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Genio Fiorentino in Florence

The “Genio Fiorentino” is back this year, between May 11 and 27. After the extraordinary success of the first 2 editions, the Florence Provincial Administration confirms the 2007 edition of the "Genio Fiorentino", featuring a wealth of events – ranging from art to fashion, culture, entertainment , heritage and economics – scheduled for May 11 through 27.

Featured events are packed within the space of just a few weeks, throughout the province of Florence, spanning the subject matters of art, culture, local traditions and music.

Events aim to guide visitors through the land which gave birth to great Florentine geniuses, with a view to garner a deeper understanding of the lives and works of universally acknowledged greats in such diverse fields as science, poetry, exploration, art and politics.

Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Boccaccio, Giotto, Niccolò Machiavelli, Amerigo Vespucci, Giovanni Da Verrazzano and Antonio Meucci are but a few of Florence’s illustrious forebears; each providing depth and wealth to Italy’s culture and history.

There will be many events, have a look at some of them:

Donatello and a Renaissance Home
Begin date: Friday, May 11, 2007
End date: Friday, August 31, 2007
City: Firenze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi
The exhibition – tickets provide access to the entire Palazzo Medici Riccardi museum complex – will be open to the public starting May 12 and ending August 31, 2007, every day (except Wednesdays) between 9 am and 7pm hours.
55 works by great masters of the Italian Renaissance, return to Italy after a long “stay” abroad which started back in the 19th century when they joined the private collection of Jacquemart-André in Paris. A Florence homecoming, hosted by Palazzo Medici Riccardi.

Slowine – Florentine wine-making excellence
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2007
City: Firenze, Villa Mondeggi
When: starting 11.00 AM
A day of full immersion in wine, sponsored by “Slow Food Chianti and Florence”. The initiative looks to promote new labels and established Florentine winemakers. The event covers all aspects of wine, wine-making, new labels, new vineyard methods, with a keen eye on environmental sustainability, innovation and communication.

Tuscan Land: Spring Buds
Begin date: Friday, May 11, 2007
End date: Sunday, May 27, 2007
City: Firenze and other cities, 9 pm
Riccardo Marasco performs his repertoire of classic popular Florentine and country songs at a number of unusual locations. A journey of rediscovery into the realms of Florentine tradition, through songs of old purveyed by modern chords. Maestro Marasco's six shows hold the promise of genial exhuberance. Locations: Pontassieve, Borgo San Lorenzo, Greve, Montespertoli, San Casciano and Figline Valdarno.

Florentine and Tuscan Musical Genius during the 17th to 18th century crossover
Begin date: Saturday, May 12, 2007
End date: Sunday, May 13, 2007
City: Firenze, Salone del Buonumore, Conservatorio Cherubini Firenze.
When: Sat: 2-5 and 6-9 pm Sun: 10 am-1 pm
A unique opportunity to delve deeper into the musical roots of a unique historic period in Florentine music. The international conference addresses music in daily life, covering secular and religious ceremonial uses, master musicians, their endeavours in and out of Florence. A showcase on the people, artistic form, styles and ties with the musical centres of Italy.

Sense and Sensibility. 19th Century Tuscany
Begin date: Monday, May 14, 2007
End date: Sunday, May 27, 2007
City: Firenze, Sala delle Reali Poste. Cortile degli Uffizi
When: 5 pm
Forty-two portraits by artists spanning Neoclassicism and Symbolism, on show at the Corridoio Vasariano, placed alongside works and sketches from the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe. A showcase on links and correspondence between the selected artists and the currents they embodied; a window on the artistic styles of the time and the artists which made them great.

Emilio Pucci Maison 60th anniversary
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
City: Firenze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi
When: 4.00 pm
Palazzo Medici hosts installation art marking the 60th anniversary since the establishment of the Emilio Pucci Maison. The outside of Palazzo Medici will be lit by a different colour light every night, while the premises play host to coloured balloon installations based on the Maison’s trademark colour pallets. Also featured is the launch of the new Emilio Pucci fragrance.

Scarperia in bloom
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2007
City: Scarperia, Comune di Scarperia
When: 10.30

The event now running in its 27th edition is famous for its colour motifs devised of petals strewn across the main street and piazza of the historic city centre. This year’s motifs will be inspired by "Citizens of the World and Scarperia" and will feature creations devised by the Scarperia florist schools, local florists and the people of Scarperia at large.

more info on the website: www.geniofiorentino.it

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