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Santa Maria della Scala in Siena: free entrance this February

(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
Until March 1, visitors are invited to Siena’s Santa Maria della Scala museum where entrance will be free. One of the oldest hospitals in Europe, the fourteenth-century building is throwing open its doors as part of Siena city council’s ‘February at …
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Visit Pisa

Events and a Leaning Tower encourage tourism
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
Pisa and Tuscany are encouraging Americans to visit, see the sights and help to celebrate the 950 years since construction work began on Pisa Cathedral and Galileo Galilei’s 450th birthday.   The effort to attract visitors is focused in particular on San Francisco. …
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Tuscany twins with Jordan

Project promotes Middle Eastern tourism
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
A new campaign by Jordan’s Tourism Board invites Italian visitors to Jordan.   Unraveling Jordan, the name of the web-based campaign, which targets travel bloggers, video makers and photographers, offers travellers the opportunity to take five-day guided themed tours of the Middle Eastern …
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Closing the camp

US base in Tuscany to downsize
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
In 1947, the Tombolo pinewoods along the Tuscan coast between Livorno and Pisa became a ‘black paradise’ in the film written by Indro Montanelli and directed by Giorgio Ferroni: an undergrowth of prostitutes, bootleggers and war-sick deserters.Four years later, an agreement …
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Saved by a drone

Tuscan coast pilots safety plan
(issue no. 207/2015 / February 5, 2015)
One of Tuscany’s beaches is hoping to implement a new tool to keep swimmers safe this summer: drones.   Forte dei Marmi, the beach where Giorgio Armani built his first summer home in the 1980s, is known to be a vacation destination for …
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Carnevale events in Tuscany

Viareggio festivities start the season
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
On January 31, Tuscany kicks off the Carnevale season in piazza Mazzini in Viareggio. Now in its 142nd year, Viareggio Carnevale is one of the region’s most highly anticipated events, marking the days leading up to the Christian tradition’s austere season of …
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Counting Crows to perform at Pistoia Blues

From California to Tuscany
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
In addition to headliners Sting and Carlos Santana, the 2015 Pistoia Blues Festival has announced that the Counting Crows will perform. A staple of the San Francisco music scene, Counting Crows will take to the stage on July 3 in piazza …
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Francesco Cito to headline Seravezza Fotografia

Homage to photojournalism
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza, in Versilia (near Lucca), will host the 12th edition of the Seravezza Fotografia showcase from February 20 to April 12.   The main attraction at this year's festival is work by noted Neapolitan photojournalist Francesco Cito at the central …
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Region offers housing assistance to young people

Part of the Giovanisì initiative
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
The Tuscan Region is offering help to young adults in Tuscany working to establish financial and residential independence. The program, part of the larger Giovanisì initiative, provides grants towards rent of their primary residence. The program is open to those who have …
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Tuscany invests in entrepreneurs

Boosting start-ups
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
Start Up House, the Tuscan Region’s new program for young entrepreneurs, will disperse two million euro in grants to help small start-ups furnish and renovate their office spaces. Selected businesses will have six months in which to expend the funds awarded …
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Life-changing literature

Tuscan scholars discuss their favourite books
by Mary Gray (issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
Through May 31, Sundays in Scandicci will focus on the life-changing power of books. As part of the new series Libro della Vita, 11 contemporary Tuscan scholars and intellectuals will speak in piazza della Resistenza, answering the question ‘What book changed …
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Pisa's Leaning Tower in San Francisco

Pisa exports its world-famous monument to California
(issue no. 206/2015 / January 15, 2015)
As an initiative to celebrate the 950th year since construction work commenced on Pisa Cathedral and Galileo Galilei’s 450th birthday, Pisa and Tuscany are encouraging Americans to visit and see the sights. With a focus on California’s San Francisco, Pisa and …
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Virtual Duomo

Welcome to the I_Dome
by Oreste Giacche' & Helen Farrell (issue no. 205/2014 / December 4, 2014)
For Expo 2015 you’ll find Florence’s finest under the Cathedral’s cupola.   We’re not referring to the original one designed by Renaissance genius Brunelleschi, but a hi-tech reproduction that will stand 8.5 metres tall and six metres wide.   Welcome to the I_Dome. The exterior …
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A-way in a manger

Region hosts nativity scenes
by Mary Gray (issue no. 205/2014 / December 4, 2014)
As part of Terre di Presepi, roughly translated as the Way of the Manger, numerous nativity scenes will not only be on display in churches but also line the streets of the Valdarno and Valdelsa. More than 100,000 visitors are expected …
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Top names in Lucca

Elton John to perform
by Mary Gray (issue no. 205/2014 / December 4, 2014)
Goodbye yellow brick road and hello Lucca: British pop icon Elton John will headline the 2015 Lucca Summer Festival. His July 11 appearance is currently the only one he has scheduled for Italy in 2015.   Sir Elton will perform in piazza Napoleone, …

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