EXTRAVAGANZA FOR SEPTEMBER – Tenth Edition of CORRI LA VITA!
Join Suzanne and thousands of others for the Tenth Edition of Florence’s CORRI LA VITA on September 30 at 9:30 in Piazza del Duomo. Either join the 5.3 km walk or the 13.2 km competitive race.
Suzanne has the pleasure of being on the committee organizing CORRI LA VITA, an event managed by volunteers to help the fight against breast cancer. Not only should you to “save the day” September 30, 2012, but you may want to take an active part, either by volunteering or opening you wallet, or both.
CORRI LA VITA is not only a walk/run, but is an event for people to gather together for sport, culture and solidarity in a great cause that has touched so many of our lives. All sorts of athletes and non-athletes, families, children, and pets participate. There are no limits in size, age or capability. See the routes on the CORRI LA VITA web site: http://www.corrilavita.it/programma.php
This year, in recognition of the tenth anniversary of CORRI LA VITA, the mayor has declared that all the museums of Florence (state museums) will be free of charge for all CORRI LA VITA participants (wearing their T shirts of course) from 2pm to 6pm. The CORRI LA VITA committee is also organizing a free concert in Piazza della Signoria as a closing event for the day.
See the list of museums at: http://www.corrilavita.it/stampa.php?id=122
CORRI LA VITA expects over 25,000 participants this year, which represents a phenomenal increase from the first edition. The official bright blue T-shirt will yet again be generously offered by the Florence fashion house of SALVATORE FERRAGAMO. (The Ferragamo Shoe Museum will also be open for free entry on the day of the race.)
We are hoping to raise a lot of money to continue supporting the following associations, and some of the projects created by CORRI LA VITA ten years ago:
C.S.P.O. Centro per Senologia - Progetto Donna 2 – to provide mammography service to all women.
LILT - Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori, for support of Ce.Ri.On. – a rehabilitation center
VILLA LE ROSE – services for the rehabilitation, both psychologically and physically, for breast cancer patients.
FILE - Fondazione Italiana di Leniterapia – an association for palliative care.
Lo Studio Hot – Hormone replacement therapy and low dose Tamoxifene - a study promoted by Prof. Umberto Veronesi
Diagnostica Senologia dell Ospidale di Careggi – under the direction of Dr. Jacopo Nori. For the past three years we have been providing funds to buy a digital mammogram machine called tomosintesi (three dimensional digital reading), together with all the software and maintenance.
The Vito Distante Project for Breast Cancer Research – provides scholarships for 1 or 2 young doctors to further their studies abroad. Last year, Dr. Veronica Mariotto a young Florentine surgeon spent 6 months at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in NY and 6 months at Kings College London. In London, Dr. Mariotti participated in a study of the tolerance and efficacy of a new pharmaceutical for advanced breast cancer. The results were very promising.
We hope everyone will participate, but we also hope that when signing up, everyone will remember to be more generous than the request € 10 to enter and receive a T-shirt.
To sign up:
LILT – viale D Gianotti, 23 (office hours)
FILE – Via San Niccolò, 1 (office hours)
Universo Sport - one of the biggest, best and most loyal sponsors – P.zz Duomo, 7 Firenze, or Via Sandro Pertini, 36 (shop hours)
Pitcher & Flaccomio - Lung. della Zecca Vecchia, 30 (please telephone 055 234 3354 before you drop by )
For the competitive race there are extra requirements. You do not need to “compete” to be a runner. See details at: http://www.corrilavita.it/iscriviti.php
Note from Suzanne: You don’t have to be in Florence to participate: We of Pitcher & Flaccomio have given you – our friends and clients – up-to-date information on what is going on in Florence and Tuscany for the past years with our monthly newsletter. I know a lot of you read it and appreciate our work, so I was thinking that if you all have enjoyed visiting Italy and Florence; in particular, maybe you would like to give a donation to her citizens by supporting CORRI LA VITA. Cheques should be made out to: “L.I.L.T. sezione Firenze” (which means La Lega Italiana per la Lotta conto i Tumori - cancer society - Florence section). I really hope you will see your way to writing a few zeros after the number! You may send your cheques to our office and we will see that they get to the right place.
P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR SEPTEMBER – Splurge on a Renaissance Palace
For your dream vacation in Florence stay a week or a month in this 15th century palazzo with modern amenities. You will walk through a courtyard designed by Brunelleschi, climb 51 steps (just think of what good shape you will be in after a week) and enter a modern palatial apartment (restored just last year) with everything you could desire in a Florentine home – fabulous kitchen, three bedrooms/three bathrooms, dining room & bar – with the add services of housekeeping and a concierge. All of the historic features, such as the frescos and wooden beams, have been lovingly saved and restored.
Centrally located near Santa Croce and the Arno River, this cosmopolitan apartment will provide the foundation for a never-to-be-forgotten stay in the Renaissance City.
For more information click this link.
EXHIBIT FOR SEPTEMBER – The Doors of Paradise are Back!
The Renaissance bronze and gold doors of the Florence Baptistry – a masterpiece known as the Gates of Paradise – will be unveiled in September after a 27-year restoration. They are scheduled to be available for viewing on September 8, the 716th birthday of the Duomo.
Hidden away in 1943 during World War II and damaged by the flood of 1966, the doors were replaced by a copy in 1990 mainly because of the damage done by vehicle emissions over the previous 50 years. Now the priceless doors have been restored to their former glory will be displayed in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, located behind the cathedral. and not hang in their former place in the baptistry.
The doors are 5.2 meters (16.7 feet) by 3.1 meters and are 11 centimeters thick and were built between 1426 and 1456 by the artist Lorenzo Ghiberti. Ironically, the restoration took almost as long as they took to make. The story goes that when the work was unveiled, Michelangelo was so struck by the beauty of the doors that he said that the Gates of Paradise could not be more wondrous than Ghiberti’s doors.
The doors are divided up into 10 panels, each with a story from the Old Testament. Each panel is itself surrounded by a border with 48 tiny images including a self-portrait of the artist and representations of the prophets. Administrators of the museum say that the doors will be kept in a transparent display case to keep the humidity low so as to avoid the formation of various salts that could damage the thin covering of gold on the different panels.
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo, 9
Web site: www.operaduomo.firenze.it
BEST PARADE IN SEPTEMBER – Corteo della Rificolona sull’Arno
Fighting for the honors for best parade are the multitude of children with paper lanterns following the brass band from Piazza Santa Croce to Piazza Santissima Annunziata on September 7 at 9pm or the parade of small boats down the Arno at 9pm on the next night, September 8. For pure atmosphere the boat parade wins. Colorful paper lanterns bob through the darkness. Sponsored by the Rowing Club underneath the Uffizi, where at 10pm the best lantern is awarded a prize on the lawn river-side.
PICK EATERY FOR SEPTEMBER – Dim Sum
A brand-new restaurant named Dim Sum opened recently in Via dei Neri. It’s the perfect solution when you’ve had a few days or a few years of all of the Italian food Florence has to offer. They serve delicious, fresh food prepared in a fusion style – Chinese, Japanese, Saigon, Thai, and even a bit of Tuscan Chianina beef in a pot sticker – and plenty of dim sum choices. With the open kitchen, you will be able to watch your dim sum and the long soft Chinese noodles being prepared. Water and tea are on the house and the prices are just right.
Open from 12:00-3:00 and 6:00 to midnight. Closed Monday.
Via de' Neri 37/r, Tel. 055.284.331, www.dimsumrestaurant.it
MARKET FOR SEPTEMBER – Mercato della Rificolona
One of the best festivals of the year, La Rificolona, takes place on September 7. For two days (September 6 and 7) there is a huge market of organic produce and artisans in the Piazza Santissima Annunziata.
Historically, while the pilgrimage for St Mary’s birthday was the official reason for the trip into Florence, the farmers did not come into the city empty handed. It was a great opportunity to bring in their goods - cheeses, honey, the season's vegetables, and small handmade items. Thus, September 8 was also a market day in the square of Santissima Annunziata.
Today, a market is still held in the square from early morning until 7pm on September 6 and 7.
Other Markets: In Piazza Santo Spirito there will be two markets in September. On September 1 & 2 there will be the Fierucola del Pane (Fair of Bread). On September 16 there will be the Fierucola di San Michele (Fair of St. Michael).
BEST DEAL FOR SEPTEMBER – Free Access to the Duomo Terrace & Concert by Bocelli
September 8 is the 716th Anniversary of the first stone being set for the building of Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence. Every year the terrace above the rose window is opened free to visitors. This year in honor of the newly restored Ghiberti Doors of Paradise there will be a free concert by Andrea Bocelli.
The festival of Santa Maria del Fiore is celebrated on 8th of September every year in memory of the laying of the first stone of the Florence cathedral, which took place on the feast of the birth of Our Lady in 1296 (or according to others, 1298). The most entertaining event of the day is the free opening of the terraces of the Duomo for the traditional “walk” at a height of thirty-two meters (105 feet), which allows Florentines and visitors to enjoy an extraordinary panoramic view over the city of Florence. The route follows the two sides of the cathedral, including the inner gallery of the counter-facade.
At the same time, there is the possibility of visiting free of charge the workshop of the Opera del Duomo in Via dello Studio 23/r, where the master masons work on the restoration of the marble works of the monumental complex of the cathedral.
The entry to the terrace usually is located at the entry to Brunelleschi’s Dome on the northeast side of the cathedral, but look around for the line. It usually starts at 9am and ends at about 4pm.
It’s free, but reservations will go fast so call 055-26524222 now for the concert to celebrate the newly restored Doors of Paradise. Andrea Bocelli and the Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will be in concert at 8:45pm on September 8 inside the Duomo. The concert will include music of J.S. Bach, the Panis Angelicus by C. Franck and the Ave Verum of W. A. Mozart. See this article link in La Nazione for info.
BEST BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER – Death’s Door by James R. Benn
Lieutenant Billy Boyle could have used a rest after his last case, but when his girlfriend, Diana Seaton, a British spy, goes missing in the Vatican, where she was working undercover, he insists on being assigned to a murder investigation there so he can try to help her. In this seventh installment of James R. Benn’s hit WWII-era mystery series, Lieutenant Billy Boyle goes undercover in the Vatican.
An American monsignor is found murdered at the foot of Death's Door, one of the five entrances to Saint Peter's Basilica. Wild Bill Donovan, head of the OSS, wants the killing investigated. The fact that the Vatican is neutral territory in German-occupied Rome is only one of the obstacles Billy must overcome. First is a harrowing journey, smuggled into Rome while avoiding the Gestapo and Allied bombs. Then he must navigate Vatican politics and personalities—some are pro-Allied, others pro-Nazi, and the rest steadfastly neutral—to learn the truth about the murdered monsignor. But that's not his only concern; just a short walk from the Vatican border is the infamous Regina Coeli prison, where Diana is being held. Can he dare a rescue, or will a failed attempt alert the Germans to his mission and risk an open violation of Vatican neutrality?
BEST BOOKS FOR KIDS FOR SEPTEMBER – City of Flowers and City of Swords by Mary Hoffman
The Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman contains breathtaking and thrilling drama with a very special kind of magic, in the continuing the stories of Luciano, Arianna, Rodolfo, Falco and Georgia, which fans will seize upon with glee.
Sequel to City of Masks and City of Stars, The City of Flowers moves the narrative to the Talian equivalent of the city of Florence, where beauty and danger walk - as ever - hand in hand. The focus this time is on the new Stravagante, Sky, whose talisman is an ornate and delicate blue glass bottle. Sky is propelled right into the midst of a deadly feud between the di Chimici and Nucci families, who think nothing of sliding a knife between a man's ribs for revenge
In City of Swords, when a talisman transports her to the Talian city of Fortezza, Laura finds herself falling in love with a young Talian man named Ludo. But soon a rivalry erupts between two factions in Fortezza, and Laura and Ludo find themselves on opposite sides! Secret meetings and divided loyalties drive the sixth book in the Stravaganza series to its satisfying conclusion.
FORZA VIOLA!! FOR SEPTEMBER – Florentine Calcio
P&F Sports Reporters Simon Clark & Anne Brooks bring you last month’s results and a preview of upcoming Florentine Calcio.
Forza Viola! The new Della Valle/Prade/Montella axis has been busy. The fans can’t moan (well, they can because that’s what fans do) as an impressive new line-up takes shape. It will need time to mould the individuals into a team but we feel that Montella can do this – and that he is not a man to settle for any “nearly made it” excuses. Our contribution is not to expect too much too soon.
Coppa Italia: Fiorentina-Novara WON 2-0
Week 1: Fiorentina-Udinese WON 2-1
Who’s in, who’s out? Nobody else has left; even Vargas, linked with every club under the sun (and said to have turned up for training carrying more than a little extra weight) is still here; so is Ljajic. But the Viola doctors must have been working round-the-clock screening all the new signings. Viviano has arrived as our top keeper; he and midfielder Della Rocca are on loan from Palermo. We’ve paid 3mn Euros for Fernandez, an attacking midfielder from Sporting Lisbon; 7mn for central midfielder Borja Valero from Villarreal; 9mn to Liverpool for Alberto Aquilani, the man who will eclipse our memories of Montolivo. The Chilean playmaker, David Pizarro, didn’t fit the new Roma regime, rescinded his contract and joined his old pal, Montella. We could manage a team of midfielders!
Montella has acknowledged that the Della Valle brothers were delivering on everything he had asked for. We’ve signed an entire team already; there is competition for a place in every area; we have a midfield to die for (not really, it’s only a game); Andrea has warned people off Jovetic again. Some are querying Montella’s search for a centre-forward. The torrent of chances created against Udinese – chances that would have been gobbled up by Luca Toni or Gilardino in their pomp – just makes us glad that Montella is in charge and not the critics.
Amichevoli. Oh, the meaningless friendlies! The home game with Serie B’s Aris Salonika was drab but there were perky moments, especially the goals from Romulo and Ljajic. A trip to Galatasaray left Viviano injured in a 1-0 defeat but the Turks were lucky; we were starting to look good and Jo-Jo was sharp. Time for the real thing.........
Coppa Italia. The early rounds, in which we must play this year, are a curtain-raiser for the season. The only teams who genuinely care are the late, seeded entrants for whom this belatedly becomes a route to a European competition. We enter with the third round and welcome Novara to – well, maybe not the slaughter but we looked good in seeing them off with goals from Ljajic and Pasqual, the latter a fine free kick. Novara went down last season and may be back next; they are the kind of team we failed to put away last year. This time, we were way too strong for them.
Serie A. The pitch is getting crowded. Time was, football meant two teams of eleven players each. This season, a dozen sit on the substitute’s bench and the referee’s squad is augmented by a pair of goal-line judges – so a Serie A game now needs 51 people. No matter. Udinese finished third last year and have already been in Champions League action so they were the more alert; which explains why they took the lead in an even first half as our offside trap failed to close. Viviano was left helpless. The second half, with the blistering heat fading, was built on inexorable Viola pressure with Valero, Pizarro, Romulo and Pasqual steam-rollering midfield (Montolivo? Who was he?). OK, Jovetic’s 67th minute equaliser was lucky, his shot ballooning off a defender and over their goalkeeper. Not so in the 91st minute when Aquilani’s superb long ball still left Jo-Jo the task of mesmerising the defence and sliding an inch-perfect winner into the net. The Stadio – including Andrea Della Valle – went berserk. Montella may have difficulty dampening people’s expectations after that.
September will tell us more. Five games, three of them against Big Boys – Juve, Inter and Napoli. Everything to play for at this stage of the season. Forza Vincenzo!
THE FIORENTINA SCHEDULE:
Here are September’s Serie A games:
Week 2: 2 Sept/away Napoli-Fiorentina
Week 3: 16 Sept/home Fiorentina-Catania
Week 4: 23 Sept/away Parma-Fiorentina
Week 5: 26 Sept/home Fiorentina-Juventus
Week 6: 30 Sept/away Inter-Fiorentina
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 Duprè 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1, (inside the Murate). Tel 055 264321
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de' Cerretani 39/32R
BEST PARTY FOR SEPTEMBER – La Rificolona
The best party in town will be found in Piazza Santissima Annunziata after 9pm on September 7.
For years the festival, known as La Rificolona, has been a nostalgic children’s’ holiday (more prized by children of the 50’s than their offspring). But a couple of years ago the festival was revived and has become a happening event for families and visitors to Florence.
Ancient Roman and Greek mythology celebrated the goddess of the harvest, Ceres (Demeter), on September 7. According to Christian tradition, the Virgin Mary was born on September 8. In Florence, the large basilica of Santissima Annunziata is dedicated to Mary and thus, her birthday is a day of celebration. At one time it was a great popular tradition where hundreds of peasants and farmers from the surroundings would make the long trek into the city to celebrate. In order to arrive to the religious services on time, many started their journey before the break of dawn. The farmers needed lanterns and these were often carried at the end of stick, candles protected by a frame made of thin cloth.
The tradition continues today so that on the night of September 7 (the eve of the 8th), Florentines and other "pilgrims" (mostly children) carry paper lanterns at the end of a stick as they make their way through the streets of Florence, from Piazza Santa Croce to Piazza Santissima Annunziata. Speeches are made in the square, followed by a major party.
You might see older children blow spit wads (or tiny balls of wet clay) at the paper lanterns through a tube called cerbottana. It is said that this also goes back to when the peasants would make the pilgrimage in their best clothes, but as they were poor and overdressed by city dweller standards, they were derided. Some Florentine children would make their own, more beautiful, attractive lanterns in colored tissue paper to follow along, while others would target the paper lanterns with spit wads in an attempt to furtively hit them, make the candles fall over and set the lantern ablaze. It is very common for most lanterns to be burned by the end of the night.