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NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER 2016
WELCOME
It is white truffle season, and there’s not one but two major food festivals happening in Florence this month. It is the perfect time to indulge in the best of Florentine gastronomy, and squeeze in as many concerts, exhibits, and performances that you can before the festive season next month. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, with best wishes from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, RAFFAELLA AND MARISA.
PITCHER AND FLACCOMIO SPECIAL NOTICES

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 )

PITCHER AND FLACCOMIO HAVE A NEW WEBSITE

We have been hard at work redesigning the look of our website and newsletter, and we are almost ready to launch. We will make a slow transition during November to the new design, and we would love to have your feedback… Please let us know what you think.

You can see the new site in development here at: http://www.pitcherflaccomio.co.uk

PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR NOVEMBER

BEST EVENT FOR NOVEMBER: FOOD AND WINE IN PROGRESS AT STAZIONE LEOPOLDA
November 27 and 28

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 two 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

 

P&F RENTAL PICK FOR NOVEMBER: SPACIOUS APARTMENT WITH LIGHT AND VIEWS IN A TINY HAMLET ON THE HILLS OF FLORENCE

Lovely spacious apartment in a wonderful country location but not too far from the city with a lots of light and views.

Galileo put his observatory in this lovely residential neighbourhood, high above Florence and behind Piazziale Michelangelo. Pian dei Giullari is a tiny hamlet on one of the many hills that surround the city of Florence, on the south side of the river It is home to Omero, a well-known restaurant, cafè and small grocery store, which was the favourite local restaurant of Julia Child. It is approx. 10 minutes by car and an hour by foot from the centre of town. Limited bus service is available.

On the 1st floor (24 steps), a portion of a villa, it is approx. 112 sq.mt. (approx. 1205 sq. ft.) plus approx. 17 sq.mt. (approx. 183 sq.ft.) on 2nd floor, and consists of: Entry, Living/dining room (partially divided by double face fireplace, table for 4, can be enlarged), Kitchen (table for 6), 2 bedrooms (double beds, second bedroom can be 2 twins), 2 bathrooms (1 en suite with shower, 1 with tub and shower), Shared laundry area in garage, Study (on 2nd floor, access by spiral staircase just outside apartment door), Shared pool, Parking for 1 car, Shared garden

A mix of modern and traditional furnishings, with terracotta tiled floors in the living and dining rooms and entry, wood ceiling in the living room. There are built in shelves in the living and dining rooms. Tiled floor and walls in the kitchen and bathrooms. Parquet floors and large wardrobes in the bedrooms. The composite stone kitchen bench with stainless steel sinks is ample with many windows giving a view of Florence and the countryside.

More information: http://www.pitcherflaccomio.com/new/index.php?file=oneaffitti&form_id_affitti=1293&l_t=1

 

BEST EXHIBITION FOR NOVEMBER: THE DIVINE COMEDY OF VENTURINO VENTURI AT VILLA BARDINI
Until February 26

In the early 1980s, Tuscan artist Venturino Venturi teamed up with hermetic poet Mario Luzi, re-interpreting The Divine Comedy in a series of 54 illustrations, intended for a 1985 edition of Dante’s masterpiece, to be published by Edizioni Pananti Firenze. These never-before-displayed works are juxtaposed with multimedia installations, creating a full, immersive experience of the Supreme Poet’s universe. Actor Pierfrancesco Favino is the exhibition’s narrator, reading some of the most iconic passages from each canto and lending the show even more contemporary edge.

Text from: http://www.theflorentine.net/events-articles/2016/10/best-events-in-florence-october-2016/

Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00-19.00
Villa Bardini, Costa S. Giorgio, 2, 50125 Firenze
Official Website: http://www.bardinipeyron.it/blog/la-divina-commedia-venturino-venturi/

 

BEST FESTIVAL FOR NOVEMBER: 50 DAYS OF CINEMA AT CINEMA LA COMPAGNIA

The city of Florence lights up with the greatest films of the past and present starting on October 28. Held for the first time at Cinema La Compagnia (via Cavour 52/r), the 50 Days of Cinema festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in collaboration with the Film Library of Bologna. All films will be shown in their original language with Italian and English subtitles.

Built in the 1980s originally to host theatre productions and later converted to a cinema, La Compagnia will be the permanent home of the 50 Days of International Cinema and host all other film-related events organized by or in conjunction with the Fondazione Sistema Toscana. Closed for the past 10 years, the Teatro della Compagnia has been renovated and expanded in the meantime. The theatre now includes a second, smaller screening area, two conference rooms — with one set up to allow simultaneous interpreters to work — plus a café next door at via Cavour 50/r. Managed by Ditta Artigianale, the café will be open daily from 8 am to midnight.

The first event, the France Odeon Festival, will be held on October 28-November 1 and will celebrate contemporary French film with some earlier works. This year the France Odeon aims to inaugurate a new section dedicated solely to short films. Among many directors featured is French-Afghan filmmaker Chabname Zariab who directed Au Bruit Des Clochettes, a film on overcoming the stereotypes associated with being a transvestite.

Next up is the Finish section of the film festival, A Window into the North. Starting on November 2 and ending on November 3, this two-day festival will focus on the common landscapes and culture of Nordic peoples.

Following this, there will be a festival to celebrate women of all nationalities in cinema from November 5-9. 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of women being given the right to vote in Italy. This festival focuses on political empowerment of women across the globe. The International Festival of Women in Cinema aims to stress the need for women directors in the male dominated world of film.

The Florence Queer Festival starting on November 10 and ending on November 15 looks at the equality and dignity of LGBT+ people. Well-known director Nadia Pizzuti’s film, Lina Mangiacapre, takes an eclectic and provocative look at the feminist movement of the 1970’s. The Florence Queer Film Festival’s purpose is to knock down the stereotypes in which have long been forced upon those who belong to the LGBT+ community.

Next up is the Art on Film Festival from November 16-20. This four day festival will explore the relationship between contemporary art and cinema through films, videos, and installations in La Compagnia Theatre.

From November 21-24, Cinema Ritrovato of Bologna will transport its audiences through time by bringing cinema classics back to life. The films will range from black and white to color, silent and sound, and documentaries. This will be the second year that the Film Library of Bologna will collaborate with the 50 Days of Cinema festival.

Founded in 1959, the Festival dei Popoli will take place from November 25-December 2. The organization that founded the festival over 50 years ago has been works to promote the study of social documentaries. The films featured in the festival will deal with topics such as immigration issues, cults, the relationship between Western and traditional medicine and more.

Text from: http://www.magentaflorence.com/50-days-film-festival-teatro-della-compagnia/

 

BEST CONCERT FOR NOVEMBER: ELISA IN CONCERT AT MANDELA FORUM
November 11

Elisa is an Italian pop, alternative rock and electronica singer-songwriter, hailing from Trieste, Italy. Elisa is one of the most talented Italian artists. She performs either in Italian or in English and her concerts are beautiful experiences to be lived!

Nelson Mandela Forum, Viale Malta, 6 50137 Firenze, Italia
+39 055 678 841
Web: http://www.mandelaforum.it/

 

BEST SPORT FOR NOVEMBER: 33RD FLORENCE MARATHON
November 27

If you aren’t exhausted from the CORRI LA VITA, try the Florence Marathon.

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 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.

Official web site: http://www.firenzemarathon.it/index.php?lang=en

 

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE FOR NOVEMBER: THE MEDICI DYNASTY AT IL FULIGNO
Until January 2017

After the great success of last year’s season, The Medici Dynasty has reopened this year in a new venue and with an updated production. The new script was written by your very own newsletter writer, Marisa Garreffa, based on the last year’s text by Gherardo Rosati Vitali, Carolina Gamini, and Giuseppe Arone. With direction by New York director, Bari Hochwald, and the stunning new location of the Baroque church of Sant’Onofrio (inside the Il Fuligno complex), this is a production not to be missed.

The performance explores the relationship between brother and sister, Gian Gastone and Anna Maria Luisa, who were the last of the ruling Medici family line. As they struggle to reach a reconciliation, Anna Maria Luisa develops her idea for The Family Pact, which bequeathed the entire Medici patrimony to the city of Florence, on the condition that nothing could ever be removed from the city. This historic agreement is the reason that Florence is still the home of the great works of the Renaissance today. Over the one hour show, audiences get a glimpse of 300 years of the history of the Medici. Performed in English, the show is suitable for all ages.

Every day except Mondays and Fridays.
Il Fuligno Complex, Via Faenza 48
More information: www.medicidynasty.com

 

BEST DINING OUT FOR NOVEMBER: NICCOLO 39

"San Niccolò 39 is a new restaurant opening in the space that was once Filipepe in Via San Niccolo, Florence. San Niccolo 39, or SO39 as we fondly call it, is a chic space in the lovely neighbourhood between the historical centre of Florence and the foot of piazzale Michelangelo. The space is chic and comfortable with a small terrace in front of the restaurant, a beautiful raised covered garden behind and air-conditioned tables surrounded by contemporary art inside. The menu starts from a base of Tuscan dishes, all of them seasonal and local but all presented with an aesthetic for today’s tastes. We continue with a large selection of fresh fish from salt-baked sea bass to our exciting baccalà fishburger served in a homemade seeded bread bun. You’ll also find a great beef tartare and fillet steak along with vegetarian and vegan dishes. Our young chef Vanni is creative and skilled in cooking simple dishes that are packed with flavours – his spaghetti with anchovy oil is well worth a try. We’ll be offering regular weekly specials such a tagine made by our Moroccan colleague in the kitchen as well as top-quality mozzarella to name just two. San Niccolò offers a simple yet chic and sophisticated menu and ambience to enjoy for a simple midweek bite or weekend dinner with friends or family."

Via San Niccolo 39, Florence
FB: San Niccolò 39
055 2001397

 

BEST OF THE REST FOR NOVEMBER


OLIVE OIL FESTIVAL IN PIAZZA SANTO SPIRITO
November 20

Of all the things to do in Florence in November 2016, this is the top pick for foodies hands down!

The end of October/start of November is when the 'raccolta' takes place: the olives are picked from the trees and pressed into fresh green luscious Tuscan oil. Try the new oil out on crusty bread, bruschettas, or just by itself on a taster spoon at the olive oil festival in piazza Santo Spirito!

There will be stands offering organic oils, but also all natural jams, wines, fresh organic produce, and in general all the best seasonal foods that Tuscany is famous for.

Sunday November 20 from 9 am to 7 pm
Piazza Santo Spirito
Entry to the festival is free of charge so don't miss this great 'off the beaten path' alternative to enjoy Florence! Open air event so also perfect for kids.

Text from: www.florencewebguide.com

 

BIENNALE ENOGASTRONOMICA FIORENTINA: FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE THE BEST OF GASTRONOMIC FLORENCE
November 10-28

Adding even more value to the culinary Florentine tradition

Being in its 5th edition, this manifestation has been thought to promote the local specialties and the Florentine gastronomic tradition, with a rich calendar of festivals, tasting itineraries, shows, market exhibitions and special dinners taking place in some of the city most rilevant restaurants, historical palaces, squares.
(Text from: www.visitflorence.com)

Official Website: http://www.biennaleenogastronomica.it/

 

FLORENCE TATTOO CONVENTION 9TH EDITION AT FORTEZZA DA BASSO
November 18-20

The ancient Fortezza da Basso of Florence will host more than 300 world-renowned tattoo artists, shows and eclectic musicians who will enchant an audience of curious and urban fashions lovers in a weird and wonderful way. The association Firenze Indelebile will present the best of the international scene in the world of tattoo and body piercing.

With original performances and artists representing the U.S.A, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, China, Canada, Tahiti, Mexico and most of the European states. Many will be true masters of tattoo who will perform real works of art on the skin of loyal customers using traditional instruments. Again this year, tattoo artists and the public will be able to participate in the seminars.

Every night DJ sets, concerts and typical Tuscan cuisine will be the backdrop to the event that every year opens its doors to more than 10,000 spectators.

Web: http://www.florencetattooconvention.com/2016/

 

MODAPRIMA EDITION 81: PITTI IMMAGINE PRESENT FASHION AT STAZIONE LEOPOLDA
November 18-21

From Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November 2016 at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence, Pitti Immagine will be presenting the 81st edition of Modaprima, the fairshowcasing clothing and accessories collections for men and women for fall-winter 2017-18, with a special focus on the bestsellers for spring-summer 2017. Staged in one of the most beautiful locations in Florence, the 19th century Stazione Leopolda, Modaprima focuses once again on the centrality of the city with its great potential in terms of appeal and image, characteristics that contribute to the success of every event that is held there.

Ready-to-wear
A point of reference for fashion created and produced for the large scale retailers who meet in Florence to present their latest products to an international audience, Modaprima will turn the spotlights on around 100 collections, mainly produced by Italian companies along with a few selected European manufacturers that specialize in this production segment.

Accessories
Following the success of the last editions, focus on Modaprima Accessories, the new section dedicated to the fundamental drivers of fashion and reference components of the contemporary fashion scene: accessories. Modaprima will be presenting an attentive proposal devised for buyers looking for new stylistic input.

International
Modaprima will be showcasing a selection of collections produced in Italy but with a broad international appeal created for a dynamic and constantly evolving retail trade.

More information: http://www.pittimmagine.com/en/corporate/fairs/modaprima/information.html
Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5, 50144 Firenze

 

STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR EVERYONE, AND CIVIC MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
November 1

#Domenicoalmuseo
On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state and civic museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures.

Here’s a list of the state museums free to all:
Uffizi
Accademia
Bargello
Medici Chapels
Pitti Palace (all museums)
San Marco
Palazzo Davanzati
Medici Villas

And the civic museums also free to residents:
Palazzo Vecchio
Arnolfo Tower
Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
Museo del Novecento
Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.

Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance. You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it

EXHIBITIONS IN NOVEMBER

BOTTICELLI ROOMS REOPENED AT THE UFFIZI

The latest rooms to be reopened at the Uffizi Gallery this past week are the Botticelli rooms and rooms dedicated to the Early Renaissance. This latest batch of rooms to reopen – Hall 8-15 – were closed for about 15 months! The major works in these rooms were moved to other temporary halls so that visitors would not miss out on them, the two major ones being the Botticelli paintings Spring and Birth of Venus, masterpieces that draw many to the Uffizi in the first place.

After significant upgrades, retrofitting and new ceilings, all made possible with a final major grant by Friends of Florence, the Botticelli rooms reopened last Tuesday, October 18 to the public and we are super excited to see the changes that have taken place!

Features of the newly restored rooms include new lighting, alarm system, replacement of glass framing with state-of-the-art glass that is even more protective and technologically advanced. Some of the paintings not on view during this period were examined and underwent conservation.

Text From: http://www.visitflorence.com/blog/explore-new-botticelli-rooms-uffizi/?utm_source=visitflorence.com&utm_campaign=DiscoverTuscany&utm_medium=referral

 

SPLENDIDA MINIMA AT PALAZZO PITTI – SMALL SCULPTURES FROM THE MEDICI COLLECTION
Until November 2

The exhibition Splendida Minima (Beautiful Miniatures) at the Pitti Palace Medici Treasury in Florence displays small sculptures in hard stone, which belonged to the Medici family.

The works are from the Uffizi Gallery, which holds a valuable collection of small sculptures in precious and semi-precious gemstones, mainly produced in Hellenistic and Roman times. The technique for making these sculptures was lost during the Middle Ages, but rediscovered and revived during the Renaissance.

It is the first exhibition dedicated to this particular type of artistic expression, highlighting the unique technical and stylistic characteristics of the objects.

The Medici Treasury
Palazzo Pitti

 

WITH JUICE AND HERBS OF GREEN EARTH: FRESCOES IN THE REFECTORY OF SANTA MARIA NOVELLA
Until December 31

Paolo Uccello's Chiostro Verde frescoes, restored and on display in the Santa Maria Novella refectory.

Refectory of Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Santa Maria Novella

 

AI WEIWEI AT PALAZZO STROZZI
Until January 22

This autumn Palazzo Strozzi will present Italy’s first major retrospective dedicated to one of the world’s most celebrated and influential contemporary artists: Ai Weiwei. Libero

A dissident artist with a leading voice, Ai Weiwei is known world-wide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of the Palazzo Strozzi spaces, presenting a series of new and major works from the façade of the building and the courtyard to the piano nobile and the Strozzina gallery. Mirroring the artist’s relationship between tradition and modernity, key works will be hung in response to the architecture of the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th century palace built as a political statement, and is considered to embody the history of the city of Florence.

This major exhibition will include key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. These range from his years living in New York 1980s and ’90s when he discovered his ‘masters’ Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, to the large iconic assemblages works from the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools, to his recent controversial and engaged works such as portraits of political dissidents built with LEGO bricks, and his projects on migration in the Mediterranean region.

Over the past twenty years, Ai Weiwei has become a leading voice on the international art scene and China’s most famous living artist. Known for his political activism and meticulous artistic research, Ai Weiwei has also become a symbol of resistance against censorship. The show will offer the opportunity to explore Ai Weiwei’s creative genius but also to understand his personal narrative, offering critical insight to Ai Weiwei’s ambiguous relations with his native China. Ai Weiwei denounces the inconsistencies and gaps between the individual and the community in today’s world and has a profound sense of belonging, as illustrated by his use of traditional materials and techniques. Equally, a strong sense of rebellion informs his interpretations of traditional Chinese images and metaphors.

Daily including holidays 10.00-20.00, Thursdays 10.00-23.00
More information: http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/mostre/aiweiwei/?lang=en

 

DISCOVERIES AND MASSACRES: ARDENGO SOFFICI AND IMPRESSIONISM AT THE UFFIZI GALLERY
Until January 8

This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Ardengo Soffici (1879 – 1964), will be the occasion to study his artistic experience as an artist, writer, art critic and as a polemic that was very active during his time. He came into contact, and at times with stark, courageous contrast with other contemporary artistic movements within the Italian and European panorama. The title of the exhibition, Discoveries and Massacres, alludes to the collection of works by Soffici, published between the first and second decade of the 20th century, and recognized today along with the cultural initiatives he supported and organized as important steps in the renewal of art in Italy in the 20th century. Consider that he helped organize the first Italian exhibition on Impressionism in Italy in Florence in 1910.

The works included in the exhibit – from Segantini to Cezanne, from Renoir to Picasso, from Degas to Medardo Rosso, from De Chirico to Carrà as well as Soffici’s own work – were selected based on the predilections and aversions Soffici demonstrated and wrote about. The works will contain critical phrases directly from Soffici’s writings to ideally help the viewer rediscover one of the most productive and fertile interpretations on the origins of modern art, through his decisive “discoveries” as well as his drastic “massacres”.

Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
50122 Florence Phone : 055 238 8651

More information: http://www.uffizi.org/museum/exhibitions/

 

REAL TIME AND REALITY TIME: CLOCKS FROM PALAZZO PITTI FROM XVII TO XX CENTURY
Until January 8

The monumental figure of Kronos by Gherardo Silvani will greet you for this special occasion in the courtyard of Palazzo Pitti, and will show you the path to follow towards the apartments of the Duchessa d’Aosta, where you can explore the different ways throughout time that the Florentines would tell time: spanning the Medici, Lorena and Sabauda reigns.Approximately 70 clocks have been selected from over 200 examples, most of which some way are tied to Palazzo Pitti. The criteria for the selection includes the form, the use of the clock and the environment in which it was kept.

Gallery of Modern Art
Palazzo Pitti

 

CASSA RISPARMIO DI FIRENZE PRESENT THEIR EXTENSIVE ART COLLECTION: IN COLLEZIONE
Until January 15

The exhibition is the conclusion of a project to organize the immense (over 900 pieces to choose from) collection of art by the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze with pieces by Giotto and Filippino Lippi,as well as several more contemporary or modern pieces which tell the story of Florence.

Text from: www.visitflorence.com
Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Bufalini 6, Florence
Free Entrance only with a reservation and guided tour
Tel. +39 055 5384001 or email: incollezione@entecrf.it

Winckelmann, Florence and the Etruscans: The Father of Archeology in Tuscany
Until January 30

In honour of the 250 year anniversary of J.J. Wincklemann's untimely death, the exhibition focuses on the the German scholars contribution to archaeology in Tuscany. In particular, his contribution to the knowledge of Etruscan art and his studies were instrumental to the diffusion of the Etruscan myths in the European culture in the 17-1800’s. This is an excellent opportunity to view the Chimera and the bronze statue Minerva, both of which have their origins in Arezzo.
(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)

MAF Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze,
National Archaeological Museum of Florence
Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b

 

GIOVANNI DAL PONTE AT THE ACCADEMIA GALLERY
November 22 until March 12

The monographic exhibition with works from Giovanni dal Ponte (1385-1437), protagonist for the late Gothic Humanism. A Florentine artist with his own particular language for the late gothic period will feature a new canvas, the "Madonna and Child Enthroned". The work, which will be on display along with other paintings of the Tuscan painter from November 22 to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, comes from the deposits of various Museums from the Tuscan region.

Text from: www.visitflorence.com
Via Ricasoli, 58-60, 50122 Florence

 

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN NOVEMBER

BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES

Every Wednesday at 18.00 from NOVEMBER to NOVEMBER, 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 Cultural Programme is open to members of the British Institute of Florence. Membership options range from 24 hours (€5) to Life (€500).The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month. The events for NOVEMBER are:

Europe after Brexit
14 NOVEMBER 2016 - 18:00

Britain's referendum decision on 23 June has pushed the whole of the European Union into uncharted territory. Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, executive producer of the BBC/Arte/Sky Italia documentary The Great European Disaster Movie (2015) and narrator/co-author of the controversial documentary about Italy, Girlfriend in a Coma (2013), will provide an explorer's guide to this new territory, including Italy, Britain's future relationship with the EU, and the prospects for next May's French elections.

The lecture will be followed by the screening of The Great European Disaster Movie at 20:00.

It's Storytime! The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me: Reading and workshop
15 NOVEMBER 2016 - 17:00

No book ever ends when it's full of your friends… Celebrate Roald Dahl Day with us! After the reading we will make paper giraffes. For ages 3 to 8, but all ages welcome!
No booking is required, but spaces are limited! Send us an email to library@britishinstitute.it

Lombard bankers in London: Lecture in English by Francesco Guidi Bruscoli
21 NOVEMBER 2016 - 18:00

The paradox of the democratic Prince: Machiavelli and political leadership in contemporary democracies: Lecture in English by Richard Bellamy
28 NOVEMBER 2016 - 18:00

For membership to The British Institute, see here: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library/membership

 

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 NOVEMBER program includes:

THE GREAT ARTISTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY SERIES: RENATO GUTTUSO
Sunday, NOVEMBER 18th, 10.30 a.m.

The typical militant artist, Renato Guttuso with his work expresses the will to participate in his present and to passionately bear testimony to it by way of an immediate communication and an efficient language.

L’AMORE FOLLE: FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Saturday, NOVEMBER 3rd, 5 p.m.
Katalin Varga: Showing of the movie by Peter Strickland (UK 2009)

Friday, NOVEMBER 9th, 8 p.m.
Bal(Miele): Showing of the movie by Semih Kaplanoglu (Tur. 2010) (min. 103’)

Saturday, NOVEMBER 17th, 5 p.m.
Sut (Latte): Showing of the movie by Semih Kaplanoglu (Tur 2008) (min. 102’)

FIRENZE SUONA CONTEMPORANEA: Florence Contemporary Sounds
NOVEMBER 14 - 30

From 14 to 30 NOVEMBER 2016, the International Festival of Contemporary Sounds Florence, now in its ninth edition, offers premieres and special guests, combining the music of the twentieth century and contemporary visual art. The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm will preview the project Fallen Falls, a video-installation created for the occasion, with music by Andrea Cavallari and performed live by Klangforum Wien; Michael Nyman will bring the world premiere, in the Sala d'Arme in Palazzo Vecchio, of WAR WORK: 8 Songs with Movies, an installation with live concert; and Roberto Fabbriciani and Scabia will present a project of Luigi Nono.

Concerts and art exhibitions come together in events that take place on the border between different dimensions, experimenting with new forms of mutual accompaniment between music and image. Titled “The sound in the gesture”, the festival, directed by the composer Andrea Cavallari, takes place in extraordinary and unusual scenery, historic sites and museum spaces of the city.

Florence Contemporary Sounds 2016 is realised as part of Summer Fiorentina, in collaboration with Twentieth Century Museum, Berengo Foundation, Ernest von Siemens Music Foundation and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rome.

See the full program at: http://www.museonovecento.it/programmazione/firenze-suona-contemporanea/

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

FILM EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

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: Suicide Squad, Escobar - Paradise Lost, Jason Bourne, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Finding Dory, and Bridget Jones’ Baby.

There are also a number of special film events this month, that are not to be missed! The line up includes: Heaven’s Gate, The 14th Dalai Lama, Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog, Un’Incerta Grazia, Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones in Cuba, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: One More Time With Feeling.

Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Odeon-Program-NOVEMBER-October-2016.pdf

MUSIC FOR NOVEMBER

MUSICA DEI POPOLI: ETHNIC MUSIC FESTIVAL AT FLOG
Until November 11

Two dates held in November to end this interesting musical experience: on November 5 an Italian collaboration will give life to a one-of-a-kind cultural show with music, dance and theatre performances, while on November 11 the Balcanic music will enchant all participants with its captivating and frenzied rhythm. The various multi-cultural music collaborations, born during the past years, represent a sort of fil-rouge of this manifestation.

Text from: http://www.visitflorence.com/florence-events/events-in-november.html?utm_source=visitflorence.com&utm_campaign=DiscoverTuscany&utm_medium=referral

At the venue 'FLOG' in via Michele Mercati, 24b
For the full program: http://www.flog.it/MdP%202016.htm

 

AMICI DELLA MUSICA AT THE PERGOLA THEATRE

If you ever wanted to listen to classical music in a theater where you could imagine Verdi or Mozart to walk in any second go to the jewel box Pergola Theater. The Amici della Musica of Florence presents various concerts at the Teatro della Pergola. Works by Rossini, Schumann, Shubert, Brahms, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart are only a small sample of what will be performed.

The concerts for November:

Nov 5 at 16.00: Sir András Schiff
Nov 6 at 21.00: Jonathan Biss and Quartetto Brentano
Nov 12 at 16.00: Quartetto Belcea
Nov 13 at 21.00: Quartetto Belcea
Nov 19 at 11.30: Enrico Bronzi, Francesco Fiore, Gabriele Pieranunzi, Marci Rizzi, Simonide Braconi
Nov 19 at 16.00: Enrico Bronzi, Francesco Fiore, Gabriele Pieranunzi, Marci Rizzi, Simonide Braconi

See the full program at: http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/stagione/

 

OPERA DI FIRENZE: 79th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

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

 

CONCERT: THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
November 4 and 5 at Nelson Mandela Forum

OPERA: LA BOHÈME BY GIACOMO PUCCINI
November 17-27 at Opera di Firenze

Tickets and more information: http://www.operadifirenze.it/en/

GREGORIAN CHANTS IN THE CATHEDRALS OF FLORENCE
November 12

Gregorian chants are sacred songs and liturgical music used originally to accompany mass as far back as the 7th and 8th centuries. Sung in Latin with no musical accompaniment, Gregorian chants focus purely on the human voice and spirit of interpretation of the Medieval songs.

The Viri Galilaei chorus has been performing this traditional Christian music for many years in Tuscany. One of the special things to do in Florence in November is to see and hear them perform in the antique churches of Firenze. Performance conducted by E. Ventroni.

(Text from: http://www.florencewebguide.com/things-to-do-in-florence-in-october.html)

November 12 at 21.00
The Cenacolo di Sante Croce

More information: http://www.ensemblesanfelice.com/pdf/MANIFESTO-IN-CANTO-GREGORIANO-2016.pdf

 

CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND OPERA AT ST MARK’S CHURCH

In the beautiful and intimate setting of St Mark’s Church, the performances are complete operas, apart from one or two slight adaptations to suit the intimate setting. November’s program includes: Love Duets, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, and Madame Butterfly.

All start at 8:30pm or 9:15pm
Price: 30 €, seniors 25 €, students 15 €
Info: 340 8119192
For the complete schedule: http://concertoclassico.blogspot.it/p/programme.html

 

THE THREE TENORS WITH DINNER AT THE AUDITORIUM AL DUOMO
November 1, 8, 15

Add a taste of Italian lyricism to your stay in Florence: Three tenors offer a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful capital.

In the Auditorium al Duomo, the soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and grand piano. Famous arias from 'La Traviata', 'Rigoletto', and 'Tosca' share the program with Neopolitan favorites like 'O sole mio', 'Funiculì Funiculà', and 'Torna a Surriento'.

Before the show, indulge in Tuscan cuisine and breathtaking views at the Vista Wine Bar. Located on the Panoramic Terrace of Hotel Laurus al Duomo, the Wine Bar offers views of Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower.

Approximate duration (min.): 90

Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/the_three_tenors_with_dinner__auditorium_al_duomo/32183/275164/

 

VIVALDI’S THE FOUR SEASONS AT THE AUDITORIUM DI SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE VECCHIO
November 1 and 6

The Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina will perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in the wonderful atmosphere of the Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio.

The program opens with an "Air" by Bach and Mozart's famous "A Little Night Music".
Conductor: Giuseppe Lanzetta
Artistic director: Marco Lorenzini

Auditorium di Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio

Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/vivaldi_s_four_seasons__auditorium_santo_stefano/33088/287569/

 

MORE CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND OPERA THROUGHOUT FLORENCE

While there are too many events to list individually, in addition to those above it is well worth taking a look at the classictic website (link below) to peruse all of the concerts on show for November. There is sure to be something that takes your fancy, with such a range of events to choose from.

See the list here: https://www.classictic.com/en/special/florence-concerts/95/

DANCE AND THEATRE FOR NOVEMBER
LA DEMOCRAZIA DEL CORPO: DANCE FESTIVAL IN FLORENCE
Until December 28

Body language takes center stage in this interdisciplinary and international showcase, which brings together choreographers, visual artists, dancers and art world influencers. Dance performances make up much of the October program, with the local Virgilio Sieni Company—headquartered at CANGO—spearheading that side of the festival. But the event will also include site-specific art installations, choreography workshops and talks, including down-the-line discussions with Fabio Cavallucci of Prato’s Pecci Center (November) and Arturo Galansino of Palazzo Strozzi (December).

Text from: http://www.theflorentine.net/events-articles/2016/10/best-events-in-florence-october-2016/

VIA SANTA MARIA, 23/25 FIRENZE
TEL. 055.2280525
CANGO@SIENIDANZA.IT
For the full program: http://www.virgiliosieni.it/festival-la-democrazia-del-corpo-2016/

 

THEATRE AT TEATRO DELLA PERGOLA

L’UOMO DAL FIORE IN BOCCA
Until November 4
Gabriele Lavia performs at the Teatro della Pergola, “The Man with the Flower in His Mouth” by Luigi Pirandello. Also on stage, Michael Demaria and Barbara Alesse.
A Foundation Theatre production of Tuscany and Teatro Stabile di Genova.

SOTTO UNA GRAN PIOVA DEL ACQUA
November 4 and 5
The flood fifty years later.
of Sandro Bennucci, Marcello Mancini and Massimo Sandrelli
with Fabio Baronti, Luca Marras, Andrea Nucci, Sabrina Tinalli
The Flood told through the memories of Piero Bargellini (the then Mayor of Florence), Enrico Mattei (editor of 'The Nation') and through the diary of a sixteen-year period (Massimo Sandrelli).

EDIPO
November 8-13
of Sophocles
Directed by Andrea Baracco (Oedipus Rex) and Glauco Mauri (Oedipus at Colonus)
Twenty years later the Society Roberto Sturno Glauco Mauri returns to stage the two masterpieces of Sophocles, to analyse more thoroughly the immortal myth of Oedipus, entrusting the direction to two different directors: Glauco Mauri, for Oedipus at Colonus , and Andrea Baracco for Oedipus Rex .
Two directors, two generations in comparison, an example of collaboration and continuity, as well as an indispensable condition for the future of the theatre.
A production by Company Mauri Sturno - Fondazione Teatro della Toscana.

SULLA SCIA DEI GIORNI
November 5 and 19
Nine meetings open to the city to reflect on one of the great issues of our time: the end of life. They were designed and promoted the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and File- Italian Lenitherapy Foundation Onlus and will take place between September and March 2017. The cycle, entitled In the wake of days. Dialogues on the edge , brings to Florence some of the most eminent personalities of the sociological landscape, psychological, medical, literary both national and international, such as Zygmunt Bauman, Corrado Augias and Dacia Maraini.

November 5th, 2016 | Teatro Niccolini
Corrado Augias: Self-determination and the end of life choices
Introduced by Sandro Spinsanti

November 19, 2016 | Teatro Niccolini
Msgr. Timothy Verdon and Carlo Sisi: The depiction of death in the visual arts
Introduced by Franco Lucchesi

More information and bookings: http://www.teatrodellapergola.com/

EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR NOVEMBER

BENOZZO GOZZOLI IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Until November 1

San Gimignano will host an exhibition dedicated to the artist Benozzo Gozzoli (Florence 1420/21 - 1497). He was one of the more active artist in the 1400's in Italy. The exhibition celebrates, for the first time, the time spent in San Gimignano, perhaps one of the most intensive periods in his career.

Web: http://www.sangimignano.com/it/eventi/eventi-dettaglio.asp?id=25800

 

DALI, THE CLASSIC DREAM, AT PALAZZO BLU IN PISA
Until February 5

”Start by imitating the classics, and then you can do anything” - Salvado Dalì

Metamorfist, provocative, visionary, Salvador Dalí is an artist; both a myth and myth-maker. Salvador Dalí is exhibited in direct comparison with the ancient traditions and with the great masters of the past.

This is the Dalí who loved the great Italian Masters, citing Raphael & Cellini, illustrating Dante and Michelangelo, the star of this show, is the trilogy dedicated to Surrealism.

Text from: www.discoverytuscany.com

Mon - Fri: 10.00 - 19.00 & Sat - Sun: 10.00 - 20.00
Palazzo d’Arte e Cultura - Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti, 9, 56125

 

VOLAREARTE IN PISA: PARK EUN SUN SCULPTURES AT PISA AIRPORT
Until June 15

Well into the third edition of this initiative by the Henraux Foundation together with the Tuscany Airports, you will find a collection of 9 sculptures from Park Eun Sun gracing the Pisa airport.

This renowned Korean artist, a long time resident of Versilia, arrived in Italy to satisfy his desire to work with Apuane marbles. His artwork, known on an international level, is remarkable for the pure geometric forms composed of bi-color slabs of marble.

Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Galileo Galilei Airport, Pisa

 

SIGNORINI E DI NITTIS: ART FROM THE 1800S IN VIAREGGIO
Until February 26

The 1800’s open for the World to See.

The newest exhibition at the Matteucci Center for Modern Art features an impressive display of masterpieces by the artists De Nittis, Zandomeneghi and Boldini.

The above works will be shown side by side to those of Signorini, Lega and other protagonists for the “Macchiaiolo” period.

Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Matteucci per l’Arte Moderna, Via D’annunzio, 28, Viareggio

 

LA FINE DEL MONDO: EXHIBITION IN PRATO
Until March 19

View today as from a distance, the idea is to “experience the feeling of being projected thousands of light years away to view our current world as if it were a fossil, geological eras from the present time, resulting in a feeling of being suspended in a limbo between a now distant past and a still distant future.”

Throughout the exhibition, many expressions and artistic languages will be interconnected: music, theatre, cinema, architecture and dance represented not just as side events but as integral moments of the show, helping to build an immersive and captivating narrative.

Text from: www.discovertuscany.com
Centro Pecci Prato, Viale della Repubblica, 277, 59100 Prato

 

CHIANTI SCULPTURE PARK

Pievasciata, a tiny village in the heart of the Chianti region, has been transformed into a contemporary art centre. The focal point, the Chianti Sculpture Park, a permanent exhibition of sculptures and installations, is an integral part of a mystical wooded area.

There are three distinctive characteristics of the Park: integration of art and nature; diversity of cultures, represented by artists from all over the world; and a variety of materials. Each artist has been invited to visit the wood in order to choose a location and subsequently submit a site-specific proposal. This accounts for the harmony of the sculptures with the trees, the sounds, the colours, the light, and other elements of the wood. In fact, these man-made works do not extend beyond the limits of nature; rather, they integrate with it and enhance it. Inside the Park an Amphitheatre has also been created to offer visitors a rich program of concerts and cultural events.

The Chianti Sculpture Park is an indispensable stop not only for art lovers, but also for anyone who wishes to experience the delights of a walk through nature while admiring fascinating works of art. The visit is suitable for persons of every age on foot along a walking path of 1 km, but is also accessible with a child’s pushchair or a wheelchair.

Parco Sculture del Chianti, S.P. 9, Loc. La Fornace 48/49, 53010 Pievasciata (Siena)
Tel. +39 0577 357151
Web site: http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/en-index.htm

FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR NOVEMBER

LA SAGRA DEL TARTUFO BIANCO: WHITE TRUFFLE FESTIVALS ALL OVER TUSCANY

SAN MINIATO:
Last three weekends of November.

La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco (White Truffle Fair) takes place during the last three weekends in November, with a large offering of truffles plus truffle-derived products, wine, pecorino, salami, olive oil, grappa etc. This territory produces 25% of Italy's white truffles and while expensive the prices here are as good as you can get and the truffles are fresh. Truffles don't retain their aroma for more than 2-3 days so you can have truffle dishes in the restaurants and booths here in San Miniato or take a few home for immediate consumption.
Web: http://www.san-miniato.com/

OTHER LOCATIONS:
Mostra Mercato e Sagra del Tartufo e Prodotti Tipici Locali
Scarperia
First and second weekend in November.
Web: http://www.mugello-info.com/scarperia.htm#.WBSs4uF97eQ

Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco del Mugello
Borgo San Lorenzo
Third weekend in November.
Web: http://www.mugello-info.com/

Mostra del Tartufo Bianco
Montespertoli
Third weekend in November.
Web: http://www.montespertoli.org/

Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco e Rassegna sei Prodotti Enogastronomici della Val di Cecina
Volterra
Last weekend in October and first weekend in November.
Web: http://www.val-di-cecina.com/

Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco delle Crete Senes
San Giovanni d’Asso
Second and third weekend in November.
Web: http://tuscany-toscana.blogspot.it/2010/12/truffle-festival-at-san-giovanni-dasso.html#.WBStMeF97eQ

MERCATO APRILANTE: ARTISAN MARKET IN PANZANO IN CHIANTI
November 6

The Aprilante Market takes place every first Sunday of the month - local artisans exhibit their wares, while local producers offer honey, cheeses, salumi and much more including antiques. Over 100 tables through the small village, all shops are open and a feeling of "fiesta" in the air.

FIESOLE ANTIQUES MARKET
November 6

Every month on the first Sunday, the main square in Fiesole transforms into an antiques market from 8am until sunset. Enjoy a visit to the town and the nearby Roman/Etruscan archeological area while roaming among the stands.

AREZZO ANTIQUES MARKET
November 5 and 6

Each month on the first Saturday, there is an antiques market held in Piazza Grande and throughout the centre of Arezzo.

IL PAGLIANO BIO MARKET AND CRAFTS FAIR IN GREVE IN CHIANTI
November 26 and 27

Each month on the fourth Saturday, Greve in Chianti fills the streets with the best biological and natural artigianale produce, as well as local artisan crafts. Music and performances throughout the afternoon.

RITO DELLA FOCARAZZA IN ROCCALBEGNA GROSSETO
November 24 and 25

Every year on November 24, a competition among the contrade (quarters) of the city, that will try to get to the "stollo", an oak beam erected in the middle of the focarazza, an erica woodpile set alight, and steal it for their own rione, making their way through the streets of Roccalbegna.

MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

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NOVEMBER WISHES
We hope you enjoy the aroma of white truffles, and the abundance of exhibits, music, and arts of all kinds on show around the city. May your troubles fall with the Autumn leaves and the season of change bring new beginnings for all.



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