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For Expo 2015 you’ll find Florence’s finest under the Cathedral’s cupola.
We’re not referring to the original one designed by Renaissance genius Brunelleschi, but a hi-tech reproduction that will stand 8.5 metres tall and six metres wide.
Welcome to the I_Dome. The exterior …
Region hosts nativity scenes
As part of Terre di Presepi, roughly translated as the Way of the Manger, numerous nativity scenes will not only be on display in churches but also line the streets of the Valdarno and Valdelsa. More than 100,000 visitors are expected …
Elton John to perform
Goodbye yellow brick road and hello Lucca: British pop icon Elton John will headline the 2015 Lucca Summer Festival. His July 11 appearance is currently the only one he has scheduled for Italy in 2015.
Sir Elton will perform in piazza Napoleone, …
Photojournalism exhibition stops in Tuscany
For the tenth consecutive year, the travelling World Press Photo exhibition makes a stop in Lucca. The church of San Cristoforo (via Fillungo) is the venue for the renowned photojournalism event, which closes December 14.
The exhibition features 143 works by 53 …
Inside the contrade
This year, Tutto il Natale di Siena, an extensive offering of local seasonal events, includes InCONTRADA, tours through some of the most culturally significant spaces in Siena’s 17 contrade. These 17 small city wards were first delineated in the Middle Ages, …
Paleontology museum reopens
Natural history buffs will rejoice when Montevarchi’s Paleontology Museum reopens on December 6. Closed for renovation for the past six years, the museum promises a more modern approach to the exhibits and a more user-friendly experience.
The museum houses one of Europe’s …
Damaged walls standing tall again
Following a disastrous collapse at the start of 2014, Volterra’s Etruscan walls are now standing stronger than ever.
On the evening of January 31, as the town was hit with torrential rains and flooding, a 30-meter stretch of wall crumbled when the …
Autumn literary journal now online
If you’re a Tuscany lover, you might like to check out The Sigh Press, a free quarterly online journal featuring poetry, short fiction and art in Tuscany. It is a journal for writers of English in Tuscany, artists who speak any …
Widespread concern for olive production
Due in large part to severe weather and an abundance of fruit flies, olive oil producers throughout Tuscany are making bleak predictions for this year’s harvest.
Enrico Rabazzi, regional vice president of the Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori, explained that ‘crops have been completely …
New exhibition honours two masters
An exhibition at Sansepolcro’s Museo Civico brings together works by two of the most prominent painters associated with the Tuscan Tiber valley. Rivisitazione: Burri incontra Piero della Francesca pairs post-World War II artist Alberto Burri with Arezzo’s most lauded painter, exploring …
Film celebrates local legend
Director Leonardo Palmerini is using a crowdfunding campaign to try to bring his latest film, Angiò, based on the work of Viareggio author Lorenzo Viani, to the screen.
Palmerini’s experimental film set in Viareggio adapts Viani’s 1928 book Angiò uomo d’acqua (Angiò, …
San Gimignano exhibition celebrates painter
A current San Gimignano exhibition spotlights Umbrian painter Bernardino di Betto, known as Pintoricchio. Housed in the art gallery of the Palazzo Comunale, Pintoricchio: La Pala dell’Assunta di San Gimignano e gli Anni Senesi will be open until January 6, 2015.
Pintoricchio, born …
Leave the driving to Prato
To make it easier for schools and organizations to run field trips, seven museums in the province of Prato offer Ti Porto al Museo (in bus) during the 2014–15 academic year.
The initiative provides schools and cultural organizations with free bus transportation …
Researchers wrangle with bureaucracy
The bureaucratic war over the remains of a Roman villa in Tuscany wages on.
Discovered nearly a decade ago near the small village of Aiano-Torraccia di Chiusi, the villa is believed to have belonged to a proconsul. Although researchers working on the …
Tuscany seeks World Heritage designation
When a controversial landscape plan released this summer introduced new limitations on vineyards, wine producers protested (see theflr.net/odlakp) and the issue began making both regional and international headlines.
Now, in response to the ‘war on winemakers,’ president of the Tuscan Region, Enrico …
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