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Tips for flowers lovers: places to visit in Italy before summer

posted by Home In Italy on May 20th, 2016

Spring time opens the doors of ancient castles and historic villas, organizes fairs of flowers and plants all around the country. Too cold to go to the beach, too hot to stay indoors losing the first rays of sun announcing the summer. This is the period of daytrips and, why not it is tempting to shop in the markets and buy plants and flowers.

Inviting is the name of this exhibition market held in Brescia: “Show the Blooming”, an event in which there will be 350 varieties of collectible roses in bloom from April 24 until June 5.
Where: Bresia, Ciliverghe, Via Portesi 23
When: From April 24 to June 5

The Quistini castle is an historic residence dating back to the sixteenth century. Every Sunday in May and June the botanic garden is open to the public: guided tours “between roses, history and legend” are organized daily at 11:00 an and 4:00 pm. Moreover, on the 21st and 22nd of May, there is the “Flower Market”, a floral event dedicated to all the lovers of flowers, plants, gardening and creativity linked to nature.
Where: Brescia, Castello Quistini, Via Sopramura 3A
When: From May 1 to June 26

It is impossible not to love the old roses; an opportunity to grasp the essence of the more delicate gentle scent that nature can offer us. In Modena, more precisely in Montagnana di Serramazzoni, three hectares of greenery are dedicated to the old rose: the rose garden is home to over 800 varieties of roses, ordered following the systematic botany in the membership section and separated by paths of grass.
Where: Modena Serramazzoni Montagnana, via Nord 10250
When: Until June 30

Great news from Pompeii: five domus have been restored

posted by Home In Italy on April 20th, 2016

Double opening for the archeological site and the museum. From the Octavio Quartius gardens to the huge complex of Julia Felix and the extraordinary viridarium of the House of the goddess of the sea. While Pompeii preserves the appearance of a unique, large restoration site, its cultural offer is increasing: 5 new domus and the Amphitheatre are now open to the public, together with the art exhibition “Myth and nature” in the Archeological Museum in Naples.

The five houses amaze the visitors with their beauty. Here the gardens of Casa Octavius Quartius, where there are the fresco of the double suicide of love of Pyramus and Thisbe and Narciso, mirrored in the waters .
Next to it, the viridarium of the House of Venus in the shell: on the back wall the painting of the goddess of the sea, back to its ancient splendor, and the reproduction of a stature of Mars.
The grandiose complex of Julia Felix is also reopening, a hotel with spa facilities and the porch with square marble columns.

A surprise is offered by the House of Orchard, well known for its garden frescoes and the atrium decorated with mosaic in black and white and a beautiful marble table column. Also eagerly awaited is the reopening of Marcus Lucretius House that charmed Pablo Picasso and Leonide Massine, immortalized in that same garden by photographer Jean Cocteau in 1917.

Piero della Francesca an absolute legend

posted by Home In Italy on April 7th, 2016

Forli’, 13th February – 26th June 2016

What do Paolo Uccelli, Balthus, Edward Hopper and Piero della Francesca have in common? The answer is not immediate and it is not enough to follow the path of Piero della Francesca between Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche. It is indeed essential to visit the art exhibition which is held in Forlì. It will be a valuable experience in order to better understand the greatness of this artist and how he influences his contemporaries.

It will be possible to admire great pieces of art, such as Our Lady of Mercy (Museo Civico di San Sepulchre), Apollonia, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Saint Jerome and a devotee from the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and the Madonna and Child found ten years ago in a private collection.
The 250 works presented include the works of artists who contributed to the formation of Piero della Francesca, such as Beato Angelico, Paolo Uccello and Andrea del Castagno, Carra de Chiricho, and works painted by foreign artists who were inspired by him . An exhibition that alone would be worth the trip to this pleasant city.


International Journalism Festival

posted by Home In Italy on April 5th, 2016

From the 6th to the 10th of April 2016 Perugia will host the X edition of the International Journalism Festival. All the events will have free entrance and live streaming. Speakers from 34 countries will meet along the main road of this beautiful medieval city, transformed into a global village of free information and journalism.

The festival will be the response to the urgent need to exchange information of those who are ready to put at risk their own lives to pursue this profession. Students, journalists, aspiring journalists, a peaceful army of 500 speakers in more than 200 events. All together in Perugia to affirm a unique and indispensable rights: freedom of expression.
A need which has become even more tangible after the massacre of Hebdo. To remember what happened in Paris, it will be shown to the public the documentary “Cabu, politically incorrect”, in memory of the cartoonist victim of the attack. The documentary is also the proof that freedom of expression should be the main bulwark even when fear seems to prevail.

There will be debates about privacy and surveillance, the use of selfie by politics. Among other topics, the experiment made by Salvatore Iaconesi, present at the Festival with his book “The cure” and the overwhelming amount of responses received when he published on the net his medical records that diagnosed a brain tumor. The war in Syria seen by the freelancers will be one of the great arguments. They will talk about censorship in Turkey, the war ignored in Yemen, and the tragedy of migrants.

Among the most expected names, there is is that of Edward Snowden, who on Friday 17 will take part (via Skype) to a debate about privacy and surveillance. Present, among others, Emily Bell (director of the Columbia Journalism School), Ewen MacAskill (The Guardian), Stefania Maurizi (L’Espresso), Marcel Rosenbach (Der Spiegel), Trushar Barot (BBC World Service), Madhav Chinnappa (Google), Mathew Ingram (Fortune), Craig Silverman (Buzzfeed Canada).