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NEWSLETTER october 2011

October is a great month to go back to school in a fun way – enjoy the music in the museums, the exquisite learning experience at the Strozzi exhibit, and explore the little-known museums of Florence to learn just a little bit more about the city you love.

We are wishing for an October filled with florins and fall flowers and rooms of treasure to all of you from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, ANN and MARIO.


BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR OCTOBER – Money and Beauty. Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities at the Palazzo Strozzi

Masterpieces by Botticelli, Beato Angelico, Piero del Pollaiolo, and the Della Robbia family – the cream of Renaissance artists – show how the modern banking system developed in parallel alongside the most important artistic flowering in the history of the Western world. The exhibition also explores the links between that unique interweave of high finance, economy and art, and the religious and political upheavals of the time. Money and Beauty. Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities at the Palazzo Strozzi recounts the birth of our modern banking system and of the economic boom that it triggered, providing a reconstruction of European life and the continent's economy from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

Co curator Tim Parks writes: In 1237 Florence set up a mint and struck the silver florin. Until then the town had been using the denaro of the declining Holy Roman Empire, but the coin was now so debased that it had to be supplemented with more valuable coins from the then larger centres of Siena and Lucca. It was becoming more important to monetise all transactions, to be able to transform all wealth into money and redistribute or invest it as one liked. The silver florin was worth one soldo, that is, 12 denari. It would buy a few eggs, a loaf of bread, a litre of wine. This wasn't enough. In 1252 the Florence mint struck the gold florin, 3.53 grams of 24-carat gold which today would cost you around £110. This was a coin for serious trade, and the Florentines made sure that its weight and purity remained absolutely unchanged for the almost three hundred years it was minted, keeping meticulous records of alterations in design and instituting a system of quality control that saw each superintendent serving only six months in order to prevent corruption. By the end of the 13th century, the florin was being used in commercial transactions all over Western Europe and where not physically present was widely adopted as a currency of account. It was a major coup for what was then a small commercial centre.

Info: +39 055 2645155 E-mail:  http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/SezioneDenaro.jsp?idSezione=1214
Opening times: Daily 9.00-20.00, Thursday 9.00-23.00
Tickets sold until one hour before closing time

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR OCTOBER – Cozy. Comfy Santa Croce Apartment

This cozy 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment, known as "Alberto", is centrally-located on the side of Piazza Santa Croce. It's just 10 minutes' walk from the Duomo and all of Florence's major museums and historical sights. It is a wonderful location for shopping, a short walk to a local supermarket and post-office. Plan to come and cook Italian specialties in your own kitchen after shopping for fresh ingredients at the Sant'Ambrogio open-air food market. The apartment is comfortably furnished and fully-equipped with fan, T.V., adsl, fridge/freezer, stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher, and washing machine. Two bicycles are provided to get you around town with ease. To learn more, click on this link.



MUSEUM FOR OCTOBER – The Treasure Rooms of Florence

Be the first on your block to know about the new initiative in Florence! Called Le Stanze dei Tesori, the initiative links eight museums: Museo Stefano Bardini, Museo Stibbert, Museo Horne, Fondazione Salvatore Romano, Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, Museo Casa Rodolfo Siviero, and Museo Bandini. Reportedly there is going to be a single pass that costs 10 euro that will allow access to special exhibits, lectures, tours, etc. But now we know very little, except that all of us at P&F love these museums, which are virtually empty all of the time. So keep your eye on this website: http://www.stanzedeitesori.it . It is counting down to October 4 when it will hopefully tell us all about The Treasure Rooms of Florence.

MARKET FOR OCTOBER – Sabato 1 e Domenica 2 Ottobre dalle 9 alle 19 appuntamento al Giardino dell'Orticoltura di Firenze (ingressi da Via Vittorio Eanuele II, 4 e da via Bolognese 17) per la Mostra Mercato Autunnale di piante e fiori organizzata dalla Società Toscana di Orticultura, associazione non lucrativa, con sede e biblioteca a Villa Bardini in Costa San Giorgio,2.HORTICULTURAL SHOW – Giardino Dell'Orticoltura

Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 9am to 7pm, meet at the Horticultural Gardens in Florence (Via Vittorio Emanuele II near Via Bolognese 4 & 17) for the Autumn Exhibition of Plants and Flowers organized by the Tuscan Horticultural Society. L'ingresso è gratuito, a differenza di altre costose manifestazioni, i 50 espositori comprendono i migliori florovivaisti toscani e non solo: le novità di quest'anno sono le orchidee di Corazza (BS), le peonie di Tesoniero (LT), le ceramiche fatte a mano e il ferro battuto di Tafano ( Tavarnelle).Admission is free and the 50 exhibitors include not only the best Tuscan and nurserymen: new this year are the Armour orchids, the peonies Tesoniero, ceramics handmade wrought iron and gadfly. I colori struggenti dell'autunno (peperoncini, zucche ornamentali, ciclamini, crisantemi) favoriscono la spettacolarità della manifestazione. The colors of autumn harvest (peppers, ornamental gourds, cyclamen, and chrysanthemums) enhance the spectacle of the event. L'avevano ben compreso i nostri antenati che già nel 1855 alla prima edizione di Mostra Mercato primaverile nel giardino del Marchese Panciatichi in Borgo Pinti ne fecero subito seguire una autunnale con oltre cento espositori.

Address: Via Bolognese near Ponte Rosso. Transportation: #25 bus (from Piazza San Marco to Pratolino) or on foot from Piazza della Libertà.

BEST RESTAURANT FOR OCTOBER – Ristorante dei Fagioli

This family-run restaurant, near Santa Croce, serves Florentine specialties and was opened by Luigi Zucchini in 1966, but the location has served as a restaurant for nearly 100 years. Supposedly, the Medici family’s resident cook and poet, Fagioli, used the restaurant’s premises as a theater. Antonio or Simone, who are brothers, serve as congenial hosts in the two large rooms that make up the dining area. The rustic furnishings give the place a very traditional atmosphere. You pass the kitchen as you enter. 

Try the polpette, meatballs with a hint of lemon, as either a shared appetizer or a main dish. Also a crowd pleaser is the arista di maiale al forno – very thinly cut slices of pork loin, seasoned with fried garlic and sage. Or try the involtini di Gigi – thin slices of beef stuffed with cheese, mortadella and artichokes, rolled, and braised in butter and olive oil. For dessert have the torta di mele (hot apple cake) or biscotti with chunks of yummy dark chocolate, served warm.


Corso Tintori 47/r
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
No credit cards
Reservations are recommended 055-244285

FORZA VIOLA!! FOR OCTOBER – Florentine Calcio

Forza Viola! ... Serious work gets under way again with the opening of the Serie A season. The squad looks strong with Vargas, Gilardino and Montolivo all still here. How long Montolivo will stay is anybody’s guess; the attempt to re-open contract talks blew up in everyone’s faces. He wants away but he’s in the team, Mihajlovic has asked fans not to jeer Riccardo during the game as this upsets the team - please leave booing till after the final whistle! Our manager has an interesting take on man-management but he can feel pleased with his efforts this month:

Fiorentina’s Results

Week 2: Fiorentina-Bologna WON 2-0

Week 3: Udinese-Fiorentina LOST 0-2

Week 4: Fiorentina-Parma WON 3-0

Week 5: Napoli-Fiorentina DREW 0-0

Primavera. The kids are alright. In fact, the kids are all-conquering as the Fiorentina youth team take the Primavera Supercup. Just like the adults, the winners of the league play the cupholders - which means the Viola go to Roma and another Fiorentina triumph. In an energetic game, the referee balanced giving Roma a soft penalty with later sending one of their players off. In between, fine goals from Campanbaro and the irrepressible Babacar kept us level until the dying seconds of extra time when Acosty flashed in the winning header. One again, the kids are first to the trophy cabinet!

Serie A. With the strike over, we opened against Bologna. The Rossoblu huffed and puffed but lacked the power to trouble Gamberini & Co. True, they tickled the woodwork twice but a football goal gives a well-paid and supposedly skilled player 17.86 square metres to aim at. If they can’t manage that........Mind you, one shot against a post resulted from a slip by Boruc, possibly his first error since joining us. At the other end, Pasqual imitated Vargas, crossing for Gilardino to rise and head in perfectly. In the second half, Jovetic set up Cerci for our second. Game over and Mihajlovic gave several of our new signings a run-out as substitutes.

A serious test away to Udinese. We go down 0-2. People are disappointed, but it’s early days and Udinese are ahead of us in building the power of their squad. In many ways, it was a desultory game, lightly-attended and lacking passion. The 7th minute penalty decision against Gamberini was very harsh; by contrast, the second goal – played in perfectly by Montolivo! – was unstoppable. We had chances; we didn’t quite take them but Cerci and Jovetic look lively. The Big Issue from this game is the injury to Gila, stretchered off after a collision with the Udinese keeper; it looked and sounded awful but he’ll be out for only six weeks ...

... And who needs him? A balmy evening at the Stadio for Parma, yellow in strip and spirit; if this is the way they are going to play, they’ll find themselves in Serie B. But let’s dwell on what is starting to look like a well-oiled Viola machine. The old hands are rising to the challenge; the new boys – Kharja, Romulo and Silva in this game – are slotting in nicely. Behrami is becoming the dynamo in our midfield engine-room. The first half was dull but we shifted up through the gears after the break. On 46 minutes, we were treated to the heart-warming sight of Jovetic kicking a football in anger into a Serie A net. Jo-Jo was ecstatic, so much so that on 80 minutes he did it again from an incisive Kharja pass. In between, our rising superstar, Alessio Cerci (did the fans really boo him early last season?) headed in cleverly from another whipped Vargas cross. Time for a real test ...

... South to Napoli, definitely a top team but beaten at Chievo the previous week and stopped short again by the Viola. No goals but the Neapolitan keeper was called on for two world-class saves as Cerci ran their entire defence ragged for the first 45 minutes. Napoli got back in the game in the second half and Boruc had to show his mettle. Throughout, Behrami sat in front of our back four and held everything together. This is a squad whose collective confidence is on the rise and a point was the least we deserved. Four games, one (self-inflicted) defeat and seven points to stand in joint third place – our best start in years!

Next Month. Four games in, the form-book has yet to settle to a clear pattern. After October’s five matches, the shape of the season should be emerging and Fiorentina should stay in the vanguard. Lazio have not started as brightly as usual. Catania should be easy at the Stadio. Cesena – Adrian Mutu, et al. – are propping up the table with no points at all. The last pair of games will be interesting – away to the loathed (and league-leading) Juventus and then a home game with Genoa and Sebastien Frey. We are expecting to give him a standing ovation before filing his net with goals. Twelve points from October, please ... Forza Viola!

With the opening games to be rearranged, the first Serie A games are:
Week 6: 02 Oct/home Fiorentina-Lazio
Week 7: 16 Oct/away Cesena-Fiorentina
Week 8: 23 Oct/home Fiorentina-Catania
Week 9: 26 Oct/away Juventus-Fiorentina
Week 10: 30 Oct/home Fiorentina-Genoa


Ticket information - seating plan, prices, and ticket outlets - is on the "biglietteria" section of the club's website [www.it.violachannel.tv ]. Tickets can be purchased at official box offices and holders of TicketOne lottery franchises. Sources include:

CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi 1. Tel 055 292363.

BAR MARISA, viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, 50122 Firenze, Italy (inside the Murate). Tel 055 264321
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de' Cerretani 39/32R

BEST BOOK FOR OCTOBER – Medici Money by Tim Parks

This is a book to read before or after attending the exhibit at Palazzo Strozzi (see above). Tim Parks, co-curator of the exhibit, displays a keen observance of people's complexities and malleable motives in this account of the fabled Medici dynasty of Renaissance Florence spanning 1397-1494. The Medicis rise in banking and dissipate as succeeding generations neglect the ledger book and devote themselves to art and politics; indeed, one of the last Medicis, Lorenzo, the Magnificent, should have been called the Bankrupt.

Parks effects a worldly, shoulder-shrugging tone to his descriptions of passing subterfuges as the Medicis maneuver through the snake-pit of fifteenth-century Italy. Their prime problem was the church's prohibition of usury, but the Medicis' acumen in circumventing sin created a second dilemma--warding off political poaching of their fortune, which they surmounted by taking over the Florentine republic through chicanery. As rulers, they inherit a third difficulty: Florence's survival in international politics. But the Medicis come to grief in a French invasion. Is there anything new under the sun when money mixes with politics and religion? Parks' marvelously entertaining history suggests there might be.

BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR OCTOBER – Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola

The nice thing about Claire A. Nivola’s Orani: My Father’s Village is that it goes the other way. The American immigrant and his family return to the old country on a regular basis and his daughter, now grown, recounts what it was like to have a place like Sardinia visit. The result is a strangely haunting, heady look at a microcosm of birth, death, marriage, and strife shrunk down to a size just perfect for a child.

When Claire was a kid she and her family would travel back to Sardinia, her father’s birthplace, and visit with friends and relatives in the village of Orani. There, a small girl could see a whole host of wonders. From tiny lizards sunning themselves in the sun to tethered goats and donkeys. There were funerals and weddings, babies and corpses, figs and flies, new bread and dances. Eventually the family would have to return home to New York City and the child would look around and wonder. Does every immigrant have an Orani of their own somewhere? (Review from School Library Journal) Ages: 4 to 8.

Ask for these books at The Paperback Exchange, Via delle Oche, 4R (http://www.papex.it/)

BEST DEAL FOR OCTOBER – Opening of the Vasari Corridor

10/5/2011 - 12/16/2011  

The Uffizi just put out the following notice:
The Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della Città di Firenze, with the collaboration of Firenze Musei for the organization, has decided to reopen the Vasari Corridor to the public again from 5 October to 16 December 2011.

More specifically, there will be six visits per week: two on Wednesdays and Fridays at 14.00 and at 16.30 and two on Thursdays at 9.00 and at 11.30.

The visits will be in the form of guided tours organized, in Italian only, by a group of qualified security staff of the Soprintendenza who have enthusiastically made their professional services available for the initiative. The groups will be of limited size and reservations will be accepted up to the number of places available. The initiative is aimed principally at individual visitors and family groups. For this reason reservations for a maximum of five people at a time will be accepted, and can be made by phoning Firenze Musei on 055.294883. (Note from P&F – this books up very very fast, so call NOW!)

We have to bear in mind that the Vasari Corridor was not conceived as a museum to be visited by the public, but as a private passageway for the Medici family, so that there are technical problems of access and transit that make it difficult to open to large numbers of people. The normal organization of visits for groups of over ten remains in force, at prices that are inevitably higher than those offered on this special occasion.

The overall cost of the visit is €. 15.00 (€. 4.00 for the obligatory reservation, plus the entrance ticket for the Uffizi Gallery at €. 11.00), with the exception of any legally established reductions and free tickets.


A tiny space at the end of Piazza Pitti, near the church of San Felice is home to some of the most scrumptious gelato in Florence. The convivial owner has been to Carpigiani’s Gelato University and learned with the best gelato masters. He mixes up some special flavors of his own, but first try the classics – pistacchio, chocolate, and buontalenti. Seasonal fruits – now, melon and peach – are also crowd pleasers.

Gelateria Pitti, Piazza Pitti, 2


Dear Friends,

The sun shone just long enough for a fantastic running 9th edition of Corri La Vita. The skies seemed angry to see all of the green-shirted participants go inside for lunch because just an hour later, Florence was rocked with thunder and doused with rain. But there was brilliant sunshine with a slight breeze for the race. 20,000 T-shirts were given away with the first enrolled participants and over 2,000 people signed-up on the morning of the event. It went beyond our wildest expectations. The amount of money raised will be known a little later on.

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 a free visit the Money and Beauty. Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities exhibition (see our Extravaganza for October). Many people took this offer up and like myself thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't recommend the show enough (also for children to “follow the florin” in a computer game throughout the exhibit). Also, the Santo Stefano exhibit of Rodin and Dali and the Ferragamo Shoe Museum opened their doors free to wearers of the green, red and white t-shirts that honored Italy’s 150 years.

I look forward to see all of you again next year.



P&F FRIEND PRESENTS HER BOOK – Brotherhood Beyond the Yard by Jordan Ames

On October 14, Jordan Ames will discuss her new book and give a reading at The Paperback Exchange, Via delle Oche, 4r.

Jordan Ames writes books based on knowledge garnered from careers in banking, computer technology, and consulting while living in New York City, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. A world traveler and political junkie, she splits her time between homes in the United States and Italy.

This thriller delivers with its hair-raising plot: In the 90s a group of Harvard scholars known as La Fratellanza devise a brilliant thesis in the form of an intellectual game. When the game morphs into a real-life experience, however, a menacing plot involving a computer hacker, a terrorist, and a conspiracy conceived to defraud the American public are eventually exposed. And caught dead center in all of it is the new president, Abner Baari. Director Hamilton Scott of the States Intelligence Agency is dispatched to bring the plot down, though not without some conditions of his own. An absorbing page-turner from start to finish, Jordan Ames’ debut novel examines political ideology, the international banking crisis, the role of Internet technology, and international terrorism, with ferocious insight and extraordinary know-how. Based on factual events rendered into a plausible fictional narrative, Brotherhood Beyond the Yard provides plenty of disturbing possibilities while delivering a rush of thrills.


The Vasari Corridor is the most fascinating and the most exclusive gallery in Florence a pearl of the Renaissance that few people, including the residents of the city of the Medici, have had the chance to see ... until now! For this reason, during the 500th anniversary of Giorgio Vasari’s birth, the Friends of the Pergola Theatre, in collaboration with the Museums of Florence, are offering a series of extraordinary scheduled visits, aimed at reviving the glorious spirit of an era that has left a heritage of remarkable masterpieces.

The actors of the Compagnia delle Seggiole and F.E.S.T.A. Theatre Company will bring the audience back in time. With a script written for the occasion, full of anecdotes, chronicles, and stories, the actors will accompany visitors on this magical journey.

This unparalleled visit through the Vasari Corridor, a one km. passageway that connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace, will allow the time travelers to discover enchanting views of the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Felicita Church. It is a true journey back to the Renaissance, on the most breathtaking stage of the art world.

Visits are in in Italian and in English:

8 October 2011:

English 20.30, English 21.45

23 October 2011:

Italian 10.30, Italian 11.30

Ticket of the theatrical journey: 80 Euros

After the theatrical journey we can arrange wine tasting or we can make dinner reservations in the best restaurant, where you can also celebrate the art of the Tuscany food. Theatrical journey at Corridoio Vasariano + wine tasting: 100 Euros

Theatrical journey at Corridoio Vasariano + dinner: 110 Euros

RESERVATIONS: enter in www.pirene.it, at the TOURS SECTION

INFORMATION: info@pirene.it Tel. 055 2322112; cell. 334 6886707

MEETING POINT: in front of the entrance of Uffizi


TAROT AT THE UFFIZI – The Art of Francesco Clemente

Here is another reason to visit or revisit the Uffizi. And to climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator to the top. The Uffizi Prints and Drawings Department's interest in contemporary art dates back to its very origins, in other words, to the mid-17th century. But this year, in the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi space on the first floor, the contemporary artist Francesco Clemente has chosen to express his own unique creativity by addressing a theme as old as that of Tarot Cards: his drawings on display were made ??in different parts of the world, including Naples, New York, India and New Mexico.

New Yorker Clemente has created a set of 78 mixed media Tarot images featuring drawings of well-known people who are among his personal friends as described by Calvin Tompkins in The New Yorker. Edward Albee sat for the Emperor, Salman Rushdie is the King of Swords while Scarlett Johansson is the Queen, Jasper Johns is the Pope. Clemente, himself, is the Fool. See a sampling of the images here.

In addition to the Tarot Cards, twelve canvases in the Sala del Camino feature self-portraits of Clemente in the garb of the Apostles; these continue the mesh of temporal cross-references between the imagery of the past and between the many possibilities of the present.

Francesco Clemente. The Tarot

September 9 to November 6

Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi

info: 055 2388 624 - 055 2388 671


The 27th Florence International Antiques Fair (aka Florence Biennale) will be hosted this year at the enchanting Palazzo Corsini from October 1st- 9th with a layout masterminded by Maestro Pier Luigi Pizzi. The Biennale, first started by Mario and Giuseppe Bellini in 1959, is the oldest continuous art and antiques fair in Europe and has become the most important Italian art exhibition in the world.

The home to the Florence Biennale since 1997, the Palazzo Corsini in its subdued Baroque style with an 18th-century flair is truly a unique and greatly admired building in Florence and a sight to see in itself. The residence, which was completed only in 1737, is also the proud home of Florence’s most important and historically significant private gallery, boasting a collection, begun in 1765 by Don Lorenzo Corsini, nephew of Pope Clement XII.

The works of art displayed by antiquarians from all over the world–74 Italian and 14 foreignare the undisputed stars of the show. The vast variety of the over 3,000 pieces presented at the fair range from paintings to plates and antique books to sculptures.

Collateral Events:

The Biennale continues to support Corri la Vita, an association, devoted to the study and prevention of breast cancer presided over by the Marchesa Bona Frescobaldi. On October 1st a charity evening will be held and during the dinner Christie’s will auction works of art donated by exhibitors at the Biennale. The proceeds of the auction will be devolved entirely in favor of the Association.

On October 5th prizes will be awarded to the best painting and sculpture at the Fair. The prizes, amounting to 10,000 Euro each, will be destined to the restoration of a work of art from the public cultural heritage.

On October 6th the “Lorenzo d’oro” prize will be awarded to Piero Angela, for his long and successful career as a director of documentaries.

Info: Via del Parione 11 – tel. +39 055 282 283
Website: www.biennaleantiquariato.it Email: info@biennaleantiquariato.it


For lovers of Italian art, it’s as close as you can come to ascending a stairway to heaven and looking angels in the eye. For the first time after a major restoration, the scaffolding that has shrouded the 850 sq m (9,150 sq ft) of frescoes of the Cappella Maggiore in Florence’s famed Santa Croce Basilica will not be dismantled immediately.

The scaffolding erected for the restoration will stay in place for another year or so, and small groups of visitors will be allowed to view the splendid work close up. Guided visits on the nine-level scaffolding, last for about 40 minutes.

The restoration of Agnolo Gaddi's fresco cycle is one of the most important projects in Italy. It was financed in part by Japanese businessman and patron of the arts, Tetsuya Kuroda, who donated almost 1.2 million euro; an equivalent sum was provided by the Opera di Santa Croce. The federal arts ministry provided 285,000 euro in funding, in addition to arranging for the assistance of restorers from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

Excellent instructions about the logistics (and there are quite a few), costs, and time schedule can be found at the following website: http://www.santacroce.firenze.it/english/informazioni/visite/


After 40 years, people will be once again allowed to climb the San Niccolo tower in the Oltrarno. Reconstruction work on the centuries-old tower began last November. This tower marks one of the many ancient entry points to what was the city-state of Florence. Although many of the other towers of its like were lowered during the 16th century, the San Niccolo tower was left untouched due to its protected position.

The San Niccolo tower, now open, provides residents and visitors with a view equivalent to, but unique from, those from the Duomo and San Miniato al Monte. Just walk up the Arno until you get to Piazza Poggi and then climb the hill to the rear of the tower.

July 1 to October 31

Piazza Poggi

info: 055 2768224

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Talking Movies at the British Institute

The Talking Movies Series at the British Institute Library. Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a film, followed by discussion. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.

The present series is a bilingual selection of the joint and individual work of the two great cinema legends – Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rosselini. It begins one of Bergman's movies from her classic Hollywood period: the Hitchcock classic Notorious. Rossellini's war time trilogy follows - the neo-realist masterpieces that brought the world's attention to Italy in crisis, Roma, citta' aperta, Paisa' and Germania anno zero. Bergman and Rossellini made 5 films together between 1950 and 1954: Stromboli, Europa 51, Viaggio in Italia, La paura and Giovanna d'Arco al rogo. Their scandalous marriage (and collaboration) broke up in 1957. Both went on to make further notable contributions to cinema, among which are one of Rossellini's last films - before moving to television - Il generale delle rovere, and Bergman's last film role in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011. 20.00
Film: Notorious (1946)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011. 20.00
Film: Roma, cittá aperta (1945)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011. 20.00
Film: Paisá (1946)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011. 20.00
Film: Germania anno zero (1948)


Saturday 1 to 19 – ODEON

A Dangerous Method (w/ Italian Subtitles) by David Cronenberg

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

4.40, 6.30, 8.40 pm


Mon 3rd – ASTRA 2

Contagion (w/ Italian Subtitles) by Steven Soderbergh

A thriller centered on the threat posed by a deadly disease and an international team of doctors contracted by the CDC to deal with the outbreak.

5.30, 8.10, 10.30 p.m.

Mon 10th – ASTRA 2

Restless by Gus Van Sant

The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

4.00, 6.10, 8.20, 10.30 p.m.

Mon 17th – ASTRA 2

Cowboys & Aliens (w/ Italian Subtitles) by Jon Favreau

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way

3.30, 5.50, 8.10, 10.30 p.m.

Mon 24th – ASTRA 2

The Guard by John Michael McDonagh

An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.

4.00, 6.10, 8.20, 10.30 p.m.

LECTURES IN ENGLISH - British Institute of Florence

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event, followed by an informal reception. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.

Wednesday, October 5, 18.00

Lecture: Martin Lutyens

This year marks the 100th anniversary of George V's announcement, at the Coronation Durbar in Delhi, of the transfer of the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi. Edwin Lutyens was asked to join the Delhi planning commission in 1912, and made his first visit to India that year. Martin Lutyens, Sir Edwin's great nephew, will speak about the evolution of the great architect's work and will explain how his style matured and changed, from the early vernacular houses to the grander country houses and his increasing interest in the classical and the abstract, culminating in the building of New Delhi..

Wednesday, October 12, 18.00

Lecture: James Burge

Young Dante Alighieri was a teenage poet. James Burges details how Dante’s account of his early life and love, the Vita Nuova, is a model of self-absorption: it tells us about the state of Dante's soul and the pain that his love caused him but it does not mention any other living person by name, it tells us nothing about the battles in which young Dante took part as a cavalryman nor does it give us a single detail about Beatrice. Fate had to work very hard to turn Dante into a poet whom anyone would ever remember.

Wednesday, October 19, 18.00

Lecture: Matteo Sansone

In his Filosofia della musica (1836), Giuseppe Mazzini advocated a social mission for Italian opera, and defined the chorus as ‘a collective individuality', ‘a born interpreter' of a whole people's aspirations and emotions. Matteo Sansone describes how young Giuseppe Verdi’s early operas seems to meet Mazzini's expectations: the lament of the Hebrew slaves in Nabucco and the poignant chorus of Scottish exiles in Macbeth carried a political subtext that would be readily understood by the Italians in the 1840s. In the wake of the revolutionary movements of 1848, Verdi wrote a sort of ‘call to arms' with La battaglia di Legnano, a truly revolutionary opera that was premiered in Rome only two weeks before the proclamation of the short-lived ‘Repubblica Romana'.

Wednesday, October 26, 18.00

Reading: Matthew Licht

Matthew Licht led a double life as a volunteer teacher in a New York Public School and as Managing Editor of a notorious (though humorous) Adults Only magazine. ‘My audiences weren't as different as you might suppose,' he says. ‘Problem kids, desperate for attention and a means to express how they felt, and magazine's readers skewed towards incarcerated and mentally retarded, and were fiercely obsessed with the subject matter.' This is an evening suitable and interesting for children and adults, alike.



Sunday School will resume October 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM. NEW TIME! The theme for the upcoming year will be "Telling the Story / Telling our Story ... In our Time". Spread the word.

ST. JAMES YOUTH BLAST! October 8-9, 2011, 7:30 PM Saturday-Sunday lunch.

Beginning with dinner on Saturday, we will have a party/dance with a live band, group activities and worship, a lock-in overnight in the Parish Hall, and assist in worship Sunday morning. We will close with lunch in the parish hall with parents and family.


The Thrift Shop will hold its first sale after the summer break on October 5th. Don't miss out on the great bargains on gently used apparel, accessories, housewares, knick knacks, and more.

Date: Wednesday, October 5

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Undercroft


Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Baroque Ensemble

Saturday 1 October 2011

Performance of Vespers 1610 conducted by Federico Bardazzi. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

Alexander Lonquich

Saturday 8 October 2011

Piano performance by Alexander Lonquich. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

Chamber Music

Sunday 9 October 2011

Performance by Alexander Lonquich on piano, Carolin Widmann on violin, Enrico Bronzi on cello and Isabel Charisius, on viola. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Saturday 15 October 2011

Venice Baroque Orchestra perform with mezzosoprano Romina Basso. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

Florence Chamber Orchestra

Sunday 16 October 2011 and Monday 17 October 2011

Perform at Santo Stefano al Ponte, Via Por Santa Maria Florence (FI). Concert starts at 21:00. Tickets cost €15/12/10. Available at the Box Office in 1 Via Delle Vecchie Carceri

Tel 055 783 374 or e-mail: info@orcafi.it...

EUBO – European Union Baroque Orchestra

Sunday 16 October 2011

European Union Baroque Orchestra perform with soloist Enrico Onofri on violin. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

Accademia Bizantina

Saturday 22 October 2011

Accademia Bizantina perform with soloist Stefano Montanari on violin. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola


Sunday 23 October 2011

The Chamber Group of the Montis Regalis Accademy perform with soprano Gabriella Costa and violinist Francesco D’Orazio. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

Sonatas for Violin

Saturday 29 October 2011

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace perform Beethoven's violin sonatas. Concert starts at 16:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

L’arte del Canto (XXIV)

Sunday 30 October 2011

Tenor Mark Padmore accompanied by pianist Paul Lewis perform Schubert. Concert starts at 21:00 in the Pergola Theatre, 18 Via della Pergola

CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MUSEUMS – Cherubini Conservatory of Music Concerts

The Conservatorio Statale di Musica L. Cherubini is offering a series of free concerts in museums (Accademia, Marini, San Marco and Bargello), Medici villas (Poggio a Caiano and Petraia), and libraries (Oblate). See the website at: http://www.conservatorio.firenze.it/index.php?id=1148 for the complete schedule and performances.




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 further information:

Sun. 9, 16, 23 & 30: 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. 9 and 16: 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. 8, Sun 9 and Sat. 15, Sun 16: 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.

Sat. 22 and Sun. 23: Lucolena – Festa delle Castagne – near Greve in the Chianti Classico region

info: 055 8546299 - 055 8545271 – www.comune.greve-in-chianti.fi.it


From Sat. 15 to Sun. 23, 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.


On October 1, 2, 8 & 9, take a gastronomic voyage to Certaldo Alto where the October weekends will be animated with cooking lessons, Tuscan food tastings, special dinners and demonstrations. This is the 13th edition of the Boccaccesca. 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

CAMP DARBY TO PISA – 29th Run to the Tower

Camp Darby and the Livorno Military Com­munity welcome you for one of the most interesting runs in Tuscany. This year the 12K run will take place on Friday, Oct. 21. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Camp Darby Parade Field and goes through the flat roads along the Arno River finishing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Runners will enjoy a flat, fast course with two water points, road guards or police at intersections and a bus at the finishing point to bring them back to Camp Darby.

The race is limited to 700 runners and walkers, with the first 400 registrants receiving a Run to the Tower T-shirt. Medals will be awarded to top three finishers in seven male and female categories at 11:15 a.m. by the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Registration is open now and will last until Oct. 19 or until the first 700 applications are received. No applications will be accepted on the day of the race.

Entry Fee: $15 or 12 euro



THE TUSCAN MAGAZINE – Your Key to Tuscany

The Tuscan Magazine is an indispensible guide to living, visiting and enjoying yourself in Tuscany. From gallery reviews to where to find a plumber, the magazine is packed with interesting and often amusing articles. If you are thinking of moving to the area there is no better way to become acquainted with the Tuscan way of life. All the writers are residents in Tuscany and experts in their field.

There is an ‘Ask the Expert’ page where local, English-speaking lawyer, geometra, financial expert and architect can solve your every problem. The regular ‘Family’ column addresses the quirks of raising a family in a foreign land. There are restaurant reviews, author interviews, art, history and music editorial and always there are wonderful Italian recipes for you to try your hand at. The magazine is free and distributed throughout Tuscany to hotels, airports, bars and tourist information offices. For a full list of magazine distributors see the back of the magazine. The magazine is available fully online and is also an app for iPhone & iPad.

Website: www.thetuscanmagazine.com


We hope that you stay in Florence for October, except for a chestnut festival or two, and join us in learning more about the rich history of our city during one of our favorite months.

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio