Author: Editorial Staff

The Florentine editorial staff
April 28, 2005
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Maggio Musicale in Mourning

Preparations for the opening of the month long celebration Maggio Musical Fiorentino came to an abrupt halt last week when Director Zubin Mehta’s mother passed away at her home in Los Angeles, California. The Director returned to California for the funeral, but immediately returned to rehearsals only two
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Road works cause traffic and chaos

The partial closure of one of the main commuter bridges over the Arno River, Ponte all’Indiano, caused major traffic delays throughout the city last week. Simultaneous road construction works in other parts of the city hindered the creation of well functioning detour routes and commuters were forced to
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George Clooney Writes Letter to Townspeople

In an attempt to smooth contentions with neighbours, actor George Clooney recently sent a letter out to all of the inhabitants of Laglio, the small town on the shores of Lake Como, where he recently acquired a villa. The letter explained his true intentions behind his proposal to also acquire
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Storks Return to Florence

Two different pairs of white storks have decided to build their nests near Florence this spring. Both of the nest locations are in urban areas. This is a surprising event for the city and has not been recorded as having occured for over 200 years.
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Florence’s top classical music festival begins April 30th

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a world renowned classical music and dance festival held every year in Florence. Events ranging from opera, to symphony, and ballet are performed by some of the top musicians and dancers. Long time director of the Maggio Musicale, Zubin Mehta, is an accomplished conductor and
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Rome Returns Obelisk to Ethiopia

The huge obelisk (or “stele”) that has long been a part of Rome’s landscape was returned to its rightful owners in Ethiopia last Sunday. The return was made in hopes of rebuilding relations with this country. The stele will be re-erected in the city of
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What’s in a name?

Pope Benedict VXI, looking a little tired after an emotional few weeks, was inaugurated as Pope last Sunday. After the 350,000 strong crowds left the square, Rome packed away the last of the big screens, tent cities, plastic bottles and barriers and probably sighed its relief at a job
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Nannucci to create new monument at Santa Maria Novella

Artist Maurizio Nannucci’s proposal for the new monument to be erected at the Santa Maria Novella train station has won the approval of city government. The monument will be a tribute to the collective memory of partisan resistance during World War II. It will be located near the
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Restaurant Magazine Awards 3 Italian Restaurants

Italy did not fair as well as Great Britain this year in Restaurant Magazine’s top 50 restaurants in the world list, but 3 Italian eateries did manage to get on the list. Italy’s top are, Checchino dal 1887 in Rome, Gambero Rosso in Livorno, and Florence&
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Formula 1: Alonso takes imola by storm

After 3 seasons dominated by Ferrari, Renault pilot, Fernando Alonso won at Imola last weekend. The Spanish pilot did win the Grand Prix at Imola, however he was closely followed by the stunning Michael Schumacher, who, thanks to some very impressive tactical manoeuvres was able to come in at second