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NEWSLETTER September 2012

September is one of the busiest months of the year in Tuscany with something for everyone. Start out with the Duomo’s birthday on the cathedral terrace and then drop by to see the newly restored Doors of Paradise. Then head out to Tuscany for the grape harvest and wine festivals. Come back to Florence to run or walk in the Corri La Vita at the end of the month.

Best wishes for a fun-filled September from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, ANN and MARIO.



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.


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 Terrace

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.

The Concert

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.


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.

Fiorentina’s Results

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!


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



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.





CLIMBING IN FLORENCE – Palazzo Vecchio and Duomo

Palazzo Vecchio

A couple of months ago the bell tower on the Palazzo Vecchio was opened 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/


There are two climbs at the Duomo. First, climb the 348-foot-high dome (la cupola del Duomo), both for the great panorama across the city you get from the top and to see, from the inside, Brunelleschi's architectural marvel. You will climb up 463 steps between the dome's two layers—and in the process get some great up-close views of the frescoes of Vasari. The dome actually presented something of an engineering conundrum for the cathedral authorities in the early 15th century. A yawning space had been left open for a dome that—at 45m (150 feet) wide—would be far larger than any attempted since antiquity. Only Brunelleschi was skilled enough to create the largest free-standing dome to date, a masterpiece of architecture and engineering.

To the right of the cathedral facade is what's known as Giotto's Bell Tower, even though that early Renaissance fresco painter only designed and built the first two levels of it. Several architects and styles later, it emerged as "The Lily of Florence," a 277-foot-high pillar of marble pierced with slender windows and ringed by marble reliefs. 414 steps!

NOTE: On September 8, you can climb to the Duomo’s Terrace for free.

Brunelleschi's Dome (€8)

Campanile di Giotto (Giotto's Bell Tower) (€6)

Piazza del Duomo/Piazza San Giovanni

tel. +39-055-230-2885


Open daily 8:30am–7:30pm


Florence has experienced White Nights – nights where the city is alive until dawn – but nothing like the Notte Bianca coming on September 18. Rome and Milan have experienced Vogue’s Fashion Night Out, but now the traveling fashion road show is coming to Florence. From dusk to dawn La Moda is the theme and it will play out with greatest excess on the Florentine fashion streets of Via de’ Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna Nuova and Via della Spada.


After this summer in Florence you may have become a fan of fans (the kind that you hold in your hand). Drop by the exhibit Artfully Fans at the National Archeological Museum, its theme is inspired by the museum’s holdings of two precious Etruscan flabella (fans) and other archeological finds, on which this accessory appears. In addition, there will be works produced especially for the occasion by about 60 of the major contemporary Italian artists, who represent the fan in a new light, giving it back its artistic identity and reinterpreting classical forms with diverse artistic techniques.

The show will run until September 30, 2012. Exhibit hours are from Tuesday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 7 pm; while on Saturday and Sunday, it is open from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

Address: Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 9b

For further information, see http://www.archeotoscana.beniculturali.it/index.php?it/146/firenze-museo-archeologico-nazionale


THE WAY BACK (USA 2010 - 133') By Peter Weir.

Tue 4 18.30

Wed 5 16.00 – 21.00

Thu 6 18.30

Their escape was just the beginning. Peter Weir’s movie is an epic tale of the 6 000 km trek from Siberia to India inspired by a true story. In 1941 a motley crew of escapees from the Gulag are joined by others in the ice and snow, the desert and the Himalayas. Humans vs. Nature in breathtaking locations.

THE BOURNE LEGACY (USA 2012 - 135') By Tony Gilroy.

Fri 7 16.00 - 19.00 - 21.30

Sat 8 16.00 - 19.00 - 21.30

Sun 9 16.00 - 19.00 - 21.30

Wed 12 16.00 - 19.00 - 21.30

Thu 13 15.00 - 17.30

Fri 14 16.00 - 19.00 - 21.30

Sat 15 16.00 - 19.00 - 21.30

Sun 16 16.00 - 19.00 - 21.30

Not a traditional sequel, this fourth installment of the Bourne franchise introduces a new character and a new storyline different from Robert Ludlum’s, although the Matt Damon original hovers in the background. ‘Complex, unexpected and dazzling, alternating relentless tension with resonant emotional moments, this is an exemplary espionage thriller that has a strong sense of what it wants to accomplish and how best to get there’ (Los Angeles Times).

PEOPLE LIKE US (USA 2012 - 114') By Alex Kurtzman.

Mon 10 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.45

A comedy-drama with some fine performances. Sam and Frankie are the result of their late father’s double life, and his death brings them together in unexpected ways. ‘This is a rare feel-good treat that nudges the heartstrings and makes you feel optimistic about the human race’ (New York Observer).

THE BIG YEAR (USA 2011 - 100') By David Frankel.

Tue11 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.30

Everyone is searching for something. For birders The Big Year is what competitive bird watching is all about. Three of the biggest names in US film comedy flock together and migrate thousands of miles to find what they want. ‘Like birding itself, The Big Year rewards patience. It respects both the integrity and the eccentricity of the avian obsession, and it communicates something of the fascinating abundance and weirdness of the animals themselves’ (New York Times).

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (USA 2012 - 164') By Cristopher Nolan.

Mon 17 17.00

Tue 18 15.30 - 18.30 - 21.30

Wed 19 15.30 - 18.30 - 21.30

Thu 20 15.00 - 18.00

Christopher Nolan’s final salute to the Batman. A new villain, arch terrorist Bane entices Batman out of retirement as Gotham City is once again cleansed and made safe. But for how long? ‘Potent, persuasive and hypnotic, The Dark Knight Rises has us at its mercy. A disturbing experience we live through as much as a film we watch, this dazzling conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is more than an exceptional superhero movie, it is masterful filmmaking by any standard’ (Los Angeles Times).

WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY (USA 2011 – 110'). By Robert B. Weide.

Fri 21 16.00 - 20.30 - 22.45

Sat 22 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.45

Sun 23 16.00 - 18.15

Fri 28 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.45

Sat 29 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.45

Sun 30 16.00 - 18.15 - 20.30 - 22.45

A rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of the famous filmmaker’s life and work. Over 18 months, Curb Your Enthusiasm director Robert Weide tracks Allen at work and narrates with family and friends the story of his life. ‘A must-see for any Allen aficionado and just about anyone who craves an insight into the publicity-shy man's glorious career’ (Empire).

BRAVE (USA 2012 – 100'). By Mark Andrews.

Mon 24 16.00 – 18.00

Tue 25 16.00 – 18.00

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. The latest Disney-Pixar production.

ACCADEMIA AT NIGHT – Free on Thursdays

The Galleria dell'Accademia will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 10pm through September.

On Tuesdays you pay the regular entrance fee but there are free guided tours starting at 7:00pm and 8:30pm. On Thursdays, entrance is free from 7pm to 10pm!


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, September 19, 18.00

Concert: Goffredo Orlandi – A recital on the piano. The artist and composer’s favorite pieces.

Wednesday, September 26, 18.00

Lecture: Nicola Owtram – (European Day of Languages) Language and languages in Europe

Dr Nicola T. Owtram is head of the Language Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, where she teaches English for academic purposes. Her research interests include academic writing, comparative stylistics and cognitive pragmatics.

THE GLEAM OF GOLD – The International Gothic Style In Florence

Galleria degli Uffizi until 4 November 2012

This year, the rooms on the main floor of the Galleria degli Uffizi host an important exhibition that intends to reconstruct the panorama of Florentine art in the wonderful and crucial period that extended roughly from 1375 to 1440.

This show presents paintings that have been famous for centuries, alongside other exquisite paintings little known to the general public, along with sculpture in wood and marble, illuminated codices, works of sacred and profane art: all of them creations of superlative value and undisputed historical importance which come from prestigious public museum institutions, as well as from Italian and foreign private collections.

Included are works by artists active in Florence between the XIV and XV centuries. These works represent the highest level of painters worthy of a greater familiarity: Lippo d’Andrea, Mariotto di Cristofano, Giovanni Toscani, Ventura di Moro, Francesco d’Antonio and Arcangelo di Cola.

Lorenzo Ghiberti, one of the most illustrious personalities of the Florentine late gothic style, is also on display. His work on the first gate of the Baptistery, during the early phase of his activity, was a tool for study for all of the leading artists in Florence.

Beato Angelico and Michelozzo are emblematic of a line of expression that created the artistic language of the recent past with the novel ideas that were taking shape in the city with Brunelleschi and Masaccio. Their art had the support of several great humanists who gathered around the figure of Cosimo de’ Medici, the Elder.

Finally, the exhibition closes in splendor with one of the most illustrious works of the early XV century – the Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, a work of art that synthesizes the dreams of an unrepeatable epoch.



On September 15 at 9:15, there will be a free concert of sacred music of Francesco Siciliani and other modern composers. Entrance at the southeastern door.


Inside the Pitti Palace in the magnificently frescoed Sala di Bona (near the Galleria Palatina) a series of free musical events (Concerti a Palazzo) are being presented. You have to purchase a ticket to the museum and send an email to galleriapalatina@polomuseale.firenze.it to get on the rsvp list.

6 Sept., 17.00

Enzo Oliva, piano

L. van Beethoven, F. Liszt, J. Brahms

Scuola di Musica di Fiesole

13 Sept., 17:00

Andrea Solinas, piano

C. Debussy, E. Granados

20 Sept., 17:00

Concerti A Palazzo

Mariacarla Seraponte, soprano

Maria Grazia Donato, piano

R. Schumann, C. Debussy, G. Fauré

22 Sept., 17:00

Federica Bortoluzzi, piano

F. Chopin, F. Liszt


September finds Florence playing Jazz in an exceptional location, the amphitheater of the Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Garden. This First Edition of Pitti Jazz begins on September 5. It will be an opportunity to visit the amazing Buontalenti Grotto at an unusual time (8 pm) and to appreciate the new lighting. The concert will follow.

The three dates in September – Wednesday 5, Monday 10 and Thursday – 13 artists of renown will play. On the first night Fabrizio Bosso trumpet plays with the group called “BoBo” with Rosario Bonaccorso on bass. September 10 will feature piano with Rita Marcotulli along with Luciano Biondini (on accordion) and the extraordinary Argentine multi-instrumentalist Xavier Girotto. The closing concert, September 13, features the saxophone of Mirko Guerrini (and also with piano and live electronics) in an unusual concert with sand images created live by Massimo Ottoni, visual artist.

Entrance to the evening concerts is at 8 pm at the Rondò di Bacco entrance to the Boboli Gardens.

Each concert starts at 9:30 pm. Tickets are €12.

Ticket pre-sales at www.eventimusicpool.it , BoxOffice and Ticketone beginning August 1.


On September 27th at 9:30pm, be sure you have a table at one of the eateries ringing Piazza della Repubblica for the free concert by rocker Iggy Pop and the Stooges. The piazza is going to be packed like a sardine can, so it’s worth the extra coperto to attend the concert in comfort.

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


Until November 4th at the Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence

The title Arte torna Arte [Art Returns to Art] is the same as the one Luciano Fabro - one of the best-known artists on the Italian scene who died in 2007 - chose for a collection of his writings and of lectures and talks given between 1981 and 1997 at universities, academies and museums in various parts of the world. Adopting this expression as the title of the exhibition is a mark of agreement with his idea of art as a continuum that renews and regenerates itself, drawing strength from itself and from its own history. 

Arte torna Arte presents examples of artists who in their works have looked to history, to the masterpieces of the past, making use of their iconography, reworking their ideas and assuming a responsibility that has not yet been exhausted and a sense of belonging that has no bounds, but that finds expression in languages rich in interpretative possibilities.

The location of the exhibition is doubly emblematic. The Galleria is the home of Michelangelo’s David and his Prisoners, as well as important collections that include masterpieces of various periods, and in particular of 14th-century Florentine painting: thus it is an ideal setting for a concrete dialogue between the works of the past and those of artists of our own day, offering the public the experience of a continual counterpoint. The gallery is also an exhibition place linked to the history of the Florentine Accademia di Belle Arti, the first institution set up in Italy to mark a continuity between past and present, where the collection of plaster casts and works, before and after the creation of the city’s museums, has provided models of Renaissance thinking and supplied lifeblood to artists from all over the world, who have come to Florence and the academy to study.

THE NEW FRONTIER: History And Culture Of The Native Americans From The Collections Of The Gilcrease Museum

Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini and Galleria del Costume until December 8th.

The year 2012 will mark the fifth centennial of the death of Amerigo Vespucci, one of the discoverers of the American continents and, especially, the one who gave his name to the new lands. To commemorate the great navigator who was born in Florence in 1454, the Pitti Palace hosts an exhibition dedicated to the native inhabitants of North America and, in particular, of the lands that European colonists penetrated in their advance westward from the XVII century through the XIX century. Even most Americans will not have seen such a comprehensive exhibit of the history of indigenous Native Americans.

For the realization of this ambitious project, the Pitti called on the Gilcrease Museum of Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of the most important museums for its wealth of historical tokens of the North-American continent and for the largest collection of artistic and handicraft works of the American West. Founded in 1949 by oilman Thomas Gilcrease of the Muskogee-Creek Nation, the Museum is known for the exceptional vastness of its collections, most of which were collected by its founder, animated by a profound interest in the history of his forefathers and of the native populations. Property of the city of Tulsa, which jointly administers it with the University of the city, the Gilcrease Museum represents a fundamental point of reference for studies on the Native Americans.

The Florence show will present a selection of the most precious and significant pieces from the American museum, and will open in the Andito degli Angiolini with a historical section that introduces the various phases in the discovery of America and its colonization; a map will show the locations of the settlements of the major tribes before and after the exodus from their lands. This section will also touch on aspects of the tribes’ social organization before colonization, and the subsequent contamination of Indian culture by Western culture; particular attention is devoted to the iconographic tokens of the early XX century by great American photographer and ethnologist, Edward Curtis who dedicated himself to documenting the civilization of the Native Americans who were by then risking extinction.

Palazzo Pitti (ask for the New Frontiers ticket)

APERITIVO AD ARTE – Cocktails At The Bargello

For the months of September and October, the Bargello Museum will be offering the chance for cocktails within an extaordinary setting. Every Tuesday until October 9, the Aperitivo ad Arte invites you to enjoy an evening out at the museum where you can both savor your drinks while getting the chance to visit the museum’s room dedicated to Michelangelo and to other Renaissance artists and the current exhibition, Fabulae Pictae Miti e storie nelle maioliche del Rinascimento, when the museum is usually closed to visitors. Tickets cost 12 euro.

You can reserve a spot (recommended) by calling the following number: 055.294883

Web Site: http://www.firenzeturismo.it/en/news-and-reviews/aperitivo-al-museo.html



From Thurs. 6 to Sun. 9 Greve-in-Chianti, heart of the renowned Chianti Classico wine region, hosts a fabulous wine fair. From 5:00 pm on Thursday and from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm the other days, enjoy music, wine tasting and Tuscan specialties in the main square of town. Free admission.

Web Site: http://www.greve-in-chianti.com/en/2010_wine_festival.htm

VINO AL VINO – Panzano Wine Fair of Local Wineries

Panzano-in-Chianti holds a lovely, annual festival, Thursday the 13th to Sunday the 16th, bringing together wines from the many, excellent Panzano area estates, both large and small. There is music, a festive atmosphere and loads of wine to be sampled. Twelve euros gets you a tasting glass and tastes of wines with commentary by the wine producers themselves. Look for: Carobbio, Casaloste, Castello di Rampolla, Cennatoio, Fattoria La Quercia, Fontodi, Il Vescovino, La Marcellina, La Massa, Le Bocce, Le Fonti, Panzanello, Podere Le Cinciole, Vecchie Terre di Montefili, Villa Cafaggio, Vignole and more. Starts Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, then Friday, Saturday and Sunday from11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Web Site: http://www.vinoalvinopanzano.com/en/vinoalvino/


The Grape Harvest Festival in Impruneta is one of the Chianti Classico Region’s oldest harvest festivals (since 1926). On the afternoon of Sun. 30, Impruneta’s four neighborhoods (rioni) compete in a spectacular display of hometown pride. After more than a month of secret preparations, each neighborhood presents a float decorated with fresh grapes and papier-mâché, accompanied by swirling, whirling choreographed crowds of local participants in a heartfelt competition for first prize. The show, beginning at 3:00 pm, culminates two days of wine market/food fair promoting the local Chianti from the Colli Fiorentini area of the Chianti Classico Region.

For info and tickets call 055 2036408.


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 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

A P&F RECOMMENDATION FOR UMBRIA – Locanda Appennino in Umbertide

While exploring the medieval towns of Umbria – Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto, Todi – Locanda Appennino, just off the E-45 in Umbertide, is an ideal stop for lunch or dinner. In the summer, you'll want to dine on the vine-covered terrace with a view of the Tiber. In winter, relax in the colorful, cozy dining room. Over the years, the menu has evolved from traditional Umbrian fare to today's more elegant dishes, though still based on the Umbrian tradition of fresh, locally produced ingredients. Today, wherever possible, this means organic and garden-fresh.

Laura Sabbiniani, chef-owner, and her mother Elvira are always in the kitchen attending to every detail. From baking a variety of breads, including unique crisps, to the remarkable desserts, their passion is in evidence. For example, breads are made from wheat grown on the family's farm and stone-ground at an antique mill. Pasta is fatta a mano.

At a recent meal, sitting on the terrace with the setting sun filtering through the grape-vines overhead, we were quickly served the pretty amuse bouche of the day – a purée of cantaloupe floating on a layer of burrata cream. We began with a mesclun salad with smoked duck breast; our guest chose the ginger-scented steamed mussels. Our firsts were: ravioli filled with caprino cheese and celery, on a cream of zucchini and mint and a saffron-scented risotto. New on the summer menu was a very flavorful and tender breast of guinea hen dressed with lardo di Colonnata. We enjoyed the equally delicious oven-roasted rabbit prepared with fresh herbs and served with new potatoes. (All seconds are served with a vegetable.) For dessert we could not resist the Bavarian cream yogurt cake and the Valrhona chocolate tart served with passion fruit ice. Our preference is always for vino rosso. So selecting from the well-balanced winelist, we chose an outstanding Montefalco red. To conclude our evening, we then moved to the adjacent Il Salotto for coffee and tea. Here Luara serves a variety of before- and after-dinner libations (as well as breakfast in the morning).

Located a few steps off the main square in Umbertide's historic center, Locanda Appennino and Il Salotto are at Via L. Grilli 19/21. Telephone: 334-353-6585.


ITALIAN FOOD RULE: Don’t Put Ice Cubes in Beverages

Imagine you and an Italian friend are in a New York restaurant where “Hi! I’m Sam, your waiter” is assisting you to have the best lunch experience possible. This includes large glasses of iced water that arrive immediately on the table with a large basket of warm bread. Guaranteed, your Italian friend will immediately start scooping out the cubes into the empty wine glass. “Hi! I’m Sam” arrives to take your order and notices the half-full glass of iceless water. He leaves and returns with the water pitcher, which he turns sideways so that it dispenses the maximum amount of ice and a lesser amount of water. Duty done, he grins, “Now, what sounds good to you all, today?”

Italian Food Rule: No ice cubes in beverages. Ice in Italy is to keep fresh fish fresh. Full stop.

The most common reason Italians (and other Europeans) cite for the rule is that icy cold liquids are bad for your digestion. They can even cause the dreaded congestione – an abdominal cramp – that can kill you. The next frequently cited reason is a fear of the tap water used for making ice. Despite the fact that Italy has very safe tap water – not always the best tasting, but safe to drink in any form – the rate of consumption of bottled water (at room temperature) in Italy is one of the highest in Europe.

No hotel in Italy will have an ice machine in the hall and few will deliver ice to the room upon request. This may be for the reasons stated above or because ice machines use a lot of very expensive electricity and are breeding grounds of all sorts of molds, fungi, and bacteria.

Italy is a land of simple drinks – wine, beer and water (frizzante or naturale) – none of which require ice. There is not a big cocktail tradition, but in a bow to the customs of the rest of the world you will frequently find three tiny cubes of ice floating in your Negroni.

When visiting Italy, try following the Italian Food Rule: Don’t put ice cubes in beverages. You may find that you can actually taste what you are drinking. (If you are renting a place in Florence or Tuscany for a week or a month and must have ice cubes, bring your own trays.)

To read more, go to TuscanTraveler.com.


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September starts off fast and ends with a race. You can always rest in October so don’t miss any of the fun this month. Best wishes

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio