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 …
Palazzo Pretorio spotlights 15th-18th century Italian art
Prato’s Palazzo Pretorio is currently hosting Capolavori che si incontrano (The Meeting of Masterpieces), comprising 86 artworks by a range of iconic Italian painters. Spanning the 15th to the 18th centuries, the works on display offer an overview of Venetian and Tuscan …
10 days to celebrate regional culture
COOLT, Tuscany’s first-ever Culture ‘Week,’ kicks off October 9. Celebrating the region’s artistic and culinary treasures could never be contained to just seven days, though: the ‘week’ will continue for 10 full days until the 19, with a celebratory post-closure concert …
Acclaimed abroad, rare in Italy
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 …
Annual technology festival comes to town
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 …
New plan sparks protest
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 …
Popular San Gimignano exhibition stays open
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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