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Mona Lisa Remains Possibly Found in Florence

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A Day to Remember

THE NEW UFFIZI

August 7th, 50 years since Ferragamo’s passing

Museum reopens “Room of Wonders”

Eugenio Giani President of the Florence City Council

The restoration was supervised by the Uffizi Gallery, under superintendence of the Historic, Artistic and Ethnic-anthropological Heritage and the Polo Museale Fiorentino, and funded by the U.S. based non-profit organization Friends of Florence.

In his famous autobiography, Salvatore Ferragamo himself describes his life as a novel with a fairytale ending. Born in 1898 as the 11th of 14 children, he lived an impoverished childhood in a small town in Southern Italy, Bonito (in the province of Avellino, not far from Naples) before arriving with great tenacity as an immigrant in the United States. His remarkable talent and ability, as well as his entrepreneurial qualities, lead him to develop one of the most famous fashion brands in the world. His natural talent for footwear could not be better understood than through Ferragamo’s own tale. He tells us that his family was so poor that they could not even afford a pair of shoes for his sister’s First Communion. Thus, not yet seven-years-old, at he prepared for her a pair of shoes, with astonishing results. He then spent most of his childhood observing

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fter three years of restoration, Buontalenti’s Tribune, often referred to as the “Room of Wonders,” is open to the public once again. Located in the heart of the oldest part of the Uffizi, the Tribune features precious pearl decorations, paintings and ancient sculptures from the collections of the Medici. The reopening is part of the

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Commemorating the Anniversary of a Fashion Giant’s Passing CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the cobbler of his little town, despite his father’s dismay, as he considered the profession humiliating. Tenaciously, Salvatore moved to Naples, where he opened a small shoemaker shop. In 1914 he immigrated to Boston where one of his brothers was already working, then to Santa Barbara in California and finally to Hollywood. Here he was lucky enough to meet movie stars and to develop the job he loved, putting his immense creativity to design comfortable shoes for American movie celebrities. He created inimitable models, and exploited his closeness and friendship with the most famous actors in the world to promote his image and popularity. When he decided to come back to Italy, he chose Florence. Here he set up shop in Via Minnelli, near the Campo di Marte station, and here he copyrighted his brands for the production of extra-luxury shoes. Despite the 1929 economic crisis, he still decided to invest and bought the Spini Ferroni palace, later to become the historical headquarters of Ferragamo. The Salvatore Ferragamo brand then expanded its efforts to other luxury products such as bags, clothing and perfumes, always maintaining its excellence and refinement. Ferragamo died in 1960 at the age of 62. He died in Pietrasanta, a small town in Tuscany, in the province of Lucca. With his death, the story ended and the legend began. Ferragamo’s myth is destined to last forever, kept alive by the success of his family and by the Salvatore Ferragamo museum at Palazzo Spini Ferroni.

Contents Florence News........2-6 National News..........7 “A Guide to the City” is the monthly supplement to www.theflorencenewspaper.com. The Florence Newspaper is distributed throughout Florence in all key reference points for the English speaking community including hotels and hostels, universities and language schools, libraries, restaurants and cafes. Editor-in-Chief (Direttore Responsabile) Lorenzo Picchi direttore@theflorencenewspaper.com

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Friends of Florence returned their attention to the Uffizi Gallery following earlier projects there, including the restoration of the Loggia dei Lanzi and the Sale della Nioba. Designed by Bernardo Buontalenti in 1584 by order of Grand-duke Francesco I de’ Medici, the Tribune was meant as a shrine for the most important works from the family’s possession. Revealing its creator’s true intention, the Tribune was referred to as “la spelonca” (the cavern), reflecting a blend of cave and “Wunderkammer” that was typical of the Renaissance.The recent restoration of the Tribune provided the opportunity to revive its original 18th century appearance, affecting every part of the octagonal

an aura of unusual magnificence. Its highlight, however, is the large cupola that is covered with nearly 6000 shells from the Indian Ocean. Due to the extraordinary effort of the restorers, it again glistens like a spangled sky. Based on the rearrangement of the works introduced by Luigi Lanzi in 1780, the classical sculptures chosen, the Medici Venus, the Arrotino (“knife grinder”) and the Wrestlers and the Dancing Faun, again occupy the Gallery’s most exclusive room. The paintings, documented in the years between 1586 and 1974, include works by Agnolo Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, and Raffaello Sanzio. As an important aspect in presenting the new display, the lighting system has been substantially updated according to latest techno-

room, from the polychrome floor to the crowning cupola. The crimson velvet that covers the walls has been remade in the traditional way by the Antico Setificio Fiorentino, combining perfectly with the beauty of the decorative artworks. With ancient Roman marbles mounted on rediscovered Baroque plinths and sparkling decorations of mother-of-pearl and gold, the room regained

logical innovations. While sharpening the perception of splendid details, the installation at the same time seeks to conserve the magical effect of “filtered light” that is referred to in historical documents. Thus, the multiple reflections of the mother-of-pearl slivers, together with the warm gleam of gold and red lacquer create a truly fascinating play of colors. The LED-lights present

numerous advantages, including reduced energy consumption, the absence of radiation harmful to the artworks and limited maintenance requirements. Although access to the Tribune will remain precluded in order to protect the mosaic pavement, visitors are able to look at the display from the main corridor, as well as from the adjoining rooms. The new layout of the Tribune

represents a symbolic achievement in the process of renovation of the Uffizi Gallery that began in the 1990s, not only for the public’s use, but also in terms of the museum’s tradition and the historic significance of its rooms and collections. With the Tribune, the Uffizi Gallery has regained another treasure: the place where once the dream of an impassioned prince came true.


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Mona Lisa Skeleton Possibly Found in Florence

Audio Guides Mandatory inside the Dome Claudia Niemann

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s of July 16th, groups of more than four people visiting the Dome are now required to use radio or audio guides. The new service has been launched by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, in agreement with the Capitolo Metropolitano Fiorentino, welcoming what has been experienced in other Italian cathedrals such as in the Dome of Milan. In respect of silence for a monument that is above all a place of worship and prayer, the goal is to increase the number of visitors allowed at once

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omb hunters have found a skeleton that may belong to the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Digging beneath the floor of the former convent of Saint Ursula in Florence, anthropoligists found the skeleton in tact and well-preserved late Tuesday. ‘But until we have conducted carbon-14 testing, we cannot date with certainty the era in which this person lived,’ said lead researcher Silvano Vinceti. Earlier in the day the team had already made a major breakthrough with the discovery of a 15th-cen-

tury altar base, a major clue as the dead in this period were traditionally buried near altars. ‘After 1500, only two women were buried here: Mona Lisa Gherardini, in 1542, and another noblewoman, Maria del Riccio,’ said a team statement. Another skeleton was already unearthed last year. If the latest skeleton turns out to be that of Gherardini, experts may be able to reconstruct the woman’s face and find out more about that famous smile.

Woody Allen Sends Message to Florence

Drugs and Counterfeit at Artemio Franchi Stadium

The other side of Madonna and Springsteen’s Concerts

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ultiple citations for dealing drugs and selling counterfeit goods were given at the Artemio Franchi stadium during the Bruce Springsteen and Madonna concerts. Six people were charged with selling counterfeit products, six for scalping, 49 for the dealing of illegal

substances and 14 for exercising commercial ventures without a license. Altogether, 53 grams of hashish, 15 grams of marijuana, 3.6 grams of cocaine, 24 marijuana cigarettes and an ecstasy pill were seized.

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fter giving a concert at Artemio Franchi Stadium on June 16th, Madonna shot part of her music video for the song Turn up the Radio in Florence and in Mugello, an area north of

Florence. For the shoot, the star donned a dark outfit and rode around in a Cadillac Eldorado. When in Florence, Madonna also visited the Uffizi Gallery and the Vasari Corridor.

in the cathedral, and thus to minimize the ranks of tourists queuing to enter. If already obtained, groups will not have to rent new radio guides. The regular price for the rental of radio guides is 2 Euro and 2,50 Euro for audio guides. Schools will be discounted by 50 percent. The equipment can be obtained at the appropriate desk beside the Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo. Book by phone: 055 2399308 or e-mail to: radioguide@operaduomo.firenze.it.

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oody Allen: a Documentary” by Robert Weide celebrated its Italian premier at Florentine Odeon Cinema on June 12th. The event was part of the Tribeca Film Festival that recently took place for the first time in Italy. Prior to the premier, Allen left a special note to the organizers arousing even more curiosity about the new documentary film. In his message, Allen stated that for the first time he had allowed his life and creative process to be documented on camera, wondering at the same time that all the interviewees speak well of him, including his ex-fiancee Diane Keaton, as he remembers constant quarrels at his sets. The documentary however shows that Woody Allen arouses wide admiration among his col-

leagues and fans as an iconic writer, director, actor, comedian and musician. Filmmaker Robert Weide followed the notoriously private film legend over a year to chronicle Allen’s career from teen writer to stand-up comedian, to award-winning writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years. In explaining why he has not approved a biographical documentary earlier, Allen comically claims to have had some spare time before the next Knicks game. Meant as an homage to Italy, Woody Allen’s newest project “To Rome with Love,” starring Roberto Benigni, is now shown in cinemas which demonstrates once again the expertise of one of the most talented contemporary filmmakers.

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The Firenze Card is valid for 72 hours and provides you the admission only once to all museums of the Circuit, located in Florence. It entitles you to visit permanent collections, exhibitions and other activities held in these museums. You will avoid queues and booking limitations. You are also entitled to use public transports free of charge.

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Main advantages of your Firenze Card Free access to major museums, villas and historical gardens in Florence Admission to museums is granted by showing the card at the entrance, with no reservation requirements Free travel on public transports: ATAF&Linea buses and trams Free access to museums and public transport for EU citizens under the age of 18 who are accompanying you Updated information kit on participating museums For more information write to info@firenzecard.it

adiohead has officially confirmed new tour dates: on September 23rd the band will perform open air at Cascine Park in Florence. The event was initially scheduled for July 1st but was canceled due to a tragedy that occurred in Toronto. Before the concert on June 16th, the roof over the stage suddenly collapsed, killing stage technician Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The gates had not yet been opened to the 40,000 fans who were

expected for the sold-out show. On their website, Radiohead thank all their fans for understanding this dramatic moment and for the numerous messages of solidarity they have received. Further concerts in Italy are scheduled for: Rome (September 22nd - Hyppodrome Capanelle), Bologna (September 25th - Arena Parco Nord) and Codroipo (Udine) (September 26th Villa Manin). All original tickets are valid for the re-scheduled date.

New Bus Connecting to Fiesole

Getting the Bus Ticket with a SMS

Beginning in 2013 the 34 new bus line will connect the suburbs of South Florence – Via Aretina, the Gignoro outlet in Coverciano, Le Falle and Girone – to Fiesole. The new line will provide 60 daily runs, and was established for a cost of 50,000 euro.

Florence is the first Italian city where it is possible to purchase a bus ticket via sms. The number to send the text to is 4880105. The price of the ticket is 1.20 Euro, to which has to be added the cost for the message which varies depending on the service provider.

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Uproar over Couple Roberto Benigni to Having Sex beneath Perform Divine Comedy Florence Dante Statue in Santa Croce

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wo young people have found themselves at the centre of a political row in Florence after being photographed having sexual intercourse beneath the statue of mediaeval poet Dante Alighieri in Piazza S. Croce. The storm broke after local newspaper Corriere Fiorentino carried a report of the incident - dating to the evening of June 23 and which drew a small crowd of amused bystanders - by two exponents of the rightist Northern League party who had witnessed the scene and taken photographs of the coupling pair which they sent to Florence’s centre-left Mayor Matteo Renzi. “Piazza Santa Croce has become an openair brothel,” said city councillor Mario Raz-

zanelli. “Drug and alcohol pushing were no longer enough: free sex was also needed. The square is out of control, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy”. Razzanelli and his party collegue Federico Bussolin added that the pair were “foreign and probably drunk or under the influence of drugs”. Renzi replied that the local authorities would look into the incident, but he also slammed his political opponents for their conduct. “Personally, should I find myself in such a situation, (rather than use my cellphone to take photographs) I would call the municipal police so they could intervene and restore order and decorum,” said the 37-year-old mayor, who has said he may make a bid to be the centre-left’s candidate for premier in next year’s elections.

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he Torre d’Arnolfo, the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio, was recently opened to the public for the first time in history. The inauguration took place on June 24th , the day of the celebration of San Giovanni Battista Day, Florence’s patron saint. The tower, named after its designer Arnolfo, was

constructed in the late 13th century. It has imprisoned multiple notable figures, including Cosimo de’ Medici in 1435 and Girolamo Savonarola in 1498. Currently, it serves as the city hall of Florence, housing both the Mayor’s office and the City Council.

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Vintage Shops in Florence

Melrose was born in 1989 as an importer of Levi’s 501 jeans and second hand American clothing. The name derives from the street of Los Angeles famous for its vintage clothing. In the last few years the company decided to expand opening two of the biggest vintage shops in Florence. Among the brands that you can find at the two shops are Converse All star, Adidas, DrMartens,Moschino,Gucci, and Burberry, together with a vast selection of Cowboy boots, women’s bags, leather jackets and so on. The two Melrose shops must be visited just because of their original furnishings made of original country-style recycled objects.

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Top-ranked Restaurant by Trip Advisor One of the top-ranked in Florence by TripAdvisor, this restaurant pleases both the appetite and the wallet offering great lunch deals with discounts to foreign students. The specialties of Antica Osteria 1 rosso include assortment of Tuscany cold cuts, special freshly hand made pasta, wild boar ragù, all types of grilled meat including a special meat cooked Florentine style, and a chef’s home dessert. Among the wines offered is also a Chianti produced by the restaurant.

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iazza Santa Croce is hosting an event dedicated to Dante Alighieri from July 20th to August 6th, when Roberto Benigni will read the cantos of the Inferno. The show, called TuttoDante, combines overwhelming poetry with satire and great comedy inspired by current topics. In 2006, the program debuted in Greece where Roberto Benigni first recited the poet’s work in his particular comedic manner. Sold out at every stop of the tour, TuttoDante has already been seen by 600,000 spectators in 50 different cities around the world. Returning this summer, the show may turn into Benigni’s home game, as he has only recently received the honorary citizenship of Florence.

Having referred to the theatrical experience as one of the most important and exciting memories of his life, Benigni will undoubtedly again carry away an anticipated audience of 6,000 people every night. Appreciated as an improvisational poet, the actor creates thrilling bonds between Dante’s era and our present day, successfully making the Divine Comedy a timeless experience.

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Florence Dance Festival

Day Classes Available

The Art Academy of Bianca Cappello has a wealth of opportunities for artists of all ages. The instructors are committed to their craft and feel a special connection with the possibilities that children have to create something special, such as the chocolate sculptures lining the walls of the studio. In addition to classes in sculpture, mosaic, painting, jewelry and more, the school offers a creative summer camp for children. The academy is open seven days a week, offering 1-½ hour courses for children and 3-hour courses for adults, as well as studio space for artists.

For reservation: Via Maggio 44/R Tel.: 055 294 971 info@florenceartschool.it www.florenceartschool.it

Ticket price: 17 Euro. Purchase online: www.ticketone.it For more information visit: www.tuttodante.it

The 23rd Florence Dance Festival (June 25th - July 23rd) honors the 500th anniversary of the death of Amerigo Vespucci. The festival will feature projects and performances that strive to instill a sense of peace and global cooperation. The Teatro del Opera of San Carlo Napoli, the Ballet of Milan, the National Company of Raffaele Paganini, the Florence Dance Company, the San Pietroburgo National Ballet, and various avant-garde dance companies will be offering performances in ballet, contemporary dance, and folklore in the National Bargello Museum. The festival will serve not only to celebrate cultural tourism but cultural ties between Italy and America.

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A Real Michelangelo? Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise” Restored Marble relief at Palazzo Medici

Riccardi attributed to Florentine Golden doors on display from master September 8th Claudia Niemann

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fter 27 years of restoration, Lorenzo Ghiberti’s famous “Gates of Paradise,” designed to decorate the Baptistery of Florence, will again be on display to the public from September 2012. The monumental doors were recently transported to the “Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo” after a restoration period that has no equal in complexity and duration. The reworking was carried out by the “Opificio delle Pietre Dure,” the Florentine public Institute of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage. Solemnly received at sight, Minister of Culture Lorenzo Ornaghi paid tribute to the restorers’ remarkable efforts. Considered one of the masterpieces of early Renaissance art, Lorenzo Ghiberti was commissioned to design the eastern door of the Baptistery in 1425 after having established himself with his work on the northern gate of the church.

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he walls of the Michelozzi Courtyard at Palazzo Medici Riccardi are decorated with antique pieces within baroque stone frames which were installed in the late 17th century to display the art collection of the Riccardi family. Among the relief carvings and inscriptions is a small marble panel, depicting a recumbent nude female tenderly hugging a naked child. The relief, called “Venus and Cupid,” was recently presented as a work by Michelangelo Buonarroti. Although inserted between Greek and Roman artifacts, its Renaissance origin seems undisputed. According to historians Gabriele Morolli and Alessandro Vezzosi, the composition, iconography, high quality of detail and the overall technique and style of the relief show a remarkable resemblance to the works of Michelangelo. Based primarily on visual evidence, Vezzosi believes the relief to be a youthful work created by Michelangelo between 1504 and 1505 while studying at the Palazzo. This idea was put for-

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Michelangelo is said to have admired Ghiberti’s work, believing that the door was worthy of adorning the entrance to heaven. While the gates have been in restoration since 1990, copies have stood in their place which will remain the case despite the restoration. To save the doors from degradation caused by constant humidity, they will be exhibited in a large display case in the courtyard of the “Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo” which is currently under construction. Undoubtedly, the precious 25-meter-high gateway – with panels showing episodes from the Old Testament – will signify the most spectacular piece in the museum’s collection. The reworking of Ghiberti’s masterpiece is part of a restoration program lasting until 2015 which was initiated by the “Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo” in order to create a new exhibition space to harbor significant works of art.

ward for the first time in Morolli’s and Vezzosi’s recent book “Michelangelo Absolute.” Specifically in terms of its contrasts, the polish and the rough and unfinished structure, the marble work can be related to the artist’s earlier compositional ideas. The figure of Cupid is similar to the infants in Michelangelo’s Tondo Pitti and Taddei Tondo reliefs, while the particular representation of the female can be seen in many of his drawings and sculptures. Investigations and studies will continue with the overall aim to define the relief’s origin more closely. Whether indeed created by Michelangelo or by another artist, Morolli and Vezzosi are certain that the identification of this small masterpiece of exceptional quality would represent an important art historical discovery. The City of Florence welcomes the research project, believing that the relief’s possible attribution to Michelangelo is also an opportunity to rediscover the beauty and significance of Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

Palazzo Vecchio Given Back its Splendor Successful cleaning effort owes thanks to German specialists

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fter one week of intensive cleaning work by a small team of experts, the historical Palazzo Vecchio shines in new splendor. Built in the early 14th century and located in the heart of Florence, the palace is one of the most recognizable buildings of the city. Once the residence of Cosimo I de’ Medici, it is today the seat of the municipality, the scene of official events, and one of the main destinations for tourists.

Claudia Niemann However, the exposure to the weather and the frequent stream of visitors leave considerable marks on the building. This is especially apparent on the surface structures of the interior. Over the years, deposits, including visible layers of fat and coatings of dust, have formed on the floors of the New Courtyard, the Courtyard of the Customs and on the polished floor tiles of the museum.Ordinary cleaning techniques appeared to be inadequate in order to achieve a thorough result that also accounts for the neces-

sary cautiousness when working with natural stone of great value. The family-owned German company Kärcher, for years engaged in the preservation of historic monuments and works of art, has the world’s largest cleaning equipment and 8700 employees in 50 countries. The company has last been in charge of cleaning the Colonnade on Piazza San Pietro in Vatican City and the sculptures of American presidents on Mount Rushmore. At Palazzo Vecchio, the professionals succeeded

in restoring the historic pavements to their original beauty, and, at the same time, symbolically renewing the overall value of the palace. The project was made possible due to the collaboration with Manutencoop Facility Management S.p.A. who have made available a team of specialists to assist the German technicians. According to Enzo Fiume, CEO of Kärcher Italy, the collaboration with the City of Florence to restore a building of such historical significance has been both a matter of responsibility and pride.


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Trevi Fountain Loses Pieces Costa Concordia from Facade Removal Starts Rome mayor looking into sponsors for restoration

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Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said on Monday that the city is looking into the possibility of a sponsor to cover restoration, as was done with the Colosseum and other archeological monuments of the city. The Trevi Fountain was imortalized in Fellini’s classic film La Dolce Vita in which Anita Ekberg cavorts with Marcello Mastroianni in the fountain.

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Camorra affiliate who played a Naples Mob boss in the award-winning film Gomorra has been sentenced to 13 years and 10 months in jail for mafia crimes including extortion. Giovanni Venosa is believed to be an affiliate of the Casalesi clan, whose death threats have forced Gomorra writer Roberto Saviano into 24-hour police protection. In the 2008 film from Saviano’s 2006 book,

Venosa told the two young protagonists of a key episode, in a Casalese accent, “Ve taglie ‘a chep’’ (dialect for “I’ll cut off your heads’). Gomorra (Gomorrah), an expose’ of the Casalesi and other Naples gangs’ activities, has been translated in 51 countries and has sold millions of copies worldwide. The film, directed by Matteo Garrone, won second prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Art Exhibits in Italy ANSA.it LUCCA - Lucca Center of Contemporary Art: David LaChapelle, 53 photos; until November 4. MILAN - Triennale: Luigi Ghirri, Trip in Italy, major collection of landscape photographs; until August 26. PERUGIA - Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria: Luca Signorelli, 66 works in biggest show ever on Tuscan Renaissance master, featuring loans from Italy and abroad; until August 26. ROME - Castel Sant’Angelo: The Popes Of Memory, seven centuries of papal life through 130 masterpieces; until December 8. Macro: Neon, The Luminous Material of Art, 70 works by 50 artists over 80 years including Dan Flavin, Maurizio Cattelan, Mario Merz, Alfredo Jarre, Pascale Marthine Tayou; until November 4. Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM): Andy Warhol Headlines; until September 9.

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he removal of the Costa Concordia cruiseship wreck from a reef off Tuscany’s Giglio Island began last June, five months after a disaster that claimed headlines worldwide. The Concordia hit a rock and capsized in January, killing 32 people in one of Italy’s worst naval disasters since the Second World War. The removal project has an estimated cost of 300 million euros. Captain Francesco Schettino is being probed for multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck, abandoning ship, abandoning

Mussolini’s Granddaughter Signs Photos of Dictator in House Incident took place during vote on corruption bill

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MAXXI: Michelangelo Pistoletto, From One To Many, 100 works, 1956-1974; until August 15. TIVOLI - Villa d’Este: Magnificence at Table; the art of Renaissance banquets; until November 4. VENICE - Punto della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation: ‘Praise of Doubt’, 60 works by 20 contemporary giants including Maurizio Cattelan, Jeff Koons, Jeff Bauman, Adel Abdessemed, Marcel Broodthaers, Dan Flavin, Thomas Schutte and Charles Ray; until December 31, 2012.

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(PdL) party, signed the images after they were handed to her in an envelope by a lawmaker belonging to the right-wing Northern League. She then handed the pictures back. The incident took place during vote on a government anti-corruption bill.

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Palazzo delle Esposizioni: 100 works from Stadel Museum in Frankfurt including Tischbein, Corot, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Redon, Munch, Ernst, Klee, Picasso; until July 17. Musei Capitolini: ‘Portraits, The Many Faces Of Power’, 150 Roman heads, busts, statues ranging from early terracotta works to deified images of imperial rulers; until September 25.

those in need of help and failing to communicate properly with the maritime authorities. Removal operations began with the cutting of the huge liner’s mast. By the end of August, the half-sunken ship will be secure and no longer at risk of slipping off the rocks where it is partially beached, the company said. Earlier projections from Costa Crociere, which owns the Costa, said the ship would be out by spring 2013.

Florence Town offers a one-day trip to the 5 Terre. Departure in the morning, transfer to the North West Riviera with a comfortable minivan. This comprehensive guided exploration will include the visit of the most beautiful villages and landscapes of Cinque Terre National Park. You will enjoy the most astonishing views either from land and sea, as you will stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking/hiking on the fabulous trails on the cliff (including famous Via dell’Amore) in a perfect mix for a memorable experience. A full lunch in a typical restaurant is included, as well as the opportunity to dive into the clear blue water (time permitting). Insert the code 5TERREFLONEWS to get a 10% discount at time of booking.

Via de’ Lamberti, 1 Tel. 055 0123994 www.florencetown.com

The Dance and Drama course is geared toward understanding the theatrical experience as an opportunity to develop your own creativity and expressiveness as web as increasing your artistic experience. The actor, director, educator and writer Roberto Andrioli will lead this theatre workshop with Marco Bendoni, a wellknown ancient music dancer. Program:

12 days

•development of the Commedia Dell´Arte in Europe •body expression exercises •instrumental training exercises to develop students´ own expressive body capabilities and voice •The Mask: between Art and Magic •analysis of the scenes of theatrical texts of Moliere, Shakespeare, Goldoni and others • choreographies from the fifteenth century to the nineteenth Language: english / italian

400 EURO

www.internationalifexperience.com info@internationalifexperience.com


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Pizza around the Clock Mr. Pizza offers all day and late night dining Erin Wagner

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ituated on 82 Via Pietrapiana, just moments away from the beautiful Santa Croce Basilica, is the contemporary Mr. Pizza pizzeria. Open since last October, the restaurant offers a simple and fresh menu available all day and night. The pizzeria

employee himself, Luciano noticed that after leaving the bars and clubs, many people were forced to go home with empty stomachs as all of the restaurants had already closed hours before. Mr. Pizza, which is frequented by visitors and locals alike, serves as the clear choice to anyone

cheese. The funky barrel-shaped tables are full of different types of pizza ingredients. The menu items are equally fresh and contemporary, such as the classic Mr. Pizza recipe featuring tomatoes, mozzarella, parmigiano, and riduja and many other classic Napolitan

Santa Croce district, not far from other points of interest, including Il Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. For the prime location, the food is an unbelievable value. According to Luciano, a diner can experience a satisfying meal for between 8 and 12 euros.The restaurant is open for lunch begin-

is among one of the only restaurants in the entire city that is open all night. Luciano, the owner of the pizzeria, was inspired by the clear lack of late-night dining options available to night owls, hungry after a night of socializing and dancing. A former nightclub

looking for a good meal at any time. The interior features a pizza-themed color palette. The wicker stools have red-tomato frames, the walls nod to the color of fields of well-tended wheat and the fresh white accents along the door and walls suggests fresh mozzarella

favorites. The staff assures that Mr. Pizza has something to offer to everyone. “Mr. Pizza is a wonderful place for a casual date night, a meeting spot for friends, and wonderful for children as well,” stated Luciano. The restaurant is centrally located in the historic

ning at 11:00 a.m., through the dinner hours, and all night, remaining open until 5:00 a.m. in the morning. In addition, the restaurant offers a delivery service from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, call 055 3860311.

San Carlo

Osteria Santo Spirito

Il Gatto e la Volpe

The ClubHouse

Caffè Lounge Bar, Bistro, Wine House, Cocktails House

Winner of the Traveller’s Choice Award by TripAdvisor

Typical Tuscan Cuisine

Restaurant -Pizzeria American Bar

The San Carlo Bar offers continental as well as American breakfasts and brunch, simple but refined lunches, a large buffet aperitivo, and a wide choice of after-dinner wines and cocktails. Music and art accompany the meals and the drinks. The colors of the bar are lively, featuring a red décor, matching the attitude of the staff, always ready to joke with their customers. San Carlo is a bar suitable to any moment of the day.

Winner of the Traveller’s Choice Award by TripAdvisor for restaurants in Florence, Osteria di Santo Spirito is located in Piazza Santo Spirito opposite to the Church. They style of this restaurant is rustic and elegant at the same time, the food offered is traditionally Tuscan. Several outdoor tables are available. The Osteria is open all day long and offers both lunch and dinner.

Borgo Ognissanti 32-34/R Tel: 055 216879 www.sancarlofirenze.it

Piazza Santo Spirito 16/R www.osteriasantospirito.it Tel: 055-2382383

This restaurant, located near the Bargello Museum in the center of Florence on Via Ghibellina, has been offering typical home cooking cuisine to both locals and tourists for more than 30 years. Il Gatto e la Volpe is run by the Florestani family and offers a menu that includes Tuscan specialties, Florentine steak, pasta, traditional first and second courses, wood oven pizzas and calzones, cakes, and Tuscan wines. The staff speaks English, and opening hours are from 12 pm to 12 am. Credit cards are accepted.

The ClubHouse is a modern Restaurant, Pizzeria, and American bistro located steps away from the Duomo in the heart of Florence. The restaurant offers a menu of simple, expertly prepared dishes highlighted by an array of flavorful Florentine plates, wood fired pizzas, and a full American breakfast. It also features a restaurant bar which creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere perfect for hanging out with friends or watching football on their many flat screen TV’s.

Via Ghibellina 151/R Tel. 055 28 92 64

Via de’ Ginori 6/R Tel. 055 21 14 27 www.theclubhouse.it


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The Museo della Misericordia

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he Misericordia of Florence opened its Museum in Florence on January 20th, 2005. The museum is inside historic headquarters of the Misericordia in Piazza del Duomo. The rooms contain articles and pictures relating to the almost eight centuries of life of the Institution, one of the longest and most active in the history of Florence.

The first room contains drawings and watercolors depicting the 16th century façade of the building in Piazza Duomo, donated in 1575 by Francesco I de ‘Medici to the Brotherhood. The second is dedicated to the altar and paintings. The wooden altar dates back to 1500 and deserves special attention; as does the picture depicting the Madonna and Child with St. John

Kikuya Pub

English Pub in Via de’ Benci Kikuya is an English Pub located in the Santa Croce area. The crew is enthusiastic as well as the pub’s customers. The atmosphere is friendly, familiar, joyful and engrossing, and at Kikuya new friendships and love affairs bloom. The Pub is fortunate to attract both Italians and foreigners. Especially the latter usually return when they decide to linger a bit longer in Florence. Inside the pub you can meet a wide range of students coming from all over Europe for the Erasmus project. Kikuya is usually the place where students spend their last night in Florence.

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by Giovanni Francesco Antonio Sogliano and a painting by Tobias and San Sebastiano Santi di Tito. One room is dedicated entirely to objects related to the tradition of the black robe, which has always characterized the Brothers, as well as the book with the first chapters that Bussolotti used for voting. It is also possible to view silver objects that testify to the many legacies and donations collected throughout the centuries by the Misericordia. The Museum is destined to enrich the already precious artistic heritage of the Misericordia. The building in Piazza Duomo, in fact, contains works of great importance, such as a Madonna by Ghiberti, a sculpture by Andrea della Robbia placed over the altar of the oratory and other valuable sculptures by Benedetto da Majano. Among the many activities of the Misericordia of Florence, its primary function is to act as a shining beacon of the tradition and history of the city.

The Museum is open to the public every Monday from 9 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 to 5 pm. Guided tours on other days are possible by reservation. To book, call 055-239393 or visit the website at www.misericordia.firenze.it.

One Eyed Jack Pub

A 3-year-old relaxed rock-and-roll bar located on 2/R Piazza Nazario Sauro, the One Eyed Jack Pub is inspired by the American bar atmosphere encountered by Gabrieli Jack, one of the owners, during an extended visit to the U.S. In addition to a well-stocked liquor selection, the pub offers an impressive selection of beer on tap. Every night from 4:00-9:00 is “Kick Ass Hour”, and the bar offers free wi-fi, live music and open mic night.

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Fabulae Pictae at the Bargello Museum

Myths and stories in Renaissance Majolica Claudia Niemann by significant loans from prestigious Italian and foreign collections. Produced by the manufactures of Faenza and Urbino, these items were extremely popular with the courts and leading aristocrats throughout Europe in the course of the 16th century. The distinguished subjects were taken from classical mythology and ancient history which contributed to the development of a unique style. The exhibition is divided into two sections: the first is devoted to episodes from classical mythology, while the second focuses on themes from Homer and ancient history, through which visitors see the far-reaching effects of majolica on the great Renaissance models. To emphasize this close relationship, the exhibition juxtaposes the majolica ware with other items, such as medals, plaques, drawings and engravings which have often provided inspiration to the painters of majolica.

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or the first time, an exhibit is dedicated entirely to Renaissance majolica, exploring how this art form relates to its literary, historical and figurative sources. On display at the Bargello National Museum is a large collection of rare and extremely high quality items from the Medici family, enriched

The Bargello National Museum, Via del Proconsolo, 4. Open from Monday – Sunday, 8.15 a.m. - 5 p.m. (until September 16th) Ticket Price: 7, reduced 3,50 Euro.

The Diner

Festa del Mugello

First Diner in Florence since 2004

How to Get to the Tuscan Outdoor Grill Festa del Mugello

If you’re craving an American food haven in the heart of Florence, look no further than The Diner, located on a small street near the Palazzo Vecchio. The restaurant boasts both an Authentic American atmosphere and a authentic menu including pancakes, hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes. Whether you are looking to try American food for the first time or are looking for a taste of the homeland, The Diner has something to offer.

To get to the Festa del Mugello get bus n. 14 from the Florence train station Santa Maria Novella towards “Ripa”. Get out at the “Carrozzeria Primavera” Stop.

Breakfast Brunch Lunch Dinner

Via de’ Benci 43/R Tel. 055 23 44 879 www.kikuyapub.it

Piazza Nazario Sauro 2/R Tel. 393 95 70 064 www.thejackpub.com

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Open every day from 7 p.m. Tel. 338 3331001 www.festadelmugello.com festadelmugello@gmail.com www.facebook/FestaDelMugello


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A Small Versailles in Florence Villa Demidoff and the Medici Park at Pratolino

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hile seemingly unspectacular at first sight, the true beauty of nature and architecture reveals itself when taking a few steps down the former passage to the Demidoff residence. Wandering tiny paths and passing centuries-old oaks and cedars, astounding widths of green and lovely views of Florence eventually unfold before the visitor’s eye. Just a few minutes outside of Florence going north on the Via Bolognese, an oasis of exceptional beauty and recreation evolves on the hills near the little town of Pratolino. Vanished into oblivion for several years, Villa Demidoff has only recently been reopened to the public with no charge for entrance. The historic estate lies in one of the biggest and most harmonious park areas in Florence’s surroundings. Although most of the ancient Medici villa and park has been destroyed and only a few monuments from that era remain, one can easily imagine its former glory and charm. What remains today is a breathtaking natural reserve, with expansive green spaces and meadows in addition to significant sculptures, grottoes and fountains that still populate the spot. The name Demidoff derives from the wealthy Russian family who bought the Villa in 1872 and restored it in grandiose fashion to impress guests with their elegance and prosperity. However, the story of the estate began in 1568 when Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, bought the park for his wife Bianca Cappello

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with the idea of turning it into a fairy tale landscape. He appointed architect Bernardo Buontalenti to design a Villa and a large adjoining park. To meet the Grand Duke’s philosophical thought, Buontalenti created a fantasy land where nature, technology and art merged in a

ily, as shown in a detailed view of the Villa by Giusto Utens at the Firenze Com’era Museum. Yet, after the death of Francesco and Bianca, the property was abandoned by the Medici. Falling into a period of decline under the Lorraine, the Villa continued to decaye, statues were trans-

symbolic journey. Due to the peculiar blend of artificial grottoes, water tricks and ancient statues, contemporaries soon referred to the park as “the garden of wonders.” The park of Pratolino was the largest of the estates of the Medici fam-

ferred to the more prestigious Boboli Gardens and the park turned into a romantic garden. It was Gran Duke Ferdinand II of Lorraine who brought new life to Pratolino. In 1818, he commissioned Joseph Frietsch to give a com-

The Fiddler’s Elbow

Mostodolce

Irish Pub in Santa Maria Novella

Pizza, Hamburgers, Craft and Honey Beer

Situated in piazza “Santa Maria Novella” just behind the central train station, the Fiddler’s Elbow was the first Irish pub to be established in Florence in July 1990. Many expats consider the pub a home away from home, and many locals know it as “the Irish Pub”. Customers and the staff come from all over the world, which creates a unique atmosphere. Besides a wide selection of traditional Irish beers and whiskies, the pub also offers live music and screenings of all major sport events.

The Mostodolce brewery was the first craft brewery that opened in 2003 in Prato, just outside Florence. Coinciding with the opening of the craft brewery, a pub was inaugurated in Prato to enjoy the beers produced by the brewery. Then Mostodolce opened in Via Nazionale, in the center of Florence. The pub offers several kinds of craft beer including a special honey beer, pizza, hamburgers, as well as many other dishes and drinks. Happy hour is every day from 3.30 to 7.30 pm.

Piazza Santa Maria Novella 7/R Tel: 055215056 www.thefiddlerselbow.com www.facebook.com/fiddlerselbowflorence

Via Nazionale, 114/R Tel. +39 0552 30.29.28 E-mail: info@mostodolce.it www.mostodolce.it/

pletely new look to the grounds. According to the “Biedermayer” period, Frietsch created an “English style” garden that then grown from 20 to 80 hectares. Still today, the park contains much of great interest. The most noteworthy original work is the Colossus of the Apennines, a huge statue sculpted by Giambologna (157980). Also worth a visit is the hexagonal Chapel where the last Demidoff princess has her final resting place, as well as Cupid’s Grotto which was designed by Buontalenti in 1577. Water is a central element of the estate and indeed a symbol of the entire park. This is reflected by the impressive Fountain of Jupiter, the Fountain of Mugnone with Giambologna’s statue and the lovely Maschera fishpond, used also as a swimming-pool and adapted for hot baths. Apart from its artistic value, the park is the perfect place to spend a hot summer day outside, as the big lawn is quite inviting for games, picnics, barbecues and above all, relaxation. The spectacular setting may also be enjoyed while having a taste of Tuscany’s finest wines, served at the Osteria O Vecchia Posta. The restaurant is located in one of the park’s oldest buildings which was constructed by Buontalenti around 1580, serving as a shed for carriages until its recent renovation. During summer, Pratolino hosts many events such as classical concerts performed by the Demidoff Ensemble and special Renaissance Nights, including 16th century music, dance, dinner, and a historical procession.

Montecarla

The Kitsch Club of Florence The Montecarla Club is more than an average nightclub. The club, located in an old palazzo between Via de’Bardi and Piazza de’ Mozzi, can be entered only through a very small door. Beyond the portal, an alternate universe awaits, balancing a 30s sophistication with wild African artwork. Hodgepodge pieces

of furniture, tables, and chairs, some of which are spotted with leopard print are scattered through the clubs five rooms. The boudoir furnishings and smoky ambiance join together to lend an air to early 20th-century decadence. Open late from 10:30-6:00 a.m., Montecarla offers a full bar and indoor smoking.

Via de’ Bardi 2 Tel. 055 23 40 259 www.facebook.com/montecarlaclub.difagnani


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Palazzo Buondelmonti Piazza Santa Trinita 1/R (Via Tornabuoni) 055 289674 info@isabellefirenze.it

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Loggiato degli Uffizi, 6 HOURS Open Tuesday to Sunday 8,15 – 18,50 TICKETS Full Price: € 6,50 Reduced: € 3,25

Accademia Gallery Via Ricasoli, 58-60 HOURS Tuesday to Sunday 8,15 – 18,50 TICKETS Full Price: € 6,50 Reduced: € 3,25

Bargello National Museum

Via del Proconsolo, 4 HOURS Daily: 8.15-13.50

TICKETS Full Price: € 4,00 Reduced: € 2,00

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Market San Lorenzo Informazioni turistiche Piazza S. Lorenzo to Via dell’Ariento Tourist Information

Closed Sundays & Mondays P Articles in leather, souvenirs, clothing

Museum of Medici Chapels Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6 HOURS Daily: 8.15-13.50 TICKETS Full Price: € 6,00 Reduced: € 3,00

The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens Piazza Pitti 1 HOURS

8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday TICKETS

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Cascine Park Open every Tuesday morning: 7am - 2pm Food, clothing, antiquities, houseware, specialties

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Oblate Library

Every day: 9am-8pm Tel.: 055 0192195

Via Pellicceria (under the Loggia of Piazza della Repubblica)

Via dell’ Oriuolo 26

Tel.: 055-2616512 Monday: 2 pm-7 pm / Wednesday-Saturday: 9 am-12 pm http://www.bibliotecadelleoblate.it

Via Cavour 1 r Monday-Saturday: 8.30am6.30pm, Sundays & public holidays: 8.30am-2.30pm Tel.: 055-290832 / 055290833 infoturismo@provincia.fi.it Airport A. Vespucci Daily: 8.30am-8.30pm Tel.: 055-315874 infoaeroporto@aeroporto. firenze.it

APT Firenze

Via Manzoni 16 Monday-Friday: 9am-1pm Tel.: 055-23320 info@firenzeturismo.it

National Central Library Piazza Cavalleggeri 1/a

Switch-board phone:055-249191 Tel.: 055-249 191 Monday-Friday: 9 am-7pm / Saturday: 9am to 1pm http://www.bncf.firenze.sbn.it

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Laurentian Library

Piazza di San Lorenzo 9 Tel.: 055-210760 Monday-Saturday: 9.30 am-1.30 pm, closed on the first Saturday of the month https://www.sbn.it

Riccardiana Library

Palazzo Medici Riccardi - Via Ginori 10 Tel.: 055-212586/ 293385 Monday, Thursday: 8 am-5.30 pm / Tuesday, Friday: 8 am-2 pm http://www.riccardiana.firenze. sbn.it

Marucelliana Library

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Via Cavour 43-45 Tel.: 055-2722200 / 21 06 02 / 21 62 43 Monday-Friday: 8.30 am-7 pm / ROMA (A1)-CHIANTI Saturdays: 8.30 am-1.45 pm http://www.maru.firenze.sbn.it

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Central City Library

Via S. Egidio 21 - 50122 Firenze Tel. 055 2616512 Monday-Saturday: 8.30am-1.30 pm


GELATERIA DEI NERI

EATING OUT

via dei neri 20/22r, high quality since 1989

via de’bardi 63/R 055 2398831 typical panini and tasty wine

LO SDRUCCIOLO

Sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 8r freshly made gourmet sandwiches open every day 11am - 19pm free internet access

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Via de’ Neri 16/R 3890250515 roccosal@hotmail.it

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Via Pietrapiana, 82 055 3860311

TUSCAN WINE SCHOOL FLORENCE

Via de’ Bardi 23/R 055 2344142 tuscanwineschoolflorence@gmail.com

IN TAVOLA

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Via dei Velluti, 18, Firenze, Italia

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TAKE AWAY/DELIVERY PIZZA MR. PIZZA

piazza della passera 15 home made high quality ice cream

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GALLERIA MICHELANGIOLO

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Via Cavour 21 INTERACTIVE LEONARDO’S MACHINES OPEN FROM 9.30AM- 7.30PM EVERY DAY

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FLORENCE DANCE CENTER Borgo Stella 23/r 055.289276 info@florencedance.org

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TABACCHI CAVINI

Via de’ Neri 41/R SELECTED CUBAN AND TOSCANO CIGARS ZIPPO LIGHTERS AND ACCESSORIES FLORENTINE PAPER AND STATIONERY

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SHOPPING

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BOOKSTORES PAPERBACK EXCHANGE

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Via delle Oche 4R 055.293460 papex@papex.it

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VINYL RECORDS DATA RECORDS 93

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Via dei Neri 15/r 055 287592 www.superecords.com

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ICE CREAM GELATERIA DELLA PASSERA

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Borgo Ognissanti 150/r www.b-ice.it info@b-ice.it 055 280073

CULINARY EDUCATION

SOFT DRINKS ROCCO

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GELATERIA B.ICE

SANDWICHES & CHIANTI WINE IL PANINO DEL CHIANTI

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MELROSE VINTAGE

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Via dei Ginori 18/r Largo Alinari 8

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NIGHT LIFE HISTORIC CAFES

OUTDOOR GRILL & LIVE MUSIC

LE GIUBBE ROSSE Since 1896 Piazza della Repubblica 13/14r

FESTA DEL MUGELLO

BAR SAN FIRENZE Since 1920 Piazza di San Firenze, 1/R

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PUBS TARTAN JOCK Scottish Pub CORSO TINTORI 41/R OPEN FROM 3PM- 2AM aperitivo and kitchen open until 2am

ONE EYED JACK

piazza nazario sauro 2, 055 6288040 live music, dj set, theme parties

KIKUYA

Via de’ Benci, 43/R zona s.croce the oldest english pub open every night from 5pm- 2am

MOSTODOLCE

Via Nazionale, 114/r 055 2302928 info@mostodolce.it www.mostodolce.it/

UNCLE JIMMY

Via De’ Pescioni 5/R Irish american pub Outside tables

THE FISH PUB

Piazza del mercato centrale 44/R florentine best party pub hip-hop, r&b, reggeton

THE WALLS Irish Pub

Largo caduti nei lager (Viale Strozzi) Fortezza da basso

THE JOSHUA TREE PUB

Via della Scala 37/R 0123 456789 www.thejoshuatreepub.com‎

THE FIDDLER’S ELBOW

Piazza Santa Maria Novella 7/r 055 215056

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MOYO

via dei benci 23 brunch,light lunch, aperitivo,dj set www.moyo.it

Openair Grill Festival VIA FABRIZIO DE ANDRE’ LUNGARNO ALDO MORO(NEAR OBIHALL)

COLLE BERETO

piazza strozzi 5/r brunch,light lunch, aperitivo www.colleberetocafe.it

APERITIVO SEI DIVINO borgo ognissanti 42/R open 3pm until late cocktail bar, live music, dj set

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CLUBS BLOB CLUB

FLET AMERICAN BAR

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piazza de’ nerli dj set, cocktail bar, tables outside, hamburgers

KITSCH AMERICAN BAR

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viale gramsci 1/r modern ambient,open for lunch too cocktail bar, dj set

KITSCH DEUX

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via san gallo 22/r open 5pm-3am open for lunch too live music, dj set, tables outside

THE CLUB HOUSE

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Via de’ Ginori 6/r special buffet + drink 6 € Every night 6pm-10 pm

SAN CARLO Borgo Ognissanti 32-34/r 055 216879

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GIRASOL

as low as

Parterre (Piazza della liberta’) 055 474948 www.facebook.com/girasol.firenze

via dei renai 13 brunch,light lunch, aperitivo,dj set www.zoebar.it

MONTECARLA CLUB

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DISCO RESTAURANT

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The Casale farmholding is situated on a hill to the north of the Elsa valley, close to San Gimignano ,Volterra and the sienese chianti zone. The specific area is actually mentioned in paleontological writings as it is rich in marine fossils from the Pliocene era, some of which are still visible and visitable today in the form of the “calanchi”, huge stalagtite type formations, natural erosions of the clay based soil surface.. The farm dates back to 1770 and the company ledger details the annual harvests from that date to 1915, and still previously to that date there are traces that go back as far as the year 1000, which suggest that the original building was some sort of look-out tower, and even today there are remains of the ancient walls still standing in the deepest part of the cellars. Naturally the building has changed with the passage of the centuries to bring it to its current external appearance. We have been farming organically and biodynamically since 1980 and our produce bears the “Demeter” trademark from 1995. Our product range includes wine. Red, rosé, and white, sparking white ( spumante), vinsanto ( dessert wine), chianti grape flavoured and balsamic vinegars, grappa, oak matured grappa, brandy, extra virgin olive oil and pearl barley.


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Frescobaldi takes renowned Brunello wine to China New Tuscan red presented in Beijing

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To get information about the Frescobalsi wines visit the website www.frescobaldi.it

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taly’s most prestigious wines are making inroads in China thanks to efforts by some of the country’s top vintners. Marquis Lamberto Frescobaldi, representative of the historic Tuscan wine producer Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, is the latest in a series of winemakers to visit the Asian giant in a bid to promote their products to the Chinese market. Recently Frescobaldi presented in Beijing one of the winery’s key products, ‘Luce della Vite Brunello di Montalcino’, the result of a project launched in 1995 by his father Vittorio and American winemaker Robert Gerald Mondavi, and now the chosen vehicle for the spread of the Frescobaldi label in China. “Chinese consumers are paying ever greater attention to the quality of the food and wine that reaches their tables and are looking with growing interest and attention to the centuries-old traditions of the most renowned Italian families, which make our wines genuine symbols of Italianness in the world,” Italian ambassador to China Attilio Massimo Iannucci said at the presentation.

Il Santo Vino

World’s Oldest Vine celebrated

Tuscan Wine School

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he oldest and largest grapevine in the world has recently being celebrated in the northern region of Alto Adige, at the foot of the Katzenzungen castle, with its first dedicated blooming festival. The vine called ‘Versoaln’ is over 350 years old and grows at 600 meters. Every year a limited number of bottles, 75-120, are produced from grapes cultivated from the autoctonous and enduring vine.

The Rosselli-Del Turco Winery Wine Tastings and Deals in Santo Spirito

Get your Vino Sfuso in Santo Spirito “Pour your own”service from 1.80 bottle Organic wines available Located on 46/r Borgo Tegolaio near Piazza Santo Spirito, Il Santo Vino offers a variety of wines from Tuscany, Liguria and Veneto, starting from 1.80 Euro a bottle. A selection of organic wines is also available. The small and intimate shop offers a “pour your own” service, so bring your own bottle to be filled straight from the barrel.

Borgo Tegolaio 46/R Find Il Santo Vino on Facebook Tel: 345 909 3425

At Sei Divino, an intimate dining experience awaits. The restaurant is known for its excellent aperitivo, which is both high in quality and sensibly priced. Known for its intimate and familial setting, the restaurant offers quality cocktails accompanied by fresh and well-made aperitivo dishes. In addition, Sei Divino offers an impressively large wine bar. The restaurant offers a small outdoor patio and a larger indoor seating area.

Borgo Ognissanti 42/R Tel. 055 21 77 91

Wine education Take the Wine Express and learn how to taste and how wine is made. If you want to learn more about Tuscany’s wines, join us for the extremely interesting 2 hour long Tuscan Classics tasting any afternoon of the week and taste all the typical wines from the most famous regions around Tuscany. We also offer the WSET courses available from Level 1 to Level 3, after which internationally acknowledged diplomas are awarded. This is not a wine school only for experts, but still here one is served the very best wines.

Via de’ Bardi 23/R Tel. 055 2344142 www.tuscanwineschool.com

Located at the corner between Via Maggio and Via De’ Velluti in Santo Spirito, the Rosselli-Del Turco winery offers special tastings of wine, oil, honey, and spumante (Italian champagne). Among the wines offered are those produced by the Rosselli del Turco at their farm in the Chianti area. Special offers include: 20 Euro: tastings, 1 bottle of Fonte Rossa (DOCG Chianti Classico), 1 bottle of Vernace (white Chianti Classico), 1 small bottle of oil. 50 Euro: tastings, 1 bottle of Fonte Rossa Riserva 2008 (DOCG Chianti Classico), 1 bottle of Vernace, 1 bottle of Fonte Rossa (DOCG Chianti Classico), 1 bottle of Pergola Rosa (rosato wine), 1 bottle of Rosselli Del Turco VSQPRD spumante, 1 bottle of oil.

Via De’ Velluti (at the corner of Via Maggio) www.rossellidelturco.info (farm website)


F 1717 Don’t Miss your ownCoast Backyard Visiting the Amalfi Travel Travel

Easy day trips close to Florence

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avalli designed it, Loren starred in it, and now you are styling in it. We’re ach yearabout thousands of people to talking the Amalfi Coast,flock Italy’s Florence, no trip to the Tuscan capipremier but coastal getaway. tal is of complete without a daylooking excursion The pinnacle pinnacles for those for to one of itsmet surrounding treasures. Rollextravagant beauty with a laid back beach ing Tuscan hills andweekend some of jetsetters, the finest and gastronattitude. Celebrities, colomy in the world lie only a short drive away. lege students looking for an amazing time all If you are willing travel a bitisland fartherofyou are congregate to the topicturesque Capri soon visiting iconic coastlines, UNESCO world and seaside towns of Positano and Sorrento. heritage sitespast and the gondola filled Mt. canals. What As you roll towering Vesusivus are you waiting looming over thefor? entire countryside, keeping a watchful eye on this haven, you are greeted with instant and dramatic views of traditional cities built into sloping cliffs. The views as you approach the coastline are great, but wait until you catch the panorama from the rooftop terrace at your accommodation. If you are a young traveler, then Seven Hostel in Sant’Agnello is where you need to be. Seven was created by a bunch of overzealous Napolitani 5 star hotel owners, who forgot that they were building a hostel, and ended up with a discount accommodation more elegant and a lot more fun than a 4 star hotel. For medieval architecture and stunning buttressed So you have your VIP accommodation. How cityscapes, head to Siena and San Gimignano. about some VIP sightseeing? A short ferry ride Visitors to these former Eutruscan hill towns will connects you to the wondrous island of Capri, find themselves surrounded by fascinating culhome to many an ancient myth, the world fature, buildings and of course great food and mous Blue Grotto, and enough Limoncello to wine. Easily navigable, travelers find the heart of make your legs wobble as you stand at the peak Siena’s charm in its architecture. of Mt. Solaro. A private boat tour around the isThe founding families of San Gimignano required land is a must. How else are you going to catch that seventy-two towers be built in order to protect the party on Richard Branson’s super yacht? the city. Today fifteen of these towers remain, givCapri is great, but if you want to check out faning San Gimignano a unique skyline and earning

tastic European beach bods, then a trip to the seaside town of Positano will leave you satisit the A nickname of the medieval New York fied. short ride from Sant’Agnello andCity. SorTry a family-run in San rento, Positano winery is situated on Gimingano a steeped for cliffa three-course Tuscan meal and a delicious wine tasting including the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignano. As you are savoring the Vernaccia and homemade lasagna, the winery owners will passionately explain that wine is more than something to drink in the Italian culture. It is “love, poetry and imagination.” A trip to Florence is not complete without experi-

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but there is plenty more to do. Say hello to the lovely ladies of the company Lucibello. LucibelNeighboring Montalcino is worth visit simply lo operates boat tours and privatea speedboat for one of the best in all of luckrentals, perfect forviews exploring theTuscany, coastline. If ily it is also home to another exquisite wine. Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most well known wines and the first to be awarded with the prestigious DOCG status. A local gelateria even offers a Brunello flavor of gelato. Heading north east from Florence quickly brings you to a rugged portion of the coast and the Cinque Terre of the Liguria region. These “five

Jordanlesson. Davis Gianna Shepherd historical This&may not make sense, but there is no way you can fully appreciate the pasand of it isthealso possible to learning make thisabout a daythe excursion locals without fate sion from Florence.with Justaas you it from of their forefathers visit to imagined the archaeologithe site movies, Venice A has it all, tour romantic cal of Pompeii. guided with abridges, knowlsinging gondoliers flocking in St. edgeable, comical, and pigeons passionate local guide Square. Wander the ancient maze-like isMark’s the way to learn about the life streets of the and enjoy the calm of a city without cars and Italians. scooters. Takehave the waterbus to wonderful the island beachof MuSo there you Italy’s most rano for a glass-blowing demonstration. Watch side locale. If you’re going to go, you might as the sun sinkway intoCavalli, the Adriatic you enjoy well go the Loren,Sea andasBranson visdinner overlooking water, You anddon’t end the day ited; enjoying the VIPthe lifestyle. need to be a millionaire to be treated like royalty in the Amalfi Coast. Bus2alps is the crowned prince of all the local establishments in Amalfi. With a flash of your Bus2alps wristband, you will be treated to free Limoncello, massive discounts, and first class service. Only Bus2alps can treat you to the VIP side of Amalfi. Be VIP in the land of VIPs.

encing a wine tasting in the rolling hills of Tuscany. “Si mangia bene e si beve bene” translates “to eat well and drink well”, and that is precisely what you will do in the famous vinyard towns of Montepulciano and Montalcino. Sample both the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino, wines made with face on the winding Amalfi Coast. Multi-colored the world-renowned Sangiovese grape. Partakbuildings are built into the side of the mountain, ing in a wine tasting in Montepulciano is parcascading down to the smoking hot, black sand ticularly memorable as they are held in a former beaches. People watching on the beach is fun, prison.

lands” of the Italian Riviera provide the unique opportunity for hiking and lying on a beach in the same day. Start out with a hike and enjoy the spectacular views along the coastal pathway that joins the five towns. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow comes in the form of the beautiful beach in the fifth town, Monterosso al you know the right people and shake the right Mare. Indulge in the Ligurian specialty of pesto hands, they will take you to some majestic caves pizza or perhaps some mouthwatering seafood to swim in and exciting cliffs to jump off. paired with a chilled white wine. No VIP beach weekend is complete without a No one should visit Italy and not see Venice,

Bus2alps’ Florence 2 The Amalfi Coast tour departs every weekwith a Bellini, the famous Venetian cocktail comend from April through July and bining white peaches and Prosecco. September through October.

Florence is incredible, but venturing its city walls will allow you to have a greater appreciation of Tour can be booked on our all things Italian: culture, architecture, food and wine,website, and truly www.bus2alps.com. magnificent scenery. Whether E-mail us at info@bus2alps.com your visit includes the Etruscan hillside towns or visit the ourvibrant officevillages located in Tuscany, on at thewith coast of questions. Cinque Terre or the legendary canals of Venice, you are sure to broaden your horizons and enjoy even more of la dolce vita, “the sweet life.”


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EXHIBITION HOMAGE TO MARILYN MONROE Ferragamo Museum, Via Tornabuoni 2 June 20th 2012– January 28th 2013 Open: Monday-Sunday 10am-6pm (closed on Tuesdays) Tickets: €5 Info: tel. 0553562417, www.museoferragamo.it

THE GLEAM OF GOLD. International gothic style in Florence1375-1440 Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale degli Uffizi June 18th – November 4th Open: Tuesday-Sunday 8:15am6:50pm (closed on Mondays) Tickets: € 11 Info: tel. 055294883, www.unannoadarte.it

PATRICK MIMRAM. SYMBOLS AS SYMPTONS

MNAF- Museo Nazionale Alinari della fotografia, Piazza S. Maria Novella 14r June 1st – July 31st Open: Monday- Saturdays 10am-7:30pm (closed on Sundays) Tickets: € 9 Info: tel. 055216310, www.mnaf.it

MARCO LODOLA AT THE COURT OF THE MEDICI FAMILY

Events & Classifieds Events Open: Monday- Sundays 9am-6pm (closed on Wedneasdays) Tickets: € 7 Info: tel. 0552760224, www.palazzo-medici.it

THE MYTH, THE SACRED, THE PORTRAIT. Painting from the repositories of the Palatine Gallery Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti) April 17th – December 22nd Open: Tuesday-Sunday 8:15am6:50pm Tickets: € 13

Info: tel. 0552388616, www.polomusealefirenze.it

FROM FATTORI TO THE 20th CENTURY.UNPUBLISHED WORKS FROM THE ROSTER, DEL GRECO,OLSCHIKI COLLECTION Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2 April 1st – November 4th

Info: tel. 0552638599, www.bardinipeyron.it

THE NEW FRONTIER: History and culture of native Americans from the collection of the Gilcrease Museum

Galleria del costume, Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti July 3rd – December 9th Open: Tuesday-Sunday 8:15am- 6:50pm Tickets: € 10 Info: tel. 055294883, www.unannoadarte.it

Palazzo Medici Riccardi Via Cavour 3 June 15th – July 31st

MUSIC,CONCERTS & OPERA DAMIEN RICE in concert

Cavea del Nuovo Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze, Viale Fratelli Rosselli 1 July 28th at 9:30pm Informations: 0552779350, www.live-on.it/

SUMMER AT BARGELLO

Courtyard of the Bargello Museum, Via del Proconsolo 4 July 26th at 9:00pm Music by A. Scarpone, R. Molinelli, F. Conocchiella, E. Blatti, A. Piazzolla Informations: www.boxol.it

SUMMER AT BARGELLO

Courtyard of the Bargello Museum, Via del Proconsolo 4 July 31st at 9:00pm Music by G. Rossini, C.M.V. Weber, L. Von Beethoven, Informations: www.boxol.it

SPECIAL EVENTS TUTTO DANTE – readings of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Roberto Benigni Piazza Santa Croce at 9:30pm July 20th- August 3rd

CINEMA English original sound at Cinema Odeon, Piazza Strozzi Informations:055214068, www.odeon.intoscana.it

CONTRABAND (USA 2012) July25th , 26th , 27th , 28th and 29th Shows: 4:00, 6:15, 8:30, 10.40pm

APRITI CINEMA! Piazza S.S. Annunziata at 9:30 pm, free admission All films are in original language with Italian subtitles Informations: www.odeon.intoscana.it BLUSH (Belgium 2005) July 28th SUNSHINE CLEANING (USA2008) July 29th DAYS OF HEAVEN (USA 1978) August 2nd BLUE VALENTINE (USA 2010) August 3rd PARIS JE T’AIME (France/Switzerland/ Germany 2006) August 4th

Informations: www.tuttodante.it

Classifieds HOUSING FOR RENT Double room apartment, nicely restructured, terracotta tiled floors, closet kitchen, washing machine, wifi adsl. Short (1000 euro/month) and long (850 euro/month) periods. E-mail michelegentini@gmail.com Ponte alla Vittoria 160 sqm loft, nicely restructured, good for photographers and artists. Two bathrooms, air conditioning, wireless adsl, 4 bed places, 2 bicycles, alarm

SERVICES Legal-Tax-Technical advice. Commercialisti Consulting is a firm providing through its circuit Accounting, Tax, Legal, Notarial and Architectural services. Our team provides services in due diligence and assistance for Real Estate purchases/sales. Dr. Tommaso Francalanci, Via dei Sette Santi 53, 50131 Firenze, T.0555000850, mob. 347-6732326. www. commercialisticonsulting.eu

E-mail michelegentini@gmail.com

E-mail tommasofrancalanci@commercialisti. fi.it

Bed & breakfasts, apartments and hotels in Florence with link to official websites. Contact the owners directly or book online for the best Internet price! www.florence-accommodation.com

Weekend TEFL + Earn Certificate + Learn to Teach English + Get Ideas for Job Opportunities; Cost: 195 euro; Dates: August 24th-26th at Europass in downtown Florence

Large building in central Florence for rent to University program or other for Jan 2013; sleeps 90 in rooms with private bath, plus various large spaces, well appointed, a/c, wifi, up to code, small parking lot.

Mail Boxes etc - Shipping all over the world with premier express couriers at discounted prices. Send your gifts luggage - wine - personal effetcs etc..

E-mail scatizzi@email.it

HELP WANTED Sales position for leather store at Firenze Sud: native Eng. speaker (Jap/Chinese/Indonesian lang. is a +), exp preferred, prof. appearance. Email: cusxser@pierotucci.com

www.teachingenglishinitaly.com E-mail formazione@europass.it

Call (or text) now 055 3882805 or 3341938008 mbe590@mbe.it for a quote or pick up!

A new look that fits your style and needs of today. The fashion Style Translator helps you achieve that little spark that turns your wardrobe from drab to glam. Located in the heart of Florence. Call 348-557-4286 E-mail carolynsumnerciani@yahoo.com

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

An expat is looking for others who wish to play ice hockey on a casual club team nearby. Please contactsumpiusaeneas@yahoo.com for more information if interested

JOBS WANTED 25-years-old mother tongue English speaker, just graduated my BA degree, decided to stay in Italy longer and I’m searching for a job as a babysitter. E-mail potockasiaaa@gmail.com

29 yo Scottish, 12yrs experience, all aspects of hospitality. Looking for any secure permanent hospitality job in Florence from September onwards, Conversational Italian. E-mail calum.candlish@gmail.com

Student Affairs Professional w/ M.S. in Higher Ed Admin and B.A. in History Ed, 6+ years paraprofessional & professional exp in Student Affairs seeks higher ed position. E-mail sedolan@ilstu.edu

English mother tongue EFL teacher with 13 years experience is looking for teaching position for next September/October in Lucca or Siena. Good references contact Stephanie:

rollandstphanie@yahoo.fr available for interview end of August/beginning of September

HEALTH & WELLNESS Life-Coaching offered. You can use your mind more consciously to empower your skills. Start your business, learn Italian, overcome your limiting behaviours... become the person you want to be. 80 euro/h, FREE first session. www.barbarafossi.com E-mail info@barbarafossi.com

A Day in the Beauty of the Country. Take a break, come to relax in the green hills, renew your energy with a holistic massage, have lunch in our family house Il TOFANO. www.barbarabianchin.com

A holistic approach to individualized patient care SKIN Aesthetic Medical Clinic provides quality aesthetic solutions: Botox, Filler, Cellulite Treatments, Photorejuvenation, Facials, Detox Programs, Non-invasive Face and Body Lifts, Dermatologist, Dietician. Tel. 055.2741503 E-mail info@skinaestheticlinic.com

VEHICLES FOR SELL 1996 Volvo Polar 7 passenger wagon. She has gone lots of Km’s; and has lots more to go. Very good condition, turbo gas; good tires, trailer hitch, tax paid, inspected until next year. Very inexpensive second or summer car. 055-246-9061 E-mail bjf@mezzeta.com


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History & Culture

The Medici: Air Conditioning Pioneers Researchers found centuries-old cooling method utilized at Palazzo Pitti

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esearchers at the University of Florence have determined that Palazzo Pitti was equipped with an “air conditioning” system to make the sultry summer days more bearable for the Medici. This particular system for cooling the air in the building during the hottest days of the year was discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Florence made up of engineering and architecture experts. The results of their study make up the subject of a documentary exhibition displayed until June 17 in the Rondeau of Bacchus in the Pitti Palace. According to the exhibition curators, the fresh air coming from the Boboli Park, located behind the building, was channeled through a system of different levels of pavement to a room in the basement of the building equipped with special receipt nozzles. From here, the now chilled air was distributed through a network of trellises into the rooms above, which belonged to the residential neighborhood of the Medici. Given a summer temperature of 35 degrees Celsius in the square in front of Palazzo Pitti, the temperature differential in the premises obtained with this system could be significant, amounting to about 10 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. It was also discovered that in order to strengthen cooling power, ice-cold water was stored in the building to lower the temperature and humidity in the air.

Although forms of cooling houses have existed since classical antiquity, the type of air conditioning discovered in the Pitti Palace is a domestic technology of the 1500s made possible by the presence of a cool garden located right next to the building.

Erich Schrader

Although forms of cooling houses have existed since classical antiquity, the type of air conditioning discovered in the Pitti Palace is a domestic technology of the 1500s made possible by the presence of a cool garden located right next to the building. According to the research team, similar examples can be found in the Custoza Venetian villas and mansions in Palermo from which the system of the Pitti Palace was inspired. Modern air conditioning as we understand it today was not developed until the late 19th century, and wasn’t popularized until the 20th century. Despite this, early forms of it can be traced back to ancient Rome, where aqueduct water was circulated through structural walls in order to cool them. To conduct the investigation, the team of researchers at the University of Florence used models of the Pitti Palace - which were on display along with 14 panels that document their work - as well as a wind tunnel and computer simulations. “Hot days in the summer were a problem even for the aristocratic families of the past. With Leonardo engaged in his flying experiments, the Medici had to solve the problem by themselves, and they did it just by opening a few windows and closing some doors. Could their ingenious methods be applied today and help save some energy?

Kikuya Pub

In Tavola

Kitsch 2

English Pub in Via de’ Benci

Cooking Courses in Santo Spirito

The Place to Enjoy a 25 Course Aperitivo

Kikuya is an English Pub located in the Santa Croce area. The crew is enthusiastic as well as the pub’s customers. The atmosphere is friendly, familiar, joyful and engrossing, and at Kikuya new friendships and love affairs bloom. The Pub is fortunate to attract both Italians and foreigners. Especially the latter usually return when they decide to linger a bit longer in Florence. Inside the pub you can meet a wide range of students coming from all over Europe for the Erasmus project. Kikuya is usually the place where students spend their last night in Florence.

Via de’ Benci 43/R Tel. 055 23 44 879 www.kikuyapub.it

The association In Tavola aims to spread the Italian food and wine-rich regional culinary traditions, such as those of Tuscany with its variety of dishes and recipes. The association organizes cooking classes as well as individual lessons for both professionals and beginners. It also offers special deals for students.

Courses Include:

Market Tour and Cooking Class 4 Course Dinner Easy Dinner Easy Lunch Homemade Pasta Pizza and gelato

Via dei Velluti 18 055 217672 www.intavola.org Email: info@intavola.org

In a young, charming and glamorous atmosphere, Kitsch 2 offers one of the largest buffet aperitivo in Florence. A Wi/Fi internet connection and DJ set make it a perfect place for chill out while having a large selection of courses. The choice ranges from several Tuscan specialties to a rich selection of first and second courses, sides, salads and fruit. Several dishes may encounter the taste of vegetarians. With 8.50 Euro, eat as much as you like while sipping the drink you prefer.

Via San Gallo 20/R (near Piazza San Marco)


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Siena & Chianti

Waiting for the Palio

Excitement and anticipation grow for Siena’s main event

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Jessica Card he first Palio was run on August 16th, 1656 in the Piazza del Campo, Siena’s main square. After 356 years the race is still alive, and takes place still in the

Piazza. The history of this tradition could not be more interesting. Back in the 17 and 18th centuries, Siena was divided into 59 contrade, distinct sections of the city with their own churches, emblems, colors, governmental institutions, and,

It is hard, if not impossible, not to get caught up in the excitement. For the two or three hours before the race, the comparsa, or representatives of the contrada, parade into the campo to the sound of beating drums and the occasional trumpet, dressed in costumes from the mid-15th century. Flag-bearers, grooms, pages, a drummer, along with the horse and rider make up the retinue; but for this part of the evening the flag-bearers steal the show. With skill and preci-

a whip, and the strength of their legs, the jockeys battle for position as they round each tight turn. Needless to say, the race is not clean nor danger free. Only after the race did I discover one rider slid off his horse, which was then the cause of a 3-horse pile-up. After hours of buildup and a minute and a half of hysteria, Il Palio is over, Selva has won, and the celebrations begin. Unless, of course, you are one of the nine losing contrade.

about the prize - it is about the pride of place as the top contrada in the city, about the communal sense of accomplishment and the shared feeling of being the best of the city, though this is only my interpretation. If you ask any Sienese, they may have a different and better explanation. The celebrations afterwards are as much a part of the experience as the race itself. The winning contrada, Selva this time around, then marches through the campo and proceeds to the streets

above all, strong senses of loyalty and comraderie. Though only 17 contrade remain today, without their own administrative institutions, they still command this same pride and devotion. Determined by right as well as lot, only ten contrade are represented in the race out of the total 17. Each horse and rider wears the colors and emblems of the section he represents and mascots range from a tortoise to a porcupine, as well as a dragon and a wave.

sion, they two medieval entertainers toss their standards high into the air to the awe of the crowd and never fail to catch them before they touch the ground below. As 7:30 approaches and the line-up is called, the entire arena falls silent, save for the occasional groans as the announcer calls “fuori” and the horses fall out of line to reset once again. Finally, with little notice, the rope drops and the atmosphere erupts. Without a saddle and little more than the reigns,

When a crowd of an estimated 33,000 people will silence themselves completely just to hear the line-up, and when you are surrounded by sobbing women as you file out of the campo, you know this is more than just a horse race. So what is all this for? Money? Good luck? Keys to the city? Close. A painted silk banner, or pallium, and bragging rights. After witnessing the fervor of the day, seeing the faces of the defeated, and hearing their cries, Il Palio is not just

of Siena for hours after the race. Men, old and young, carry drums and in a unified and flowing rhythm wave their flags bearing the green, orange and white colors of the neighborhood emblazoned with a rhinoceros carrying a tree. The women follow singing loudly the songs of their contrada. Oh, and do not be surprised if you spot a pacifier or baby bottle around the necks or even in the mouths of the victors.

It’s Palio time! FOR FURTHER DETAILS, VISIT: TUSCANY ON A BUDGET

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very year in July the 2nd and in August the 16th, one of the biggest events on the backpacker calendar is held in Siena. This crazy event attracts millions of people from all over the world and Tuscany on a Budget, a students company based in Florence, is organising a day trip to Siena to make sure that people are experiencing this cultural event without missing out on the real spirit of the horse race. The groups will be led by local guides who are going to share the secrets of the Senese and their traditions during the days of the Palio. Limited spots are available, so don’t waste any more time and book the trip asap. Besides the Palio, Tuscany on Budget offers a series of activities ranging from € 6 to € 54 in Florence such as

city bike tours, pubcrawl, gastronomic tours and wine tasting tours to the Chianti region and to the local villages in Tuscany. The tour operator was created by an expert tour guide 5 years ago – Irene Chimenti - with the philosophy to offer tours for a lifetime experience to 18-35’s willing to learn, taste and see what the territory has to offer in a fun environment together with her young, lively and knowledgeable team. So, if the grip on your wallet is as tight as most Italian men’s trousers, you no longer need to miss out this beautiful region. Tuscany on a Budget are the local superheroes and in the words of Super Mario, your friendly Italian plumber, “Life is a game, kid! It all depends on how you play”.

The backpacket tour specialists na d’Alessandria Via S. Caterima d’Alessandria 15 15 50129 Firenze Ph: 055 6286341 – 348 7913454 348 7913454 Skype: Tuscany on a Budget Facebook: facebook.com/TuscanyonaBudget Email us: tuscanyonabudget@ tuscanyonabudget@gmail.com gmail.com

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City Beat

Facing a Monument

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veryone in Florence is familiar with the city’s own, peculiar traffic signs – the manikin carrying a joist, preventing people from entering a certain street, or the figure of Jesus Christ at the Cross pointing to a dead-end road. It is precisely these objects that have colored the modern cityscape as they are rather works of art than ordinary warning labels. With creativity and a slight proclivity towards the strange, French street artist Clet Abraham has been putting his mark on Florence for many years. Even though his imprint can be found in nearly every corner of the city, Clet continuously develops new ideas to refine his artistic approach. His newest project included giving a countenance to one of the city’s major emblems. After his initial intention to provide the City Hall with a giant art installation had been rejected, Clet had chosen another famous building as his canvas - the San Niccolò Tower. It took more than two months to receive a permit – presumably one of a kind, and never asked for – but on June 14th, the 45-meter-high tower got a giant, metal nose. The tower, for the first time made accessible to the public last summer, was once an important gateway for incoming foreigners. This somewhat still applies today, except that traversers have recently been greeted by a face of monumental proportions. The original idea of additional eyebrows and a moustache were overruled, resulting in a

minimalist but effective facial expression that highlighted the tower’s overall appearance. By having added merely one piece to the facade, Clet has managed to provide a medieval building with human features, receiving a completely new picture formed to a unified whole. According to the artist, the installation was an homage to humanity who created this example of architecture while, at the same time, it was also a reminder of a common reference between those who have given shape to the monument and those who are involved in its maintenance today. Unfortunately, the tower’s temporary makeover did not find general appreciation, soon becoming the subject of debate. Although only given nine days to present his work, Clet refused to remove the giant nose by the time stipulated. After a suggested postponement was rejected by the City of Florence, the artist decided to define the date of removal himself, choosing the first week of July – definitely too short a period for a special display of art. This piece of street art – although simple – for a short while it gave a unique look to one of the oldest buildings in Florence, providing us with a different view of the city’s panorama. True to form, Clet will find further inspiration on the streets of Florence, giving artistic value to most ordinary objects. Those interested in Clet’s work should visit his gallery in Via dell’ Olmo. If you’re lucky, you may encounter the artist himself.

Art and Culture in Fiesole

Exhibitions amongst archaeological sights

B.Ice Gelateria

Kitsch

The gelateria B. ICE was founded this year to offer a gelato made with fresh and seasonal products. Along with a pure, fresh gelato, B. ICE offers monoporzioni, biscotti gelato, as well as sorbets on a stick. Passion and care are put in the smallest details of every ice cream. Because it does not use any coloring, conservatives, or hydrogenated fat, B.ICE is one of highest quality gelaterias in Florence.

The Place to Enjoy a 25 Course Aperitivo

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his summer, Fiesole becomes an exceptional stage due to several events on contemporary arts and culture. Until August 31st, the works of Italian painters and sculptors will be showcased in impressive preparations made from the remains of Fiesole’s ancient monuments. Among the artists represented is Giuseppe Gavazzi, whose exhibition “The Figure Revealed” features 25 sculptures in wood, bronze and cast iron which are placed among the ruins in a picturesque construction. This way, an artistic journey unfolds around the Roman theater, revitalizing its ancient walls with movement, color and vitality (Open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket price: 12, reduced 8 euro). With the same ticket, one may also admire Anna Cionini’s “The Light of the Soul,” an exhibition presenting 30 paintings which are inspired by the classic ideal of beauty that has been immortalized by some of the greatest artistic masters in history. The exhibition

is housed in the Archaeological Museum in Via Portigiani 9. “The Mediterranean Dream - Men, Gods and Heroes” by Giuliano Pini is a presentation closely linked to the world of dance. A selection of the artist’s paintings will be on display until August 5th in the Town Hall in Piazza Mino 26 (Open from 3.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. Free entrance). “Corners of Art 2012,” a contemporary art exhibition opening on June 26th, is worth a visit for its location alone. It will take place in Villa Peyron (Via Vincigliata 2), a beautiful estate built on Etruscan ruins, and surrounded by a large park with several terraces and the woods (Open from Sunday - Friday from 9 a.m. -12 a.m., 1.p.m. - 5 p.m. Ticket price: 10 euro). After an eventful day, visitors may indulge in one of the many musical highlights that Fiesole offers during the summer. As part of the “Estate Fiesolana” (until August 31), the town holds numerous events such as outdoor cinema, theater and music shows.

Borgo Ognissanti 150/r Website: www.b-ice.it Email: info@b-ice.it Telephone: 055 280073

In a young, charming and glamorous atmosphere, Kitsch 2 offers one of the largest buffet aperitivo in Florence. A Wi/Fi internet connection and DJ set make it a perfect place for chill out while having a large selection of courses. The choice ranges from several Tuscan specialties to a rich selection of first and second courses, sides, salads and fruit. Several dishes may encounter the taste of vegetarians. With 8.50 Euro, eat as much as you like while sipping the drink you prefer.

Viale Gramsci 1/R Tel: 055 2343890


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Isabelle The Chic Cafè - Restaurant and Lounge Bar Exclusive, sophisticated, luxurious and glamorous, Isabelle is one of the hangout spots of the Florence-chic. Located in front of Salvatore Ferragamo boutique in Via Tornabuoni – the street that made Florence the capital of Italian fashion back in the 60s – the cafè - restaurant and lounge bar Isabelle was recently opened in the 16th century Buondelmonti palace. The café is on the ground floor, where the Cartier and Rosato jewelries once were. Opening at 8 am, it has a rich menu for a refined breakfast and light lunch meals of carpaccio and salads. From 7 pm onwards, it becomes the lounge for a trendy aperitivo with rich champagne selections. Off the street, you can taste hot baguettes with Iberian hams (such as the Patanegra and Serrano), Fois Gras and Magret de Canard, as well as British lobsters and the best of Italian and French refined cheeses. The restaurant is on the first floor and can only be accessed through a private lift or the stairway of Palazzo Buondelmonti. The background music, combined with the fire of the candles and fireplace, match a wonderful view of the city and the flavors of the dishes. Journalist Leonardo Romanelli has described Isabelle as a place reminiscent of the fantastic times of Doney, a restaurant that used to be located in Via Tornabuoni and that in Florence marked an era. The chic atmosphere of Via Tornabuoni and Piazza Santa Trinita is the ideal frame for Isabelle.

For info & reservations: ph. +39 055 28 96 74

Moyo

Cocktails & Aperitivo Located in the area of Santa Croce, Moyo is one of the most frequented bars in the city. The simple and elegant design, the deep lights and a free Wi/Fi, make the bar an ideal place to work in a relaxing mood, making it busy all day. For lunch it offers a wide range of first and second courses, sides, salads, hamburgers, omelets, sandwiches, small pizzas and desserts. The aperitivo begins at 6.30 pm and finishes 10 pm, the buffet of numerous courses is offered on the big wood table at the entrance. From 10 pm on, room is left for the American bar, with all kinds of cocktails and a wine list of both Italian and foreign wines updated on a monthly base.

Via de’ Benci 23/R Tel: 055 2479738 www.moyo.it info@moyo.it

Colle Bereto Café

Wide big windows that overlook one of the most seductive squares of Florence, elegant and shiny bright furniture; at Colle Bereto Cafè each single moment of the day is linked to a perfect emotion: from the bright freshness of breakfast, to the sophisticated and lively welcome at lunchtime, from the exiting atmosphere of happy hour to the exclusive allure of a renowned Privé. Colle Bereto Cafè is the privileged access to an extravagant, fantastic and luxurious Florence, where you just need to open your eyes and start dreaming.

Piazza Strozzi 5/R Tel: 055 28 31 56 www.colleberetocafe.it

Zoe

A Trendy Bar for Florentine Youth Zoe is the trendy place to go for young Florentines looking for cocktails and aperitivo. The bar, located near the bank of the Arno River, has a chic and modern atmosphere. The simple and elegant design makes it the ideal place to work, relax, catch up, and socialize at any time of day or night.

Hours: Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Happy hour: 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. After dinner 7:00 p.m.-late

Via dei Renai 13 Tel: 055 243111

Buca Poldo

When looking for a Tuscan cellar in a convenient location, look no further than Buca Poldo, a restaurant conveniently located near Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio. The restaurant offers many different kinds of dishes, including Tuscan favorites and original dishes, all expertly crafted by a knowledgeable chef. After the meal, be sure to enjoy homemade dessert, accompanied by Tuscan wine. Two lovely terraces provide a peaceful solace from the activity of the street from late spring to early autumn.

Open Every Day 12:00-15:00 & 19:00-23:00

Chiasso degli Armagnati 2/R Tel. +39 055 23 96 578 www.bucapoldo.it


Sport & Fun

A Day at the Beach

Inexpensive destinations for some nearby fun in the sun Erich Schrader

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eautiful beaches dot the Tuscan coast and are easy to get to by train, and often very inexpensive. Viareggio is one of the most popular beaches. It costs less than 10 euro per person

Another popular beach is Castiglioncello. Trains usually leave every 40 minutes and a one-way ticket is usually 10 euro. The trip is two hours and sometimes requires a change of trains in Pisa. Once there, you’ll find yourself a short five

tively cheap and definitely worth the ride. Once you arrive, you’ll find yourself in a natural park, including five different small towns that you can train, ferry or hike between. The Island of Elba can be reached by taking a

F 23 Swimming Pools in Florence Four destinations to enjoy summer in the city Le Pavoniere The resort, set up in Cascine Park, features a large pool and a clubhouse with activities for kids. When the sun goes down, the restaurant and the DJ invite you to stay for a drink or two. Via della Catena, 2. Ticket: 8-9 Euro.

Nannini Bellariva Bellariva features an Olympic-size pool, a children’s sized pool and various swimming and aquatic fitness courses. There is a large lawn to seek some shade and a bar where summerly dishes are freshly prepared. Lungarno Aldo Moro, 6. Ticket: 6,50, red. 4,50 Euro.

Poggetto At Poggetto, one may spend the hot summer day either underneath a gathering of pine trees, in the large pool, or on top of the sunbathing deck in one of the lounge chairs or at the picnic table. Via Mercati, 24 b. Ticket: 8 Euro.

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one-way, and takes about an hour and a half to get to from Florence. Trains depart from Santa Maria Novella regularly (every 20-30 minutes). The train station in Viareggio is about a sevenminute walk from the beach, and upon arriving on the boardwalk, you’ll find shops, restaurants and beach for miles. IL GIGANTE the florence:Layout 1

minutes from the beach shore. Cecina is a less touristy beach. The train to Cecina leaves once an hour from Florence and takes two hours. Tickets cost around 10 euro one-way. Here you’ll find a beautiful beach with fantastic campgrounds and a water park. The trip to Cinque Terre is about three hours, but it’s rela-

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Il Gigante Adventure Park Experience an adrenaline fueled adventure at the largest adventure park in Tuscany! Offering 10 incredible high-rope courses for all (3 years old and up)!

How To Get Here:

Only 15 minutes from Florence located in Pratolino (Vaglia). We can easily be reached by taking the number 25a ATAF bus from Piazza San Marco getting off at the last stop.

Park Opening Hours:

April and May: Weekends only. Hours: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm 1 June thru 14 September: Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Closed Mondays. Hours: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm 15 September – 30 November: Weekends only. Hours: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm We strongly recommend arriving at least 3 hours before closing time.

Dress Requirements: Closed shoes are required. In the event of bad weather or rain, the park may be closed.

Entrance Fees: 18€ adult/14€ children 7 thru 12 years old 10€ children 6 years old and under

Pratolino-Vaglia Firenze

www.parcoavventurailgigante.it

train to Piombino for 10.50 euro one-way and takes about three hours. From Piombino, take a ferry to Portoferraio. The ferry takes about an hour, but Elba is one-of-a-kind, surrounded by deep blue waters, incredible beaches, great shops and restaurants, continuous night festivals and green countryside.

Costoli is the biggest and best equipped pool center in Florence. It has three large outdoor pools, an Olympic-sized one, a diving pool and a smaller one for children. The complex is surrounded by a large lawn with lots of trees, inviting for picnics and relaxation. Viale Paoli 7 (near the stadium ) Ticket: 7, 4 Euro after 3 p.m.


PIAZZA DELLA LIBERTA' 500 meters from the center

Bar, restaurant, and disco DJ set featuring Latin and Carribean music every day beginning at 10:30 p.m. Salsa, bachata, reggaeton and merengue Free entrance, optional drink for 5 euros Wonderful cocktails, beer and sangria Every Thursday an exciting night of Latin dancing with DJ Michel O' Farrill Option to eat up to 20 varieties of pizza appetizers for 7 euro

THE WALLS The “flavour of Ireland under the stars� A new pub located within the walls of the Fortezza da Basso, Viale Strozzi The Irish pub offers a fantastic selection of Irish beer such as Guinness Open every evening through the end of the summer Enjoy LIVE MUSIC and beer in an important historical monument Tel: 347 4963905 Email: paolochelotti@libero.it

Tel: 055 474948 347 4963905

Email: info@girasol.it www.facebook.com/girasol.firenze


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