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Pitti Uomo Fashion Fair in Florence

Pitti Uomo Fashion fair is coming back: about 1.000 brands/collections expected at this edition.
From the 14th to the 17th of June, 2011 in Florence, Italy.
THE MAIN PAVILION is the heart of Pitti Uomo. There is a long waiting list of exhibitors who want to show their collections in the Main Pavilion at Fortezza da Basso, the place which over the past few seasons has established itself as the “container” where Pitti Uomo develops the most current lifestyle trends. But, the Main Pavilion is also the symbol of how the fair has evolved over the years, exploring the multifaceted spirit of the biggest names in men’s fashions. On the one hand we have the Lower Level, with names such as Boglioli, Brunello Cucinelli, Church’s, Cruciani, Isaia, Lardini and others – and collections that express an elegant contamination among classic, experimental and sportswear. On the other is the Upper Level featuring leading names in the new classic, Albert Arts, Altea, Kiton, Herno, Luciano Barbera and Sartorio, that are known for their exclusive, high quality materials and true craftsmanship. Then, there is the Ground Floor where the collections dialogue more directly with sportswear (at the Cavaniglia Pavilion) on one side, and the experimental, avant-garde collections in the Fashion District (Futuro Maschile, Touch!, L’Altro Uomo) on the other. For years, these and other outstanding names have been coming to the Fortezza da Basso to refresh their identities in pace with the speed of the present.

The Theme for June: MAGICAL PITTI TOUR. Travel will be the overall theme of this edition of Pitti Uomo: a huge map – with routes, stations, transfer points destinations, and panoramic stops – will be posted in the forecourt of the Fortezza da Basso. It will be a magic trip that takes you into the worlds of Pitti, of fashion and contemporary life-styles. 
The SPORTSWEAR Segment: more important and interesting than ever
The big names in sportswear, the names that are dedicated to developing their “world”, that are reaping good results and are making ever bigger investments in Pitti Uomo – are proof of how the event is internationally acknowledged as the ideal place for presenting collections, new projects and new global lifestyle concepts. And to meet their needs, Pitti Uomo is expanding the “Sport & Sport” section and will add another area, the Padiglione della Ghiaia entirely devoted to sportswear to complement the offering at the Cavaniglia Pavilion. And as name such as G-Star Raw, Gant, Henry Cotton’s, Scoth & Soda and WP Lavori in Corso, move over to bigger spaces, with striking settings, we will also see important premières and reentries – such as the K-Way return to the world of Pitti Uomo.


Open cellars in Tuscany: Villa of Vignamaggio

VIGNAMAGGIO adheres to the happening Open Cellars 2011. You can visit the garden, the "Pomarium" and the winery in Greve in Chianti, Firenze. Guided tours will be conducted at 11 and 12 a.m. and at 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
29th of May 2011 - CANTINE APERTE
Vignamaggio is a small Renaissance gem, its setting still very similar to the original. The core of the villa dates back to the XIV century, but its current look is the one given at the end of the XVI century by the Gherardi family who had purchased it from the Gherardinis. A girl was born here in 1479 to a member of the family, the famous Mona Lisa whose portrait was subsequently painted by Leonardo da Vinci. Inside the Renaissance Villa, listed in the "Historical Building of Italy" there are double bedrooms and romantic suites with antique furniture and bed linen made exclusively for Vignamaggio.


Florence Design Week 2011: second edition

Next week there will be the Florence Design Week: an international contemporary showcase to enhance and preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Florence. From 24 to 29 May 2011 Florence will host the second edition of the Florence Design Week - Design Village 2011, under the High Patronage of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, supported by the London Design Festival and in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence, Province of Florence, Calenzano.
A passion for design and art will lead visitors to discover the five senses, through an emotional journey in which the design will merge with the historic beauty of Florence, the festival will involve squares, art galleries, libraries and historic houses decorating the city with his works to see and admire the work of new generations of designers and companies, taste the food that the design can give and enjoy the smells of a city ​​at the height of his creative spring. Spread in various locations all around the city of Florence, Graphic and Visual Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Music and Food Design will be celebrated during the whole week. Exhibitions, workshops, meetings, design-aperitifs and an innovative night-life will be organized to create a real network between designers and people, between past and future. Taking part at the Florence Design Week is a great possibility to perceive the city designed on a new and contemporary light!


Electric Party at Villa Romana in Florence

Electric Party is a stream of dramatic elements – songs, rhythm, dance, poetry – that emerge from a seemingly casual atmosphere, a party in which the poetic word intersects with the present circumstances in which we are living. This experiment in artistic contact explores the edges of theatrical and social behavior, and plays with the sometimes ambiguous division between them. Electric Party is an articulated game that unfolds throughout the night: songs, poems, dances and actions appear and disappear without resolution, continually playing with the rhythms of the party, riding its waves. While the guests eat, socialize, drink and dance, the gathering arrives to moments of high intensity through structured and precise sequences of action performed by the Open Program team.
This event takes place at Villa Romana in Florence. Please bring with you an offering to the Party of something to drink or eat.

For more information, please go to: http://www.villaromana.org/
or contact: Tel.: +39 - 055 - 22 16 54 Fax: +39 - 055 - 22 80 251 office@villaromana.org


Free entrance to Uffizi Gallery and other museums in Florence

Again you have the opportunity to visit the Uffizi Gallery (and other museums) for free, next Saturday night, thanks to the "European Night of Museums".
On May 14th 2011 Museums all over Europe will offer music, exhibitions, guided tours, tastings. For the first time the European Night was proposed in France in 2005. The cultural event is under the patronage of Unesco and European Council.
Palazzo Vecchio and the Family Museum adhere to the event, by offering to their audience a concert reconstructing a “musical evening” of the Renaissance period and a programme of guided tours to the Palazzo Vecchio.

Entrance is free, but reservation is requested.
- Guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio with Giorgio Vasari
- Tour of Salone dei Cinquecento
For info: http://www.palazzovecchio-familymuseum.it/

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