Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance

01 Bill Viola

On until July 23rd at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, a significant exhibition celebrating the unchallenged master of video art, Bill Viola.

02 Bill Viola and his partner Kira Perova at Palazzo Strozzi

Visitors will be immersed in space, music and sound whilst they track the career of this contemporary video artist from New York, from his early experimental years up to his modern monumental installations.

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Humanity is the main theme of Viola’s works. The artist explores people, bodies, faces in the attempt to reach perception, experience and spirituality. Through his art, man interacts with water and fire, light and darkness, life and rebirth.

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Thanks to the Renaissance backdrop of Palazzo Strozzi, Viola’s works interact with the masterpieces of the past, from whom he drew his own inspiration, in a ballet between the classic and the contemporary.

Five Angels for the Millennium 2001 Bill Viola born 1951 Purchased jointly by Tate, London courtesy of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York courtesy of Leonard Lauder, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris courtesy of Lily Safra, 2003 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T11805

Open every day from 10 am to 8 pm, except on Thursdays, open until 11 pm.

 

 

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Capodanno Pisano, Pisa’s New Year Day

01 Capodanno Pisano

Since 1749 Pisa, together with other Tuscan cities such as Florence and Siena, celebrates New Year Day in advance.

02 Piazza dei Miracoli

On, and around, March 25th, in fact, the city of the Leaning Tower of Pisa will be welcoming 2018 with many events and appointments.

03 Fortilizio della Cittadella

On the 24th, for instance, at the Fortilizio della Cittadella there’s the book presentation of “Le tre età di Pisa” (Pisa’s three ages) and later in the Republican Dockyards of the Cittadella there will be an opening dinner with songs, poems and stories in the vernacular.

04 Piazza dei Cavalieri

On the 25th, at 9 am there will be the traditional pageant crossing the main squares to converge into Piazza dei Cavalieri. At 11.30 am everyone leaves for the Cathedral, within which at noon Pisa will celebrate its New Year.

05 Ponte di Mezzo

At 1.30 pm everyone moves over to the bridge, Ponte di Mezzo, to admire the exhibition jumps of the Folgore paratroopers. The afternoon will be full of events such as another book presentation (“Matilda” by Rita Coruzzi) and the presentation of the Italian racing team competing in the next edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

06 Fireworks

In the evening the many nooks of  Pisa will be full of parties, dancing and medieval songs. At 10.30 pm everyone will converge on the Lungarni, the avenues along the river Arno, to enjoy the firework display. At 11 pm Piazza Garibaldi will host the first concert of Pisa’s New Year Day.

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Sunday, 26th March, sees the city investing the participants of the Gioco del Ponte, the rowers of the maritime republics regatta and much more together with more concerts and parties scattered around town.

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Furthermore, on both Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th it will be possible to walk around the medieval walls of Pisa. From March 23rd to April 15th, during the weekend, there will be guided tours of the Fortilizio and Torre Guelfa. So Happy New Year Pisa!

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Treno Natura 2017

01 Treno Natura 2017

This year’s programme for the Nature Train is packed with exciting trips and events. Kicking off on March 19th, the train leaves Siena for San Giovanni d’Asso and Montalcino on the trip known as the Marzuolo Truffle Train, a scent of truffles in the Crete Senesi.

02 Orcia Wine Festival

In April, the train leaves on the 17th for the Regional Antiques Fair at Buonconvento, stopping on the way at Asciano and Monte Antico, on the 23rd for the Orcia Wine Festival in San Quirico d’Orcia, and again on the 25th for Castiglione d’Orcia with the Spring edition touching also the stations of Buonconvento, Monte Antico and Asciano.

03 Buonconvento

In May, one can enjoy the May Songs on the 1st with the train leaving Siena for Buonconvento, Monte Antico, Asciano, Sant’Angelo Scalo and Montalcino.  On the 14th it will be the turn of the delicious cheese and broad bean market at Asciano. On the 21st there’s a party to celebrate the history of the railway and it will be bringing our Nature Train to Torrenieri and Montalcino. On the 28th the Etruscan Train, instead, will be taking travellers to discover the city of Lars Porsena, Chiusi.

04 Museo della Terracotta, Petroio

On June 11th visits will be to the Terracotta Exhibition in Petroio and the Farmer’s market at Trequanda. On the 18th San Quirico d’Orcia is celebrating Redbeard’s festival with all the quarters competing. On July 9th there will be another trip to San Quirico for a medieval religious festivity, l’Offerta dei Censi.

05 Ruzzi della Conca, Chiusi

In September, the train puffs off on the 3rd for Chiusi to admire its Ruzzi della Conca, an ancient joust. On the 23rd it’s the turn of the Val d’Arbia Festival at Buonconvento. A good opportunity to enjoy this delightful medieval village.

06 Blu Etrusco, Murlo

On October 1st travellers will be participating in the Etruscan Blue Festival at Murlo’s castle, while on the 8th foodies can enjoy the Porcino mushroom Festival at Vivo and Castiglione d’Orcia. There will also be other delicious plates on the stands. On the 15th it’s the turn of the village festival in Abbadia San Salvatore, another fascinating ancient hamlet. Trequanda and it freshly pressed olive oil festival will be the train’s destination on the 22nd.

07 Sagra del Tordo, Montalcino

How can one miss the Thrush Festival in the land of Brunello wine on October 29th in Montalcino? It’s one of Autumn’s most anticipated events. On November 12th, and again on the 19th, the train will be returning to Montalcino, after a stop in San Giovanni d’Asso, for the White Truffle Exhibition.

08 Mostra Mercato Tartufo Bianco, Asciano

In December, on the 3rd,  the train is ready to leave Grosseto this time for Siena, after stopping in at Monte Antico, Asciano and Buonconvento, for the food market in Piazza del Campo. On the 8th it is back in Siena to take its commuters  to the White Truffle Festival in Asciano and on the 10th to the Olive Oil Fete in San Quirico d’Orcia on its last journey for 2017.

 

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The Mille Miglia 2017

Mille Miglia

This year the popular Italian regularity race for classic and vintage cars will be crossing Tuscany on May 20th. The route as always is the Brescia-Rome round trip starting on May 18th and concluding on the 21st. Four legs in all with Tuscany included in the third: Rome-Parma.

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The race will be crossing our beautiful territory through Radicofani, Siena, Montecatini Terme and Pistoia and leaving via the Passo dell’Abetone.

Mille Miglia

A re-enactment of the original Mille Miglia, held from 1927 to 1957, in the last 30 and more years the event has combined tradition with innovation and been bringing to public attention the typical Italian elegance, breathtaking sceneries and enviable way of life.

Mille Miglia

To be eligible to take part in the race, the car models must have had at least one specimen participate in the original speed races from 1927 to 1957, or at least complete the registration formalities. A mathematical formula is then used to carefully consider year of design together with the technical, sporting and historical features of each individual model, added to partial coefficients such as period, class and category. Not an easy application.

Mille Miglia

So if you are anywhere near the abovementioned  Tuscan locations on May 20th don’t lose a lifetime opportunity to sit outside an osteria and enjoy the passage of those daredevils in their magnificent vintage cars while enjoying a glass of Tuscan wine.

Mille Miglia

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Istituto degli Innocenti, Florence, restored

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One of Florence’s most precious pearls has been returned. Yesterday, February 2nd 2017, after four years of hard and committed work the Istituto, located in the Ospedale degli Innocenti, Hospital of the Innocents, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, was restored to the town.

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One of the highlights is the Museum, revived with a new exhibition and 22 works of art completely restored.  Inaugurated on June 24th 2016, today the Museum finally has its magnificent façade and monumental cloisters returned to it.  12 million Euros were invested for this massive operation, nearly half of which from private donations.

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Much dedication has been given to both the historical and artistic aspect of this remarkable building and its contents. There have been the additions of a hall dedicated to the twentieth century and a new exhibition within the gallery dedicated to the Andrea della Robbia’s baby reliefs as well as one to devotional art. In six months the Museum has received over 53,000 visitors.

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The Bernardino Poccetti’s frecoes, decorating the central span of the outside arcade, have been carefully restored to former glory. So have the two internal cloisters, one for males, designed by Brunelleschi, and the other for females.

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La Bottega dei Ragazzi, the Children’s’ Workshop, has been enlarged and is now accessible directly from the Museum’s Bookshop. Approximately 500 square metres restored between three rooms; one dedicated to children’s’ labs and activities for both families and students, a multifunctional hall dominated by Bernardino Poccetti’s fresco and a reception room.

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First Open Day in the Children’s Workshop this Sunday, February 5th, from 11 am to 4 pm.

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