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Modern art exhibitions in 2015 in Tuscany

Andy Warhol and Daniel Buren
by Mary Gray (issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
March is a particularly rich month for modern art in Tuscany. Beginning March 14, a collection of roughly 40 Andy Warhol works will be on display in an unexpected but fitting venue: the I Gigli shopping center in Campi Bisenzio. Further …
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Civil union recognized in Grosseto

Moving toward marriage equality
(issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
After Giuseppe Chigiotti and Stefano Bucci were married in New York, they petitioned to have the marriage recognized as a civil union in Tuscany. Their union has now been recorded in the Grosseto city registers, upheld by the court of Grosseto, …
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The super tomato

Researchers develop healthier plants
(issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
Researchers at the University of Pisa have discovered that tomato plants grown using certain microorganisms create a symbiosis called mycorrhiza that results in fruit that have more of the nutrients and minerals that make tomatoes healthy for humans.   In studies, tomatoes that …
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Art for life

New competition for university students in Tuscany
(issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
International and Italian university students across Tuscany are invited to participate in ‘Words for Life.’ Organized by Movit of Florence and Siena, a student-led group focused on the dignity of human life, the competition runs until June 1.   Contestants may enter any …
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Changes to cycling routes in Tuscany

Path additions along the Arno
(issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
432 kilometres of bike paths will be added along the Arno where it winds through the major Tuscan cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena. When completed, the system of cycle paths will rival Europe’s best biking destinations like the Danube and …
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Prato promotes tourism

New museum card
(issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
Taking a major step to encourage tourism, Prato has introduced a three-day museum card that will give visitors access to the city’s four most popular museums and also includes public bus transportation.   The card, which currently costs 13 euro per adult, 26 …
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Toulouse-Lautrec in Pisa

Palazzo Blu expected to host French painter's work
(issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
Following the success of the Modigliani exhibition, Pisa’s leading exhibition venue plans to present works by French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.   The news broke recently via a tour operator’s website ahead of the press conference on March 6. The exhibition is slated …
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Florence short story competition

In collaboration with The Sigh Press
(issue no. 208/2015 / March 5, 2015)
Let's get right to the good stuff: ALL participants in this short story competition can enjoy a year’s digital subscription to The Florentine! Winners will receive additional prizes (to be announced!) The two winning stories will be published in the June issues of The Florentine and The Sigh Press. The Florentine and The …
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Santa Maria della Scala in Siena: free entrance this February

(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
Until March 1, visitors are invited to Siena’s Santa Maria della Scala museum where entrance will be free. One of the oldest hospitals in Europe, the fourteenth-century building is throwing open its doors as part of Siena city council’s ‘February at …
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Visit Pisa

Events and a Leaning Tower encourage tourism
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
Pisa and Tuscany are encouraging Americans to visit, see the sights and help to celebrate the 950 years since construction work began on Pisa Cathedral and Galileo Galilei’s 450th birthday.   The effort to attract visitors is focused in particular on San Francisco. …
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Tuscany twins with Jordan

Project promotes Middle Eastern tourism
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
A new campaign by Jordan’s Tourism Board invites Italian visitors to Jordan.   Unraveling Jordan, the name of the web-based campaign, which targets travel bloggers, video makers and photographers, offers travellers the opportunity to take five-day guided themed tours of the Middle Eastern …
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Closing the camp

US base in Tuscany to downsize
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
In 1947, the Tombolo pinewoods along the Tuscan coast between Livorno and Pisa became a ‘black paradise’ in the film written by Indro Montanelli and directed by Giorgio Ferroni: an undergrowth of prostitutes, bootleggers and war-sick deserters.Four years later, an agreement …
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Saved by a drone

Tuscan coast pilots safety plan
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
One of Tuscany’s beaches is hoping to implement a new tool to keep swimmers safe this summer: drones.   Forte dei Marmi, the beach where Giorgio Armani built his first summer home in the 1980s, is known to be a vacation destination for …
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Carnevale events in Tuscany

Viareggio festivities start the season
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
On January 31, Tuscany kicks off the Carnevale season in piazza Mazzini in Viareggio. Now in its 142nd year, Viareggio Carnevale is one of the region’s most highly anticipated events, marking the days leading up to the Christian tradition’s austere season of …
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Counting Crows to perform at Pistoia Blues

From California to Tuscany
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
In addition to headliners Sting and Carlos Santana, the 2015 Pistoia Blues Festival has announced that the Counting Crows will perform. A staple of the San Francisco music scene, Counting Crows will take to the stage on July 3 in piazza …

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