June 10, 2013 by Daniela Croccolino
If you or your children love horses, then head to Sarteano (province of Siena) this coming up weekend June 14-16 as it hosts the 10th annual Horse Fever (Febbre da Cavallo) event: exhibitions and demonstrations, presentation of activities and breeds, dressing competitions in traditional and fast work styles which count towards the national and regional championship FITETREC-ANTE as well as craft fair, lots of food and wine and, of course, equipment and clothing for horses.
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June 6, 2013 by Lourdes Flores
Want to see something truly special during your time in Florence, that you will never get the chance to see again? Then head to the church of Santa Croce!
The main altar has been under restoration by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure with scaffolding all the way up for a few years now. While the scaffolding hinders your vision of the beautiful frescoes of the Middle Ages painted by Agnolo Gaddi of the “Legend of the True Cross” from below, works are almost complete and your chance to see them up close will end soon!
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June 1, 2013 by Lourdes Flores
Last spring and summer, the experiment of opening up popular museums in Florence once a week to enjoy “Art with a Cocktail” in hand was hugely successful with over 10,000 visitors and is thus making a comeback this summer starting this coming week.
From the terrace of the Uffizi Gallery overlooking Piazza della Signoria (starting June 6) to the medieval courtyard in the Bargello (starting August 6), visitors can enjoy a special after hours visit to the museum: with a limited amount of visitors and the enjoyment of drinks and snacks while viewing some of the most popular areas of each museum.
For those wishing to enjoy an “Aperitivi ad Arte“, this summer a new museum will be added to the list: the Accademia Gallery with its famous “David“.
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May 29, 2013 by Lourdes Flores
The summer season in Tuscany is the start of many events, particularly medieval fairs!
The weather has been a little too wet for May so far, but if it turns out sunny and you’re wondering where to head off to this coming weekend, I recommed heading to Castiglion Fiorentino near Arezzo or Malmantile near Florence!
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May 22, 2013 by Cristina Romeo
Wine and excellent food continue as the main protagonists in events this weekend as they move from Florence, where Wine Town 2013 just took place, to Chianti with two wine and food manifestations.
La Mostra del Chianti
Centered in the small town of Montespertoli, the 56th edition of the “Mostra del Chianti” will start this Saturday May 26 and continue for over a week until June 2. The wine event includes conferences, wine tastings and shows that are just the side dish to the main course: Chianti wine produced in this area.
The most important wine producers in the area will be present in the main square of Montespertoli, Piazza Machiavelli, in stands to present their labels to the public.
The program for the 9 days of the Mostra del Chianti is full of various types of entertainment and events, concentrated overall on the last two days of the manifestation while the stands will be open every day but with different times each day.
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May 15, 2013 by Lourdes Flores
Saturday, May 18 is the Night at the Museum, an initiative taking place across all of Europe – and which means free entrance into many, many museums and special events!
What’s Happening in Florence
In Florence, Palazzo Vecchio will be open for free visits from 6pm to midnight, including the walk around the patrol paths on the ramparts overlooking Piazza della Signoria (but you need to reserve). The tower will close at normal hours at 6pm.
Additional free activities offered with reservations (for all, 8 years and older) at Palazzo Vecchio:
7pm – Invitation into Cosimo’s Kingdom
9pm – Visit to the Palace
9:30pm – At Court with Isabella
Info and bookings at 055 2768224.
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May 13, 2013 by Cristina Romeo
We usually think of Florence as a city of art, but in the next few days it is going to turn into the city of wine!
On Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, from 3 to 11pm, Florence will be hosting the 4th edition of WineTown, a manifestation focused on excellent, high quality wines and great food, along with cultural and musical events taking place over the historical center in piazzas and historical palazzos.
WineTown has become one of the most awaited food and wine events in Florence, one that wine aficionados and lovers of great food cannot miss.
Taking part of the event are important historical brands such as Antinori, the Consortium of Chianti Classico and Chianti Ruffino but also small producers of high quality labels.
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May 9, 2013 by Cristina Romeo
Between May 7 and 12, Florence is host to the European Festival with over 100 cultural events, shows and more to celebrate Europe.
Among the events you should not miss out on: the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino performs Verdi’s Don Carlo on May 12 at 3:30pm while on May 11 at 8:30pm there will be a concert conducted by the great Zubin Metha.
The Festival closes with a Blue Night that lasts 72 hours all across Florence, starting the morning of Saturday, May 11.
The events are numerous so the difficulty is just in deciding what to see, where to go! The majority are within the historical center so that will make it easier to participate in several of them, even if they take place at around the same times.
Whether you love classical, jazz, raggae or latin music, you will find something for all tastes.
Piazza della Repubblica will be the center for musical events taking place over the weekend, although not the only one.
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May 8, 2013 by Lourdes Flores
Whether you’re a cyclist aficionado or not, prepare yourselves for an exciting Sunday as the Giro d’Italia passes through Tuscany and Florence this weekend!
Sunday, May 12 marks Day 9 of the cycling race across Italy. The day will start in Sansepolcro in southeastern Tuscany, about 40km to the east of Arezzo, and pass through Anghiari.
It then heads north to Bibbiena and through the Casentino valley. Then the route takes cyclists on up through the Pratomagno mountains passing by Castel San Niccolò, Montemignaio and breaking through at the Passo della Consuma. The route heads down to Pelago before heading up to Vallombrosa, then back down toward Pontassieve before making its way north to Vetta Le Croci, Fiesole and finally Florence.
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May 3, 2013 by Lourdes Flores
If you’re headed to the Val d’Orcia and to Pienza in particular, we highly recommend you visit the beautiful Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza‘s central piazza.
Home to the Piccolomini family and to Pope Pius II, the palazzo conserves the history of the noble family that shaped the town of Pienza into what it is today.
Aside from the palace and its permanent exposition, a temporary exhibit “Count Silvio, the Last Piccolomini in the City of Pius II” is going on right now on the last of the Piccolomini family, Count Silvio, who left the palazzo and all of its contents to the Società di Pie Disposizioni upon his death 50 years ago.
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