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In this issue Florence is… September - October 2015

After the summer vacations, fortunate those who have managed to find a few days to relax, it is during the month of September when projects and activities, previously undertaken, seem to flourish and move forward with a new boost. I wish that while you are flipping each page of Florence is You! you will find new ideas and interesting suggestions. In Florence, the construction site that never stops is without any doubt that of Opera del Duomo, where feverish constructions are taking place for the building of the new Museum, its opening for the public being scheduled on October 29, 2015.

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    Giotto, l’Italia. Da Assisi a Milano From September 2, 2015 until January 10, 2016 at the Palazzo Reale

    The exhibition Giotto, l’Italia. Da Assisi a Milano (from Assisi to Milan) at the Palazzo Reale in Milan follows the footsteps of Giotto through the early decades of the 14th century and represents the major exhibition that will conclude the semester of Expo 2015. The exhibition, under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, promoted by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism and the City of Milan, with the patronage of the Lombardy Region, is produced and organized by Palazzo Reale and by the publishing house Electa. The scholarly project is by Peter Petraroia and Serena…

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      Argenteria Sacchi

      In the heart of Florence, on the right bank of the Arno river, in one of the most suggestive corners of the world, where it is said that the meeting between the “great poet”, Dante Alighieri and Beatrice Portinari took place, right at the foot of the Bridge S. Trinita, is the old shop Argenteria Sacchi. There are so many testimonies about the Florentine talent around the world! In Florence, stopping on the Lungarno Acciaiuoli, next to the boutique of another great Italian craftsman, Salvatore Ferragamo, you can enjoy a magnificent view: the Ponte Vecchio, a glimpse of the Cestello…

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        Lorenzo de’ Medici Restaurant

        The Lorenzo de’ Medici Restaurant is the ideal place to try traditional Florentine dishes or Pizza clocked in the wood-fired oven. The perfect place for tourist groups, business dinner, meetings or private dining. Every Wednesday night cocktail party, 5 € only for students, and every thursday night free champagne and 20% discount for ladies. Free buffet. The Lorenzo de Medici restaurant has recently been awarded certifications to provide good service to those suffering from celiac disease. Lorenzo de Medici offers traditional Tuscan dishes served in rustic rooms or a nice outdoor dining area. It’s sure to please both celiac disease…

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          San Lorenzo 10 August, the night of the falling stars

          This is a magical night, when wishes can come true. All it takes is to say them out loud while a star falls across the sky. It is the night of San Lorenzo, the Spanish Saint, who in 258 a.c. arrived in Rome and that very same day, died, burned on a gridiron because of the persecution of King Valeriano. According to the legend, the stars that crossed the sky that night were like sparks of fire from the coals on which the saint burned, that once risen to the sky, during the martyrdom, they descended back on Earth to make our wishes come true. The deacon San Lorenzo has come to Rome from Huesca, Spain, his native country, together with Pope Sixtus II, to give to the poor the money collected from Christians.

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            Dante Alighieri At the Bargello Museum

            Dante Aligheri is without doubt one of the illustrious sons of Florence, for his writings (among which “Divina Commedia” where he recounts in verses the journey from Hell, Purgatory and Paradise and “Vita Nuova” where he sings his love for Beatrice) that created the foundation of the Italian language and for his life, a pattern of political passion.dante As in any family, between mother Florence and its famous son there were also forgettable moments, one of the most dramatic ones taking place in 1302, the year when Dante was condemned to perpetual exile and his house was burned to the ground because of the political disputes of which he was a protagonist; from then on the great poet will wander in exile until 1321 and he will end his earthly life at Ravenna, where he is still buried now. .

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              Siena: Waiting for the Palio

              The city of Siena is without doubt one of the most beautiful medieval cities in Tuscany. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza every summer. palioThe earliest known antecedents of this horse race are medieval. Piazza Il Campo was the site of public, combative games such as pugna, a sort of many-sided boxing match or brawl, jousting, and in the 16th century, bullfights. Of all these games only the Palio has survived throughout time.

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                Giovanni Spadolini and his Florence

                If statesman, historian and journalist of great succes Giovanni Spadolini would still be with us today, he would have turned 90 years old. spadoliniBorn on June 21st, 1925, he came from a middle classe family in Florence (his father, Guido was a well-known engraver) and was raised in the heart of the city: he lived in the apartment from Via Cavour 28, almost at the corner with Via degli Alfani, today declared by the Superintendent as national heritage site. He went to elementary school at Scolopi, gymnasium and high school at Galileo near Via Martelli. These are the years of the regime when he will discover one of his favorite authors, Piero Gobetti, the anti-fascist apostle of the “Liberal Revolution”, the high school student who will have to “snoop around” in the basement of the adjacent library “Giorni”. Florence, “home of the soul”.

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                  Martial Raysse

                  The humanistic fascination of the contemporary in Venice – Until November 30, 2015 By Niccolò Lucarelli They say beauty is something you encounter by chance when you look outside the window just after dawn, when the noises of the city still belong to another dimension. But maybe this is not true, because women love to wake up late after a sleepless night, being expressive and friendly, just like a cigarette in between the lips of an unscrupulous lover. Women like to have breakfast in bed, to have coffee and orange juice while looking into the mirror. The advanced, bitter, morning light…

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                    ReSignifications and Black Portraiture{s} II at New York University Florence

                    The ReSignifications exhibition, opened on May 29 at the Stefano Bardini Museum and will run until August 29, 2015, curated by the Nigerian Awam Amkpa, playwright, director, film producer, scholar and Professor of Dramatic Arts and African Studies at New York University,an exhibit inspired by the sculptures of “Africans” – Blackamoors – from the Villa La Pietra collection, who were represented in postures of servitude for ornamental purposes.Since 2012 artists from the United States, Africa and Europe were invited to “experience” the collection of Villa La Pietra and were asked to respond to the artistic representations of the Blackamoors, by contrasting them with a selection of three-dimensional objects, models and sculptures according to the reinterpretations and counter-narratives arose from the most diverse contemporary perspectives.

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                      Gormley, Koons, Kounellis

                      Contemporary art returns to Florence and does so together with the arrival of three of the most important artists from the global panorama. In the beautiful frame of Forte Belvedere you can admire the exhibit Human by Antony Gormley, until 27 September. Born in London in 1950, Gormley is without doubt one of the most appreciated sculptors alive. His works have been exhibited all over the United Kingdom and in international exhibits. Human confirms once again the will of the city to promote contemporary culture trying to find a dialogue and an exchange between the renascent Florence and the city of today. Standing, crouched, contorted, leaning against the wall, sitting on an imaginary pedestal, the iron men are everywhere: on the ramparts, on the steps and on the terraces.

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