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Year: 2010

FOOD + WINE

Painstaking panettone

Here comes Christmas and the chill of the December air in Florence is sweetened with the enticing aromas of artisan bakers making Tony's Bread, pan di Toni. This famous fifteenth- century Milanese Christmas cake, known in Italian as panettone, is now the national Christmas cake of Italy. Many competing

THINGS TO DO

In pursuit of presepi

December is the month of Italy's most important holiday, one that many towns commemorate with live nativity scenes, or presepi viventi. Therefore, my idea for this issue's travel feature was to showcase a Tuscan village with a presepio worthy of a daytrip. I cast a wide net, contacting

NEWS

Winter’s gift

  While some dream of a white Christmas (could this year be the year?), at this time of year the Italians look to the heavens for other reasons. Since late ...

Lifestyle

Holiday TOP 10

Wondering how to celebrate Christmas and entertain the babies while school's out and the holidays are upon us? Luckily, Florence is positively overflowing with Christmas cheer. So much so that I've compiled my top 10 for making the holidays as fun and easy as possible.   1. Capture

COMMUNITY

Ciccia

Ciccia This word has various meanings, among them ‘meat’; it is also used as a friendly nickname, or expression of resignation.  Example: ‘Via nini, mangia la ciccia sennò un tu ...

COMMUNITY

Taken by storm

Roberto Falcone has my father's same name, but our family ties end there, for we are not even remotely blood related. In fact, our surname is our sole similarity. He's a brilliant researcher who writes chemical equations while doodling on the phone, and every scrap of paper in

Lifestyle

Elisabetta Cianfanelli

A Florence native, Elisabetta Cianfanelli is one busy lady. While juggling family commitments and a variety of important roles in the city, she also holds the position of Florence's municipal councillor of Tourism, Europe and Fashion and Equal Opportunities in the Renzi administration. Before that, she served as Florence

Lifestyle

Redefining (life)style

These days, ‘Xmas madness' is epidemic, a shopping fever that grips everyone, a buying virus few seem immune to. People under the influence of this very severe illness feel the need to purchase excessive quantities of frivolous and extremely nonsensical-but-so-cute little things for friends and family. &

Lifestyle

Women artists ‘of wit and great ingenuity’

Who am I?' ‘What am I doing here?' ‘How do I wish to be remembered?' These are among the questions that an artist may ask herself as she tries to decide how she will represent herself to the world, what to reveal and what to mask. The upcoming

ART + CULTURE

The bright red Christmas star

Like the panettone, fairy-lit tree and nativity scene, the bright red flower known here as the Stella di Natale is synonymous with Christmas in most Italian households. The Confederazione Italiana ...

COMMUNITY

Nicky Swallow

  A musician at heart becomes a travel writer    A few years after Nicky Swallow was born in London, her family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland. She grew up there, ...

THINGS TO DO

Exhibition/A Regola d’Arte,,,,,

  Until May 7, 2011, Salvatore Ferragamo Museum See the famous collection of 10,000 shoes created by Salvatore Ferragamo himself from the 1920s to his death in 1960, as well ...

THINGS TO DO

Art/I Mai Visti

 December 15 to January 30, Uffizi Gallery, Sala delle Reali Poste Self-portraits by female artists, including works from the Uffizi’s historic collection and paintings collected for the exhibition, and contemporary ...

THINGS TO DO

Contemporary Art/For the love of God

Until May 1, Palazzo Vecchio Damien Hirst's controversial platinum cast of a human skull encrusted in 8,601 flawless diamonds (for a total of 1,106.8 karats), cost £14 million to produce and has a price tag of £50 million. Love it or hate it, you

THINGS TO DO

In Tuscany/Chianti d’Autunno

Until December 12, All over Chianti Guided gastronomical and archeological tours, tastings, restaurant discounts on strictly seasonal dishes, exhibitions and much more throughout the Chianti for this year's edition of Chianti D'Autunno. If you're reading this now, you're just in time for the tail end of

THINGS TO DO

Dance/Coppelia

December 22 to 24, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino The sentimental comic ballet with choreography by Evgheni Polyakov and music by Léo Delibes about the myseterious and faintly diabolical inventor, Doctor Coppélius and his creation, a life-size dancing doll. The doll is so lifelike that

THINGS TO DO

Concert/Grace

December 16, Teatro Verdi Experience the stunning sounds of South African gospel sung by the Grammy-winning, Oscar night-performing Soweto Gospel Choir, composed entirely of singers hailing from the many churches of Soweto, Johannesburg. The choir has attained international fame (the Choir is an international ambassador of the 46664

THINGS TO DO

Show/Voca People

December 15, Saschall The Voca People is an international vocal theater performance combining vocal sounds and acapella singing with the art of beat-box. Their enchanting vocal medleys are sure to baffle and discombobulate, as they perform everything from classical masterpieces like Beethoven's 5th to deep house beat box

THINGS TO DO

Sport/Ponte Vecchio Golf Challenge

December 17  to 19, Ponte Vecchio Inaugurated in 1997, when brand Conte of Florence decided it was time to bring the historic sport to the historic centre of Florence, the event features sixteen pros representing various nations attempting to rack up points by driving golf balls from the Ponte

THINGS TO DO

Special Event/ Santa Klaus on a boat

December 23, Arno River, 2pm Bundle up, grab the kids and head lungarno to see Babbo Natale greet Florence from his riverworthy sleigh between Ponte alle Grazie and the Ponte Vecchio - just before he retreats north to prepare for the big day! For more information call 055/2381010 or see

Lifestyle

WAR REQUIEM

 Pacifist Benjamin Britten’s monumental twentieth-century masterpiece, War Requiem,  written for the dedication of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, the ancient one having been almost totally destroyed by Nazi bombs, ...

Lifestyle

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER

Woody Allen's latest concerns married couples Alfie and Helena and their daughter Sally and her husband Roy, whose passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. Alfie leaves Helena for a free-spirited call girl, Helena gives her life over to a charlatan fortune

NEWS

Fish Tuscany!

Along with other Italian regions, Tuscany will be a site for the 2011 world fishing championships. Hundreds of anglers representing more than 60 countries and 132 federations worldwide will participate in the high-profile event, which runs from August 28 to September 4. Events in Tuscany will take place in

NEWS

Roma 2020

Italy must unite all forces, all political alignments in the interests of Rome 2020,' Italian minister Gianni Letta recently said at the presentation of the Fondazione Roma 2020. The foundation will be organizing Rome's international campaign to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2020.   Within Italy, Rome beat

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