Category: Leisure

Newsblog suggests you the best events and initiatives created in Italy for spending your free time.

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Mostra dell’Artigianato in Florence

fiera-dell'artigianatoIn our modern western societies, craft industry still holds a strong place as a symbol of humanity and tradition. We can particularly notice this through the success obtained by craft fairs in whole Europe. Florence is lucky to host each year in April an important event of this kind: the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato.

The 78th edition is happening this year with Iran as the Country Guest of Honor. With 55.000 sq.m, the Fortezza da Basso welcomes 800 exhibitors coming from 55 countries and from each region of Italy. Around 140.000 visitors are expected and, if you are one of them, you will have the opportunity to see and buy culinary specialties, clothes, jewels, furniture, decorative or useful items from every part of the world. China, Vietnam, Japan, Morocco or India are some of the numerous represented countries.

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A Day in Pisa

Torre-di-Pisa1The city of Pisa is mostly famous because of its Leaning Tower, but they are other things to see in this antic Maritime Republic. In the following lines we propose you a tour to visit in one day the longtime rival of Florence.

Few people know that the famous Tower, which construction began in 1173, was aimed to be the campanile (a freestanding bell tower) of the adjacent Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta. It began to tilt while it wasn’t even finished because of the sandy soil making its base unstable. These edifices situated on the Piazza del Duomo (renamed Piazza dei Miracoli by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio) together with the Baptistery and the Camposanto (a 1278-cemetery) are unfortunately among the last medieval monuments of Pisa. Indeed, the city suffered a lot from the Allied and German bombings at the end of World War Two.

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Design Week in Milan

Salone-del-mobileMilan’s passion for design is famous as it is the second tradition of the city after fashion. Like each year in April, Lombardy’s capital is looking forward to the tens of thousands Italians and foreigners coming to visit the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (the most important event of its kind in the world) but also all the other events spread in the different quarters of Milan during the Design Week.

The Salone del Mobile takes place in the Rho Fiera complex and is aimed for workers in the sector, except during the weekend when it’s also open to the public. If you’re going to be part of the 40.000 people visiting the 12 and 13 April, prepare to see furniture of each style (classic, modern, contemporary) coming from the whole world and aimed to each room thanks to the side exhibitions focusing on furnishing accessories, kitchen and bathroom.

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13th Venice International Boat Show

nave-salone-nauticoTrade, handicraft, buildings and food… During centuries, the antic Maritime Republic of Venice was grounded on the sea and drew all its wealth from it. This profound relationship is nowadays brought to light by events like the 13th Venice International Boat Show.

For every person passionate by boats, for those wanting to purchase or simply to admire and dream, here is an unavoidable meeting occurring every year at the beginning of April and which is the only event of its kind on the whole Adriatic Sea.

Taking some distance with the preconceived idea that boats are reserved to rich people, this Show  prefers to focus on the little and medium sailing equipment. Numerous companies specialized in boating and water sports will display around 160 crafts on water or dry land, without forgetting the bigger ships (longer than 10m) which will have their dedicated space.

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Exhibitions in Rome, our suggestions

frida-kahlo-a-roma2Over the past years, Rome has tried to open up to the world by hosting numerous shows with works of international artists. They are dozens of exhibitions one can see each month in the eternal city and we did a selection for you: between artists more or less famous, here are our suggestions.

Frida Kahlo Exhibition.

The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo started to paint at the age of 18, after a dramatic bus accident  left her with her backbone, ribs and pelvis broken. She was forced to stay in bed for months and, spending a lot of time alone, she began to take herself and her wounded body as favourite subject for her painting.  Her self-portraits are nowadays her most famous pieces and show the strength of a woman who suffered physically during her whole life and who could never have children.