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|NEWSLETTER – October 2010
the Tuscan morning air now has
a distinct chill. But all coats and sweaters are shed by noon,
and the golden warmth of our afternoon sun feels like a gift
from heaven. The last of the grapes are being pulled off their
vines. Wine is fermenting in the cellars. Bright green oval
globes of ripening olives hang heavy on the groves of trees.
And our thoughts turn to truffles, and mushrooms and to chestnut
The October calendar of events is chock full of music, exhibitions,
concerts, dance, original language movies, food fairs and
markets in the countryside and more.
From a golden-glowing Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia SUZANNE,
CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, KIMBERLY and MARIO simply
send our best.
The Gods were looking down on us for this the 8th edition of
Corri LaVita. It rained before and rained after, but during
there was brilliant sunshine with a slight breeze. 20,000 T-shirts
were given away with the first enrolled participants, and about
1,500 people signed-up on the morning without receiving anything.
It went beyond our wildest expectations. The amount of money
raised will be known a little later on.
I'll keep you informed. I would like to take this opportunity
to thank all of you who participated. It turned out to be a
very joyous event and not only a show of solidarity.
I'd also like to thank the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi for letting
Corri La Vita participants visit the Bronzino exhibition. As
you know we chose the painting of Eleonora di Toledo and her
son Giovanni as our poster for this year, and anyone wearing
our distinctive purple T-shirt was given access to the show
on the day of the event. Many people took this offer up and
like myself thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't recommend the show
enough (also for children).
& FLACCOMIO REPORT
We at Pitcher and Flaccomio have a very happy event to announce.
On Monday September 27th, Kimberly Wicks, our Newsletter editor,
married Dario Cecchini in a very unusual ceremony (as to be
expected from such a couple). The wedding was celebrated in
Panzano, the home base of the Cecchini dynasty. The bride and
groom with their respective families, high above the crowd on
a balcony over the now world-famous butcher's shop, celebrated
their union to enthusiastic cries of mazal tov, while Dario
stomped on the glass of good luck. Poems written by friends,
that would have made Dante cry for joy, were read. It was a
potluck wedding breakfast with wine and homemade beer flowing
along with dancing to music by Klezmerata Fiorentina
in the tiny streets of this medieval hilltop town.
Kimberly and I started working together about seventeen years
ago when she flashed into my life with great enthusiasm to help
me with my real estate agency. Now it is Dario who is reaping
all the love and wisdom that Kimberly so generously gives to
everyone. I, like all the others here at Pitcher and Flaccomio,
wish her and Dario the finest things that life can offer.
With love and admiration,
What an unusual wedding, one that I never would have imagined!
I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
The celebration of Kim and Dario's wedding seemed like a perfect
reflection of their personalities - joyous and sincere, bold
and unconventional - and it was a special gift to participate
in the day. I was deeply touched by the spontaneity of emotion
and creativity in the festivities and wish Kim and Dario an
abundance of all these qualities in their life together.
Hugs and best wishes,
I knew Kim since I was quite a young boy, seeing her help
my mother Suzanne in their small office, and assisting them
in sending faxes in the night to the U.S. because of the time
change. Kim has always been a kind and happy woman which I
believe she will always be, even in this new adventure with
Dario. All the best to her, her family and the new family
Dario & Kim, who is very sweet
One day met discussing meat
His charm she beguiled
They fell in love Chianti style
Decided to make plans more concrete
So the Panzano butcher of note
And his darling he did dearly devote
They met on the street
For their vows to complete
With music and poems wrote to dote
Family & friends gathered near
Drank wine and Cecchini beer
Despite all the rain
The crowed couldnt constrain
To share the Chianti love and good cheer!
With much affection - Sandra
While I know Kim less than my colleagues, I do know that
she is an effervescent and positive person and applies her
enthusiasm to everything she does. I'm sure she'll bring these
qualities to her marriage with Dario and I'd like to join
the rest of P&F in wishing them a life of happiness.
A Festival Evening in Florence: For an alternative way to
spend time in Florence, the Arteviva Festival is presented
by Italian Princes and Counts, aristocrats, brilliant literati,
gifted artists, famous authors, artisans and wine makers.
Each event begins with Meet Artists and Writers
enjoy a glass of bubbly with world-renowned author
Lisa Clifford, who presents her new book Death in the Mountains.
On Tuesdays, meet Prince Duccio Corsini and on Thursdays,
Count Niccolò Capponi, who present Italy Explained.
Find out what makes Italys culture so unique, fascinating
and fabulous; the bella figura, the Slow Food
Movement and more. The grand finale is the Wine Salon,
a unique way to appreciate and enjoy wine learn how
to taste with the Prince or the Count as they present their
own Tuscan wines.
October dates: Tuesday 5, Friday 8, Tuesday 12, Tuesday 19,
Friday 22, Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 at 5.30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Cost: 10 euro per person if you mention this newsletter. Location:
The festival is held in the Arteviva large salon space on
Via Sassetti 1. For reservations and enquiries contact Arteviva
via email (email@example.com) or telephone (+39 055 264 5033)
or visit Via Sassetti, 1. Website: www.italy.artviva.com
ST. JAMES NEWS
On Sundays at 11:00 am, an exciting, new Children's Sunday
school program has begun. This year, we will be piggy-backing
with the theme of the Adult Forum: Knowing Ourselves and Others
through Story. We will explore our individual stories and
how they connect to our ancestral faith stories, present community
and the world community.
The Thrift Shop will resume its regular schedule, the first
Wednesday of every month. The first Thrift Shop will be held
on Wednesday morning, October 6, opening at 10 AM. You can
find all sorts of marvels - gently used clothing and accessories,
house wares, and more. Satisfy the shopping itch, save some
money, and support a great cause - there's no downside! See
you there! Time: 10 am - 12 noon, Location: St. James undercroft.
On Sunday, October 10, all the various ministries and organizations
of St. James Church are being asked to set up tables on the
Front Portico with information and sign-up sheets for new
members and volunteers. Think about what ministries you are
being called to, and sign up. St. James needs you! And join
everyone after the 11 o'clock Eucharist for a free cookout
with music, dancing, and fun. Time: 10:00 AM and after the
11:00 AM Eucharist. Location: St. James portico.
Robert Reed is offering new watercolor classes. Local artist
Robert Reed is offering his watercolor classes on Tuesday
and Friday mornings from 9:30-12:23 am., and on Wednesday
and Friday afternoons from 2:30-5:30 pm. For more information,
contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. 349 679 0358. This
is a wonderful opportunity for those who already love to paint,
or have always wanted to learn! Location: St. James, upstairs
"Coffee & Chaos" The Methodist Church (Chiesa
Evangelica Metodista) is hosting an informal, nonprofit, multi-lingual
playgroup (primarily English and Italian) for children 0-3
years old and their attenders (parents, grandparents, caregivers).
Usually a session will include an informal craft activity,
story, and songs, along with time to play with your child
or encourage them to play independently. Drop in anytime on
Thursdays between 10 AM - 12 noon. Everyone is welcome, no
need to make a reservation. There is a €1 charge per
family to cover coffee, drinks, snacks (fruit, cookies) and
other materials. The Methodist Church is located at Via de'
Benci 9, Florence. Tel 055-288143. www.firenzeplaygroup.blogspot.com
Christmas Gala - December 3 - Save the Date! Plans are underway
for our famous Christmas Gala. Reserve the date and tell all
your family and friends. Once again Erica O'Keefe will chair
this festive fund-raiser and holiday extravaganza. Be on the
lookout for more news. St James Church, via B. Rucellai 9,
Phone/fax: 055 29 44 17 Email: email@example.com. www.stjames.it.
FLORENCE OCTOBER HISTORY:
October has always been a busy month in Florence, to say the
least. On Oct. 14th, 1579 a host of Venetians traveled to
Florence to attend the wedding of Grand Duke Francesco to
Bianca Capello. It was October 19th in 1587 that both the
Grand Duke and Bianca Capello died in the villa of Poggio
On Oct. 19th, 1608, Cosimo, heir of the previous Grand Duke,
married Maria Maddalena dAustria, daughter of the Archduke
of Austria. The same month, statues representing the Four
Seasons were put in place on the Ponte Santa Trinità
(the works of Pietro Francavilla, Giovanni Caccini and Taddeo
On Oct. 22 1717, Anna Maria, daughter of Cosimo III, returned
to Florence following the death of her Austrian husband. On
the 31st of October, 1723, Cosimo III died and was succeeded
by Giangastone, the last Grand Duke. Although he died on July
9, it wasnt until October 9, 1737 that the official
funeral in the memory of Giangastone Medici was held. And
on October 31 of the same year, an agreement passed the leadership
of Tuscany from Anna Maria to Francesco Stefano di Lorena.
More recently, October 28, 1940 marks a meeting between Hitler
and Mussolini in Florence.
FOOTBAAAALLL!! by Simon Clark and Anne Brooks
Forza Viola!.......... The usual weird start to the season.
Roma, everyones tip for the Scudetto this year, are
floundering; Juve are all over the place; Milan have had the
jitters and Inter have been beaten once already; newly-promoted
teams are rattling all-comers. Fiorentina have so far managed
5 points; we sit 15th - only 4 points off the target Champions
League position. Its no crisis yet. We finished
last season with the depression of two draws and five defeats
the blues of this season are part of a longer curve.
We believe the Viola will re-discover the spark that Sinisa
feels they need; the trend of two defeats, a draw and a win
suggest thus might be so? But why so few spectators at the
Parma game? Maybe the upward curve will be propelled by the
presence in the Stadio of Cesare Prandelli and Firenzes
mayor, Signor Renzi, the man who makes olive oil look dull.
Week 2: Lecce-Fiorentina LOST 1-0
Week 3: Fiorentina-Lazio LOST 1-2
Week 4: Genoa-Fiorentina DREW 1-1
Week 5: Fiorentina-Parma WON 2-0
Serie A. The week 2 trip to Lecce should have been a walkover
but their red-and-yellow-striped shirts are hard on the eye
especially on linesmens eyes as the Viola had
one goal and one Gila-on-keeper chance denied for offsides
that werent. We cocked up horrendously in defence in
three minutes and that was that as some Lecce stroller tucked
it away. It was a game that never caught fire between two
sides that couldnt capture their best. We have to question
whether the Italian football system and, thus, the
Fiorentina system is fully up to the modern mark in
getting ready for a new season. A 1-0 defeat was definitely
a tail between the legs event; the Viola have
not leapt from the starting gate and are making a habit of
Week 3 saw the ever-dangerous Lazio visit the Stadio and mug
us for the points. Fiorentina are coping well with a lengthening
list of absentees and we started brightly. Cerci was obstructed
in the Lazio penalty area; for once the referee sided with
us and Ljajic slotted home his opening Serie A goal from the
spot. It looked a good start as we were holding territorial
possession and monopolising corners......but football is,
as we all know, about goals and they went the other way. Just
over the half-hour and Frey was left helpless from a deflection.
We continued to run the show but setting aside a goal
disallowed for a very tight offside decision the Fates
were still looking for an upset and on 67 minutes we saw a
Lazio breakaway and although Frey saved, Lazio were faster
to the rebound (though one might query the whereabouts of
our defenders) and that was it a 1-2 defeat at home.
Its no consolation that Lazio are in early form and
joint league-leaders with Inter at the end of the month.
Off to Genoa, one of our rivals for the prize of usurping
the Inter-Milan-Juve-Roma monopoly on whatevers going.
In fact, Genoa have sought to make themselves the main rival
recently elbowing us aside in pursuit of Crespo
and they field former Viola stalwarts Toni and Dainelli .
This is the game we expected to draw so a 1-1 result is not
to be sniffed at. Even better, we saw Gila breaking his drought
and putting us into the lead with a real poachers goal.
True, Frey spent much of the rest of the game showing why
he is our first-choice keeper but we werent beaten and
it was Cerci who nearly won it for us as his shot curved against
the post. Other results continue to favour us! We have every
reason to feel positive.......
.....And the home game against Parma rewards our faith
though not everyones faith as the crowd was sparse for
the Ducali game. Truth to tell, it wasnt a nail-biter.
We were generally on top but reached half-time with no goals.
After the break, Gilardino was dragged down in the penalty
area and young Ljajic took his second successful penalty
slotting it straight down the middle with remarkable confidence.
Frey was his usual secure self when any danger threatened
but Fiorentina were clearly the better team. On 76 minutes,
Di Silvestre scored a second it benefited from a deflection
but that takes nothing away from the score; thats his
second Serie A goal for us and he is looking like a smart
signing. And Montolivo should have made it three at the death
well excuse him on grounds of pain-killing injections
to enable him to play at all. How appropriate that the referee
should have been Signor Romeo!
October will be an intriguing month. Palermo at home should
be manageable since they sit equal with us. Similarly, Sampdoria
away might be tough but they, too, are struggling. Then we
take on Bari at home and Catania away; both southern teams
have started well but they really are not in our class when
we believe! In between, we begin our cup campaign against
Empoli; we must win that or be banished from Tuscany
for ever.....................Ale Viola!
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE: These are the October fixtures.
Week 6: 03 Oct/home Fiorentina-Palermo
Week 7: 17 Oct/away Sampdoria-Fiorentina
Week 8: 24 Oct/home Fiorentina-Bari
Coppa Italia: 27 Oct/home Fiorentina-Empoli
Week 9: 31 Oct/away Catania-Fiorentina
BUYING TICKETS - Ticket information seating plan, prices,
ticket outlets is on the biglietteria section
of the clubs website [www.it.violachannel.tv ]. Tickets
can be purchased at official box offices and holders of TicketOne
lottery franchises. Sources include:
CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between P.za Repubblica/Odeon
cinema). Tel 055 292363.
BAR MARISA, viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1 (near S. Ambrogio),
open M-F 9:30 to 7:00 pm, and Sat. 9:30 to 2:00 pm. Tel 055
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de Cerretani 39/32R
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Pasta con Sugo di Pomodoro - Serves 4 to 6.
As we have now say good-bye to summer-ripe tomatoes, we
turn to our great quality canned tomatoes for the flavours
we miss. This is one of the quickest ways possible, to get
food on the table for hungry kids (or adults).
450 gms. pasta (approximately)
one half onion, coarsely chopped
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 can Italian peeled tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
- Over medium heat, sauté onion in olive oil for 2
to 3 minutes until translucent. Add tomatoes and salt. Bring
to a boil and simmer uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes, using
a wooden spoon to break up the tomatoes.
- In the meantime, start a large pot of water heating. When
water comes to a boil, add a small handful of salt and cook
pasta for the suggested time (or until done to your liking).
Drain pasta, mix with the sauce and serve immediately. Grate
fresh Parmesan cheese over pasta at the table.
- If you like, add any of the following to make variations
on your simple sauce: fresh herbs (shredded basil or oregano),
chopped garlic, crushed chili peppers or chopped and sautéed
pancetta or vegetables.
- Suzanne cuts a ball of fresh mozzarella into small chunks,
and puts them in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up before
tossing into the hot pasta.
- Try adding 4 anchovy fillets, a pinch of peperoncino, a
spoonful of capers, two tbs. of black olives to the basic
recipe, and the sauce is called puttanesca.
- For a Salsa Rosa, at the end of the cooking time, add 100
g. of cream (and 1/2 of a bunch of fresh chopped basil leaves
or arugula if you like).
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ACCADEMIA DEI GEORGOFILI NEWS
From Tues. 12 to Mon. 18 the Logge Uffizi Corti is hosting
a painting exhibit called Il Paesaggio Toscano Visto
da un Pittore Inglese. Brian Johnson is an accomplished
artist who specializes in landscapes. He has lived in the
Maremma for many years, and had exhibitions in England and
Italy. Logge Uffizi Corti. Free entry. Hours: 3:00 pm to 6:00
Suzanne recently went to a good restaurant called Donnabenci
(Via dei Benci, 34r. tel. 055 241927, 3348479058). She recounts:
This new locale has been open for three months. There are
a few places outside on the foot path, the traffic and buses
can be a little bit daunting, but the service was pleasant
and the menu quite exciting. Prices are about average for
a sophisticated place. I personally ate 2 starters rather
than a main course. The house wine was excellent. You will
spend approx. 35/40 euro.
GELATO: AN OCCASIONAL BUT ETERNAL PROMENADE by Simon Clark
and Anne Brooks
The promenade is eternal but not constant. By early autumn
even gelaterie are looking forward to a break. October is
still warm enough to wander out and visit an outlet not tasted
before. Here are three on the circumference of the old city
that will not disappoint each close to other attractions:
RE DE GELATO (viale Filippo Strozzi 8r). Opposite the Fortezza,
a relatively new enterprise but already with a solid reputation.
Open every day bar Mondays, from noon to 20.00 (later in summer),
a piece of Sicily in the city; not only do we have ice cream
but Sicilian cannoli and other delicacies. For the gelato,
drool over those citrus flavours and dream of the south! More
recent visits highlight the feta & pear and a combination
of canella & the orange/lemon agrumi. If you walk fast,
you can make it to a seat in Piazza Indipendenza before the
VENETA (Piazza Beccaria 7r). We cant understand why
we havent cited Veneta before now. Superb little café
outlet with a very friendly atmosphere and some terrific ices.
Youll find it west of Santa Croce at the Piazza on the
ring road, by the terminus for the ecological buses. Its
closed on Tuesdays; otherwise, summer hours are 08.00-midnight,
winter 08.00-20.00. (Amazing cake shop next door.)
LA CARRAIA (Piazza Nazario Sauro 25r). At Ponte alla Carraia
on the Oltrarno side of the bridge. Clean, efficient and well-organised.
Rich, creamy flavours; pear & ricotta, crème caramel,
coffee and dark chocolate all exciting. Also at La Carraia2
at 24/R Via Benci, a branch with highly engaging service along
with a nicely crunchy biscotti and a crema alarancia
with an exquisite undertaste. See www.lacarraiagroup.eu Open
daily 10.00-23.00. Catch it going to or from Santo Spirito!
|FESTIVAL OF SANTA REPARATA
Friday. 8 watch for a solemn procession through town. In one
of Florences most ancient traditions, this celebration
harks back to a historical victory of the Florentines over the
Goths in 406 AD. Each year, Florence for a moment, remembers
its Roman/early Christian past. Starting out just after 5:00
pm from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, a parade of historical
figures will carry special candle offerings to the Cathedral
of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) in honor of Santa Reparata.
A ceremony and mass will take place inside the cathedral a little
before 6:00 pm...
FIERA DI SANTO SPIRITO
Sun. 10, from morning to early evening, visit a neighborhood
fair in Piazza Santo Spirito and find foods, gifts, hand-crafted
goods of all kinds. Celebrate life with the locals.
CONCERT SERIES - ACCADEMIA BARTOLOMEO CRISTOFORI (Amici del
Dont miss the chance to enjoy a concert at the Accademia
Bartolomeo Cristofori. In the Oltrarno neighborhood you will
find a lovely, small theatre presenting a series of concerts
highlighting the fortepiano, and featuring a display of these
historical instruments. The fortepiano is an early version
of the piano, invented by Italian instrument maker Bartolomeo
Cristofori around 1700. It has leather-covered hammers, harpsichord-like
strings and a much lighter case construction than the modern
piano. The range of the fortepiano was about four octaves
at the time of its invention and gradually increased. Mozart
(1756-1791) wrote his piano music for instruments of about
five octaves. The piano works of Beethoven (1770-1827) reflect
a gradually expanding range; his last compositions are for
an instrument of about six octaves. (The range of most modern
pianos, attained in the 19th century, is 7 1/3 octaves.)
Like the modern piano, the fortepiano can vary the sound volume
of each note, depending on the player's touch. The tone of
the fortepiano is quite different from that of the modern
piano; softer, with less sustain. The first reliable record
of a fortepiano appears in the inventory of the Medici family
(who were Cristofori's patrons) dated 1700. Cristofori continued
to develop the instrument until the 1720's, the time from
which the surviving three Cristofori instruments date. Cristofori's
instrument spread at first quite slowly, probably because,
being more elaborate and harder to build than a harpsichord,
it was very expensive. For a time, the fortepiano was the
instrument of royalty, with Cristofori instruments played
in the courts of Portugal and Spain. Several were owned by
Queen Maria Barbara of Spain, who was the pupil of the composer
Domenico Scarlatti. One of the first private individuals to
own a fortepiano was the castrato Farinelli, who inherited
one from Maria Barbara on her death. (Wikipedia). ACCADEMIA
BARTOLOMEO CRISTOFORI, via di Camaldoli 7/R, tel. 055 22.16.46.
Ticket: 10.00 euro. www.accademiacristofori.it.
Tues. 12: RICCARDO RISALITI in a special piano concert. 9:00
Wed. 20: THOMAS ALBERTUS IRNBERGER violin, ATTILIA KYOKO CERNITORI
cello, JIN JU fortepiano Pleyel 1849. Music by Schumann and
Chopin. 9:00 pm.
Tues. 26: FRANCESCO GIORGETTI fortepiano Pleyel 1849, FRANCESCO
GABELLIERI cello. Music by Hummel and Chopin. 9:00 pm.
FORTEZZA ANTIQUARIA Monthly Antiques Fair
Sat. 16 and Sun. 17 the gardens surrounding the Fortezza da
Basso bloom with kiosks selling every sort of antique including
furniture, kitchen tools, books, etc.
Sun. 17, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, stroll amongst the kiosks
in Piazza Santo Spirito and find handmade goods, from jams,
to shawls, to beads and bobbles. This is one more way that
Florence celebrates its organic food producers, sustainable
agriculture and artisan crafts.
FRANCE ODEON French Film Festival
From Thurs. 21 to Sun. 24, the Odeon theatre hosts France
Odeon, the most important French film festival in Italy. The
festival proposes the best of contemporary French cinema,
starting with the art house films and including all the other
genres: comedy, detective, animation and horror. The successful
formula of the first edition in 2009, shone with the presence
of illustrious guests such as Charles Aznavour, Claude Miller,
Martin Provost, Anne Novion, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Ana?s
Demoustier, Judith Henry and Caterina Murino. These guests
brought the films to life by dialoguing with the public. Scheduled
to run a whole day longer than last year, 2010s festival
promises an even richer array of films, guests and surprises.
Please visit www.franceodeon.com for updates and info. Film
schedule not available at press time.
BOOK STING NOW
On Mon. 25
take Sting, take the Royal Philharmonic Concert
Orchestra, rearrange some of Stings best-known melodies
into symphonic works
and you have quite an event. Stings
greatest hits will be reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations
arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand,
Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert
Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. Selections, created especially
for this tour, will include fan-favorites such as Roxanne,
Next To You, Every Little Thing She Does
Is Magic and Every Breath You Take, and
notable songs from Stings enduring solo career
Englishman in New York, Fragile, Russians,
Fields of Gold, and Desert Rose. For
further info see ONSTAGE SELECTION below, and www.sting.com
EXHIBITS AROUND FLORENCE
THE LARGE BRONZES OF THE BAPTISTERY - LEONARDO AND RUSTICI
Until January 10 the Bargello National Museum hosts the first
exhibition ever dedicated to Giovanfrancesco Rustici. Born
in Florence in 1475, the sculptor trained in the celebrated
Garden of San Marco under the protection of Lorenzo the Magnificent,
and was the heir of Andrea del Verrocchio and Benedetto da
Maiano. Close to Leonardo, whose student and assistant he
was, Giovanfrancesco was also friend of Andrea del Sarto,
Jacopo Sansovino, Domenico Puligo and Baccio Bandinelli, and
preceded Rosso Fiorentino and Benvenuto Cellini in accepting
the invitation of Francis I - king of France tied to the birth
of the so-called Fontainebleau School - in 1528 moving to
France, where he died in 1554.
The focal point of the exhibition is Rustici's masterpiece,
the Sermon of Saint John the Baptist. This group sculpture
of three grandiose bronze figures, designed and executed with
the participation of Leonardo da Vinci, was placed over the
North Door of the Baptistery of Florence in 1511. The challenging
restoration it was subjected to has restored the splendor
of material and conception: an undertaking supported by the
Opera del Duomo di Firenze and the generous contribution of
the "Friends of Florence". The presence in the show
of the monumental group sculpture constitutes an unmissable
twofold opportunity: on one hand, to show Leonardo's contribution
in its creation through the comparison with Leonardesque autographic
works and, on the other hand, to reconstruct for the first
time Rustici's artistic personality, which the latest studies
have shed light on.
The show will indeed present a practically complete review
of his works (glazed ware, marbles, terracottas, paintings
and other bronze sculptures of middle to small dimensions)
which testify to his great technical versatility and the features
of his style. Alongside Rustici's works from the Bargello
- such as the monumental Della Robbian Noli Me Tangere altarpiece
or the Struggle of Horses and Horsemen in terracotta, inspired
by Leonardo's Battle of Anghiari - the exhibition will be
completed by the most significant pieces attributed to his
hand, and today divided among the major museums in Europe
and the United States. Bargello National Museum. Hours: Monday
to Sunday, 8:15 5:.00 pm. Closed 2nd, 4th Monday of
each month, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday of each month, New Years
Day, May 1st and Christmas Day. Ticket: euro 4.00
BRONZINO. ARTIST AND POET AT THE COURT OF THE MEDICI
Until January 23 Palazzo Strozzi presents one of the greatest
painters of the sixteenth century, Agnolo di Cosimo, known
as Bronzino (1503-1572). Bronzino embodied the fullness of
the modern manner in the years of the government
of Cosimo I de Medici. Florence is clearly the preferential
location for a monographic exhibition on Bronzino, since the
majority of his paintings are still conserved here, above
all in the Uffizi, but also in other city museums and in the
churches. This exhibition, the first devoted to Agnolos
pictorial work, will also avail of loans from the most important
museums all over the world.
The exhibition comprises a selection of works of the very
highest level: autograph works by Bronzino and other artists
connected with him such as Pontormo and Alessandro
Allori. The idea is, through direct comparisons made possible
for the first time, to enable a broad public to admire and
comprehend the unrivalled poetic heights achieved by the artist.
Finally, it will be possible to study and compare several
works, most of them attributed with certainty to Bronzino,
displayed to the public for the first time. The exhibition
will be divided into chapters devoted to crucial phases, episodes
or genres in Bronzinos work. The show will present a
wide variety of Bronzinos masterpieces, some of them
displayed together for the first time, in addition to a selection
of drawings originating from the greatest museums in the world.
Alongside the works conserved in the Uffizi, will be Venus,
Cupid and Jealousy from the Szépmuvészeti Múzeum
in Budapest, the Portrait of Young Man with a Book from the
Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Holy Family and Saint
John, in the version of the Louvre (Paris) and of the Kunsthistorisches
Museum of Vienna. Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi. Hours:
daily 9 am-8 pm, Thursday 9 am-11 pm. Info: 055 2645155
VINUM NOSTRUM - Art, science and myths of wine in ancient
Until May 14 the Museo degli Argenti hosts Vinum Nostrum.
From Mesopotamia to our tables, from the rite of communion
to avoidable drunkenness, from distasteful habit to the gate
of spirituality, wines and vines are the protagonists of this
exhibit. Original showpieces, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics,
accompanied by multimedia and video installations tell the
millenarian history of the grapevine and of wine, and the
important influence they exerted on ancient cultures. Following
a chronological development, the exhibition illustrates the
origin of wine-growing in the Near East, its full affirmation
along with its related symbolic, religious and cultural significance
in the Hellenic world, up to the wine production and large-scale
diffusion practiced by the Romans.
By virtue of the abundant archaeological remains of the Vesuvian
cities, the particular case of Pompeiis vineyards is
illustrated, while the exhibition devotes another section
to the contribution of the Phoenicians and the Etruscans,
who played an essential role in spreading vitis vinifera throughout
the Mediterranean. While inviting visitors to reflect on the
evolution of cultivation techniques (reproduction and genetic
improvement, plowing the land, tending the vineyard, theoretical
principles and practical instructions for pruning and grafting),
specially selected exhibits also illustrate the religious
and cultural values of the grapevine, expressed through a
series of depictions regarding the divinities, rituals and
festivities of wine. Sculptures and painted vases illustrate
the cult of Dionysus. Elegant table-services clarify how the
consumption of wine represented one of the most important
moments of conviviality among patricians. A cella vinaria
where wine was stored, reconstructed based on finds uncovered
at Pompeii and on the precise descriptions contained in Latin
literature, enable the visitor to delve into the reality of
the past, through tools for the vineyard, wine amphorae and
wooden barrels, baskets for harvesting, carts and more.
The exhibition itinerary aims not only at scientifically documenting
the entire cycle of wine, from harvest to consumption, but
also by stimulating the visitors senses of taste, smell
and sight. Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti. Hours: 8:15
am to 6:50 pm. Ticket: € 10.00. Closed on the 1st and
the last Monday of each month. Info: Tel. 055294883
PARIS IS WELL WORTH A MASS! - THE MEDICI TRIBUTE
TO HENRY IV, KING OF FRANCE
Until November 2, the Museum of the Medici Chapels links the
Medici with Henry IV. Four hundred years after his assassination
on May 14, 1610 in Paris, Florence celebrates the King of
France and Navarre with a major exhibition. The fulcrum of
the exhibition consists of 19 monochrome canvases that Cosimo
II de' Medici commissioned to Florentine academic painters
to celebrate a funeral service for Henry IV with great pomp
on September 16, 1610 in the Basilica of San Lorenzo.
Having recently succeeded his father Ferdinando I to the throne,
the new Grand Duke had an important funeral held in effigy
for the "most Christian King". This decision was
part of the consolidated practice that, as of the sixteenth
century, saw the Medici family, rulers of Florence, show their
political influence in Europe with dramatic productions tied
to the family events of the principal dynasties: births, weddings
and deaths. The paintings were arranged along the walls of
the church, entirely decked in mourning, with elements evoking
the King's triumphs and virtues, so as to perpetuate his glory
beyond death. Executed by an until-then little-known group
of painters and artists, the paintings had subjects dictated
by historians and men of letters, and dealt with episodes
in which the Medici had played an important role.
A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Medici and the
family politics which saw Maria, granddaughter of Ferdinando
I, marry Henry IV in 1600 and, following the assassination
of the King, assume the regency of France for the dauphin.
With the magnificence of the funeral ceremony celebrated in
Florence, the Medici court emphasized the legitimacy of that
regency and of the succession to the throne of Louis XIII.
In addition to the paintings, the show will also present books,
engravings and drawings for the celebration, the Medici family
tree, medals of the principal figures tied to the episode,
wedding documents, precious portraits of the King and Queen
in painting and sculpture, and a magnificent drawing by Pieter
Paul Rubens with Maria de' Medici Landing at Marseilles, executed
as a model for the cycle in the Luxembourg Palace, which Maria
commissioned the painter between 1622 and 1624.
Medici Chapel. Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini 6. Tel.
055 2388602. Hours: 8:15 am 1:50 pm. Closed on the
second and fourth Sunday of the month; the first, third and
fifth Monday of every month. Ticket: € 6,00.
UNA GLORIA EUROPEA PIETRO DA CORTONA
Until Oct. 11 the Casa Buonarroti museum hosts a show of works
by Pietro da Cortona covering the decade 1637 to 1647. Pietro
da Cortona was one of the foremost artists of the Baroque
period in Rome but also in Florence. He worked in Florence
for long periods on several occasions between 1637 and 1647,
leaving his mark mainly as a fresco painter in the famous
rooms of Palazzo Pitti. A key figure for Pietro da Cortona
during his stays in Florence was Michelangelo the Younger,
the owner of Casa Buonarroti, where the artist lived and where
he left as a sign of gratitude to his generous friend and
host, numerous examples of his art, the starting point for
The event is particularly important given its unusual, innovative
layout, which helps to understand the artists role in
Florence. The exhibition displays a selection of paintings
and drawings from Italian and foreign museums, illustrating
the decade in which Florence embraced the Baroque and began
to follow the new directions indicated by Rome and destined
to spread throughout Europe. Casa Buonarroti, via Ghibellina
70. Tickets: € 6,50. Hours: 9.30 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed
on Tuesdays and on August 15th. Tel. 055 241752. www.casabuonarroti.it
THE VIRTUES OF LOVE - NUPTIAL PAINTING IN XV CENTURY FLORENCE
Until Nov. 1 the Accademia Gallery is hosting an unusual show
of furnishings and paintings of subjects focusing on marriage
in the 1400s. An entire array of objects, from wooden
storage chests, to wall panels to headboards were often decorated
with scenes meant to give advice to newlyweds on how to adopt
an exemplary form of personal conduct. These nuptial
paintings served the fundamental function of conveying
messages of warning and encouragement to a couple, helping
us today to better understand a mainstay of fifteenth-century
Florentine culture: the role of the family and those of the
husband and wife.
Drawing on classical mythology, the Bible, historical episodes
and contemporary literature, many facets of love are depicted,
along with the ensuing duties: from love triumphant over adverse
circumstances (The Marriage of Thetis and Peleus), to the
virtues of obedience and abnegation that a woman must pursue
(The Legend of Griselda from Boccaccio's Decameron), to the
courage of the heroines Lucretia and Virginia, who choose
death as source of redemption.
An entire section illustrates the harmful consequences of
love as sexual beguilement capable of totally subduing a man's
will. We must not forget however, that marriage meant first
and foremost to give life to new progeny and perpetuate the
family. To this end, the last section of the exhibition is
dedicated to family pride in stories that recount the foundation
of famous families like those of Aeneas and David or that
following the texts of Petrarch, celebrate the Triumphs of
Fame, Time and Eternity. The exhibit features works by Botticelli
(Story of Virginia Romana, Bergamo, Accademia Carrara), Filippino
Lippi (Story of Lucretia, Florence, Galleria Palatina), and
Pesellino (Stories of Susanna, Avignon, Musée du Petit
Palais), opening an extraordinary view onto the Florentine
workshops that made the objects, and that enjoyed their greatest
fortune precisely in the fifteenth century. The exhibition
has been organized in collaboration with the Museo Horne of
Florence. Galleria dellAccademia, Via Ricasoli 58. Hours:
Tues. to Sun 8:15 to 6:50 pm. Until Sept. 30, free
entry on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. And up to
Sept. 28 the exhibit will be open Tuesday evenings from 7:00
to 9:00 pm (entry ticket required).
CARAVAGGIO AND CARAVAGGESQUES IN FLORENCE
Until October 10, three of Florences most important
museums (the Pitti Palatine Gallery, the Uffizi and Villa
Bardini) unite forces to offer a fascinating overview of the
works and influence of one of Italys greatest masters
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
Born in 1573 in the town of Caravaggio, this artists
life is as turbulent as his personality. We know he had numerous
run-ins with the law and was arrested on several occasions.
For example, in 1606 a bet over a game of tennis led to an
argument, at which point Caravaggio drew his sword and killed
his opponent. We also know that Caravaggio's artistic influence
was widespread: outside Italy he inspired painters as diverse
as Georges de La Tour and members of the Utrecht School, e.g.
Gerrit van Honthorst artists who in turn later influenced
Rembrandt. Caravaggio was particularly celebrated for his
use of chiaroscuro, a technique using light and dark to achieve
a 3-D effect.
While many aspects of this artists life remain a mystery,
what we do know is that splendid paintings by Caravaggio -
the Bacchus and the Medusa - reached the Uffizi towards the
end of the XVI century. Others (two or three) were purchased
by the Grand Dukes who proved to be early and staunch admirers
- especially Cosimo II - of the controversial painter and
of his followers. The presence of important artists in Florence
such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Battistello Caracciolo and
Theodoor Rombouts, and direct dealings with artists like Gerrit
Honthorst, Bartolomeo Manfredi and Jusepe Ribera gave rise
to an intense Caravaggesque "season" which left
an extraordinary number of paintings in Florence itself.
Gerrit Honthorst (who painted the Adoration of the Shepherds,
today in the Uffizi Gallery, though heavily damaged by the
Via dei Georgofili bombing of 1993) was the protagonist of
one of the most important episodes of the fortune of Caravaggesque
painting outside of Rome; the unfinished decoration of the
Guicciardini Chapel in the church of Santa Felicita. Honthorst
was commissioned to execute the work with Cecco del Caravaggio
and Spadarino. This exhibition presents a landmark virtual
reconstruction of the work. In addition, on this the IV centennial
of Caravaggio's death, the show will include more than one
hundred paintings, both famous and less famous, in the light
of research, with new attributions that have modified our
view of this outstanding master. Galleria Palatina at the
Pitti Palace, the Uffizi, Villa Bardini. Hours: the usual
hours of each venue. Ticket: a cumulative ticket for the three
venues will cost euro 25.00. For info and reservations: tel.
055 294883. www.unannoadarte.it.
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS
Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2. Phone: 055 214 068. www.cinehall.it
Monday 4 - INCEPTION by Christopher Nolan. 6.15- 9.00 pm
Tuesday 5 - INCEPTION 6.15- 9.00 pm
Thursday 7 LEAVES OF GRASS by Tim Blake Nelson. 4.00-
6.00 8.20 - 10.30 pm
Monday 11 - at the cinema ASTRA 2 (Piazza Beccaria)
EAT PRAY LOVE by Ryan Murphy. 3.00 5.30 8.00
Tuesday 12 - at the cinema ASTRA 2 (Piazza Beccaria)
EAT PRAY LOVE 3.00 5.30 8.00 10.30 pm
Tuesday 12 TIM ROBBINS IN CONCERT (See ONSTAGE below).
Thursday 14 - THE TOWN (with Italian subtitles) by Ben Affleck.
3.00 5.30 8.00 p.m.
Thursday 14 - BURIED (with Italian subtitles) by Rodrigo Cortés.
PREVIEW. 10.30 p.m.
Friday 15 - BURIED (with Italian subtitles) 6.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 - BURIED (with Italian subtitles) 8.30
Sunday 17 - BURIED (with Italian subtitles) 4.30 6.30
8.30 10.30 p.m.
Monday 18 - BURIED (with Italian subtitles) 6.30 8.30
Monday 18 - at the cinema ASTRA 2 (Piazza Beccaria) THE CITY
OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION by James Ivory. 3.45 - 6.00 - 8.15
- 10.30 pm
Tuesday 19, BURIED (with Italian subtitles) 4.30 6.30
8.30 10.30 p.m.
Wednesday 20 BURIED (with Italian subtitles) 4.30 6.30
8.30 10.30 p.m.
From October 21 the English Original Sound program continues
at Astra 2 Cinema (Piazza Beccaria) while Odeon hosts the
50 Days of International Cinema in Florence. (See ODEON FRANCE
Monday 25 - SOMEWHERE (with Italian subtitles) by Sofia Coppola.
4.30 6.30 8.30 10.30 p.m.
Tuesday 26 - SOMEWHERE (with Italian subtitles) 4.30
6.30 8.30 10.30 p.m.
Inception shows us a world where technology exists to enter
the human mind through dream invasion, and a highly skilled
thief is given a chance at redemption that involves executing
his toughest job to date.
In Leaves of Grass an Ivy League professor is lured back to
his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time
pot grower, has concocted a scheme to take down a local drug
Eat Pray Love: based on the memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, follow
Julia Roberts on a round-the-world journey of self-discovery.
The Town is the tale of four men -- thieves, rivals and friends
-- being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious
FBI agent and a woman who might destroy them all. The book
won the 2005 Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing.
In Buried, Paul Conroy wakes up 6 feet underground with no
idea of who put him there or why. Buried with only a cell
phone and a lighter, his contact with the outside world and
ability to piece together clues that could help him discover
his location are maddeningly limited. Poor reception, a rapidly
draining battery, and a dwindling oxygen supply become his
worst enemies in a race against time- fighting panic, despair
In The City of Your Final Destination, a 28-year-old Kansas
University doctoral student has won a grant to write the biography
of Latin American writer Jules Gund. He must get through to
three people who were close to Gund - his brother, widow,
and younger mistress for authorization to write the
Somewhere will come out in the States in December. The film
gives us a look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco (played
by Stephen Dorff). Johnny is living at the legendary Chateau
Marmont hotel in Hollywood. He has a Ferrari to drive around
in, and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with.
Comfortably numbed, Johnny drifts along. Then, 11-year-old
daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) from his failed marriage arrives
unexpectedly at the Chateau. Their encounters encourage Johnny
to face up to where he is in life and confront the question
that we all must: which path in life will you take? Frankly,
when he finally gets there, you might be ready to go home.
LECTURES IN ENGLISH
The British Institute Weekly Cultural Programme. Every Wednesday
(usually) at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institutes
Harold Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other
event, followed by an informal drinks reception. British Institute
Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.
Wednesday 6 - Victor Lodato - Inventing the world: the power
and appeal of young narrators in contemporary fiction. For
both reader and writer, young narrators offer the possibility
of dismantling the world as we know it, and building it anew.
Often recklessly unreliable, morally complex, and emotionally
charged, such voices can accommodate huge passions and riotous
imaginations. Novelist and playwright Victor Lodato, recent
winner of the prestigious PEN USA prize, will discuss the
pleasures of child and adolescent-driven fiction and will
read from his recently published novel, Mathilda Savitch.
Wednesday 13 Concert - Eclectic genius of early-twentieth-century
British music. This concert is a commemoration in music of
two British composers who died fifty years ago: Arthur Benjamin
and Cecil Armstrong Gibbs. The programme features Benjamin's
arresting Viola Sonata and includes songs by both anniversary
composers as well as two others of the same generation: Francis
Toye (who was Director of the British Institute of Florence
1939-1958 and died in Florence on 13 October 1964) and Frank
Bridge. Performed by Giusi Del Nord (soprano), Salvatore Randazzo
(viola) and James Gray (pianoforte).
Wednesday 20 - James Bradburne - Bronzino: the making of a
once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. This talk looks at the behind-the-scenes
organisation of a major art exhibition, and the ups and downs
of creating the first monographic exhibition of the Italian
Mannerist painter Agnolo di Cosimo, known as Bronzino (1503-1572).
It will also explore the ways in which the exhibition serves
as a platform for reaching out to new audiences in new ways,
linking the city's cultural institutions to make Florence
the city of Bronzino' from September 2010 to January
2011. James Bradburne is Director of the Fondazione Palazzo
Wednesday 27 - Cristina Acidini - Caravaggio and the Caravaggeschi.
It is not certain that Caravaggio ever visited Florence, though
in Rome he certainly frequented Palazzo Firenze, and his two
splendid paintings of Bacchus and Medusa are known to have
reached the Uffizi before the end of the 16th century. Moreover,
he had many followers in Florence. To mark the 400th anniversary
of this great and disquieting painter's death, a major exhibition
is currently showing in Florence (extended until the end of
December), divided between the Uffizi and the Palatine Gallery
in Palazzo Pitti. The distinguished art historian Cristina
Acidini is Superintendent for the Historic, Artistic and Ethnoanthropological
Patrimony of the city of Florence, and head of the Polo Museale.
Theatre info: Teatro Comunale, Via Solferino 15. Tel. 055
27791. Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel.
055 2479651. Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina 99, tel. 055 212320.
Teatro Saschall, Lungarno Moro 3, tel. 055 6504112. Teatro
Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15. Tel. 055 229651. Teatro Romano,
Fiesole, Tel. 055/59187. Mandela Forum, Viale Paoli 3, tel.
055 678841. Stazione Leopolda. Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5.
St. Marks Church. Via Maggio 16. Tel. 055 294764. Church
of Orsanmichele, Via dei Calzaiuoli. Tel. 055-210305. Teatro
Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, Tel 055 362067. Chiesa S. Stefano
al Ponte Vecchio, piazza S. Stefano 5. Viper Theatre, Via
Lombardia 1.055/318056, www.viperclub.eu. Auditorium FLOG,
Via M. Mercati, 24/b, 055/210804, www.flog.it Sala Vanni,
Piazza del Carmine 14. Teatro Everest, Via Volterrana 4/b,
tel. 055. 23 21 754. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.teatroeverest.it.
Teatro Politeama Pratese, Via G. Garibaldi, 33 Prato.
Tel: 0574/603758, www.politeamapratese.com. Purchase tickets
for theatre, concerts and other events at the following ticket
agencies: BOX OFFICE: Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1 (near S.
Ambrogio ), open M-F 9:30 to 7:00 pm, and Sat. 9:30 to 2:00
pm.. ARGONAUTA VIAGGI, Lungarno Torrigiani 33/B, Tel.055/2342777.
Many tickets can be pre-purchased via www.ticketone.it, www.boxol.it.
SALOME - an opera in one act. Conducted by Ralf Weikert. Music:
Richard Strauss. From the moment Narraboth gazes from a terrace
in Herod's palace at the beautiful Princess Salome; he is
in love with her. When she hears Jochanaan cursing her mother
(Herodias), Salome's curiosity is piqued and she teasingly
works on Narraboth to bring Jochanaan before her. Despite
the orders he has received from Herod, Narraboth finally gives
in after she promises to smile at him. Upon seeing Jochanaan,
Salome is filled with an overwhelming desire for him. She
finally begs for a kiss from Jochanaan's lips, and Narraboth,
who cannot bear to hear this, kills himself. Herod enters,
followed by his wife and court. He slips in Narraboth's blood
and starts hallucinating. Herod asks for Salome to eat with
him, drink with him; indolently, she twice refuses, saying
she is not hungry or thirsty. Herod then begs Salome to dance
for him, though her mother objects. He promises to reward
her with her heart's desire even if it were one-half
of his kingdom. She prepares for the Dance of the Seven Veils.
This dance has her slowly removing her seven veils, until
she lies naked at his feet. Salome then demands the head of
the prophet on a silver platter. Salome remains firm in her
demand for Jochanaan's head, forcing Herod to concede to her
demands. After a desperate monologue by Salome, the head of
the prophet is brought up out of the well and presented to
Salome as she requested. Salome declares her love to the severed
head, finally kissing the prophet's lips passionately. Disgusted,
the terrified and superstitious Herod then orders his soldiers
to kill Salome. Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
SALOME see Thurs. 7. Teatro Comunale. 3:30 pm.
GIUSEPPE ANDALORO & THE ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA
conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta. Musica by Giglioni,
Mozart. Chiesa di Orsanmichele. 9:00 pm.
GIUSEPPE ANDALORO & THE ORCHESTRA DA CAMERA FIORENTINA
see Sun. 10. Chiesa di Orsanmichele. 9:00 pm.
TIM ROBBINS AND THE ROGUE GALLERY BAND In his first
musical tour ever, the actor, writer and director (and Oscar
winner) will pick up his guitar and play. His American folk/gypsy
style shines through in works like "Moment In The Sun".
Cinema Odeon, piazza Strozzi 2. 9:15 pm.
VASCO ROSSI already sold out, but what else would you
expert from the Italian King of Rock?. Nelson Mandela Forum.
SALOME see Thurs. 7. Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
VASCO ROSSI See Tues. 12. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00
TROIS HISTOIRES - MAGGIODANZA - Choreography by Fabrizio Monteverde.
ERA ETERNA: music Franz Schubert, POLTRONDAMORE: Music Johann
Sebastian Bach, BOLERO: Music Maurice Ravel. Teatro Goldoni.
JAMES CONLON CONDUCTS - Luba Orgonáová
(soprano), Alexandra Petersamer (mezzosoprano), Pavel Cernoch
(tenor). Music by Dvorak. Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
RYOJI IKEDA Presenting his datamatics [ver.2.0],
Ikeda shows an adept balance between the visual and musical
arts. His powerful work combines abstract and realistic ideals,
with time, spatial and numerical influences. Teatro della
Pergola. 9:15 pm.
SALOME see Thurs. 7. Teatro Comunale. 8:30 pm.
TROIS HISTOIRES - MAGGIODANZA See Wed. 13. 8:30 pm.
PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI (piano) music by Bach, Schumann.
Teatro della Pergola. 4:00 pm.
VASCO ROSSI See Tues. 12. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00
TROIS HISTOIRES - MAGGIODANZA See Wed. 13. 3:30 pm.
VASCO ROSSI See Tues. 12. Nelson Mandela Forum. 9:00
LANG LANG (piano) - Teatro della Pergola. Music of Beethoven,
POLLICINO - a musical fable. Conducted by Francesc Bonnín.
Music by Hans Werner Henze. Piccolo Teatro, Teatro Comunale.
POLLICINO See Fri. 22. Piccolo Teatro, Teatro Comunale.
STING See FLORENCE NEWS above. Teatro Verdi. 8:30 pm.
POLLICINO - See Fri. 22. Piccolo Teatro, Teatro Comunale.
Up to Oct. 31 is your chance to discover the etched and inlaid
marble floor of Sienas Cathedral. The fabulous designs
(created between the 1300 and 1800s) are kept covered
most of the year so SEE it NOW! Duomo di Siena, Piazza Duomo,
Siena. Hours: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm. Ticket: 6 euro.
On Sat. 9 and Sun. 10 take a gastronomic voyage to Certaldo
Alto where the October weekend will be animated with cooking
lessons, Tuscan food tastings, special dinners and demonstrations.
Chocolate, grappa, cheeses, wine and much more, will be offered
and sold from booths in the streets, courtyards and gardens
of the medieval hill town above Certaldo. Ticket: 5.00 euro
(kids under 12: free). Hours: Saturday from 11:00 am. to 10:00
pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. For detailed information
and reservations phone: 0571-663384, www.boccaccesca.it.
PALIO DEL PAPERO
On Sat. 9 and Sunday 10, in the little town of Balconevisi,
near San Miniato (Pisa), an unusual Palio (where the race
competitors are ducks) has taken place annually since 1982.
It pits the town boroughs of Il Borgo, Fondo di Scesa, Buecchio
and Fornacino in an animated race. The contestants waddle
past each other at as great a speed as they can muster, cheered
on by enthusiastic locals. Prior to the race there is a parade,
plus food stalls will be serving up local specialties (funghi
and white truffles) for the length of the weekend. www.balconevisi.it/il-palio-del-papero
So many festivals and fairs celebrating the chestnut take
place in Tuscany each fall, that we will simply list a few
of the details here, with websites and other contacts for
Sun. 10, 17, 24, 31: Marradi Sagra delle Castagne -
Located in the upper Mugello, Marradi has one of the biggest
and best chestnut festivals, including a special steam train
from Florence on the weekends of the 10th and 17th. Open:
9 am 7 pm. Phone 055 8045170 or see www.sagradellecastagne.it
for information & train times.
Sun. 10 and 17: Vicchio Festa del Marrone Mugello
Valley, in Vicchio you will find music, fun for kids, foods
to taste and buy based on the nutty, brown chestnut. www.comune.vicchio.fi.it
Sat. 9, Sun 10 and Sat. 16, Sun 17: Ronta Sagra della
Polenta e delle Castagne Mugello again, for a hearty
chestnut polenta served with meaty ragu. Join in for a special
dinner on Saturday, and lunch and dinner on Sunday. Phone
055 8403386 for info.
SAGRA DEL TARTUFO BIANCO (WHITE TRUFFLE FAIR)
On Sat. 16 and Sun. 17 return to Balconevisi for their white
truffle festival. All the local restaurants celebrate the
precious tuber with special menus and festivities. Plus you
will find the opportunity to taste and buy fab olive oil,
cheeses, salumi, wine and more. www.balconevisi.it
FAIR OF SAINT LUKE - IMPRUNETA
From Sat. 16 to Sun. 24, Impruneta is the place to be for
everything from a horse race to a donkey race, from cattle
and chicken competitions, to food, crafts, wine and fireworks.
All week long a craft fair will run in the center piazza of
town. On Thursday at 2:00, watch the Palio di San Luca horse
race, and stay until 10:30 pm for a fab fireworks display.
Friday evening at 9:30 cheer on the town teams in a tug-of-war,
winners take all. For info call 055 2313729, 055 2036627.
I SAPORI DI VOLTERRAGUSTO (WHITE TRUFFLE FAIR)
Sat. 23 and Sun. 24, plus Sat. 30, Sun. 31 and Mon. Nov. 1
make your way out to Volterra. You will find an entire town
focused on the bounty of their land. The nearby hills of San
Miniato are one of Italys riches fonts of white truffles.
There will be stands set up in the towns historical
homes and courtyards, dispensing folklore and food, wisdom
and wine. Dont miss the fun. www.volterragusto.com,
email@example.com, Tel. 0588-86099.
EXHIBITS AROUND TUSCANY
JOAN MIRO - Myths of the Mediterranean at Palazzo Blu
From Fri. 8 until January 23, Pisas Palazzo Blu hosts
Joan Miró. I miti del Mediterraneo", a retrospective
exhibit of the works of this Spanish (Catalan) master. The
show presents over 100 pieces ranging from sculpture and drawings,
to paintings and illustrations.
Born in Barcelona, Mirò died in 1983, having earned
international acclaim as a Surrealist. His style was in fact,
surely also influenced by Dadaism, by his frequent visits
to Paris, and by his relationships with printer Fernand Mourlot
and the artists he often shared shows with; Chagall, Giacometti,
Brach, Cesar, Ubac, and Tal-Coat. Palazzo Blu, Lungarno Gambacorti,
9. 56125 Pisa. Tel: 199 28514. Ticket: 8 euro. Hours: Tuesday
thru Friday: from 10:00 am. to 7:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday:
from 10:00 am. to 8:00 pm. Closed Monday. www.palazzoblu.org
LA VITA DI MICHELANGELO
Until Nov. 14, Santa Maria della Scala in Siena hosts a fascinating
collection of drawings, poetry and letters that outline the
life and artistic journey of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Follow
the artist through his time in Florence, his trips to Rome,
and his search for the best blocks of marble from Carrara
and Pietrasanta in the mountains near the Tuscan coast. The
show takes us all the way into the period that Michelangelo
spent working for the Pope on St. Peters. Santa Maria
della Scala, Piazza Duomo 1, Siena. Hours: 10:30 am to 7:30
pm. Ticket: 6 euro.
SILVANO CAMPEGGI: Toward Campaldino, from Pian di Ripoli
to the Battle
Until Oct. 17, the Oratory of Santa Caterina in Bagno a Ripoli
once again hosts Silvano Nano Campeggi; one of
Tuscanys best known artists, who has painted over 50
works depicting the epic battle that took place at Campaldino
on June 11, 1289. On that day twenty-three thousand soldiers
took to the field, and soon 2000 lay dead, the price of victory
for the Florentine Guelphs against the Aretine Ghibelines.
Campeggi, long-time resident of Bagno a Ripoli, took inspiration
from the hills surrounding his home base.
Bagno a Ripoli/Ponte a Ema, Oratorio di Santa Caterina, Via
del Carota. Hours: Fri. and Sat from 3:30 to 6:30, Sunday
from 10 to 12:30 and 3:30 to 6:30 pm. www.oratoriodisantacaterina.it.
GALILEO CHINI AND TUSCANY
Until December 5 Viareggio is hosting a show celebrating the
100th anniversary of the Liberty (Art Nouveau) movement in
Italy. One of the main figures of the period was Galileo Chini
(born Florence 1873 1956). Painter, ceramicist and
graphic designer, he combined art and artisanship, renewing
a Tuscan tradition of the artisan workshop for the 20th century.
Paintings, ceramics, drawings and furnishings all have a place
in the show. His luminescent Tuscan landscapes, that reflect
serene moments spent in Versilia, reflect against the darker
works done during WW2. Chini is equally well known for his
ceramic production and the exhibit is rich with vases, plates,
tiles and more. He worked principally out of two spaces; LArte
della Ceramica, founded in Florence in 1896 and the Fornaci
San Lorenzo, founded in 1906 in Borgo San Lorenzo, where he
created the incredible decorative tiles that we see throughout
Tuscany today on a fantastic, few, Liberty-style homes and
Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani, Palazzo
delle Muse, Piazza Mazzini 22, Viareggio. Hours: Tues. to
Fri. from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm., and Thurs. to Sun. 3:30 to
7:30 pm. Closed Monday. Tel. 0584966343. firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENIUS & PASSION, THE RESTORATION OF LIPPI'S FRESCOES
Over five centuries ago, Filippo Lippi ascended three stories
of scaffolding in the dark recesses of Pratos cathedral.
Today, the three-tiered frescoes, which cover the walls and
vaults of the main chapel with stories of St. John the Baptist
and St. Stephen, are visible in renewed splendor after seven
years of restoration. Small, guided tours of the fresco cycle
now allow the public to come face to face with Lippi. The
restoration began in the upper reaches of the chapel ceiling.
Four monumental images of the evangelists are incised within
the arches of the groin vault. Below them flow the scenes
from the lives of two saints: Stephen, Pratos patron
saint on the left, and John the Baptist, protector of nearby
Florence on the right. From his birth in the top register
to his death on the lower register, each saints life
is a theatrical spectacle played out with vivid imagery.
Fra Filippo Lippi was quite an intriguing character; his behavior
wasnt exactly exemplary of the Carmelite order, (Fra
indicates his religious title). The Carmelites ordained him
and trained him as an artist, and by the time he reached Prato
in 1452 he was among the most highly regarded and frequently
commissioned painters of the early Renaissance. His trysts
with various women had already gained him a somewhat sensational
reputation, but it is the long-running romance with nun Lucrezia
Buti, 25 years his junior, that has been most noted by history.
Lucrezia modeled for many of the Lippis Madonnas, and
is said to have been the inspiration for the enchanting Salome,
who dances through the final scene of John the Baptists
fresco cycle, The Feast of Herod. The three-part banquet scene
contains larger-than-life figures that feast and make merry
around the dancing girl, whom many compare to the female figures
in the later works of Lippis young apprentice Botticelli.
Prato Cathedral. Open Mon. to Sat. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission:
4 euro with audio guide. Small, guided tours available by
calling 0574/24112. www.restaurofilippolippi.it
|All the best,|
Pitcher and Flaccomio