If You Were Here Now

If you were at Borgo di Vagli in your Tuscan residence in the coming month, below are a few attractions to consider visiting.

Picasso and Spanish Modernity
Palazzo Strozzi - Florence
20th September 2014 to 25th January 2015

As of 20 September 2014 Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be focusing on modern art once again with a major new event devoted to one of the greatest masters of 20th century painting, Pablo Picasso.

The exhibition will present a broad selection of works by this great master of modern art in an effort to stimulate a reflection on his influence and interaction with such leading Spanish artists as Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, Juan Gris, Maria Blanchard and Julio González: art reflecting on art and on the relationship between the real and the surreal, the artist's heartfelt involvement in the tragedy of unfolding history, the emergence of the monster with a human face, and the metaphor of erotic desire as a primary source of inspiration for the artist's creativity and world vision. For more details click here

Joust of the Quintana
12 and 13 September

The first race was held on a June evening and is called La Sfida (The Challange), while the second takes place on a Sunday afternoon in September and is called "La Rivincita" ("The Rematch"). Revived in 1946, it is based on a horse race that dates back to the seventeenth century and that was to determine the order of priority for a knight of honor in fidelity to the prince or his lady. Among the various hypotheses put forward for the festivities, the one advanced by Emilio De Pasquale was the one accepted without reservation. He suggests that an equestrian competition in costume was organized in conjunction with Carnival, suggesting the possibility of finding in this event, an occasion of communion and harmony among all people.

La Giostra della Quintana is documented since the mid XV century and the traditional costumes have always been made by tailors in the town inspired by the fashion of the time, but supervised by an artistic commission to which the selection is entrusted. Sumptuous stuffs, velvets, geometric laces, stiff collars and wide draped cloaks at the shoulder and falling on right arm are the true protagonists of the festival and add to parade glitz and elegance. For further details click here

Primi d’Italia – Pasta Festival
25 – 29 September

The First in Italy, the National Festival of Primi Piatti, which takes place in the splendor of 26 locations in the historical center of Foligno offers new excitement to the general public tasters and enthusiasts. The city transforms its historic buildings, its cloisters, its squares and taverns to accommodate the only Italian event dedicated entirely to the primo piatto or first dish. At the heart of the event lies the excellence of quality products created in by the Villaggio del Gusto, where you can sample dishes dedicated to the great variety of sauces, symbolic excellence of Italian cuisine: the first course. Countless and continuous, appointments Cooking Courses & Paths, open to all to learn the secrets of good pasta, cooking and condiments.

New to 2014, on September 28, the first half marathon of I Primi d’Italia Corri, ammira e degusta, will be run where participants can run, admire and savor, the dishes. A competitive 20 km race to in which one can taste the pasta dishes freely. I Primi d’Italia increasingly confirms itself as a festival for all, with activities designed for all ages, for affisionados and the merely curious: and for those with food intolerances try the GlutenFree Village.

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The Games of the Gates (I Giochi de le Porte)
Gualdo Tadino, Perugia
26 – 29 September

The Festival begins on the Friday of the last weekend in September of every year and gets underway with ringing of bells, rolling of drums, and a procession of a thousand locals dressed in fifteenth century costumes that are lovingly created throughout the year. The festival begins with a rich historical procession in costume and re-propose the contest for the Banner (Palium) between the 4 Gates (Porte) of the city of Gualdo Tadino who challenge each other in four different races: archery, slingshot and two races with donkeys, one with the donkeys drawing the cart, and the second with donkeys ridden bear back. During these three days you can taste local speciality foods in the four taverns, one for each gate, opened for the occasion. For further details click here


Comic Festival – Marilyn Monroe
Città di Castello
28th September to 9th November 2014

The event, now in its twelfth year, thanks to the many private sponsors and the support of the Region, Province and Municipality every year has managed to grow by bringing up the name of Città di Castello in Italy, officially becoming one of the most important events dedicated to comics of the peninsula. The 2014 edition is dedicated to Marilyn Monroe through an exhibition show that, over 50 years after her death, it celebrates the legend with works of painting, photography, film, poetry and comics.
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Firenze Suona Contemporanea - Florence Sounds Contemporary
Bargello Museum (Florence)
11 - 21 September 2014

FIRENZE SUONA CONTEMPORANEA is a high-level project which combines contemporary music with contemporary art in a unique festival which takes place in Florence in the magnificent National Museum of the Bargello, each year in September. International ensembles, soloists, visual artists; new commissions to emerging composers; Call for Score for young composers; meetings with the public. This festival is not only a challenge to the ears of classical and contemporary music lovers but also an inspiration to the thought (and way of thinking) of the Italian cultural world as a whole. The name of this festival reflects the need, clearly apparent in today’s musical and artistic world, to reconcile spaces (physical, but even more, mental) devoted to works from the present - that hard-to-define “contemporary”, the soon-to-be now or the immediate past. For more details click here



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