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Pistoia named 2017 Capital of Italian Culture

Tuscan city to succeed Mantua
(issue no. 219/2016 / February 4, 2016)
Pistoia is gearing up for great things in 2017.   The city was named Capital of Italian Culture for 2017, as announced recently by the minister of cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini. The ministry will allocate one million euro for a set of projects …
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Seravezza Fotografia 2016 pays tribute to Franco Fontana

In 'Full Colour'
(issue no. 219/2016 / February 4, 2016)
  Now in its 13th year, the annual photography showcase Seravezza Fotografia returns to Seravezza (Lucca) this week.    Running from February 6 to May 1, the festival includes a series of individual and group shows workshops and portfolio reviews, as well as a …
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Chianti celebrates

300 years of winemaking in Tuscany
(issue no. 219/2016 / February 4, 2016)
The Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico is marking 300 years of winemaking tradition in the famous Chianti territory.   While the consortium was founded in 1924, Chianti Classico’s roots date to 1716, when Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III de’ Medici officially set the …
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Italian Ministry of Arts announces three-year investment plan

Tuscan sites on national list for restoration
(issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
The Italian Ministry of Arts opened 2016 by announcing a three-year plan to invest 300 million euro in culture. Among those funds, 20 million euro has been allocated to support improvements and urgent restoration of several monuments throughout Tuscany.   Minister of cultural …
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San Gimignano's Campatelli tower and house to reopen

A new beginning for a local icon
(issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
  After five years and a nearly two million euro restoration, San Gimignano’s twelfth-century Campatelli tower and house will reopen to the public on April 15.   One of the town’s 14 remaining medieval towers, Campatelli is protected by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano, a …
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Crossroads at Palazzo Blu

New English language cultural programming in Pisa
(issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
Teaming up with Tuscan English Academy, Pisa’s Palazzo Blu is launching Crossroads, a free series of lectures in English.   The program, which is designed to serve the international community and English-language learners, will be held monthly on Thursday evenings at 6pm in …
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Pistoia Zoo welcomes newborn zebra

'Hope' for the future
(issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
The Pistoia Zoo closed out 2015 on a celebratory note with the birth of a female zebra. In celebrating the birth, on December 30, the zoo called on visitors and friends to choose her name via its Facebook page. Besting the other …
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2015 a record-breaking year for Tuscan wine exports

Ending on a high note
(issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
Data from a recent Confagricultura Toscana report indicates that 2015 was a red-letter year for Tuscan wine exports, with a record turnover of 588 million euro, a 10.5 percent increase from 2014.   Confagricoltura Toscana’s representative for the wine sector, Francesco Colpizzi, commented, …
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New local transportation oversight in Tuscany

Selection process continues
(issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
President of the Tuscan Region, Enrico Rossi, recently announced that Autolinee Toscana Spa has tentatively been selected to oversee local transportation in Tuscany.   The assignment is provisional: Tuscany’s regional traffic assessor Vincenzo Ceccarelli noted that finalising selection of the overseer, which typically …
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Prato sisters launch crowdfunding for new textile studio

Lottozero/textile laboratories to open in May 2016
by Helen Farrell (issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
Two sisters, Tessa and Arianna Moroder, both in their thirties, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds needed to purchase equipment for their new textile design workshop in Prato’s Macrolottozero area. Opening in May 2016, Lottozero/textile laboratories (www.lottozero.org) aims to be …
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A new guide for Pontassieve

Comune publishes map and guide
(issue no. 218/2016 / January 14, 2016)
Covering topics as diverse as food, architecture and the possible meeting place of Dante and Beatrice, Pontassieve da Scoprire (Discover Pontassieve) is a new guide to the town, past and present. The guide contains some of the area’s most significant historical stories …
The Tuscan Times

Il Desco 2015: taste Lucchese treats

Festival returns November 14
(issue no. 216/2015 / November 5, 2015)
A nearly month-long festival of gastronomical delights, Desco 2015 features tastes and teachings of Lucca at the Real Collegio, in Lucca’s historic center. The fair, which is free and runs on consecutive weekends from November 14 to December 8, showcases the specialties …
The Tuscan Times

Family tours at the Duomo di Siena

Cathedral offers free kid-friendly tour guides
(issue no. 216/2015 / November 5, 2015)
At 3pm on every Saturday in November, the Duomo of Siena will offer free guided tours (in Italian) in Siena, geared to families with children aged 5 to 12.  The program invites young children to become familiar not only with the …
The Tuscan Times

Prato bakers honour Pope Francis

Vatican-inspired Biscotti di Prato for Pope's visit
(issue no. 216/2015 / November 5, 2015)
A group of bakers in Prato has concocted a sweet treat ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the city on November 10. With its glossy white coating, enhanced by Vin Santo from Carmignano, and a golden interior, the treat evokes the Vatican …
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Asteroid officially named 'Chianti'

Tuscan region goes celestial
(issue no. 216/2015 / November 5, 2015)
The Chianti region, loved around the world for its wine and scenery, now has a celestial counterpart—an asteroid bearing its name.    Discovered in 1981 by Belgian astronomer Henri Debehogne, the celestial body was entered into the international catalogue of minor planets as …

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