Compass for Tourists: Art exhibits guide in Italy

The following is a city-by-city guide to some of Italy’s art exhibitions:

AOSTA – Centro Saint-Benin: Giorgio de Chirico, The Labyrinth of Dreams and Ideas; 65 works including 40 oil paintings; until September 30.

COMO – Villa Olmo: Boldini and the Belle Epoque, 60 works, until July 24.

CORTONA – Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca di Cortona (MAEC): 40 masterpieces of Etruscan art from Louvre, never before seen in Italy; until July 3.

FLORENCE – Galleria dell’Accademia: Art Returns Art; contemporary masters including Bacon, Klein, Burri, Kounellis, Picasso and Warhol; until November 4.

– Palazzo Strozzi: Picasso, Miro’, Dali’, Young and Angry: The Birth of Modernity; until July 17.

LUCCA – Lucca Center of Contemporary Art: David LaChapelle, 53 photos of celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Elton John and Naomi Campbell; until November 4.

MILAN – Museo Diocesano: ‘The Eyes of Caravaggio’, formative years from Venice to Milan with works by Lotto, Tintoretto, Titian the young artist would have admired; until July 3.

MILAN – TriennaleDorfles. Kitsch

The exhibition presents authors who use quotations or kitsch items that fit into their work related to the culture of “bad taste”. In addition to an interactive carpet with kitsch images of everyday life, the last room is a carousel of objects made by anonymous artists. —>

OTRANTOCastello Aragonese: Andy Warhol, I Want To Be A Machine; 50 works, until September 30.

Approximately fifty works from private collections on display at the Italian Castello Aragonese until September 30. The Aragonese Castle of Otranto, after having received within its massive walls over one hundred and fifty thousand visitors to the exhibition of Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, from 27 May to 30 September 2012 contains the works of Andy Warhol, Prince of American pop art.
“Andy Warhol – I want to be a machine”, curated by Gianni Mercurio, opens new artistic season of the Castle of Otranto, which, thanks to the determination of  —>

PAVIA – Castello: Leonardeschi, From Foppa to Giampietrino, 22 works loaned from Hermitage, many of them believed to be by Leonardo until end of 19th century; until July 10.

PERUGIAGalleria Nazionale dell’Umbria: Luca Signorelli, 66 works in biggest show ever on Tuscan Renaissance master, featuring loans from Italy and abroad; until August 26.

Exhibition dedicated to Luca Signorelli (Cortona 1450-1523), one of the most important artists of the Renaissance, long active in Central Italy from 1472 to 1519, which was not dedicated a solo exhibition since 1953.
The exhibition is divided into three venues: the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia, in the Cathedral at Orvieto, and in the Museum of Church of Holy Apostles, in Citta di Castello in the Municipal Gallery.—>

REGGIO EMILIA Guttuso, the evolution of a master

It will be a tribute to the great painter Renato Guttuso that May 26 will open the new exhibition space in the Galleria de ‘Bonis in Reggio Emilia, which will leave the old headquarters of Via Emilia San Pietro and moved on Viale dei Mille, number 44 / B. The exhibition dedicated to Guttuso, which will be open until 14 July, is organized on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the artist, a prelude to the great national celebrations of the fall. Outlining the profile of one of the most significant artists of the Italian Novecento, the exhibition will emphasize the link with the tradition of the gallery. —>

RIETI “Francesco, the saint”, masterpieces by Cimabue and Paladino

Opens in Rieti, from 16 June to 4 November, in three venues – Museum, Museum of Ecclesiastical Heritage Foundation and Varro – the exhibition “Francis, the saint. Masterpieces over the centuries and the Rieti area “, designed by Gianfranco Formichetti Imposing and Anna, born from the collaboration between the Superintendence for the Artistic and Historical Heritage of Lazio and ethno-anthropological city of Rieti.—>

ROME – Castel Sant’Angelo: The Popes Of Memory, seven centuries of papal life through 130 masterpieces; until December 8.

– Macro: Neon, The Luminous Material of Art, 70 works by 50 artists over 80 years including Dan Flavin, Maurizio Cattelan, Mario Merz, Alfredo Jarre, Pascale Marthine Tayou; until November 4.

– Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM): Andy Warhol Headlines; until September 9.

– Palazzo delle Esposizioni: 100 works from Stadel Museum in Frankfurt including Tischbein, Corot, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Redon, Munch, Ernst, Klee, Picasso; until July 17.

– Musei Capitolini: ‘Portraits, The Many Faces Of Power’, 150 Roman heads, busts, statues ranging from early terracotta works to deified images of imperial rulers; until September 25.

– Vittoriano: Tamara de Lempincka, The Queen Of The Modern, 120 works by Art Deco icon; until July 3.

– Colosseum: Nero; until September 18.

– MAXXI: Michelangelo Pistoletto, From One To Many, 100 works, 1956-1974; until August 15.

ROVERETO – MART: Fausto Melotti, Geometrical Angelical, also works by de Chirico, Carra’, others; until September 30.

An exhibition focusing on a revival of the work by Melotti since the sixties, aims to interpret the coexistence of lightness and rigor in the artist, with a path that will bring to light a very strong consistency of purpose —>

STRA – Villa Pisani: Nobility of work. Arts and crafts in the Venetian painting of the nineteenth.

Continuing in the footsteps of a long-range reconnaissance on the Venetian painting of the nineteenth century, featuring the exhibition offer years of the National Museum of Villa Pisani in Stra – Venice, shows the nobility of labor.—>

TIVOLI Villa Adriana: Antinous. The beauty and charm of the strong ties that bound the Emperor Hadrian to young Bithynia

For the first time the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Lazio Villa Adriana Antiquarium opens an exhibition dedicated to Antinous. From April 5 to November 4, the strong ties that bound the Emperor Hadrian to young Bithynia will be told for more than 50 works including sculptures, reliefs, gems and coins. —>

TURIN – Reggia di Venaria: La Bella Italia, celebrating 150th anniversary of Italian unity; 350 works tracing various ex-capital cities including Florence, Turin, Milan, Genoa and Naples as well as Rome; plus art giants like Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Tiepolo, Canova, Bernini; until September 11.

URBANIAOur Lady of the Snow by Federico Barocci

Urbania, Casteldurante old, is preparing to host a new and valuable exhibition also continue its tradition in 2012 over a decade of studies and exhibitions hosted in the prestigious Palazzo Ducale.

And ‘to mark the fourth centenary of the death of Federico Barocci (1535 – 1612) that the town of Urbania, Department of Culture, in colla —>

URBINOThe Ideal City. The utopia of the Renaissance in Urbino between Piero della Francesca and Raphael

The exhibition is sponsored by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, by the Superintendence for the Historical, Artistic and ethno-anthropological of Marche, Marche Region, the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, the city of Urbino, Marche Bank, the Bank Foundation Savings of Pesaro and the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”. The organization is headed by Gebart with the collaboration of Civita. —>

VENICE – Ca’ Foscari: ‘William Congdon in Venice (1948-1960): An American View’; until July 8.

– Punto della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation: ‘Praise of Doubt’, 60 works by 20 contemporary giants including Maurizio Cattelan, Jeff Koons, Jeff Bauman, Adel Abdessemed, Marcel Broodthaers, Dan Flavin, Thomas Schutte and Charles Ray; until December 31, 2012.


Top 10 Foods to Try in Tuscany

Italians have a saying when wishing someone good luck: “In bocca al lupo.” Literally, it means “into the mouth of the wolf.” (As in go ahead, put your head into the wolf’s mouth.) The response, naturally, is, “crepi al lupo, ” or “may the wolf die (when my head is in his mouth).” I could have used luck, and another stomach, during my first visit to Tuscany. The menu is structured in the same fashion as the rest of Italy: the primi piatti, or first course, offers fresh pastas, rich risottos and thick soups. The contorni, or side dishes, are made up of salads and in-season vegetables. And the secondi piatti, or entrees, mean the usual suspects like veal, hen, fish, pork and steak, along with game like boar and rabbit.

The surprise, for me, was how outstanding the food was, and how much I would miss it, dream about it, long for it, after my trip. So, dream along with me. Here is a list of what you must eat while in Tuscany. You’ll notice most of the dishes are simple, with few ingredients. The amazingness lies in the intense flavor of the ingredients themselves – the handmade pasta, the mushrooms just pulled from the ground, the olive oil so naturally green it looks like food coloring. I didn’t include standard Italian gimmes, like pizza or gelato or tiramisu. You already know plenty about those. This is Tuscany, known for its extra virgin olive oil, its unparalleled wines, its farm-to-table preparation (the Tuscans were so ahead of the curve). Enjoy it. Bon appetit. And in bocca al lupo.


Bread salad. A light combination of day-old bread and ripe tomatoes, often with marinated red onions and basil, tossed with vinegar and olive oil. To me, a perfect lunch. To Italians, a good start to a summertime dinner.

Minestra di Farro Lucchese

The flavorful signature dish of every kitchen in the Tuscan town of Lucca. Made with farro, an ancient (now trendy in the States) spelt-like grain, it’s similar to lentil soup or pasta e fagioli.


A thick, hearty vegetable soup made with day-old bread. Literally meaning “reboiled,” it roots lie in Tuscany’s “cucina povera,” or “poor cuisine.”

Pappa al pomodoro

A rich, creamy soup made with tomatoes and, yes, day-old bread (you’re seeing the theme here). Tomato soup to the nth degree.


Truffles, found in the wild, and so revered throughout Italy as to inspire parades and festivals dedicated solely to this fungi. Tuscany’s tartufi are considered among the world’s finest, and when in season, can be found on everything from pasta to crostini to dessert. Black truffles grow from October to March; white truffles, October through December.

Tagliatelle alla boscaiola

Fresh pasta with a flavorful sauce made with porcini mushrooms. The name refers to its woodsy, mushroom-y flavor.

Pasta al ragu di carne

. A must-try in Tuscany. Different from meat sauce found in the States, it uses little-to-no tomato. Instead this ragu is made mostly from simmered-down veal or pork (or both) and carrots, onions, celery and sometimes tartufi.


Wild boar, hunted in Tuscany, often served in pasta or as its own secondo.

Bistecca alla fiorentina

Tuscan porterhouse made from the region’s famed Chianina cattle, prized for their flavor and tenderness. Simply prepared with salt, rosemary and olive oil, then grilled over a wood fire. Served rare/medium rare.


Also known as biscotti, the crunchy almond-flavored cookies that hail from Tuscany. Usually served with vin santo, another Tuscan claim to fame.*

*A note about vino. Red or white, il vino della casa in Tuscany is among the best house wine you’ll find anywhere in the world, and is usually as good as the labels listed on the menu, at a fraction of the price. Vin santo is an excellent option after dinner, as the majority of this dessert wine is produced in Tuscany. If you’re heading to Cinque Terre, sciacchetra (pronounced shah-kee-TRAH) is a slightly sweeter white wine produced solely in the vineyards of the five towns, and is nearly impossible to find in the US. Stash away a bottle or five to bring home as gifts (for your friends and yourself) if your suitcase can handle it.



Storia – Gare – Passione – Spettacolo: cosa non puoi perdere nei prossimi giorni

Alcune manifestazioni storiche del Week End 30/06-02/07, in particolare il Giugno Pisano e il Palio di Siena:


“PALIO SAN BERNARDINO 2012″ da Giovedì 28 a Domenica 1° Luglio


VII° EDIZIONE DEL PALIO DI “SAN BERNARDINO” L’evento nel caratteristico borgo del Comune di Valtopina, giovedì 28 giugno, la VII° Edizione del Palio di San Berardino, con il programma già annunciato in conferenza stampa. La Neo Presidente, la Signora Antonella …Continua a leggere →

Giugno Pisano

Giugno Pisano è un mese ricco di rievocazioni storiche, manifestazioni, concerti, feste in piazza ed iniziative culturali per festeggiare le antichissime tradizioni della città di Pisa. Gli avvenimenti storici sono: la Luminara di S. Ranieri, la Festa di S.Ranieri, la Regata storica di S. … Continua a leggere →

IL PALIO DI SIENA – 2 luglio e 15 agosto

Torna, il 2 luglio, il famosissimo Palio di Siena, una tra le più importanti manifestazioni folcloristiche in Italia, attrazione turistica a livelli nazionali e internazionali. Nella meravigliosa piazza del Campo si sfidano dieci delle diciassette contrade della città infatti ad … Continua a leggere →

Italian Arts guide: exhibits around the World

The following is a country-by-ccountry guide to some of Italy’s art exhibitions abroad. Posts in different languages, you can use Google service translator:


United States of America – Bellini, Tiziano e Lotto al Metropolitan Museum of ART fino al 3 settembre

The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione – January 29–July 8, 2012

Schiaparelli e Prada: conversazioni impossibili al METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART fino al 19 agosto 2012

Typically associated with love, beauty and sex, the Greek goddess Aphrodite was a much more complex figure.


The Mona Lisa - Gioconda

The Mona Lisa – Gioconda

England – In Astratto – Abstraction in Italy 1930-1980

Tiziano in Gran Bretagna

Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past

Scotland – The essence of Beauty: 500 Years of Italian Art – until 12 August

Poland – Tiziano, Veronese e Tiepolo a Poznań dal 2 giugno al 5 agosto

SlovakiaMec-art, retrospettiva su Gianni Bertini a Zilina

Greece – Il dono di Dioniso. Mitologia del vino nell’Italia centrale (Molise) e nella Grecia del Nord (Macedonia)

Guida ai Festival Musicali in Italia – prima settimana di luglio

I festival musicali in Italia:

Marigliano Napoli – MARIGLIANO JAZZ Festival – dal 28/06 al 30/06

Massarosa Lucca – Massarosa Jazz Fest 2012 – da 15/6 a 30/6

Lignano sabbiadoro Udine – THE NIGHTFLY INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL ON THE BEACH 2012 – dal 28/6 al 1/7


Roma J2P – Jazz al Popolo 2012 – da 8/6 a 8/7

Sud Tirol Trentino Alto Adige – Südtirol Jazz Festival – dal 29/06 al 8/07

Udine – Udin&Jazz – Ground Zero – da 20/06 a 10/7

Capurso Bari – Multiculturita Summer Jazz Festival – dal 30/06 al 14/07

Lago di Garda – GARDA JAZZ FESTIVAL – dal 28/06 al 15/07

Spoleto – SPOLETO55 FESTIVAL DEI 2MONDI dal 29 giugno al 15 luglio 2012 la 55a edizione del Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto

Porto Sant’Elpidio Fermo – Sant’Elpidio Jazz Festival – fino al 22/07

Atina ValComino Frosinone – Atina Jazz Festival – dal 29/06 al 29/07

Clusone Bergamo – CLUSONE JAZZ 2012, 32^ edizione – fino a 29/7

Lucca – Lucca Summer Festival 2012

Bologna – Il salotto del Jazz 2012 – fino al 10 Agosto

Alessandria – Concerti per Organo nella provincia di Alessandria, ESTATE 2012


Questi sono i festival musicali di rilievo delle prossime due settimane, nel sito web troverai ulteriori informazioni.

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