If you’re looking for a fun day trip out of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano are two great options. Siena is a small, medieval city with a lot of history. Located about an hour and...
Summer is coming and with it many interesting concerts around Tuscany .. Here is a selection of those not to be missed:George Michael @ Piazza Santa Croce - 10/9/2011 - Ticket here Arcade Fire @ Lucca Summer Festival - 9/7/2011 - Ticket here Beady Eye @ Teatro Sashall - 8/6/2011 - Ticket here Jamiroquai @Lucca Summer Festival - 24/7/2011 - Ticket here Lou reed @ Pistoia Blues - 10/7/2011 - Ticket here Skunk Anansie @ Pistoia Blues - 8/7/2011 - Ticket Here Goran Bregovic and the wedding funeral band @ La versiliana - Marina di Pietrasanta lucca - 20/7/2011 - Ticket Here
Italy is a country of extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. It is a treasure of inestimable value that we have been privileged to receive an inheritance from our ancestors over the centuries. This is even more luck being able to enjoy free of charge for nine days, 9 to 17 April next. That 's what happens during the Culture Week, now in its thirteenth edition, which each year offers free entry to museums, archaeological sites, archives and state libraries, for a great feast spread throughout the country. In Italy, more than 2,500 events including exhibitions, conferences, special openings, workshops, guided tours and concerts make the experience even more special to all Italian and foreign visitors.
With 660 places and 150 places open to the public symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, the "Giornate Fai di Primavera" is presented as a unique event of its kind.Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 will be opened in Florence:Collezione Arnaldo Corsi – Museo Stefano Bardini Via dei Renai, 37Sabato 26 e Domenica 27, ore 11.00 – 16.30Fondazione Spadolini Nuova Antologia: Casa di Giovanni Spadolini Via Pian dei Giullari, 139Sabato 26, ore 13.30 – 16.30; Domenica 27, ore 10.30 – 16.30Castello Sonnino - Via Volterrana nord 6/A; (Montespertoli)Domenica 27, ore 10.00 – 17.00Il Molino dei Conti Galli Tassi e la Pieve di San Vincenzo a Torri: storie di nobili, mugnai e decime Granducali (Luogo del Cuore)Domenica 27, ore 10.30 – 16.30
Viareggio Carnival, celebrating 138 years of life and activity under the sign of a vivid tradition such as the long-established European tradition of Carnival festivals, is no doubt one of the best known events in Italy.Viareggio Carnival, which was born as a popular expression of the town soul, has been acquiring more and more since it was born, a strong tourist value and attracts every year more than one million spectators gathering to attend the magic of the great parades of big floats in papier-maché.In 2011, the usual five carnival masked parades are planned for February 20th , 27th and March 6th- 8th 13th , on the extraordinary Liberty style staging along the seaside avenues of Viareggio. Every evening, there are carnival celebrations in all of the city’s different quarters.Viareggio Carnival’s peculiarity consists in giant, allegorical papier-maché floats - the biggest ones weighing about forty tons each - and expresses nowadays the old knowledge going back to the ancient ‘trionfi’ (war-victory feastings) of the Renaissance, adhering even more to the building techniques of the big sailing ships, a pride of Viareggio traditions.Real travelling theatres - the allegorical papier-maché floats are the product of the unequalled creativity, of the extraordinary sculpture and painting skill of Viareggio ‘magicians’, and are the highest example of this popular art whose language has spread all over the world.The parades take place in a ring-like circuit 2 km. long, on the seaside avenues of Viareggio, best known as La Passeggiata.Here the floats move among the spectators, who can attend the show with no barriers, becoming in turn the protagonists of the parade.During the Carnival period, Viareggio and his Passeggiata change into a true open air Museum where people coming from all over the world meet to enjoy together.The parades also include folkloristic bands and performers with the most original masks, offering excitement, culture and tradition in a wide programme of entertainment and fun for children and adults.
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