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FLORENCE 2010-MOVING DAVID AROUND…

DAVID on November 13, 2010

Alternative locations for satue of DAVID by Michelangelo

GREAT EVENT IN FLORENCE today, November 13th, 2010! The Duomo, the Baptistery and Bell Tower had been surrounded by green grass. The white and green marble of the buildings and the green grass created a great effect. The statue of David was standing on one side of the cathedral, yesterday, and , on the yard of the Duomo, today. Tomorrow it will be moved to the Piazza della Signoria, in front of the city hall Palazzo Vecchio, that is where the people of Florence decided to put it in 1504.

San Zanobi column in Florence

David as bishop San Zanobi

November 13, 2010 – Florentines and visitors to the city were surprised with a green grass flowerbed today – Just like when the remains of bishop Saint Zanobi were moved from the old cathedral San Lorenzo to the new one,Santa Reparata, many centuries ago.

Looking carefully, you can spot the statue of David (a fiberglass versione prepared for this event!) on the Duomo’s yard, next to the entrance. This one was the locations chosen to put David back in 1504. Then, it was decided that the front of the city hall Palazzo della Signoria was a better place.

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DAVID’S STATUE: WHERE IT WAS MEANT TO BE!

November 12th, 2010 - FLORENCE

MOST FAMOUS STATUE BY MICHELANGELO

It weighs 400 kgs and has a height of 5,70 meters (the original is 4,10 meters high). A copy in fiberglass is being moved to 3 different locations in Florence. Here it’s being lifted to go on top of the Duomo of Florence as some “experts” suggested just after the statue was finished by Michelangelo in 1504, after 2 and a 1/2 years of hard work (this artist did everything alone, never had apprentices or helpers).

David is being moved frome one spot to the other, in Florence.When? In mid November 2010.

If you have missed the event, you will always be able to see the original statue (Carrara marble) in the Academy museum (closed on Mondays) where it is on permanent display – or the copy in front of the city hall Palazzo Vecchio or another copy on top of Michelangelo square, the most famous hill in Florence, from where one can also enjoy the most beautiful view of the city.


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2011 OPERA FESTIVAL IN ITALY

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

OPERA – 57th PUCCINI FESTIVAL

Experience a once in a lifetime musical event at the open air theatre “Giacomo Puccini” in Torre del Lago, near Viareggio in the region of Tuscany – approximately 85 km (53 miles) from Florence, Italy.

The 2011 performances will include:

LA BOHEME

Friday, July 15th – Sunday, July 24th – Saturday, July 30th

Friday, August 12th – Saturday, August 20th – Saturday, August 27th

TOSCA

Saturday, July 16th – Friday, July 22nd

Friday, August 5th – Saturday, August 13th

TURANDOT

Saturday, July 23rd – Friday, July 29th

Sunday, august 7th – Sunday, august 14th – Friday, August 26th

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Saturday, August 6th – Thursday, August 11th – Thursday, August 18th

MAMELI

Opera di R. Leoncavallo

Friday, august 19th – Thursday, August 25th

DINNER WITH THE ARTISTS

Enjoy a Gala dinner with the artists themselves after each Opera’s premier.  Dinners are hosted in the private garden of the amazing Villa Caproni di Taliedo.

Friday, July 15th – Saturday, July 16th – Saturday, July 23rd

Saturday, August 6th- Friday, August 19th

Contact info@beautyinitaly.com for prices and booking details.

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XVIII EDITION OF “FAI” (THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR ITALY) ON MARCH 27 AND 28, 2010

590 monuments that are usually closed to tourists and visitors will exceptionally be open next spring thanks to FAI organization. No entrance fee to be paid, the event is free of charge or you can leave a donation.

Please write to info@beautyinitaly.com to find out more or to plan your visit.

Here is a list in Italian of the art sites which you be able to visit on March 27 and March 28 2010:

Visite a contributo libero

L’elenco dei beni visitabili sarà visibile a partire dal 18 marzo.

Un grande spettacolo di arte e bellezza dedicato a tutti coloro che hanno a cuore il patrimonio artistico e naturalistico italiano. E ambientato in centinaia di siti particolari, spesso inaccessibili ed eccezionalmente a disposizione del pubblico, 590 in tutte le Regioni. Sabato 27 e domenica 28 marzo 2010 avrà luogo la diciottesima edizione della Giornata FAI di Primavera, una grande festa popolare che dalla sua prima edizione a oggi ha coinvolto più di 5.000.000 di italiani.

Trai beni che verranno aperti al pubblico:

A Roma l’eccezionale apertura di Palazzo Chigi, uno dei più prestigiosi palazzi romani, dal 1961 sede della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri: in occasione della Giornata FAI sarà straordinariamente possibile visitare alcune delle sale più sontuose e importanti del piano nobile – come la Galleria Deti, studio del Presidente del Consiglio, e la Biblioteca Chigiana.
A Milano saranno aperte eccezionalmente alcune sale della Biblioteca Braidense, parte del progetto illuminista voluto dall’imperatrice Maria Teresa d’Austria dopo la confisca ai Gesuiti del Palazzo di Brera.

A Firenze per la prima volta verrà aperto al pubblico il Palazzo della Banca d’Italia, costruito tra il 1865 e il 1869, quando la città toscana era capitale d’Italia. A Casignana (RC) si potranno vedere gli splendidi mosaici della Villa Romana che si estende su una superficie di oltre 7.000 metri quadrati e a Siracusa si andrà alla scoperta di una zona misteriosa dell’Ortigia e si potranno visitare due chiese chiuse da decenni, la Chiesa di San Filippo Apostolo e quella di San Francesco di Paola, oltre a un percorso ipogeico chiuso dal 1943.

E ancora, a Venezia il complesso della Misericordia con la Scuola Grande – salone destinato alle riunioni dei confratelli affrescato da Paolo Veronese -, la Scuola Vecchia e l’Abbazia, mentre a Napoli il Conservatorio di Musica di San Pietro a Majella, parte integrante del centro antico della città e diretto in passato da artisti come Donizetti e Cilea, che custodisce antichi manoscritti autografi, edizioni musicali del XVI secolo, raccolte di libretti.

Per gli iscritti al FAI o per chi si iscriverà durante le Giornate orari di visita esclusivi e corsie preferenziali e, tra le aperture riservate speciali visita dell’appartamento di Giuseppe Verdi al Grand Hotel Et de Milan a Milano.

Anche quest’anno il FAI propone in tutta Italia curiosità e itinerari culturali: aree archeologiche, percorsi naturalistici, borghi, giardini, chiese, musei, che per due giorni saranno a disposizione di tutti i cittadini che desiderino visitarli, oltre a escursioni e biciclettate. Circa il 40% dei beni aperti sono fruibili da persone con disabilità fisica.

La Giornata FAI di Primavera, arrivata alla sua diciottesima edizione, è l’occasione per avvicinare gli italiani alla causa della Fondazione e per sostenerne l’attività attraverso l’iscrizione o con una donazione.

L’edizione 2010 della Giornata FAI di Primavera è realizzata con il contributo di Wind e Infostrada: dal 1999 Wind ha scelto di accompagnare l’iniziativa del FAI per far scoprire i piccoli e grandi tesori d’Italia.
E in collaborazione con il Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, sotto l’Alto Patronato della Presidenza della Repubblica Italiana, con il Patrocinio dei Ministeri per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, della Pubblica Istruzione, Università e Ricerca del Lavoro e Politiche Sociali e con la collaborazione della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri – Dipartimento della Protezione Civile, con il concorso di numerose Regioni Italiane e il contributo di Bartolini Corriere Espresso. Con il Patrocinio di RAI Segretariato Sociale.

Il FAI ringrazia Province, Comuni, Soprintendenze, Università, Enti Religiosi, FIAB – Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta, CAI – Club Alpino Italiano, ANGT Associazione Nazionale Guide Turistiche, le Istituzioni Pubbliche e Private, i privati cittadini e tutte le aziende che hanno voluto appoggiare la Fondazione, oltre alle 100 Delegazioni e ai 7.000 volontari che con il loro lavoro capillare e la loro collaborazione rendono possibile l’evento.

I visitatori potranno avvalersi anche quest’anno di guide d’eccezione: saranno, infatti, oltre 12.000 gli Apprendisti Ciceroni®, giovani studenti che illustreranno aspetti storico-artistici dei monumenti. Il progetto Apprendisti Ciceroni® è sostenuto da Alleanza Toro.

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WEEK OF CULTURE IN ITALY – APRIL 16-25, 2010

XII week of culture in Italy from April 16th to April 25th 2010!

Free entrance to Italian State Museums for all visitors from Italy and all over the world. Visitors intending to visit the most famous museums in Italy are still better off reserving the entrance otherwise they will have to queue for quite a long time (around 2 hours to museums such the Uffizi and the Academy in Florence).

For further information please contact Italian tour company based in Florence, Italy “Beauty In Italy“.

Guided tours available only in small groups. Visits are conducted by licensed tour guides in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian and other languages on request.

Skype contact: “viagiotto”

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Brunelleschi’s Workshop for Executives in Florence, 18-21 March 2010

Brunelleschi workshop florence

Take advantage of a great opportunity taking place in Florence on March 18-21 2010 by participating in this innovative workshop for Executives where you will be able to combine a great location as Florence, Italy, its art and museums while learning how to integrate innovation and strategy in your work -  just like Brunelleschi did back in the Renaissance!

Please click here to see the program of the workshop!

To book please contact travel agent and planner Violetta Buti at  Beauty In Italy or write to info@beautyinitaly.com

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BAROCCI, ITALIAN PAINTER – EXHIBIT IN SIENA, ITALY

BOOKSHOP MUSEO DELLA SCALA, SIENA
PERUGIA AND IT'S CATHEDRAL HOUSE THE MASTERPIECE BY BAROCCI
PERUGIA AND IT’S CATHEDRAL HOUSE THE MASTERPIECE BY BAROCCI

Last 9th of October I attended the press conference for the opening of the exhibit dedicated to a great yet little known painter: Federico Barocci (1528-1612). Born in Urbino (Duchy of Urbino in the past) he worked both in Urbino and Rome. A great work of his (“la Madonna del Popolo”)can be seen in the Uffizi museum in the city of Florence; among the many things, this city is famous in the word for a period that was defined as Renaissance.

The exhibition takes place in a great location in Siena called “Spedale della Scala” which was transformed into a museum in recent years after a thorough restauration. It was still used as a hospital until around 18 years ago. Opposite this building is the Duomo of Siena and on one side the Bishop Palace. We are here on the highest spot in Siena where incredible art can be found and seen at once.
Today Barocci is considered as an innovator of Renaissance art and we can place him among the beginners of the Baroque period: his colours are very vivid, the movement and construction of his subjects show an evolution in painting already started by Michelangelo and the mannerist painters.
For private tour in Tuscany incuding Siena you can address yourself to Violetta Buti, travel planner and owner of the tour company “Beauty In Italy”

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TRAVEL FAIR IN RIMINI, ITALY

OCTOBER 2009 TRAVEL FAIR AT RIMINI, ITALY

OCTOBER 2009 TRAVEL FAIR AT RIMINI, ITALY

THE FUTURE OF ITALIAN TOURISM AT TTG TRAVEL FAIR
THE FUTURE OF ITALIAN TOURISM AT TTG TRAVEL FAIR

THE LEADING B2B TRAVEL EVENT IN ITALY

The fair lasts 3 days and as I’m writing it’s still on. I was there yesterday, October 16th 2009. It’s considered the most important travel fair in Italy, it’s only open to the professionals operating in tourism: mainly tour operators, travel agencies, hotels. It is attended by thousands of business people: visitors, buyers, exhibitors. Exhibiting firms and buyers are from Italy and from many other countries around the world.

Here one also learns about the latest and most sofisticated sofware and technology to use.

There are conferences, interviews, clasees to attend for the travel agents who want to broaden their knowledge in tourism, novelties in the travel industry.

The financial crisis has hit heavily everywhere.  Thanks to its incredible cultural heritage Italy will find a way out! CULTURE, ART, “ITALIAN WAY OF LIFE” are Italy’s best arguments and potentials for the coming years.

 

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CULTURAL JEWISH EVENTS IN ITALY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th 2009

EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE
JEWISH CELEBRATIONS AND TRADITIONS IN ITALY
DISCOVER THE HISTORIC AND CULTURAL JEWISH HERITAGE IN TUSCANY, ITALY

The Travel Agency & Tour Company BEAUTY IN ITALY based in Florence, Italy, organizes private walking tours all year round.

Furthermore BEAUTY IN ITALY also customizes trips throughout Italy including accommodation, guided tours, museums bookings, drivers and excursions.

For the 10th time this year Italian authorities and Jewish communities dedicate the first week-end of September to the Jewish world and to all those who would like to learn more about the JEWISH CULTURAL HERITAGE in Italy.

“Scolanova” in the town of Trani, in the Puglia region, that had been ransformed into church for centuries, has gone back to beeing a synagogue again! This is also the reason why Trani is the starting point for the FESTIVAL OF JEWISH CULTURE that goes from September 6th to September 10th in the Apulia region (Puglia in Italian).

These are the events taking place in Florence on September 6th 2009:

10:00 am BRIDAL PROCESSIONin Piazza della Signoria and OPENING OF SYNAGOGUE & JEWISH MUSEUM in Via Farini, 6 – Tel.: +39 055 245252 – comebrfi@tin.it

10:30 am Welcoming speach by Jewish authorities

11:45 am Saldun Hall – Theatrical performance

12:00 pm Synagogue’s garden: Jewish cooking classes

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Jewish snacks and food typical of the Jewish Italian community

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Conversations about Hebraism

4:00 pm Synagogue’s garden: Presentation of some typical Jewish dishes / cooking classes

6:00 pm FINAL CONCERT in the Synagogue’s garden

DURING THIS DAY FROM 10:00 am to 5:30 pm:

Free guided tours through the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Florence

Documentary films about Jewish celebrations and traditions

Exhibition “Saperi e Sapori” cuisine in the Jewish cuisine

Bookshop

Stand with Jewish Music

Gift shop inside Synagogue

Stand with Jewish specialities

GUIDED TOUR TO THE MONUMENTAL JEWISH CEMETERY FROM 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Shutlle from Synagogue every half an hour

5:00 pm Ehibition about the project concerning the restauration of the monemental Jewish Cemetery

12:00 pm & 4:00 pm PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

 

SIENA 

SYNAGOGUE in via delle Scotte, 14 – Tel.: +39 055 245252 – comebrfi@tin.it

JEWISH CEMETERY in Via del Linaiolo 17 – free guided tours to cemetery from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 

PISA

SYNAGOGUE & CEMETERY in Via Palestro 24 – Tel.: +39 050 542580 com_ebraicapi@tin.it

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OPERAS, PERFORMANCES, CONCERTS IN FLORENCE & TUSCANY – SUMMER 2009

It’s summer again and Florence & Tuscany (Italy) offer a great program of events taking place in fantastic open-air locations: Boboli Gardens (behind the Pitti Palace) in Florence, San Galgano Abbey (there is no roof in the church anymore!) in the Siena province and Montevarchi in the Valdarno Valley (Arezzo province). Let the travel agency Beauty In Italy take care of your bookings and of any other tourist service while you are in our area.

If you are visiting Italy this summer our tour company can advise you and take care of your private walking tours, hotels, drivers … anything you might need. Please contact Violetta Buti, the owner and organizer of Beauty In Italy. We offer a large selection of private guided tours in Florence or any other city in Tuscany and Italy.

See you soon!

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