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NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2016
WELCOME
“Il Rientro” is upon us, and the post-summer blues are thoroughly eased with the massive number of things to do this September. It is harvest time, so Tuscany is overflowing with wine and food festivals, while all of the arts and culture programs are relaunching after the summer break. Lucky and safe here in Florence, we send all our love and support to the people who have been affected by the earthquake. We hope everyone will make a contribution to the thousands of people who have lost their loved ones and homes. We count our blessings and offer our support, with best wishes from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, LESLIE, VANNI, ANNA PIA, MARISA, and MARIO.
PITCHER & FLACCOMIO PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER

BEST EVENT FOR SEPTEMBER – CORRI LA VITA

Join Suzanne and thousands of others for the 14th Edition of Florence's CORRI LA VITA on September 25 at 9:30 in Piazza del Duomo. The official T-shirt will yet again be generously offered by the Florence fashion house of SALVATORE FERRAGAMO. Registrations open on September 1st, and this year's t-shirts are fluorescent blue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood of Florence. Let's all unite against breast cancer and have fun doing it!

Started in 2003 to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer, with the collaboration of the Italian Cancer Association – Florence. The proceeds are divided between projects and the main portion going to the Public Health Department of Florence for breast cancer patients. All the proceeds that have been collected over the past eleven years have been given to help the patients directly and to assist the volunteers in executing their work. The proceeds collected from the Corri la Vita will be given to following associations: L.I.L.T. Lega Italiana per la Lotta contro i Tumori Sezione di Firenze (Florence Cancer Association) supporting Ce.Ri.On. Centro Riabilitazione Oncologica (Oncology Center in Florence), FILE Fondazione Italiana di Leniterapia (palliative care Association), The Vito Distante Project in Breast Cancer Clinical Research and SenoNetwork Italia Onlus (a national network for cancer patients).

Suzanne has had the pleasure of being one of the founding members of CORRI LA VITA.

Please save the day September 25, 2016, but also consider taking an active part in helping organise the event, either by volunteering, opening your wallet, or both. You can make a donation here: http://www.corrilavita.it/en/donazioni/ and to volunteer, please write to me at s.pitcher@dada.it

CORRI LA VITA is an chance for people to gather together to enjoy sport, culture and solidarity in support of a great cause that has touched so many of our lives. All kinds of people, athletes and non-athletes, families, children, and even pets participate. There are no limits in size, age or capability. You can join the 5.2 km walk or the 12 km competitive race. See the routes on the CORRI LA VITA web site: http://www.corrilavita.it/en/itineraries/
We hope everyone will participate, but we also hope that when signing up, everyone will dig deep and be more generous than the requested €10 to enter!

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)

A personal 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:  CORRI LA VITA ONLUS. 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 ASAP.
I would also like to mention that I have clients who have become dear friends who have made the trip to Florence every year to participate in this event. Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago and being a survivor she feels,  and to quote her "very privileged to be present" and thankful for being so supportive of our cause. I also have many friends who EVERY year never forget to send me money for Corri La Vita, to all of you a HUGE BIG thank you. Of course, you generous ones know who you are…..

Thank you for reading my note, I hope you'll join the CORRI LA VITA  group of supporters.

A big hug
Suzanne

 

P&F RENTAL PICK FOR SEPTEMBER – SPACIOUS APARTMENT WITH TRULY BREATHTAKING VIEWS

“This apartment is spacious and has a very clean, airy feeling. The views are truly breathtaking, and the Duomo seems to be in the apartment…I didn’t hear the church bells!!!!”

The apartment is situated in the centre of the city on one of the main street leading to Piazza del Duomo, 5 minutes walk from the main museums and galleries. The Duomo and the Baptistery are right outside the front door, and 2 minutes walk away is the food market of San Lorenzo, a speciality supermarket, all the main banks and the central post office.

Positives: Location, views, spacious, elevator, light, air conditioning.

The apartment is mainly furnished with antiques, and the floors are nearly all parquet. It is located on the 4th and top floor with an elevator, and is approx. 130 sq. mts (1,300 sq.ft.). Consists of:
Large entry room, Living/dining room (round table 6/8, with 4 windows overlooking the cathedral square), Eat-inKitchen (with a balcony overlooking a back courtyard), 3 double bedrooms ( 2 king size double, 1 king size sofa bed) , 2 bathrooms (1 with shower stall and tub, 1 wet room style), Balcony, Laundry room.

Includes: Air conditioning, washing machine, dishwasher, oven, microwave, internet connection, telephone, TV.

 

BEST FESTIVAL FOR SEPTEMBER – ESTATE FIORENTINA 2016
Until October

Florentine summer is already in full motion, and this year, it’s a staggering six months long. Sand and surf season may grind to a standstill post-Ferragosto, but the spirit of summer lives on through the end of October—thanks to Estate Fiorentina.

The annual arts and cultural kermesse launched its longest-ever edition on April 30 with the “First Night of Summer,” once known as Notte Bianca, taking on a more literary and less party-oriented focus. This year, Estate Fiorentina’s full program features more than 750 events taking place in some of Florence’s most vibrant venues—from local icons (Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello) to contemporary hubs (Museo Novecento, Le Murate) to places undergoing their own Renaissance (Palazzina Ex-Fabbri, piazza del Carmine). Artistic director Tommaso Sacchi confirmed that Estate Fiorentina is “Italy’s largest interdisciplinary festival”: these highlights alone will keep your calendar full all season long.
(Text From: http://www.theflorentine.net/lifestyle/2016/05/estate-fiorentina-2016/)

A sample of September’s Events:

Balagan Café
Until September 18
On select nights throughout the summer season, Florence’s synagogue and hub of Hebrew culture will open its spectacular garden for apericene, concerts, lectures, poetry readings and more. Events are modeled after the improvised “Balagan” folk theatres of 18th and 19th century Russia. Visitors will have the opportunity to try traditional foods and explore various components of Jewish culture, from klezmer music to the Florence community’s history. The series re-launched with a successful inaugural event on the Prima Notte d’Estate (formerly Notte Bianca), and will continue through September.

Michael Nyman in the Sala d’Arme
15 days from June to September

FLORENCE IN LOVE at Le Murate | Puccini Garden
8 to 23 September
Fiorentina Catalyst presents FLORENCE IN LOVE | Elegy: three events including theatre, history and literature that will tell of the love through Florence.

Michael Nyman Photographer: Perou
See Michael Nyman perform from the (digital) piano bench on select days from June to September. The contemporary composer and pianist, known for his minimalist sound and long collaboration with British film director Peter Greenaway, has chosen Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala d’Arme as the venue for several new video installations.

Spoon River Anthology: 100th Anniversary Celebrations
Throughout September
Music from Fabrizio de’ Andre and readings from Edgar Lee Masters’ famous poetry collection

Cat Power
September 7
Eclectic American singer-songwriter performs in the Cascine

Cirk Fantastik
September 15–25
Contemporary circus festival with prize-winning performances and acrobatics

String City Firenze
September and October
One hundred string concerts in one hundred museums, performed by area music schools

See the full (and extensive) program here: http://estatefiorentina.it/

 

BEST CONCERT FOR SEPTEMBER – 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NEXTECH ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN FLORENCE
September 8-10

Nine Headlining Acts for 2016 over three days and three venues: Andy Stott, Backwords, Greg Haines, Ilario Alicante, Ricardo Baez, Ryan Elliott, Speedy J, Teo Naddi, Wooden Crate.

Today Nextech is one of the oldest electronic music festival in Italy, an event that has witnessed and continues to witness the evolution of a genre with wide horizons. In 10 years of life there have been more than 30 Nextech events, most sold out. An integral part of the artistic and cultural offerings of the city, Nextech Festival testifies to the turmoil of the present and imagines a vision of the future, approaching the age-old artistry of the physical immediacy of electronic music, and documenting the constant interaction between analog and digital.

Opening the show is Backwords who will present an exclusive premiere of "Three", his latest album. At the centre of his performance is the encounter between man and machine, which will materialise before your eyes through the use of analog synths and drum machines, tools able to design a futuristic universe. The evening will continue in the Sala Vanni with a performance by Greg Haines, a talented British composer of Berlin's adoption, capable of mixing profoundly different genres and instruments, from piano to synthetic electroacoustic sounds. Friday, September 9 moves to the Viper Theatre with Ricardo Baez, a young Italian-Venezuelan talent, and another premiere: the presentation of "Too Many Voices", the new Andy Scott disc, which enchants audiences ranging from slowed-down house to hyperactive footwork. To close the second evening will be Ryan Elliott, DJ and remixer born and raised in the legendary Detroit with a sound that moves from cold to warmer house, with minimal techno sounds.

The Fortezza da Basso, 10, will be the temple of techno music with live resident Teo Naddi and Florentine duo David Rosafio and Joseph Gonzales, aka the Wooden Create. To close the festival will be two stars: Dutch Speedy, considered one of the pioneers of techno scene, and Ilario Alicante from Ibiza for a powerful and energetic set.

But the celebrations of the tenth edition will begin Tuesday, September 6 with an aperitif in music with free admission to be held in one of the cult places of Summer Fiorentina, the Easy Living.

Vanni area | Viper Club | Fortezza da Basso - from 20.00
Schedule and Tickets: http://www.nextechfestival.com/

 

BEST DEAL FOR SEPTEMBER – FREE ACCESS TO DUOMO TERRACE FOR THE NATIVITY OF THE VIRGIN MARY

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 Santa Maria del Fiore, the Florence cathedral, which took place on the feast of the birth of Our Lady in 1296 (or according to others, 1298). Every year the terrace above the rose window is opened free to visitors from 10am through to 4.30pm. The traditional “walk” at a height of thirty-two meters (105 feet), 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.

 

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE FOR SEPTEMBER - THE MEDICI DYNASTY AT IL FULIGNO
Until January 2017

After the great success of last year’s season, The Medici Dynasty has reopened this year with an all new, updated production. There is a new script created by your very own newsletter writer, Marisa Garreffa, based on the original script by Gherardo Rosati Vitali, Carolina Gamini, and Giuseppe Arone. With direction by New York based director, Bari Hochwald, and the stunning new location of the Baroque church of Sant’Onofrio (inside the Il Fuligno complex), this is a production not to be missed.

The performance explores the relationship between brother and sister, Gian Gastone and Anna Maria Luisa, who were the last of the ruling Medici family line. As they struggle to reach a reconciliation, Anna Maria Luisa develops her idea for The Family Pact, which bequeathed the entire Medici patrimony to the city of Florence, on the condition that nothing could ever be removed from the city. This historic agreement is the reason that Florence is still the home of the great works of the Renaissance today. Over the one hour show, audiences get a glimpse of 300 years of the history of the Medici. Performed in English, the show is suitable for all ages.

Every day except Mondays and Fridays.
Il Fuligno Complex, Via Faenza 48
More information: www.medicidynasty.com

 

BEST SPECTACLE FOR SEPTEMBER – LA FESTA DELLA RIFICOLONA, THE FESTIVAL OF THE PAPER LANTERNS
September 7

Some say the best party in town can be found in Piazza Santissima Annunziata after 9pm on September 7! For many years the festival, known as La Rificolona, has been a nostalgic children’s holiday which has been revived. The parade of lanterns is a treat for children, and these days there is even a competition for the most original lantern, and workshops are run by Florence’s five districts to teach children how to make their own lantern for the festival.

The festival is held to celebrate the Madonna. In Florence, the large basilica of Santissima Annunziata is dedicated to Mary and thus, her birthday on September 8 is a day of celebration, according to Christian tradition. Hundreds of peasants and farmers from the surrounding areas would make the long trek into the city to celebrate. They wouldn’t come empty handed, using the opportunity to bring their products such as cheeses, honey, seasonal vegetables, and hand-made products to sell at an important market fair held in the piazza for the Festa della Madonna. In order to arrive at the religious services on time, many started their journey before the break of dawn. The farmers needed lanterns to light the way, and these were often carried at the end of stick, made of candles protected by a frame 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 an enormous street party.

You might see older children blow spit wads (or tiny balls of wet clay) at the paper lanterns through a tube called cerbottana. This 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 coloured 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!

Then, on September 8th, don’t miss the annual Rificolona sull’Arno, when there will be lantern-lit boat rides with the Canottieri for children and families along the river Arno.

 

BEST EXHIBITION FOR SEPTEMBER – KOREAN ARTIST PARK EUN SUN
Until September 18

The Korean artist Park Eun Sun, who lives and works in Pietrasanta, is exhibiting across famous landmarks: Piazza Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio, San Miniato al Monte, the Rose Garden, Piazzale Michelangelo and the airport Amerigo Vespucci.

The Park Eun Sun sculptures are an emblem of essentiality and elegance, a blend of the oriental style and Italian tradition. Stems, boxes and balls made of two-tone marble, to emphasise the continuity with the Romanesque style popular in Tuscany, but also a symbol of Yin and Yang in the search of the perfect balance.

The exhibition is sponsored and organised by the Copernicus Studio in collaboration with the Municipal Administration, it is part of the initiatives of Summer Fiorentina and is curated by Luciano Caprile.

For more information: http://estatefiorentina.it/2016/06/14/mostra-dellartista-coreano-park-eun-sun/

 

BEST DINING OUT FOR SEPTEMBER – THAI RISTORANTE FIRENZE

There is a delicious Thai restaurant opened up in Florence! It is the first of its kind, and is run by three Florentine’s with a passion for Thai culture and cuisine. The food is excellent quality, and the prices are reasonable with a full dinner including wine costing around 25-30 € per person. All the classics are on the menu: Pad Thai, Thai Fried Rice, Cantonese style Fried Rice, Yam Moo Tsen, and Kao Pad Pak, amongst others. The service is friendly, and the flavours are spicy and lively.

Piazza Giorgini/ Via Romagnosi 7r
50134 Florence
Tel: 334 987 2680

 

BEST OF THE REST FOR SEPTEMBER

FESTA DEL’UNITA FIRENZE 2016
Until September 11

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

The Unity Festival is a sprawling outdoor eatery in La Cascine Park. Tents and simple chairs make up this traditional Italian event, then add music, games, and a market to make the liberal festival a wonderful day or evening out. Many of the food stands are managed by volunteers from the Democratic Party, and others by individuals. The food will range from traditional Tuscan fare to fritters and sheep dishes of Campi Bisenzio, to the fresh pasta of Isolotto, donuts and hamburgers from Mugello, and the pizza of Scandicci. There are also plenty of foreign cuisines, including Brazilian, Argentine, Arab, French, German, and American foods to be enjoyed.

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 sessions, stalls and stands selling all sorts of items, and also pubs & bars. Have a look at the full program for the schedule of talks and performances.

Piazza Vittorio Veneto (at the start of the Cascine park)
Web: http://www.festadellunitafirenze.it/

Program: http://www.festadellunitafirenze.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/catalogo-def.pdf

 

CARRO MATTO - THE CRAZY CART FESTIVAL IN FLORENCE
September 24

“Every year at the end of September, visitors in Florence will get to experience the arrival of the Carro Matto in to town from the nearby wine producing area of Chianti Rufina. Literally translated as “crazy cart”, the Carro Matto is pulled by a pair of white oxen and accompanied by a parade in historical costume, drums, flag throwers and even a cannon!

Early in the day, you will find the Carro sitting near Piazza Duomo but the main events start around 3:30pm. The cart leaves from Palagio di Parte Guelfa and, from there, it will head back to the Piazza del Duomo where it gets a blessing before continuing on down Via Calzaiuoli, making a stop in front of the Church of San Carlo dei Lombardi and ending in Piazza della Signoria (arrival there by around 5pm). There is then exhibitions by the Corteo Storico della Repubblica Fiorentina and by the flagthrowers Bandierai degli Uffizi.

So what is this event with the crazy cart? Today, it celebrates the centuries-old Tuscany tradition of wine-making but it also reconstructs how wine arrived into town. Since the 14th century, wine was bottled and conserved in glass bottles called “fiasco” that have a round, pear shaped bottom and long neck. They are the round wine flasks that became a symbol of Tuscan wine across the world. They hold precisely 1 3/4 liters of wine and were made and kept in the center of Florence: the corner of Via Condotta with Via dei Calzaiuoli was known as the “Canto dei Fiascai” because many artisans had their workshops or warehouse in the area.”
(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-events/carro-matto-grape-harvest.html)

 

DI CULTURA IN PIAZZA – ART, FOOD, AND PERFORMANCES IN PIAZZA DELLA CARMINE
From June until September

Come across the river into the Oltrarno this summer, where the Italian Association of Culture and Sport are launching programs to return Piazza della Carmine to the community, encouraging the piazza as a meeting point and a space for education, entertainment and fun. They have launched an extensive summer program, that will last until the end of September. There is also a Pizzeria to complement the outdoor bar.

There are events every night in September! From music to theatre performances and dancing nights. You can see the full program here: http://www.diculturainpiazza.eu/programma-settembre-2016/

 

EASY LIVING – BEACH ON THE ARNO RIVER
Until the end of September

It’s the symbol of summertime, when the living is easy! Following the example of Paris, Florence has its own beaches along the Arno River. Naturally, bathing is strictly forbidden, but for those of you who don't like to go to the swimming pool or can’t get to the seashore, this is a fun alternative.

Head to the “beach” in San Niccolò, between Piazza Poggi and Lungarno Serristori, where you can rent (for free) umbrellas, chairs, and wooden gazebos for relaxing as you sip cocktails and freshly made fruit juices from the Easy Living Kiosk. And if the heat is really unbearable, you can have a refreshing shower at the WC facilities. Over the summer, this is the place to enjoy live music, theatre, aperitivo, yoga at sunset, and other performances by the river.

As a new addition to the beach for the year, you’ll also be able to enjoy pizzas, hamburgers, and seafood dishes from the new extended restaurant menus of Easy Living.

 

TORRE DI SAN NICCOLò – CLIMB THE TOWER

Summer is the time that the San Niccolò Tower opens up for visitors. The medieval tower dates back to 1324 and once formed a part of the old walls around the city – it is the only one of the city towers to retain its original height of 60m (the others were lowered during the siege of 1529 to make them less vulnerable to cannonball fire). This year you can make the climb (around 200 steps) between 5pm and 8pm each day, with visits beginning every 30 minutes.

For Bookings: 055/2768224 or info@muse.comune.fi.it

 

SERRE TORRIGIANI IN PIAZZETTE, AN URBAN GARDEN HIDDEN IN THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF FLORENCE

A new garden has blossomed in the centre of Florence, thanks to the passion and care of Serre Torrigiani. A garden refuge where it's possible to relax completely in a magical atmosphere. Piazza dei Tre Re is a small madeleine that is rich in history, with lush greenery in the very heart of Florence. It's possible to access the square from three strategic points: Piazza Repubblica, Via Orsanmichele, and Via dei Calzaiuoli. A menu based on Tuscan excellences and beyond, with a special twist: the spices and herbs from Serre Torrigiani, all grown locally in the garden right in the heart of the city.

From breakfast to aperitif, the square is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing time in the green city! Serre Torrigiani in piazzetta is also food for thought. There are two cultural events scheduled per week including prose, theatre, music and art.

See the website for the menu and more info: http://www.serretorrigianiinpiazzetta.it/

 

MONTHLY OPEN MIC NIGHT FOR WRITERS AT TASSO HOSTEL FLORENCE
September 7

A literary Open Mic Night for writers in Florence. On the first Wednesday of every month, writers gather in Hostel Tasso and present poems, stories, original songs, tales, and other delights.

The first Wednesday of every month. Tasso Hostel Florence, Via Villani 15, Piazza Tasso
More information: https://www.facebook.com/openmicflorence/

EXHIBITIONS IN SEPTEMBER

STATE MUSEUMS FREE FOR EVERYONE, AND CIVIC MUSEUMS FREE FOR RESIDENTS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
September 4th

#Domenicoalmuseo
On the first Sunday of every month, Florence opens up all of its state and civic museums free for residents of the city, or people born here. It’s a fantastic initiative to reward the people who call Florence home, and make it easier for them to enjoy the city’s treasures.

Here’s a list of the state museums free to all:
Uffizi
Accademia
Bargello
Medici Chapels
Pitti Palace (all museums)
San Marco
Palazzo Davanzati
Medici Villas

And the civic museums also free to residents:
Palazzo Vecchio
Arnolfo Tower
Santa Maria Novella
Stefano Bardini Museum
Fondazione Salvatore Romano
Museo del Novecento
Brancacci Chapel in Santa Maria del Carmine.

Make a note that you still have to visit the ticket offices to collect a free ticket, and they close an hour before the museums close. Some offer special guided visits or tours, but you’ll need to reserve those in advance. You’ll find more information at: www.musefirenze.it

 

JOHN CURRIN PAINTINGS AT MUSEO BARDINI
Until October 2

An exhibit curated by Antonella Nesi and Sergio Risaliti

“John Currin, among the most appreciated artists of our time, will be the protagonist of an exhibit at Museo Stefano Bardini of Florence starting from June 13th to October 2nd. It is the first significant exhibition of the New York artist in an Italian public space. A painter displaying a sophisticated technique and a deep figurative culture, Currin is renowned and celebrated for his extremely elegant portraits and erotic scenes rendered with ironic, shameless realism.

In his works, very often small paintings, Currin conceals his deep knowledge of art history and a very refined taste in representational composition. With settings that are never ordinary and often tacitly sarcastic, and a selection of topics that stylistically and graphically also recall glossy and pornographic magazines, the American artist redefined contemporary portraiture. His interpretation of female eroticism and of the American bourgeois psychology, proves almost surreal or grotesque, extremely unsettling. But his criticism is never aggressive nor obvious, never grotesque nor garish.

His figures, dressed or behaving like lesser characters of a romantic novel or impassive mannequins in a fashion shop, display zeal also when engaged in solitary or group sexual activities, showing signs and expressions of an unmistakable psychophysical alteration. The anatomy, disproportionate or displaying a distorted perspective, the faces’ expressions, everything modifies the ideal Renaissance representation of a female body and face. In this sense, his works follow on the heels of Pablo Picasso and Willem de Kooning rather than on those of John Singer Sargent or Edward Hopper.”
(Text from: http://musefirenze.it/en/mostre/john-currin-paintings/)

Museo Stefano Bardini
via dei Renai 37
Tel: 055 2342427
Web: http://www.civita.it/servizio/sala_stampa/john_currin_paintings

 

MATILDA OF CANOSSA AT CASA BUONARROTI
Until October 10

Michéle K. Spike, an expert on the life of the Countess, curated the exhibition entitled Matilda di Canossa, la donna che mutò il corso della storia [Matilda of Canossa, the woman who changed the course of history]. Matilda is known for the famous episode of her alliance with Pope Gregory VII as he was imposing obedience on the emperor, Henry IV. In Florence, the Countess built the city walls of 1078, to which Dante makes reference. Matilda was also a patron of the arts and the artisans and there are many works that still bear witness to these activities: processional crosses of gold and precious stones, miniatures and codexes (including the Orationes sive meditationes of Anselmo of Aosta, containing the Countess’ portrait).

The Countess was born in 1046, died in 1115 and was buried in St Peter’s in Rome. Michelangelo Buonarroti claimed to be a descendant of hers as indicated in the incipit of his Life, drafted by Ascanio Condivi in the original edition of 1553, on view in the exhibition. All together, there are 40 masterpieces of medieval art, original documents and works regarding the figure of this exceptional woman.

The exhibition is open from 10 am to 5 pm, closed Tuesdays.
(Text from: http://www.firenzeturismo.it/en/news-eventi-2/2976-matilda-of-canossa-at-casa-buonarroti.html)

Casa Buonarroti
via Ghibellina 70
Tel: +39 055241752
Web: http://www.casabuonarroti.it/it/2016/06/03/matilda-di-canossa-la-donna-che-muto-il-corso-della-storia-a-cura-di-michele-k-spike-firenze-casa-buonarroti-14-giugno-10-ottobre-2016/

Glances on the 1900s: Sketches by Italian Artists between the Two Wars
Until September 4

On show at the Uffizi Gallery, over 35 drawings and prints from the early 1900’s play with the wide range of emotions that arise between the artist, his subject and the observer. These images were drawn in the time frame between the two great wars and it is possible to detect signs of heralding the upcoming tragedies.
(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)

The Uffizi, at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6

 

JESTERS, VILLAINS, AND PLAYERS AT THE MEDICI COURT GALLERY OF MODERN ART, PALAZZO PITTI
Until September 11

This exhibition will explore the bizarre figures and faces of court life found in many of the Medici collections, yet often overlooked or marginalized. Comprising approximately thirty 17th and 18th century artworks, the show will focus mostly on genre scenes illustrating the comic and less-refined rituals and faces of court life.
(Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2016/01/top-upcoming-exhibitions-in-florence/)

Medici Court Gallery of Modern Art
Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini

 

JAN FABRE IN PIAZZA SIGNORIA, PALAZZO VECCHIO AND FORTE BELVEDERE
Until October 2

The exhibition, entitled Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards, promoted by the Comune di Firenze, will pan out between the Forte Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria. In fact, it will be one of the most complex and multifaceted exhibitions that this Flemish artist and author has ever produced in any public space in Italy. For the very first time, a living artist will be expounding his art in three venues of outstanding historical and artistic importance at once. Roughly one hundred of Fabre’s works dating from 1978 to 2016 will be on display, including bronze and wax sculptures, performance films and works made of wing cases of the jewel scarab. Fabre will also be presenting two new works specifically devised and produced for this occasion.

**Please note that on July 4th and 5th, the Forte di Belvedere will be closed, but the other two locations remain open. For more information: http://musefirenze.it/en/mostre/janfabre/

 

KARL LAGERFELD – VISIONS OF FASHION AT PALAZZO PITTI
Until October 23

“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is a special anthological exhibition celebrating Karl Lagerfeld’s diverse and elegant approach to photography: photos from fashion shoots published in the world’s most important fashion magazines – among them different editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Numéro and V Magazine – and others inspired by classical mythology such as the series “Le Voyage d’Ulysse” and “Daphnis and Chloe”. The show assembles an extraordinary collection of more than 200 images created using a variety of techniques including daguerreotypes, platinum prints, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, screen-prints and digital prints.

The exhibition will start from the grand staircase, Scalone del Moro, and wind its way through the rooms of the Galleria Palatina, the Sala Bianca and the two rooms of the Appartamenti degli Arazzi in a continuous dialogue between the sizes of the pictures and the exhibition areas: from the smaller, subtle images to be shown in the Galleria Palatina, almost as if to punctuate the tour of the masterpiece-filled museum, to the imposing pictures in the Appartamenti degli Arazzi that converse with the beautiful tapestries on display. As to the Sala Bianca, where Italian fashion was born in 1951, the curators have selected fashion photos by Karl Lagerfeld printed on lightweight paper that will flutter from the ceiling, recalling the lithe movements of models on the runway.

“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is part of the “Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs”, promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana with a grant from the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development and Agenzia ICE – in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy.

More information: http://www.pittimmagine.com/corporate/fairs/uomo/events/2016/karllagerfeld.html

 

MASTERPIECES OF BOTTICELLI ON DISPLAY AT VILLA LA QUIETE
Until October 30

The converted Montalve Convent in Florence is hosting some little-known artworks by Botticelli, Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio and Baccio da Montelupo this summer. This temporary exhibition anticipates the inauguration of a more permanent museum at Villa La Quiete in April 2017, which will also see the reopening of the recently restored rooms of Electress Palatine Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici.

Villa La Quiete, a converted farmhouse near Castello, came to hold these artistic gems—predominantly altarpieces—thanks to its connections with the Medici family and local churches and monasteries. There are over 1,000 works in the collection, which is now owned by the University of Florence.

The Coronation of the Virgin with Saints by Botticelli and his workshop, the Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine by Ghirlandaio and a crucifix by Montelupo are some of the highlights of the display.

Dean of the University of Florence Luigi Dei expressed his eagerness to introduce these paintings back into the public domain, and is also keen to celebrate the villa’s powerful woman, namely Eleonora Ramirez de Montalvo and Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici. The temporary exhibition is a first step in this process.

The exhibition will run until October 30. For more information see www.villalaquiete.unifi.it or call 055/2756444.
Text from The Florentine: http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2016/07/botticelli-villa-la-quiete/

 

SPLENDIDA MINIMA AT PALAZZO PITTI – SMALL SCULPTURES FROM THE MEDICI COLLECTION
Until November 2

The exhibition Splendida Minima (Beautiful Miniatures) at the Pitti Palace Medici Treasury in Florence displays small sculptures in hard stone, which belonged to the Medici family.

The works are from the Uffizi Gallery, which holds a valuable collection of small sculptures in precious and semi-precious gemstones, mainly produced in Hellenistic and Roman times. The technique for making these sculptures was lost during the Middle Ages, but rediscovered and revived during the Renaissance.

It is the first exhibition dedicated to this particular type of artistic expression, highlighting the unique technical and stylistic characteristics of the objects.

The Medici Treasury
Palazzo Pitti

Winckelmann, Florence and the Etruscans: The Father of Archeology in Tuscany
Until January 30

In honour of the 250 year anniversary of J.J. Wincklemann's untimely death, the exhibition focuses on the the German scholars contribution to archaeology in Tuscany. In particular, his contribution to the knowledge of Etruscan art and his studies were instrumental to the diffusion of the Etruscan myths in the European culture in the 17-1800’s. This is an excellent opportunity to view the Chimera and the bronze statue Minerva, both of which have their origins in Arezzo.
(Text from: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-to-see-in-florence/current-exhibits-in-florence.html)

MAF Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze,
National Archaeological Museum of Florence
Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS IN SEPTEMBER

BRITISH INSTITUTE LECTURE & CONCERT SERIES

Every Wednesday at 18.00 from September to September, the British Institute presents a lecture, concert or other event in the Sala Ferragamo in the Harold Acton Library, which is followed by an informal drinks reception. The Cultural Programme is open to members of the British Institute of Florence. Membership options range from 24 hours (€5) to Life (€500).The Institute also hosts special events throughout the month. The events for September are:

Europe after Brexit
14 September 2016 - 18:00

Britain's referendum decision on 23 June has pushed the whole of the European Union into uncharted territory. Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, executive producer of the BBC/Arte/Sky Italia documentary The Great European Disaster Movie (2015) and narrator/co-author of the controversial documentary about Italy, Girlfriend in a Coma (2013), will provide an explorer's guide to this new territory, including Italy, Britain's future relationship with the EU, and the prospects for next May's French elections.

The lecture will be followed by the screening of The Great European Disaster Movie at 20:00.

It's Storytime! The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me: Reading and workshop
15 September 2016 - 17:00

No book ever ends when it's full of your friends… Celebrate Roald Dahl Day with us! After the reading we will make paper giraffes. For ages 3 to 8, but all ages welcome!
No booking is required, but spaces are limited! Send us an email to library@britishinstitute.it

Lombard bankers in London: Lecture in English by Francesco Guidi Bruscoli
21 September 2016 - 18:00

The paradox of the democratic Prince: Machiavelli and political leadership in contemporary democracies: Lecture in English by Richard Bellamy
28 September 2016 - 18:00

For membership to The British Institute, see here: http://www.britishinstitute.it/en/library/harold-acton-library/membership

 

EVENTS AT MUSEO NOVECENTO - FLORENCE’S CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM

The Museo Novecento is dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th Century, and offers a selection of around 300 works which are located across 15 exhibition areas, along with a study room, a cabinet of drawings and prints, and a room for conferences and projections. The museum is located in the ancient Spedale of the Leopoldine in Santa Maria Novella square.

Museo Novecento also hosts special exhibitions and events.The September program includes:

THE GREAT ARTISTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY SERIES: RENATO GUTTUSO
Sunday, September 18th, 10.30 a.m.

The typical militant artist, Renato Guttuso with his work expresses the will to participate in his present and to passionately bear testimony to it by way of an immediate communication and an efficient language.

L’AMORE FOLLE: FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Saturday, September 3rd, 5 p.m.
Katalin Varga: Showing of the movie by Peter Strickland (UK 2009)

Friday, September 9th, 8 p.m.
Bal(Miele): Showing of the movie by Semih Kaplanoglu (Tur. 2010) (min. 103’)

Saturday, September 17th, 5 p.m.
Sut (Latte): Showing of the movie by Semih Kaplanoglu (Tur 2008) (min. 102’)

FIRENZE SUONA CONTEMPORANEA: Florence Contemporary Sounds
September 14 - 30

From 14 to 30 September 2016, the International Festival of Contemporary Sounds Florence, now in its ninth edition, offers premieres and special guests, combining the music of the twentieth century and contemporary visual art. The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm will preview the project Fallen Falls, a video-installation created for the occasion, with music by Andrea Cavallari and performed live by Klangforum Wien; Michael Nyman will bring the world premiere, in the Sala d'Arme in Palazzo Vecchio, of WAR WORK: 8 Songs with Movies, an installation with live concert; and Roberto Fabbriciani and Scabia will present a project of Luigi Nono.

Concerts and art exhibitions come together in events that take place on the border between different dimensions, experimenting with new forms of mutual accompaniment between music and image. Titled “The sound in the gesture”, the festival, directed by the composer Andrea Cavallari, takes place in extraordinary and unusual scenery, historic sites and museum spaces of the city.

Florence Contemporary Sounds 2016 is realised as part of Summer Fiorentina, in collaboration with Twentieth Century Museum, Berengo Foundation, Ernest von Siemens Music Foundation and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rome.

See the full program at: http://www.museonovecento.it/programmazione/firenze-suona-contemporanea/

For more information: http://www.museonovecento.it/en/ 

FILM EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE FILMS – ODEON CINEMA

The Odeon has resumed its Original Language films program. Once only screened on Monday nights, you can now find sessions for each film spread over several days. This month’s English language films include: Suicide Squad, Escobar - Paradise Lost, Jason Bourne, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Finding Dory, and Bridget Jones’ Baby.

There are also a number of special film events this month, that are not to be missed! The line up includes: Heaven’s Gate, The 14th Dalai Lama, Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog, Un’Incerta Grazia, Havana Moon: The Rolling Stones in Cuba, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: One More Time With Feeling.

Find the whole schedule here: http://www.odeonfirenze.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Odeon-Program-September-October-2016.pdf

MUSIC AND THEATRE FOR SEPTEMBER

 

MUSIC, DANCE, AND THEATRE FOR SEPTEMBER
CAT POWER IN CONCERT AT LA CASCINE AMPHITHEATRE
September 7

Part of Estate Fiorentina 2016

Champion of alternative rock, Cat Power has an intimate and minimal sound, dubbed "dark-folk", which combines elements of rock, gospel, blues, country and soul, with electronic rhythms and a funky atmosphere. She will be performing solo for this tour.

Wednesday September 7, 21.30
Tickets: https://www.boxol.it/it/event/cat-power-solo/167545

 

OPERA DI FIRENZE - 79th EDITION OF MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

The special music program, “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino” is spread across multiple venues including: Opera di Firenze, Teatro Niccolini, Teatro della Pergola. They continue their 2016 season with:

CONCERTO: MARTHA ARGERICH / RICARDO CASTRO
martedì 6 settembre, ore 20:00

CONCERTO: ZUBIN MEHTA / TERZA SINFONIA DI MAHLER
sabato 10 settembre, ore 20:00

CONCERTO: ZUBIN MEHTA / STEFANO BOLLANI
giovedì 8 settembre, ore 20:00

OPERA: SEMIRAMIDE
Gioachino Rossini
da martedì 27 settembre, ore 20:00
a martedì 4 ottobre, ore 20:00

Tickets and more information: www.maggiofiorentino.com

 

THE THREE TENORS AT AUDITORIUM SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE VECCHIO WITH DINNER
September 1, 8, and 15

Add a taste of Italian lyricism to your stay in Florence: Three tenors offer a performance featuring opera arias and famous traditional Neapolitan songs in the heart of Tuscany's beautiful capital.

In the Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio, the soloists are accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello, and piano. Famous arias from 'La Traviata', 'Rigoletto', and 'Tosca' share the program with Neopolitan favorites like 'O sole mio', 'Funiculì Funiculà', and 'Torna a Surriento'.

Before the show, indulge in Tuscan cuisine and breathtaking views at the Vista Wine Bar. Located on the Panoramic Terrace of Hotel Laurus al Duomo, the Wine Bar offers views of Brunelleschi's Dome and Giotto's Bell Tower.

Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/the_three_tenors__auditorium_santo_stefano_al_ponte_vecchio_with_dinner/32240/265261/

 

LA TRAVIATA BY GIUSEPPE VERDI AT ST MARK’S ANGLICAN CHURCH
September 1 and 15

Verdi's beloved opera La Traviata is presented in the intimate setting of St. Mark's Anglican Church by four singers in costume, accompanied by piano.

La Traviata, the story of 'The Fallen One', based on the novel 'La dame aux Camelias' by Alexandre Dumas, was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice on March 6, 1853. More recently, the story was the basis for the movies such as 'Moulin Rouge' with Nicole Kidman.

An explanation and summary of the plot in English precedes each of the four acts.

Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/la_traviata_by_giuseppe_verdi/11015/250964/

 

VIVALDI’S THE FOUR SEASONS: ORCHESTRA FLORENCE SYMPHONIETTA
September 18

Experience one of the most beloved and best known works of classical music, Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' performed by the Orchestra Florence Symphonietta and violinist Marco Fornaciari under the baton of Giovanni Mancini.

Basilica of Santo Spirito, Sala Capitolare
Tickets and more information: https://www.classictic.com/en/vivaldi_s_the_four_seasons__orchestra_florence_symphonietta/34029/276035/

 

MORE CLASSICAL CONCERTS AND OPERA THROUGHOUT FLORENCE

While there are too many events to list individually, in addition to those above it is well worth taking a look at the classictic website (link below) to peruse all of the concerts on show for September. There is sure to be something that takes your fancy, with such a range of events to choose from.

See the list here: https://www.classictic.com/en/special/florence-concerts/95/

EXHIBITIONS OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR SEPTEMBER

DIVINA BELLEZZA – DREAMING SIENA
Until September 30

Divina bellezza - Dreaming Siena is a journey through history, a pathway exploring the highly-developed civic sentiment that made this mediaeval city one of the most representative in Europe. Siena and its works of art, Siena and its traditions, Siena and its workshops and the Sienese people of every period who helped to build a model. Cutting-edge technology draws inspiration from the ancient Civitas Virginis to offer the public an immersive cultural show involving 3D images, sounds exploiting binaural technology, fragrances and flavours. A sensory narration in four languages taking place inside the unfinished New Cathedral, the metaphor for every great civic dream.

Runs every day at the Duomo di Siena, Piazza Jacopo della Quercia.
Web and tickets: http://www.ladivinabellezza.it/?locale=en

 

TREASURES FROM THE ANCIENT SEAS – FISH FOSSILS FROM BOLCA, ISOLA D’ELBA
Until September 15

The exhibition proposes an enchanting trip through time using fossils to from Bolca to give life to the fish that swam the seas over 50 million years ago. The cost of the ticket is included in the Mineral Museum, which is an excellent activity for kids to learn more about the island of Elba.
(Text from: https://www.discovertuscany.com/tuscany-events/exhibits-in-tuscany.html)

Rio Marina – Isola d’Elba
Museo del Parco Minerario di Rio Marina - Palazzo del Burò, via Magenta 26

Web: http://www.parcominelba.it/index.php?lang=it

 

BENOZZO GOZZOLI IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Until November 1

San Gimignano will host an exhibition dedicated to the artist Benozzo Gozzoli (Florence 1420/21 - 1497). He was one of the more active artist in the 1400's in Italy. The exhibition celebrates, for the first time, the time spent in San Gimignano, perhaps one of the most intensive periods in his career.

Web: http://www.sangimignano.com/it/eventi/eventi-dettaglio.asp?id=25800

 

IL SOGNO DI THEIMER - SCULPTURES AT THE MEDICI FORTRESS, AREZZO
Until October 23

An exhibition of the work of Ivan Theimer, a modern figurative sculptor, with a poetic beauty that pulls from important artistic traditions including Italian Renaissance, French Neo Classic and a bit of Egyptian, Greek and perhaps some unknown Asian cultures. As well as an extraordinary sculptor of large bronzes, he is also a designer, painter, watercolorist, and his travel journals are true guides in the Grand Tour style.

Set in part at the newly stored Medici Fortress, the art exhibition adds color and life to the massive stone walls. Take the opportunity to visit both the fortress and the exhibition for a truly special experience.

Web: http://www.ilsognoditheimer.it/

 

THE FLOOR OF THE DUOMO IN SIENA
Until October 26

During the Holy Year, the L’Opera della Metropolitana di Siena, is opening its doors - and more importantly in this period - uncovering its floors for guests to admire the spectacular stone floors of the Duomo di Siena. The floor is a unique masterpieces not only for its level of technical skill involved but also for the expressive images that encourage the viewer to look for inner peace and knowledge.

Take the time to view the entire monumental complex of the Siena Duomo, and not just the pavement, but also the Museum and the spectacular show in the evening: Divina Bellezza
(Text from: https://www.discovertuscany.com/tuscany-events/exhibits-in-tuscany.html)

Cathedral of Siena
Monday to Saturday 10.30 - 19.00
Sundays 09.30 - 18.00

FUN, FESTIVALS AND FOOD OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE FOR SEPTEMBER

(With credit to: http://www.festivals-of-tuscany.com/#Festa_Medievale_Monteriggioni)

FESTA MEDIEVALE VICOPISANO - MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL IN PISA
September 3 and 4

The first edition of Vicopisano Medieval Festival dates back to 1996 and over the years the festival has grown in importance, especially the happy marriage between the beautiful old town of Vicopisano and the reconstruction of the medieval environment created by organisers and partygoers.

The festival stretches along the streets of the village and the most beautiful places that lead to the top of the hill, on which stands Vicopisano dominated by the mighty fortress of Brunelleschi, the famous Florentine architect, dated at the end of the fifteenth century. Here you’ll find 'taverns' where the innkeepers offer frugal meals ( much in line with the period!) and 'rubro wine' at will!

On the square in front of the fourteenth-century Praetorian Palace, there is the famous medieval dinner served by caring "maids", dishes cooked according to criteria and recipes of the time, and following the "etiquette" of the period, ie not using forks and following a different flow from the usual serving order. Historical research is careful and reproduction is faithful to the recipes of the dishes popular in Italy during the medieval period.

But beyond all, what really makes this Medieval Festival magical is the unreal atmosphere and the feeling of being constantly suspended between the present and a glorious past.

More information: http://www.festamedievalevicopisano.it/

 

GIORNI DELL’ASSEDIO - MEDIEVAL FAIR AT THE MEDICI VILLA OF POGGIO A CAIANO
September 16,17,18

The reenactment of the Siege of the Villa Poggio a Caiano, now in its 32nd edition, takes place around the Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano over three days of festival fun. Master-at-arms, Flag Bearers, Knights and Ladies populate the streets of the village where visitors will also find demonstrations of ancient crafts and manufacturing of various kinds. Street Theatre, fire shows and street bands follow each other in a full program of cultural events. And for the palate, there are Renaissance and traditional Tuscan dishes prepared by local associations.

For the full program: http://www.assedioallavilla.it/pdf/programma.pdf

More information: http://www.assedioallavilla.it/

 

GREVE IN CHIANTI WINE FESTIVAL
September 8-11

It is the 46th Expo of Chianti Classico Wines! Chianti Classico wine festival runs every year on the second weekend of September. On Thursday, the festival starts at 5 pm, and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 am and the stands close at 10 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The idea is that you buy a wine glass from the Segretaria (approximately 10 euro) along with a ticket that allows you to taste up to eight of the wines offered at the stands. I have heard but not seen that they can run out of glasses!

Web: http://www.greve-in-chianti.com/

 

AREZZO STREET FOOD VILLAGE – PARCO IL PRATO
September 16-18

7th Edition of the biggest event of the best street food in recorded history, in one of the most beautiful historical frames of Tuscany and Italy: high MEADOW Park in the historic centre of Arezzo. This year the event will have makeover and will include a visit to the Medici fortress – just reopened after years of restoration and new archaeological discoveries.

For more information: http://www.streetfood.it/

 

PANZANO WINE FESTIVAL - VINO AL VINO
September 15-18

Panzano is located mid-way between Florence and Sienna on the scenic Chiantigiana highway, and has a beautiful hill-top location with some of the most attractive views of rural Tuscany. This is a wine festival held on the third weekend in September and the preceding two days (15 -18 September 2016) in the main square of Panzano (Piazza Bucciarelli). Wine from many of the Panzano wineries is available to be sampled. The procedure is to buy a tasting glass for 12 euros. This is your "ticket" to taste the wines on display at the booths of about 19 wineries. There is sometimes music and fine festive atmosphere. Food stands are also usually available. With live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Web: http://www.panzano.com/important-dates/important-dates-eng.htm

 

CACIO AL FUSO, PIENZA – PECORINO CHEESE FESTIVAL
September 4

Pienza makes among the best pecorino in Italy and a wide range of excellent cheeses is available to be tasted and bought during this fair. Pienza is famous not only for its architectures but also for the excellent sheep's milk cheese, or more correctly, ewes' milk cheese, pecorino, produced in the area. The word "formaggio" - generic cows' milk cheese - is rarely used in Tuscany where most of the cheese consumed is pecorino, followed in popularity by mozzarella and then other cheeses that have their own individual names. Even the word "pecorino", alluding to "pecora" - a ewe - is a quite recent invention. Until the end of World War II, Tuscans used the term "cacio", and indeed the cheese rolling competition held in Pienza on the first Sunday of September is know as "cacio al fuso" - literally, the cheese to the spindle. The aim of the participants in this popular festival is to see who can roll the cheese so that it stops closest to the spindle.

Web: http://www.pienza.com/pecorino.htm#.V8aSfZN97eQ

 

GIOSTRA DEL SARACINO, AREZZO – JOUST OF THE SARACEN
September 4

Arezzo Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen) is held twice a year, a night version on the third Saturday in June and the second on the first Sunday in September. This tournament has its origins in the early 16 C and commemorates Christian efforts to hold back the tide of Islam in the 14 C. A lively and colourful procession of costumed participants is followed by the main event in which eight costumed knights charge towards a wooden representation of the Saracen, aiming to hit the Saracen's shield with lances. The Saracen is mounted on a swivel so that part of the task of the knight is to avoid being struck back. Each pair of knights represents one of Arezzo's four rival districts and their supporters each occupy a side of the piazza. The winner receives a golden lance.

Web: http://www.arezzo-info.com/

 

SCARPERIA RENAISSANCE FAIR
September 4 and September 8

This events celebrates the founding of Scarperia, with the main parades, flag throwing and games taking place on 8 September. On the first Sunday in September the inhabitants of Scarperia in the Mugello dress in renaissance costume in preparation for the festival celebrating the founding of Scarperia by the Florentine republic on the 8th of September 1306. There are numerous demonstrations of renaissance activities such as a fletcher at work.

Web: http://www.mugello-info.com/scarperia.htm#.V8aTkJN97eQ

 

OSTENSIONE DELLA SACRA CINTOLA DELLA MADONNA – DISPLAY OF THE VIRGIN MARY’S GIRDLE IN PRATO
September 8

Prato Display of the Virgin's Girdle. The Virgin Mary's belt, given, legend has it, to the Apostle Thomas when she ascended to heaven, is kept in a magnificent reliquary (Maso di Bartolomeo 1406–1456) housed in the equally beautiful "Pulpit of the Sacred Girdle" (Donatello and Michelozzo) on the external façade the Duomo. It is taken out five times a year amid much religious pomp and mediaeval drum rolling to be shown to the crowds massed on the piazza. These occasions include 8 September (celebration of the nativity of the Virgin Mary) and December 25 and 26. The story of how the girdle arrived in Prato is illustrated in the chapel immediately to the left of the entrance of the Duomo in Agnolo Gaddi's fresco cycle of "The Legend of the Holy Girdle (1392-95)".

Web: http://www.festivals-of-tuscany.com/#Festa_Medievale_Monteriggioni

 

PALIO DELLA BALESTRA, SANSEPOLCRO - CROSSBOW FESTIVAL
September 11

Sansepolcro Palio della Balestra crossbow tournament held every year on the second Sunday of September when large numbers of citizens dress in mediaeval costume. This a very ancient competition between the bowmen of Sansepolcro and Gubbio (nearby in Umbria) held in honour of Sant'Egidio (Aegidius), founder and Patron Saint of Sansepolcro.

Web: http://www.sansepolcro-info.com/

 

FESTA DELLA ESALTAZIONE DELLA SANTA CROCE, LUCCA – HOLY CRUCIFIX IN LUCCA
September 13

13 September is the principal event of the year in Lucca and part of a series of festivals during September. It is a devotional procession in which the Volto Santo or Holy Face, a wooden crucifix figure is carried along the streets of the old town centre from the Church Saint Frediano to the Cathedral of Saint Martin, illuminated by thousands of small candles. Afterwards there is the "Mottettone" concert inside the cathedral and fireworks on the banks of the river.

Web: http://www.lucca.info/

 

FESTA DELL’UVA, IMPRUNETA - THE GRAPE FESTIVAL
September 25

Impruneta Festa dell'Uva (Grape Festival) - probably the most popular annual event in Impruneta both for natives and tourists. Over the years it lost some of the original rural characteristics but its essential popular nature has remained intact. The most important part of the parade, which usually starts at 3.30 pm, consists of allegorical carts built by the four districts of Impruneta: Fornaci, Pallò, Sant’Antonio and Sante Marie. During the day of the festival, popular dances, performances, tasting of agricultural products and shows of the local handicraft products are held. The "festa dell’uva" is held on last Sunday of September.

Web: http://www.impruneta.com/important-dates/events-impruneta-eng.htm

 

FESTA DELL’UVA, BORGO DI VAGLIAGLI – THE GRAPE FESTIVAL
September 25

Castelnuovo Berardenga Wine Festival held during the last week of September in the village of Vagliagli and with numerous booths for tasting and buying the typical products of this part of Siennese territory, with special attention to the excellent Chianti wine of the area. The parade of allegorical carriages derives its theme from the countryside and the life of the farmers, and is accompanied by local men and women in traditional costumes.

Web: http://www.castelnuovo-berardenga.com/

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SEPTEMBER WISHES
We wish you a wonderful harvest season, and hope that you are also reaping rewards from your hard work this month.



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