People have been living in Tuscany since the dawn of time (can you
blame them?), and nothing happens by chance. For example, did you know that
Florence's Calcio in Costume, a violent precursor to modern soccer,
began as a way to mock the Imperial troops besieging the city in 1530?
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Lizzatura: Bringing marble down from the quarries of the Apuans, the old
way -- by sled. Massa, the first or second Sunday of August.
- Artigiano e Palazzo: A
fascinating annual craft fair, held in Florence in mid-May.
- Wandering Southern
Tuscany: Notes on a wild area boasting many marvels, including Pitigliano,
the Tuscan Jerusalem.
Viareggio celebrates with parades, and Venice with costume balls. You won't
want to miss either.
- The Heart of Chianti:
Michael Mele does an excellent job of capturing the flavor of the land.
- La Gloria dei Traci: A
spectacular show of Thracian gold held in the crypt of Florence's Santa Croce
in the winter of 1997 (the article is still up to give you an idea of why you
should keep an eye out for Thracian shows).
- I Macchiaioli, Nuovi
Contributi: A vastly underrated art movement, with information on where to
find the artists' paintings.
- The Art of Eating Well:
Before Bugialli, before Marcella Hazan, before Ada Boni, there was Pellegrino
Artusi, whose book, La Scienza in Cucina e l'Arte di Mangiar Bene,
established Italian cooking as we know it. Our Webmaster has translated this
classic, which has been released by Random House. Find out about it, and sample
Museo Etnografico: A fascinating museum shows how the people of the Valle
dei Luni lived.
- Il Corridoio Vasariano: Built
to join the Court with the Seat of Florentine Govenrment...
- Norman Bain: Kyle Phillips
talks with a wonderful man who's lucky enough to live in paradise.
- Il Gioco del Ponte: Pisa's
struggle for the Arno - The Last Sunday in June.
- Murlo's Poggio Civitate: An
- La Terra in Piazza: Siena's
Palio, on July 2 and August 16.
Passion: For centuries now, the townspeople of Grassina have re-evoked the
Crucifixion on the night of Good Friday.
- Festa della Rificolona.
Florence, 6-7 September: The farmers used to come to town to sell their
wares (in preparation for winter); now children carry lanterns and everybody
has a great time.
- Acqua Ardens: In the middle
ages people distilled spirits and used them to cure their ills.
- Hope for our Cypresses: Over
the past 20 years, a terrible blight has decimated Tuscany's cypress trees. Now
- Benvenuto Cellini's Perseo is
being restored. But all is not lost -- you can find out how things are going on
the Net, or visit the labs in person.
- Chasing, the art of working
the surface of a metal, is all but lost. However, there still are people who
know how to do it in Florence.