The curtains are back up in Arezzo
The lights are on and the curtains have risen once again at Arezzo’s Teatro Petrarca, the historic theatre that was closed for 10 years for repair and renovation.
The 3.8 million euro project to improve the 19th-century theatre included expanding the orchestra …
Sharing the best of local culture with the world
With two new initiatives, Pistoia (see theflr.net/springinpistoia) is using technology to invite the world to share in its local culture.
Pistoia in Palcoscenico (‘Pistoia on Stage’) makes the town’s cultural heritage more accessible: quick-response codes have been added to signs at 31 …
The forgotten faces of San Niccolò
Until May 31, the former psychiatric hospital San Niccolò in Siena is hosting a multimedia exhibition, The Village of the Excluded: Faces and Stories of the Siena Asylum.
Housed in the complex’s church, the show features work by Lombard artist Giovanni Sesia, …
Alt-rock giants to perform in Tuscany
Following a successful January show in Milan, New York-based band Interpol has been booked to rock Prato on September 1. The performance will take place in piazza del Duomo as part of Prato Estate 2015.
The announcement comes with the release of …
Province challenges young filmmakers
Young filmmakers (ages 18–40) have a new opportunity to put Massa Carrara on the map. The province has just launched a filmmaking competition, Creo, quindi sono (‘I create, therefore I am.’)
With a goal of stimulating younger generations’ interest in Massa Carrara, …
Pisa exhibition between photography and sculpture
British artist Darren Harvey-Regan’s first solo exhibition in Italy has just opened at the contemporary Galleria Passaggi in Pisa (via Garofani 14). Titled ‘The Erratics,’ the exhibition features Harvey-Regan’s black-and-white photographs of rock formations, set against stark desert backdrops.
The show, which …
Madeintuscany promotes Tuscan trademarks
With content entirely in English, Madeintuscany, a new free app, offers detailed information on food and wine, lodging, shopping and more, making the area—and its products—more accessible to tourists.
Using geolocating technology, Madeintuscany is designed as a navigation system primarily for visitors …
New luxury hotel in the works
The Swiss couple who purchased the historic Villa Reale Marlia di Capannori, once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Elisa, have announced that they plan to turn the expansive property in the province of Lucca into a luxury hotel.
Elisa, Princess of Lucca …
Vineyard adds an urban touch
Wine producer Campo alla Sughera, in the rural Bolgheri area, is introducing a touch of contemporary urban aesthetic to its vineyards. Using recycled, self-supporting 3 x 3 panels among the vines, it has created an open-air urban-art installation. The winery, owned …
Upcoming papal visit and related exhibition
With Prato’s large Chinese community and evolving demographics, a papal visit has been discussed for some time.
Now bishop of Prato Franco Agostinelli has confirmed that, on November 10, Pope Francis will make a brief stop in Prato on his way to …
T-Rex in Tuscany
How does a homo sapiens measure up to an 8-metre-tall Tyrannosaurus rex or two-ton Triceratops? Head to Livorno and spend some time among more than 50 dinosaur models.
Until May 17, the dinosaur models, constructed on a lifesize scale, are on display …
Montepulciano exhibition traces Tuscan art's modernity
Tracing the evolution of modern art in Tuscany, ‘From Patches to Decadentism: Private Paintings in the Lands of Poliziano’ opens on April 4 at Montepulciano’s civic museum and fortress.
The exhibition, which will run until November 1, features approximately 120 works dating …
Explore the unexpected
Prato’s vicinity to Florence has always been a source of wealth, but it’s never easy for a place to be acknowledged in its own right when it lies so close to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. And yet, Prato …
Andy Warhol and Daniel Buren
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 …
Moving toward marriage equality
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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