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THINGS TO DO

What’s on and events in Florence, Italy, including exhibitions, movies, music, travel and more.

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Campionato del Vino-Wine championship

September 5-7 Roman Amphitheatre, Fiesole   Considered the ‘wine Olympics', some of the finest wines in the world compete here for top honors. Take a trip through the wine regions of Tuscany by sampling products from Chianti, Montalcino, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Carmignano, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Senesi, Rufina and

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Rificolona-Paper Lantern Festival

Since the Renaissance, Florentines have walked through the city carrying candlelit paper lanterns on the eve of the nativity of the Virgin Mary. The procession, always on September 7, starts in Santa Croce at 8pm and ends in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, where a host of events await adults and children

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Parks

Summer in the Garden Until September 30 Museum of the Natural Sciences Botanical Garden, via Micheli, 3 Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the Giardino dei Semplici daily from 9am to 7pm. Visit www.msn.unifi.it for more information.   Museums After Dark Until September 30 Just

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Photography

David La Chapelle 'Fotografie' 1995-2007 August 31-October 19  Forte di Belvedere, Florence *All events at Forte Belvedere are suspended until July 27. Please see news story on page 4 for more information or check the news section of www.fi-esta.it     I Mari dell'

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Recomended Exhibitions (for avoiding the crowds!),

Painting Light: Hidden techniques of the Impressionists Until September 28, Palazz o Strozzi, Florence A delight for adults and kids alike, especially on Sundays from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm when all children between the ages of 4 and 10 can visit the exhibition and discover the secrets

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Around Tuscany

The Impossible Leonardo Until August 31 Santa Croce, Vinci  The City of Vinci and RAI television have digitally reproduced some of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings to display in the church of Santa Croce in the artist's birthplace outside Florence (Vinci). Entrance is free and open

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Special Events

Evening under the stars July 31, August 13 and 28 Parco Mediceo in Pratolino The event is free but reservations are necessary and can be made from Monday to Friday ...

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Concerts in Tuscany

Jul 25 Editors, Fortezza da Basso Florence, Infortezza Jul 26 Chicago at Lucca Summer Festival Jul 27 Leonard Cohen  at Lucca Summer Festival Jul 27 Goran Bregovic at Fortezza Medicea Arezzo Play Aug 1 The Chieftains in Piazza Duomo Pienza (Siena) Festival Val D'Orcia Aug 5, Whiskey Trail,

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InFortezza

Over 400,000 people are expected to bring the Fortezza's piazzas and pavillions to life during this month-long event. A great place to meet for a drink, hear some live music, shake a tailfeather at an outdoor disco, let the kids play to their hearts' content or hit

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The best of Momix 2008

Momix combines cheoreography and illusionism to form one of the most orginal dance companies in the world. Director Moses Pendleton brings pieces of their most incredible performances together for their summer show in Florence. For more information, visit www.festivalopera.it or call 055/5978309.

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I mari dell’uomo / Folco Quilici Photography

Quilici's exhibition presents 82 large photographs, taken between 1952 and 2008, and include some of his most significant images dedicated to the world seas, from Polynesia to the Mediterranean, with a particular focus on Greenland's landscapes, coral reefs, villages and local traditions. Call 055/216310 or visit www.

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David Lachapelle

Following the resounding success of his Milan and Paris shows, David Lachapelle brings over 100 of his works to Forte Belvedere. Known the world over for his provocative photos of stars like Madonna, Courtney Love, David Bowie and Uma Thurman, Lachapelle's show gives the visitor an opportunity to discovery

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Opera Festival 2008

  Florence fills with the sound of melodrama during July and August with Opera Festival 2008. This July, the festival presents La Bohème, La Traviata and Carmina Burana. La Bohème ...

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Linari Classic Music Festival

Situated between Florence and Siena is the medieval hilltop borgo of Linari. The yearly music festival boasts 10 concerts with programs ranging from early to contemporary classical music.Venues include the picturesque local churches of Santo Stefano and Sant' Appiano, castles, private villas and Barberino Val d'Elsa's main

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Great music in Tuscany

Italia Wave Love Festival Livorno, July 16 - 19   One of the summer's traditional music festivals kicks off in its new coastal location.   Big names include The Verve (July 16), Gnarls Barkley (July 17) and The Chemical Brothers (July 19). See www.italiawave.com for complete program

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Florence Youth Festival of Youth Orchestras

This year marks the 10th anniversary this exciting festival that brings together young musicians from all over the world for a program ranging from baroque to contemporary. Every year, 1300 young musicians from 15 to 20 orchestras perform three or four concerts each and have the chance to play alongside

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Giovanni da Milano

Accademia Gallery, Florence ‘Foreign' born painter Giovanni da Milano was one of the protagonists of the mid-fourteenth century Florentine and Tuscan art scene. He came to the city in 1346 and worked in a variety of churches, including Ognissanti and Santa Croce, where he completed the frescoes in

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Beach on the Arno

In front of Piazza PoggiGet some relief from the heat at Florence's very own ‘beach' on the banks of the Arno. More than just sand and sun, Piazzart's Easy Living project brings art and culture to the ‘rive gauche' with various events, exhibits, performances and more. &

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Fi-esta 2008

Various locations, Florence Florence's summer festival is back with concerts, theatre, ballet, poetry and more. Program information available at www.fi-esta.it  

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Ligabue in Concert

  Stadio Comunale Artemio Franchi, Viale Manfredo Fanti 4, Florence Don’t miss famed Italian rocker Ligabue as he takes the stage for his Elle-Elle Live show in Florence. Go to ...

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L’eredit di Giotto. Art in Florence 1340 – 1375

Uffizi Gallery, Florence When Giotto died in 1337, his contemporaries recognized him as the revolutionary force behind the artistic vision of the time. He is considered the patriarch of Florentine ...

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La Fura dels baus Imperium’

Nelson Mandela Forum, viale Pasquale Paoli 3, Florence La Fura dels Baus’s latest show combines their traditional body/technology theme by using the audience as a fundamental part of the action. ...

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First Annual Picnic Competition

Parco di Pratolino, Villa Demidoff, Florence Are you a picnic packing pro? Then don't miss this exciting opportunity to show off your best basket skills. Groups from three to eight people can submit their picnic basket to an illustrious jury made up of British Consul General, Moira Macfarlane, Licia

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Archelogical Nights

  Created in 2001, this exciting month-long festival is the largest of its kind in Europe. Museums and sites in and around Florence will stay open after closing hours so ...

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