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Villa Bardini Garden

Villa Bardini Garden Discover Florence from Pensione Bencistà Villa Bardini Garden is one of the lesser-known corners of the city, yet it seduces visitors with its pleasant environment and the wonderful views over Florence that can be enjoyed from the terrace. The history itself of Villa Bardini is fascinating. The property belonged to Stefano Bardini, a prominent art dealer and antiquarian. When the last member of the family passed away, the Villa was subject to inheritance disputes and left in a state of neglect. Thanks to the intervention of various political forces, the will of Ugo Bardini was finally implemented, and the property was donated to the city of Florence. Carefully restored, the garden is now open to the public and can be visited with a single ticket in combination with the nearby Boboli Gardens. The garden reflects the taste of its various owners, who lived it and modified it ever since the Middle Age. Bardini implemented the largest number of renovations and placed important statues in the garden (some of which have been lost). He removed the medieval elements and built the main avenue, while keeping some of the existing features like the grove, the English and baroque garden […]

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Notwithstanding the rainy spring, Bencista’s kitchen garden is flourishing

Notwithstanding the rainy spring, Bencista’s kitchen garden is flourishing by Chris (the Kitchen gardener) Having gardened for many years in England, I was greatly looking forward to working under the abundant Italian sun. Despite the Italian spring feeling incredibly English this year, with more days being wet than dry, the crops in Bencista’s organic kitchen-garden (“orto”) are now beginning to flourish. Picked in the morning and cooked the same day by our great chefs; zucchini, insalata, ravanelli, bieta, cicoria, and cavolo nero are now regularly being turned into delicious, simple Tuscan dishes for our guests. We await the summer bursting and the suns strong southern energies ripening our pomodori, piselli, and bacelli. Dining at Bencista’ is the perfect way to enjoy wonderful Tuscan food grown completely organically in the hotel’s park. The Pensione’s attention to sustainability also flourishes in the orto thanks to a fruitful mix of old techniques with innovative ones. Come and try it yourself – and do not hesitate to take a look around the orto to see where the food comes from! We are sure you won’t be disappointed!

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The Season a Villa La Pietra

The Season a Villa La Pietra 5 giugno – 23 agosto 2016 New York University Florence – Villa La Pietra La dodicesima edizione di The Season a Villa La Pietra-rassegna di concerti, letture e rappresentazioni teatrali in lingua orginale organizzata da New York University Florence-sarà inaugurata il prossimo 5 giugno (ore 17, Villa La Pietra) con EROS ΕΡΩΣ, una performance che celebra la fonte ispirativa del Rinascimento tramite la poesia lirica dell’antica Grecia. Scritto ed interpretato da Ensemble Melpomen in collaborazione con Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. Al Caffè Letterario Le Murate (ore 18:30) quattro romanzieri e poeti di risonanza internazionale che insegnano nel programma estivo di NYU Florence e presso il dipartimento di scrittura creativa ad NYU, New York, leggeranno brani delle loro opere in lingua inglese. Il 7 giugno letture di Mark Bibbins e Maaza Mengiste e il 13 giugno letture di Alexander Chee e Dorothea Lasky. Le letture ed i dialoghi con scrittori contemporanei americani ed italiani proseguiranno a Villa La Pietra con The Writers’ Season – La Stagione degli scrittori, curato da Alessandro Raveggi, scrittore e docente di NYU Florence. Il 16 giugno (ore 18) Dorothea Lasky incontra Antonella Anedda (poesia), moderatore: Luca Baldoni. Alexander Chee incontra Tommaso Pincio […]

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little time just for yourself in our Spa

BenciSpa takes care of its guests For the entire month of May our massage service will be available without prior booking every: Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm …Enjoy a little time just for yourself in our Spa with scented candles and relaxing music…   1 hour massage at € 55 instead of € 70 + as a gift a 15 mins facial massage at € 12,50 instead of €25 For all other massages (from 25 to 50 min) you will have an additional discount of 10% o phone to +39 055 59163 Pensione Bencistà Via Benedetto da Maiano, 4 50014 Fiesole (Firenze) info@bencista.com 055 59163

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An afternoon with Dante Alighieri

An afternoon with Dante Alighieri Toscana Cultura informs that Thursday, April 21 to 17h in Sala delle Feste di Palazzo Bastogi, seat of the Consiglio regionale della Toscana, the Accademia Internazionale Medicea promotes an afternoon dedicated to Dante Alighieri Thursday, April 21 aprile 2016 16.45h SALONE delle FESTE Palazzo Bastogi – Regione Toscana Via Cavour, 18 – Firenze FREE ADMISSION Program: REGARDS Eugenio Giani Presidente Consiglio Regione Toscana Fabrizio Borghini Presidente Accademia Internazionale Medicea NTRODUCTION The critic Federico Napoli has two new works of artist Dante Fiorella Nuti. SPEAKERS Prof. Leonardo Cappelletti “La Lupa ed il veltro: il problema dell’usura al tempo di Dante” Prof. Zeffiro Ciuffoletti “Dante e il cibo” Prof. Stefano Socci “Appunti di cinema dantesco” Prof. ssa Maria Grazia Proli “Seymour Stocker Kirkup, un pittore inglese a Firenze e il mito di Dante” The actor Alessandro Calonaci read sonnets from “La Vita Nuova”. Accademia Internazionale Medicea Via Luigi La Vista, n.1- 50133 Firenze – cell. 3246938147

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Fiesole Villas garden visits

Fiesole Villas garden visits Also this year you can visit the Fiesole Villas in months from April to October

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A KITE IN FLIGHT FOR KENYA

A KITE IN FLIGHT FOR KENYA charity event to be held April 16 – from 17:00 – at the Episcopal Seminary of Fiesole (Piazza Mino da Fiesole, 1). A KITE IN FLIGHT FOR KENYA it is a show of Arts, born from the desire to raise money for a Kenyan child in need of care. During the evening, take turns singing, music, dancing, reading, painting, sculpture … in an empathic blend that – we hope – will involve … Among others, will attend the Fiesole Artists: Stefania Biagioni, Mario Minarini, Valerio Mirannalti, Matthew Rimi and Leonardo Nozzoli, with “performance” of various kinds.

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Art and chocolate Bandini Museum in Fiesole

Art and chocolate Bandini Museum in Fiesole Sunday, April 10, Sunday, April 17 and Sunday, May 1 at 15.30 and 17.30 performances Marco di Costanzo, Erik Haglund and production of the Theatre dell’Elce. At the end of the performance chocolate tasting offered by Tortapistocchi. Ticket 10 € (reduced 6 €) with reservations required at the Box Office of Fiesole Museums tel.055-5961293 o per email infomusei@comune.fiesole.fi.it

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Pensione Bencistà and the prominent people of Florence

Pensione Bencistà and the prominent people of Florence Leonardo Ximenes and the Ximenian Observatory (also called Observatory of San Giovannino) On December 27th, 1716 a man was born in Trapani who, through his studies and hydraulic works, would give prestige to the scientific culture of Florence: Leonardo Ximenes. Right in front of the incomplete façade of the Church of San Lorenzo stands a building surmounted by a small white dome, which can be seen from several viewpoints of the city: it’s the Ximenian Observatory, one of Italy’s meteorological and geophysical observatories, which is part of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. It is located on the top floor of the convent of San Giovannino (hence the name) which is run by the Piarist Fathers, in the same building where, in 1756, it had been founded by the Jesuit Leonardo Ximenes. The works of Leonardo Ximenes are numerous and varied. Born in Trapani, he was then transferred to Tuscany by the Society of Jesus. Here he dedicated himself to hydraulics studies, supervising important works such as the reclamation of the Maremma area. The Grand Duke of Tuscany chose him as a cartographer and engineer, consulting him on important issues. Today many […]

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The Concerts in the Historical Buildings of the Tuscany Region

The Concerts in the Historical Buildings of the Tuscany Region Discover Concerts in the Historical Buildings of the Tuscany Region, to admire architecture fascinating and often unfamiliar with classical music … Those who love classical music, now can listen to unique places and “unknown” in the region. Following is the list of upcoming concerts and the buildings in which they were organized Saturday, May 7 – Palazzo Panciatichi 2 visits at 9.30 and 10.00, 1 concert at 11.00 am Azusa Onishi violin, piano Irene Novi. Music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy. Saturday, May 21 – Casa Rodolfo Siviero 2 visits at 10.00 and 12.00 1 concert at 11.00 am Quartet Alfa – Tiziana Maccherini soprano saxophone, alto saxophone Nardoni Gabriele, Carlo Francisci tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone Formiconi Duccio. Music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Anonymous, Georges Bizet, Erik Satie, Yann Tiersen, Apocalyptica. Saturday, October 1 – Santa Maria Nuova Hospital 2 visits at 9.00 and 11.00 am, 2 concerts at 10:25 and 12:25 Quartet Daphnis – Emma Colombi flute, flute Emanuele Rosi, Sofia Ferrara Health flute, flute Jacopo Lights. Music by Arcangelo Corelli, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms. Saturday, October 15 – Casa Rodolfo Siviero […]

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DANIELE GATTI / ELIAS DI MENDELSSOHN Sab 9 aprile, ore 20:00

DANIELE GATTI / ELIAS DI MENDELSSOHN Sab 9 aprile, ore 20:00 Opera di Firenze Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elias, oratorio op. 70 per soli, coro e orchestra Artisti Direttore Daniele GattiMaestro del Coro Lorenzo Fratini Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Soprano Genia KühmeierMezzosoprano Sara Mingardo Tenore Rainer Trost Basso Peter Mattei Opera di Firenze Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1 50144 Firenze  

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Il rigore e la grazia: la compagnia di San Benedetto Bianco nel Seicento fiorentino

Il rigore e la grazia: la compagnia di San Benedetto Bianco nel Seicento fiorentino (The rigor and grace: The San Benedetto White company in the XVII century) An exhibition  to admire some of the works of artists of the Florentine ‘600 belonging to the lay confraternity of Saint Banedetto Bianco until May 17, 2016 Cappella Palatina Time: October 8:15 to 18:30 from November to February 8:15 to 16:30 1 to 24 March 8:15 to 17:30 March 25 to 31, April, May, 8:15 to 18:30 Closed first and last Monday of the month Phone: 0552388709, 0552388761 E-mail: argenti@polomuseale.firenze.it E-mail: argenti@polomuseale.firenze.it

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Bencistà News: The Gregorian Chant at Santa Croce

Bencistà News: The Gregorian Chant at Santa Croce Choir Viri Galilaei Director Enzo Ventroni Concerts Gregorian Chant Concert Complex in the Santa Croce – 11 hours Saturday, June 18, 2016 Cenacolo di Santa Croce – 21 hours Saturday, May 7, 2016 Saturday, November 7, 2015 Saturday, December 5, 2015 Saturday, January 9, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016 FREE ADMISSION liturgies in Gregorian Chant in the Basilica of Santa Croce Evening Mass of the first Saturday of the month – 18 hours Saturday, April 2, 2016 Saturday, May 7, 2016 For information: tel. 328 0427031 info@gregoriano-virigalilaei.it viri.galilaei@tin.it www.gregoriano-virigalilaei.it

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Bencistà News: Exhibitions at the Galleria Mentana

Bencistà News: Exhibitions at the Galleria Mentana Mentana Gallery From 5 to 23 March, the historic Florentine gallery hosts the collective exhibition Light and Matter and the artist’s retrospective Saviour Warehouses. The exhibition Light and Matter is concerned to investigate the relationship between painting, sculpture and photography through the works of ten artists which explore the concepts of light and matter. The exhibition of Salvatore Warehouses staff is housed in Saletta and sees the presence of sixteen works set in a more real and believable Morocco compared to other works Mentana Art Gallery Piazza Mentana, 2/3 r – Tel. 055 211985-50122 Florence until March 26 Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 16:30 to 19:30. Saturday and Sunday open by appointment. www.galleriamentana.it – galleriamentana@galleriamentana.it

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Growing local – Bencistà shortens its food chain

Growing local – Bencistà shortens its food chain From spring 2016, Pensione Bencistà will enhance its countryside’s roots, creating a new kitchen-garden to supply and delight the guests of the restaurant. Bencistà’s kitchen-garden will bring an exciting new facet to the visitors’ wellbeing by enriching the quality of the food-experience we offer our guests. On top of enjoying delicious Tuscan recipes on our stunning terrace, Bencistà’s clients will now be able to appreciate the countryside’s roots of the Pensione by eating freshly picked vegetables coming directly from our garden! Moreover, while walking around the park, clients will have the opportunity to meet Chris, the kitchen-garden manager. Just out of his training in the Royal Botanic Garden of Kew, London, Chris will be available to offer explanations and demonstrations on the delicious fresh plants you will feed on in the restaurant. Quality and sustainability of food have long been themes that deeply touch the Simoni family, and this year we have decided to actively participate in the growing discussion around the topic of food. Bencistà is planning to do so by returning to make productive use of the park surrounding the villa, re-establishing some of the food production that was once traditionally practiced on these fertile soils. We indeed believe this is an ethically meaningful and ‘taste-full’ choice that will heighten our guest’s awareness and experience. Buon appetito!

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Bencistà News: Cenacolo di Santa Croce Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 21 hours Concert Gregorian chant Tenebrae sunt factae Meditation on the Passion of Christ Choir Viri Galilaei Directed by Enzo Ventroni Soprano sax improvisations: Giulio Ottanelli Player: Sauro Albisani Program: 1. Tristis est anima mea – Responsory – VIII way 2. Omnes friends méi – Responsory – III so 3. Zelus domus tuae – Antifona VIII c + Psalm 68 4. In the Mount of Olives – Responsory – VIII way 5. De Lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae 6. Caligaverunt oculi méi – Responsory – V way 7. Deus Meus, éripe me – ANT – II so d + Psalm 70 8. Factae Tenebrae sunt – Responsory – VII so 9. Velum temples scissum east – Responsory – II so 10. Divisérunt sibi VESTIMENTA mea – Antiphon – VIII so c + Psalm 21 11. Plange almost virgo, plebs mea – Responsory – V way 12. Aestimátus sum cum descendéntibus in Lacum – Responsory – IV so 13. In peace in idípsum – Antiphon – VIII g + Psalm 4

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Le Pensione Bencistà rouvre

Le Pensione Bencistà rouvre Voici quelques nouvelles pour vous Chers amis, Avant la réouverture, voici quelques nouvelles de notre Bencistà. Comme vous le savez, nous aimons beaucoup notre maison, l’ histoire dont elle garde la trace au long des siècles, et le dernier, vécu ici par nos ancêtres et par nous mêmes. Vivre à la Bencistà, pouvoir embrasser de notre regard, la ville de Florence juste en sortant sur notre terrasse est pour nous un grand privilège que nous partageons avec vous. Nous aimons le travail que chaque nouveau projet nous apporte, nous aimons les personnes que nous accueillons. Nous aimons partager notre vie avec ceux qui ont compris l’esprit spécial de notre maison et qui nous confient leurs précieux moments de repos, d’enrichissement culturel, d’amitié à vivre dans cet endroit merveilleux qu’est la colline de Fiesole ! Cet hiver, nous avons fait des travaux importants: nous avons remplacé plusieurs baignoires par des douches plus pratiques; nous avons ajouté l’air conditionné dans la moitié de nos chambres pour rendre plus agréable le séjour pendant l’été. Un petit changement : cette année le restaurant sera fermé le midi. Toutefois dans l’après midi, on pourra goûter nos thés spéciaux accompagnés de petites pâtisseries sur notre […]

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