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Siena meets Montessori

Acclaimed abroad, rare in Italy
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
Tuscany’s first Montessori school has just opened its doors. The school, in Siena, is called the Casa dei Bambini after the original Montessori school in Rome.   Owned by Siena city council, the school enrolled 35 children between the ages of four and …
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Internet 'matters' in Pisa

Annual technology festival comes to town
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
From October 9 through 12, Pisa, Tuscany’s incubator of tech start-ups and digital innovation, once again hosts the annual Internet Festival.    This year’s festival will host exhibitors, lectures, workshops and even concerts, all connected to ‘Matter,’ the conversation-starting theme for #IF2014. Pisa …
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War on wine?

New plan sparks protest
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
The Tuscan Region’s latest landscape development plan is causing  concern among Tuscany’s wine producers. The 3,000-page document details new limitations on production, citing research that indicates too many vineyards in a concentrated area can contribute to landslides, soil erosion and a …
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Erwitt extended

Popular San Gimignano exhibition stays open
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
After a successful run from April to August, the Elliott Erwitt/Icons exhibition at San Gimignano’s Raffaele De Grada Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art has been extended to November 2.   An American photographer born in Paris, Erwitt is famous for his tongue-in-cheek …
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Lynch in Lucca

Director headlines Lucca Film Festival
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
Step aside, Sundance: the tenth edition of the Lucca Film Festival is bringing one of Hollywood’s biggest names to Tuscany. David Lynch, the American director, screenwriter and producer behind Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead and Twin Peaks, will be the guest of honor …
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The power of a picture

WWI commentary and propaganda at Forte dei Marmi
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
The current exhibition at Forte dei Marmi’s Museo della Satira e della Caricatura, La danza macabra della Grande Guerra, showcases artworks, political cartoons and other cultural commentaries on the atrocities and hypocrisies of the World War I era.   The show takes its …
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Marble madness

A summer to celebrate Carrara
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Carrara Marble Weeks, a summer-long series of events focused on the legendary marble quarries, offers a packed program of exhibitions, lectures, shows and outdoor activities until September 7. Now in its fourth year, Carrara Marble Weeks 2014 features the highly anticipated exhibition …
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Siena: a fan favorite

Cathedral takes top Trip Advisor honors
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Leading tourism industry website Trip Advisor released its Travellers’ Choice rankings for 2014 on June 17, and the Siena Cathedral took top honors for Tuscany. The church was listed at number two in the Top 10 Landmarks in Italy category, outranked …
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Smart parking in Pisa

City tries new traffic-reducing technology
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
D riving around in search of a parking spot may soon be a thing of the past, at least in Pisa’s historic centre.   The city recently implemented a new ‘smart parking’ system, designed in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom and Kiunsys, a start-up at …
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Costa Concordia to be cleared

Wreckage awaiting imminent removal
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Franco Gabrielli, the head of the Italian civil protection agency, recently announced that the wrecked Costa Concordia will be cleared away as soon as possible.   In the two years since the ship’s tragic accident, which claimed 32 lives, the sizeable wreckage has …
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Class acts

New focus on early childhood education
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Citing lack of access to preschool throughout Tuscany, the Region is making a 17.5 million euro investment in early childhood education.   With more than 1,000 public and private institutions covering 76 percent of the region’s municipalities, Tuscany exceeds the national average in …
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Shop 'til you drop!

Summer sales
by Catriona Miller (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
With the summer sun beating down on all of us in Tuscany, air-conditioned shops may prove to be a perfect refuge from the sweltering heat. Whether you’re simply trying to cool down, or enjoy browsing the racks for a new wardrobe …
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Falling fa├žade

Badia Fiesolana risks collapse
by Catriona Miller (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
The marble façade of the ancient Badia Fiesolana has become very unstable and large segments of the building are at risk of collapse.   Officials from the Fiesole town council have explained that the fire brigade was called for when, after an inspection …
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The final voyage

Costa Concordia officially on its way to Genoa
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
It was a momentous morning for the island of Giglio: the remaining Costa Concordia wreckage was finally sent on its way toward Genoa, where it will be dismantled over a two year period. Over two years have passed since the catastrophic …
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Remembering Caravaggio

New monument honours painter
by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
Just as Dante devotees head to Ravenna to view the poet’s tomb, Caravaggio buffs will soon be able to make their own ‘pilgrimages’ to Monte Argentario (Grosseto), where a funerary monument in the former Saint Sebastian cemetery will house his remains.   The …

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