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Marble exhibition in Carrara

A must-see, home from St. Petersburg
(issue no. 212/2015 / June 25, 2015)
Until October 4, 16 marble masterpieces by Antonio Canova, Giovanni Cybei, Lorenzo Bartolini, Pietro Tenerani and other esteemed Italian marble sculptors will be on display at Palazzo Cucchiari in Carrara.   It is a homecoming for the sculptures, which include Canova’s Orpheus and …
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Arezzo old and new

Cultivating culture event
(issue no. 212/2015 / June 25, 2015)
During the Icastica arts festival, from June 28 to September 27, 100 artists will take over Arezzo, merging the contemporary with the old masters in more than 40 venues.   With this year’s theme of Cultivating Culture, echoing that of the Expo 2015 …
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Lighting the way

Two Tuscan lighthouses to be renovated
(issue no. 212/2015 / June 25, 2015)
As part of a national plan to promote cultural heritage, environmental protection and economic development, two Tuscan lighthouses are scheduled for extensive renovation.    Restoring the Punta del Fenaio and Capel Rosso lighthouses on Giglio Island is part of the Valore Paese-FARI project …
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Sociculture

Pisa encourages social agriculture
(issue no. 212/2015 / June 25, 2015)
Social agriculture, in which local communities work together to grow zero-mile food, is the focus of Pisa’s Cibo Civile (‘Civil Food’).   A joint effort of the veterinary sciences department at the University of Pisa and Turin-based farmers’ association Coldiretti Torino, the project …
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Announcing the annunciation

(issue no. 212/2015 / June 25, 2015)
In 1482, the priors and captains of the Parte Guelfa of San Gimignano commissioned Filippino Lippi to paint an Annunciation for the town’s municipal palace.   Rarely displayed, until November 2, Lippi’s roundels will be on public view at the San Gimignano civic …
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Via Francigena seeks World Heritage designation

A new UNESCO site in Tuscany?
(issue no. 212/2015 / June 25, 2015)
For those who love walking through towns and countryside, Tuscany’s section of the ancient Via Francigena—380 kilometres of art, history and culture, and a variety of landscapes—is paradise. Now, led by the municipality of Monteriggioni, more than 50 Italian councils, located along …
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Siena Cathedral floors on show all summer

An exceptional event in Tuscany
by Courtney Runn (issue no. 212/2015 / June 25, 2015)
  In celebration of Expo Milano 2015, Siena will open some of its rarely seen treasures for the duration of the summer: the floors of the Duomo di Siena.   The intricately designed marble floors are normally covered and opened to tourists briefly once …
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Tuscany shows economic growth

A regional resurgence
(issue no. 211/2015 / May 28, 2015)
Tuscany is beginning to see the light at the end of the financial crisis tunnel.   In a recent report presented by UnionCamere Toscana, economic statistics for regional businesses from January to March showed gradual but constant improvement. In the first trimester of …
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Privately Picasso

Artist's life in new photo exhibition
(issue no. 211/2015 / May 28, 2015)
Camaiore gets a Cubist twist with This is Picasso, a new photography exhibition featuring work by American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan. In September 2014, Duncan donated this collection of photos from Pablo Picasso’s private life to Camaiore, where Duncan’s first wife …
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Cloud cover

Philosophical portraits in Pistoia
(issue no. 211/2015 / May 28, 2015)
Having a ‘head in the clouds’ takes on a whole new meaning during June in Pistoia.   On display at Lo Spazio bookstore (via dell’Ospizio 26/28) until June 13, Cloudtraits is a new series by Fabrizio Pelamatti and Filippo Giansanti. The title, a …
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Finocchiona for foodies

(issue no. 211/2015 / May 28, 2015)
If you’re a foodie, odds are you’ve tried the Tuscan speciality finocchiona. Its potent flavour is known to mask the taste of low-quality wines, and it is rumoured that Machiavelli often consoled himself with finocchiona and wine after particularly bad losses …
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No selfies by the sea

Hotel Byron imposes ban
by Jason Martinez (issue no. 211/2015 / May 28, 2015)
In the Tuscan seaside town of Forte dei Marmi, a local hotel has banned guests from taking selfies.   The Hotel Byron, a five-star hotel, recently put in place restrictions for cell phone use on the hotel premises, the first of its kind …
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Game Fair comes to Grosseto

First time in Tuscany, brings 35k visitors
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 211/2015 / May 28, 2015)
Over 35,000 visitors descended on the small town of Braccagni (GR) in Maremma during the June 2 long weekend for Game Fair, the Italian country festival. Organized by Fiera di Vicenza, it’s the 25th edition of this fair, but the first …
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Up from below

Underwater village of Fabbriche di Careggine to return to solid ground
by Rebecca Gualandi (issue no. 211/2015 / May 28, 2015)
The abandoned underwater village of Fabbriche di Careggine will be brought back to the surface next year. Submerged in Lake Vagli in Vagli Sotto, located in the province of Lucca, the ‘mini Pompeii’ has not resurfaced since 1994, the last time …
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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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