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May 2017 marks the start of FEST300, the Biennale International Exhibitions in Venice. For those who love contemporary culture, this is a must!

The location of the main exhibit spaces are the Giardini and Arsenal areas of the city. Both are located close together for ease of access.

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Map of the primary locations for the Bienale in Venice 2017

This is a huge international event and hotels always book early. The closer to the dates of the Biennale, the more room prices increase and availability decreases.

Not only art is highlighted. There are events running concurrently in Architecture, Dance, Cinema, Music and Theater.

So, book early. As an example, the 2013 Biennale featured the works of 150 artists housed in eighty-eight country pavilions. Over 475,000 visitors viewed exhibits during the seven months of the event.

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Chiharu Shiota, Japan’s representative at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015

Here are some additional things to keep in mind should you visit Venice during this event.

 

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2015 Exhibit – “Cool Hunting”

Make a plan of attack There’s enough to see at the Biennale (not to mention the rest of Venice) to easily take up five days.

 

Tips for getting to multiple venues The Biennale’s main two exhibit spaces are relatively easy to navigate but if you’re headed to the 50-odd other Biennale venues scattered throughout Venice it helps to have a multi-day vaporetto (public boat transportation) pass, comfortable walking shoes and a smart phone with a GPS service to find your way through the city’s tricky geography (but ask your cell phone provider about the cost of roaming charges before you go!).

The city is the festival Besides the Giardini and Arsenale, other important Biennale venues are at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana, the city’s Renaissance-era former Customs House and now a private museum of contemporary art on a stunning location where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal.

For all further information, please visit the Venezia Biennale Web Site.

Information about Tourist assistance, including accommodation details, in Venice is found at the Tourist Information Office Venezia.

 

 

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Mark Gordon Smith

Private Italy Tours LTD

Author, Tuscan Echoes A Season in Italy

and Tuscan Light, Memories of Italy

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Exhausted? Looking for the best possible way to relax in bella Italia? Come experience the professional services of Private Italy Tours LTD.

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Imagine your own Italian villa with garden

Contact us about our 2017 tours in Italy. We offer completely care free weeks in villas, cooks for your meals, daily easy guide-lead explorations to known, and many less known, corners of the country. Four select itineraries are offered to provide you with exceptional opportunities to experience the Italian culture.

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A villa pool and view

Over 725 guests have traveled with us since our company began offering unforgettable travel experiences. Their testimonials add an additional perspective to the quality of our services.

Traveling on your own and wish to have the itinerary planning services of a professional and knowledgeable team of experts based in Italy? Our Itinerary Planning Services offer inclusive services so that you can travel with no worries as you explore the country on your own.

Experience a world of stress free travel, where the worries of the day fade in to the beauty of golden veiled skies, rustling olive leaves and luxurious accommodation.

Experience Private Italy Tours LTD.

 

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Your breakfast table in Italy

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A fascinating staging – The Medici Dynasty Show

It is always a great pleasure to encounter an experience in Florence that is new, fresh, educational and intellectually interesting. Such is the case with “The Medici Dynasty Show”, now in its second year of performance at a historic ‘new’ venue.

It is, additionally, rare to encounter a performance which educates the audience about the final days of the Medici in a little over an hour. This is a performance that can easily precede an aperitivo and a late dinner.
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Don’t speak or understand Italian? No problem; the play is presented in English!
The heart of the story is the last meeting between the Medici ruler, Gian Gastone and his sister, Anna Maria Luisa. At the center of the action is a discussion about what needs to be done with the Medici estates, art, jewelry and other possessions of the family. The two are brother and sister and the last surviving members of the family traced back to Cosimo Pater Patriae.
Gian Gastone, ridden with disease, is confronted by a strong and vital sister who insists that a decision be made. I shall leave the rest of the story to your enjoyment.
Ticket Office The Medici Dynasty Show
Il Fuligno, the location for the performances, is located in the former Convent of Sant’Onofrio dell Monache di Foligno. Dating back to the 15th Century, the building was decorated by such local renaissance artists as Neri di Bicci.
Please note that the performance venue can accommodate only a maximum of ninety (90) seats per show.

ALL YEAR ROUND AT 7:00 PM – Duration 1 hour

The Medici Dynasty Show, at 7pm inside the Church of il Fuligno.

No performances on Monday and Friday. In August the show runs only on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

All shows are live and in English language.

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The Convent performance venue

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Last Supper restored detail

I had the privilege of studying the panels of Giorgio Vasari’s Last Supper during a visit to the Opificio dell Pietra Dura workshop in Florence’s Fortezza di Basso last March.

Given the condition of the painting at that time, it was difficult to believe that the restored panels would be ready to hang once again in their place of honor in the Basilica of Santa Croce by early November of this year.

 

On November 4, exactly fifty years from the date that Vasari’s work was inundated and nearly destroyed in 1966, the work was unveiled in its original home.

It is difficult to put in to words what this means to Florentines. When Cimabue’s Crucifixion was restored and unveiled, the city expressed the same deep sense of pride they do now. Florentines are justifiably proud of their artistic heritage, no more so than when a Renaissance treasure by Vasari comes once again to life.

This is no small piece of art. The completed work measures 8.6 Feet (262 cm) high by 19 Feet (580 cm) wide.

For forty-six years the panels were kept in secure storage, awaiting the moment when art restoration would successfully meet the scientific techniques required to carefully and lovingly repair the painting.  It was in 2012 that the panels were moved to the Opificio della Pietra Dura in Florence to begin the process of ‘rebirth’.

Vasari’s opus joins several other master works at Santa Croce, including Taddeo Gaddi’s Last Supper.

Below are some photographs taken shortly after the flood submerged this masterpiece for over thirty-six hours, as well as photos of the work’s recent restored unveiling.

In a word? GO!

Santa Croce Visiting Hours, Ticketing Information and Map

Shortly after the flood – note that the panels have been covered with linen cloth to stabilize the paint so that it would not flake off as the piece was moved and dried.

The experts bring the Last Supper back to life

The completed masterpiece, in its place of honor at Santa Croce

 

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Our prayers are with those affected by a second series of large earthquakes that struck late this evening Central European Time, October 26, 2016, once again in central Italy.

The epicenter appears to be in the same general area of central Italy, not too far from Amatrice, one of the most heavily damaged villages in the August quake. Recent reports indicate that the quake’s center was about 36 miles from Perugia and shocks were felt as far away as Rome.

Here is a link to the latest update, as of 5:05PM EST October 26 2016:

Earthquake Central Italy October 26 2016

Per coloro che possono leggere l’Italiano, ecco un recente aggiornamento di nottizie italiana, la RAI:
Here is a map showing the general location of this most recent quake’s epicenter.
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Here is some great news about the Uffizi in Florence.

For those who have visited the gallery, you may recall the Sandro Botticelli rooms located off of the Eastern/First Corridor in numbers 10 – 14. (See map below) They were rather dark, crowded (always) and not easy to navigate.

Thanks to a complete renovation of those rooms, the Botticelli’s glow as never before. In addition to the rooms dedicated to Sandro, Rooms 9 and 15 have been upgraded as well.

The rooms reopened on October 18, 2016 (yesterday).  For those of you headed to Florence anytime in the future will enjoy the spectacular way his unforgettable work is now showcased.

Enjoy!

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Primavera in the newly renovated rooms of Botticelli at the Uffizi

Uffizi Gallery

CLOSED MONDAYS!!

Tuesday – Sunday, 08:15AM – 06:50PM

Tickets: Uffizi Web Site

MAP OF BOTTICELLI ROOMS, UFFIZI

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