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NEWSLETTER September 2015
WELCOME

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. Then head out to Tuscany for the grape harvest and wine festivals. End the month with the Corri La Vita back at Piazza del Duomo. With best harvest wishes, from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, ANNA PIA, VANNI, ANN and MARIO.


PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER

P&F PICK APARTMENT RENTAL FOR SEPTEMBER – OltrarnoApartment With So Many Views

Want a terrace for every bedroom and the living room, too? Views north, south, east and west? Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, modern kitchen, top floor (with elevator) – the perfect place for five people for a month, or six, or a year or two.


This area was in rubble after WWII, therefore this building is new, without the quirks of 500-year-old construction. The apartment was renovated in 2005. The best of both worlds – views of the Renaissance outside, but all of the comforts inside.

For more information click this link.



PICK EVENT FOR SEPTEMBER – CORRI LA VITA

Join Suzanne and thousands of others for the 13th Edition of Florence’s CORRI LA VITA on September 27 at 8am in Piazza del Duomo. The Association Corri la Vita Onlus, in collaboration with LILT, the Italian League for the Fight against Cancer, Florence Section, The Florence Marathon, and the Amateur Sport Associazione organize this delightful athletic event which is a run of approx. 13 km and approx. 5 km walk through the city of Florence.

For many years Suzanne has had 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 27, 2015, 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

CORRI LA VITA expects over 32,000 participants this year, which represents a phenomenal increase from the first edition. The official T-shirt will yet again be generously offered by the Florence fashion house of SALVATORE FERRAGAMO.

THE PROGRAM AND GERNARAL INFORMATION:

The date and meeting place for 13th edition of Corri la Vita:

It will take place in: Florence on Sunday 27th September 2015.

Meeting place: Piazza Duomo

Meeting time: 8 a.m. onwards

Departure time: 9.30 a.m.


How to participate in the walk or the run:

The walk of approx. 5 km is open to all, there are no winners or chronometric times taken, so no chip is necessary.

The fun run of approx. 13 km is open to everyone (but will also include those runners who are registered and micro chipped for their individual arrival times to be registered)


Participation is open to recreational and non-competitive runners, all FIDAL  (Italian Athletics Federation) including the amateurs category,  members of sporting associations with a valid agreement with FIDAL , and non-members whoare only occasional or recreational (non competitive) participants

Registration opens on September 1, 2015.

Registration and participation locations for Corri la Vita 2015 are listed on the web site www.corrilavita.it

Registration for run of 13 km with micro chip will close on 26 September 2015 at 1 p.m (or as long as pectoral numbers and micro chip supplies last).


For the walk of 5 km one can register up till Sunday September 27, 2015. Registration booths will be open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.(starting time) in Via Martelli (near Piazza Duomo) in Florence (or as long as pectoral numbers and T shirt supplies last)


The registration fee for the walk of 5 km and the 13 km run is €10

The registration fee for runners with micro chips is €15.


The registration fee entitles participants to a cotton T shirt offered by Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, (as long as supplies last) together with a pectoral number (also as long as supplies last). Each year the T shirt is specially designed for this event.


There will be a designated cloaking area close to the starting line, where personal belongs may be stored till 12.30 p.m on Sunday September 27th 2015..

There will be portable toilets near the start and finishing areas.

Medical assistance and care will be provided by Misericordie Fiorentine.


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/iscrizioni/

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.

Thank you for your support.

Suzanne


BEST DEAL FOR SEPTEMBER – Free Access to the Duomo Terrace

September 8 is the 718th 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.

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.


PICK EATERY FOR SEPTEMBER – San Martino 26 in San Gimignano

When you are out in Tuscany checking out the harvest festival, stop for lunch at San Martino 26, a new restaurant in San Gimignano. The address and the name are the same – Via San Martino 26. The menu is a contemporary twist on Tuscan cuisine. Fabio, the chef, says his inspiration for the menu was “Passion for the Palate.” Every plate is specifically created to arouse a new sense of aroma and taste. The ingredients are prodotti artigianale direct from the area, farm-to-table.

San Martino 26 has an intimate dining room with beige travertine floors, antique-Tuscan stone and brick walls and violet accent walls. Elegant crystal chandeliers add to the ellegance.

Start with marinated salmon accompanied by a lemon and filed green salad (Il Salmone Marinato a freddo con misticanza e salsa d’agrumi). Continue with the crepe filled with rabbit & topped with delicate Creme of Leek Sauce (Il fagottino di Coniglio su fondente di porri), the chick Pea soup served with warm cod-fish (Zuppa di ceci e Baccalà), the fresh vegetarian pasta (I Tacconi di Pasta Fresca con Ragu Finto) and the range-glazed duck served with spinich sformatino and potato (San Martino 26 Anatra Spcecialità). Save room for dessert and try a local wine from the fine wine list.

See: www.ristorantesanmartino26.it


BEST BOOK FOR SEPTEMBER – Murder and Marinara: An Italian Kitchen Mystery by Rosie Genova

Hit whodunit writer Victoria Rienzi is getting back to her roots by working at her family’s Italian restaurant. But now in between plating pasta and pouring vino, she’ll have to find the secret ingredient in a murder....

When Victoria takes a break from penning her popular mystery series and moves back to the Jersey shore, she imagines sun, sand, and scents of fresh basil and simmering marinara sauce at the family restaurant, the Casa Lido. But her nonna’s recipes aren’t the only things getting stirred up in this Italian kitchen.  

Their small town is up in arms over plans to film a new reality TV show, and when Victoria serves the show’s pushy producer his last meal, the Casa Lido staff finds itself embroiled in a murder investigation. Victoria wants to find the real killer, but there are as many suspects as tomatoes in her nonna’s garden. Now she’ll have to heat up her sleuthing skills quickly…before someone else gets a plateful of murder. 

First in a new series! RECIPES INCLUDED!


BEST BOOK FOR KIDS FOR SEPTEMBER – Mission Rome: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure by Catherine Arago

Planning to travel to Rome with kids? Want to ensure your young explorers get the most out of their travel experience in the ‘Eternal City’? Mission Rome guides your young travelers through the famous sights of the Italian capital, engaging them in an exciting scavenger hunt as you explore Rome landmarks together as a family.

Say ‘arrivederci’ to a trip filled with the stress of keeping everyone entertained. Instead, say ‘buongiorno’ to a memorable family vacation - and to your children excited to discover the wonders of Rome with you, with this book as their guide.

Imagine, not only will your kids want to sightsee; but together you'll uncover the intriguing histories of sights like Pantheon, Roman Forum, Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, and many more.

Not your typical travel guide, Mission Rome ensures a fun vacation for everyone with a captivating, spy-theme scavenger hunt packed with fun activities and the fascinating stories behind the city's landmarks.

Created by a travel-loving family, Mission Rome is a must-have book for kids visiting Rome, Italy!


BEST PARTY FOR SEPTEMBER – Festa Democratica

Tents and simple chairs make up the eatery at this traditional Italian event. Add music, games, and a market to make this what used to be the liberal festival, Festa d’Unita.

Until September 14 the Cascine Park is host to the Festa Democratica.

This is one of the things to do in Florence in August if you really really want to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and atmosphere. There are rides for the kids (this place is great for children!), live music or dj session, stalls and stands selling all sorts of items, and also pubs & bars.

Go over to the Festa Democratica for some authentic Florentine fun - one of the not to be missed things to do in Florence in August!

Piazza Vittorio Veneto (at the start of the Cascine park)


BEST OF THE REST FOR SEPTEMBER

LA RIFICOLONA

Some say 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.


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 riverside.

Want to join in the fun? Launch you own lantern.

Monday, September 7 will be a Rificolona with a twist. Go to the Arno beach “Easy Living” in San Niccolo. There will be the launching of floating lanterns with hundred lights and a hundred thoughts entrusted to water river current.

The meeting is at Arno Beach - St. Nicholas, from 7pm to 9pm (the sun sets at 7:40).

There will be music, drinks and food.

What to bring: a lighter or some matches and a pen. The paper lanterns are made ??available by the organization.

For inrmation: www.eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-summer-sunset-18244861873 .



SUMMER AT THE BARGELLO

Until September 22 at the Bargello Museum, via del Proconsolo 4, Florence

The courtyard of the beautiful Bargello Museum will be filled with musical, dance and theatre performances all summer. Highlights among the more than 70 events include classical music on July 6 and 17 and the Florence Dance Festival (June 2 – July 24).

See http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/it/eventi/evento.php?t=5190c674f1c3bc300c00001c for details.



DALÍ MEETS DANTE

Salvador Dalí meets the ‘Supreme Poet’ in this pleasant, unexpected pairing at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Famous for both his bizarre work and erratic behavior, Dalí dabbled in book illustrations, including Dante’s Divine Comedy. See Dalí’s graphic, psychoanalytical take on Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise in the Galleria delle Carrozze: melting clocks may not show up in the Inferno circles, but plenty of his stylistic standards make appearances in these intensely allegorical illustrations.

See www.thedaliuniverse.com for further information.


Until September 27

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Camillo Cavour 5



CLIMB A TOWER

The San Niccolò tower was built in 1324, during the works for the last set of walls that used to surround Florence, and it’s one of the most beautiful and best preserved of all the towers/doors that remains in the city. Its charm and grandeur is due to the fact that, unlike the others, it was not lowered in the sixteenth century and thus is the only door that retains its original height (however, the battlements were added in the nineteenth century).

Since 2011, during the summer months, locals and tourists have an amazing opportunity: to climb the 160 steps of this beautiful tower, reach the top and have a 360° view of Florence from an unusual and different point of view. From here you’ll also be able to see part of the old city walls.


This summer the tower will be open from June 24 to September 30..

Opening times: from 5 to 8pm, with guided tours in Italian, English, French and Spanish, every 30 minutes (booking recommended). In case of rain, the tower is closed.

Tickets: 4 €

For information: phone +39 055 2768224 – +39 055 2768558

info@muse.comune.fi.it



BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES

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. The September schedule was not up in time for this newsletter but you can find it here: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/events/1/weekly-cultural-programme/


Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 18.00

Lecture in Italian: Sergio Risaliti

Crouching boy: sculture e disegni da Michelangelo a Gormley


Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 18.00

Lecture: Hilary Fraser

Women writing art history in the 19th century: looking like a woman


Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 18.00

Lecture: James Sholto Douglas

Orson Welles: a genius of the cinema



ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – Odeon Cinema

The Odeon Cinema is open again after its summer holiday.

September 15-18, 21 Woman in Gold


September 20 When the World Answered


September 23-25 The Walk


September 26-28 The Martian


See http://www.odeonfirenze.com/?page_id=9 for details or stop by Piazza Stozzi for a program.

MUSIC FOR SEPTEMBER

MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

September is the month for opera. Check out the Maggio at the new Florence Opera House in Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

See: http://www.operadifirenze.it/calendario/


CLASSICAL MUSIC IN FLORENCE

Check out the website for www.classictic.com for information about classical music being performed in various venues in Florence.


FESTIVAL OF ANCIENT MUSIC IN SANTO SPIRITO

Fri, Sep 04 2015, 21:00

Basilica di Santo Spirito


TOSCANA CLASSICA: CONCERTS IN FLORENCE

Sun, Sep 06 and 07, 2015, 21:00

Chiesa di Orsanmichele


ST. MARK'S CHURCH: ITALIAN OPERA LOVE DUETS

Wed, Sep 09 2015, 21:15

St Mark's English Church


DON GIOVANNI

Sat, Sep 12 2015, 20:30

St Mark's English Church


For more see: https://www.classictic.com/en/special/florence-concerts/95/?page=3

BUT WHAT IF I JUST GOT TO FLORENCE AND SEPTEMBER IS ALMOST OVER?

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



FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR SEPTEMBER

GO TO CORTONA FOR CORTONANTIQURIA


For the past fifty-three years, between August and September, Cortona proudly hosts Cortonantiquaria, a national antiques exhibition market. It is set up in the beautiful 18th century halls of Palazzo Vagnotti, one of the better preserved of the city, which shows the charm of different stories, styles and tastes.


Every year dozens of exhibiters, coming from the whole Italy, from Lombardy to Sicily, display their old furniture and other art objects, which are accurately selected and certified: paintings, sculptures, earthenware, silver and bronzes, prints, engravings, carpets, weapons, jewels, fans, laces and much more. Thanks to the quality of the items exposed, to the experience in the organization by the Tourist Office of Arezzo and to the beauty of the halls, the antiques exhibition of Cortona is considered to be one of the most prestigious antiques fairs at the national and international level.


The fact that some exhibiters have come back every year since the beginning shows all the success and importance of this antiques exhibition market. Antiques trade in Cortona is not only an exhibition event, but also something closely related to some traditions of a great economic and cultural value for this region, such as craftsmanship and restoration.


Cortonantiquaria is a must for antique and modern art lovers, but also a fashionable crowd-pulling event taking place at the end of summer, since it gives everyone the chance to become familiar with this beautiful world. This renowned antiques market combines the peculiar fascination of antique works of art with social events, like conferences and wine tasting. In particular, every year since 2001 the local authorities award the Cortonantiquaria Prize to an important personality in arts, culture or entrepreneurship, who have based their professional engagement on quality and reliability and who have a special connection with Cortona.


Until September 6. See: www.cortonantiquaria.it



45th CHIANTI CLASSICO WINE FAIR IN GREVE


From Thurs. 10 to Sun. 13, 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.expochianticlassico.com/en/



VINO AL VINO – Panzano Wine Fair of Local Wineries


Panzano-in-Chianti holds a lovely, annual festival, Thursday the 17th to Sunday the 20th, 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/



GRAPE HARVEST FESTIVAL OF IMPRUNETA


The Grape Harvest Festival in Impruneta is one of the Chianti Classico Region’s oldest harvest festivals (since 1926). On the afternoon of Sun. 28, 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.


Note that events start on the 6th and run through the month until the great festival on the 27th.


For info and tickets call 055 2036408. See also: http://www.lafestadelluva.it/?page_id=1603



THE LEGEND OF THE BLACK ROOSTER


The Black Rooster on a gold field is the historic symbol of Chianti Classico wine. The choice of that symbol was due above all to what the Black Rooster represents from the standpoint of history and popular tradition.


The legend of the Black Rooster goes back to the Middle Ages and the incident it describes points in reality to the political unification of the entire Chianti zone. It was, precisely, the behavior of a black rooster that decided the zone’s fate.


According to the legend, in the medieval period, when the republics of Florence and Siena were engaged in bitter conflicts with each seeking to prevail over the other, the Chianti territory was the theater of almost continuous clashes because of its location between the two cities. To put an end to the fighting and establish a definitive border, the two antagonists agreed to an unusual or even bizarre solution. A rider would depart from the capital of each of the two republics and the border would be drawn at the point where the horsemen met. The riders were to set out at dawn and the signal for the race to begin would be the crowing of a rooster announcing the new day. That arrangement was completely in line with the customs of those times when the rhythms of daily life were measured by natural mechanisms. In preparations for the race, the choice of rooster was a more decisive factor than the choice of rider or horse. The Sienese opted for a white rooster, while the Florentines chose a black bird, which they kept closed up in a small pen. The Florentines sealed out the light and gave the bird little to eat, so that it was famished.


On the long-awaited day of the race, the rooster began to crow loudly as soon as it was removed from its pen, although it was still some time before dawn. His crowing permitted the Florence rider to leave immediately and with a big advantage over the Sienese horseman, who could not depart before the regular time when the first light of dawn induced his white bird to crow. Because of the time lost in comparison with the Florentine rider, the Siena horseman managed to cover only 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) of the route before meeting his competitor in the vicinity of Fonterutoli.


As a result, nearly all of Chianti passed into the hands of the Florentine republic long before Siena itself fell to its traditional opponent.


After that legendary horse race, the Black Rooster became the symbol of the League of Chianti, which was assigned administrative and military defense duties within the Republic of Florence.


Given the zone’s political significance, the Black Rooster was depicted on the walls of the Salone del Cinquecento by Giorgio Vasari when the famous painter, architect and author was called upon in the mid-16th century to remodel the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

TUSCAN TRAVELER'S ITALIAN FOOD RULES FOR THE P&F NEWSLETTER

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.


MESSAGES TO & FROM NEWSLETTER READERS

Invitation to Newsletter Readers & Friends:

The Pitcher & Flaccomio Newsletter would like to invite readers and friends of readers to submit announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to visitors and residents of Florence and Tuscany, provide shopping tips, and/or comments on what’s “right” or “wrong” in Florence (or the Newsletter). We can’t promise to put every announcement in the newsletter, but we appreciate your support, interest and messages.

Please send an email to info@pitcherflaccomio.com or newsletter@pitcherflaccomio.com .


SEPTEMBER WISHES

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

All the best,

Staff
Pitcher and Flaccomio


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