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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2013

ISSUE 3 - YEAR 8 | FUA/PALAZZI | MAY 2018

CAREER STUDENTS CLASS OF 2018 CELEBRATE GRADUATION

by Blending Staff Photo by Molli Browne

On Friday April 13th 2018, FUA career students from the Class of 2018 graduated in Sala Rosa. Opening the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a fantastic performance by Spring 2018 music students Makenzie Dineen and Sofia Cohen. Among the faculty speakers at the graduation ceremony were FAST coordinator Gaia Poli, HM Manager Mattia Rondinelli, DIVA/IDEAS coordinator Giulio Vinci, Apicius coordinator Massimo Bocus, as well as Simone De Castro and Cristian Casini of the Apicius Baking and Pastry department. The students from the Class of 2018 completed programs in various disciplines: Visual Communications, Luxury Design, Publishing, Accessory Design and Technology, Wine Studies, Hospitality Management, Baking and Pastry as well as Culinary Arts. Of the speeches made at the ceremony, many were especially touching and illustrated just how connected our students feel to FUA and its faculty. The pride and happiness of the instructors as they watched their students graduate were especially evident, as well as the joy of attending family members and

friends in the audience. The ceremony would not have been possible without the help of many students and staff, including Special Events Management SPEL students Matteo Ongaro, Molly Lennen and Kathryn Shin, Baking and Pastry Career student Jade Liu, and Introduction to Event Management student Bobbie Stilson. A handcrafted buffet prepared by Apicius was enjoyed by the guests at the post-ceremony reception. Many of the Class of 2018 are moving on to new professional pathways, and we cannot wait to hear what the future holds for them. There is no doubt from the level of talent present at graduation that great things are destined for our FUA alumni, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish next. Many congratulations to the FUA Class of 2018!


ART

EDUARDO SECCI CONTEMPORARY GALLERY by Sammie Jane Hardewig

Photo by Mariana GĂłmez, Montserrat Salazar JimĂŠnez.

Eduardo Secci Contemporary Gallery recently welcomed Professor Rossiello and his curating class of FUA over to the gallery for a viewing, as well as a gallery talk with the Director of the Gallery, Ottavia Sartini. One of the things that makes this gallery especially unique is its central focus around installation art. The building itself has three large, white rooms that are perfect for displaying artwork capable of encompassing an entire space. The lighting is primarily located around the perimeter of the ceiling, providing an even coverage of lighting. The center room welcomes natural lighting from the windows, and the artist currently exhibited successfully manipulated this particular lighting in her favor.

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The current solo exhibition is entitled Disegno, by Monika Grzymala. The show focuses on the idea of line. However, Grzymala brings it to life by finding a way to bring the two-dimensional line off the paper and into our three-dimensional world. In her installations, she uses a non-toxic tape for the safety of herself as the one working with the material, as well as for the safety of the viewers. The artist came to the gallery to install the work herself. She took a day to prepare each installation, and used the time she had left to review the show and make sure everything was as she envisioned. The first two rooms are installations, and the final room displays works on paper. Upon entering, one is greeted by a massive web of black tape shooting across the room, completely


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altering the once plain white walls. She displays a sense of balance with her alteration of long strips of tape that are entangled with shorter strips to be able to fade out the structure from its focal nest. The presence of this piece was breathtaking, but it became even more so as you got to travel into the space and view it from the inside. The beauty of installation is its capability to alter what we see from multiple viewpoints. As mentioned earlier, Grzymala manipulated the natural light of the middle room and made it not only an element of the installation, but a vital component. For this next installation she chose metallic tape. The tape was not as height-driven in this space, as it was slightly above the average human height, but more horizontally-driven as is made its way diagonally across the room, in front of the windows. The way the tape was structured maximized the light reflection and shadows that she was able to create from these windows. On the empty wall, she brilliantly added a two-dimensional slab of silver tape to take the amount of light already in the space to the next level. It’s highly recommended that this room is viewed on a sunny day. The final room was filled with five, large paper drawings. Though these pieces are “two-dimensional” in a sense, they still carried a three-dimensional presence. Grzymala hand builds each of these paper pieces from Washi paper fibers, a form of Japanese paper. In her Berlin studio, she has a large pool of water that she is able to build these large works in. Once in the pool, the paper becomes elastic and she is able to embed linear grooves throughout her handmade paper, again, making the lines a physical presence. The Gallery Director, Ottavia Sartini was kind enough to walk us through the space, explaining more in depth Grzymala’s process and works, and also talk about the Eduardo Secci Contemporary Gallery itself. This gallery is a rare gem here in Florence, with the city’s heavy draw towards classical art. Eduardo Secci and Ottavia Sartini are hard at work bringing in top installation artists, providing a space and opportunity for them to display their work, and also providing us viewers with the chance to experience contemporary art.

The Eduardo Secci Contemporary Gallery is located at Piazza Carlo Goldoni,2. Hours of operation are Monday – Saturday from 10:00-1:30pm & 2:30pm-7:00pm Also by appointment Disegno, by Monika Grzymala is open until 12.05.2018 gallery@eduardosecci.com (+39) 055 661356

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ART

A DAWN OF A NATION REVIEW Whether you’re a born-and-bred Flor- work emphasizes their importance as entine, an exploring Italian, or an inter- a cultural expression of the time. There ested tourist, Dawn of a Nation: From are eight main rooms of the exhibit with Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano is over seventy works in total. While each worth seeing. The limited exhibit suc- room feels like a transition through the cessfully immerses guests into a twenty era, there is a unity through the exhibit year cultural journey of Italy’s post-war that remains. From the moment you step art and political scene, and its dramatic into the exhibit you are placed in 1950s progression to 1968. Curated by Luca Italy. You are immediately captured by Massimo Barbero, the limited exhibit the huge standout piece by Guttuso, The located in Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi is Battle of Ponte dell’Ammiraglio, taking only open from March 16 to July 22, over the room. On the surrounding walls 2018. The exhibit is carefully curated are streaming black and white documeninto a historical timeline that effec- tary film of protests, fashion, violence, tively gives you a glimpse into the era and real scenes of the context in which A and its direct influences on art. The art Dawn of a Nation’s art was inspired. The is as transformative as the history, with next room called “A Clash of Situations” Informal Art pieces, Pop Art, Monochro- continues the immersion into the Italian matic painting, Arte povera, and Concep- ‘50s as it transitions to informal art, with tual art. artists such as Lucio Fontana and Emilio I did not know much about Italy’s rich Vedova. past before attending the exhibit. The art The standout room of the exhibit, for is mesmerizing, and the multiple rooms me, was the third room: “Monochrome successfully mirror the artwork’s impres- as Freedom.” The strong contrast of the sions. However, understanding the con- stark white walls, white floor and the text in which the artist created their brilliant lighting from the previous dark

by Claire Schatz

rooms is shocking to the eye. The room explores the play of different textures, materials, and cuts led by the visions and impact of Fontana. The next two rooms that follow lead the way into the Italian ‘60s, displaying new symbols and figurations such as Pascali’s Whale Tail, and the innovation of Pop Art with Khrushchev and Kennedy gestures. 1968 marked the beginning of the protest years in which Schifano led the pack of interpreting current events into art. The last two rooms of the exhibit focus on a reflection of what Italy had become and looks to the future in the mid 1960s and ‘70s. Giuseppe Penone’s Reversing One’s Eyes is a strong closing piece of the exhibit as the artist had himself photographed wearing reflecting contact lenses, emphasizing the importance of “the images collected by the eyes of the past.” Overall, A Dawn of a Nation exhibit is one in which you will leave not only fascina

TRAVEL

I MERCATINI DI FIRENZE

by Italian Advanced I Students

This month’s Italian language contributions feature FUA students who share their personal experiences of Florentine markets and the local communities that thrive there. Katelyn recounts her visit to the flower market in Piazza della Repubblica, while Natalie shops at Sant’Ambrogio Market.

MERCATO DEI FIORI by Katelyn Zelko

Photo by Brooke Finkelstein

I mercati a Firenze sono piccoli, ma giocano un ruolo importante per la cittá. In giorni diversi, I venditori vanno in piazze diverse per vendere i le loro merci . La cosa divertente dei mercati è che un giorno c’é un mercato e un giorno un altro che vende tutto quello che vuoi o di cui hai bisogno, frutta, verdure, scarpe, spezie e altro ancora. Questa settimama sono andata al mercato dei fiori a Piazza Repubblica. Sebbene io abbia camminato in passato per alcuni mercati tenutisi in questa piazza,, il mercato di fiori era nuovo per me. Quando ho girato l’angolo di fronte al negozio Apple, di fronte a me c’era solo una strada piena di colori. É stato incredibile! 4


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Come ho camminato attraverso il mercato, ho notato quanti tipi diversi di fiori e piante che avevano: rose, garofani, tulipani, narcisi, cactus, basilico, ecc. ecc. Ho parlato con una donna anziana che ha detto che il mercato dei fiori é aperto ogni giovedí. Non so da quanti anni esattamente, ma lei ha venduto I fiori li per molti anni. Ogni cosa che si trova al mercato al mercato viene portata in Piazza Repubblica ogni giovedí da un mercato piú grande a un paio di isolati di distanza. Giovedí é il solo giorno della settimana in cui c’è questo mercato dove si vendono solo I fiori. Come ho finito la mia breve passeggiata attraverso il mercato, Il calore del sole e l’odore dei fiori mi hanno colpito all’istante. Il mercato dei fiori è la cosa perfetta per illuminare la cittá dopo il duro inverno. I fiori sono qui, non solo il giovedí. La primavera é spuntata!

MERCATO SANT’AMBROGIO

by Natalie Scotto

Photo by Brooke Finkelstein

Il mercato di Sant’Ambrogio è uno dei mercati più popolari tra le persone che vivono a Firenze. Sant’Ambrogio si trova in Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, fra la Chiesa e la Piazza di Santa Croce. Il mercato è ubicato vicino al centro di Firenze, a soli 10-15 minuti a piedi da Santa Maria del Fiore a Sant’Ambrogio. L’atmosfera è molto rilassante e ci sono molte persone native di Firenze- non è una “trappola per turisti”. È un luogo in cui si può fare esperienza della vera vita italiana, senza l’effetto dell’influenza del resto del mondo. Un giorno, sono andata con la miglior amica della mia mamma, chi vive a Firenze, e il suo fidanzato. Era una giornata bellissima, con il sole e un cielo azzurro. Il percorso è largo e aperto, perfetto per viaggiare attraverso il mercato senza migliaia di persone. Il mercato reintroduce la semplicità della nostra vita prima della tecnologia e dei social media. I venditori sono simpatici e hanno pazienza con chi prova a parlare italiano. La negoziazione ha una parte importante al mercato- tutti gli italiani negoziano sempre per un prezzo ridotto. C’è una scelta diversa di cibo- frutta e verdure, pastiche e pane, carne, pesce e formaggio. Il mercato ha due parti- una all’interno e una esterna. Dentro il mercato, ci sono i banchi permanenti per la vendita di carne, pesce e formaggio. Dentro si trova anche un ristorante famoso che si chiama Trattoria da Rocco, che serve cibo autentico di Firenze. Fuori dal mercato si trovano i venditori di frutta e verdura, di vestiti e di cose per la casa. I prodotti agricoli sono freschi e naturali, senza pesticidi, e tipicamente sono di stagione. Molti dei venditori non parlano inglese, quindi è una bella opportunità per praticare il tuo italiano. Loro sono molto pazienti quando provano a parlare nella loro lingua, e loro sono grati per il suo tentativo. Nel mercato di Sant’Ambrogio, puoi trovare un’esperienza unica a Firenze, con le persone gentili, prodotti puliti e sani e l’atmosfera bellissima. 5


FASHION

FLY LOOK OF THE MONTH

Modelled by Shannon Healy

Photo by Madeleine LaValle

The look of the month is presented by Shannon Healey, who portrays a strong personality through a “fashionable protest”. This look is connected to Fly’s upcoming event on May 1st which will be a fashion show performed in the form of a “fashionable protest”. This style is based on 1960’s workers’ attire and is combined with a straw headpiece designed by FUA student Anna Hanley to create a feminine and elegant twist. The vintage Replay jean jacket brings a ‘Canadian tuxedo’ vibe to the outfit, layered over a simple white James Perse shirt. Adding these detailed Aeropostale boyfriend jeans give this outfit a ‘rough and tough’ aesthetic.. As we know, every worker can be identified as one by their “work boots”. We’ve chosen a pair of vintage Windsor Smith black leather boots that are perfect for stomping through the streets to save our number one love: Fashion! 6


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FLORENCE: WHAT MAKES THE CITY A TOP SHOPPING DESTINATION?

Most places on earth offer either luxury and global brands, or artisanal and homegrown options for shopping; it is rare that both can exist in one place. This retail dichotomy makes for a highly limiting shopping landscape, and in many ways shapes the ways locals and tourists, interact with food, fashion, and culture. Florence happens to be one of those one-in-a million places, that has both, and as such is a melting pot of shopping opportunities. Throughout this multicultural city, one could expect to find small “mom-and-pop” stores tucked right next to big-box stores, a local farm-stand next to a high fashion boutique, and an artisan’s storefront beside a globally recognized brand. This diverse shopping climate has crafted the culture of Florence. There is no doubt that Italy is a huge country for shopping. In fact, in Italy there are 1.5 million tourists who choose to visit Florence, Milan, Rome, Turin and Venice every year for the many shopping attractions found in these cities. It seems that everyone has a

shopping bag with them at all times, and the markets and stores are usually bustling with crowds of Italians doing their daily shopping. This is not just a mere assumption however, as research carried out by Risposte Turismo, a network of tourism consultants, found that in Florence alone, about €281 million is spent annually in retail. Retail and shopping is a massive part of Florentine economy, and has a lot to do with the large quantity of stores throughout the city. Each street is lined with numerous shops and boutiques. If one were to start shopping at the Ponte alla Carraia, one could buy a fresh loaf of bread, a pair of vintage sunglasses, handmade leather shoes, and a Gucci bag, all in a quick five-minute walk. There seems to be a store for everything in Florence, from electronics, to olive oil; the full spectrum of retail goods is offered. Looking at the findings from Risposte Turismo, while visiting Florence, 35% of shopping is done for clothing, 32% for accessories, 16% for food and wine, 5.7% for Perfume and cos-

STUDENT VOICE

by Gregg Casazza Photo by the author

metics, 5.3% souvenirs, 0.5% on objects of design, and 4.8% everything else. Studies show that 3 in 10 (30%) of tourists chose to visit Florence based solely off of it’s shopping opportunities. Perhaps one of the reasons Florence is so widely sought after as a shopping destination is the diverse opportunities for shopping. With local and homegrown artisan options as well as global brands and luxury brands, there is truly something for everyone to buy, and at a number of different price points. This could also explain why although it is the 2nd most popular city for shopping in Italy (after Milan but before Rome) it is still the city where the average daily amount spent is the least. Florentines epitomize the two kinds of shopping everyday in the way they dress, eat, and live. The Tuscan people embrace artisanal goods and luxury goods together to make the complex but beautiful shopping destination that is “The City of Lilies.”

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FACES & PLACES

FLORENTINE CAROUSELS

by Travel Writing Students

Travel Writing students explored their inner child through Florence’s carousels. Featured are two locations and a wealth of childhood memories that are ultimately universal, no matter where in world they may be ridden.

PARCO DELLE CASCINE As a child I had a passion for horses: I would dress up a a jockey to go to preschool and I would get my mom to draw horses on paper, which I would cut out and tape to my shirt. As an aspiring jockey in New York City, it was difficult to find a horse to practice with, especially being only three feet tall myself. Instead, my babysitter would take me to the corner store where there was a mechanical horse that cost twenty-five cents to ride, while a tune would play. I called that horse Wawa and road him whenever I could, but my favorite horses to ride were at the zoo. At the zoo there was a big carousel surrounded with glass walls, run by a Neopolitan man named Lucio. The zoo and carousel were located in Prospect Park and it was three-mile walk to get there from my house. Walking through the Parco delle Cascine in Florence to get

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by Emilio Pompetti to the carousel reminded me so much of the time in my life when I walked along the side of my park to the carousel in Brooklyn. My favorite part of the carousel ride was always choosing the horse. I watched as young kids went through the same struggle, sprinting from one horse to another trying to find the best one before the ride started. As the ride began, I watched kids try to take one hand off the pole, then two as the excitement grew. They would lose their balance and quickly grip the pole again. Unfortunately, my dream of becoming a jockey died quickly after I found out that to be a jockey you had to be under 6 feet tall; I had plans to be 8 feet. I can still relate with the children on the carousel and watching them made me remember just how much I enjoyed those times of childhood excitement.

by Tomie Martel

One often forgets the joys of being a child, until you feel yourself being one again. Childhood is naivetĂŠ and it is joy. The simplest of activities brought forth such a strong sense of emotion, of livelihood.

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That sense of pure freedom is something that can dull and be worn down over time, yet it is important to live in those moments where we can be free again, where we can be children even if for a little while. Riding the carousel in Piazza della Repubblica on a gorgeous sun-filled day was incredible. The shining light gave everything a golden sheen; it can only be described as magical. Seeing children enjoying themselves so much made me feel like a child myself. It made me realize that even though I can walk by this carousel every day, being on it and letting myself become a six-year old girl again is rare and special. I let myself go, I closed my eyes and felt the soft breeze. I heard the children laughing, some were even screaming in excitement, being told to hush by their parents. I tried to think back to the first time I ever rode a carousel, but I could not even remember the last time I rode one. Instead of letting that make me sad, it made me revel in the experience even more. It was as if I was experiencing something for the first time again. There were no worries for the time I was on that carousel, only joy and wonder.

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FACES & PLACES

SUNNY AND SEVENTY-FIVE

by Bailey Surowiec Photo by the Author

A little bit of sunshine does the body good. It’s a wonder how a simple thing like going outside can instantly change your mood and make your day even better. I never miss a chance to take a walk when the sun is shining bright and the birds are chirping. Here are a few shots from some of my favorite places to stop and enjoy the day.

#1: View from the top of the Campanile in Piazza del Duomo #2: Piazza della Repubblica #3: View from Piazzale Michelangelo #4: The steps of Piazzale Michelangelo

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FACES & PEOPLE

THE FLORENTINE CHARACTER

by Art, Fashion, Food, and Wine Journalism Students

The magic of Florence is a new experience for many. Art, Fashion, Food, and Wine Journalism students share their reflections on what they feel it means to be “Florentine.”

KINDNESS IN THE DETAILS

by Claire Schatz

Details are important. Maybe it's the ornate detailing of the Duomo's historic facade or the real-life quality of the gorgeous portraits in the Uffizi, but somewhere along the way those who reside among this comprehensive city inherited an emphasis for details in their everyday life. The Florentines emphasize the details in food and dining experience; each osteria, ristorante, or trattoria striving for customer satisfaction. Among other material things, Florentines stress the details in art and fashion. However, most noticeably is the detail Florentines put into building relationships. Florentines drink their espresso at the café while chatting with friends, a detail in relationships that shouldn't be overlooked. Instead of a one-stop shop, Florentines often shop at places dedicated to their specific item.

Though this takes more time than just going into one store, it yields better quality products, and builds relationships in the process. I think that Florentines understand that the little moments add up. The other day while walking down the crowded street, my grandmother tripped and fell on her face. While I am sure that people back home would have stopped to help my elderly grandmother up, Florentines from a nearby café went above and beyond by helping with ice, tissues, offering water, letting us use the bathroom and even offering some free pastries. The employees would not let us leave until we were sure she was okay and didn't need medical assistance. I had a lot of appreciation for this. I know that not all Florentines are kind or persistent, but I think this example highlights the intentional acts of many of residents.

EVERYDAY RENAISSANCE ELEGANCE

by Tara Shepherd

The character of the typical Florentine is distinct from other Italians. As Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Florentines carry that stature and importance with them throughout their everyday lives in various ways, such as in the way they speak and dress. The language of the Florentines is thought to be the best in the land, thanks to the contributions of historic writers to Italian literature. I have noticed how some phrases and words differ from that of the Roman dialect that my mother speaks. As such I have even been corrected or made aware of such differences in specific words I have used in my sentences.

Florentines also dress extremely well. As Florence is the birthplace of many influential designers, Florentines always dress their best no matter what the occasion. No matter what time of day it is, if you look at the people walking on the street, you would be hard-pressed to find someone in leggings, sweatpants, or t-shirts. I felt the need to adapt to this quickly once I arrived in Florence. Even in the early hours of the morning I would put on a chic outfit to “trend and blend in.” These two characteristics alone contribute to the idea that Florentines take their time to pay attention to details that create an ambiance of importance to them.

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ALUMNI PROFILE

INTERVIEW WITH VANESSA WEEGO

by Mattia delle Piane Photos courtesy of Vanessa Weego

Vanessa, tell us about you and what you’re up to now professionally. VW: I’m from Hampton, New Hampshire in the US. I studied graphic design and upon graduating, and landed a job with Whole Foods as a Graphic Designer. I then got a job related to Italy, which I enjoy immensely. I work for a company called Tuscan Brands that owns restaurants named Tuscan Kitchen. Tuscan Brands also has a Tuscan Market where you can shop and find authentic Italian products. I’m thrilled that my FUA experience has all tied directly into my career. It couldn’t have been more perfect for me to attend FUA upon establishing my long-term career. Why did you choose to study at FUA? VW: I have an Italian heritage. My great-great-grandparents are from Tuscany. My parents visited me at the end of the program and we took a trip to visit their graves. It was neat to see where my roots come from, a one of the reasons for coming to Italy. I took an advanced photography course with Simone Ballerini, my favorite professor. I participated at an exhibition at Ganzo, and also took part in an issue of Blending Magazine and worked on the cover. How did your experience at FUA help with your career growth? VW: Working in the Italian-related field requires one direct experiences in the country. Having done just that through FUA along with the my design skills earned in college were the main factors for getting hired. The Italian experience was important for the company, which I was able to fully understand after being in Italy for four months. 13


What are your favorite FUA memories? VW: I could talk forever about them. I loved living in Florence, my apartment was right down the road from the Duomo. Observing the city and being stunned that I was in Florence everyday. During my spring break I really got to experience other parts of Italy. I took the train to both the north and south, and got to see different sides of Italian culture. My advanced photography class with Prof. Ballerini was definitely my favorite class, he was very real and had a great sense of humor. He taught me to be abstract and pushed me in a positive way. What are your plans for the future? VW: I want to continue to work in the design field and become a more versatile designer in different mediums. I want to become well-versed in web design, print design, and more. I am forever growing.

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EVENTS

MARCH EVENTS IN FLORENCE by FUA PR STUDENTS

A Collector’s Paradise

The Three Tenors

Spring has Sprung in Florence

This highly anticipated flea market event, which takes place every third weekend of the month, is a flea market shopper’s dream come true. Keeping up with monthly expectations, from Saturday May 19 to Sunday May 20, incredible gems can be found around the Fortezza da Basso from 9am to 7:30pm. An event where the old can be received by the new, this is the perfect event to add new treasures to your collection. The Fortezza Antiquaria has a large selection of antiques for your choosing, and with items ranging from large to small, there is always something special just waiting to be found.

In the heart of Florence, in the prestigious Santo Stefano al Ponte Church, the enchantment of classical music will come to life. Throughout May, music inspired by the world-renowned “Three Tenors,” Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Gomingo and Jose Carreras can be heard in the elegant and refined venue of this historic church. The Tenors will perform the masterpieces which brought fame to Italy all over the world. The excellent acoustics of the auditorium will accentuate the unique occasion accompanied by a chamber ensemble of mandolin, cello and grand piano. These shows will take place on every Monday and Friday evening at 20:30 in May. For more information about this event please visit www.operainroma.com.

Located on the hillside adjacent to Piazzale Michelangelo, the Giardino Dell’Iris (Iris Garden) has been open since April 25 and closes May 20. The iris, the renowned flower on the crest of Florence, blooms mainly in the early stages of May. This makes the Giardino Dell’Iris a popular destination to visit in the spring. Visitors and locals alike will be able to enjoy the scenic views that the city has to offer, along with the garden’s bucolic setting. Giardino Dell ’Iris is open everyday during these few weeks, including holidays. The entry for the garden is free, and is open Monday- Friday from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 7:30 p.m. (last entrance 30 min before closing) and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. The garden is also responsible for hosting the International Competition of Iris, from May 7-12, where individuals from around the world can showcase their hybridized irises. The Italian Iris Society is responsible for creating and running this competition, and allows visitors to view the submissions. This year, the garden will host the 60th International Iris Competition.

by Amanda Rivas

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