth" that occurred between the 13th and 14th centuries – from Nicola Pisano to Arnolfo di Cambio and their successors – and following assimilating the expressive richness of the Gothic style, especially of French origin, the two panels depicting the Sacrifice of Isaac by Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi and the model of Brunelleschi's Dome of Florence Cathedral represent the fundamental starting point of the Early Renaissance .
At that time the writings of the great Humanists, singing the praises of the Florentine Republic's political achievements, its economic power and its social harmony, were spreading the legend of Florence as the heir to the Roman Republic and as a model for other Italian city-states. Monumental public sculpture (by Donatello, Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, Michelozzo and others in those veritable beehives of innovation that were the city's major construction sites, the Cathedral and Orsanmichele for example) is the first and loftiest testimony to this exaltation of Florence and its leading citizens, while it also had a profound influence on the painting of such artists as Masaccio, Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Castagno and Filippo Lippi.
Other themes of classical antiquity were assimilated and transformed through sculpture in this new language that gave voice not only to the city's creative fervor but also to its spiritual and intellectual mood. The search for a 'rational' space and Brunelleschi's discovery of perspective were implemented in their most advanced forms precisely in the art of sculpture, in Donatello's bas-reliefs, for instance the predella of the St George and Herod’s Banquet in Lille, and their echo reached well into the middle part of the century in the work of Desiderio da Settignano and Agostino di Duccio in an ongoing dialogue-cum-debate with painting, including that of the classical era. From the 1420s on, the new standards of sculpture perfected by the great masters and illustrated by a number of masterpieces – like Donatello's Pazzi Madonna from Berlin and the Fiesole Madonna, formerly attributed to Brunelleschi but now given to Nanni di Banco – spread via a seemingly endless output of bas-reliefs for private devotion (in marble, stucco, polychrome terracotta and glazed terracotta), which fostered the widespread propagation of a taste for the 'new' beauty in every level of society. At the same time, the most prestigious artistic commissions in Florence began to focus on venues of solidarity and of prayer (churches, confraternities and hospitals) where sculpture once again played a leading role.
Thus, arranged around the city's absolute symbol – the wooden model of Brunelleschi's Cupola for Santa Maria del Fiore – the exhibition offers a retrospective of sculpture that was also to have a crucial impact on the development of the other figurative arts, in a direct debate with its classical predecessors, from the tombs of the Humanists, to the inspiration provided by ancient sarcophagi, to the rebirth of the equestrian monument and the carved portrait. The carved portrait, which started to become popular towards the middle of the century – in the marble busts of Mino da Fiesole, Desiderio da Settignano and Antonio Rossellino – heralds the transition from fiorentina libertas to the private patronage that was soon to lead to the hegemony of the Medici family. In this context, the exhibition – which opened with the evocation of Brunelleschi’s dome – closes with the evocation of the most illustrious private residence of the Renaissance in the shape of a Wooden Model of Palazzo Strozzi. (text from the official website.)
Info: Tel. + 39 055 2645155
Tickets sold until one hour before closing time.
Tickets: Full price € 12.50; Concessions € 8.50, 8.00
FIERUCOLINA DI MAGGIO
On Sun. 19, 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.
There are Fieruculinas on other May Sundays: Piazza SS Annunziata on May 5 and at the Vecchio Conventino, Via Giano della Bella, 20 on May 12.
MUSEO DELLE CAPPELLE MEDICEE CELEBRATES POPE LEO X
The Museo delle Cappelle Medicee is celebrating the figure of Pope Leo X, the first Medici pope, five hundred years after his election to the Holy See. Taking a Florentine's eye view, the exhibition tracks the life of Giovanni, Lorenzo the Magnificent's second son, from his birth in Florence in 1475 up to 9 March 1513 when he was elected to the papacy, and to his brief return home in 1515.
The first sections of the exhibition are devoted to the future pope's education and upbringing. Growing up in the rarefied environment of his father's sophisticated Humanist entourage, Giovanni was educated by the leading scholars of the day and came into contact with the greatest artists of the time, including the young Michelangelo. Elected cardinal at an early age, Giovanni suffered the dramatic fate of the rest of his family when in 1494 they were exiled from Florence, where they were only able to return in 1512. This part of the exhibition is illustrated with works by Botticelli, Andrea Sansovino, Granacci, Ghirlandaio and Perugino.
The second section of the exhibition retraces these events through Florence's artistic production, setting it against the life of the young cardinal and highlighting his interests and pursuits, which were to come to fruition when he was elected to the papacy. He took the name of Leo not only to commemorate some of his more eminent predecessors, but also to evoke the lion (Marzocco) that was the symbol of Florence.
The third section is devoted to Leo X's papacy and to the impact that that papacy had on the city. His years on the papal throne were hailed as a new "golden age" in which the capital of Christendom was given a new lease of life thanks to the work not only of artists but also of the poets and Humanists who revived the tenets of the Classical world. These were the years in which work began, or continued, on some of the papal capital's most important building projects, including the renovation of St. Peter's Basilica, while Raphael continued to dazzle the court with his achievements in the field of painting. Portraits of the pope, his coats of arms and his symbols are to be displayed alongside a selection of his projects for Rome. The section also contains work by Raphael, Bugiardini, Della Robbia and Giuliano da Sangallo, while special attention is also devoted to the "Lutheran question".
While Raphael was busy putting his stamp on Leo's Rome, the presence of a Medici on the throne of St. Peter drew a large number of Florentines to the city, including artists whose hopes of a papal commission were fired by the city's unique climate of munificence and splendor. Yet it was with Leo X's visit to Florence on 30 November 1515 that these artists eventually got their opportunity to celebrate his election to the papacy. The pope entered the city following a route adorned with numerous temporary structures erected by the city's leading artists in symbolic sites along the way. The pope's entourage, which included his cousin Giulio de' Medici (the future Pope Clement VII), the complex decorations and the works produced by these painters and sculptors are amply illustrated in the fifth section, where some of the precious artifacts produced in the city to celebrate Leo X's pontificate are to be displayed.
The last section of the exhibition illustrates the attention that the Medici popes, Leo X and later Clemente VII, devoted to the execution of the architectural projects which their family commissioned in Florence, reviewing the history of the San Lorenzo complex from Michelangelo's design for the façade of the basilica (which was never actually built) to his project for the Sagrestia Nuova, on which he worked on and off and which he left unfinished when he finally departed for Rome in 1534. Visitors will also be able to admire, for the very first time, the splendid polyhedral shape, which Michelangelo chose for the crown of the lantern in the Sagrestia Nuova. (text from official museum site)
NEW IN SHOES – The Prodigious Shoemaker: Legends & Fairy Tales On Shoes And Shoemakers
There is a new exhibition that just opened at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, where various artists interpret the fabulous role of shoes in legends, myths and fairy tales. Curated by Stefania Ricci, Sergio Risaliti and Luca Scarlini, the exhibition portrays various artists’ interpretations on the universe of shoes: from the original manuscript of Federico Garcìa Lorca’s “La zapatera prodigiosa” to writers and poets such as Hamid Ziarati, Michele Mari and Elisa Biagini, Argentine-Italian composer Luis Bacalov and Milanese visual artist Liliana Moro; all works focus on a brilliant point-of-view of a lady’s second best friend.
From April 19th, 2013 to March 31st, 2014
Salvatore Ferragamo Museum – Piazza Santa Trinità 5
GET READY IN MAY FOR THE FLORENCE MARATHON
The famous Firenze Marathon 2013 takes place in November, but you can take advantage of a free 10K run put on in Florence every May to encourage physical activity. The Guarda Firenze (Look at Florence) run is a non-competitive way to tour many of the city’s iconic sites and get a nice little workout in the process.
Organized by the Florence Marathon’s club under the aegis of the Ministry of Education, the Guarda Firenze is open to all skill levels, and also includes a shorter 3K and 6K variation so that even young children can join in.
The Guarda Firenze route usually begins at the Piazza San Giovanni, and takes participants down past most major tourist destinations along the city’s historic center. Whether you walk, run, or stop halfway through to check out the Duomo, Guarda Firenze is a fun, family-friendly, and free way to explore Florence.
MILLE MIGLIA: VINTAGE CAR RALLY
On Sat. 18, listen for the roar of powerful motors and the applause of the crowd as Tuscany hosts a leg of the fabulous Mille Miglia vintage car rally. Towns like Pienza, Siena (11:45am), Poggibonsi, San Casciano, and Florence (1:45pm) will become a moving car museum. Eighty years after its inception, the Mille Miglia epitomizes the passion people hold for cars in the pursuit of adventure, excitement and discovery. It is also the easiest and most fun vintage car show ever attended. You can sit in one spot and enjoy the noisy, colorful show going by.
Nearly 400 automobiles are registered this year, including Alfa Romeos, BMWs, Aston Martins, Maseratis, Jags, Ferraris and more; each beauty from 30 to 80 years old. On Saturday, watch for the classic Freccia Rossa sign (a red arrow with 1000 Miglia written on it) marking the route, and find yourself a good observation spot. The race runs from the 16th to the 19th of May.
It was Enzo Ferrari who defined it "the world's greatest road race". From the starting line in Brescia, to the much-awaited appointment with Rome, and finishing with arrival back in Brescia, the Mille Miglia rally meets the enthusiasm of the cities it passes through and the fervor of the crowds lining the streets.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Fulgor Cinema
The Fulgor makes one of their theaters available for Original Sound movies, seven days a week, three show times a day. Call to find out what is showing in English. Via Maso Finiguerra – Tel. 055 238 1881
OPERA AND CLASSICAL MUSIC ON SCREEN – Fulgor Cinema
Monday,13 May, 19,30
Direct from Opera National De Paris
LA GIOCONDA by Amilcare Ponchielli
Monday 27 May, 19,45
Direct from Royal Opera House Di Londra
LA DONNA DEL LAGO by Gioacchino Rossini
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema
NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON by Bille August
You can change your life in an instant. A stuck-in-a-rut Latin teacher in Berne changes his life when an incident propels him into a literary investigation, which takes him to Portugal. Gradually the life and work of the Portuguese philosopher and anti-fascist campaigner Amadeu Prado is pieced together and Gregorius’s life is transformed.
Wed 1st May at 4.30 – 6.30 – 8.30 – 10.30 p.m.
Thu 2nd May at 5.00 p.m.
Fri 3rd May at 5.00 – 10.30 p.m.
Sat 4th May at 4.30 – 6.30 – 8.30 – 10.30 p.m.
Sun 5th May at 4.30 – 6.30 – 8.30 – 10.30 p.m.
OLIMPUS HAS FALLEN by Antoine Fuqua
Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
Mon 6th at 5.00 – 8.10 -10.30 p.m.
Tue 7th at 5.00 p.m.
Wed 8th at 5.00 –8.10 – 10.30 p.m.
VIAGGIO IN ITALIA
(Italy 1953 – 97’) by Roberto Rossellini with George Sanders, Ingrid Bergman
Rossellini’s great film chronicles the disaffection and near break-up, then gradual reconciliation of British couple Alex and Katherine Joyce as the mysteries of art and nature, and Italian vitality work their effects during their visit to Naples and Capri. Often praised as ‘one of the most beautiful films ever made.’
Tue 7th at 8.30 p.m.
IRON MAN 3 by Shane Black
Prepare for a heavy metal! Tony Stark is up against an enemy, the Mandarin, whose reach knows no bounds. With his back to the wall Stark embarks on a harrowing quest for retribution. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Fri 10th at 5.00 – 9.30 p.m.
Sat 11th at 4.20 -7.00 – 9.40 p.m.
Sun 12th at 4.20 -7.00 – 9.40 p.m.
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Deepa Mehta
A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation.
Mon 13th at 5.00 – 9.00 p.m.
Tue 14th at 5.00 p.m.
SIDE EFFECTS by Steven Soderbergh
One pill can change your life. A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison. ‘Everything is exactly what it seems, expertly crafted and cleverly compounded for high-dose entertainment’ (Wall Street Journal). ‘Side Effects virtually demands a three-word review: Just see it’ (Time). Steven Soderbergh’s declared last movie.
Thu 16th at 5.30 p.m.
Fri 17th at 8.30 – 10.30 p.m.
Sun 19th at 4.30 – 6.30 – 8.30 – 10.30 p.m.
Mon 20th at 5.30 p.m.
Tue 21st at 5.30 p.m.
SEEDS OF FREEDOM In the presence of Vandana Shiva
The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture. Followed by GOD SAVE THE GREEN
Mon 20th at 8.30 p.m.
MELANCHOLIA by Lars von Trier
Lars Von Trier’s study of depression is an ambitious and possibly profound story of two sisters and a stray planet threatening cataclysm. Esoteric, frustrating, provoking, demanding… also amazingly romantic - lush, ripe, rich, delicious (Los Angeles Times).
Tue 21st at 8.30 p.m.
FESTIVAL OF JAPANESE CINEMA
From Wed 22nd to Sat 25th May
LA GRANDE BELLEZZA Italian Version
(Italy 2013) by Paolo Sorrentino with Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
The new masterpiece by Paolo Sorrentino screened at Cannes Film Festival after the success of “This must be the place” is arriving to Odeon Theatre hopefully with English Subtitles.
From May 26th to 31st
Piazza Strozzi, Firenze
Tel. +39.055.214068 or +39.055.295051
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.
“Music on the screen can seek out and intensify the inner thoughts of the characters. It can invest a scene with terror, grandeur, gaiety or misery… It often lifts mere dialogue into the realms of poetry… it is the communicating link between screen and audience, reaching out and enveloping all into one single experience.” - Bernard Herrmann 1911-1975
Why do films have music? What constitutes good film music? What are the narrative or emotive functions of music in films? To what extent is music in films explicitly heard by the moviegoer, and even if it is heard subliminally, what are the implications of the viewer attending or not attending to a film’s music? Stravinsky asked ‘Who likes film music? Who understands it? Who needs it?’ No name stands out more in the annals of film music history than that of Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975), often described as Hitchcock’s maestro (for his most celebrated work in that director’s films). But Herrmann’s film compositions have enriched the movies of Hollywood over a much wider range, beginning with his debut in Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane – until recently the ‘greatest film ever made’ – and ending with the memorable score for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.
It was said that Herrmann “… knew how to make music that came not just from the action we are seeing or the characters, not just from the heart of a film or the incoherent dream of its director, but from the unique marriage of a particular film and the large medium. Herrmann knew how lovely the dark should be, and he was at his best in rites of dismay, dark dreams, introspection, and the gloomy romance of loneliness.”
So, climb on board the raft and sail away with a selection of movies showcasing Herrmann’s talents, including the four Hitchcock (and Herrmann) masterpieces, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) – in which Herrmann appears as conductor – Vertigo (1958) – as of 2012 ‘the greatest film ever made’ – North By Northwest (1959) and the all-time classic Psycho (1960). Cape Fear (1962) features music in a slightly different key, as does Obsession (1976) – partly filmed in Florence. “In a good film score one is not aware whether the music is making the film go forward or whether the film is pushing the music forward.” - Bernard Herrmann
Wednesday, May 08, 20.00
Film: The Man Who Knew Too Much
(1956) with James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie
Wednesday, May 15, 20.00
(1958) with James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Wednesday, May 22, 20.00
Film: North by Northwest
(1959) with Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
Wednesday, May 29, 20.00
(1960) with Anthony Hopkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
BRITISH INSTITUE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES
Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June there is a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library followed by an informal drinks reception.
Wednesday, May 08, 18:00
Lecture: James Bradburne
Tracing our roots: the making of ‘Springtime of the Renaissance’ The proactive Canadian director of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, James Bradburne, explains the background to the new exhibition Springtime of the Renaissance.
Wednesday, May 15, 18:00
Lecture: Filippo Bozzi
Dino Borgioli: a Florentine tenor in London. The architect and musicologist Filippo Bozzi evokes, with the help of recordings, the remarkable career of the Florentine tenor Dino Borgioli (1891-1960), who lived for many years in London.
Wednesday, May 22, 18:00
Lecture: Andrew Berns
The Jews of Renaissance Italy. The American scholar Dr Andrew Berns, a Fellow at Villa I Tatti, is currently working on a Hebrew MS in the Biblioteca Laurenziana that contains the letters of a Jewish physician practising in the countryside near Rome; his talk gives an overview of the role of the Jews in Renaissance Italy.
Wednesday, May 29, 18:00
Lecture: Rita Severi
Art in Shakespeare: Giulio Romano and Giovan Paolo Lomazzo. “That rare Italian master Julio Romano” is the only renaissance artist who is mentioned by Shakespeare; their connection is explored by Professor Rita Severi of the University of Verona, in the light of the treatise on painting by Giovan Paolo Lomazzo.
I PROFUMI DI BOBOLI
From Thurs. 16 to Sun. 19 enjoy a stroll through the Boboli Garden’s Orto della Botanica Inferiore, for the 7th Edition of the Perfumes of the Boboli, smelling the scents and perfumes of flowers and all other things flowery. This will be the fourth edition of the Flower and Scent Show and Market, featuring cosmetics, essential oils, soaps and candles plus food, drinks and bling for the home. Entry to the show includes visits to the Boboli Garden, the Silver Museum, Costume Museum, the Bardini Gardens and the Porcelain Museum. Open 1:30 to 8:00 pm Thursday, open 10:00 to 8:00 pm the other days. Note: after 5:30 the only entry to the Garden will be through the Via Romana gate.
FROM BOLDINI TO DE PISIS – Two Exhibits from Ferrara
The masterpieces of the damaged Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery of Ferrara, damaged in last year’s earthquake, are being hosted in Florence at the Villa Bardini Museum and the Modern Art Gallery in the Pitti Palace.
These exhibits include the works of artists such as Giovanni Boldini, Gaetano Previati, Achille Funi, Carlo Carrà, Roberto Melli and Filippo de Pisis.
The early works will be at Villa Bardini: from Gaetano Turchi’s historical romanticism to the nineteenth-century paintings by Giovanni Boldini. At the Modern Art Gallery, instead, visitors will see Boldini’s twentieth-century works as well as Previati’s symbolist art and Filippo De Pisis’s intimate and existential painting.
The exhibitions continue until May 19.
Opening hours at the Modern Art Gallery: Tuesday – Sunday 8:15am – 6:50pm (last admission at 6pm) closed on Monday
Ticket price: full price ticket € 13,00; reduced ticket € 6,50 for EU citizens between 18 and 25 years of age, free for EU citizens under 18 and over 65
Opening hours at Villa Bardini: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 7.00pm (last admission at 6pm) closed on Monday
Ticket price: full price ticket € 8,00; reduced ticket € 6,00 only for ACI and Touring club members and for those who have the ticket for the Boboli Gardens; reduced ticket € 4,00 for school groups
SANT’AMBROGIO NEIGHBORHOOD SHOPPER FIDELITY CARD – Big Savings
The Sant’Ambrogio Market introduced a loyalty card to reward its faithful customers with discounts and promotional offers. Now the Sant’Ambrogio We Are Florence (We-Fi) card has been extended to include other neighborhood businesses. You can buy “what you want, where you want, and when you want” to accumulate points that will be turned into vouchers to use for your future purchases and services. The We-Fi Card is free and allows you to take advantage of special discounts and promotions for you. Every 500 points is good for a discount of 5 euro.
Already popular with locals, the new gives discounts at over twenty stores, bars, restaurants and stands within the Sant’Ambrogio market and businesses located in the neighborhood stretching from Piazza Beccaria to Piazza dei Ciompi, Via Ghibellina, from Via de Macci to Via dell’Agnolo. Among the participating merchants are butchers, pharmacies, tripe sellers and lingerie shops. The merchants have joined because of a common neighborhood identity, so that they can be more competitive and offer customers a small, but real, reward for loyal shopping.
Look for the distinctive Sant’Ambrogio We Are Florence (We-Fi) sign to get your free fidelity card.
See also: http://www.wefi-card.it
|MUSIC FOR MAY
MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
The 76th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, with our own conductor Zubin Mehta, will host numerous star players, including Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim as well as a program that includes masterpieces such as Macbeth, Don Carlo and Maria Stuarda. More than 70 events, with a stimulating and multi-disciplinary offer including operas, concerts, ballets, cinematographic works, books, conferences, publications and children's activities. It’s an extraordinary international exhibition. Go to the website at www.maggiofiorentino.com for all of the details.
Ticket Office Teatro Comunale
Corso Italia 16 - Firenze - fax: +39 055 287222 Tues. - Fri. 10:00-16:30 & Sat. 10:00-13:00
Tickets on line www.maggiofiorentino.com email@example.com
AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATER
The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. Works by Stavinsky, Beethoven, Brahms, and Debussy, are only a small sample of what will be performed in May. Concerts at 5:30pm and 8:30pm on May 7. See the schedule for concerts at http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/.
Teatro della Pergola,Via della Pergola, info: 055/609012 or 055/2264333, www.amicimusica.fi.it
OPERA AND CLASSICAL MUSIC ON SCREEN – Fulgor Cinema
Monday,13 May, 19,30
Direct from Opera National De Paris
LA GIOCONDA by Amilcare Ponchielli
Monday 27 May, 19,45
Direct from Royal Opera House Di Londra
LA DONNA DEL LAGO by Gioacchino Rossini
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA IN THE TEATRO ODEON – Opera Productions On Stage at the Odeon
2 May, 20:45
Scenes from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
16 May, 20:45
Scenes from La Bohème byGiacomo Puccini
30 May, 20:45
Barocco Italiano – music of Antonio Vivaldi
Ensemble San Felice
Tickets: € 25.00 (€ 15.00 students less than 25 years old)
CONCERT AT THE VIPER THEATRE – Techno, Rock, & Heavy Metal
Mudhoney is coming to the Viper on May 31st at 9pm.
Viper Theatre, via Pistoiese, Florence, www.viperclub.eu
|BUT WHAT IF I JUST GOT TO FLORENCE AND MAY IS ALMOST OVER?
Not to worry! … Here are a bunch of events or exhibits that will still be happening in late May and June:
TEST DRIVE A FERRARI IN FLORENCE
Take your super car dreams for a road test. Starting at Piazzale Michelangelo at 10:30am (call to confirm the days), you can test drive a Ferrari. Ten minutes (110 euro), twenty minutes (190 euro), or thirty minutes (250 euro) and for a replay of the drive, add a video camera attachment for 20 euro.
See www.firenzeinferrari.com for info and call +39 331 205 5888 to reserve your time.
TAKE A MURAL PAINTING CLASS IN JUNE
FlorenceArt.net offers the possibility to take private lessons in the arts of gilding, decorative painting, Venetian plasters and restoration of paintings. They also organize courses for groups upon request. Participants learn traditional European decoration techniques in our school-laboratory in Florence or in scenic Tuscan settings, carefully chosen for participants to enjoy the good life. These courses are a must for faux and trompe l'oeil painters, interior designers, antique restorers, crafts people and art connoisseurs.
Now FlorenceArt.net is offering an intensive week on mural painting in June, which breaks down the individual challenges of mural painting, allowing you to concentrate on mastering the various elements and on bringing them together to great effect.
Course: Trompe L'Oeil Chiaroscuro
Teacher: Alison Woolley,
Location: Firenze Via della Scala 11, 3rd floor Dates: June 3-7, 2013
Times: Mon-Fri 9:30-13:30
Cost: €600 euros
Course: Scenic Elements
Teacher: Alison Woolley,
Location:Firenze Via della Scala 11, 3rd floor
Dates: June 3-7, 2013
Times: Mon-Fri 14:30-18:30
Cost: €600 euros
For more info on these courses:
To register: Fill in the registration form online: http://florenceart.net/registration/
MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO – In Case You Missed the Entry Above
If you arrive in town at the end of May, be sure to check the schedule for the concerts and operas of he 76th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, which, along with our own Zubin Mehta, will host numerous star players, including Claudio Abbado and Daniel Barenboim as well as a program that includes masterpieces such as Macbeth, Don Carlo and Maria Stuarda. More than 70 events, with a stimulating and multi-disciplinary offer including operas, concerts, ballets, cinematographic works, books, conferences, publications and children's activities. It’s an extraordinary international exhibition.
Ticket Office Teatro Comunale
Corso Italia 16 - Firenze - fax: +39 055 287222 Tues. - Fri. 10:00-16:30 & Sat. 10:00-13:00
Tickets on line www.maggiofiorentino.com firstname.lastname@example.org
|FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR MAY
MERCATINO DI APRILANTE - Artisanal Crafts Market
Sun. 5 (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.
THE TUSCAN ARCHIPELAGO NATIONAL PARK’S WALKING FESTIVAL
The Tuscan Archipelago National Park this year is celebrating its fifth edition of the Tuscany Walking Festival. “Taking advantage of all the benefits Mother Nature has to offer means living a better life.” The program runs from April 13 to May 5.
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.
FIESOLE ANTIQUE MARKET
On Sun. 5, 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.
MUVE - Museum of Glass in Empoli
Located in the picturesque surroundings of the ancient Salt Store, restored for the occasion, the Museum of Glass in Empoli (Museo del Vetro di Empoli – MUVE) was inaugurated in July 2010. The exhibition is spread over two floors, running through the history of glass production in Empoli, already active in the fifteenth century, but flourishing since the mid-18th century and especially in the 19th century, thanks also to the strategic position of Empoli on the way from Florence to Pisa, connected by the railway by the middle of the century.
Common objects, such as flasks, carboys and bottles, are on display along with tools, documents, photographs and advertising images that illustrate the changes in the production of glass in the area. On the second floor, interesting pieces of artistic glass reflect the fine craftsmanship of Tuscany glassworkers in the 20th century. The tour is then enriched by evocative visual and sound effects designed to recreate the atmosphere of historic glasswork.
Address: Empoli, via Ridolfi, 70-74
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m.-7.00 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Tickets: Full price: € 3.00; half-price ( groups min. 15 persons): € 1.50; reduced (EU citizens under 18 and over 65, Every Sunday, from 15 to 19, free admission.
|TUSCAN TRAVELER'S ITALIAN FOOD RULES FOR THE P&F NEWSLETTER
Tuscan Traveler’s Italian Food Rules written by Ann Reavis has been published! Find a copy at The Paperback Exchange at Via delle Oche, 4r, or at BM Bookshop, Borgo Ognissante, 4.
ITALIAN FOOD RULE: Do Not Ask For Coffee “To Go”
It is a simple joy for many Americans to begin their multi-tasking day with a long coffee “to go.” They may prepare the brew in their own special way and pour it into a hi-tech stainless steel sippy cup that fits perfectly in the cup holder of their SUV. Or they may stop a block from the office, pull out their Starbucks Reward Card and continue down the street scalding their palate with that first impatient sip.
Think of the overwhelming joy of American commuters when Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts put in drive through windows.
Italians don’t believe in delayed gratification. Their morning cappuccino or afternoon espresso must be made with perfectly ground, roasted Arabica coffee beans from the doser grinder, tamped into the filter basket of an properly pre-heated Italian-made coffee machine by a barista who has been doing the same repetitive action for 20 years. Italians will immediately drink the espresso (three sips) or cappuccino (ten sips) from the appropriate sized ceramic cup while standing at the bar where their fathers and grandfathers stood before them.
Some Italians have never sipped a coffee outside of a coffee bar – not at home, or a friend’s home and certainly not out of a paper cup. The only exception for these hard-liners is a very occasional espresso at the end of a meal in a restaurant.
The basis of the Food Rule is quality – of the coffee bean, the coffee machine, the cup and the barista. This assures the consistent temperature, the appropriate strength, the correct amount (never a double espresso), and the right amount and temperature of any added milk (a few drips for a macchiato and never “extra cream” for a cappuccino).
The experience is immediate and satisfying. If one part of the process goes awry the whole day could be ruined.
|MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS
Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:
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It may take you a couple of days to read through all of the things you can do in May. So stop that and just get out there and enjoy the city and Tuscan countryside.
|All the best,|
Pitcher and Flaccomio