Tomorrow begins the 2010 edition of the Lucca Comics and Games, one of the most important European festivals dedicated to the game and cartoon illustration.Even this year 's festival will invade the city divided into:Lucca Comics-which is the section devoted to comics and collectibles will host exhibitions and stands including DisneyLucca Games - ie the angle of the festival dedicated to the game with many Italian and international guestsLucca Junior - children who will enliven the space with events that will involve the schools in the city.Music and Comics - the space of the festival dedicated to music with many events in the world of comics
Starts tomorrow in Perugia seventeenth edition of eurochocolate, ten days entirely dedicated to chocolate in all its forms.Enlarge to downloadRich program of events this year (download here), with stands around the city center and many advantages for those who purchase the chococard (buy it online) costs 5 euro.You can get to Perugia from Florence:- By train: 2 hours travel will cost about 16 euro. Schedules are available here- Car: about 2 hours away. The route in google maps and parking Recommended
The abbey of Saint Galgano with the Montesiepi hermitage rise in the valley of the river Merse, between the medieval villages of Chiusdino and Monticiano, in the province of Siena. Both sites are easily reachable from Florence following the motorway FI-SI until the exit towards 'San Lorenzo a Merse', then following the indications for Monticiano. You can also exit the motorway at Siena and then drive on the road SS73 that leads to the ruins of Saint Galgano.
Everything is ready for the 44th edition of Vinitaly, the International Wine and Spirits Exhibition in Verona set to open in the mark of trust and business. The Sol, dedicated to virgin and extra virgin olive oil, Agrifood Club and Enolitech events are also ready.The “five days” dedicated to wine will be officially inaugurated tomorrow at 10.30 in the presence of Luca Zaia , Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies as well as the new Governor of the Veneto Region. The Mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi, the President of the Province, Giovanni Miozzi, and the Agriculture Councillor of the Abruzzo Region, Mauro Febbo, will also be in attendance. Our objective is to consolidate our leadership, having been the only exhibition organiser to have closed 2009 with a financial statement in the black," said Ettore Riello, President of VeronaFiere. "And the strategy passes from the continuous improvement of infrastructures to the integrated offering of innovative services to encourage trade by the Country System."
There are numerous reasons why so many people decide to visit and live in Florence during their lifetime – in the “Cradle of the Renaissance”, the “Open Air Museum”, the home of the “Florentine T-Bone, Chianti & Brunello”…but we should never underestimate the strategic position of Florence as a location from where to visit one of the most fascinating and beautiful peninsulas on the planet.
Inaugurated in 1956, the Pinocchio Park is no ordinary theme park, but rather a precious masterpiece created by artists of great character working together. The literary itinerary, marked out by mosaics, buildings and sculptures set amidst the greenery, emerges from an inspired combination of art and nature. The path is winding, and the dense vegetation means that every stage on the route comes as an unexpected surprise, with the very plants and trees contributing to create the atmosphere and the episodes in the story of the Adventures of Pinocchio. The Park itself is the site of constantly renewed cultural activities that are always mindful of its roots: exhibitions of art and illustrations inspired by children’s literature and the Story of Pinocchio, puppet-making workshops, puppet and marionette shows and minstrels enliven the visit to the Park, depending on the season.
Volterra is one of the most important historical Tuscan town, first great Etruscan 'metropolis' (or as the ancient said 'lucumonia') then Roman settlement. The town known medieval, Medicean and Grand-ducal memorable events, despite to its decentralized location. In this page only its fortifications will be described, masterpieces of the medieval military architecture, and not the many other monuments, of ancient and medieval times, that rise inside the city walls.Approaching Volterra the first thing to be noticed is its profile crowned by the imposing fortress, that rises at dominion of the underlying territory. This view make us understand how great was the strategical importance of the city. The hill on which it rises, about 555 meters high, is the higher of this area, unapproachable from every side without being sighted with large advance. The Etruscan gate 'Porta all'Arco'Volterra has Etruscan origins, at that time was called the rich Velhatri, and its first town-wall enclosure, built during the 5th/4th century A.C., was seven kilometers long. This was the era of its greatest territorial expansion that, with the aid of the minerals extracted from the mines of the near 'Colline Metallifere' (Metalliferous Hills), brought Volterra to dominate the other 'lucumonie' (big cities) of the zone as Populonia and all the Tyrrhenian coast from Piombino to Luni, in the north of Tuscany. It was supposed that in 300 AC the city counted 25.000 inhabitants! In the 80 AC Volterra was, after a long siege, definitely conquered by the Roman, last big Etruscan lucumonia to capitulate. During the Longobard domination the city became a territory depending directly from the emperor, called 'gastaldato', but in the 10th century the history of Volterra turned into a negative trend. Hungarian troops, invoked to help the population in the war against the king of Italy Benengario I°, sacked the city, reducing it in ruins. After this episode, that left the town almost uninhabited, Volterra never reached its former Etruscan greatness.