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NEWSLETTER – MAY 2016
WELCOME
May is one of the best times to be in Florence. The rain finally leaves, but the weather is not too hot and the gardens are spectacular. Music fills the air throughout the city. There are more events happening than we could possibly fit into one newsletter, but we have done our best to cover the highlights! Don’t forget to celebrate on May 8th for Italy’s Mother’s Day, and honour the women who take care of you. Enjoy the sunshine together while there is still a cool breeze, with best wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR MAY

BEST EVENT FOR MAY – ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO XXII EDITION

The 22nd edition of ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO will bring together ninety of the most extraordinary and skilled artisans from Florence, Italy and Europe, held in the splendid setting of the Corsini Gardens in Florence, open exclusively for this occasion. Last year’s event hosted over 9000 attentive and curious visitors. In addition to its importance as a cultural event to popularise crafts, the next exhibition will offer an opportunity to take a closer look at “applied arts” in order to bring them into our daily lives and set this event apart from more traditional craft shows and fairs.

The ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO exhibition was created with the primary objective of providing a contemporary context for craftspeople and their crafts as the expression of quality and technique, focusing on the concept of artisan workmanship which, by nature, is “modern” but solidly based in tradition. Returning for the third year will be the “Blogs&Crafts” competition, designed to focus on the connection between the quality of handmade objects and new technologies. Ten craftspeople under the age of 35 will be selected to take part in the exhibition free-of-charge in an exhibition area dedicated exclusively to them, and ten young bloggers will also be chosen who, through live blogging on their websites incorporating photos, interviews and videos will cover the events, people and spirit of the 2016 event.

Many activities have been planned for visitors during the four-day event, including the extremely-popular “Ricette di Famiglia” (Family Recipes) project, now in its third year, organised in conjunction with food writer Annamaria Tossani who will involve authors of unusual cookbooks who will also prepare for the public a number of rare recipes taken from the books presented that offer a contemporary look at tastes from times past and focus on rediscovering the traditions of Italian culinary culture.

May 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2016 - 10am to 8pm
Giardino Corsini, 115 Via della Scala, Florence
More information: www.artigianatoepalazzo.it

P&F RENTAL PICK FOR MAY – A very attractive house in a peaceful location with lovely views.

Piazza Tommaseo is the main square in the hill town of Settignano.  Located on the edge of Florence, it has the advantage of being quiet and peaceful, yet within a fifteen-minute car ride from the centre of town. The bus service is handy and reliable, and there is a bus stop in this square.  The small village of Settignano is famous for being the town of Gabriele D’Annunzio. There are general shops, a pharmacy, outdoor cafes and a wonderful restaurant/pizzeria called “la Capponcina,” which is also the name of the Poet’s home, now a museum.

The recently renewed, partially furnished “Tommaseo“ independent house is about 20 meters from Piazza Tommaseo, measures approx. 200 square meters (approx. 2,150 sq. ft.), with 3 floors, and consists of:
Ground floor: Entry, 1 bedroom (double bed), 1 bathroom (shower stall, washer and laundry sink in closet before bathroom), Kitchen/dining room (table for 6/8), Loft/study
1st floor: Living/dining room (working fireplace, table for 4, extendable)
2nd floor: Hall, 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 french bed), 2 en suite bathrooms (1 with shower stall, 1 with tub and hand shower), Patio (table for 6, umbrella), Covered patio, Garden (space for 2 cars)

Modern furnishings and wooden cabinetry in the kitchen.  The floors of the covered patio and ground and 1st floors are terracotta tiles, and the 2nd floor has hardwood floors.  The stairs between floors and to the loft are hardwood.  The bathroom with tub has marble walls and floor; the other two bathrooms are tiled.  The terracotta tiled patio is surrounded by a hedge and the garden, with flowers and plants, looks over the countryside.  Access to the house and grounds is through 2 electrically operated gates.

BEST DISCOVERY FOR MAY - AN ICE MACHINE ON VIA GHIBELLINA

At the weather creeps towards a hot summer, finally our prayers for ice have been answered! No more desperate cramming of the freezer with water filled plastic bags, trying to make enough cubes for parties. THERE IS A PLACE TO BUY ICE IN FLORENCE! The 24 hour machine is located on Via Ghibellina 53R (on the right hand side as you head towards the Viale). Enjoy.

BEST SPRING GARDENS FOR MAY - INTERNATIONAL IRIS GARDEN AND THE ROSE GARDEN

The Iris is the symbol of Florence, the deep red of the Giglio di Firenze! Until May 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. Expect beautiful flowers, meticulously refined over generations by the careful hands of their keepers. Even if you're not passionate about flowers, it is a refreshing splash of early summer colour in a beautiful city. In May, gardeners from all over the world flock to Florence to admire the 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 winner of the first prize receives a Gold Florin. A special prize offered by the Florence Council is awarded to the red variety, thanks the Iris depicted on the banner of the City.

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, hybridisers and horticulturists from all over the world visit and work in the Garden.

Web: www.irisfirenze.it
Piazzale Michelangelo, Cnr of Viale dei Colli and Piazzale Michelangelo
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-12.30pm & 3pm-7pm

While you are so close, it is the perfect time to visit the stunning Florence Rose Garden. Open all year around, the roses are in full bloom throughout May, and with over 350 different types of roses to enjoy, this is a heavenly treat for your senses. The scent of roses and their velvety bursts of colour are a great backdrop to enjoying the view of the city, or taking a book to enjoy on the grass. Also in the rose garden are sculptures by Belgian artist, Jean Michael Folon, which sit against the Florence city backdrop beautifully. There is also a Japanese Garden with a waterfall and tea pagoda that was a gift to Florence from the city of Kyoto.

Piazzale Michelangelo, Viale Giuseppe Poggi
Opening Hours: Daily 9.00 - Sunset

BEST STAGE SPECTACULAR FOR MAY - NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, THE MUSICAL
May 11th - 16th

Returning to Italy by popular demand after three years of absence, the Italian version of Notre Dame de Paris returns for a week of shows at the Mandela Forum. This show revolutionised the world of entertainment, and broke all records with audiences and critics alike. Highly recommended!!

Notre Dame de Paris is a sung-through French and Québécois musical which debuted on 16 September 1998 in Paris. It is based upon the novel Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) by the French novelist Victor Hugo. The music was composed by Riccardo Cocciante and the lyrics are by Luc Plamondon. The Italian Version is written by Pasquale Panella.

For more information: http://www.ndpitalia.it/#xl_xr_page_index
Image from: Official Notre Dame de’ Paris Facebook page

May 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th at 21.30
Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3

BEST EXHIBITION FOR MAY – FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK: THE ART OF THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION
Until 24th July

Palazzo Strozzi is hosting this major exhibition, bringing to Florence over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a narrative that reconstructs the relationship and the ties between the two sides of the Atlantic through the lives of two leading American collectors, Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim.

Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition – the result of a cooperative venture involving the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York – will be offering visitors a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the crucial work of European masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso and European masters of so-called Art Informel, or “Unformed Art,” such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, with large paintings and sculptures by some of the most important personalities on the American art scene in the 1950s and 1960s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.

Devoting an exhibition to the Guggenheim collections means telling the fast-paced story of the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II in a tight and uninterrupted interplay between European and American artists. But producing such an exceptional exhibition in Florence also means celebrating a very special tie that goes back a long way, because it was precisely in the Palazzo Strozzi’s Strozzina undercroft that Peggy Guggenheim, who had only recently arrived in Europe, decided in February 1949 to show the collection that was later to find a permanent home in Venice.

The large paintings, sculptures, engravings and photographs on display at Palazzo Strozzi on loan from the Guggenheim collections in New York and Venice and from other leading international museums, paint a vast fresco of the extraordinarily heady season of 20th century art in which Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim played such a key role.

For information and tickets: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/guggenheim-2/?lang=en

BEST DINING OUT FOR MAY – ALL THE GELATERIE!

It is definitely the season to dive head first into the heavenly spring gelato flavours! So here is a quick list of our favourite gelaterie around the city.

I CUGINI - Borgo Pinti 69
A Bar Latteria that is popular among locals, and recommended by our own Suzanne Pitcher. Very good ice cream, not many flavours but high on the list for quality.

GELATERIA DE’ MEDICI - NEW LOCATION in Piazza Beccaria 7R, original location Via dello Statuto 3-5/R
Boasting a delicious ginger ice cream, they have been voted in the top 10 gelaterie in Florence. With two locations to choose from, there’s no excuse not to indulge.

MY SUGAR - Via de’ Ginori 49/R
A serious contender for best gelato in town, who just picked up two medals at the recent Gelato Festival. Try their Dark chocolate and Chianti, or the Cinnamon Cream. Dairy Free gelato available for the lactose intolerant.

CARAPINA - Piazza G. Oberdan 2/R
A particular favourite of foodies in Florence. Seasonal fruit sorbets and indulgent flavours like Pinenut, Amaretto, Pasitera, and Pecorino. Seriously good gelato.

CANTINA DEL GELATO - Via dei Bardi 31
One of my personal favourites, I am constantly poking my head in to see if their irresistible peanut butter gelato is in store. The flavours are made fresh every day, and they aren’t afraid to experiment with wild flavours like Brazilian fruits or Pineapple, Mint and Ginger.

BEST BOOK FOR MAY – A ZANY SLICE OF TUSCANY, BY IVANKA DI FELICE

This light, lively book takes place in Italy, with hilarious anecdotes about the author and her husband's trip to visit his family in Abruzzo and finally their escape to Tuscany. Her own expectations were shattered when she embarked on la dolce vita. She envisioned drinking unforgettable Brunello by candlelight and discussing art and history with elegant dinner guests. Instead, dinner discussions revolved around how to avoid a "bad wind," whether the Mafia runs IKEA, and bizarre theories on why the Chinese in Italy never have funerals. Now she drinks Zio's own "unforgettable," almost undrinkable, wine, as he pays long-winded tributes to the vile liquid as if it were an elixir of the gods.

The author can laugh at her own expense, a rare quality. Her attitude and wit can turn even adversity into an almost tolerable and redeeming experience. Although the author is not so naïve as to think that all Italians' lives flow as smoothly as their olive oil, she has not met anyone in Italy who is bitterly disappointed with life. So pour yourself a glass of bad Italian wine, add a dose of accordion music, and spend some time in Ivanka Di Felice's Italy.

Find it online at: http://www.amazon.it/Zany-Slice-Italy-Ivanka-Felice/dp/0993693407

BEST SPORTING EVENT FOR MAY - DEEJAY TEN, RUN IN FLORENCE
May 15

Join the fun for a 10km run around Florence! You can register on Saturday, May 14 at The Village in Piazza Santa Croce, between 09.00 and 20.00. Collect your race number and  be ready for the departure at 10.00 on Sunday at Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia. The race finishes in Piazza della Signoria, with a halfway point in via Magliabechi. Happy running!

More information at: http://deejayten.deejay.it/firenze/info/

BEST OF THE REST FOR MAY

MAY DAY NATIONAL HOLIDAY AND THE HISTORIC FLAG THROWING CONTEST
May 1

It’s the Labor Day holiday in Italy and across Europe, in honour of the workers of the world. Italians will be enjoying the day off, and there will be less buses and trains than usual. But there’s no reason to stay home, because there is the incredibly exciting flag throwing competition, where expert flag throwers compete for the Marzocco Trophy! The Marzocco is the heraldic lion that represents the free Republic of Florence, with the most famous Marzocco located in Piazza della Signoria where the contest is being held. The original statue was created by Donatello in the 15th Century, and is now housed in the Bargello, while a copy rests in its place in the piazza. The lion is carved with his paw placed protectively over the symbol of Florence, the red lily.

The flag throwing demonstrates extremely talented choreography, creating a stunning visual effect as the flags twirls and fly through the air. The performances are accompanied by live music, and the whole event is a colourful spectacular. An exciting display that can be enjoyed by children and families.

Piazza della Signoria at 3.30pm

LA NOTTE BLU ALLE MURATE
May 8 and 9

Notte Blu celebrates Europe with 27 hours (one for each state in the EU) of events. While it doesn’t get nearly as much press as her big sister Notte Bianca, Blu, the more serious, less partying sister, holds her own with free lectures, concerts, gallery exhibits, video screenings and more. This year, most of the excitement will take place at Le Murate, the former convent turned cultural hub in Florence.

The theme for this year is “Encounters of Civilisations”.

For a full list of events scheduled, visit the official website here: http://www.edfirenze.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/notte-blu-programma-DA-STAMPA.pdf

LA FIORITA PARADE IN PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA
May 23

Join the commemoration of Savonarola's death, May 23, in Piazza della Signoria and parade in historic centre from 10am until 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 centre 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. 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.

Savonarola made many powerful enemies. Among them was the Borgia pope, Alexander VI, 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. 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. (www.historytoday.com)

MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE
May 4th

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

The first Wednesday of every month. Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso

FOOTBALL IN FLORENCE

Just one match this May for the football fans:
May 8th: Fiorentina Vs Palermo

 

EXHIBITIONS IN MAY

“IL RIGORE E LA GRAZIA” (THE RIGOUR AND GRACE) AT PALAZZO PITTI - A LOST TREASURE OF RECOVERED ARTWORKS
Until May 17th.

The Rigour and Grace is an exhibition of a little-known group of works, painted by great artists of the XVII century and carefully restored and returned to public use. The treasures kept in the exhibition come almost entirely from the assets of the company of St. Benedict White, who was one of the most important and prestigious Florentine lay groups. There are works by prestigious artists of the seventeenth century Florentine such as Cristofano Allori, Vincenzo Dandini, Matteo Rosselli, Agostino Melissi, Lorenzo Lippi, Ottavio Vannini, Jacopo Vignali, Giovanni Martinelli, Mario Balassi, and Simone Sprockets.

Cappella Palatina, Museo degli Argenti
Palazzo Pitti
More information: http://www.rigoreegrazia.it/main-2/

UFFIZI GALLERY REMEMBERS THE VICTIMS OF THE 1993 TERRORIST BOMBING
May 26

May 26 is the anniversary of the 1996 terrorist bomb attack, when a car bomb exploded near to the Uffizi in the middle of the night, taking five lives. In memory of the victims, the Uffizi Museum keeps their gallery open for a special evening session between 19-23.30, with free guided visits. There will also be screenings of documentaries that show footage of the aftermath of the explosion.

At 1.04am, the precise time that the bomb exploded, a bronze sculpture by Robert Barni will be illuminated. It is located near the entrace of the Uffizi on Via Dei Georgofili.

THE POLYPTYCH OF SANTA CROCE BY ADAM ELSHEIMER - PALATINE GALLERY, PALAZZO PITTI
Until June 5th

The Galleria Palatina, in the special exchange with Städel Museum from Frankfurt, will be exhibiting the Adam Elsheimer’s Polyptych of the Holy Cross. The altarpiece, which once formed part of Cosimo II de’ Medici’s collection, will be accompanied by panels illustrating its history, dispersal and reassembly on the basis of archival documents.

LIU XIADONG: MIGRATIONS STROZZINA
Until June 19

The Strozzina area of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting a major one-man show devoted to the work of Liu Xiaodong, one of China’s most important and original contemporary artists.

The exhibition, devised and produced by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, will be showcasing a broad selection of paintings, drawings and photographs on which the artist will be working during a spell in Tuscany lasting from the autumn of 2015 through to the spring of 2016. The main themes of the work on display will be the cities of Florence and Prato and the Sienese countryside, which the artist is observing and experiencing through direct contact with the local people, but with a special focus on the local Chinese communities.

Liu Xiaodong, who was born in Liaoning province in 1963 and trained in Beijing, is celebrated for his very personal painterly style midway between historical painting and a reporter’s angle on the contemporary world. Seemingly routine moments or daily events take on an epic monumentality in Liu’s large canvases, akin to stills recording places in the world marked by conflict or by social and human tension. With their style which, while summary and extremely controlled, is at the same time emotional and heavy with texture, Liu’s pictures reproduce images of everyday life, almost always in the open air, inhabited by the men and women who populate the countryside or the cities in which the painter has chosen to spend time. A crucial role in his creative process is played by photography, which he uses as a tool of observation and a model for his painting, but also as an objet d’art in its own right for display alongside his paintings and preparatory sketches, testifying to his urgency to forge a link between different artistic techniques and cultural realities.

See more at: http://www.strozzina.org/en/exhibitions/liu-xiadong-a-firenze/

FECE DI SCOLTURA DI LEGNAME E COLORI - PAINTED WOODEN SCULPTURES AT THE UFFIZI
Until August 28

Throughout the first half of the 15th century painted sculptures of wood, marble or terracotta were the primary creations of artistic sculpture. This exhibition aims to investigate for the first time, through a group of approximately fifty works, the story of polychrome wooden sculpture of the 15th century in Florence, where the close proximity of sculptors, painters and architects was crucial for the activity of the masters of the time. Curated by Alfredo Bellandi.

Galleria degli Uffizi
For more: http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN MAY

BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES

Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June, the British Institute presents a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library, which is followed by an informal drinks reception. The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month. The events for May are:

Ferdinando Tacca: A theatre cast in bronze: Lecture in English by Anthea Brook
May 4th - 18:00

The sculptor and scenographer Ferdinando Tacca was born in Florence in 1619, eldest son of the better known Pietro. This talk focuses on his most important sculptural work, the relief he made for the high altar of the church of Santo Stefano.

Dr Brook is an independent scholar specialising in 17th-century Florentine sculpture.

EU-UK relations in the shadow of a referendum: Lecture in English by Brigid Laffan
May 11th - 18:00

Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Brigid Laffan is also director of the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute (EUI) in the Badia Fiesolana.

Her research interests include public finance, the dynamics of European integration, and EU governance. In this talk she investigates the troubled relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, in view of the voting on 23 June.

From Florence to South Kensington to New York: J. Pierpont Morgan’s bronze doors: Lecture in English by Lynn Catterson
May 18th - 18:00

In 1901 the New York financier William Salomon visited Florence in order to acquire art and decorative furnishings for his future mansion at 1020 Fifth Avenue. He visited the collections of the Florentine dealer Stefano Bardini, on display in both the Galleries in Piazza Mozzi and his Villa Marignolle. Among Salomon’s purchases were the ‘Ghiberti-style’ bronze doors that now adorn the Morgan library.

Dr Catterson of Columbia University has investigated the Bardini archive and has made some astonishing discoveries.

Bernard Berenson and tactile values: Lecture in English by Marion Thain
May 25th - 18.00

This talk dicusses Berenson’s celebrated theory of ‘tactile values’, its significance for understanding the literary ‘impressionism’ practised in the work of British Decadent poets (with a particular focus on Arthur Symons and Oscar Wilde), and the historical significance of all of this for what we now think of as a framework of ‘Distributed Cognition’.

Dr Thain is Associate Director of Digital Humanities at New York University.

EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO - FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square.

Museo Novecento also hosts special exhibitions and events.The May program isn’t out yet, but keep an eye on the website, as there’s always something interesting happening.

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

FILM EVENTS IN MAY

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – ODEON CINEMA

The Odeon has resumed its Original Language films program. Once only screened on Monday nights, you can now find sessions for each film spread over several days.

This month’s English language films include: The Jungle Book, All About Eve, The Dressmaker, Captain America: Civil War, Money Monster, X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, and Julieta.

There are also a number of special film events this month, including “Leonardo Da Vinci: Il Genio a Milano” and “Da Monet a Matisse” as a part of “Le Grande Arte al Cinema” series. There is also “Rebellious Flower” from India, and Where to Invade Next by Michael Moore. It’s worth checking out the whole program online!

Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Odeon-Program-April-11-May-31.pdf

MUSIC AND THEATRE FOR MAY

“SORSI DI MUSICA” - LIVE MUSIC AND APERITIVO IN THE GARDENS OF VILLA BARDINI

A gorgeous music program through the spring and summer, with concerts presented at Villa Bardini in collaboration with the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory. The concerts for May will begin at 17.30, before shifting to 18.00 from June until August. You can park your car for free in the inner space of Forte Belvedere. May’s program:

May 3: Beethoven Sonatas for cello and piano.
May 10: Schubertiade
May 17: Music by Verdi, Barber, Joplin, Travis, Rota and Mozart
May 24: The Pleasure of Making Music - Chamber Music performance
May 26: SPECIAL CONCERT EVENT - Soloists of the Fioretia Consort “Renaissance in the XXI Century”
May 31: A Four-Hand piano performance

Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
More information: www.bardinipeyron.it

ELVIS COSTELLO AND HIS DETOUR SOLO SHOW AT TEATRO VERDI
May 27th

Elvis Costello stops in Florence on his world tour! The show, enthusiastically received worldwide, is a wonderfully entertaining journey through the incredible life of Elvis Costello. Among the 100 greatest artists of all time according to Rolling Stone, Costello has a long career in the name of transformation, with a unique style of music and a sophisticated songwriting. With great wit and melodic grit, the eclectic artist is able to break any scheme ranging casually from punk to Deutsche Grammophon, and crooning pop, until the rediscovery of his American folk roots.

For Tickets: http://www.teatroverdionline.it/cartellone/musica-leggera/682-elvis_costello_il_27_05_16_ore_20_45.html

Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellini 99

MUSIC CONCERTS AT OBIHALL

The home of every kind of spectacle and event, including music, theatre, television, conferences, and exhibitions. Here is the upcoming program of concerts for May:

May 5, 18, 23: Music and Theatre production, Le Chiavi Della Citta: "Il Piccolo Principe"
May 16: Paul Young Live Tour
May 21: EBI - Jane Javani: La Leggenda del pop Persiano.
May 31: YES - UK and European Tour

For more details: http://www.obihall.it/

AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE

The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. This month’s program:

May 2nd at 21.00: Kaito Kobayashi and Maria João Pires on Pianoforte. Performing Beethoven and Mozart.

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

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

MODERN & CLASSICAL MUSIC IN CONCERT AT TEATRO VERDI

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

May 6: Conductor Thomas Dausgaard leading Berio and Brahms
May 10: Massimo Ranieri in Concert
May 19: Daniele Rustioni Conducting with Francesca Dego on violin performing Rossini, Paganini, and Schumann
May 21-22: L’Ora del Rosario: Performed by Rosario Fiorello and directed by Giampiero Solar
May 24: Uto Ughi on violin with Bruno Canino on piano together in Concert

OPERA DI FIRENZE - 79th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

Now is the time to visit Florence’s new Opera House. A world class cultural complex, the auditorium holds 2000 people and the complex contains multiple spaces for music, opera, theatre, and concerts while including bars and restaurants and connecting to nearby La Cascine Park.

The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” is spread across multiple venues including: Opera di Firenze, Teatro Niccolini, Teatro della Pergola, continues their 2016 season with:

April 28 - May 5: The Opera “Iolanta” by Pëtr Il'i? ?ajkovskij
May 4: Anthony Romaniuk performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 6: Ludovica Vincenti performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 7: The Opera “Lo Specchio Magico” by Fabio Vacchi
May 10: Naruhiko Kawaguchi performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 11: Peter Rundel Conducting
May 12: Alexandra N?pomnjaš?aja performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 12: Jin Ju performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 14: Daniele Rustioni Conducting
May 15: Contempo Artensemble in Concert
May 16: Vladimir Jurowski Conducting.
May 18: Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
May 19: José Rámon Encinar in Concert
May 22: Marco Angus in Concert
May 23: Stefania Baby performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 26: Olga Paš?enko performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 26: Alexander Mayer in Concert
May 27: May Electric: Open Music #1 by the Real Time Electroacoustic Ensemble
May 28: May Electric: Open Music #2 by the Real Time Electroacoustic Ensemble
May 29: Italian Youth Orchestra conducted by Andris Poga
May 30: Jin Ju performs as a part of the “Beethoven al Fortepiano Concerto” series
May 30 and 31: Kristjan Järvi in Concert

Tickets and more information: www.maggiofiorentino.com

THEATRE  AND PERFORMANCES AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA

May 3 - 8: Il Mio Nome è Nessuno L’Ulisse
May 6 - 8: Trincea
May 8 and May 15: Il Sua Movenza è Firmo - Viaggio Teatrale  
May 20: Libri a Teatro
May 25 and 26: Battlefield, by acclaimed theatre director Peter Brook. In English with Italian subtitles.
May 21, 27, 29, and 31: Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten

The new Pergola program and book for the year has been released, and can be collected for free in the foyer of the Pergola Theatre. For more information: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/

EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR MAY

THE SHADOW OF THE ETRUSCANS: SYMBOLS OF A PEOPLE BETWEEN THE PLAINS AND HILLS
Until June 30

A journey through time exploring the sacred and the underworld horizons to rebuild the threads of the Etruscan civilisation that in ancient times spread on the north area of the Arno river, along the direction of the Florence-Prato-Pistoia plain, the Mugello/Val di Sieve and Montalbano wide territory.

Between stones, bronzes and steles, what emerges is a fascinating part of history full of suggestions, which reconstructs distant cultural roots of Tuscany through Prato and the epicenter of Gonfienti.

To Gonfienti is dedicated the first section of the exhibition: a special attention is paid to the universe of the sacred, deducible from the devotees figures in bronze, as well from the representation on an important attic kylix (cup) in red-figure assigned to Douris, the famous Athenian painter.

The second section opens the horizon on the production of "Fiesole stones" that best characterize this vast terrotory from which emerged, during the Etruscan age, the centers of Artimino, Fiesole and Gonfienti: steles and stones, decorated relief monuments that identify noble families coming from funerary contexts of the tergeted area.

An exhibition that reveals new aspects so far unknown of the archaeological past of Prato and Tuscany.

Prato - Museo Palazzo Pretorio
Wed-Mon 10:30 - 18:30

More information: https://www.coopculture.it/en/events.cfm?id=424

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF ROBERT CAPA: EXHIBITION IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Until October 7

An exhibition dedicated to the great war photographer Robert Capa who tells the story of World War II in Italy through 78 images. The photographs were taken in Italy during the years 1943-44. A powerful and striking exhibition by a photographer than many consider to be the father of photojournalism.

Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art - “Raffaele de Grada”
Via Folgore, San Gimignano
More information: www.sangimignanomusei.it

DINOSAURS AND AQUARIUMS AT THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN PISA
Until August 30

The Natural History Museum of the University of Pisa has its origins in the Gallery of the Botanical Garden, established in 1591 by Ferdinand I de’ Medici. However, the different collections that make up the museum began being gathered by Luca Ghini prior to the establishment of the gallery (1544-1554). From 1823 to 1887, the museum and the adjoining research laboratories went through a period of rapid expansion. This led to the existing collection, comprised of over two hundred thousand scientific specimens from four centuries of naturalistic research in Pisa. In their present location, the rooms and galleries of the zoological, mineralogical and paleontological sectors offer plenty of historical and architectural references. Also part of the museum is a 5-hectare plot of land surrounding the buildings, characterised by typical Tuscan crops and a canalisation and storage system for spring and rainwater.

There are two special exhibitions on now:
THE AQUARIUMS: AN AQUARIUM TUNNEL AND 24 TANK DISPLAY

The first room hosts some of the fish that live in our rivers and our lakes. The Italian fish fauna is characterised by a chaotic fruit composition of continuous human interference, that in more than a century have profoundly altered the composition of these populations. Currently it consisted of little more than 80 species of which about 40% were introduced. Currently there are: The Tyrrenhian rudd (in danger of extinction), barbel, chub, carp, roach, perch, the roach of Albania sun, and the bluegill.

In the second room of 24 aquiariums there arev arious freshwater fish from all over the world. Currently there are: the potamotrigonidi races, some species of Characiformes, the catfish, the killifish and Perciformes, rainbow fish, puffers of fresh water, the arowana, the knife fish, polipteri, the lepistostei and lungfish African.

THE HALLS AND THE COURTYARD OF THE DINOSAURS

The route begins in the backyard with two resin skeletons, the “carnotauro”, a carnivore with two horns on his forehead, which attacks the “amargasauro”, a herbivore with a double row of long spinal processes on the neck. Within the niche, a three-dimensional diorama reproduces a nesting “saltasauri” (titanosaurs herbivorous quadrupeds) with two “aucasauro” cubs (bipedal theropod carnivores) close to the nests to try to eat the eggs, while an adult is in the background trying to distract  the “saltasauri”.

In the first room is reconstructed in 1: 1 scale the field of dinosaurs El Cuy Valley (Patagonia), excavated by the researchers of this Museum. The reconstruction documents the excavation phases and recovery of fossils. The adjoining restoration workshop presents the fossil restoration techniques. It is thus possible to follow the path of a fossil from the time of its discovery, through its complete reconstruction, and potential duplication with the production of the mold.

The second hall describes the way of the dinosaur. It exhibits a resin skeleton of a “kritosauro”, this species belongs to the group of duck-billed dinosaurs (hadrosaurs), specialised herbivores that lived up to the time of the great extinction at the end of the Mesozoic Era. On the opposite wall are exposed representatives of the most significant groups of Mesozoic, being compared with those of the Cenozoic, the two eras are separated by a red band indicating that the biological crisis occurred 65 million years ago, which also led to the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

The tour ends with a recreational-educational workshop on dinosaurs for children of nursery and primary schools.

Open Every day 9.00 - 19.00
Natural History Museum, University of Pisa
Via Roma 70

THE VIOLATED CANVAS: Fontana, Castellani, Bonalumi, Burri, Scheggi, Simeti, Amadio and researching the physical use of the third dimension

The exhibition takes into account those artists who, in the late forties and the first half of the sixties, worked on "overcoming" the canvas concept, no longer understood as the space of representation, in favour of a more physical approach - direct, conceptually able to turn the schedule in artistic self-significant object that was supposed to talk so absolutely subjective with the public. They created work that cancels the emotional influence of instinctive gesture to reconnect to the world and real life.

It all starts from the holes and cuts of Lucio Fontana and Gobbi of Alberto Burri . With the first Manifesto of Spatialism (1946), Fontana offers a new art that would have to be characterised by the physical study of the subject, the colour of the moving sound of the rhythm that could result from a new job with the painting schedule. The aim was to overcome the two-dimensional limits of the canvas to create a space that was, at the same time, physical and conceptual.

Explore the artwork of Fontana, Castellani, Bonalumi, Burri, Scheggi, Simeti and Amadio.

Lucca Centre of Contemporary Art
Via Della Fratta, 36
Wed-Sun 10:30 - 18:30

More information: http://www.luccamuseum.com/e

FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR MAY

ASSISI AND THE CALENDIMAGGIO FESTIVAL
May 5 - 7

A sensational three day costume festival in Assisi that is not to be missed!

The origins of the Assisi festival of Calendimaggio, the equivalent to Walpurgis Night, the eve of May Day, are related to the ancient customs of many different European peoples, and especially to the Roman celebrations known as the "Fasti di Maggio" and to the mediaeval tradition of celebrating the arrival of Spring in early May (Kalende di Maggio or Kalenda Maia in the mediaeval latin lyrics) with groups of revellers serenading through the streets of the town.

Calendimaggio opens with the ceremonial handing over of the Keys of the City to the Master of the Field by the mayor, who thus confers on him supreme authority for the duration of the celebrations. Each side has its own beautiful candidates for Festival Queen and the winner is decided during a contest of mediaeval games. The champion obtains the privilege of proclaiming his lady to be "Madonna Primavera". In her honour, the flag-wavers then display their skills and the Minstrels sing Troubadour songs.

After the challenge and acceptance have been read out in the Piazza del Comune, the "Magnificent Parte de Sotto" and the "Right Noble Parte de Sopra" both retire to their own neighbourhoods and costumed figures parade through the narrow streets and the squares to the sound of lutes and serenades, illuminated by flaming torches during the evening processon. During the processions, the progress of the nobles alternates with the passage of gangs commoners, along with jesters, minstrels and singers, trumpeting and drumming. The "encounters" between the opposing sides take place in the Piazza del Comune in a spectacle of colour and banners. On the final evening the choirs of the sides compete before the spectators and the judges who award "Palio" to the winning choir.

More information: http://www.assisi-info.com/assisi_calendimaggio.htm#.VyHdG5N97eQ

MASSA MARITTIMA HOSTS THEIR ANNUAL CROSSBOW FESTIVAL “BALESTRO DEL GIRIFALCO”
May 8

The "Balestro del Girifalco" has taken place since ancient times, twice a year on the first Sunday after May 20 and the 2nd Sunday of August. The Balestro is a crossbow competition between the quarters of the city, named " Terzieri", which consists of hitting the target placed at a distance of 36 meters from the start. Each crossbowman, 24 maximum, shoots an arrow. The crossbowman who is able to put the arrow nearest the target centre is the winner. A gold arrow made by an artist, is the prize for the winning arbalester, whereas, the winning quarter receives the "Palio", a painted silk cloth. About 200 people in mediaeval costumes take part in this pageant.

The event starts at 17:30 and ends about 20:00. Tickets are for sale on the same day starting 10:00 in Museo Archeologico in the main square (same square where the event takes place). Numbered seats cost 16 euro, entry tickets to the square where you can seat on the steps of the cathedral if you find room cost 8 euro.

More information: http://www.massa-marittima.com/

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MAY WISHES
May is the month to enjoy the gardens, the flowers, and all the outdoor delights of Florence. Don’t forget to honour your mothers on May 8th for Mothers Day, and be sure to enjoy Spring in full bloom.
All the best,

Staff
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