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Road works cause traffic and chaos

The partial closure of one of the main commuter bridges over the Arno River, Ponte all’Indiano, caused major traffic delays throughout the city last week. Simultaneous road construction works in other parts of the city hindered the creation of well functioning detour routes and commuters were forced to

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Florence’s top classical music festival begins April 30th

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a world renowned classical music and dance festival held every year in Florence. Events ranging from opera, to symphony, and ballet are performed by some of the top musicians and dancers. Long time director of the Maggio Musicale, Zubin Mehta, is an accomplished conductor and

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Nannucci to create new monument at Santa Maria Novella

Artist Maurizio Nannucci’s proposal for the new monument to be erected at the Santa Maria Novella train station has won the approval of city government. The monument will be a tribute to the collective memory of partisan resistance during World War II. It will be located near the

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Film director Zeffirelli supports young fashion

World renowned Florentine film director Franco Zeffirelli was the guest of honour last week at the events celebrating the closing of the academic year for students at the Accademia Italiana.   The event titled, “Cinema, moda & design”, was a grand display of the works created by students

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Tuscan cold cuts get an official seal

The Unicoop supermarket chain in Florence has decided to make their line of traditional Tuscan cold cuts official. The numerous products that are grown and produced using customary local methods will now have a specific seal on their packaging in order to make them easily recognisable to customers. Some of

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Tuscany region president meets with U.S. Ambassador

In the face of a serious economic crisis for Tuscany and Italy, President Martini and Ambassador Sembler met last week to discuss Tuscan – U.S. relations and the numbers of American visitors to the Tuscany region.   In Florence alone, universities host six thousand students each year. The total

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Florentines still abandoning city centre

It seems that Florence’s city centre is still losing its native residents. There are two main reasons why: a consistent emigration to more suburban areas, and a high mortality rate among the large number of elderly residents    For years, there has been a general tendency for

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Piazza Ghiberti reopens to public

The reopening of a large area of Piazza Ghiberti was celebrated this past weekend. The square had been closed for years due to the construction of an underground parking garage and, to the relief of local vendors and inhabitants, the works have finally been finished and the greatly enlarged piazza

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Football:Upsetting Defeat for Milan

Just seven games away from the end of the Italian Championships the top ranking team Milan was dealt a tough blow when it lost the match 2 to 0 against Siena last Sunday. Juventus has now taken the leading spot in the Championship classification with 70 points, while Milan remained

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Cycling:Di Luca Wins Amstel Gold Race

Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca triumphed at the Amstel Gold Race, the first classification in the triple of the Ardenne, as well as a qualifying trial for the ProTour. Dutchman Boogerd came in second and two more Italians, Celestino and Rebellin, took third and fourth places.

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Italian Basketball:Reggio Calabria Beats Reggio Emilia

On the 30th day of the Italian A Series Championships, Reggio Calabria’s Eurofiditalia beat Reggio Emilia’s Bipop 98 to 95 in an overtime game away from home.

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Moto Gran Prix:Brasilian Barros Wins in Estoril

Alex Barros took first place at the GP in Portugal this past weekend. Valentino Rossi came in second, Max Biaggi, third , and Marco Melandri at fourth. Gibernaud fell, probably because of rainy conditions, and was forced to withdraw from the race.

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Italians Eat 25% Less Fresh Bread

Modern lifestyles with less time to dedicate to food shopping and cooking, and so-called low calorie and long-conservation substitutes have caused the consumption of fresh bread to fall drastically in the past five years. Consumer trends show that the millenary tradition of eating one of the numerous varieties

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Italian Astronaut Joins International Space Station

40-year-old Italian astronaut and Air Force Major, Roberto Vittori, joined American astronaut, John Phillips and Russian Commander, Sergei Krikalev aboard the International Space Station last Sunday. The Eneide Mission is his second space voyage.

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Slow U.S. Invertigations of Murdered Italian Official

Italian officials returned without many answers from a visit to Washington last week where they discussed the investigation process for the murder of top Italian security officer, Nicola Calipari. Calipari was shot by U.S. Soldiers in Iraq while he was on a rescue mission for the much anticipated and

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Long Lines at Pope Wojtyla’s New Tomb

As many as 10,000 people per hour have been passing in front of Pope John Paul II’s new tomb in the catacombs of St. Peter’s in Rome. While attention now begins to turn toward the new pope, many devoted followers still pay their respects to

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Bus Strike Friday

A national bus, metro, and tram strike is set for Friday, April 22nd. Buses in Florence will stop for four hours between 16.30 and 20.30. All other cities will choose their own hours to carry out the strike and times will vary.

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Florence Cracks Down on False Bags

Local officials hope to reduce manufacture and sales of falsified items. Contraband street sellers had a hard time avoiding the police this past weekend due to recent changes in local policy which now call for heightened attention to keeping vendors of falsified name-brand items off of the central streets

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Tuscany Region Opens 379 Free Internet Points

The Region of Tuscany and the City of Florence will soon be offering free Internet access to the public. A total of 379 access points will be opened throughout Tuscany. 25 locations equipped with computers, printers and Internet connection will be opened in Florence alone and should be operating by

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Western Australias Premier Attends Artisan Fair

The President of the Tuscany Region, Claudio Martini, has invited the Premier of Western Australia, Geoff Gallop, to participate in the inauguration activities for the 69th Annual Artisan Fair of Florence. The Premier, along with aboriginal artists and their works, will inaugurate Western Australia’s stand at the fair

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Fa la cosa giusta!

“Fa’ la cosa giusta!” is a new guidebook to critical consumption within the Tuscany Region. A detailed list of about 200 shops and organizations has been collected in this guide ...

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Free Italian Lessons Online

The Tuscany Region now offers Italian lessons for foreigners on the Internet. The new portal Trio was recently created by the regional government in an attempt to propose “life long learning” opportunities to both Italian and foreign residents. Courses range from beginning to intermediate levels and enrolment is

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10,000 Visitors to Mathematics Museum

The Math Museum, or, Giardino di Archimede, celebrated its first anniversary last weekend, as well as a positive attendance, registering 10,000 visitors to the museum during its first year of activities. This new Florentine museum is actually the only museum in Italy dedicated entirely to Mathematics. The museum is

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History of Tuscany Online

A comprehensive encyclopedia covering everything on the history of Tuscany is now available on the Internet. Two main sections cover the region’s history as well as Tuscany’s direct influence throughout the rest of Europe. To take a look at this impressive archive go to www.toecana-

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