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Night at the Museum 2015

80+ museums across Tuscany open their doors at night on May 16
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
On May 16, 80 museums across Tuscany will throw open their doors at night. The 2015 edition of Night at the Museum will consist of theatre performances, guided tours and concerts from 9 to 11pm. The museums involved in the event includeMuseo …
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Teatro Petrarca reopens

The curtains are back up in Arezzo
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
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 …
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New digital initiatives in Pistoia

Sharing the best of local culture with the world
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
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 …
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Hidden Siena

The forgotten faces of San Niccolò
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
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, …
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Interpol in Prato

Alt-rock giants to perform in Tuscany
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
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 …
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Massa Carrara videomaking competition

Province challenges young filmmakers
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
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, …
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Rock on!

Pisa exhibition between photography and sculpture
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
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 …
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Flod wins Palazzo Pretorio video contest

TF's sister company moves Prato
(issue no. 210/2015 / April 30, 2015)
    Flod, TF’s sister company, has taken home the trophy in the Moving Palazzo Pretorio promotional video contest. The talented Flod team placed first, winning 4,000 euro, for the quality of the videography, striking graphics and a refreshing sense of irony, a hallmark …
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Tuscan Region launches free app

Madeintuscany promotes Tuscan trademarks
(issue no. 209/2015 / April 2, 2015)
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 …
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Villa Marlia changes hands

New luxury hotel in the works
(issue no. 209/2015 / April 2, 2015)
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 …
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New art installation at Bolgheri winery

Vineyard adds an urban touch
(issue no. 209/2015 / April 2, 2015)
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 …
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Pope Francis in Prato

Upcoming papal visit and related exhibition
(issue no. 209/2015 / April 2, 2015)
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 …
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Dinosaur exhibition in Livorno

T-Rex in Tuscany
(issue no. 209/2015 / April 2, 2015)
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 …
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Macchiaioli and more

Montepulciano exhibition traces Tuscan art's modernity
(issue no. 209/2015 / April 2, 2015)
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 …
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Free guided tours among Prato's treasures

Explore the unexpected
(issue no. 209/2015 / April 2, 2015)
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 …

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