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The power of a picture

WWI commentary and propaganda at Forte dei Marmi
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
The current exhibition at Forte dei Marmi’s Museo della Satira e della Caricatura, La danza macabra della Grande Guerra, showcases artworks, political cartoons and other cultural commentaries on the atrocities and hypocrisies of the World War I era.   The show takes its …
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Marble madness

A summer to celebrate Carrara
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Carrara Marble Weeks, a summer-long series of events focused on the legendary marble quarries, offers a packed program of exhibitions, lectures, shows and outdoor activities until September 7. Now in its fourth year, Carrara Marble Weeks 2014 features the highly anticipated exhibition …
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Siena: a fan favorite

Cathedral takes top Trip Advisor honors
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Leading tourism industry website Trip Advisor released its Travellers’ Choice rankings for 2014 on June 17, and the Siena Cathedral took top honors for Tuscany. The church was listed at number two in the Top 10 Landmarks in Italy category, outranked …
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Smart parking in Pisa

City tries new traffic-reducing technology
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
D riving around in search of a parking spot may soon be a thing of the past, at least in Pisa’s historic centre.   The city recently implemented a new ‘smart parking’ system, designed in collaboration with Deutsche Telekom and Kiunsys, a start-up at …
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Costa Concordia to be cleared

Wreckage awaiting imminent removal
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Franco Gabrielli, the head of the Italian civil protection agency, recently announced that the wrecked Costa Concordia will be cleared away as soon as possible.   In the two years since the ship’s tragic accident, which claimed 32 lives, the sizeable wreckage has …
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Class acts

New focus on early childhood education
by Mary Gray (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
Citing lack of access to preschool throughout Tuscany, the Region is making a 17.5 million euro investment in early childhood education.   With more than 1,000 public and private institutions covering 76 percent of the region’s municipalities, Tuscany exceeds the national average in …
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Shop 'til you drop!

Summer sales
by Catriona Miller (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
With the summer sun beating down on all of us in Tuscany, air-conditioned shops may prove to be a perfect refuge from the sweltering heat. Whether you’re simply trying to cool down, or enjoy browsing the racks for a new wardrobe …
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Falling fa├žade

Badia Fiesolana risks collapse
by Catriona Miller (issue no. 201/2014 / July 3, 2014)
The marble façade of the ancient Badia Fiesolana has become very unstable and large segments of the building are at risk of collapse.   Officials from the Fiesole town council have explained that the fire brigade was called for when, after an inspection …
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Remembering Caravaggio

New monument honours painter
by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
Just as Dante devotees head to Ravenna to view the poet’s tomb, Caravaggio buffs will soon be able to make their own ‘pilgrimages’ to Monte Argentario (Grosseto), where a funerary monument in the former Saint Sebastian cemetery will house his remains.   The …
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Walls of art

Pisa makes space for urban artwork
by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
Pisa is celebrating the 25th year of Tuttomondo, the mural by the late American artist Keith Haring, whose socially conscious approach to street art significantly influenced the genre.   As part of the celebration, the city is hosting an exhibition focused on contemporary …
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Wine by another name

Counterfeit wines confiscated
by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
In Siena, carabinieri have seized more than 30,000 wine bottles falsely labelled as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and other prestigious names, including some masquerading as wines produced in Lajatico by the family of renowned Tuscan tenor Andrea Bocelli.   The seizure is part …
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18 on top

Blue flags for Tuscany's beaches
by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
Eighteen Tuscan beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag designation by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). A non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Denmark, FEE recognizes spaces and institutions worldwide that implement sustainable, environmentally friendly practices.   With 18 Tuscany has the …
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Dental care essential

Free services to low-income families
by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
Thanks to a new initiative by the Tuscan Region, families with limited financial resources will no longer have to forego dental care.   Through a resolution adopted on May 27, the Tuscan Region has allocated 2.5 million euro so that low-income families can …
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Turkish travels

New Pisa-Istanbul air route
by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
As of June 26, travellers heading to Turkey will be able to fly out of Pisa.   Galileo Galilei airport has announced a new route connecting Pisa to Istanbul shortly after announcing three special summer routes to major Scandinavian destinations.   The direct route with …
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Dalai Lama visits Tuscany

by Mary Gray (issue no. 200/2014 / June 5, 2014)
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, has arrived in Tuscany for a short stay. After landing at Pisa’s Galileo Galilei Airport on June 10, he made his way to the Tibetan Buddhist community of Lama Tzong Kapa in Pomaia. Special public …

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