At the Springfest with Bus2Alps

  Frühlingsfest   With its beers, dancing on tables, and belting out merry songs with new friends, Munich is celebrating the 41st Frühlingsfest, or spring festival, every day from 11 to 12 p.m. from April 15 to 24. Entrance is free, while a multitude of other rides and a Saturday flea market add to the …

Lucca

by Marine Le Canne Located about an hour to the west of Florence, Lucca is a town filled with Tuscan charm and perfect for a day trip. Lucca is at the bottom of the Apuan Alps, so there is much diversity in the terrain surrounding the city. Those who visit Lucca will find that its …

History of San Gimignano

  According to legend, San Gimignano was founded by two young patrician brothers who escaped from Rome and built the town’s first two castles in 63 B.C.: the Castle of Mucchio and the Castle of Silvia would later become the groundwork of San Gimignano. The town grew principally in the first three centuries of the …

Color, Size and Satire

Color, Size and Satire Preparing the floats for the Carnevale of Viareggio Based on ancient ship-building techniques and constructed with the highest degree of craftsmanship, the floats of Viareggio’s Carnevale are a pride for builders whose passion is such that it can take them up to a year to prepare one single float. But time …

History of San Gimignano

According to legend, San Gimignano was founded by two young patrician brothers who escaped from Rome and built the town’s first two castles in 63 B.C.: the Castle of Mucchio and the Castle of Silvia would later become the groundwork of San Gimignano. The town grew principally in the first three centuries of the Millennium, …

The Program of the Venice Film Festival

Piero Messina’s “L’Attesa” will be the first Italian film to be screened at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 5 followed by “A Bigger Splash” by Luca Guadagnino and “Sangue del Mio Sangue” by Marco Bellocchio on Sept. 8. The film on Sept. 11, “Per Amor Vostro,” will be the last of the four Italian …

Volterra Wall “Possibly from Roman Amphitheater”

An 80-meter-long elliptical-shaped wall discovered in the Tuscan city of Volterra could have originally been part of a Roman amphitheater, Tuscany Governor Enrico Rossi said last month together with Volterra Mayor Marco Buselli and Tuscany’s Archaeological Heritage Superintendent Andrea Pessina. They also said that the discovery, which occurred during the excavations near the city’s Diana’s …

Not to be missed

  The reopening of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo – 29 October This museum was closed for several months for restoration purposes, the museum’s reopening is a long-awaited event. The numbers alone are impressive – 750 works of art, 25 rooms over three floors, with a total of 6,000 square meters. This space is used …

Medici tapestries

The Medici tapestries return ‘home’ after 133 years. The tapestries depict the stories of Joseph and were completed by the greatest artists of the Renaissance. Designed and commissioned for the Hall of the 13th century Palazzo Vecchio to Cosimo I de Medici, they were exhibited for the last time together during the unification of Italy. …

Churches

SAN LORENZO Romanesque building altered by Brunelleschi; Pulpits by Donatello, Old Sacristy, cloisters, Piazza S. Lorenzo, 055216634. 10-17, Closed holidays. Sunday Mass: 9:30, 11, 18   SAN MARCO Expanded in 1437 by Michelozzo. Hosts a large crucifix by the school of Orcagna, the “Transfiguration” by Giovan Battista Paggi, the precious altar crucifix by Fra Angelico, …