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Dollar-high club

What U.S. business means to Italy and Tuscany
by Helen Farrell (issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
The total value of U.S. business invested in Italy totals over 28 billion dollars per year.   Italy is ranked top of the list of international destinations preferred by American tour operators and is the second favourite destination, after the United Kingdom, for …
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First flavour

Gelato named for Michelle Obama
by Mary Gray (issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
If Barack and Michelle Obama ever decide to stop in San Gimignano, the presidential pair will have a tasty surprise in store. Anticipating a possible visit from the United States president and first lady, the local Gelateria Dondoli has created a …
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Elba for dessert

April event showcases Aleatico wine
(issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
On April 13, in Portoferraio on Elba Island, a wine event featuring Elba Aleatico, the only dessert wine to enjoy DOCG quality status in Italy, will mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s exile there.   Sixteen wine producers, all members of the Elba …
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From Poland to Prato

New director appointed for Pecci Museum
(issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
In May, Tuscany’s foremost contemporary art space will have a new leader when Fabio Cavallucci takes the helm as director of Prato’s Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art.   ‘The plans that I have presented and for which I have been chosen are …
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A Wonder-ful concert

Stevie Wonder takes to the stage in Lucca
by Mary Gray (issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
The Lucca Summer Festival will host one of music’s living legends: the inimitable Stevie Wonder. Wonder will perform in piazza Napoleone on July 20, his only Italian date for the season. The concert will include a selection of his most famous …
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Medieval movies

Montisi Italian Film Festival 2014
(issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
The Montisi Italian Film Festival 2014 invites film lovers and Italophiles to immerse themselves in Italian culture – village style.  Montisi is a friendly Tuscan hill town that loves cinema.  This year’s festival offers 16 films from classics to just-released new …
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Heritage homecoming

Palazzo Pretorio reopens in Prato
by John-Paul Heil (issue no. 198/2014 / April 3, 2014)
After nearly twenty years away from home, works from the Museum of Prato collection have returned to their rightful place in the beautiful Palazzo Pretorio. The building has just reopened after being closed to the public since 1997. The museum houses …
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Pisa Cathedral turns 950

Commemorative events and restorations announced
by Mary Gray (issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
2014 marks a milestone anniversary for Pisa Cathedral: 950 years have passed since its first stone was laid. Among the events and activities organised in celebration, the most significant is the restoration of the cathedral’s apse. Pisa’s department of cultural heritage …
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Raising the bar

Gran Selezione brand introduced
(issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
Tuscany’s wine producers have set a new standard, a proactive move following recent international debate about the quality of Tuscan olive oil (see theflr.net/7ryhoz).   At the leading wine event Chianti Classico Collection, recently held at the Stazione Leopolda, a new brand of …
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Madonna mud

Superstar uses Montecatini minerals
by Katie Acompora (issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
Madonna has been spending less time on stage and more time creating MDNA Skin, her first line of natural beauty products, made from Tuscan mud from the Terme di Montecatini.   After stirring excitement among her fan base by releasing a teaser video …
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Made in Italy

Google showcases Italian authenticity
by John-Paul Heil (issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
Search engine giant Google has teamed up with the Italian ministry of agriculture, food and forestry as well as the Italian chamber of commerce for ‘Made in Italy,’ an online campaign celebrating authentic Italian products, many of which are Tuscan.   The project, …
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Prime Puccini

Lucca museum orchestrates expansion
(issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
Lucca’s Puccini museum, once the home of the world-famous composer, has acquired 600 artefacts including autographs, handwritten letters, cards and photographs of Giacomo Puccini. These primary sources help historians understand Puccini’s personal life and the progression of his work. Further, the …
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Nun's the word

The oldest nun in the world
(issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
Sister Candida Bellotti recently celebrated her 107th birthday at the Casa Generalizia dei Camilliani in Rome. She was born in Verona, has lived all over Italy and now resides in Lucca.   A member of the Congregation of the Women Ministers of the …
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On the podium

Foreign investments in Tuscany reach new high
by John-Paul Heil (issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
Tuscany was recently declared the second most attractive region in Europe for foreign investment by FDI, the magazine of the business newspaper Financial Times. In a special biennial report on global appeal of over 486 European cities and regions, FDI ranked …
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Tuscan Integration

1,37 million euro grant
by John-Paul Heil (issue no. 197/2014 / February 27, 2014)
Tuscany is due to receive 1,37 million euro from the Ministry of the Interior to be used for a project promoting the linguistic diversity and civic education of foreign nationals.   According to the Tuscan Regional Minister  for Welfare and Vice President, Stephanie …

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