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NEWSLETTER October 2015

Florence doesn’t get fall colors, but October is one of the best months to visit the city and surrounding countryside. Best wishes for a fun-filled October from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, ANN and MARIO.


BIGGEST NEWS FOR OCTOBER – Pope Francis is on his way

This October will be a bit different than the easy days of years past because Florence will be getting ready for a visit by Pope Francis on November 10. Expect the scaffolding to come down from the Baptistry (October 25) and perhaps, the Museum of the Duomo (October 29) will open.

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

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

Pope Francis’s Schedule for Tuesday, 10 November 2015

7:00 Departure by helicopter from the Vatican

7:50 Landing on the sports field of Prato

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

9:00 Departure by helicopter from Prato for Florence

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

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

Florentine Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

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

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

Diocesan Caritas, at piazza della Santissima Annunziata

15:30 Holy Mass at the Artemio Franchi municipal stadium

Departure by helicopter

18:00 Arrival at the Vatican


Ugolino is the golf course of Florence and this lovely house is a short walk to the greens. This is the perfect place for a family who wants to spend more time in the country than the city. Situated on its own acreage with lawns and olive trees, you will have privacy in a classic Tuscan landscape.

It is located approximately 12 kms. from Florence, at the beginning of the Chianti wine region. The surrounding countryside is characteristically Tuscan and the property is situated at only 5 km from the town of Grassina, a main shopping centre for the area. There is a public bus service very convenient for visiting Florence, however, a car is also necessary.

This house measures approximately 450 sq. mt. ( approx. 4,800 sq. ft.), and includes:

Living room (with working fireplace); Dining room (table for 6); Kitchen (table for 4, fireplace, access to the garden); 2 double bedrooms; 1 single bedroom/study; 2 bathrooms (1 en suite); and a guest bathroom. Below ground is a taverna, laundry, cellar, and garage.

For more information click this link.

BEST EXHIBIT FOR OCTOBER – Palazzo Strozzi Celebrates Divine Beauty

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

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

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

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

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


October 2–4, will bring the second edition of this popular festival dedicated solely to noshing. After packing the park’s piazzas to the brim back in April, the nationwide STREEAT Food Truck Festival returns for a repeat. Craving fish and chips? Battling a sweet tooth since birth? Whatever your weakness, STREEAT is sure to have something to suit your tastes. Sip craft beers, listen to music and snack on an international array of tempting treats.. Admission is free. The food is not.

Piazzale Cascine and Piazza JF Kennedy, Cascine Park

For more information, see www.streeatfoodtruckfestival.com

BEST BOOK FOR OCTOBER – Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man and his Times by William E. Wallace

Michelangelo is universally recognized to be one of the greatest artists of all time. In this vividly written biography, William E. Wallace offers a substantially new view of the artist. Not only a supremely gifted sculptor, painter, architect, and poet, Michelangelo was also an aristocrat who firmly believed in the ancient and noble origins of his family. The belief in his patrician status fueled his lifelong ambition to improve his family's financial situation and to raise the social standing of artists.

Michelangelo's ambitions are evident in his writing, dress, and comportment, as well as in his ability to befriend, influence, and occasionally say "no" to popes, kings, and princes. Written from the words of Michelangelo and his contemporaries, this biography not only tells his own stories but also brings to life the culture and society of Renaissance Florence and Rome. Not since Irving Stone's novel The Agony and the Ecstasy has there been such a compelling and human portrayal of this remarkable yet credible human individual.

An internationally recognized authority on Michelangelo, William E. Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History at Washington University, St Louis. He has received fellowships from Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, and the American Academy in Rome. The author of Michelangelo at San Lorenzo, he served as the principal consultant for The Divine Michelangelo, a two-part file produced by the BBC, and he recently completed a 36-lecture audiovisual course entitled 'The Genius of Michelangelo' for The Teaching Company.

BEST BOOKS FOR KIDS FOR OCTOBER – This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek

Like the other Sasek classics, this is a facsimile edition of the original book. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than 40 years later. Facts have been updated for the 21st-century, appearing on a "This is . . . Today" page at the back of the book. These charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek's witty, playful narrative, make for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember the series from their own childhoods. This is Rome, first published in 1960, traces the history of Roman civilization to bring to life the Rome of the 60's. Sasek navigates Rome's busy, winding streets to visit such glorious historical landmarks as the statues of Michelangelo, Vatican City, the Pantheon, and the Fontana di Trevi-and to show us the eccentricities of modern Roman life, from its colorful trains, trams, and taxis to its chic espresso bars and osterias

Miroslav Sasek was born in 1916 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. An author and illustrator, he is best remembered for his classic stories on the great cities of the world.


The Museo Opera del Duomo is scheduled to open on October 29 and for a small museum this is a big deal. And the museum has a fabulous new web site to raise the expectations: http://operaduomo.firenze.it/en .

The largest concentration of Florentine monumental sculpture in the world includes medieval and Renaissance statues and reliefs in marble, bronze and silver by the leading artists of the era. Most of the masterpieces on display were specifically designed to adorn the interior or exterior of the religious monuments that still stand on the museum's doorstep: the Baptistry of San Giovanni, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the "Duomo") and Giotto's Bell Tower. The Museo dell'Opera provides the ideal setting for the works of art made for these buildings, which today form a single group known as the "Great Museum of the Cathedral". 

The web site can show you more than we can describe here, but a few highlights are

The new hall housing Gilberti’s Doors of Paradise.

New tours of the museum, the Duomo and the Baptistry that show you parts not usually seen by the casual tourist.

Special presentation of Michelangelo’s Desposition and Donatello’s Mary Madalene.

A new rooftop terrace with view of the dome

As the web site says: “The Museo dell'Opera's 6,000 sq. mt. surface area consists of twenty-five rooms on three floors comprising a partial renewal of the museum, several totally new exhibition halls and innovative areas to link the two. For the very first time, a spectacular new design hosts the museum's unique masterpieces in a setting reflecting the environment for which they were originally designed, creating a museum within a museum in a concentration of faith, art and history unparalleled anywhere in the world encapsulating the very roots of Western culture.”

Take a virtual tour while you wait for the opening: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS5k5CAwt5o

BEST FESTIVAL FOR KIDS (OF ALL AGES) – Gelato at Piazzale Michelangelo

It is not the closest piazza to the center and the weather is not exactly toasty but the Gelato Festival is back in full lusciousness and it has a view. Indulge at the traveling sweet showcase: its stop in Florence marks its European finale for 2015. The autumn edition includes chances to try some unconventional choices: think sausage sorbet, lemon and basil ices and crunchy coffee caramel mascarpone. For a detailed program, see www.gelatofestival.it .

October 1–4 12 noon to 11pm in Piazzale Michelangelo



The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is back for the fall season with a fantastic offering of opera and classical music. The high point is the opera Così Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (October 18 to 27), but there is also an interesting family introduction to The Magic Flute at Teatro Goldoni, too. There is much more so check the web site at www.operadifirenze.it/en/ .




The Renaissance sculptures in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, including the replica of Michelangelo’s David, have a shiny new neighbour: Jeff Koons’s Pluto and Proserpina (2010-13). The 11ft work in gold-coloured stainless steel will stand in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s town hall and civic museum, from 25 September until 28 December. Inside, Koons’s Gazing Ball (Barberini Faun) (2013), from his series of plaster casts of Greco-Roman sculptures, is presented in the Hall of Lilies, where Donatello’s original bronze Judith and Holofernes (around 1457-64) is on permanent display.

The presentation, organised by the Mus.e association for Florence’s civic museums, was the initiative of Fabrizio Moretti, the Old Master dealer and director of the city’s art and antiques fair, the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato. With funding from Moretti Fine Art, David Zwirner and the Florence Chamber of Commerce, the event coincides with the opening of the Biennale’s 29th edition (26 September-4 October).

Meanwhile, the Galleria dell’Accademia, which houses the original David (1501-04), has announced an exhibition pairing works by Michelangelo and other Old Masters with pieces by ten contemporary artists: Koons, Marina Abramovic, Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, Bruce Nauman, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman. The show is due to run from 14 June 2016 to 8 January 2017.


MUSEUM OF THE CAPPELLE MEDICEE – Sacred Gifts of the Medici

The exhibition Nel segno dei MediciTesori sacri della devozione granducale (In the Name of the Medici – Sacred treasures of Grand Ducal devotion) at the Cappella dei Principi (Medici Chapels) in the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence has at its centre the sacred and precious gifts offered by the Medici. The exhibit is ending on November 3

Regularly the Medici offered magnificent gifts to the state that they governed, to the sanctuaries of Tuscany, and to political and religious rulers well beyond, as far as the Holy Land and Goa in India. These gifts consisted of votive crowns, altar pieces, chalices, monstrances, reliquaries, and altar panels, all masterpieces made by the best craftsmen available.

These have gifts have been called “vehicles of the articulated system of sacralisation of power”, as they are a testimony to the wealth, to the style, and above all to the economical and political power of the Medici family.


October 1-4, Via Maggio is more vibrant than ever as Florence’s Antiques Biennial wraps up. In celebration of this international event, shops, galleries and restaurants are keeping their doors open for a full calendar of community events. Some of the week’s highlights are free guided visits at Casa Guidi (October 2); a Caravaggio-inspired production at the Basilica of Santo Spirito (October 2, 8.30, 9.30 & 10.30pm); and special openings of the street’s art galleries on October 4, including the buzzed-about Alfredo Pirri exhibition at Eduardo Secci Contemporary. Check out the Facebook page ‘Associazione Via Maggio’ or contact ass.viamaggio@gmail.com for full program details.


Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to June there is a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library followed by an informal drinks reception.

Wednesday, October 01, 18.00

Wednesday, October 07, 18.00

Lecture: Francesco Palla

Why has the universe chosen small stars?

Wednesday, October 14, 18.00

Lecture: Margaret Lumley Savile and Adrian Lyttelton

A recital on the pianoforte with readings

Wednesday, October 21, 18.00

Lecture: David and Ann Wilkins

Looking beyond the Renaissance: modern Florence (1865-2015)

Wednesday, October 28, 18.00

Lecture: Valentina Arena

Corruption in late Republican Rome


A showcase of contemporary visual arts and sounds, SonicSomatic is a free and funky festival featuring collective listening sessions, site-specific installations and multimedia performances at sites all around Florence. SonicSomatic starts off big (and long) when Alessandria di Nardo performs Erik Satie's Vexations, known as the world's longest musical composition. Since John Cage's rendition of it back in 1963, the piece has been played only 25 times in public. The performance, slated to last twelve hours, will start in the Palazzo Strozzi courtyard beginning at 11am on October 8. This marks the first time that Satie's magnum opus has been performed in Florence. Other events include a sound-themed walk through the English cemetery (October 10, 11.30am) and a 'Recorded Audio Festival' (October 9, 9pm) with drinks provided by Andersen Cafe, Borgo Santa Croce's brand-new addition. For further information and reservations, write to sonicsomatic@gmail.com .


The Odeon Cinema is located in Piazza Strozzi. See “Original Language Films” at: www.odeonfirenze.com

Ocober 2, 4 Inside Out

October 1-7 Everest

October 8-11 Janis, Little Girl Blue


At Spazio Alfieri from October 4–6, Stanford and NYU host Italian Identities as Told Through Cinema, an in-depth look at 20th century Italian culture. On October 8, the Odeon hosts the Florence Short Film Festival, a platform for discovering young indie moviemakers. Finally, Palazzo Strozzi relaunches its Tuesday at the Movies series this month: this round features four global film giants who’ve dealt with themes relevant to the Divine Beauty exhibition. Screenings are free and include Martin Scorsese’s Last Temptation of Christ on October 20 at 9pm.

For more on this fall's movies, see www.florenceshortfilmfestival.com, www.palazzostrozzi.org and www.50giornidicinema.it.

DOCUMENTARY – When the World Answered

The world premiere of the documentary When the World Answered, based on the book by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone, published by The Florentine Press will take place on October 20. Fortune’s and Falcone’s debut documentary Invisible Women earned an Emmy for its in-depth look at forgotten women artists of the Renaissance. When the World Answered starts with Florence’s 1966 flood, which destroyed over 14 ,000 treasured artworks. After the disaster, Florence called on artists all over the world to donate their works, and the overwhelming response proved that love for the Renaissance city is world-wide. Tickets are 8 euro at the door; pre-sale price is 10 euro and guarantees direct access to the theatre and a seat (The Invisible Women debut was sold-out). Proceeds from the evening will go toward restorations by the Advancing Women Artists Foundation. Book your ticket now at www.boxol.it/odeon-firenze/EN

October 20, 6.30pm at the Odeon Cinehall, piazza Strozzi



Love to DYI? Florence Creativity is your festival. Whether you’re an experienced artisan or are still mastering the fine art of finger painting, Florence Creativity’s four days of DIY fun fit with a range of ages and artistic levels. Stock up on art materials of all kinds from the exhibitor booths: fabrics and textiles, paints, brushes, buttons and a slew of other supplies will be for sale. Throughout the festival and marketplace, courses and workshops will be offered, teaching new techniques and offering artistic inspiration for the months ahead (several Christmas-related crafting sessions will take place). For more information, visit www.florencecreativity.it.


October 29–November 1 at Fortezza da Basso, viale Strozzi


F as in Fair.

15 to 18 October, the Fiera di Firenze returns to Florence! Building on the success of last year, this year promises to be a bigger better shopping experience. Find Italian-designed furniture manufacturers and retailers, home decor, design, books, food and wine.

F as in Fantastic events.

Not only shopping and tastings of all kinds, culinary workshops, cocktails and a buffet with live performances by the best artists, but also markets, exhibitions, photographic projections ... and many more surprises.

F as in Fortezza.

Go to the Fortezza del Basso for four days of shopping, entertainment, events, in the largest and most modern exhibition space in Tuscany, between modern pavilions and 700-year-old locations with great historical flavor, the fair becomes a veritable feast.

F as in Florence.

Come to the Fiera di Firenze at the Fortezza del Basso from October 15 to 18.

For more info see: www.fieradifirenze.com/fiera-firenze


Check out these fiere (fairs) in the piazzas around Florence in October:

3rd and 4th October:

Festa Internazionale della ceramica - piazza SS.Annunziata (ceramics)

Mostra Piante e Fiori - Giardino dell’Orticoltura (plants and flowers)

10, 11th October:

Fiera di Santo Spirito - piazza del Carmine (food, housewares, clothes)

17, 18 Oct:

Fortezza Antiquaria - piazza Vittorio Veneto (antiques)

Mercatale di Firenze – piazza del Carmine (arts & crafts, food, housewares, clothes)

Fierucolina d’autunno – piazza Santo Spirito (arts & crafts, food, housewares, clothes)

24, 25 October:

Fiera mensile Antiquariato – piazza dei Ciompi and surroundings (antiques)


Who would have guess how popular, almost famous, the Florence Tattoo Festival would be? At the Fortezza, the 8th edition of the Florence Tattoo Festival opens with bodies and body parts, ink in the extreme. Tattoo artists from New Zealand, South Korea, Italy and more will show off their skills. Stars of the Spike reality show Ink Master are some of this year’s special guests. This is an artistic convention: the global guest list includes Japanese artists who will demonstrate their mastery of Irezumi, ‘hand poke’ pioneers from Papua New Guinea, and more. Tatuaggio not your cup of tea? Performance art, burlesque shows and photography exhibitions are all on the agenda, too. For a detailed program, see www.florencetattooconvention.com .

October 9–11, Fortezza da Basso, Viale Strozzi.


On October 10, at ZAP, in the tiny vicolo Santa Maria Maggiore 1, street photographers, both professional and newbies, can take part in an unprecedented conference: a portfolio reading with the Italian street photography collective Spontanea and guest of honour Richard Bram. Seasoned pros will provide feedback to artists who are just starting out, as well as to those who’ve already cultivated their street photography style. The portfolio reading is in collaboration with Street Photography Italia and The Florentine.

To submit your portfolio for the reading, write to info@spontanea.org - the cost is €10.

Two free street-photography walks will also be held on this occasion.

To sign up go to www.facebook.com/events/1472979073009928/



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

Concerts take place on October 20, 24, 25, 27 and 31.

Find the full schedule here: http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/stagione/

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


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

Rickshaw Boy by Guo Wenjing (October 4 and 5)

In a dark and ruthless Beijing, Xiang Zi undertakes a painful journey to freedom. He dreams of owning a rickshaw in order to liberate himself to the bonds of master Liu Sye and hopes for a future with his beloved Xiao Fuzi. But fate has other plans for the rickshaw boy. From the novel by Lao She, the work of the composer Guo Wenjing, which was commissioned by the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, where the opera made its debut in June 2014, now on the stage of the Opera di Firenze.

Luotuo Xiang zi (Rickshaw boy)

Opera in two acts

Music by Guo Wenjing

Libretto by Xu Ying from the novel by Lao She (1937)

Concert with Federico Maria Sardelli (October 8 and 11)

A valuable insight into the musical culture of the second half of the eighteenth century: a journey through the German classicism that, under the guidance of Federico Maria Sardelli, starts with two illustrious sons of Johann Sebastian Bach: the first-born Wilhelm Friedemann, the most famous organist in Germany during his lifetime, and Carl Philipp Emanuel. Listen to the famous Symphony no. 44, known as Trauersinfonie ("dismal symphony") perhaps in reference to the solemn Adagio of the third movement, and a joyful Symphony no. 9, a bright invention of a sixteen-year-old Mozart.

Così Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (October 18 to 27)

The wager of two arrogant officers, sure of the fidelity of their girlfriends, initiates a daring and dangerous dating game. A disenchanted "school of lovers", warmed by the sensual Neapolitan sunshine, through improbable disguises and moments of pure musical magic, teaches the most human of lessons: the heart is weak and love is fickle, because Cosi fan tutte (all women do it). The third and final collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte returns to Florence with an excellent cast led by Carmela Remigio and Simone Alberghini, in a new production of the opera, whose subject was perhaps inspired by a true episode suggested by the Emperor Joseph II.

There is much more so check the web site at http://www.operadifirenze.it/en/ .

Find the calendar here: http://www.operadifirenze.it/en/

Opera di Firenze – Viale Fratelli Rosselli 1, Firenze

THE TALE OF THE MAGIC FLUTE – An Operatic Event for Families

The Maggio Musicale offers a show that is simple yet poetic to teach children and adults about one of the most important masterpieces in the history of musical theater, The Tale Of The Magic Flute from the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Two actors and six singers will recount the initial journey of the love story between Tamino and Pamina. They will pass through the realms of light and dark, represented by Sarastro and the Queen of the Night. At their side is the man/bird Papageno: in the end he will encounter his companion, Papagena. Elements of fairy tales and Masonic symbols are united in a fun and marvelous story.

For more info: http://www.operadifirenze.it/events/the-tale-of-the-magic-flute/

Goldoni Theater, October 6 to 16


In the beautiful and intimate setting of St Mark’s Church, the performances are complete operas, apart from one or two slight adaptations to suit the intimate setting. http://concertoclassico.blogspot.it/p/programme.html See the web site for the complete schedule.

All start at 8:30pm or 9:15pm

Price: 30 €, seniors 25 €, students 15 €

Info: 340 8119192


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


On October 29 and running fifty days, into December, the Odeon Cinema presents its 10th Edition of the popular Fifty Days of Film. "50 Days of International Cinema in Florence", is the largest film festival in Italy. It kicks off with the French Film Festival.

At Spazio Alfieri from October 4–6, Stanford and NYU host Italian Identities as Told Through Cinema, an in-depth look at 20th century Italian culture. On October 8, the Odeon hosts the Florence Short Film Festival, a platform for discovering young indie moviemakers. Finally, Palazzo Strozzi relaunches its Tuesday at the Movies series this month: this round features four global film giants who’ve dealt with themes relevant to the Divine Beauty exhibition. Screenings are free and include Martin Scorsese’s Last Temptation of Christ on October 20 at 9pm. For more on this fall's movies, see www.florenceshortfilmfestival.com, www.palazzostrozzi.org and www.50giornidicinema.it.

There are nine international festivals: Women in Cinema, French Film Festival, Images and Sounds of the World, the Florence Queer Festival, Contemporary Art Film Festival, Florence Indian Film Festival, Documentary Film Festival, , New Italian Cinema, and the Ethono-Music Film Festival. Info: www.50giornidicinema.com. These films all are screened at the Odeon Cinema Theater in Piazza Strozzi.

Check the web site http://www.cinehall.it/ for updated information or stop by the theater for a brochure. The Fifty Days of Film festival starts at the end of October. Located in Piazza Strozzi. See also: http://www.50giornidicinema.it/

FLORENCE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 – Save the Date for LGBT Films

2015 marks the 13th Edition of the Florence Queer Film Festival, which is packed full of films with LGBT themes. This year’s highlighted director is Xavier Dolan. Save the dates of November 11 to 17.

For all of the details see the Festival website at http://www.florencequeerfestival.it/


The bell tower on the Palazzo Vecchio is open to visitors. Literally "towering" over Florence, the 95 mt. high Tower of Palazzo Vecchio is one of the city's unmistakable symbols and focal points. It is also one of the oldest parts of the building built between 1299 and the early 14th century, possibly to a design by Arnolfo di Cambio, as the seat of the city's government. The interior of the tower was witness to many important historical events, as it was the home to the Alberghetto, which was the cell that held such state prisoners as Cosimo the Elder before his exile and Girolamo Savonarola before his execution.

Ticket Office inside courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Signoria (tel. 055 276 8325)

Tickets: €6.50 to climb the tower or €10 if you combine it with a visit to the Palazzo Vecchio. It’s open every day from 9am to 9pm, except on Thursdays when it closes at 2pm. There’s no need to book tickets in advance. Web Site: http://www.palazzovecchio-familymuseum.it/


The Italian state museums, including the Uffizi, Accademia and Bargello are free the first Sunday day of every month for everyone.

Free tickets are available every day for those under 18 years old (and a few other groups, such as teachers) and reduced tickets for those under 25 years old. Everyone else will be paying a full entry ticket. This means that all over 65 years old will now be paying entrance fees. Be sure to bring a photo i.d. with birth date (passport or driver’s license).



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. 4, 11, 18 & 25: 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 (Campo di Marti train station) on every Sunday in October. Open: 9 am – 7 pm. Phone 055 8045170, 055 80442363 or see www.sagradellecastagne.it or www.promarradi.it for information & train times.

Sat. 17 and Sun 18: 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. 17 and Sun. 18: 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. 10 to Sun. 18, 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. Watch the Palio di San Luca horse race, and stay for a fabulous fireworks display. Friday evening at 9:30 cheer on the town teams in a tug-of-war, winners take all. For info: www.fierasanluca.it .

The go back to Imprunetta at the end of the month for the Festival of Ceramic and Terracotta Pots. Experience “Fornaci from Impruneta” 29th May-31 October. See: www.fabbricaimpruneta.it and www.gliartigianidelcotto.it .


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

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

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

Parco Sculture del Chianti, S.P. 9, Loc. La Fornace 48/49, 53010 Pievasciata (Siena); Tel. +39 0577 357151

Fabulous web site: http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/, http://www.chiantisculpturepark.it/en-index.htm

Email: info@chiantisculpturepark.it


Head to Volterra on October 24, 25, 31, and November 1, for an unique festival celebrating a delicious treasure of earth, the white truffle. The 18th Edition of Voterragusto, makes cheese, wine, chocolate and white truffles the focus of the theme weekends that will be based in Piazza XX Settembre of the famous Etruscan Tuscan town. Exibitions, lectures, tasting... White Truffles in every dish and in every form!

Hours: 11:45 am - 7:45 pm

For more information: +39 058887257

Web site: http://www.volterragusto.com


Pistoia is the place to be this month as a major artisan showcase takes over one of the town’s coolest industrial venues: the Cattedrale, a spot where trains and radar equipment were once built, is now a gigantic covered piazza. One part showroom, one part marketplace and one hundred percent focused on the future of high-quality design. Arts & Crafts Toscana will feature over 80 companies and individuals from varied sectors: furniture, fashion, interior design, jewelry, applied arts and more. Entry is free. For program details, see www.artsandcraftstoscana.it.

October 22–25, Cattedrale, via Sandro Pertini, Pistoia


From 8 to 11 October in Tuscany, Pisa, attend the 4th Edition of Internet Festival, one of the most important European events dedicated to the digital world. Last year’s edition of the Festival was a great success: 280 thousand visitors in four days, 20 dedicated locations, 65 thousand users connected via Web, 150 events, 200 speakers from 60 countries.

Pisa is heart and brain of the Italian network and first Italian area for research investment and development, thanks to the 1300 high technology enterprises of which 800 works in the ICT sector.

‘Geography and Exploration of the Net’ is this year’s theme, tackling a series of topics like Big Data, Italian startups and the digital world in developing countries. International guests include sociologist Nathan Jurgensen, a researcher at Snapchat; Nikhil Pahwa, founder of news portal MediaNama; and digital humanities leader Jasper Visser, who manages The Museum of the Future, a website focused on preserving culture in times of technological change. In addition to the many talks and workshops taking place, Pisa’s Stazione Leopolda will host cooking shows, hacking sessions, DJ sets and more digital madness. View the full program at www.internetfestival.it .


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


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Enjoy the wine and harvest festivals and come run/walk at Corri la Vita!

All the best,

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