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Viva Volterra!

Damaged walls standing tall again
by Mary Gray (issue no. 204/2014 / November 6, 2014)
Following a disastrous collapse at the start of 2014, Volterra’s Etruscan walls are now standing stronger than ever.   On the evening of January 31, as the town was hit with torrential rains and flooding, a 30-meter stretch of wall crumbled when the …
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Sighing over Tuscany

Autumn literary journal now online
by Helen Farrell (issue no. 204/2014 / November 6, 2014)
If you’re a Tuscany lover, you might like to check out The Sigh Press, a free quarterly online journal featuring poetry, short fiction and art in Tuscany. It is a journal for writers of English in Tuscany, artists who speak any …
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Oil over?

Widespread concern for olive production
by Mary Gray (issue no. 204/2014 / November 6, 2014)
Due in large part to severe weather and an abundance of fruit flies, olive oil producers throughout Tuscany are making bleak predictions for this year’s harvest.   Enrico Rabazzi, regional vice president of the Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori, explained that ‘crops have been completely …
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Revisiting the Valtiberina

New exhibition honours two masters
by Mary Gray (issue no. 204/2014 / November 6, 2014)
An exhibition at Sansepolcro’s Museo Civico brings together works by two of the most prominent painters associated with the Tuscan Tiber valley. Rivisitazione: Burri incontra Piero della Francesca pairs post-World War II artist Alberto Burri with Arezzo’s most lauded painter, exploring …
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Bringing Lorenzo Viani to life

Film celebrates local legend
by Mary Gray (issue no. 204/2014 / November 6, 2014)
Director Leonardo Palmerini is using a crowdfunding campaign to try to bring his latest film, Angiò, based on the work of Viareggio author Lorenzo Viani, to the screen.   Palmerini’s experimental film set in Viareggio adapts Viani’s 1928 book Angiò uomo d’acqua (Angiò, …
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Pintoricchio at the Pinacoteca

San Gimignano exhibition celebrates painter
by Mary Gray (issue no. 203/2014 / October 2, 2014)
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 …
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All aboard for the museum

Leave the driving to Prato
by Mary Gray (issue no. 203/2014 / October 2, 2014)
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 …
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Red tape and ruins

Researchers wrangle with bureaucracy
by Mary Gray (issue no. 203/2014 / October 2, 2014)
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 …
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Valorizing viticulture

Tuscany seeks World Heritage designation
by Mary Gray (issue no. 203/2014 / October 2, 2014)
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 …
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Masters meet

Palazzo Pretorio spotlights 15th-18th century Italian art
by Mary Gray (issue no. 203/2014 / October 2, 2014)
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 …
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Cool Tuscany

10 days to celebrate regional culture
by Mary Gray (issue no. 203/2014 / October 2, 2014)
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 …
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Siena meets Montessori

Acclaimed abroad, rare in Italy
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
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 …
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Internet 'matters' in Pisa

Annual technology festival comes to town
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
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 …
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War on wine?

New plan sparks protest
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
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 …
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Erwitt extended

Popular San Gimignano exhibition stays open
by Mary Gray (issue no. 202/2014 / September 11, 2014)
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 …

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