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EXCLUSIVE WINE TASTING

posted by Home In Italy on November 23rd, 2013

Home in Italy would like to welcome its guests in Umbria with a special gift. They are kindly invited to experience an exclusive Wine Tasting in Enoteca Properzio, Spello, Umbria.

Imagine entering a room with ancient origins, dating back to medieval times, where the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. This is Enoteca Properzio, one of the most popular wine stores in Italy, not only for the high quality of its products, but also for the context in which it is inserted.

The wine tasting experience is a trip through intense, fruity aromas and some of the best sparkling Italian and foreign wines, a memorable experience of senses.

Everything that the enoteca of your dreams would have, is here: marble floor, prosciutto slicer, coffee machine, cheeses beyond inventory, hams galore, that wonderful aroma of Italian food shops and some 2,200 wines alongside typical Umbrian products” (The Independent Traveller).

The wine bar Enoteca Properzio, in the heart of Umbria, carries more than 2,200 labels, along with wine pairings – olive oils, honey, marmalades, sauces, mushrooms, truffles, and more” (New York Living).

A wine-tasting featuring the best vintages of Italy’s premier winemakers” (Condè Nast Traveler).

Recently voted one of Italy’s top ten wine shops by an Italian wine magazine, this enoteca gives serious wine buffs a run for their money. Presided over by the enthusiastic Angelini brothers, it stocks some 2,200 global wines, including a vast selection from Umbria. The enoteca occupies part of Palazzo dei Canonici, its sleek contemporary styling encased in ancient bricks vaults” (Time Out).

Today the free Wine Tasting is available only for Umbria bookings because of the location of the enoteca.

ART EXHIBITIONS IN FLORENCE

posted by Home In Italy on August 22nd, 2013

Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere
10am-9pm, last entry at 7pm (closed Thu)
Until October 13th. Zhang Huan – Soul and Matter. An appreciated contemporary artist gives life to works of immediate and explosive strength and power. One of the most widely used material is the incense ash of Buddhist temples.

Casa Buonarroti
Via Ghibellina, 70 – 10am-5pm (closed Tue)
Until October 21st. Antonio Canova, the beauty and the memory - 40 drawings of a great protagonist of neoclassical art.

Galleria degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi – from Tue to Sun 8.15am to 6.50pm (closed on Mondays, Christmas and the first of January)
Until November 3rd. The Great Prince – Ferdinando de ‘Medici (1663-1713), one of the leading collectors and patrons of art in the grand ducal family. The exposition shows the complexity of his interests and the novelty of his choices that conveyed in Florence, between 1600 and 1700, the bigger artists of that period.

Palazzo Strozzi
Piazza Strozzi – 9am-8pm, Thu 9am-11pm (last admission one hour before closing time)
Until August 18th. The Spring of the Renaissance. The sculptures and the arts in Florence 1400-1460. The “miracle” of the Renaissance in a show that highlights the art of Sculpture. Around 140 masterpieces of the period, starting with the wooden model of the dome by Brunelleschi.

Palazzo Pitti
Piazza Pitti, 1 – 8.15am to 6.50pm (last admission 6.05pm)
Until August 31st . The Myth, the Sacred, the Portrait, paintings from the deposits of the Palatine Gallery.
Until September 15th. The dream in the Renaissance. Rêver à la Renaissance. The theme of dreams in ancient mythology and the culture of Renaissance – Palatine Gallery.

Galleria dell’Accademia
Via Ricasoli, 58 – Tue-Sun 8.15am-6.50pm (last admission 6.20pm), September Tue open until 10pm (closed on Mon)
Until December 8th. From the Lily to David. Civil Arts in Florence between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The craftsmanship of the ancient Florentine guilds of the fourteenth century.

Medici Chapels
Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6 – 8:15am to 1:50pm (closed 1/3rd/5th Mon and 2nd/4th Sun of every month)
Until October 6th. In the splendor of the Medici. Pope Leone X and Florence. Leone X, the first pope of the Medici family, is celebrated with this exhibition at the Museum of the Medici Chapels, 500 years since his election to the papacy.

DISCOVER ITALY: SIENA

posted by Home In Italy on July 25th, 2013

Situated in central-southern Tuscany, the Province of Siena extends over some of the most famous and fascinating Tuscan territories, e.g. the southern hills of Chianti, Val d’Elsa and Val di Merse, Val d’Arbia, Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, right up to the slopes of Mount Amiata.

The Province’s Capital, Siena, is a magnificent city of art with characteristic alleys, wards (rioni) and towers, artisan shops and buildings that make it a not-to-be-missed touristic destination for Italians and foreigners. Moving through Siena’s lands and immersing yourself in this atmosphere is a magical adventure, a trip through many landscapes, from dense woodlands to old farms, from clay hills to stupendous paths.

Furthermore, the territory preserves numerous remains from the Middle Ages, springing out along the Via Francigena, the great pilgrimage road to Rome that crossed Val d’Elsa, the city of Siena and Val d’Orcia. Walking through this countryside, you can admire impressive abbeys such as Sant’Antimo, Romanesque parishes (pievi) and characteristic small towns (borghi) such as San Quirico d’Orcia or San Gimignano, which preserve their original appearance to this day.

The Chianti area, home to the famous wine, is also an enchanting part of Tuscany that hosts tucked-away towns such as Castellina, and dense vineyards, such as those of Radda in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti or Castelnuovo Berardenga, as well as delicious enogastronomic itineraries.

The landscape south of Siena leading towards the Medieval center of Asciano is dominated by the typical Crete, clay lands where erosion has created crevices, openings and cracks. It is an impressive area where the imposing Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore stands out. Val d’Elsa is also very impressive with its characteristic towns Colle di Val d’Elsa, Poggibonsi and San Gimignano, that boasts inestimable artistic heritage.

Val di Merse is constituted of solitary but fascinating places, including the ruins of the San Galgano Abbey that date back to the 13th Century. Val di Chiana provokes emotion and offers its visitors elevated health and well-being, thanks to its thermal spa centers in Chianciano Terme, Montepulciano and San Casciano dei Bagni.

Hills and gullies, Tuscan cypress trees, the river, olive groves and vineyards: this is the landscape animating Val d’Orcia, protected by UNESCO. Here magnificent towns abide, from Pienza and San Quirico to Montalcino and Castiglione; in the west lie Mount Amiata and the solitary Rocca di Radicofani.

KANDINSKY EXHIBITION IN PISA

posted by Home In Italy on October 31st, 2012

Fifty works by Russian master Wassily Kandinsky (the “Father of Abstract Art”) will be on display in the Auditorium of Pisa’s Palazzo Blu until February, 2013. The exhibit retraces the years between 1901 and 1922, the period when Kandinsky left the Soviet Union.
The expo begins by guiding visitors through the artist’s first paintings, realized during the Symbolist movement – to the works from the Murnau period. It ends with the largest canvases created during the few years in which Kandinsky – with his The Blue Rider – became the point of unity between the Western and Russian avant-garde movements.

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Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Where: Palazzo Blu
City: Pisa
Address: Lungarno Gambacorti 9
Region: Tuscan