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NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER2015
WELCOME

The visit of Pope Francis is the highlight for November in Florence, but there is a lot more going on. We hope that you dive in with gusto (and Happy Thanksgiving) from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, ANNA PIA, VANNI, ANN and MARIO.

 

PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR NOVEMBER

A NOVEMBER NOTE FROM SUZANNE – Hold the Date and Donate

 

Ciao everyone! We need your help. On December 8th each year the American International Women’s League organizes a Christmas bazaar, which is held at the ex-Scuderie Reali near Porta Romana. I am asking you all to think about what you would like to do to help make this a fabulously rich affair.

 

This Christmas Bazaar needs your clothing to sell, so please go through your closets (and those of your significant other, plus your kids, etc.) to collect the things you no longer need. We are looking for all types of clothing plus purses, gloves, scarves, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, jewelry (diamonds, or not) and hats. Another idea…. ask your local dry cleaner if they have anything that their clients have not collected over the past year, perhaps they would donate abandoned clothing. Naturally, please take a moment to be sure that all you are donating is clean and in good condition, then give me a buzz or contact AIWL at www.ailoflorence.org/activities/ . Children are also on our list, so if you have children, grandchildren or know of any child living close by, please ask them for all of the toys that they have outgrown. Here again they must be complete and in good working order.

 

As always there is a lottery with of wonderful prizes and tickets are already flying out the door, so call Pitcher & Flaccomio at 0552343354 for tickets QUICKLY.

 

Don't forget to mark the date and place (Dec. 8 from 10am to 5pm, at the La Pagliere - Viale Machiavelli 18) on your calendar so you can come and replace everything you donated and have fun doing it! There will, of course, be food and drinks donated by the ELFINS of General Electric. I very much look forward to hearing from you, as we do NEED all the help we can get to make this event a great success.

 

Ciao,

Suzanne

 

(tel. 055 2343354, fax 055 5609916, info@pitcherflaccomio.com )

 

 

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR NOVEMBER – Central Location for an Energetic Family

 

Yes, this apartment will keep you in shape – there are 77 steps from the street door to the front door – no elevator. But the location can’t be beat between the Bargello and Santa Croce. This two bedroom, two bathroom apartment has been recently renovated and has a modern kitchen and fabulous set of bathrooms, both hard to find in the Florence rental market. A great space for a family of four wanting to spend a month or a year in Florence far above the madding crowd.

 

For more information click this link.

 



BIGGEST NEWS FOR NOVEMBER – Pope Francis is in Florence

Pope Francis arrives in Florence on November 10. This will be his first time traveling to both Florence and Prato. Pope John Paul II visited Prato in 1986, meeting with various people from the diocese, primarily workers.

 

In Rome the announcement of Francis’ daytrip was given by the secretary of the Italian bishops conference, Bishop Nunzio Galantino. The purpose of the Pope’s trip, which coincides with the Fifth National Ecclesial Convention of the Italian Church, is to give special attention to the Church in Italy, Bishop Galantino explained.

 

Pope Francis’s Schedule for Tuesday, 10 November 2015

 

7:00 Departure by helicopter from the Vatican

7:50 Landing on the sports field of Prato

Meeting with the world of labour in the square in front of the Cathedral

9:00 Departure by helicopter from Prato for Florence

9:15 Landing on the Luigi Ridolfi athletic sports field in Campo di Marte

10:00 Meeting with the participants in the 5th meeting of the Italian Church at the

Florentine Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

12:00 Meeting with the sick at the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata

Luncheon with the poor at the soup kitchen of San Francesco poverino, run by the

Diocesan Caritas, at piazza della Santissima Annunziata

15:30 Holy Mass at the Artemio Franchi municipal stadium

Departure by helicopter

18:00 Arrival at the Vatican

 

 

BEST FESTIVAL FOR NOVEMBER – 50 Days of Cinema

 

A world of film comes to Florence each autumn, with hundreds of movies, shorts and documentaries from around the globe during the 50 Days of International Cinema festival. Most of the films are either in English or with English subtitles, so forget fresh air and exercise as the cold nights draw in—staying indoors and staring at the big screen has never been so rewarding. Sitting comfortably? Let the show begin!

 

November 2-4: IMMAGINI E SUONI DEL MONDO

The festival will present the best ethno-musical documentaries produced in recent years, including Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, Brasslands, Midsummer Night’s Tango

, Pan! Our Music Odyssey, and They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile.

 

November 5-10: FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI CINEMA E DONNE

Each year this portion of 50 Days addresses women’s roles in cinema. The 2015 edition will pay special tribute to Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona.

 

November 11-17: FLORENCE QUEER FESTIVAL

Includes captivating features, documentaries, and Videoqueer, a competition for short films. Some of this year’s selections will include Prince Maurice: a tribute, Seed money: the Chuck Holmes Story, Mamis, Das Floss!, and La donna pipistrello.

 

November 18-22: LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE FILM FESTIVAL

This year marks the 8th edition of this festival, with confirmed works including Jan Fabre: Beyond The Artist. Fabre's work is currently on display at Florence's Galleria il Ponte, in a show dealing with metamorphosis and featuring several works covered in beetles.

 

November 23-26: IL CINEMA RITROVATO

For the first time this year, 10 titles will be specially selected as a preview, thanks to this year’s collaboration with 50 Days and the Cineteca di Bologna.

 

November 27-December 4: FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI

In its 56th edition, this program includes an International Competition with documentaries previously unreleased in Italy. A section called Filmmaker in Focus puts the spotlight on Belgium-based Peruvian artist Mary Jimenez and her frequently autobiographical work.

 

 

The 50 Days of Cinema films are all screened at the Odeon Cinema Theater in Piazza Strozzi.

Info: www.50giornidicinema.com.

 

 

PICK EATERY FOR NOVEMBER – Fratelli Cuore

 

At the Santa Maria Novella train station, never posh at any time, a new restaurant is hoping to change that – The Brothers Cuore (Hearts) have come to town. Right out in front of the station. Offering Roman pasta, Nepolitana pizza, Tuscan meats, and fabulous deserts – not fast food but using the best ingredients and offering them with pride. First go for the pizza and then come back for the rest.

 

The Fratelli Cuore chefs are the best: Danielle Pescatore is the head chef. Luca Mannori the chocolate maker from Prato is responsible for the dolce – look for his famous seven-layer cake.

 

AND IT IS OPEN 24 HOURS and 7 DAYS A WEEK!

 

Phone: 055 267 0264

 

See: www.fratellicuore.it and www.facebook.com/Fratelli-Cuore-850152678413217/info/?tab=overview and www.itreforchettieri.it/fratelli-cuore-firenze-smn-recensione/

 

But I’m Looking for Thanksgiving in Florence:

 

Osteria di Giovanni will have a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings. Check with them for 2015 at https://www.facebook.com/losteriadigiovanni .

 

Check also with St. James American Church for special services and dinner. And, Il Palagio restaurant at The Four Seasons Hotel should be serving a holiday menu.

 

 

BEST BOOK FOR NOVEMBER – The Flood: A mystery set in Florence, Italy by David Hewson

 

A dazzling Italian mystery, rich in intrigue and dark secrets, from an internationally bestselling crime writer at the height of his powers.

 

Florence, 1986. A seemingly inexplicable attack on a church fresco of Adam and Eve brings together an unlikely couple: Julia Wellbeloved, an English art student, and Pino Fratelli, a semi-retired detective who longs to be back in the field. Their investigation leads them to the secret society that underpins the city: an elite underworld of excess, violence and desire.

 

Seeped in the culture of Tuscany’s most mysterious city, The Flood takes the reader on a journey into the darkness in Florence’s past: the night of the great flood in 1966 …

 

"Hewson excellently integrates episodes from Florentine history into the lives of his intriguing heroes. . . Readers of Donna Leon and Michael Dibdin or Italian authors Andrea Camilleri and Carlo Lucarelli will find this gripping." (Library Journal)

 

David Hewson is a former journalist with The Times, The Sunday Times and the Independent. He is the author of more than twenty-five novels including his Rome-based Nic Costa series which has been published in fifteen languages. He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series, The Killing. He lives near Canterbury in Kent.

 

 

BEST BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS FOR NOVEMBER – Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese (Author), John O'Brien (Illustrator)

 

As a young boy in medieval Italy, Leonardo Fibonacci thought about numbers day and night. He was such a daydreamer that people called him a blockhead. When Leonardo grew up and traveled the world, he was inspired by the numbers used in different countries. Then he realized that many things in nature, from the number of petals on a flower to the spiral of a nautilus shell, seem to follow a certain pattern. The boy who was once teased for being a blockhead had discovered what came to be known as the Fibonacci Sequence!

 

Grade 2–5—Leonardo does his math problems so quickly that he has plenty of time to look out the window and count other things in nature. Only his father's advisor, Alfredo, understands that Leonardo has a fascination with numbers, a love that will eventually help him become the "greatest Western mathematician in the Middle Ages." As an adult, Fibonacci imagines the figure of Alfredo continuing to help him refine his theories. Although the book is presented as a biography, the author states that "little is known about the life of…Leonardo Fibonacci" and no sources are listed. Entertaining in the vein of the "You Wouldn't Want to Be" series, this lighthearted introduction to Fibonacci's ideas will inspire young math lovers and perhaps point them toward more scholarly explorations. The illustrations have a medieval look to them but without any stiffness or fussiness. They include many touches of humor and are well suited to the story. Painted with a broad pointillist style detailed with pen and ink, the pictures incorporate many visual references to Fibonacci's work, such as swirling features suggestive of the spiral, a key element in the mathematician's theories of nature.

 

Blockhead is a 2011 Bank Street College -- Best Children's Book of the Year.

In April 2015 Blockhead was named a Mathical Honor Book.

 

 

BEST MUSEUM OPENING FOR NOVEMBER – Museum of the Opera del Duomo

 

Florence's cathedral museum housing the world's largest collection of Florentine Mediaeval and Renaissance sculpture reopened to the public on October 29 after an expansion and renovation project lasting two years.

 

The gallery contains over 750 marble, bronze and silver sculptures and reliefs including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Arnolfo di Cambio, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Andrea Pisano, Antonio del Pollaiolo, Luca della Robbia and Andrea del Verrocchio among others.

 

The new display includes Donatello's Maddalena, the original north doors created by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the Florence baptistery and 27 silk and gold embroidered panels designed by Antonio del Pollaiolo. Visitors can also see many works previously held in museum storage, including 15 14th-century statues and almost 70 fragments of the cathedral's original mediaeval façade.

 

The new museum occupies two adjoining buildings, one hosting the museum founded in 1881 and the other bought by Florence Cathedral Works, the oversight body, for the purpose of expanding the original premises in 1997. It boasts 25 rooms on three floors covering a total of nearly 6,000 sqm, including a room containing a 1:1 scale model of the mediaeval cathedral façade created by Arnolfo di Cambio from 1296, which was subsequently destroyed.

 

Rarely has the restoration and expansion of a museum been so anticipated at that of the Museo re-opening of the Museum of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore after its closure a couple of years ago for renovations. Opening just in time for next month’s Fifth National Congress of the Italian Church and upcoming visit to Florence by the Pope, the project is under creative direction by Monsignor Timothy Verdon, an American.

 

Take a virtual tour: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS5k5CAwt5o

 

 

BEST OF THE REST FOR NOVEMBER

THEY SAY THE POPE WILL VISIT – Palazzo Strozzi Celebrating Divine Beauty

 

Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be holding an exhibition entitled Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana from 24 September 2015 to 24 January 2016. This outstanding show, with over one hundred works by well-known Italian and international artists, sets out to explore the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The exhibition will be hosting work by such major Italian artists as Domenico Morelli, Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana and Emilio Vedova, together with works by such international masters as Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse.

 

From Morelli’s Realist painting to Vedova’s Informal Art and from Previati’s Divisionism to Redon’s Symbolism and Munch’s Expressionism, or to the experimental approach proper to Futurism, the exhibition analyses and sets in context a century of modern religious art, highlighting different takes on modernity, trends and occasionally even clashes in the relationship between art and religious sentiment.

 

The show’s star exhibits will include such celebrated works as Jean-François Millet’s Angelus, on exceptional loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Vincent van Gogh’s Pietà from the Vatican Museums, Renato Guttuso’s Crucifixion from the collections of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion from the Art Institute of Chicago. With sections devoted to the crucial themes in the religious and artistic debate, Divine Beauty will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to compare extremely famous works of art observed in a new and different light, alongside pieces by artists whose work is perhaps less well-known today but who, in their own way, have helped to forge the rich and complex panorama of modern art; and this, not only in a religious environment.

 

The exhibition, which is the product of a joint venture between the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the former Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze, the Archdiocese of Florence and the Vatican Museums, is part of a programme of events devised to run concurrently with the Fifth National Bishops Conference. Pope Francis will also attend the conference, to be held in Florence from 9 to 13 November.

 

See: www.palazzostrozzi.org/?lang=en

 

 

FOOD AND WINE IN PROGRESS

 

From November 8 to 10 more than 1,500 Italian cooks, some 200 certified sommeliers and a whole lot of hungry visitors will fill up the Stazione Leopolda for Food and Wine in Progress. Over the three days of the fair, open to the public and trade professionals alike, visitors can explore the food and wine industry, from family-run operations to megabrands.

 

In the ‘Barman Style’ section, Italian mixologists will show off their signature cocktails, while cooking shows with starred chefs and several sit-down meals round out the program.

 

Stazione Leopolda, via Fratelli Rosselli 5. See: http://foodandwineinprogress.it

 

 

FINISH OUT NOVEMBER WITH THE FLORENCE MARATHON

 

If you aren’t exhausted from the 2014 CORRI LA VITA, try the 31st Florence Marathon On Sunday, 29 November.

 

Step by step all along its 42 kilometers and 195 meters you are surrounded by centuries of art, history and culture, a unique emotion that can only be experienced by those who run in Florence. Year after year, thousands of sportspeople and enthusiasts from all over the world come to participate in this classic race on the last Sunday in November. This great event in Florence has increased immeasurably recently so much so that they expect more than 10,500 participants in 2015. Official web site: http://www.firenzemarathon.it/index.php?lang=en

 

This extraordinary increase in participation also testifies to the constant attention given to the organization of the race. Florence Marathon is now the second Italian marathon (after Rome), and among the 20 most important marathons in the world. The route takes you by all those landmarks of singular beauty that have made Florence famous worldwide: views over the enchanting hills and countryside, and passing right by the Cathedral Square, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio (to mention only just a few of historical importance), before entering the majestic Piazza Santa Croce. The road is entirely asphalted and ramp-free, except for the short, slightly sloping stretch of road at the start, and these characteristics make it a particularly fast route appreciated by runners.

 

 

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema

 

Check the web site http://www.cinehall.it/ for updated information or stop by the theater for a brochure. The Fifty Days of Film festival starts at the end of October. Located in Piazza Strozzi.

 

 

BRITISH INSTITUTE 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, November 04, 18.00

 

Lecture: Linda Falcone

When the world answered: Florence, women artists and the 1966 flood

 

Forty-nine years to the day after the Arno burst its banks, Linda Falcone describes how, in response to an appeal from the stricken city, Italy-loving artists from around the world donated works as a gesture of solidarity. Among them were numerous women whose stories and interviews offer a personal look at 20th-century creativity in Italy.

 

 

Wednesday, November 11, 18.00

 

Lecture: Franca Cavagnoli

Translation as ethical hospitality

 

In addition to intellectual, theoretical and practical conundrums, translation poses a clear-cut ethical problem. Translation has great creative potential and instead of being a means for negating and distorting difference, it can become a place where to welcome the Foreign as Foreign. Franca Cavagnoli has published acclaimed translations of, among others, works by Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, V.S. Naipaul and J.M. Coetzee.

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 18.00

 

Lecture: Luigi Giannitrapani

Il Viaggio dei Romantici alla Ricerca della Felicità

 

 

Wednesday, November 25, 18.00

 

Lecture in Italian: Massimo Castagna

Senza parole: comunicare coi gesti in Italia

 

It is an English commonplace that Italians are constantly gesticulating, but not everyone is aware of the richness and complexity of the Italian language of gesture. Massimo Castagna, who for many years has taught Italian at the British Institute of Florence, explains it all with a wealth of examples

 

 

IT'S STORY TIME AT THE HAROLD ACTON LIBRARY

 

Come for stories, workshops, songs, rhymes, and much more! Monthly events. All events are in English and take place in the Children's room of the Harold Acton Library of The British Institute. The story time is open to members of the Library. Membership options range from the day card (€5) to Family (1 year €100, 2 family members included). Do you wish to be added to the mailing list and stay informed on the Library events for children? Send us an email to library@britishinstitute.it

 

The first story time event will be on Monday 16 November at 5 pm. Reading and workshop - Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. All welcome to the place where the wild things are...after the reading we will make our own ‘wild thing' mask! For ages 3 to 5, but all ages welcome! No booking is required but spaces are limited!

 

 

12TH CHINA NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF FINE ARTS

 

Until November 17, take advantage of a rare chance to see Chinese art in one of Florence’s Renaissance palaces: the 12th China National Exhibition of Fine Arts at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures, watercolors and mixed media works are on display, from the ground floor to the Galleria delle Carrozze to the Limonaia rooms. Comprising 65 masterpieces chosen from a pool of 24,000 competitors, the traveling exhibition has made stops in the United States, Japan and New Zealand, but Florence is the only European city on its worldwide tour. The exhibition will be open from 9am to 7pm Thursday through Tuesday.

 

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 3

 

 

NEWS OF ITALY IN ENGLISH ONLINE

 

Two websites offer all the news of Italy that is fit to digitalize online everyday. If you want to keep up with the national new go to Italy 24 presented by newspaper 24 Ore at http://www.italy24.ilsole24ore.com or news service ANSA at http://www.ansa.it/english/index.html .

MUSIC FOR NOVEMBER

MUSICA DEI POPOLI

 

The Musica dei Popoli concert series has been running with great acclaim since September and it wraps up on November 14.

 

ALLA BUA (Italia) Taranta Party at Auditorium Flog on Nov. 7

 

FANFARA TRANSILVANIA (Romania) Balkan Party at Auditorium Flog on Nov. 12

 

TAMBURI DEL BURUNDI at Teatro Puccini on Nov. 14

 

See the web site at: http://www.musicadeipopoli.com/it/home/

Centro Flog Tradizioni Popolari, Via M. Mercati, 24/B

 

 

MUSICUS CONCENTUS – Tradizione in Movimento

 

November 6 at 21.15 @ Sala Vanni - Piazza del Carmine 14

COLIN STETSON & SARAH NEUFELD in concert

 

November 13 at 21.15 @ Sala Vanni - Piazza del Carmine 14

TIM BERNE "Decay" in concert

 

See website for details: http://www.musicusconcentus.com/

 

 

AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATER

 

The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. See the schedule for concerts at http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/.

 

Amici della Musica - Concert Season Highlights for November 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 28 – Haydn, Mozart, Rossini, Brahms, and Schubert.

 

Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola, info: 055/609012 – 055 607440 - 055 2264333, and www.amicimusica.fi.it

 

 

MAGGIO MUSICALE

 

The Maggio Musicale Festival is back with a autumn series! The 79th season of Florence's historic opera company has been one of the best yet.

 

Find the calendar here: www.operadifirenze.it/calendario/

 

Of special note is the concert on November 22, directed by Zubin Mehta:

 

The concert dedicated entirely to Ludwig van Beethoven and conducted by Zubin Mehta, will open with the Leonore Overture n. 3, written for the second version of the opera Fidelio. Next in the program is the brilliant Symphony no. 8, with its tribute in the second movement to the swinging of the metronome, perfected in those years by his friend Johann Nepomuk Maelzel. The evening closes with the majestic Symphony n. 3, which at the time of its composition, was the longest symphony to have been written. Initially entitled as the Symphony Bonaparte in honor of Napoleon, when the First Consul proclaimed himself Emperor he so disappointed the fervent revolutionary ideals of the composer, that the title was changed to the Eroica.

 

www.operadifirenze.it

BUT WHAT IF I JUST GOT TO FLORENCE AND NOVEMBER IS ALMOST OVER?

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

50 DAYS OF CINEMA

 

A world of film comes to Florence each autumn, with hundreds of movies, shorts and documentaries from around the globe during the 50 Days of International Cinema festival. Most of the films are either in English or with English subtitles, so forget fresh air and exercise as the cold nights draw in—staying indoors and staring at the big screen has never been so rewarding. Sitting comfortably? It’s all happening at the Odeon Cinema in Piazza Strozzi.

 

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR – American International Women’s League

 

On December 8th each year the American International Women’s League organizes a Christmas bazaar, which is held at the ex-Scuderie Reali near Porta Romana. I am asking you all to think about what you would like to do to help make this a fabulously rich affair.

FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR NOVEMBER

TRUFFLE FESTIVAL AND MOTOR FEST IN SCARPERIA

 

On November 1-8, Scarperia is the place to be. This medieval village in the Mugello area north of Florence will host two weekends of festivities honoring one of their local specialties, the Tuscan white truffle. Buy truffles to experiment with at home. Taste Tagliolini with truffles, Bistecca with truffles and Tortelli Mugellani (pasta stuffed with potato filling). The fun goes until midnight, Saturday from 5:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am. Tel. 055 8468142/20, 338 255643.

 

Go outside of town for the Motor Fest – Car Edition on November 5-8 at the famed Scarperia race track. Ferrari is featured.

See www.mugellocircuit.it for information.

 

 

20TH ANNUAL MOSTRA MERCATO DEL TARTUFO BIANCO

 

Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, starting at 10:00am, in Borgo San Lorenzo, you have another chance to taste and buy the local white truffles found in the Mugello area. The town’s historical center hosts stands and local restaurants will present special truffle menus. At Villa Pecori Giraldi there will be truffle hunt demonstrations, wine and vinsanto tastings and dinners. Info: 055 8456230. Info: tel. 055 8457053 - assotartufi@tiscali.it - www.tartufaimugello.it

 

 

CHIANTI SCULPTURE PARK

 

Every season offer a new view of art and nature at the Chianti Sculpture Park.

 

For groups of at least 12 people the entrance fee includes the guided tour in Italian, English, German or French. For individual visitors or small groups a multimedia guide can be rented at 3 Euro. Alternatively, the visitors can download the application ChiantiPark directly on their mobile phone or tablet from Apple Store and Google Play Store.

 

There is one more reason that makes a trip to Pievasciata even more interesting for tourists: the project Pievasciata, hamlet of contemporary art. It shows the installation of a dozen art works in areas surrounding the Park. Eight sculptures have already been installed.

Check the web site for all the details: www.chiantisculpturepark.it

 

 

SAN MARTINO IN CANTINA – VINO NOVELLO WINE DAY

 

On Sun 15, enjoy the crisp Tuscan autumn and tour selected wineries open for tastings of their Vino Novello (the Tuscan version of Beaujolais) in celebration of Saint Martin. Young Novello wine, soft and fruity, may tease the palate, but also taste great older wines during this event sponsored by the Wine Tourism Movement.

 

Even if you are the designated driver, the special celebrations are a good excuse to spend the day outdoors in an intimate and cheerful atmosphere. The wineries welcome visitors by also offering art exhibitions, wine tasting in conjunction with local produce cooked according to traditional recipes, "lunch with the winemaker" and walks among the vineyards. Check individual wineries below for their ideas.

 

For more info: http://www.movimentoturismovino.it/it/eventi/5/cantine-aperte-a-san-martino/

 

For other open cantinas on the 16th, see:

Corte di Valle, Via Vicchiomaggio 26, 50022 - GREVE IN CHIANTI Tel: 055 853939

Castello di Volpaia, Loc. Volpaia, 53017 - RADDA IN CHIANTI Tel: 0577 738619

Fattoria di Bacchereto - Terre a Mano, Via Fontemorana 179, CARMIGNANO Tel: 0573 750191

Fornacelle, www.fornacelle.it. Loc. Fornacelle 232/a, CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI - (Li), Tel: 0565 77555

TUSCAN TRAVELER'S ITALIAN FOOD RULES FOR THE P&F NEWSLETTER

Italian Food Rules and Italian Life Rules written by Ann Reavis has been published! Find a copy at The Paperback Exchange at Via delle Oche, 4r.

MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:

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

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

 

NOVEMBER WISHES

In November, Florence is packed full of cultural events, after Pope Francis leaves town and life calms down, go out and enjoy yourself..

All the best,

Staff
Pitcher and Flaccomio


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