San Gimignano exhibition celebrates painter
A current San Gimignano exhibition spotlights Umbrian painter Bernardino di Betto, known as Pintoricchio. Housed in the art gallery of the Palazzo Comunale, Pintoricchio: La Pala dell’Assunta di San Gimignano e gli Anni Senesi will be open until January 6, 2015.
Pintoricchio, born …
Leave the driving to Prato
To make it easier for schools and organizations to run field trips, seven museums in the province of Prato offer Ti Porto al Museo (in bus) during the 2014–15 academic year.
The initiative provides schools and cultural organizations with free bus transportation …
Researchers wrangle with bureaucracy
The bureaucratic war over the remains of a Roman villa in Tuscany wages on.
Discovered nearly a decade ago near the small village of Aiano-Torraccia di Chiusi, the villa is believed to have belonged to a proconsul. Although researchers working on the …
Tuscany seeks World Heritage designation
When a controversial landscape plan released this summer introduced new limitations on vineyards, wine producers protested (see theflr.net/odlakp) and the issue began making both regional and international headlines.
Now, in response to the ‘war on winemakers,’ president of the Tuscan Region, Enrico …
Palazzo Pretorio spotlights 15th-18th century Italian art
Prato’s Palazzo Pretorio is currently hosting Capolavori che si incontrano (The Meeting of Masterpieces), comprising 86 artworks by a range of iconic Italian painters. Spanning the 15th to the 18th centuries, the works on display offer an overview of Venetian and Tuscan …
10 days to celebrate regional culture
COOLT, Tuscany’s first-ever Culture ‘Week,’ kicks off October 9. Celebrating the region’s artistic and culinary treasures could never be contained to just seven days, though: the ‘week’ will continue for 10 full days until the 19, with a celebratory post-closure concert …
Acclaimed abroad, rare in Italy
Tuscany’s first Montessori school has just opened its doors. The school, in Siena, is called the Casa dei Bambini after the original Montessori school in Rome.
Owned by Siena city council, the school enrolled 35 children between the ages of four and …
Annual technology festival comes to town
From October 9 through 12, Pisa, Tuscany’s incubator of tech start-ups and digital innovation, once again hosts the annual Internet Festival.
This year’s festival will host exhibitors, lectures, workshops and even concerts, all connected to ‘Matter,’ the conversation-starting theme for #IF2014. Pisa …
New plan sparks protest
The Tuscan Region’s latest landscape development plan is causing concern among Tuscany’s wine producers. The 3,000-page document details new limitations on production, citing research that indicates too many vineyards in a concentrated area can contribute to landslides, soil erosion and a …
Popular San Gimignano exhibition stays open
After a successful run from April to August, the Elliott Erwitt/Icons exhibition at San Gimignano’s Raffaele De Grada Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art has been extended to November 2.
An American photographer born in Paris, Erwitt is famous for his tongue-in-cheek …
Director headlines Lucca Film Festival
Step aside, Sundance: the tenth edition of the Lucca Film Festival is bringing one of Hollywood’s biggest names to Tuscany. David Lynch, the American director, screenwriter and producer behind Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead and Twin Peaks, will be the guest of honor …
WWI commentary and propaganda at Forte dei Marmi
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 …
A summer to celebrate Carrara
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 …
Cathedral takes top Trip Advisor honors
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 …
City tries new traffic-reducing technology
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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