1 Anno 2 numero 32 - Firenze Locked love can t be stopped Melandri and Stoner give fans thrilling duel In the Valley of the Masters by Emiko Davies Where the wild things grow by Sabine Eiche see pg. 5 see pg. 7 see pg. 17 see pg. 21 A spark of genius Il Genio Fiorentino promises cultural re-birth This year s cultural weather forecast looks promising. Springtime in Florence is a time of re-birth and we have the paintings to prove it. Could the same innovative spirit that sparked the Renaissance finally be prompting the city to build on its cultural heritage and shine up its minds for the future? Rumour has it that Florentine genius is alive and well, and the city is bursting to show it. The first edition of the cultural extravaganza Il Genio Fiorentino, promoted last year, was considered a unanimous VOLVO XC70. DON T STOP TO EXPLORE. Dante s portrait discovered photo from success for the event s organisers, particularly the Province of Florence and its President Matteo Renzi, creator of the exhibition. This year s initiative boasts a month of cultural events dedicated to the area, its potential and to the minds that throughout the centuries made this region famous. From April 21 to May 21 the calendar is stock full of 101 exhibitions, exhibits, lectures and shows, where participants can make a date with a variety of geniuses from Leonardo da Vinci to Pontormo and even Pinocchio, as well as the explorers from the Arno bent on discovering the New World. Nati non foste a vivere come bruti, this year s title reminds the culturally hungry that we were not born to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. As part of Il Genio Fiorentino, the famed plea of Ulysses to his companions in Canto 26 of Dante s Inferno serves as a modern-day invitation. The initiative invites citizens to remember their reason for being, says President Renzi. The event honours those who artistically, culturally and scientifically represent the genius of this region. Il Genio is not only a memory of the past, it s an invitation for today. This year s initiative cost 2 million euro, with funds coming primarily from the pockets of the Provincial Administration, the Municipality of Florence and other local administrations. The only private sponsor involved is the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze. Renzi calls the event a white night lasting thirty days which involves all the municipalities in the province. This collaboration is considered particularly significant because it encourages municipalities that have considered themselves enemies for centuries to work together towards a common goal. According to local officials, Il Genio has played a role in overcoming the infamous historical resentment that even now occasionally sneaks into modern day regional relationships. see pg. 3 SPEZI SET FREE Journalist Mario Spezi released from cautionary detainment Mario Spezi The Florentine journalist Mario Spezi was released from prison in Perugia last week after 23 days. Arrested on April 7 for alleged slander and for attempting to set police investigations off track regarding the death of Umbrian doctor Francesco Narducci. The Narducci case was considered connected to the crimes committed by the Monster of Florence. In a recent decision, the presiding courthouse annulled the ordinance of cautionary custody and called for Spezi s immediate release. The three judges, Beatrice Cristiani, Rosaria Monaco and Lidia Brutti, denied the presence of clear signs of guilt and waved the need for cautionary detainment. Said decision was considered a defeat for the magistrate Giuliano Mignini who firmly believes that the journalist is connected to the see pg. 3 DEALER Peragnoli-Scar FIRENZE (NORD) - Via F. Baracca Phone EMPOLI (FI) - Via Tosco Romagnola 120/122 - Phone AUTHORIZED REPAIRER SIENA (MONTERIGGIONI) - Via Cassia Nord Phone PETROL ENGINE 2.5 T 210 bhp (154KW). TURBODIESEL COMMON RAIL D5: 163 bhp (120KW), 185 bhp (136KW). ALSO AVAILABLE WITH GEARTRONIC AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. Fuel consumption, mixed cycle: l/100 km. Carbon dioxide emissions: g/km.
3 via santa maria 32r Firenze tel. fax editore Azimuth s.r.l. direzione: via dei Fossi 14c Prato direttore responsabile Fabiana Ceccarelli Editor in Chief Nita Tucker managing editor Linda Falcone contributing editors Marco Badiani, Elia della Chiesa, Giovanni Giusti, Antonio Lo Iacono, Kate Bolton, Tony Tucker contributing interns Leslie Parker Travel & Leisure writer Sabine Eiche graphics and layout Leo Cardini - Cathy Gale agilelogica.it printer La Marina, Calenzano (Fi) iscrizione al ROC (reg. degli operatori di comunicazione) n reg. trib. di Prato trasmessa il 19/04/05 News A spark of genius continued from pg. 1 A smorgasbord of knowledge and virtue, the calendar promises something for everyone, from art to politics, science, literature, history and design. Events include: The Florentine Experience and Modern Politics, a study on the political philosophies of Machiavelli and Guicciardini on May 6. Commemorative conference Mondus Novus, the Voyages of Amerigo Vespucci on May 11. On May 12, Dante aficionados can hear the entire Comedy being read in a hundred places throughout the city centre. On May 16, Palazzo Medici Riccardi will host the presentation of plans to re-launch the Parco Mediceo di Pratolino. The programme also commemorates the genius of Boccaccio, Leon Battista Alberti, Indro Montanelli and Regina Margherita. Other new initiatives include international conferences on the Città futuro, the presentation of a new agency for energy, contemporary music, food and wine-tasting events and a myriad of local concerts. Citizenship, innovation and a welcoming attitude are the three key concepts of Il Genio Fiorentino 2006, says Renzi, summing up the initiative. From here, one can speak to the world with the enthusiasm of those who have a great past, and above all, a great desire for the future. We need to remember the past so that we can build the future. For a complete schedule of events visit: SPEZI SET FREE Journalist Mario Spezi released from cautionary detainment continued from pg. 1 Monster crimes. He has protested against Spezi s release and has already announced his intention to appeal against the ruling. According to Mignini, cautionary measures were waived due to the public s support for the journalist, both in Italy and abroad. He called the decision the result of a serious and unqualifi ed campaign of the mass media. In an interview with Franca Selvatici, journalist for the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica, sixty-one-year-old Spezi confi des details about his prison experience. My worst moment in jail? It coincides with my best. It was two in the afternoon andi knew that the Appeals Court was supposed to fi nish at one o clock. I still hadn t received any news and the television in my cell wasn t working. I was trying to get used to the idea that the appeal had probably been denied, when one of the inmates yelled from across the hall, Uncle Mario, you re free. They had heard it on the local news. If I think back to April 7, the journalist continues, it seems like a century ago. And I believe that from now on, I will always be afraid. Now, unfortunately, I don t know what will happen to me tomorrow. I was worried about my wife. I went through twelve days of almost total isolation they call it observation. I was always in my cell alone and allowed one hour of fresh air by myself. There were some degrading things. It s part of the regulations, but after every interview you have to strip down naked and do push-ups. I never told my wife about that. And what about Dolci colline di sangue, the novel that sparked the investigation against him? I just want to stay with my wife and do nothing for a while, Spezi explains, Then I will start working again. I m writing a new novel. I hope that Dolci colline di sangue is successful. It s the alternative story about the Monster of Florence that I wrote with Douglas Preston, which was released while I was in jail. Regarding the accusations of the magistrate, Spezi insists that as an investigative journalist, he doesn t understand the nature of the accusations against him. They tell you, you re accused of being the Monster of Florence, prove that it isn t true. There are people at the proxy of Perugia that haven t yet realized that this is 2006 and witch hunts are over. 3 Florence NEWS Table of CONTENTS FLORENCE NEWS A spark of genius Spezi set free Chernobyl s children are not forgotten Uncle Sam wants you even if you live abroad The charity choice Locked love can t be stopped Pedestrians win the right of way NATIONAL NEWS Roadside bomb takes Italian lives Couch Tomatoes SPORT NEWS Juventus players keep quiet, but their game speaks for itself Melandri and Stoner give fans thrilling duel TOP PICKS & CALENDAR OF EVENTS Events Highlights UP CLOSE & PERSONAL An interview with Philip Taylor CULTURE & CUSTOMS ITALIAN VOICES: A Window on Language and Customs in Italy Oh rubbish! THE ARTS In the Valley of the Masters A King of Infi nite Space Mastery and mystery BOOK REVIEW Successful Plotting TRAVEL & LEISURE Where the wild things grow Take me out to the ballpark USEFUL NUMBERS CLASSIFIED ADS
4 4 Florence NEWS News in BRIEF City-wide inspection exposes accessibility limitations The Florence City Council has recently approved an offi cial map for urban planners, outlining the accessibility of the city s public buildings and intervention strategies necessary for rendering the city more accessible. The study evaluated churches, military and police headquarters, schools, universities, museums, health facilities, showrooms, cinemas, theatres, commercial structures, public offi ces, post offi ces, gardens, parking lots and public toilets. Of the 400 different facilities considered, 100 were classifi ed as accessible, 72 were judged partially accessible and some 218 buildings were earmarked inaccessible. Famous blues look kindly on tuscany Paul Newman will be in Florence on May 4 to promote and fundraise for the Tuscan Dynamo Foundation s Hole in the Wall Project, modelled after Newman s organisation in the US. The Foundation has plans to build a camp for Tuscan children affl icted by tumours or other serious illnesses. Representatives from Meyer Hospital, the American Consulate and political personalities from Florence s regional and provincial offi ces will be present at the event which will be hosted in Ferragamo s Palazzo Ferroni. In repubblica on foot According to a recent survey organised by Florence s local newspaper La Nazione, 87% of people interviewed were in favour of turning the Piazza della Reppublica into a pedestrian area. Removing cars from Piazza della Signora and vendors stands from via de Gondi was a fi rst step in improving the situation in the historical centre, says Councillor Silvano Gori. Our second objective is Piazza della Repubblica. However, the Municipality of Florence cannot make this decision without the support of the region of Florence. Gori expressed a need to look for alternative spaces for vendors and establish a new policy that protects Florentine piazzas from chaos and cars. Tuscany has given away two thousand smiles. The first region in Italy to adhere to a programme which offers a monthlong vacation to children of Chernobyl, Tuscany has witnessed new levels of solidarity this spring. It has been twenty years since that tragic night of April 25, 1986 when the huge Soviet nuclear facility exploded, releasing enormous quantities of toxic substances into the atmosphere, marking the fate of an entire generation. Since 1994, the environmental association Legambiente Solidarietà, has worked to promote solidarity towards effected families. Over the past twelve years, more than two thousand children have arrived in Tuscany to enjoy a holiday and reap the benefits of healthy food, clean air and much needed medical assistance. ENEA research shows that a month in Italy produces an astounding decrease in radioactivity levels in contaminated children. In Sports fans and city planners have already set their sights on The renovation project, presented in Rome recently, calls for the restructuring of Florence s home stadium. The 60 million euro plan calls for an investment of at least 23 million euro for its re-modernisation. According to estimates, it will take the same amount to transform Franchi into a covered arena. The project s remaining 14 million euro will cover VAT tax and miscellaneous costs. Sports councillor Eugenio Giani travelled to Rome to illustrate the feasibility of the proposal currently being evaluated by the sports commission. This initiative will not be taken into consideration if another country is to host the 2012 championships, Giani explains. If Italy is not chosen, there will be no national law passed to regulate re-modernisation of stadiums throughout Italy. The first phase of the project News Chernobyl s children are not forgotten Tuscan programme continues to care fact, the main radioactive isotope present in their bodies, Cesio 137, can be reduced by up to 59% even in such a short time-span. This year s Tuscan initiative, which foresees the arrival of more than 100 children from June to September 2006, pays for the visiting children s room and board. It is sponsored by Legambiente and supported by local city councils, private sponsors and special charity benefits. During their Italian sojourn, these seven to twelve year olds are invited to enjoy museums, outdoor activities, daytrips and sporting events throughout the region. We have taken them to experience everything, says Giovanna Consolati, one of the managers of the association, maybe even too much - they sometimes risk being overloaded. To diminish the risk of too much giving, Legambiente asks host families to adhere to certain guidelines and avoid offering the children expensive gifts or showering them with displays of anxious affection. Families are also not permitted to host the same child for more than one summer. We don t consider it appropriate. We feel it would encourage the children and families to create false expectations, says Lucia Venturi, director of Legambiente on the national level. Millions for make-over Stadium requires renovation to lure championships includes plans to increase the distance between the partition and the field by six metres. It also foresees construction of a new press facility in piazzale Maratona. After the Championships, the building would become a museum dedicated to the Fiorentina Football Club. Installation of a state of the art computer system, completion of a field security system and the construction of a new press room and snack bar is also part of the plan. The second phase includes the construction of a self-sustained covering for the stadium. Due to the cost it implies, the project has been considered a controversial investment by many. Dario Nardella, President of the Commission for Sport and Culture, argues that any controversy over the structure is premature. Pros and cons should wait for the first week in December when Italy finds out if it has won the chance to host the champions. UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU EVEN IF YOU LIVE ABROAD Florence joins International Voter Registration Extravaganza Living in a foreign country doesn t mean crossing the line into political apathy. It is still possible to continue to practise one s right to vote even while residing abroad. While Italians proved to be model citizens in their most recent general elections held April 9-10, with 84% voter turnout, US citizens are known to be less inclined to participate in what could be considered the most fundamental part of a democracy voting. Recent elections throughout the world have made it ever more evident how every vote actually does count, even those sent from abroad, and many organisations are now working hard to get citizens living abroad not to consider their time away from home a political vacation. Registering to vote now will allow citizens to participate in the upcoming United States Senate and House elections, held on November 7, Among those groups pushing voters to get registered is Democrats Abroad International (DA), which has organised a world-wide voter registration extravaganza on May 5-7. If you are a US citizen who will be residing in Florence next November, the local DA voter registration event will take place on May 6 at Paperback Exchange bookshop (4r via delle Oche) from 3-5pm. Voters from both sides of the political spectrum can take this opportunity to register. Jo-Ann White, Chair of the new Florence chapter of Democrats Abroad (DA-F), has been tirelessly working on voter registration initiatives since the group s fi rst meeting a little over a year ago. Her efforts to raise bi-partisan voter awareness have included a speaker series which hosted, among others, the new Florence Consul General, Nora Dempsey. For those who may not be able to participate in Florence registration events, Democrats Abroad has also recently launched an on-line voter registration tool that can be accessed at:
5 News 5 Florence NEWS The charity choice Five per thousand tax initiative promotes giving Tax payers are being called to donate five euro for every thousand from their personal income tax to benefit charitable organisations around the country. Citizens can choose from tens of thousands of charities and associations, which have been divided into four categories. The first is comprised of volunteer organisations and socially beneficial services. Thousands of organisations fall into this category, making it the largest and most varied. It includes everything from a volunteer organisation for stray cats, Confraternities of the Misericordia, archaeological associations, Avis blood-donors, The Friends of Bolivia in Siena and many others. The second category includes groups dedicated to scientific research and universities; the third focuses on health services and the fourth category deals with local service initiatives Good news for those who long for leisurely strolls in and around the city s landmark streets and piazzas. Motorized intruders in the historical centre are driving towards extinction, thanks to the new nocturnal schedule which bans the presence of motor vehicles from 10pm to 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Piazza Santa Croce, piazza Duomo, via Ghibellina, via delle Casine, Lungarno della Zecca Vecchia, piazza Cavalleggeri, corso Tintori and piazza Signoria fi nally pave the way to a pedestrian s paradise. Electronic portals have been activated for surveying the area, in addition to increased urban surveillance in particularly crowded zones. From May 4, citizens can expect the increased presence of that have been organised and sponsored by city municipalities. If citizens fail to specify a choice, this percentage of their income tax will benefit the Italian government. So, every group wants a piece of the pie, but it s a modestly sized pie. Five per thousand is only about 5 million euro. Within Tuscany, the associations dedicated to scientific research and university studies alone add up to more than 30 million euro. Florentine accountant Nicola Rabaglietti explains, The important thing is to make sure that you choose an association that is recognised by the internal revenues services, otherwise the contribution will not arrive at its destination. A recent law allows tax-payers to write donations to charity organisations that equal up to 10% of their annual income, but that do not exceed 70 thousand euro per year. PEDESTRIANS WIN THE RIGHT OF WAY The city gets tough against traffi c municipal police on extraordinary rounds, from sunrise to 1am. Special night urban guards are foreseen for piazza Duomo, piazza San Giovanni, Santa Croce, Santissima Annunziata and Santo Spirito. The restricted traffi c zones will include sectors A, B, D and E. Sector E will stretch as far south as piazza dei Mozzi and via San Miniato, via dei Bastioni (including viale Poggi and via San Miniato and excluding viale Michelangelo, viale Poggi and piazza Ferrucci). In the north, restricted areas will expand towards piazza Tasso (viale Aleardi, viale Sanzio, piazza Pier Vettori, via del Ponte Sospeso, piazza Gaddi) and reach the banks of the Arno. No traffi c areas in the Oltrarno reach as far as Forte Belvedere. Letters to the EDITOR Dear Editors, I was shocked to read that James Douglas was excluded from your epic list of writers and contributors thanked in last week s big anniversary issue of The Florentine. I sincerely hope that this was an unintentional omission, as Mr. Douglas s superbly written commentaries on fi lm and culture are the only actual reasons that I open your paper in the fi rst place. Megara Dear Megara, I was equally shocked to hear of the over-sight! You are right that we do have an epic list of people to thank for making The Florentine possible. James Douglas is certainly among the fi rst of them. His movie reviews page makes an excellent contribution to the paper. Ironically enough, James has two articles in this issue. Your letter arrived just in time for us have the chance to apologize to him publicly for the very unfortunate omission. Thank you for catching us, Linda Falcone The Florentine, Editor LOCKED LOVE CAN T BE STOPPED Florence s on-going battle to protect Ponte Vecchio Over the past fi ve months, 5,500 pairs of lovers have sworn eternal love to each other on the Ponte Vecchio. And Cellini has the locks to prove it. Popular tradition invites starry-eyed couples to attach a lock to the fence surrounding the bust of the famous sculptor and throw the key into the Arno as a symbol of their long-lasting romance. Such undying devotion has prompted the angry response of the City of Florence, whose constant battle against these acts of vandalism will soon come down to dollars and cents. From May 3, any lovers caught attaching a lock to Cellini s fence will receive an administrative fi ne of 50 euro. Over the past few months, we have taken locks from the area on several occasions, but since people attach more than we are able to remove, we ve been forced to build a small fence around the statue, says Cultural Councillor Simone Siliani. After the clean-up initiative is concluded, the city plans to remove the tempo- rary barrier. Other Florentine areas of symbolic importance have also recently become part of the lovelock tradition. Even the famed wild boar, known for bestowing good luck on faithful visitors, has become a recent victim of enamoured tourists who are eager to come to Florence and throw the key to their hearts at the city gates. Most popular wasp turns sixty Vespa to be commemorated with new museum The legendary Italian motor scooter Vespa celebrated its 60th birthday last week with a big party and unveiling of three new models. The event took place at Vespa s headquarters in Pontedera and included the presentation of a project to build a new Vespa Museum, designed by famed architect Massimiliano Fuksas. The Vespa s actual birthday was April 23, the day in 1946 when the patent for the innovative two-wheeler was registered in Florence by Piaggio & Co. The scooter was the first step in the conversion of an airplane factory built here in The idea of converting the airplane factory to civilian use was the brainchild of Enrico Piaggio, a direct descendant of the company s founder, while the innovative design was the work of Corradino D Ascanio. An aircraft designer by trade, D Ascanio came up with the idea of producing a cheap, small-engine bike with its gear shift on the handlebar and the motor over the back wheel. This was then covered in a steel cowling which gave the scooter the distinctive shape that made it look like a wasp, which in Italian is vespa. Thanks to its protective front shield and mud guard on the floor, the Vespa kept the rider cleaner and drier than on a traditional motorbike. The scooter was an immediate success, acting as the prototype for all scooters to follow. The Vespa has been an icon of the cinema and symbol of freedom for younger generations since its birthday 60 years ago. After losing ground to Japanese competitors, the Vespa has made a major comeback over the past five years or more thanks to the introduction of new models which are easier to drive and are more environmentally friendly. Over 120 different Vespa models have been produced since 1946 and more than 16 million scooters have been sold.
6 6 National NEWS News News in BRIEF Umbria rep sent to appease american cousin s fears The Red Cross is to visit jailed Mafi a superboss Bernardo Provenzano to make sure he is being treated properly. The Italian Red Cross is sending its representative in Umbria, where the 73-year-old boss is detained, after receiving an from a concerned American relative claiming Provenzano could die in jail. He is being held in solitary confi nement under a tough prison regime applied to dangerous Mafi osi. Provenzano has been convicted in absentia of a string of murders he committed as a young hit-man and more recent assassinations he approved, including the 1992 bomb slayings of Italy s top anti- Mafi a judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Report criticises prison Conditions (ANSA) Italy s prisons are dangerously overcrowded and inmates are subject to abuse, according to a report published on Thursday by the European Anti-Torture Committee. The study highlights numerous shortcomings, including severely cramped conditions, a lack of access to lawyers and poor medical treatment. The government defends the Italian prison system by saying that many facilities have recently been modernised and numerous extra staff hired, including additional psychologists and social workers. Italian prisons currently have an average occupation rate of more than 130%. Earlier this year, the Italian parliament rejected a controversial proposal to pardon thousands of Italian inmates, a move aimed at easing overcrowding in prisons. Mussolini s granddaughter runs for mayor of rome The granddaughter of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini has announced she will be a candidate for mayor of Rome in next month s elections. Alessandra Mussolini ran in the April 9-10 parliamentary elections with a small right-wing party supporting conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi. Her party failed to make the threshold necessary to send lawmakers to parliament. At least two other members of Berlusconi s conservative coalition are running in the May vote. Mussolini urged the centre-right coalition to unite behind one candidate, indicating she might step aside if the centre-right agreed on a single candidate. She said this was the best strategy to defeat Mayor Walter Veltroni of the centre-left. Veltroni, a former deputy premier, is considered to be the front-runner. Roadside bomb takes Italian lives Iraqi explosion felt in Italy Three Italian soldiers serving in Iraq were killed last week in a roadside bomb attack in the south of the country while a fourth was left seriously injured. A Romanian soldier was also killed in the attack which took place on a road to Nassiriya, the Iraqi city where Italy s contingent is based. The Italians, all members of Italy s Carabinieri military police force, were travelling in a four-vehicle convoy when the bomb went off. It was the worst attack on Italian forces serving in Iraq since November 2003, when twelve servicemen and five Carabinieri were killed in a massive car bomb in Nassiriya, which also killed two Italian civilians and nine Iraqis. A total of 29 Italian military personnel have And now a word from our sponsor Italian military open to private investment Perhaps we will never see Nike scrawled alongside the stars and badges of the Italian military uniform or the Coca-Cola logo written on the side of a military tank. Nevertheless, according to General Filiberto Cecchi, the Italian military is ready to open its doors to private investment. The armed forces, Cecchi explains, received only 0.85% of the internal gross product, a statistic that places us among the lowest in Europe. If we relate this figure to the current responsibilities of the army, it indicates a critical situation. Sponsorship by private firms might just provide the necessary support. The idea of turning to major companies to share expenses sustained by the armed forces is not only an Italian proposition. The English, for example, have agreed to rent vehicles, equipment and soldiers to the cinematographic industry for the filming of major motion pictures. now died in Iraq since Italy s mission there began in June Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi expressed his shock and immense sorrow on learning of Thursday s attack. Pope Benedict XVI also expressed his dismay and condolences, underscoring the generous and disinterested contribution of international troops to peace and freedom in Iraq. Italy did not take part in the USled war in Iraq but outgoing Premier Silvio Berlusconi, a staunch ally of US President George W. Bush, later sent troops for peacekeeping and reconstruction. Italy currently has 2,600 troops there and plans to withdraw them by the end of the year, with 1,000 scheduled to leave by July. Bush s administration expressed its condolences on Thursday and at the same time urged Italy to continue its mission in Iraq. Two Iraqi fundamentalist groups, the Imam Hussein Brigades and a group which calls itself the Islamic Army in Iraq subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack. Italian intelligence are currently examining evidence to see if the claims are credible. Gen. Cecchi We have to abandon old mental schemes, says Cecchi. In times of need, we have to be innovative in order to maintain quality. In recent years, the Italian armed forces have made the momentous shift from mandatory drafting of all 18-yearold males, to the creation of a volunteer and professional army. At present, private investment is considered one of the most viable solutions for the re-modernisation of obsolete barracks and the support of volunteer forces. Issues of financial crisis within the defence sector continue to be of utmost importance as Italy currently holds first place in terms of the military support it offers throughout the world as one of the NATO countries. COUCH TOMATOES Italian youth prefer sofa to playing fi eld Italy - country of artists, poets, saints, navigators and couch potatoes. Or so says the 2005 Istat/Coni Report whose statistics confi rm that Italians prefer their armchairs to physical fi t- ness. The national study indicates a 4.8% increase in sedentary habits compared to 1997 and indicates that only 21% of the population practises sports on a regular basis. The percentage of sedentaries, on the other hand, reaches as high as 40% of Italians over three years old and includes a grand total of 23 million people who admit they avoid sports at all costs. Sociologist Giuseppe De Rita, General Secretary of the Census, defi nes the phenomenon as a social disease that should not be underestimated. Things look especially grim for children from 11 to 14 years of age, whose participation in sports has fallen considerably over the past few years. If there is athletic interest in the play-station generation, it is usually geared towards working out at the gym rather than traditional sports activities. Recent years have seen an increase in the popularity of fi tness facilities and gyms in Italy, but sports federations are suffering and fi nding it diffi cult to gain members. De Rita describes the phenomenon as follows, In Italy, we have moved from playing sports to watching them and talking about them. The fact that Italy no longer introduces health services in schools and the recent abolition of mandatory military draft in Italy has contributed to a decreased interest in physical activity. No one has a sense for their own health anymore. De Rita also blames the high cost of participating in sports in Italy. He calls prices exaggerated and says that sports in the cities are something reserved for the rich. In response to the study, local offi cials have called for more awareness and support from regional government and the national parliament in efforts to strengthen sport-related initiatives especially among Italian youth.
7 Sports 7 Sports NEWS Seria A: Juventus players keep quiet, but their game speaks for itself Trezeguet The Juventus team let its football do the talking with a resounding 3-0 win in Siena on Sunday which moved them a step closer to back-to-back Serie A titles. Three goals in the first eight minutes sealed the victory for the reigning champions and maintained their three-point lead over AC Milan, 2-0 winners against Livorno. Juve s precious win in Tuscany was clinched by early goals from Patrick Vieira, David Trezeguet and Adrian Moto GP: Melandri and Stoner give fans thrilling duel Marco Melandri, starting 14th on the grid, secured the third Italian win as the Honda rider overtook Casey Stoner in the last lap to win the Turkish GP. American Nicky Hayden completed the podium, thereby taking the world championship lead from Loris Capirossi by one point. Starting even further back on the grid was Dani Pedrosa, who from 16th place, competed with Italy s Daniele Bracciali won his first ATP tour title by claiming the $324,000 Casablanca Open on Sunday, beating Chilean top seed Nicolas Massu 6-1, 6-4 in the finals. This win gives me a lot of confidence for the future, said the seventh seeded Italian. It s great to win a tournament Mutu. Since Feb. 5, Juventus has seen their 14-point lead over AC Milan slashed. Ensuing media criticism prompted them to enforce a press blackout. If the pair finishes with an equal score at the end of the season, Milan will be crowned champions, courtesy of their better head-to-head record; they won at the San Siro and drew at the Stadio delle Alpi. A bizarre last-minute goal by Marco Materazzi - an attempted back-pass from 40 yards which sailed over his keeper - gave struggling Empoli a 1-0 home win against third-place team Inter Milan, while the battle for fourth place in the Champions League between Fiorentina and Roma remains tight. The Fiorentina was defeated 1-0 in Palermo, while Roma threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 4-4 at Chievo. Fifth-placed Roma has 66 points, two behind the Fiorentina. At the bottom of the ranks, Messina joined Treviso and Lecce in Serie B after they lost 3-0 at Reggina. Melandri and fellow rookie Stoner for the lead with two laps remaining. When the Spaniard slipped out, Stoner took the reins in a breathtaking duel against Melandri, as the Italian made his move in the last chicane and streaked home with a 0.2 second lead. Tennis APT tour: Italy celebrates Bracciali s victory in Casablanca Daniele Bracciali Marco Melandri like Casablanca, this doesn t happen to me every day. I expected a tough match and I m happy that I got through and won my first title. During this week, I started playing better and better. The day of the final match was a great day for me. Maybe the most beautiful day of my career. BASKETBALL: CSKA Moscow overthrows Maccabi and reigns supreme in Euroleague David Vanterpool and Theo Papaloukas led CSKA Moscow to a upset win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv to win the European Basketball League Finals on Sunday and spoil the Israeli team s bid for its third consecutive title. CSKA, looking for its fi rst title since 1971, turned their defence up a notch and went on a 13-0 run to take a fi ve point lead to the locker room at the half. American forward Vanterpool then caught fi re, scoring CSKA s fi rst nine points in the second half, as the Russians stretched their lead to 11 points. Maccabi, led by the Euroleague s most valuable player Anthony Parker, battled back and tied the score at as the third quarter neared an end. The teams then traded the lead several times until Papaloukas took over and scored eight points in the fi nal quarter. FOOTBALL: Chelsea captures Premiership title Chelsea wrapped up a second consecutive English Premiership title with an impressive 3-0 win over nearest rivals Manchester United on Saturday. An early goal from French defender William Gallas was followed by superb second-half strikes from man-of-the-match Joe Cole and centre back Ricardo Carvalho. Their manager, José Mourinho, has now won back-to-back titles with two clubs, following his success with FC Porto in his native Portugal. Chelsea must now win their two remaining games, against Blackburn and Newcastle, to beat the record 95 points they amassed while winning the title last season. SERIE A Results 30 / 4 round 35 sun sun sun sun sun sun sun sun sun sun SERIE A Standings team points team points Juventus Milan Inter Fiorentina Roma Lazio Chievo Palermo Livorno Parma LAST Round / Top 5 scorers player 1. Toni 2. Trezeguet 3. Suazo 4. Lucarelli 5. Scevchenko Cagliari Parma Chievo Roma Empoli Inter Lazio Lecce Milan Livorno Palermo Fiorentina Reggina Messina Sampdoria Udinese Siena Juventus Treviso Ascoli team Empoli Reggina Ascoli Udinese Sampdoria Cagliari Siena Messina Lecce Treviso Round 37 7 / date hrs date hrs home team Ascoli Fiorentina Inter Juventus Lecce Livorno Messina Parma Roma Udinese home team Fiorentina Juventus Cagliari Livorno Milan opponent Lazio Reggina Siena Palermo Chievo Sampdoria Empoli Milan Treviso Cagliari opponent Cagliari Inter Chievo Fiorentina Empoli Ascoli Lazio Parma Milan Roma Palermo Messina Reggina Juventus Sampdoria Lecce Siena Livorno Treviso Udinese goals FORZA VIOLA!!!
8 8 Movie REVIEWS Movies in English showing in Florence Weeks May 4 - May by James Douglas Thursday May 4 Monday May 15 Wednesday May 17 ODEON THEATRE ODEON THEATRE BRITISH INSTITUTE TRISTAN + ISOLDE The Dark Age lovers, familiar to most people courtesy of folklore and Wagner, are reincarnated in the courtly action romance, Tristan + Isolde. The plus sign in the title recalls Baz Luhrmann s fi lm of Shakespeare s later star-crossed lovers, but the style could not be more different. The Scott brothers (Ridley and Tony) are the fi lm s producers. Kevin Reynolds directs James Franco and Sophia Myles in a handsome and rewarding picture with a pristine pre- Raphaelite intensity that lightens the Celtic gloom. Monday May 8 Tuesday May 9 Thursday May 11 ODEON THEATRE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III There is little or no advance information for Mission Impossible III, which has a more or less simultaneous worldwide release. With JJ Abrams at the helm in his fi rst feature fi lm (he s the director of the TV series Lost ), Philip Seymour Hoffman as the really nasty villain and, of course, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt again, it promises to be an entertaining action experience in the well established tradition. ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN The serious subject of global warming is the predictable idea that drives this comic CGI animation, a sequel to Ice Age. Hundreds of thousands of years have passed but we still have the same characters in Ice Age: the Meltdown. Perhaps the passage of time has aged them and left them tired out and doddery, except for Scrat whose effervescence will never dim, even as he has to kiss his ice goodbye. Tuesday May 16 ODEON THEATRE Evelyn Waugh Revisited BRIDESHEAD REVISITED Episode 1 The legendary 1981 British TV series Brideshead Revisited virtually brought the nation to a halt as the lives of Lord Sebastian Flyte and Mr Charles Ryder and their families unfolded episode after lavishly detailed episode. For the next fi ve weeks the entire series is being shown, giving an opportunity to see the lovingly recreated and superbly acted work on the big screen. The writer and producer of Brideshead Revisited, Derek Granger, will give an illustrated talk before the screening of Episode 1, recalling his experiences of fi lming in England and Italy. What makes this screening particularly signifi cant is the reallife connection of the fi ctional characters to, amongst others, Harold Acton, long-time Florentine resident and Oxford contemporary of Waugh s, and in whose library the event is taking place. ODEON THEATRE INSIDE MAN The latest Spike Lee joint is Inside Man, the story of a New York bank heist that goes wrong, develops into a hostage situation and becomes a tense thriller (with one or two implausible scenarios in the plot). Denzel Washington is Detective Keith Frazier, in charge of sorting out the complexities of the gang s motivations, and an almost permanently masked Clive Owen plays the gang s leader, Dalton Russell. A little off Lee s beaten track, perhaps, but his distinctive fi ngerprints and dazzling stylistic mastery are fully in evidence. Some reviewers have also called it boring, pretentious, nonsensical and overblown. Wednesday May 10 BRITISH INSTITUTE Evelyn Waugh Revisited SCOOP The Evelyn Waugh season continues with William Boyd s fi ne adaptation of Waugh s 1938 novel of the same name for the TV fi lm Scoop (1987). William Boot is a Country Life reporter who gets mistaken for a war correspondent and is sent to an imaginary (North African) war zone where he encounters a bizarre ensemble of parasites and drifters on a wild goose chase all competing for the ultimate scoop. Satire and misogyny in equal measure. TWO FOR THE MONEY Muddled and mediocre are the two words that crop up most frequently in reviews of Two for the Money. Set in the world of sports gambling, Al Pacino plays the sports adviser playing games with Matthew McConaughey. Despite Pacino s authoritative presence, the movie amounts to a lacklustre remake of The Gambler (1974). Pacino lovers will, however, not be disappointed. Thursday May 18 ODEON THEATRE THE WORLD S FASTEST INDIAN Anthony Hopkins plays Burt Munro, the eccentric New Zealander who in 1967 attempted to set a new land speed record on the Utah salt fl ats. His vehicle is his 1920s Indian motorcycle, hence the title, The World s Fastest Indian. Hardly the world s fastest narrative, the movie coughs and splutters along, held together by Hopkins s magnifi cent performance.
9 What s on & Where to Go 9 Events in FLORENCE MAY 4 TO MAY 18 OUR TOP PICKS t t t FABBRICA EUROPA FESTIVAL - May 5-21 Science, Art, New Technologies, Images Fabbrica Europa 06, The Laboratory of the Possible, is an exhibition honouring innovation and new technologies as a living refl ection of sensorial and intellectual pathways. The initiative includes a number of workshops, meetings and seminars held by performers, video-makers, musicians, dancers, new media artists, scholars and spectators. Florentine and Tuscan artists as well as representative from 15 countries, such as Egypt, Bolivia and Africa, will present the idea of the artistic and scientifi c laboratory as a place of creativity and cultural commitment. For more information and detailed calendar visit: www. fabbricaeuropa.com FLORENCE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS- May 5-7 Students Exhibition, La Prima. An exhibition surveying the Spring 2006 art students of Florence University of the Arts. La Prima will include a collection of over 40 works in painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, jewellery design, graphics, interior design, fashion design, bookbinding and calligraphy. General admission is free. For more information on programmes and exhibitions, please call Giulio Vinci, FUA, , it 12ª ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO - May The Gardens of Palazzo Corsini will open its gates to the exhibition Artigianato & Palazzo, Craftsmanship and the Palace, a show dedicated to the world of artisan and hand-made craftsmanship, based on an idea by Neri Torrigiani and Princess Giorgiana Corsi. The exhibit includes a wide range of events spread over three days. Participants can look forward to conferences, concerts, dance shows and guided visits of the garden. For those in search of Tuscan goodies, local bars and restaurants will be open presenting traditional cuisine DILADDARNO May Diladdarno is that part of Florence that stretches along the left bank of the Arno River. A neighbourhood famous for its art, craftsmanship and commerce, it is considered one of the city s most characteristic districts. Outdoor exhibitions, shows and events will be held in the areas surrounding San Niccolò, Santo Spirito, Pitti and San Frediano. To stroll among the local stands and peek into the traditional shops is one of the best ways to experience this quaint and dynamic quarter of Florence. For more information and detailed events calendar visit APRE - May Technology and Nature Expo for Bio-climate Studies and Design Bio-climatic architecture, recycling, ecological design, the use of eco-compatible materials like hydrogen are all ways to create a healthy lifestyle. The Association APRE offers practical suggestions, technological innovations in a cultural initiative which includes an exhibition called RiartEco that deals with art, architecture and design. It is an event reserved for artists, students and professionals who create works of art with junk and recycled materials. BANDIERAI TOURNAMENT - May 14 - Scarperia (Out of Town) This tournament of traditional games is a genuine expression of Scarperia, an area famous for its craftsmanship and local colour. The contests include six contestants per section and include events such as knife-throwing, tug of war, traditional relay races, totem climbing races. The Mugello celebrations also include a historical re-enactment of the succession ceremony dating from 1545 that represented the transfer of power from one vicar to another. SECRET GARDENS - See Ongoing Anglo-Greek artist, living in Florence, presents video work, artists books, three dimensional and mixed media works on the theme Secret Gardens. The exhibit includes sculptural books which have hand-written texts and images inspired by Florentine gardens, medieval manuscripts and botanical paintings of fl owers. The works were originally inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, with its intriguing paths and secret spaces, and are an exploration of the garden as a place of discovery and transformation. The artist will give an illustrated talk in English at the British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, on Wednesday, 24 May at 6pm and also present her 11 minute video Secret Gardens. For more information call / An Evening of Wine Tasting brought to you by the Mazzei Vineyards of Castello di Fonterutoli Belguardo Zisola May PM - 9PM Bernini Palace Hotel Piazza San Firenze 29 2 seminars on the technique of tasting wine will be conducted at 6:30 and 8PM. Space is limited Reservation required: Rossi & Bianchi ph mbership card necessary FRIDAY 5 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES Il Giardino Italiano com, EXHIBITS Flouresh Andy Pop. Pop painter, designer and performer of performance arts in large settings. Maison Enrico Coveri, opening 19 Lungarno Gucciardini Florence University of The Arts Students Exhibition, La Prima. La Prima will take place at Corso Tintori, 21. Opening night, May 5 (18-19). The show will continue on May 6 & 7 (16 19). LECTURES & CONFERENCES Hybrids & Iris International Symposium Educatorio di Fuligno, via Faenza 48, tel renze.it MARKETS & FESTIVALS Colora la Piazza Piazza S.Croce, tel all day Il rumore dei libri by Marco Parente com, and Open Sources / Mixed Media Live 5, tel , from on, check on the web site Giovanni Allevi Saschall, Lungarno Aldo Moro 3, tel , Taranta Nait Original Salento Tarantae Auditorium Flog, via Mercati Michele 24b tel , og.it, Vri-il & Macelleria Mobile di Mezzanotte C.P.A. (Centro Popolare Autogestito), v.le Giannotti 79, tel , Claudia Tellini Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Non dimenticare le mie parole Fabbrica Europea Festival, personal journey into the work of Samuel Beckett com, Violaine Teatro Cantiere Florida, via Pisana 111r, tel , 5/7 Rumori fuori scena Scantinato la Casa del Teatro, via San Domenico 51, tel , zzi. fi renze.it, La brocca rotta Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , SATURDAY 6 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES Il Giardino Italiano DANCE Dans le regard de la nuit... Bel Ayoun Bel Leil... 5, tel , GUIDED TOURS Collezione di Studio Andito degli Angiolini, Palazzo Pitti, p.za Pitti 1, 10.30, 12.00, 14.30, e by reservation only LECTURES & CONFERENCES Hybrids & Iris International Symposium Ensemble di musica araba com, ª O Flos Colende Sacred music in Florence Battistero e Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, tel , 21.15, free I cantori sistini a Firenze Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Open Sources / Mixed Media Live Joy de Vito Quartet Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 The Hormonauts Auditorium Flog, via Mercati Michele 24b tel , og.it, Burma Jazz Trio Caruso Jazz Café, via Lambertesca 16r, tel , SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Mondi Aperti Il Calcio per la Solidarietà 3rd Multi-ethnical Soccer Championship. 20 teams representing as many communities will take part in the tournament Various soccer grounds throughout Florence, tel , during the week end, until June 11 Le sorelle Materassi Teatro di Cestello, Piazza del Cestello, 4, tel , it, Sat, Sun La gente vuole ridere... ancora! Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, tel , renze.it, 20.45, on Sun Non dimenticare le mie parole Rumori fuori scena SUNDAY 7 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES Il Giardino Italiano DANCE Dans le regard de la nuit... Bel Ayoun Bel Leil... See May 6 GUIDED TOURS Cortili e giardini aperti Numerous gardens and private courtyards are open to the public Guided tours at and 15-19, info Appennino toscano: Poggio Mandri - San Godenzo - Fiesole information & booking LECTURES & CONFERENCES Hybrids & Iris International Symposium Un duo di successo Auditorium della Clinica Medica di Careggi, viale Morgagni, renze.it, Corsaro, Bolognesi, Melani Caruso Jazz Café, via Lambertesca 16r, tel , SPORTS & ACTIVITIES 34th Look at Florence Marathon A favorite marathon for acquainting oneself with the city. Choice of 3k or 10k races. Starting point: piazza Duomo, at 9.30, info , renzemarathon.it Fiorentina - Reggina Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi at Mondi Aperti Il Calcio per la Solidarietà See May 6
10 10 What s on & Where to Go Events in FLORENCE MAY 4 TO MAY 18 Flat racing Ippodromo Le Mulina, tel , The old via Fiesolana info Trekking Italia tel Diana e la Tuda Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , Non dimenticare le mie parole Le sorelle Materassi See May 6 La gente vuole ridere... ancora! See May 6 MONDAY 8 CINEMA Inside Man (in English) Odeon Cine Hall, piazza Strozzi, tel , , 18.10, with italian subtitles DANCE Il non fare Cantiere Goldonetta CanGo, via Santa Maria 25, tel , Jethro Tull Saschall, Lungarno Aldo Moro 3, tel , Groovin Trio Caruso Jazz Café, via Lambertesca 16r, tel , La disputa Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , La gente vuole ridere... ancora! See May 6 TUESDAY 9 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES Il Giardino Italiano CINEMA Mission: Impossible III Odeon Cine Hall, piazza Strozzi, tel , , 18.10, with italian subtitles DANCE Il non fare See May 8 I Suoni dello Stibbert Fleischer clavicembalo concert Museo Stibbert, via Stibbert 26, tel , by reservation only Jam Session + House Band Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Amalia Grè Teatro Puccini, via delle Cascine 41, tel , voglia di rivederti grande Celebrating 80 years of the viola club in Fiesole Saschall, Lungarno Aldo Moro 3, tel , SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Flat racing See May 7 Il mare in tasca com, La gente vuole ridere... ancora! See May 6 WEDNESDAY 10 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES Il Giardino Italiano CINEMA Scoop (in English) British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, tel , 20.30, membership 5, entrance 5 LECTURES & CONFERENCES Siblings: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov Siblings presents the work of the photographer Diane Arbus ( ) and of her brother, the poet Howard Nemerov ( ). Slides of Arbus s haunting photographs, and samples of Nemerov s witty and brilliant poems. British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, tel , Note di passaggio Auditorium dell Accademia Musicale, Via Adriani 27/29, Orchestra Regionale Toscana music by Campogrande, Beethoven Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, tel , renze.it, Louise Attaque Auditorium Flog, via Mercati Michele 24b tel , og.it, Jam Bam Trio Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Quartetto Raffaello Villa Peyron, via di Vincigliata 2, Fiesole, Open Sources / Mixed Media Live Last time theatre com, Solo gli ingenui muoiono d amore com, Così è se vi pare Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , THURSDAY 11 CINEMA Mission: Impossible III (in English) Odeon Cine Hall, piazza Strozzi, tel , , 18.10, with italian subtitles DANCE 11 cover Cantiere Goldonetta CanGo, via Santa Maria 25, tel , GUIDED TOURS Villa Medici Villa Medici, Fiesole, info , starting at 17.00, by reservation only, 4 Guided visits by Società S.Giovanni Battista Info & booking: Società di San Giovanni Battista, via del Corso 1, tel LECTURES & CONFERENCES Bel Vino and Vanilla Beans & Brodo Isabella Dusi will talk about her books McRae Books, via Dei Neri 32/R, MARKETS & FESTIVALS Flower market Via Pellicceria, 8-13 Colora la Piazza Dinamitri Jazz Folklore com, Africa Unite Auditorium Flog, via Mercati Michele 24b tel , og.it, Piano Marathon Young Pianists of the International Academy Incontri con il Maestro perform Imola music by Mozart, Schumann, Šostakovic Teatro Goldoni, Via Santa Maria 15, tel , Festa pizzica e taranta Music from Salento Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Open Sources / Mixed Media Live Fino all ultimo sguardo Galleria Varart, via dell Oriuolo 47/49, tel , Giorni Felici Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , Last time theatre See May 10 FRIDAY 12 DANCE 11 cover See May 11 LECTURES & CONFERENCES Bell beaker in every day life info & programme: Museo Fiorentino di Preistoria P. Graziosi, tel MARKETS & FESTIVALS 12ª Artigianato e Palazzo Giardino di Palazzo Corsini, via Il Prato 58 - Via della Scala 115, , 7.50 Apre Exposition of technology, nature and design Piazza della Repubblica, all day Vivere sicuri Fortezza da Basso, 9-18, free Mick Harvey & Loene Carmen in concert com, Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi Teatro Comunale, Corso Italia 16, tel , orentino.com, 20.30, Tues 19.30, Sun Vocimania Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Open Sources / Mixed Media Live SPORTS & ACTIVITIES On the Road Automobile show American Cars and Fashion: Hot Rods, Dragsters, Rockabilly, Harley Davidson and more Parco dell Hotel Relay Certosa, info , all day Otra vez Marcelo com, Rumori fuori scena Scantinato la Casa del Teatro, via San Domenico 51, tel , zzi. fi renze.it, Aggiungi un posto a tavola Teatro Il Palco, Piazza Elia dalla Costa 26, tel , Sun 16.30, 6.5/8 Tre donne alte Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , La mascula Teatro Everest, via Volterrana 4 c/d, tel , Last time theatre See May 10 SATURDAY 13 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES Sound Geography. Exhibits and interactive stations relating to sound. com, & LECTURES & CONFERENCES Bell beaker in every day life MARKETS & FESTIVALS 12ª Artigianato e Palazzo Apre Vivere sicuri Symbiosis Orchestra 5, tel , Black Heart Procession Auditorium Flog, via Mercati Michele 24b tel , og.it, Choir concert review of popular songs Palazzo Vecchio Salone dei Cinquecento, info Burma Jazz Trio Caruso Jazz Café, via Lambertesca 16r, tel , Open Sources / Mixed Media Live Falstaff SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Piaggeliadi 2006 Sports demonstration reserved for the alumni of Florentine elementary and middle schools. Stadio di atletica L.Ridolfi, info At football match Tappa fiorentina della Mille Miglia The most famous competition for vintage cars built during the period of the classic Mille Miglia, City center, info Mondi Aperti Il Calcio per la Solidarietà See May 6 On the Road automobile show Nel fango del Dio Pallone Teatro Everest, via Volterrana 4 c/d, tel , Con tutto il bene che ti voglio Sala Fiaba, via delle Mimose 12, La potenza delle tenebre Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , Last time theatre See May 10 Otra vez Marcelo Rumori fuori scena Aggiungi un posto a tavola SUNDAY 14 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES Sound Geography See May 13 DANCE Piano di consistenze com, 21.30
11 What s on & Where to Go 11 Events in FLORENCE MAY 4 TO MAY 18 GUIDED TOURS Empoli - Vinci - Empoli Starting point: Stazione di Santa Maria Novella at 8.15, 5 hour walk LECTURES & CONFERENCES Bell beaker in every day life MARKETS & FESTIVALS Fiera di S. Spirito Piazza San Spirito, all day Cose d altri tempi Piazza Acciaiuoli, Galluzzo, all day Diladdarno 2006 See Ongoing Apre 12ª Artigianato e Palazzo Vivere sicuri Il violoncello, la voce umana Auditorium della Clinica Medica di Careggi, viale Morgagni, renze.it, Rossi & Bezziccheri in concert Auditorium Sinopoli, Villa La Torraccia, Fiesole, Andy davis 4tet Caruso Jazz Café, via Lambertesca 16r, tel , Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Piaggeliadi 2006 Sports demonstration reserved for alumni of Florentine elementary and middle schools. Stadio di atletica L.Ridolfi, info From 9.00 tennis matches Raduno di auto Chrysler Piazzale Michelangelo, from Mondi Aperti Il Calcio per la Solidarietà See May 6 On the road automobile show Invito al Trekking 2006 info or Trekking Italia Firenze tel Danza Macabra Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , Aggiungi un posto a tavola MONDAY 15 CINEMA Ice Age: The Meltdown (in English) Odeon Cine Hall, piazza Strozzi, tel , , 18.45, 20.45, LECTURES & CONFERENCES Bell beaker in every day life Canti Georgiani Cantiere Goldonetta CanGo, via Santa Maria 25, tel , Groovin Trio Caruso Jazz Café, via Lambertesca 16r, tel , Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi Fuorigioco di rientro Galleria Varart, via dell Oriuolo 47/49, tel , Antigone Benefi t theatre show Saschall, Lungarno Aldo Moro 3, tel , TUESDAY 16 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES U by Crew com, Sound Geography See May 13 DANCE We-go Cantiere Goldonetta CanGo, via Santa Maria 25, tel , MARKETS & FESTIVALS Mercato delle Cascine Parco delle Cascine, 8-13 Laborintus com, Jam Session + House Band Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi Canti Georgiani See May 15 La potenza delle tenebre Teatro 13, via Nicolodi 2, tel , WEDNESDAY 17 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES U by Crew See May 16 CINEMA Brideshead Revisited (Episode 1) British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, tel , 20.30, membership 5, entrance 5 DANCE 3 MG - Gingaestetica com, We-go See May 16 LECTURES & CONFERENCES Brideshead Revisited revisited Derek Granger, a journalist, fi rst theatre and fi lm critic for the Financial Times, was one of the fi rst producers of Coronation Street. He also wrote and produced the fi lms A Handful of Dust (1988) and Where Angels fear to tread (1991), and the successful TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh s most celebrated novel: Brideshead Revisited. British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, tel , Orchestra Regionale Toscana music by Mozart, Schubert Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, tel , The Elegant Gypsy Trio Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Carmen Consoli Nelson Mandela Forum (ex Palasport), viale Pasquale Paoli, tel , www. mandelaforum.it, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina Villa Peyron, via di Vincigliata 2, Fiesole, Open Sources / Mixed Media Live Canti Georgiani See May 15 Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi Maria Maddalena com, Come Alatiel va in sposa al Re del Garbo Villa Corsini di Maiano, via il Salviatino 1, Maiano, Fiesole, 22.00, free THURSDAY 18 ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES U by Crew See May 16 CINEMA The World s Fastest Indian (in English) Odeon Cine Hall, piazza Strozzi, tel , , 20.10, GUIDED TOURS Villa Montececeri Villa Montececeri, Fiesole, info , starting at 17.00, by reservation only, 4 Guided visits by Società S.Giovanni Battista Info & booking: Società di San Giovanni Battista, via del Corso 1, tel MARKETS & FESTIVALS Flower market Via Pellicceria, 8-13 Balkan Damar in concert com, Canti Georgiani See May 15 Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi Perfidia Quartet Cuban music Jazz Club, via Nuova de Caccini 3, tel , 22.15, 7 Iguana Cafè. Pino Daniele Tour 2006 Saschall, Lungarno Aldo Moro 3, tel , I Suoni dello Stibbert Fleischer clavicembalo concert Museo Stibbert, via Stibbert 26, tel , by reservation only SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Flat racing See May 7 Maria Maddalena See May 17 ONGOING CINEMA Florence Film Festival Festival dedicated to cinema and new visual medias, with a special section dedicated to Sergio Leone Several places in Florence, Sesto Fiorentino and Pistoia, renzefi lmfestival.com, March 5-April 27 COMPETITION Pencils for Peace. 2nd National competition for young cartoonists A national competition for young cartoonists ages Deadline August 31, info tel or tel
12 12 What s on & Where to Go Events in FLORENCE MAY 4 TO MAY 18 EXHIBITS Secret Gardens Art Exhibition of Works by Rea Stavropoulos La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Via De Coverelli, 27R, Firenze. Exhibition continues to 22 May, every Tuesday - Saturday 4pm to 7pm or by appointment. Luciano Guarnieri paintings Museo Archeologico, Sala Costantini, Chiesa di Sant Ilario a Montereggi, May 13-June 18 Gli arazzi dei Granduchi. Un patrimonio da non dimenticare Galleria degli Uffi zi, Piazzale degli Uffi zi, tel , zi.fi renze.it, until June 4, Wed-Thur & , Fri Arte e Manifattura di corte a Firenze. Dal tramonto dei Medici all Impero ( ) Palazzo Pitti, piazza Pitti 1, tel , May 16-November 5 Firenze-Cracovia-Firenze Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 1, tel , until June 26 Gregorio Magno e l invenzione del medioevo Bibioteca Laurenziana, piazza San Lorenzo 9, tel , until June 25, Lorenzo Monaco: dalla tradizione giottesca al Rinascimento Galleria dell Accademia, via Ricasoli 50, tel , renze.it, until September 24, Mostra di pittori fiorentini neorealisti Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, tel , May 10-June 30 Photos by Bernard-Reymond and Nguyen French Institute, Piazza Ognissanti 2. April 21-July 14, Mon-Fri and Fondazione Studio Marangoni Gallery, Via San Zanobi 19r, April 21-June 10, Mon-Sat , Free Admission Fuori alla polvere. Stele etrusche e antichità fiesolane Archeological works of Tuscany never seen before. Museo Civico Archeologico, Via Portigiani, Fiesole esolemusei.it/, until June 15, Bar/expo Photo exhibition by Heiko Mattern La sosta del Rossellino, via del Rossellino 2r, Settignano, until June 30, from The shape of the mind by Isaac Abrams FYR Arte Contemporanea, borgo degli Albizi 22, tel ,www.fyr.it, until May 20, Arnolfo. At the Origins of the Florentine Renaissance A collection of the major works of Tuscan architect and sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio Museo dell Opera del Duomo, piazza del Duomo 9, tel , renze.it, until May 21, daily, 10-5 Miniatura Umbra del Rinascimento Museo di San Marco, Piazza San Marco 3 tel , renze.it/musei/sanmarco, until June 25, , Sat , Sun I Targioni Tozzetti tra 700 e 900 Accademia dei Georgofi li, Logge degli Uffi - zi Corti, tel , li.it, until May 19, Carnet de voyage Watercolors by Roberto Magnolfi of Morocco Chiostro di Santa Maria degli Angeli, via degli Alfani 39, until May 7, 17-19, Sun Mi hanno cercato by Giuseppe Chiari Galleria Il Ponte, via di Mezzo 42 b, tel , until May 6, Nemico in vista by Nicola Foletti Teatro Puccini Foyer, via delle Cascine 41, tel , until May 31, I modelli di Narciso: la collezione di Raimondo Rezzonico agli Uffizi Sala delle Reali Poste, Piazzale degli Uffi zi, tel , until June 11 Dal disegno alla scena by Anna Anni Galleria d Arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1, tel , renze.it, until June 10, Terramare by Anna Kapor The Serbo-Croat painter depicts imaginary monuments evoking existing places such as Castel del Monte, Monteriggioni, the Croat Islands, etc. Galleria Falteri, via della Spada 38r, tel , until May 13, and The Mind of Leonardo. Universal Genius at Work Galleria degli Uffi zi, Piazzale degli Uffi zi, tel , zi.fi renze.it, until January 7, 2007, , Tues-Sun The Renaissance Man: Leon Battista Alberti Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, tel , until July 23, , Fri until Giambologna: Gods and Heroes Genesis and Fortune of a European Style in Sculpture Museo Nazionale del Bargello, via del Proconsolo 4, tel , renze.it, until June 15 Nella cartella dei nonni Old school books and pictures from the Marucelliana collection Biblioteca Marucelliana, via Cavour 43-47, tel , renze.sbn.it, until May 31, ; Sat , free Bramante and the others. The history of three codex and one collector Gabinetto di Disegni e Stampe degli Uffi zi, via della Ninna 5, tel , until June 4, Flouresh Andy Pop Maison Enrico Coveri, Lungarno Guicciardini 19, tel , until May 27, 11-13, A Dance Pace through the Centuries 20 0 works of graphics and paintings dedicated to the history of dance and costumes starting from the 16 th century Firenze Art Center, via Cavour 35, tel , until June 15, Mon-Fri Ceramics by Paolo Staccioli Palazzo Pitti, Museo delle Porcellane, tel , until June 25, May , closed fi rst and last Mon of the month, 4 Mythologica et Erotica Art and Culture from Antiquity to the XVIII century Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, until May 15, May , closed 1 st and last Mon of the month, 4 Pedalando nel tempo An exhibition of antique bicycles Museo di Storia della Scienza, piazza dei Giudici 1, tel , until December 31, Mon-Sat , Tues , 2 nd Sun of the month GUIDED TOURS Guided visits to the gardens of Fiesole April-June, September, October on Thursday, info tel , fi esole.fi.it Museo Bandini Fiesole, via Duprè 1, until October 31, Restoration of the frescoes by A. Gaddi in the Cappella Maggiore Chiesa di Santa Croce until December 31, Fri and Sat at 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16; Sun at 14, 15, 16 Guided tours of the Bargello Museum Until June 15, free guided visits of the museum every day at 15.00, and 17.00, in Italian and English (entrance to the Giambologna exhibition is charged), tel Artisans of the Oltrarno, in search of artistic craftsmanship Discover the fi nest genuine Florentine artisan traditions Info , renze-oltrarno. net, all year Hortibus Collection & Garden tours Starting point: piazza S.Trinita, every Thur and Sat at 15.00, info , www. hortibus.com, 25 Gli appuntamenti del Planetario: meetings with the public From January to May and from October to December (on Thursdays and on Sundays) Planetario, via G. Giusti 29, tel , renze.it MARKETS & FESTIVALS Diladdarno 2006 Arts festival of the Oltrearno neighbourhood, includes exhibits, shows and events. May 14-27, info , all day Mercato San Lorenzo Florentine crafts, hand-made embroidery, paper, leather etc Streets around Basilica San Lorenzo, every day, all day Ciompi Antique fair Piazza de Ciompi, tel , every week day and last Sunday of the month Mercato del Porcellino Florentine crafts with straw, hand-made embroidery, leather, woodwork, and fl owers Logge del Porcellino, every day, all day Organ and instrumental concerts Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Ricci, via del Corso, tel , all year, Mon-Sun 21.15, Sat 18.00, 11 Concerts at St. Mark s English Church The Orpheus Ensemble presents sacred music, Italian opera arias and Neapolitan Songs with piano and voice St. Mark s English Church, Via Maggio 16-18, tel , every day at 21.15, 15, for The Florentine readers 10 (Mondays free piano recital) Special concerts with free entrance: - April 28, Tempus Floridum Choir, May 26-27, Tempus Floridum Choir, Mostra mercato del libro per ragazzi KFFL r /4/05 17:51 Page Scarperia, 1 May 13 all day Did you know that Knight Frank has five offices in Tuscany and Umbria? Whether you are buying, selling, restoring or in need of estate management advice, you will always find a local Knight Frank agent close at hand. For further information contact in complete confidence: Rima Stubbs, Italian Head Office, London: Edward Rees, + (0) Offices: London Florence Milan Rome Venice PARKS Iris Garden Tour A walking tour through the beautiful Iris Garden of Piazzale Michelangelo. Piazzale Michelangelo, East Balcony, Oltrarno, Florence. Until May 21, and 15-19, free renze.it Eventi nel Parco di Villa Peyron Events, meetings, shows and music Villa Peyron, Via di Vincigliata 2, Fiesole, info , until June 13 CHILDREN GUIDED TOURS Il Giardino di Archimede, Mathematics Sundays Guided visits and surprise events at the Museum Il Giardino di Archimede, Museo per la Matematica, via S. Bartolo a Cintoia 19, tel , on the fi rst Sunday of every month Gli appuntamenti del Planetario: workshops for the schools Planetario, via G. Giusti 29, tel , renze.it, Jan-May and Oct-Dec, Mon-Fri Pinocchio secondo Disney Children meet the designers from Disney Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 1, info , May 13 LECTURES & CONFERENCES A creativity workshop by Elizabeth Monroy Music, dance, art and all sorts of wonderful things aimed at inspiring children McRae Books, via Dei Neri 32/R, MARKETS & FESTIVALS
13 What s on & Where to Go 13 Events in FLORENCE MAY 4 TO MAY 18 SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Festa sull Arno Fun, games and food for kids along the river May 14, from on, Circolo Marina di Candeli, Candeli, Bagno a Ripoli The little joiner s shop Workshop to create wooden games, develops creativiy and dexterity. For children age 4 to 10 Il Cappello di Merlino, via Mazzetta 14r, tel , every Wed, The amazing circus of Merlin the Wizard Workshop to create circus equipment. For children age 4 to 11 Il Cappello di Merlino, via Mazzetta 14r, tel , every Thur, The world through the senses Experimenting with the senses through games and book-readings. For children age 2 to 5 Il Cappello di Merlino, via Mazzetta 14r, tel , every Fri, Ludoteca Il Castoro - Every Monday: let s play together - Every Tuesday: Handi-craft lab and painting with Chiara - Every Wednesday: let s use the videocamera - Every Thursday: inventing and acting out stories - Every Friday: fun and games in English - Every day: book lending and story-time for children and parents c/o Ludoteca Il Castoro, Via U. della Faggiola 68/A (Scuola Villani), tel Puppet show Il Cappello di Merlino, via Mazzetta 14r, tel , every Sat, Raperonzolo Meyer Hospital, Via Luca Giordano 13, Firenze, May 8, 15.00, Un sabato piccolo piccolo Circolo Vie Nuove, v.le Giannotti, until May 27 only on Sat La storia di prezzemolina Meyer Hospital, Via Luca Giordano 13, May 17, L Albero Azzurro For children age 2 to 10 Saschall, Lungarno Aldo Moro 3, tel , AND OUT OF TOWN COMPETITION On The Road Festival Open enrollment for street musicians tel , until June 15. Enrollment is free. DANCE Danza Primavera Teatro S.M.S. Grassina, piazza Umberto I, Grassina, Bagno a Ripoli, info , May EXHIBITS Paintings by Marco Lami and Davide Feligioni Pantaleoni Confartigianato Sede di Maliseti, Via.Saccenti 19/21 Prato until May 25, Mon-Thurs , , Fri Closed: Sat & Sun, free Opera Austria. Prospettive distorte: arte nel cuore dell Europa A unique occasion to discover the variety of the Austrian artistic scene from the 1960s to present. Sale Espositive del Centro per l Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, viale della Repubblica 277, Prato, tel , until May 28 GUIDED TOURS Guided walking tours around Calenzano From April to October, info , Oasi di Gabbianello Galliano, May 6, 13, 20, 27, info & booking , Quadreria del Palazzo Comunale Prato, May 6 at 10.00, 11.00, 16.00, Visita gratuita di Palazzo Datini Prato, May 13, La macchia mediterranea del Colle di Monsummano Fucecchio, May 7, from 9.00 to Notti galileiane Observe the moon, Jupiter and Saturn Osservatorio Astronomico di Torre Luciana, Mercatale Val di Pesa, San Casciano, May 6,, free Villa Romana del Vergigno Montelupo Fiorentino, info , until June 26 during the week ends, Le costellazioni primaverili e il movimento dei pianteti sulla volta celeste Centro di Scienze Naturali, via di Galceti 74, Galceti, Prato, info , May 5, 21.30, 4 A Day for Honey: Visit to a Bee-farm Centro di Scienze Naturali, via di Galceti 74, Galceti, Prato, info , May 7, 15.00, Osservazione del cielo di primavera Parco di Villa Demidoff, Pratolino, Vaglia, info , May 10 from, free, by reservation only Villa Romana del Vergigno Montelupo Fiorentino, until June 26 on Sat and Sun, Guided tours in the Natural Reserve of Fucecchio marsh Padule di Fucecchio, tel , until June on weekends On the Scaffolding with Filippo Lippi Visits to the restoration of Filippo Lippi s fresco (max 12 persons) Cattedrale di Santo Stefano, piazza del Duomo, Prato, tel , lippolippi.it, by reservation only, every Sat at 10, 11, 16, 17, Sun at 10, 11, 8 Abbey of San Salvatore and San Lorenzo a Settimo Badia a Settimo, Scandicci, tel , Wed, Fri 10-12, Sun , closed July and Aug The Ceramics of Montelupo Free guided visits of Archaeology and Ceramics Museum and participation in workshops Museo archeologico e della ceramica, Montelupo Fiorentino, tel , on Thur from to Wine and Fashion in the Florentine Mountains. Itineraries with guided visits, shopping Tours to discover the art, culture and nature together with food, visits to artisan workshops and local shopping centres (Dicomano, Londa, Pelago, Pontassieve, Reggello, Rufina, San Godenzo). Starts at 8.45, lasts 7 hours All year Mon and Sat, Resco Travel, tel MARKETS & FESTIVALS Week-end of May 6-7 Fiera di Maggio Dicomano city center, May 4-7, all day Sagra del tortello e della carne alla brace Impianti sportivi di Sagginale, Borgo San Lorenzo, May 6-7, on Sun at too A Tavola nell Empolese Valdelsa Fucecchio city center, May 6 from Mercatino di Via Montebuoni Via Montebuoni, Tavarnuzze, May 6 all day Mostra mercato primaverile di piante e fiori Piazza Matteotti, Greve in Chianti, May 6-7, all day Exchange mart of the ancient toys Hotel Delta Florence, Calenzano, May 7 all day Festa dell agricoltura e dei prodotti tipici locali Castelfi orentino city center, May 7, 9-19 Collezionisti in piazza Scarperia city center, May 7, Dog Beauty Contest Fucecchio city center, May 7, Antique Fair Sesto Fiorentino city center, May 7, all day Special Market Prato, May 7 all day Aprilante, handcraft market Panzano in Chianti, May 7 all day Mercatino dei colori e sapori del Mugello Vicchio city center, May 7 all day Primavera tra le terrecotte di Impruneta Impruneta city center, May 7 all day Fiera di maggio Rignano sull Arno, May 7-8 all day Empolissima Empoli city center, May 7 all day Fiera dell antiquariato e del modernariato Pontassieve, May 14 all day Week-end of May Il tarlo Antiques and collector s items piazza Umberto I, Grassina, May 13, 8-20 Mercatino di Via Montebuoni Via Montebuoni, Tavarnuzze, May 6 all day Sagra del fungo porcino Incisa Val d Arno, May 13-14, on Sun at too Sagra del pesce Piscina Fiammetta, Certaldo, May 11-14, 19.00, on Sun at too Festa del Baccello Montespertoli city center, May all day National Dog Show Sovigliana, May 14 all day Ceramiche in piazza Borgo san Lorenzo city center, May 14 all day Festa delle affettatrici e delle bilance storiche Greve in Chianti, May 14, all day Torneo bandierai Piazza dei Vicari, Scarperia, May 14, all day Scarperia incontra il Senegal Goods from Senegal Scarperia city center, May 14 all day Fierucola delle erbe Piazza Buonamici e Piazza S. Maria al Castello, Prato city center, May 14 all day Sapori e Colori Food Festival Piazza del Duomo, Prato, May 14 all day A Tavola nell Empolese Valdelsa Fucecchio city center, May 14 from Aprilante, handcraft market Panzano in Chianti, May 14 all day Primavera tra le terrecotte di Impruneta Impruneta city center, May 14 all day Stelle e mercanti Market & music Piazza Matteotti, Greve in Chianti, May 18 from Mercatino dei colori e sapori del Mugello Vicchio city center, May 14 all day Fiera del Palio Fucecchio city center, May 14 all day Rose Pane e Vino San Casciano Val di Pesa city center, May 13-14, Sat 16-21, Sun 8-21 Fiera Toscana di Calenzano Calenzano city center, May all day Officina Offi cina Giovani, piazza Macelli 4, tel , May 8, Officina Offi cina Giovani, piazza Macelli 4, tel , May 15, I Venerdì della Verdi: Le Danze Weill, Bernstein, Schubert, Strauss, Mozskowskj, Dvorak, Talbert, Mussorgskj music Sala Corale G. Verdi, via S. Trinita 77, tel , PARKS Sculptures in a woodland In the heart of Sienese Chianti, many internationally renowned artists from fi ve continents have created imposing contemporary sculptures Parco sculture del Chianti, La Fornace 48/49, Pievasciata, Siena, tel , open all year Parco Mediceo di Pratolino Theater, music and dance shows for children Pratolino, Vaglia, info , from Thur to Sun , 3, free Thur & Fri, until 31/10/2006 Stato Libero dei Renai This natural oasis offers numerous lakes, ponds, green areas, bird-watching spots, sport facilities, children s games, a swimming pool, etc Parco dei Renai, Lastra a Signa, Mon-Fri 12:00-20:00, Sat, Sun and holidays 9:00-20:00, free SHOWS Cirque du soleil Alegria Tour Plan Rome, Area Spettacoli, until May 28. Info and Box Offi ce SPORTS & ACTIVITIES Gran fondo Gino Bartali 40 k bicycle competition Ponte a Ema, May 7 at 7.30, info & registration , Guided tour to Santuario della Madonna del Sasso Starting point: via F. Mazzei, località La Querce, Prato, May 7 at 9.00 Quattro passi per Legri Starting point: Piazza V. Veneto, Calenzano at 14.30, info Area protetta Valle del Carigiola Starting point: via F. Mazzei, località La Querce, Prato, May 14, 9.00 Campionato Italiano Amatori Windsurf Lago di Bilancino, Barberino di Mugello, until May 30, info & registration , Campionato zonale laser Lago di Bilancino, Barberino di Mugello, May 14 Trofeo Matteotti 150 k bicycle competition Piazza A. Brandi, Marcialla, info & registration , May 14
14 14 UP CLOSE & PERSONAL An Interview With TF: What do you love about Florence? PT: I have been overwhelmed by the openness, warmth and the help the city has given us. They realise that Polimoda is about young people and that it s a respectable thing to promote young talent. An important manager should dedicate part of his time giving back to the community. Philip Taylor Florence won t leap out and talk to you. An interview with Philip Taylor, Director General of Florence s fashion school Polimoda. Originally from Bradford in the north of England, he has lived in Italy for over twenty years. TF: How and when did Polimoda start? PT: Polimoda was formed in the mid 1980s by Ruth Rabb, who persuaded the Town Council of Florence to start a dialogue with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the biggest fashion school in the world. It was set up as a non-profi t making institution and it remains the only school in Italy with that status - all the other fashion schools are run by private entrepreneurs. TF: What has the relationship with the United States brought to Polimoda? PT: It s made it a unique environment - semi-theatrical, semi-practical. We re kitted out with sewing machines, lamps, work tables as well as the biggest fashion library in Italy, and we even publish our own books. I m keen to develop links with the fashion industry and to see the students going out on visits and doing projects, rather than making it a cloistered academic environment. It is also a very international school. Around 66% of our students are Italian and the rest are from literally all over the world. We have several courses in English and I think that this crosscultural contamination is one of the most positive aspects of Polimoda. TF: How do you assess the quality of your teaching? PT: One of the fi rst things I did when I came here was to certify the quality of the organisation. As far as internal monitoring goes, each teacher is assessed twice a year by the students. Then, we use a top quality accreditation service, our primary quality indicator being how many of our students are employed in the fashion industry after 6 months. We don t necessarily produce famous names but there are a huge number of our former students working in the fashion industry. Rather than ending up as glitzy, top designers, they become product specialists - the people who actually put the collections together rather than put their name on the headed paper! TF: What would you like Polimoda to develop and expand? PT: I would like to see an even greater range of courses: in the near future, we re planning to do theatre and costume design, fashion photography, graphics and, journalism. We also want to try and help Italian organisations develop a market in China and the Far East. Italian fashion companies need to think luxury or niche. An important Chinese diplomat once said to me, You have to remember, there is an ancient Chinese expression which says what is produced in your own home isn t of value. So, for instance, Gucci made in China wouldn t have the same aura. The other niche I want to explore is the ethical niche. It s becoming more and more important to produce luxury products that haven t destroyed the planet or exploited children or cheap labour. TF: What do you love about Italy? PT: I love the family feeling here in Britain, families tend to be more spread out. I also like people who are lively, enthusiastic, creative and passionate. I have an Italian great-grandfather, so there s something Italian fl oating around in me somewhere. People in England can be too phlegmatic, I found they would get annoyed with me because I was enthusiastic. TF: What do you not like about Florence? PT: I would like to see the city look a bit better. I really do understand how tight City Council fi nances are but perhaps certain companies could sponsor projects planting trees and fl ower beds, for instance. If Florence wants to be a smart, chic city, it has to look the part. TF: If you were to liken Florence to a person, how would you describe her? PT: She s conservative, but I don t say that in a negative sense. She has to be conservative because she s a guardian of some of the world s greatest art treasures. Florence is a woman who ll take several minutes to look you up and down and assess you. She won t leap out and talk to you, you have the make the effort to get to know her and all her secrets. TF: Which café would you take your guests to? PT: Rivoire in Piazza della Signoria. It s a really creative place. It think it s something to do with the open space around it, the ideas can fl y. TF: What do you think is the biggest misconception foreigners have about Italians? PT: That they re lazy. Some of the Italians I know are the most rigorous, hard-working people in the world. Italy is the smiling Swizerland of Europe.
15 Culture & CUSTOMS 15 All of the articles found in the following pages are written by independent collaborators. The Florentine seeks to publish stories that are interesting, entertaining, and useful to all of our readers. If and when a writer expresses opinions within his or her work those opinions should be considered to be those of the writer and not necessarily those of the publishers of this newspaper. If you wish to submit articles for consideration please contact us at ITALIAN VOICES: a window on language and customs in Italy... Boh by Linda Falcone The truth is, sometimes, things have no immediate explanation. And that s when boh comes out to play. It takes the place of I don t know and is the comfort food of those who are forced to admit that they can t understand. The morning of the election results I purposely avoided turning on the news. There was really no need. The state of Italy s political future would be written on the barman s face. I would know the results by the wrinkles on Maurizio s forehead. In Italy, breakfast always reflects the state of the world. So who won? I asked Maurizio as I waited for him to prepare the foam on my cappuccino. Boh. One can t know. What do you mean? Didn t they count the votes? They counted. It looks fifty-fifty. Boh. There s a slight lead for the left. This affirmation led the breakfasters to start their debate. Coffee cups were set on saucers and croissants froze in mid-air. Would there be a re-count? Boh. How long would it take before someone found a box of uncounted votes lying under a table somewhere? Boh. How is it that 25,000 more votes gave Prodi the right to forty seats in the Chamber of Deputies? Boh. Would the Senate be at the mercy of the foreign vote? Boh.With such a clean split in parliament, how would the bums ever get legislation passed? Boh. I stood and watched the bohs bounce back and forth across the bar. Italy is a country of contrasts. Long-winded multi-faceted explanations usually abound. When trying to grapple with an issue, political or otherwise, Italians most often opt for the long version of the story. But when the going gets really rough, they jump directly into the heart of the issue. The truth is, sometimes, things have no immediate explanation. And that s when boh comes out to play. It takes the place of I don t know and is the comfort food of those who are forced to admit that they can t understand. Certainly, boh does not make Italy s top-ten list of the most elegant expressions. But it does serve its purpose quite effectively. One tiny syllable and you give up all need to know. Besides, what could be better than an unintelligible word to talk about the unintelligible? Fond as we are of onomatopoeia, English speakers should be able to grasp this concept quite easily. We ve invented slam, bang, gasp and smash. Wasn t there room for a word like boh in all that ruckus? Why were the Italians the one to patent it? Simple. To be able to invent a word like boh, you have to love the inexplicable. You ve got to be willing to loosen your grip on good solid reasoning. And that s where the Italians win. Either by virtue or by necessity, Italians are much better at abandoning themselves to that which cannot be explained. They do not resist the unknown and are virtual strangers to the common Anglo belief that behind every event there is a reasonable statistic that will wave all our worries away. Before setting foot on Italian soil, it s very possible that most English speakers have never even considered the need for a word like boh. And yes, for three days of whirlwind touring, you can make-do without it. But those who have packed a suitcase with clothes for several seasons soon find that boh is as essential to Italian living as bureaucracy, bus-strikes and boutiques with big prices. That said, one should avoid the temptation of making boh into a bad habit. It s smart not to go bohing the innocent by-stander who asks you the fastest way to Santo Spirito. Boh is best saved for the truly inexplicable. It would be wonderful always to have highly articulate responses on the tip of one s tongue. But sometimes you just don t. Sometimes nobody does, and that s when it s best to revert to baby talk. Boh. Boh. Boh. It s a very useful expression. After all, you can t be held responsible for something you can t explain. And if you speak like a one year old, maybe someone will eventually take pity on you and throw you a biscuit. For a nonsense word, boh actually makes a lot of sense. That was my realization as I stood and dipped cookies into my cappuccino - something that one is generally not allowed to do in Italian bars. Today, Maurizio was too worried to scold me for breaking bar etiquette. The regular on my right ordered a spuma bionda and bemoaned the state of the world. Maurizio poured his sadness into a tall fizzy glass. There was nothing left to do but thoroughly enjoy their misery. Prodi ought to be a village vicar - you think we ll be able to stand his sermons for five years? Boh. Better than voting for someone who should be singing cabaret on cruise ships. Personally, I vote for Boh. It s such a delightfully sudsy word, like a bubble popping in your mouth. You may be hoping for perfectly logical discourse. Alas, all it takes is a slight drop of the jaw and the illusion suddenly pops. The event is meant to remain a mystery. SAM S MARKETS Florence Amsterdam SAM'S Amsterdam opening soon! Try Sam s for a bit of America!! 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16 16 Culture & CUSTOMS Life in Italy Oh rubbish! Il Quadrifolio s exhibit discovers the art of garbage by Brooke Carey They say One man s trash is another man s treasure, but what about One man s trash is another man s art? You probably don t think about it often: the fact that rubbish can be turned into art. Indeed, I d bet that most of you have never thought about it. I ll admit, the idea of turning your old banana peel into a masterpiece or your discarded gum wrappers into a picture to rival Giotto or Michelangelo might seem a little odd. However, the Florentine Waste Management Agency, Il Quadrifoglio (The Four-leaf Clover), has not only considered this idea but has taken it to a new level of creativity. To celebrate its fiftieth year of taking out the trash, Il Quadrifoglio is holding a special art exhibition entitled Precious Garbage: New Realism and Contemporary Culture. Il Quadrifoglio prides itself on not only collecting all your food scraps, cardboard boxes and other things you d rather not think about after you ve tossed them in the wastebasket, but also on educating the public on how to take care of its garbage and the environment in general. With this commitment in mind, the exhibit, which runs from May 10 until June 30, will feature a number of pieces by contemporary artists constructed from - what else? - rubbish. The exhibition will be divided into three sections. The first will focus on the history of Il Quadrifoglio and will tell its fifty-year-long story through photographs taken from the agency s archives. It will also include a video presentation entitled The Last Voyage of G a r b a g e, which shows the process that garbage goes through once it leaves your neighborhood dumpster. A second section will feature the work of various artists who were specially invited by the exhibit s curator, Maurizio Vanni, to create pieces for the show. All of the works, which will include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, video-art, photographs and various types of fashion and jewelry, will be constructed from recycled and used materials. The objective is to show that just because something has fulfilled its intended purpose does not mean it s no longer valuable. In fact, when you throw something away its life is not necessarily over. If you know how to treat it, it can continue to grow and create forever! The third section will display some of the most important works from the 1960 theorist movement of Pierre Restany a part of the New Realism movement. The w o r k s featured will be among the most important of this movement and will include a variety of artists and a wide array of different media. The three sections will be connected by lighted crossings which will send audio-visual signals, fragrances and smells to the spectators, giving them a sensory experience of the materials used by the artists. These sensations will make the viewer feel like a part of this world of refuse and will help to raise awareness of the individual s responsibilities when dealing with rubbish. Another aim of this feature is to involve children and make them understand that they can take care of their world and make it an even better place in which to live in the future. To help foster this sense of responsibility, a special videogame entitled The Little Garbage Man has been created especially for the younger audience. This game features a character armed with a broom-like object that he uses to pick up and dispose of garbage in the proper manner. Upon leaving the exhibit, the game will be available for download onto cell phones. Who knows, after you leave, you may never look at yesterday s newspaper or that piece of dental floss in the same way again. In fact - dare I suggest it? - you might even start looking forward to taking out the trash. Precious Garbage: New Realism and Contemporary Culture will be held in the Stozzilina of Palazzo Strozzi from May 10 - June 30. Entrance is free and the exhibit is open to the public every day from 10am to 7pm. ARTI e MESTIERI Paper Shop Photo Albums Journals Diaries Playing Cards Invitations Business Cards Menus Letterheads Recipes Artistic Calendars
17 Life in Italy 17 The ARTS In the Valley of the Masters Young artists exchange the best of both worlds by Emiko Davies A lot goes on under the Tuscan sun, especially when the hillside becomes a classroom and the landscape a springboard for young contemporary artists to experiment with regional colour. It has been a few years since Professor Adriano Bimbi first decided to replace his classroom with a more stimulating setting, taking selected students from the Accademia di Belle Arti to spend summers in the Mugello an area as rich in beauty as in cultural heritage. The Mugello was the birthplace of not only the Medici family but also of some of the most influential artists from Giotto and Cimabue to Fra Angelico. Today, it is other young artists who use the rolling hills of the summer landscape and convents and old tobacco factories as their studios where they renew the image of the world once depicted by the grandfathers of the Renaissance. Through paintings and drawings, they have created their own fresh, contemporary look at this age-old vision. Last December, several young Tuscan artists from the Accademia had the chance to enter the international art scene by exhibiting their works at Pace University in New York. The project has been carried out through the help of the local towns of San Piero a Sieve and Barberino di Mugello and thanks to the support of the Tuscan American Association, an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening long-standing ties of friendship as well as cultural, economic and scientific exchange between Tuscany and the United States. Five annual Mugello excursions have resulted in an exhibition called In the Valley of the Masters created by eleven of these young artists. Lorenzo Barbieri, a 25-year-old Florentine, was one of the students involved in the Mugello adventures and the New York exhibition. His mixed-media painting for the exhibition was a large geographic study of the Mugello landscape. The painting depicts the artists at lunch, surrounded by the golden yellow, burnt sienna and sky blue of the summer landscape. One cannot help but compare the work of these contemporary artists to that of the Renaissance artists. They are from the same place, working in the same environment, even - in Barbieri s case - working with the same medium, reminiscent of a traditional triptych altarpiece. It is as if today s artists are translating a millennium of art history into something that can be read with contemporary vision. G. Cordoni writes of Barbieri s triptych, His orchestration of frontal perspective develops as if it were a great narrative, gently reminiscent of the progression of certain classic visions from the early Renaissance. What initially began as an educational project has slowly transformed into much more. For Barbieri, this influential experience was a meeting between man and nature, the past and the present: I tried to recreate, day by day, the scenes in which our history is rooted. Despite everything, it has remained in tact enough for us to appreciate and want to be a part of it. As a result of the New York exhibition s success in December, there are plans to organise a follow-up exchange in which American students from Pace University will come to the Mugello to work alongside Prof. Bimbi s students. The project, designed to encourage an exchange of backgrounds, cultures and ideas, will promote exhibitions of the artists works in Italy and the US. The Tuscan American Association will again be co-ordinating the exchange, as it is a perfect way to create significant links between young art students working in Florence and New York. Tuscan American Association President Lynn Wiechmann calls the experience the first step in what we see as a long and fruitful relationship between Pace University, the Accademia di Belle Arti and communities in the Mugello. While young American artists are given the opportunity to explore the Workshop, Show Rooms and classes It is as if today s artists are translating a millennium of art history into something that can be read with contemporary vision. history and beauty of the Mugello, aspiring Italian artists can enter the energetic world of contemporary art in the US. The project provides a taste of two cultures and invites participants to experience the best of both worlds. A rare opportunity for young artists that even the Renaissance masters wouldn t have been able to beat.
18 18 The ARTS A King of Infinite Space by James Douglas Life in Italy O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infi nite space were it not that I have bad dreams. For the Elizabethan mind, bad dreams were a symptom of melancholy, and it is both the melancholic disposition in Hamlet s nature and his response to the overwhelming awfulness of his experiences that lie at the root of his tragedy. He answers the ghostly call to avenge his father s murder, with all the passion of a young man seething with a personal and social sense of injustice, only to find himself overcome by indecisiveness, procrastination and, ultimately, inaction. This allows his treacherous enemies to get the upper hand, and so the unfortunate Hamlet s fate is sealed. Prince Hamlet is unable to be a king of infinite space and yet he has an almost infinite number of characterisations. This is the starting point for Shakespeare Week at the British Institute of Florence, which, naturally enough, focuses on Hamlet, the play and its film adaptations. As part of its goal to foster Anglo-Italian cultural relations, the Institute has an outreach programme for secondary schools in Florence to promote discussion and appreciation of Shakespeare, and particularly his use of language. The general public is also invited to participate in the week s events. Hamlet in a nutshell is no easy task, so the aim of the film seminar is to gain a closer understanding of his character by looking at four different cinematic interpretations by Laurence Olivier, Mel Gibson, Kenneth Branagh and Ethan Hawke, directed respectively by Laurence Olivier (1948), Franco Zeffirelli (1990), Kenneth Branagh (1996) and Michael Almereyda (2000). Is the true Hamlet somewhere amongst them? Olivier leaves us with no doubts about his reading of Hamlet. He uses lines from later in the play as a prologue to his film and adds weighty words of his own: This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind. Olivier s Hamlet is a traditional one - dressed in black, as the text demands. He is alternately explosive and meditative, elated and depressed, mad (apparently) and devious. The style of the film is expressionist and noirish, with gliding camera movements in empty hallways and an emphasis on stairs (symbolising transition) and Hamlet, II, ii, shadows. Olivier s Hamlet is vigorous and resolute at first, only to be later defeated by his reason. On second thoughts, maybe that s not such a good idea seems to be the way of thinking that gives way to his particular fault. Zeffirelli idolised Olivier, so it s not surprising that his version, with a few significant differences, should largely follow the Olivier movie template. His choice of Mel Gibson to play the lead was surprising to some but, fresh from the action hero persona of the Lethal Weapons and Mad Maxes, Gibson had the energy and passion to make this Hamlet robust and edgy. He is a fighter rather than a mope; he burns with a sense of injustice and is not excessively self-obsessed. Zeffirelli s film tries to marry Hollywood and Stratford, and consequently Gibson often gives the impression of being directed and not finding his own way in the part. Zeffirelli s famous attention to authentic period detail makes this Hamlet beautiful to look at and a truly satisfying movie experience. Unlike the other three, director Branagh goes for a full-text version, uncut, and with only minor rearrangements and adjustments, resulting in a four-hour marathon (as long as the full play would take in the theatre). He sets his Hamlet in the 19th century, and the look of the film is Scandinavian, although it was filmed almost entirely at the 18th-century Blenheim Palace in England. The film is stocked with a host of Hollywood stars and British stage worthies. Branagh himself plays Hamlet - lively and extrovert, at times mischievous and calculating, deeply troubled by his situation but less preening and self-regarding than Olivier s. Nonetheless, his To be or not be is literally reflective, delivered in front of large mirrors. His is a truly complete, richly theatrical Hamlet that comes close to being definitive. Ethan Hawke is a little outclassed by his illustrious thespian predecessors. However his 20thcentury Hamlet, played as a brooding, troubled, overgrown adolescent, has the benefit of a cleverly adapted contemporary New York setting and a bracing, modern style of movie-making that allows Shakespeare s original (though drastically cut) text to shine through. His To be or not to be takes place in a Blockbuster video hire store - in the Action section, naturally. The Branagh and Olivier films will be shown in their entirety during the week, and illustrations from all four movies will accompany the seminars. Full details of A King of Infinite Space, the British Institute s Shakespeare Week 2006, are in the events listings and on the website: THE LOUNGE F I R E N Z E Aperitivo, Dinner Sushi and Sunday Brunch open 7:00 pm - 1:00 am Piazza S.M.Novella 9/10 rosso Firenze PH Fax info thelounge.it
19 Life in Italy 19 The ARTS Mastery and mystery Unveiling the secrets of Leonardo by Adriana Varela The unstoppable success in the last two years of The da Vinci Code by Dan Brown has certainly renewed interest in Leonardo Da Vinci, already one of the most popular Italian Renaissance masters. In order to meet the public s desire for more knowledge regarding Leonardo and his works the Province of Florence, along with APT, has included a number of exhibitions dedicated to him as a part of the larger Il Genio Fiorentino series. The first of these exhibitions, Cerca Trova: i misteri della più grande opera di Leonardo da Vinci held at Palazzo Medici Riccardi from April 22 to May 2, featured a summary of the most recent scholarly research regarding Leonardo s uncompleted Battle of Anghiari on the east wall of the Sala dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio. In 1503, he was commissioned by the new Florentine Republic to paint a battle scene to commemorate the city s military victory over the Milanese duke Visconti. Leonardo never finished the painting but drawings of it were made, and sections of his own preparatory sketches were copied. Thanks to the surviving copies of copies, perhaps most famously that of Peter Paul Reubens, scholars are able to reconstruct the intended scene. The composition featured a climactic moment in battle with horses rearing, contorted soldiers grimacing and struggling for victory. The intensity and originality of the composition essentially changed the concept of battle painting, extending its influence into the late Renaissance, Baroque and Napoleonic periods. Leonardo actually began painting it sometime in 1505, but it is disputed exactly when. His contract stated that he was obligated to start by February but most believe that he began in the summer, probably in August. He started with the central section of the painting, using an experimental oil technique on the wall. He left Florence in 1506 for Milan and never returned to continue work on it. In 1512, the Medici, who had returned to power in Florence, commissioned Giorgio Vasari to paint over the wall. It is Vasari s murals that decorate the walls today. The experimental method used by Leonardo, Vasari s over-painting and the remodeling of the Hall have presented obstacles in uncovering the secrets in Florence s City Hall. The exhibition is dedicated to documenting the history of research into this particular painting. Multimedia presentations aimed to explain the findings of previous research attempts, from 1975 to 1977 and 2000 to 2002, as well as current investigations. With state of the art infrared technology scholars have been able to reconstruct more successfully the remaining traces of the painting, and these have been presented alongside photographs of Leonardo s famed preparatory drawings and some of the most famous copies of his drawings. Florence continues its search for the hidden side of Leonardo, with investigations honoring his most famous face. La Gioconda, known to the world as Monna Lisa, will be the protagonist on May 13 during the presentation Studi sull immagine della Gioconda come autoritratto di Leonardo. The initiative, promoted by the Associazione Toscana USA and sponsored by the Honorary Console of Perù Giorgio Fiorenza, includes several guest speakers. Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Ideal Museum of Vinci will speak, along with Renzo Manetti, author of Beatrice and Monnalisa. Manetti will present an in-depth study which proposes the Monna Lisa as the painter s celestial alterego which represents his spiritual guide towards Wisdom. American scholar Lillian Schwartz will present her research on the image of Monna Lisa as a self-portrait of the master himself. By means of a computerized analysis of la Gioconda and Leonardo s self-portrait, Schwartz confirms their similar facial features. A video which outlines the different stages of the painting s development will also be presented. On May 17 in the Sala Est-Ovest of Palazzo Medici Riccardi courtroom junkies can enjoy Processo al Codice Da Vinci, Trail for the Da Vinci Code. This timely convention on the controversies surrounding Dan Brown s novel will be presented just days prior to the release of the film starring Tom Hanks. The national representative of Opus Dei, the Catholic association opposed to the film s message, will be one of the speakers.
20 20 Book REVIEWS Life in Italy Open eyes, open mouths A look at How Babies Talk by Ed Hayes For those of us who are trying to make head or tail of a second language, it does not hurt to give a little thought to the struggle that each one of us made to learn our first. How Babies Talk by Drs Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsch-Pasek adds to the enormous parenting literature a little gem of the genre. It manages effectively to distil the equally huge amounts of related scientific literature into a manageable and easily comprehensible volume. The experience of a newborn baby is not unlike someone arriving in a new country with no idea of the language, unable even to pick out single words from the flow of unfamiliar gobbledigook. Babies start analysing then gradually sorting out individual words, patterns and cadences of speech. They help themselves in this process by babbling - trying the sounds out for size, before they can actually understand what they hear. Meanwhile, unspoken communication begins. Pointing and giving meaningful glances are crucial steps. Real communication happens when Baby understands that when you point, Mummy brings you what you want. As for understanding other people s pointing that takes a little longer, and a baby of 9 months will just look wonderingly at the tip of your finger when you point. Spoken language comes as the child s interior world expands. When they discover something new they want to express, children actually work to invent the necessary language in their own mind. They create new words and symbols for things in the world, discarding them if they do not get results. When Dr Linda Acredolo s 12-month-old daughter, Kate, caught sight of an aquarium full of fish, she toddled towards it, pointing excitedly and making a blowing gesture. Linda couldn t figure out why blowing would stand for the concept of fish until later that night. She then realized that she and Kate took turns each night blowing the fish on a fish mobile over Kate s crib. During this game, Linda would comment on how the fish were swimming. The environment too, is crucial. One comparative study of language and social class found that the average welfare child heard only 616 words an hour, the working-class child 1,251 words and the child of professional parents, 2,153. The style of the language was different as well, with richer parents likely to show more interest in the child s object of interest, and to be more positive. The average professional child heard 32 affirmatives and 7 prohibitions an hour, the working-class child 12 affirmatives and 7 prohibitions, and the welfare child 5 affirmatives and 11 prohibitions. By the time a child The Magical Mist Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm. McRae Bookstore - Via dei Neri, 32r is 4, the effect of these environmental factors on language is probably irreversible. Clearly the language learning urge is hard-wired into all of us. The message for, adult learners is that we should work to create the right circumstances, and then just open our eyes, ears and mouths. Author Elizabeth Monroy will conduct a creativity workshop with music, dance, art and all sorts of wonderful things aimed at fanning children s creative sparkle. She will also be signing copies of The Magical Mist, a book aimed at empowering children s creativity and imagination. Brideshead Revisited revisited Guest Lecturer Derek Granger Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 9 As the first theatre and film critic for the Financial Times, Derek Granger started that paper s acclaimed Arts page. At Granada Television he produced World in Action and was one of the first producers of Coronation Street. He also wrote and produced the films A Handful of Dust (1988) and Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991), and the successful TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh s most celebrated novel: Brideshead Revisited. This was first transmitted in the UK in 1981, and is now being widely celebrated on British TV as it reaches its 25th anniversary. Italian language and regional Title: BUON APPETITO! Tra lingua italiana e cucina regionale Intermediate Level CSC Group ISBN price: Euro Pages: 168 This book presents a variety of Italian regional recipes, along with vocabulary, grammar structures and amusing facts related to them. For students of all nationalities with an intermediate knowledge of Italian, it adopts a hands-on approach and can be used as support to a language course as well as to self-teach the language. Buon Appetito is divided into 20 units, each including: - An illustrated regional recipe with a suggested wine; - Highlighted language structures and vocabulary in the text of a recipe; - Colour plates illustrating groups of words related to food; - One structure of grammar; - Vocabulary and grammar activities; - Idiomatic expressions; - Games; - A Did You Know? section. Bonacci editore Via Paolo Mercuri, Roma (RM) tel: fax: NOVEL NEWS HARRY POTTER PRONOUNCED CHILD-PROOF Harry Potter contains nothing diabolical, it does not encourage occultism or Satanism, says Famiglia Cristiana, Italy s most important Catholic magazine. The publication defends the protagonists of Rowling s books and the many successful films of the series in efforts to redeem the books in the eyes of many Catholics. In the past, the young magician was criticised in many Catholic circles and, in 2003, by the then Cardinal, Ratzinger. Expert on the History of Religion, Massimo Introvigne, reassuringly defined the stories an element of popular culture. DA VINCI CODE ADORNS ANGRY CHURCH Catholic authorities in Rome are outraged by a decision to display a huge advert for the forthcoming film The Da Vinci Code on the facade of a church in the city s centre. The new ad is attached to scaffolding for restoration work on the church of San Pantaleo. The restoration is being paid for by the Italian interior ministry, which presumably came to an agreement about displaying the advert with the film s promoters. Monsignor Frisina, a top official at the headquarters of the Rome diocese, expressed horror at the choice, saying, We ask that places of worship be respected and that the choice of the publicity be agreed with the parish priest.