May 23rd: the martyrdom of Savonarola

May 23rd, 1498. A tribune, set up on the steps of the Palazzo della Signoria, at the corner occupied now by Neptune, receives the highest city authorities, two envoys of the Pope, and a few dozen friars. A large crowd is waiting on the other side of the square. Around the scaffold there are straws and firewood being placed. Savonarola and two of his associates, Silvestro Maruffi and Domenico Buonvicini, were found guilty of heresy and schism. They are escorted in front of the grandstand where the reading of the judgment and undressing takes place: their hands, faces and heads are being shaved, and they are stripped of their Dominican clothes and covered with small white robes.

The 68th Cannes Film Festival A not to miss cinematographic event

The movie enthusiasts are already excited and, as usual they will form a crowd in front of the “red carpet’” to applaud the stars present at the most prestigious European cinema festival that will open on May 13 and will end the 24. Eleven days during which there will be presented the best movies that have been produced all over the world and every participant will dream to bring home their “Golden Palm”, an award almost as prestigious as the Oscar. Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have been called to preside as jury.

The tribute of 68th Cannes Film Festival to Ingrid Bergman

On the centenary of her birth, Ingrid Bergman becomes the official image of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, scheduled on the Croisette from May 13 to May 20. Very beautiful, serene and full of the success, the actress loved by Rossellini, Hitchcock and Ingmar Bergman, replaces Marcello Mastroianni, whose face was on the poster for the last edition of the Festival. This will be a tribute paid to this modern icon of the cinematographic world, a free woman and audacious actress, a figurehead of the new realism. She was part of the Hollywood star system, constantly adapting herself to countless interpretations and adoptive countries, without ever losing sight of her grace and simplicity for excellence. To Cannes, Bergman was president of the Jury in the 1973.

The “Bosco della Ragnaia” – If not here, where?

The Bosco della Ragnaia is a private woodland park, open to the public, located in San Giovanni d’Asso, a small town near Siena. It is named after what has been a typical element of Italian gardens since the Middle Ages, the “ragnaia”: a little impenetrable wood formed by dense hedges of holm oaks, myrtles and mastic trees, created to attract with its shadows and streams, birds that were caught with special nets called “ragne”. Today, this eighteenth-century ragnaia it is only used to catch just ironic thoughts and enigmatic questions.

Salento: a magnificent place

White beaches, a turquoise seaside, luxurious dunes, art, beauty and an excellent cuisine. 8 days and 1000 kilometers without any worries in Puglia. In the beginning of summer, when reception is more attentive, spots are still available and prices are very interesting. The trip can be organized by oneself: a web research, some calls made and then off you go, if you have already been there before your enthusiasm will be renewed and if this is the first time you take this trip, even better, there are places that never betray your expectations, especially if you plan it calmly and not go during the high season.

Stephen Peng In Florence the first personal exhibition in Italy

In June, Stephen Peng will arrive in Florence with a personal exhibition, the first one in Italy and Europe that will be hosted in the prestigious halls of the ALL Space in Palazzo Capponi Canigiani. After a long, successful career as an established designer for major fashion houses such as Cerutti, Guess, Diesel, Calvin Klein Jeans, Levi’s and United Colors of Benetton, Stephen Peng has restarted at full speed his artistic, exhibition activity. His latest successes in the exhibits held at Singapore and Taipei, where due to the vibrant freshness of his works and have found the attentive interest of collectors and art curators.

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