Author: Editorial Staff

The Florentine editorial staff
April 28, 2005
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Pope made official last Sunday

St. Peter’s Square was once again witness to a huge outdoor mass Sunday 24 April in honour of the official installation ceremony of the 265th Pope.   Pope Benedict was presented with the symbols of Papal power, the pallium (a drape of white wool adorned with red crosses)
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Florentines still abandoning city centre

It seems that Florence’s city centre is still losing its native residents. There are two main reasons why: a consistent emigration to more suburban areas, and a high mortality rate among the large number of elderly residents    For years, there has been a general tendency for
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Football: Referees Hard on Players

Record for disqualifications in Series A championship. In fact, sports arbitrators suspended 24 players, including Rome’s captain, Francesco Totti (5 days) and Juvetnus forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (3 days).
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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