Taste of Florence’s Chianti Lovers Preview at Fortezza

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file63A wine fair takes place annually every February in Florence to celebrate the completion of the 2016 production year in Chianti.

On Sunday, February 12, Chianti Lovers Anteprima (Preview) is back once again to invite wine lovers to be among the first to sample 2016 Chianti not yet released on the market.

Representatives from over 100 estates will pour 500 types of wine.  Due to the enormous success of the past two editions, this year’s event will be held at the Fortezza da Basso in order to guarantee the tasting of wines in a relaxing and pleasurable manner.

The fair offers a chance to familiarize with the quality and the characteristics of Chianti 2016 and the Chianti Riserva 2014 from file14the subzones of Chianti Rufina, Colli Fiorentini, Colli Aretini, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane (the hills around Florence, Arezzo, Siena and Pisa) as well as six additional Tuscan denominations. Doors will be open for the public from 4 to 9 pm with €15 admission (accessibility at 9:30 am is limited to trade professionals and journalists).

Chianti Lovers Anteprima welcomes visitors who are passionate about wine but also those who wish to investigate the mysteries
involved and the excitement of evaluating them. It is a chance to experience the meanings of the intense ruby colors, or hints of fruit or spicy notes on the nose, or on the palate the nuances of wild berries, vanilla, chocolate, leather or tobacco with overall smooth tannins.

file53These expressions refer to just some of the unique aspects of Chianti and their terroir, a unique environmental context contributing to the variety of flavors that can be distinguished. Moving among the stands there is an atmosphere of enjoyment and of feeling special as producers who are eager to hear critiques of their wines greet guests.

The term “Preview” means that the Chianti wines are still very young but still are able to give an idea of their quality and mature characteristics. In the coming months the vintages will continue to develop fragrances and aromas to express the robust quintessence of the Sangiovese grape.

A new feature of this year’s Anteprima will be the presence of a number of diminutive red Ape three-wheelers, which have slipped down from the hills of Chianti. The farm vehicles will be buzzing through the streets and squares of central Florence starting on Tuesday from 9 am to 5 pm, offering tastings directly from wineries.

These Chianti carts will provide an opportunity to acquire discounts on the tickets for the Sunday event. Late afternoon on Friday, 10th February 10 there will be a special pre-dinner aperitif offered in one of the main piazzas in town.

Kathy Kiefer


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(Children must be heard)


schermata-2016-05-03-alle-18-53-00The Federico Heart Association (Federiconelcuore) expresses bewilderment about the initiative  to hold a study day entitled “Children who refuse to meet a parent,” which will take place May 5, 2016 at the Auditorium  in Florence.
In the presentation, it reads that the event will be entirely dedicated to the “problem of minors who, in the course of a judicial separation between the parents, refuse to meet with one of the parents”, the phenomenon defined by the organizers “Parental Alienation”. The parental or parental alienation is a pseudo-scientific theoretical construct that seeks to attribute the behavior of a child who refuses to meet one of theschermata-2016-04-19-alle-11-49-16 parents to a campaign of denigration of the other parent, who would be able to manipulate the feelings of lesser inducendogli unjustified aversion. MISUSE theory lacks official recognition because of the absence of scientific evidence and is not encoded by the major systems of classifying DSM-5 and ICD-10 disease. Besides not being based on sound and replicable studies, parental alienation is built based on a false premise, ie a strong prejudice that the vast majority of allegations of mistreatment and abuse in the family minor, in particular those moves by women over cases of dispute for custody, are false, artificially constructed in order to obtain undue advantages of the courts. In fact, empirical research shows that the refusal of a child is most often caused by the injurious behavior of the rejected parent, guilty of domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, and the valuation procedures offered by the theory of parental il-fine-settimana-fa-male-agli-italiani-boom-di-certificati-medici-il-lunedì-mattinaalienation, refusing to consider alternative explanations to the behavior of the parties involved, it puts at risk the safety and health of women and children. In 2012 the Minister of Health has stated that this theory has no scientific basis and that same year the Minister of Health of Tuscany Region declared that “The position of the subject region is in line with what the scientific community” feeling “what unless inappropriate for a professional … refers to a disease not recognized scientifically and not classified as a disease. They are objecting to the use parental alienation also the National Federation of doctors’ orders, the Italian Societyimgres of Psychiatry and Italian Society of Paediatrics, who pointed out that, in the absence of the necessary scientific comfort, you run the risk ” to adopt not strictly check potentially productive solutions even more serious damage than theories claim to prevent. ” The Research Institute of the American prosecutors of the National District Attorneys Association, wrote in 2003, about parental alienation, which “is an unverified theory that, if not challenged, may cause long-term consequences for children looking for protection in the courts, “and that” it can threaten the integrity of the criminal justice system and the safety of abused children. “in the United States, in the revision of guidelines for judges PAS-300x169in 2006, states that the parental alienation “favors the abusers of children in custody disputes”, while the Association Spanish Neuropsychiatry in 2010 stated that “its application to court has serious risks.” It is also expressed about the Department of Canadian, who described the parental alienation Justice as “not supported empirically,” while the junta directive of the Professional College of Psychologists of Costa Rica mentioned the dangers associated with it, caused by ‘ “impossible to discern, using the criteria of PAS among the veracity or falsity of sexual harassment / abuse / neglect exercised by a parent defined as a victim.” That said, the Federico Heart Association in reiterates its deep concern in relation to the legitimacy and the logistical support offered by the Region of Tuscany in an event aimed at spreading a theory rejected by the international scientific community and accused of constituting a danger to the ‘physical safety and physical and psychological well-being of vulnerable groups such as the kids

Association: Federico in the heart- (FedericoNelCuore)
President. : Antonella Penati mother of Federico Barakat

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Resp.Regione Marche- Blogger: Dr. Chiara Lo Scalzo –

Florence Italy. Indian super wedding to be held in piazza Ognissanti

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Florence Italy. Indian super wedding to be held in piazza Ognissanti

On November 27 in piazza Ognissanti, Florence will welcome a fairytale Indian wedding.

213132_0006_3890880-013-U46000298221534USB-U46020485842319JKE-1224x916@CorriereFiorentino-Web-Firenze-593x443One hundred thousand euro for the use of public land, 20,000 in tourist taxes and another 58,000 for the restoration of the fountain in piazza Santa Croce, with an estimated return of 6 million euro for Florence, and 600 rooms already booked in five-star hotels throughout the city—these are the figures for an extravagant Indian wedding that will take place at the end of this month.

The groom is the son of an oil magnate based in Dubai and the happy couple have decided to get married beside the Arno.12305823_10153138743631363_1333871162_n

Councillor for economic development and tourism Giovanni Bettarini has stated that Florence has been confirmed as the wedding location, which comes shortly ahead of the Tuscan city hosting the Destination Wedding Planners Congress in 2016. Bettarini also stressed how important this wedding will be in promoting Florence as the ideal destination wedding location.

The City of Florence has released new regulations on the private use of piazzas, allowing the city to give better price quotes to engaged couples seeking to reserve public land for their weddings.

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On November 27, a temporary ban will be placed on the entrance to piazza Ognissanti as well as on the routes of the procession (lungarno Vespucci, via Melegnano and via Montebello).

Kathy Kiefer




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I read this article of the italian Blogger, Alessandro Sicuro, he’s always very careful to recognizing the talents creativity of Made in Italy and beyond. I immediately wanted posted in my blog this important report, because I believe that, this brand and its line will have ‘future.



Schermata 2015-11-19 alle 22.23.15As a lover of Italian creativity and ingenuity, I am always on the lookout for companies to discover new ideas and products.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Creative Lab of a young Tuscan Company Marka™ Ltd, for their collection of accessories and unique jewelry, bracelets and chains for pants, designed and styled very attractively. Silver, precious stones such as amethyst, tiger eye, silver bracelets, leather, python, set in magnificent frames made in the urban Hipster style.


Many times companies write to me for a technical opinion and input on their creations. I am generally happy to oblique.

One of the most interesting ideas that I have become aware of lately, is a new brand with a very unique style.  How did the idea begin? The story is simple, and the entrepreneurs are four friends, who met over dinner and decided to give birth to a new line of products, involving the creation of fashion accessories.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGiven the fact that the four friends have a plethora of experience in the field of industrial creativity for many years, although each in different sectors. For them, this environment for them is so challenging, yet complicated and fascinating at the same time, allowing him to obtain several successes to the point of deciding to embark on this new creative venture with the creation of the brand 43°11° © –

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I readily admit that this idea intrigued me from the very beginning, their enthusiasm has spread and my talent scouting staff, “always lurking like a sentinel,”  I immediately came to understand that I was in the right place, at the right time. Then moving from words to deeds, I came to see the creations of the collection 43°11°©, led by creative director Andrea Balleri, to see for myself this team full of energy and passion for innovation, there’s really an idea worth telling and bringing forward.

Schermata 2015-11-19 alle 22.46.49Ing. Andrea Balleri creative director 43°11°©

Upon arriving at the company and opening the caskets of the collection, I noticed three elements that strike me immediately in the products. The first is the lightness of the product, a fact that I always find very valuable when you have to wear something. Despite the closure of the bracelets and chains, they are both reliable and lightweight, as well for pendants, and chains that are set with semiprecious stones.

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The second element that struck me is the exquisite design and detail, impact, quality of micro-fusion of silver, an aesthetic and functional mix I found really fascinating.

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The third element that struck me is the price: finding to be an excellent compromise between quality and cost. Bearing in mind that manufacturing procedures faithfully respect the matching processing parameters in compliance with the safety standards.

⬇ pants/trouser chains ︎

The collection is ready and the holders Marka Ltd say, which is also in high demand by social media and Internet.


Marka srl. Sede legale: Ripa Castel Traetti, 1. 51100 PT (Italy)
Sede operativa: Via Prov. Francesca Sud 143 145, 56029 Santa croce sull’Arno PI.
P.iva 01843420470  email:

Pozzuoli becomes more beautiful, large maneuvers recovery of archaeological sites,

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Pozzuoli becomes more beautiful, large maneuvers recovery of archaeological sites, the historical center, and the tourist areas and the city’s cultural flegrea.

12282907_10205722712682186_1589201419_nPozzuoli near Naples, cleaned the necropolis on Cells: new intervention of CityHall.

Pozzuoli has completed the recovery of the necropolis on Cells, which appeared again covered with weeds. After few days of work and with the help of mechanical tools, the remains of the ancient settlement Roman funeral.

“These operations of intervention in the city’s archaeological sites are  now customary – explains the deputy .  Workers are regularly engaged in the various settlements on the city territory and we try to keep them clean but unfortunately, due to lack of staff of the Superintendent, can not be visited. ” Discovered in the thirties, the necropolis on Cells consists of mausoleums, burial chambers and columbaria made between the first and second centuries after Christ and destined to collective burials at multiple levels. It is located along a stretch of Via Consularis Puteolis-Capuam, where it engages the way to Naples.

Evidence: “The Necropolis of Via Celle, Pozzuoli, Italy (Naples).

<< The Roman necropolis dating from between the first and the second century AD, is located along the stretch of the street12277037_10205722712642185_1583573648_n Consularis Puteolis-Capuam, where it engages the way Puteolis-Neapolim. Burial area was discovered a group of fourteen mausoleums funeral, called columbaria, already surveyed and investigated in the ‘700, while the first regular excavations dating back to the thirties of the last century; but only in the sixties he proceeded to clear the entire group of buildings along the east side of the road. To these monuments you add a building interpreted as collegium funeraticium, (association whose members are of modest means, joining, could inexpensively make a decent burial) characterized by a rectangular plan built around a courtyard in the center of which was erected a mausoleum . To the north of the courtyard there are two environments, while to the east and south is a corridor porch on two floors, along which, in the north wing, you have a number of service areas on two levels; while, in the Northeast, a small courtyard with cistern, provides access via a staircase to the upper floor, which has the same floor plan of the lower one. The southern arm of the corridor leads, then, to a rectangular open to the street, decorated with marble on the walls and paved with a mosaic of black and white. To the side walls of the room they are placed against the balconies, under which open the arcosolia relevant to a later phase of use, host inhumation burials of late period such as those found in the environment. >>

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This is the region of Tuscany popular for vineyards and wine industry, with an impressive history, culture and traditions.

Greve developed predominantly as a market town, with a large market being held in the unusual triangular piazza lined with porticoes, which is still always busy and lively.

The parish church of the town, dedicated to the Santa Croce, contains a triptych by Bicci di Lorenzo.

The Museo di Arte Sacra has very recently been opened in the former convent of San Francesco; it houses an important collection of paintings, sculptures, vestments and liturgical furnishings, a tangible sign of the artistic vitality of the local district.

Greve in Chianti (the old name was Greve; in 1972 was renamed Greve in Chianti after the inclusion of that area in the Chianti wine district) is a town and comune (municipality) in the province of Florence, Tuscany, Italy. It is located about 31 kilometers (19 mi) south of Florence on A1 highway, and 42 kilometers (26 mi) north of Siena.

Sitting in the Val di Greve, it is named for the small, fast-flowing river that runs through it, is the principal town in the Chianti wine district which stretches south of Florence to just north of Siena. Until recently it has been a quiet, almost bucolic town because it was, and still is, well off the main roads.

Even in ancient days Greve was not isolated because it was well-connected by secondary roads to the Via Volterrana and via Francigena. Nowadays, it is connected to the A1 superstrada between Florence and Rome and the main road between Florence and Siena. The old road network ensured easy access to Florence and to other places such as Figline where its tradesmen and farmers found ready markets for their goods and produce.

The site of Greve and the surrounding territory has been long settled, probably well before the Etruscans and then the Romans dominated the area. Historical documents of the 11th century refer to an ancient monastic settlement on a nearby hill, which is now called the hill of San Francesco. Before the Franciscans established their monastery in the 15th century, an earlier monastery dedicated to Santo Savi had already been built, and also a small hospital. Larger scale settlement occurred in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Although an independent town for most of its history, Greve ultimately came under Florentine control and remained so until the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was absorbed into the unified Kingdom of Italy in 1861.

The Franciscan monastery is still at the heart of the old part of the city, as is the triangular main piazza, where a market has been running more or less continuously for centuries serving the nearby castle communities and hamlets.

The piazza is fronted by numerous medieval aged buildings, including the 11th century Chiesa Santa Croce which was rebuilt in 1325 after being burned to the ground, along with the rest of the town, by the Duke of Lucca, Castruccio Castracani. After further renovation, the church, which houses paintings of the school of Fra Angelico, now features a neo-classical façade. In the piazza there is also a monument to navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, who was possibly born nearby, however more recent scholarly work places his birth at Lyon France.

In the frazione of Montefioralle is the church of Santo Stefano, with a late 13th-century Madonna with Child and a 15th-century Trinity and Saints. Also in the hamlet is a house which, according to the tradition, belonged to other explorer Amerigo Vespucci. In the nearby is a Romanesque Pieve with narthexed façade and two mullioned windows.

At 2 kilometers (1 mile) from the centre of Greve is the castle of Verrazzano, sitting on a 348 meters (1,142 feet) high hill. Built probably by the Lombards, it was a possession of the explorer’s family and in the 17th century was turned into a villa. Of the 13th-century manor a tower remains.

In the neighborhood of the frazione of Panzano is the Pieve of San Leolino, known from the 10th century. The interior houses a 13th-century panel by Meliore di Jacobo, a 15th-century polyptych by the so-called Master of Panzano, as well as works by Raffaellino del Garbo and Giovanni della Robbia.

With the enlargement of the Chianti wine district in 1932, Greve suddenly found itself in a noble wine area. The Chianti region supports a variety of agricultural activities, most especially the growing of the grapes that go into the world-famous Chianti and “Super Tuscan” wines. Olive oil production is another staple of the local economy. Extra virgin Tuscan olive oil is highly prized for its delicate flavor, as opposed to the stronger, thicker olive oils of the south. Truffle harvesting is a distinguishing feature of local food production. Both black and white truffles are hunted in Chianti. The region is also noted for its meat. The Cinta Senese pig is unique to this region and produces pork of superior quality. Wild game is a common feature on local menus, including rabbit, pigeon, venison, and, especially, cinghiale (wild boar). Greve is home to one of Italy’s oldest and most renowned butcher shops, the Macelleria Falorni.

Due largely to this intense agricultural activity, and the wine and food production industries that have been built on top of it, since early medieval times, Greve evolved as the principal market town at the center of an (increasingly) densely populated area with an abundance of villages, parish churches, villas and castles. The latter were built mostly by the rich merchants and noble classes of Florence who enjoyed the country life, and developed their estates to earn additional income and also to supply their in-town tables.

The town of Greve’s busy quaintness and the lushness and diversity of the undulating landscape which surrounds it, have long attracted tourists and travelers. The current flow of tourism to the area and the purchase of homes by both Italians and foreigners are fully integrated with viniculture, wine-making and various related enterprises to form a highly integrated and highly productive local economy.

Chianti Classico wine festival – every year on second weekend of September and the preceding Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the festival starts at about 5 pm and on Saturday and Sunday at about 11 am and the stands close at about 8 pm. Local merchants display their products, and wine tasting is offered for free. The visitor must purchase a glass, and then go to the displays. Olive Oil (locally grow and produced) is also available for tasting, served on fresh sliced Italian bread. Local cheeses are also available. This is an event not to be missed.

Kathy Kiefer


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schermata-2015-10-02-alle-10-03-52I had often heard of this prestigious event. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the creator for an interview, Paul Lubrano.  While it may be difficult to define this character with a few lines of text: elegant man, in love with his land, with organizational skills and achievement, really special. “

On September 30, 2015 a press conference was held, where I participated, in the prestigious and oldest theater in Naples in front of a large group of journalists and representatives of private companies that were the sponsors. ”Last year, the city of Pozzuoli hosted the orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo, and this year will be the Teatro San Carlo, who will host Pozzuoli” – These are the words of Paul Lubrano, Producer of the Civitas Prize, who on the morning of Wednesday, September 30th outlined the details of the 19th edition of the prestigious award, aimed at enhancing and promoting the image of Pozzuoli in the world with the help of personality forming task of real testimonials Flegreo territory.


                                                    Why did the choice fell to these three individuals?

Giuseppe Gaudino, Pozzuoli Doc, starring in recent weeks of the film “For Your Sake.” The theater director Franco Dragone, the genius of Cirque du Soleil, has exported abroad sophisticated talent from Campania with a cumulative audience of more than 85 million people. And finally, the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Neapolitan by adoption for fundamental formative years spent at the Academy Force Academy and Federico II; a woman who this past January moved us devoting time to the disappearance of Pino Daniele via a photograph of the Gulf of Pozzuoli, taken from the International Space Station. In short, a trio of excellent awards recipients who serve as ambassadors of the artistic heritage, landscape and culture of Pozzuoli in the world.  Names sure to be added to the long list of personalities transformed over time in the face of the Civitas Award, range from Sophia Loren to Tilda Swinton, from Sherman to Dante Ferretti.


So begins the countdown to the Nineteenth Edition of the Civitas Award which points to the stars of space, film and theater. Namely: the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the director Giuseppe Gaudino and theater director Franco Dragone. The three will receive the award Sunday, October 4th at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and not, as is customary, in the ancient Macellum (Temple of Serapis) Pozzuoli, due to bad weather.

franklinchristopher-150227-001The Civitas Award for 2015 consolidates the usual collaboration with the Teatro Santeatro-san-carlo-festa-della-musica Carlo Theater-St-Charles-party-of-the Greatest Neapolitan with music enriching the event by having a special replica of “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti drama (1797-1848). On the podium, directing Orchestra and Chorus will be the American Orchestra Director Christopher Franklin, with the historic staging by Roberto De Simone.

schermata-2015-10-02-alle-09-51-24The Civitas Award was created by the artist Lello Lopez who created an original work, inspired by the unique charm of his art: a steel hand covered with a starfish. “I’ve been able to see and photograph, which I must say, is a beautiful work.”

There is a prize that the City of Pozzuoli hosts as well, thanks to Civitas, the fourth edition of Lermontov. Lermontov was established by the Foundation and the Institute of Russian Culture M. Lermontov with the aim of uniting, spiritually and artistically, Italy and Russia. For 2015 the Lermontov prize goes to the Teatro San Carlo. A well-deserved honor and recognition.

Although the event will not take place at Macellum, the Civitas Award is working to create an innovative lighting system installed in the historic site.

AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – During the last year there were many who point out that, after theschermata-2015-10-02-alle-02-36-46 impressive rally of May 29, 2014, it was unacceptable that the area of ​​the Temple of Serapis continued to continue with conditions of neglect and decay. Today the Civitas Award is working to create an innovative lighting system installed in the Macellum to be donated to the city with the collaboration of the Campania Region, the City of Pozzuoli and Department of Antiquities. “The Civitas Award is aimed at promoting the area away from the tourists – reiterates Paul Lubrano – and this year we allocate a substantial investment in the exploitation of international cultural impact (the responsibility of the Superintendent and now dimly lit thanks to the synergy of the City – Ed.)” We have opened a discussion with the bodies involved in order to have all permits and conclude the process as soon as possible – continues Lubrano – The goal is to succeed in December this year. Through the lighting fixtures to LED source, ensuring sustainable lighting, we will redesign the character of the original archaeological site, highlighting the features and points currently in the shadow of the Macellum.” The installation is signed off by the lighting designer Filippo Cannata, who adds:” I expected a light that was not the evening dress of the monument but that could express a concept of beauty, capable of bringing out the hidden image from time to citizens and tourists, as strong flow of attraction. “

Kathy Kiefer

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