• "RITRATTO DI DONNA'' - BASILICA PALLADIANA, VICENZA

  • PALAZZO LEONI MONTANARI, VICENZA

    PALAZZO LEONI MONTANARI, VICENZA

  • SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP, ROME

    SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP, ROME

  • DANZA IN RETE, TEATRO COMUNALE - VICENZA

    DANZA IN RETE, TEATRO COMUNALE - VICENZA

  • ALBERTO SORDI 1920-2020, ROME

    ALBERTO SORDI 1920-2020, ROME

  • CAPODANNO PISANO, PISA

    CAPODANNO PISANO, PISA

  • DONKEY RACE, TORRITA DI SIENA (SIENA)

    DONKEY RACE, TORRITA DI SIENA (SIENA)

  • ITINERARIES IN THE BERICI HILLS

    ITINERARIES IN THE BERICI HILLS

  • LA ROTONDA, VICENZA

    LA ROTONDA, VICENZA

  • JAZZ AT CAFFÈ PEDROCCHI - PADOVA

    JAZZ AT CAFFÈ PEDROCCHI - PADOVA

  • Walking among the treasures of  DALÌ, VICENZA

    Walking among the treasures of DALÌ, VICENZA

  • PALLADIO MUSEUM, VICENZA

    PALLADIO MUSEUM, VICENZA

  • WE WILL ROCK YOU - THE MUSICAL, TEATRO COMUNALE DI VICENZA

    WE WILL ROCK YOU - THE MUSICAL, TEATRO COMUNALE DI VICENZA

  • LAGO DI FIMON - FIMON LAKE

    LAGO DI FIMON - FIMON LAKE

  • RAPHAEL - SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, ROME

    RAPHAEL - SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, ROME

Veneto & Nearby

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS MEASURES ALL CULTURAL AND SPORT EVENTS IN ITALY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED 

AFTER THE DECREE ISSUED BY ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER MARCH 9, 2020 THE FOLLOWING WILL BE CLOSED ALL OVER ITALY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Cinemas, Theaters, Concerts, Museums, Archeological Sites and Libraries. More information on the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage website at: https://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/index.html#&panel1-1

Keeping Perspective in Trying Times

Balancing work and personal life can be stressful, but add a global pandemic to the mix, and it is easy to feel afraid, sad, angry, annoyed or depressed. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try to step back and look at the big picture. Nothing lasts forever and things will eventually feel normal again.

Positive Directions:

• Smile: It may seem cheesy, but there is a proven link between facial expressions and mood.

• Take a break: Take time away from the 24-7 news cycle, work email and social media – GET OFFLINE!

• Exercise Physical movement releases endorphins and increases feelings of happiness.

• Connect Call, write or video-chat with a friend – chances are it will brighten their day too! Spend time with your (healthy) loved ones at post – game night, watch a movie together or eating a meal together can promote positive feelings.

• Prioritize self-care Do something for yourself so that you can continue to help others.

• HAVE FUN! There is no rule against having fun in a crisis! Sometimes a good laugh, a funny movie, a video game tournament, pillow fight or other game, craft or hobby is just the right medicine

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                                                             March 19, LA FESTA DEL PAPÀ / FATHER’S DAY

Throughout the month of March, many celebrations occur in Italy; some of them are religious, such as March 19; according to the Roman Catholic tradition, La Festa del Papà, Father's Day is celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day, called Festa di San Giuseppe – putative father of Jesus Christ and therefore a fatherly symbol of love, compassion, kindness, generosity and acceptance. Saint Joseph is also universal patron of the Catholic Church. The veneration for him comes from the East, although the first to spread it were some Benedictine monks in the early 1000s, followed by the order of the Servants of Mary in the 14th century and then by the Franciscans. It was Pope Sixtus IV, who registered the festival in the Roman calendar in the 15th century. In 1871, the Catholic Church proclaims Saint Joseph protector of the family men and patron of the Church. In Italy, until 1976, March 19 was also considered as a public holiday, but it was abolished March 5, 1977. Traditionally, children used to write letters to their fathers to describe their affection and emphasize their intentions of being good. Some typical sweets for this day are called Zeppole di San Giuseppe, known by other names, including Bignè di S. Giuseppe, St. Joseph's Day cream puffs. One of the most prevalent theories sustains that zeppola comes from the term zeppa, a wood wedge used for adjusting the heights of furniture. This theory links the cake with Saint Joseph, who was a carpenter. The zeppole are similar to a fried donut and the first one was described in 1837 by the well-known Neapolitan gastronome Ippolito Cavalcanti, Duke of Buonvicino, who included the recipe in his cookbook. It is believed that the zeppole has its origin from ancient Rome in the celebrations for the pagan deities. Some sources credit the pastry’s creation to the Neapolitan convent of Santa Patrizia in the 16th century. However, during the early 19th century, baker Don Pasquale Pintauro - already renowned for popularizing another type of sweets called sfogliatella - became popular for enriching the recipe and selling these sweets on the streets of Naples each March 19. Regardless of their Neapolitan origins, zeppole are prepared throughout the country, with regional variations and can also be found in some local pasticcerie (pastry shops). The Father’s Day celebration in the States was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Previously, in the early 1900s attempts at establishing a Father's Day failed; it was only in 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, and designated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. 

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COMPRENSORIO COLLI BERICI / BERICI HILLS The Berici Hills area offers a variety of footpaths, where natural elements and examples of rural art, monasteries, churches, villas and fountains are combined with the land. Some masterpieces by Andrea Palladio, such as La Rotonda and Villa Pojana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, were built  right here in the Comprensorio dei Colli Berici, Berica Land. This area offers a number of themes which gives the opportunity for each tourist to experience something different from nature, landscape, art, history, sports, food and wine. The Consorzio Pro Loco Colli Berici website at https://www.colliberici.it/en/ provides information about possible activities in the territory, including excursions, cycling and walking routes and events, whether travelling alone, with friends or family.

Lake Fimon is one of the naturalistic places of the Berici Hills. In particular, it is a 1.5 km-long lake basin fed by underground springs, whose history dates back to the Bronze Age. In addition to the great landscape value, its importance is linked to the unique habitat, with the presence of flora and fauna typical of wetlands. It can be seen by walking or cycling. Approximately, the trail around tha lake is 5 km, about three miles. Lake Fimon may also be the starting point for a longer hike and experience the surrounding Berici Hills. There are several official and color-coded hikes starting from the lake. They vary from just under three to almost eight miles. Visit also HTTP://WWW.TURISMOTERRABERICA.IT/EN/

MUSEUMS IN VICENZA ARE CLOSED AFTER THE ITALIAN DECREE ISSUED MARCH 9, 2020

OLYMPIC THEATER, CHURCH OF S.CORONA, CIVIC MUSEUM of PALAZZO CHERICATI, NATURALISTIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM and MUSEUM OF RISORGIMENTO and RESISTENZA, Educational activities, cultural initiatives and guided tours within the municipal sites are suspended TBD.

PALLADIO MUSEUM , Vicenza, Palazzo Barbarano, Contrà Porti 11; open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; ticket museum + exhibitions € 8, free admission for children under 6 years old. The museum is fully accessible to people with physical disabilities. For information and bookings call 0444 - 323014.

VILLA LA ROTONDA ; winter hours for the visit outside from 10 a.m.-noon and from 3-6 p.m. The official season starts again on Saturday March 14 with visits inside (unless new indications).

April 4-5, WALKING AMONG THE TREASURES ODALÌ, a program of guided tours to discover the works of the Spanish surrealist artist, the Tourism Department offers the opportunity to participate in guided tours in downtown Vicenza through the streets of the city of Palladio and at Jewelry Museum where the artist’s jewel sculptures are on display. Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at: 10.30 a.m. Ticket € 5.00 with reservations required at the Tourist Information Office (IAT), ph. n. 0444 - 320854, iat@comune.vicenza.it. The meeting is scheduled 10 minutes before departure at the IAT in Piazza Matteotti, next to the Olympic Theater.

TAHITIANI IN UNA STANZA / TAHITIANS IN A ROOMExternal Link Snippet, Vicenza, Gallerie d’Italia – Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Contra’ Santa Corona 25. A block in access is limited to a maximum number of 30 entrances (every 15/30 minutes); it is favored to maintain the distance of at least one meter between the visitors present in the museum. Ticket €5 and €3, reduced (visit the site for reductions). The painting created by Paul Gauguin in 1896, comes from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, and is part of the cycle of exhibitions which celebrate the twenty-year anniversary since the opening of the Gallerie d'Italia in Vicenza. He created this painting after sailing for the first time to Polynesia in 1891, attracted by the exotic location, but also interested in the local traditional pictorial languages.

March 14, SIX NATIONS RUGBYExternal Link Snippet, Rome. The Six Nations Championship is an annual international rugby union competition between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, the six highest-ranked teams in Europe. The current champions are Wales, who won the 2019 tournament. Italy joined the annual rugby union tournament 21 years ago. This year’s competition will see two matches taking place at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.     https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/fixtures-2020/

Through April 13, 2020, Vicenza, Basilica Palladiana, Piazza dei Signori, RITRATTO DI DONNA. IL SOGNO DEGLI ANNI VENTI E LO SGUARDO DI UBALDO OPPI / PORTRAIT OF A WOMANExternal Link Snippet, “The dream of the Twenties and the look of Ubaldo Oppi”. Open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; about a hundred works on display, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, clothes and jewels. Visitors will have the chance to see Ubaldo Oppi's painting. Oppi was an artist who grew up in Vicenza but trained between Vienna, Paris and Venice, then Milan. Some precautions in compliance with the Decree of  March 1, 2020, that is, contingent entrances, groups max 25, minimum distance of 1 meter between visitors, suspension of guided tours, but everyone can take advantage of the audio guide service. Tickets cost €13, reduced ticket €11 (senior citizens over 65 years); €5 for children from 11-17 years old; free for children up to 10 years (not in a school group); family ticket €30 for two adults and for children from 11 to 17 years up to a maximum of six people. Audio guide or radio guide included. For information and reservations: (+39) 0444-326418 from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m.-1.30 p.m. and from 2.30-6 p.m. Also, biglietteria@mostreinbasilica.it from Monday to Saturday 9 a.m.-1.30 p.m. and from 2.30-6 p.m. biglietteria@mostreinbasilica.it

The PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION in Venice, Dorsoduro 701, reopened March 2In compliance with government emergency regulations, the museum admits groups of sixty at a time, offers sanitizer gel to visitors and increased the distance between tables at the museum’s bar. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, a modern art museum on the Grand Canal, is one of the most visited attractions in Venice. The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was the home of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim for three decades. She began displaying her private collection to the public periodically in 1951. The collection includes works of Italian and American artists working in genres such as Cubism, Surrealism and Expressionism. It also includes sculptural works. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Tuesday. Entrance fee € 15; reduced € 13 and € 9 (visit the website for the different reductions); free for children younger than 10.

Throughout June 14, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Migrating Objects: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This exhibition focuses on a lesser-known, but crucial episode in Guggenheim’s collecting: her turn in the 1950s and ’60s to works created by artists in Africa, Oceania, and the indigenous Americas. Migrating Objects represents a remarkable occasion to view 35 rarely seen non-Western artworks shown at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection as a cohesive whole for the first time. For information call 041 - 240 5411 or email info@guggenheim-venice.it

Through June 2, RAFFAELLO / RAPHAEL , Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16; the exhibition constitutes the high point of the world-wide commemorative celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the death of Italian Renaissance master. More than 120 masterpieces including paintings, drawings and works by the world-famous Renaissance painter, and approximately one hundred by numerous artists whose work was significantly influenced by Raffaello. The Uffizi Gallery and many other international museums have contributed to enriching the exhibition, including the Vatican Museums, the Louvre, the National Gallery of London, the Prado Museum and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (last admission one hour before closing time); entrance €15; reduced ticket €13; €2 (6-17 years old); free admission under 6 years old; open ticket €22,50. Special tickets: Lunch Time - €10 (for all visitors only from Monday to Friday - no holidays - from 12.40-2.20 p.m.); Over 65 - €10 (only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to the closing time of the box office); 2x1 Women - €15 + 1 free entry to be collected in the box office (only on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to the closing time of the box office). It is possible to pre-purchase the entrance ticket to the exhibition and to access by skipping the line. Full, concession and promotions booking fee: €2.50. Audio guides cost €2; they are in Italian, English and French, and are available only at the Scuderie del Quirinale before starting the visit. Call center +39 02-92897722.

Raphael died at the age of 37, but he was celebrated as an artistic genius during his lifetime. His full name was Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino. After his first works in Urbino, Raphael went to Florence and then Rome, where he became court painter to two popes. He enjoyed the privilege of being known only by his first name; admirers also called him the “Divine.” Raphael, referred to as the “God of Art” by his contemporaries, may not have lived a long life, but he did manage to garner commissions for paintings by two popes, Pope Julius II and Pope Leo X. The two popes were Raphael’s main patrons and inspired him to create his most famous masterpieces including four frescoed rooms called Stanze di Raffaello, Raphael Rooms, which are now part of the Vatican Museums.

Through June 29, IL CENTENARIO – ALBERTO SORDI 1920-2020 / CENTENNIAL ALBERTO SORDI 1920-2020, in Rome; the exhibit is located in two places: the villa where Alberto Sordi has lived since 1958, which overlooks the Terme di Caracalla, Caracalla’s Thermal Baths, in Piazzale Numa Pompilio,  and the Teatro dei Dioscuri, in Via Piacenza 1. Open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; ticket price is €12, reduced (under 26 and seniors, 65 years old and older) €8; children (6-14 years old) €5. The exhibition will tell not only the public figure with more than 150 films so loved by all his fans, but also his most private and less known features.

Tuscany

March 14- 22, PALIO DEI SOMARI / DONKEY RACE, in Torrita di Siena (Siena); a donkey race between neighborhoods. Since 1966, Palio dei Somari is the most remarkable event in all the Valdichiana region during the springtime. It takes place on the first Sunday after March 19, in honor of Saint Joseph, woodworkers' saint patron, who is celebrated on that day. March 14, from 3 p.m. medieval market and street artists; 5:30 p.m. in Piazza Matteotti historical re-enactment; 7 p.m., food booths; 9 p.m., live music and shows. March 15, 10 a.m., Somarando, donkey rides in Via Garibaldi; medieval market “La Nencia”; 4 p.m., entertainment with drummers and flag throwers in Piazza Matteotti; 7 p.m., food booths; 9 p.m., medieval live music and  shows. March 21, 9:30 p.m., presentation of the Palio in the square; 10 p.m.,  competition and show of the flag throwers from the eight districts of the town. March 22, 10:45 a.m. flag throwers and music in Piazza Matteotti; 11:45 a.m., colorful historic parade in the streets downtown; 4 p.m., Palio 2020, donkey race. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place March 29.

March 23-24, CAPODANNO DI PISA / PISA NEW YEAR’S DAY . The city of Pisa has not forgotten its traditions of starting the New Year with a religious event, the Annunciation, which takes place on March 25, nine months before Christmas. This calendar remained active between the 10th century and 1749, when the Grand Duke in Tuscany ordered to celebrate the new year on the 1st of January. Nowadays, there are some die-hards that still enjoy the fun of a second celebration, including Pisa and Florence. Activities start on March 24 and go until the 28 with colorful celebrations.

Today, just like then, the beginning of the Pisan Year is marked by a sort of solar clock, a physical phenomenon that is as simple as it is spectacular and intriguing. At midday sharp, a ray of sunlight penetrates the Duomo through a round nave window, landing on a marble egg on a shelf surmounting a column next to the pulpit of Giovanni Pisano, on the opposite side. The event is preceded by a historical procession and a religious ceremony that ends at exactly noon. The beginning of the Pisan Year coincides with the official opening of the tourist season.

March 31, PALIO DEI COMUNI, Official Webpage, Pisa, Ippodromo San Rossore. At the newly restored horse racetrack, the province of Pisa opens its doors to three days of friendly competition between the local government areas. In addition to horse racing there will be a wide selection of food stands featuring the specialties of the area.

 

Find more events for Tuscany at:

www.pisatoday.it

www.teamworld.it

www.visittuscany.com

www.firenzeturismo.it

www.turismo.pisa.it

www.tuscany-excellence.com