BONECHI EXHIBITION OPENS OCT. 1

By Samantha Woodward The Galleria II Ponte’s exhibition of On Radical Works painting and papers of Lorenzo Bonechi, 1982-1994 opens Friday, October 1st at 6 pm.  Bonechi, although fairly unknown, was distinguished by his eerily slim figures of men and the defined color schemes of his simplistic landscapes. His paintings emulated light through their vibrant …

The Legend of Catherine Medici

An important figure in French cuisine and culture.  By Jessica Herbst Have you ever wondered about France and Italy’s shared culture and how they are both renowned for their excellent cuisine? Besides their geographical closeness, many point to Catherine Medici as the reason for this cultural resemblance. As queen consort of France, wife of Henry …

An Italian Christmas

By Jessica Herbst The Italian Christmas season is widely celebrated with family, friends and food. The season officially starts on Dec. 8, the Day of the Immaculate Conception, and stretches all the way to The Epiphany on Jan. 6. Christmas markets, festive decorations, huge Christmas trees and public nativity scenes fill up many Italian cities, …

A Mysterious, Esoteric Fairy Tale

The origin, interpretations, and secret meanings of Pinocchio  By Jessica Herbst If you have watched the classic Disney film “Pinocchio,” you likely think of it as a children’s story that warns against the consequences of lying. The animated movie portrays a lifelike puppet who learns the importance of truthfulness and bravery. The puppet’s trademark feature …

Ferragosto: Italy’s (Most Loved) Summer Festivity

By Jessica Herbst It’s August 15 and Italians are closing their shops and flocking to the beaches in waves. City streets are nearly empty. Some people are departing for their much-anticipated vacations, while others are arriving back home. This national holiday is a time of rest, relaxation and revelry at the height of Italy’s vacation …

Wine Tasting and Painting Session

A Glass of Art combines a painting session with tuscan wine tasting. Art and food lovers will be served in a characteristic 12th century well, turned into an ideal painting studio for the occasion. Lukas, an artist and art instructor at Studio d’Arte Toscanella, will guide you through the process of creating your own artwork …

A ‘Port’ for Jazz and Traditional Italian Music

As with any port, Porto di Mare-Eskimo is synonymous with exchange, correspondence, and coming and going. This year the club has an important novelty: courses of typical Italian dance Tarantella, which will be taking place on Friday night. Porto di Mare’s focus on live music and cultural exchange is one that the man who started …