Author: Editorial Staff

The Florentine editorial staff
April 28, 2005
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Historic Reinterpretation for 60th Anniversary of Confcommercio in Florence

The Italian General Business Commerce Association was founded in Tuscany exactly 60 years ago and it will celebrate the event Friday, April 29th at Palazzo Vecchio with an interpretation by Ugo Pagliai amidst a historical set created by historian Franco Cardini.
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Restoration begins on the Madonna of Citerna

The restoration project on the Madonna di Citerna has begun in Florence at one of the most famous restoration laboratories in the world, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Experts hope that during the process it will be confirmed that this sculpture is another work by the master Renaissance artist, Donatello. &
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Piazza Ghiberti reopens to public

The reopening of a large area of Piazza Ghiberti was celebrated this past weekend. The square had been closed for years due to the construction of an underground parking garage and, to the relief of local vendors and inhabitants, the works have finally been finished and the greatly enlarged piazza
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Rugby: A French Final for Heineken Cup

It will be a French match for the Heineken Cup rugby finals. After the qualification of Stade Francais by the Bergamo brothers (20-17 at Biarritz), it was Tolosa’s turn and in the second semi-final beat Leicester 27-19. The final is set for May 22nd in
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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