Materia Montelupo, the exhibition dedicated to contemporary ceramic

Materia Montelupo 2017, the exhibition of contemporary ceramicMateria Montelupo, ceramic workshops meet contemporary artists.

Materia Montelupo, the exhibition organized by Matteo Zauli, curator of the Museum Carlo Zauli in Faenza, showcases the objects created by Italian contemporary artists in collaboration with the ceramic workshops in Montelupo Fiorentino.

Palazzo Podestarile in Montelupo hosts in its rooms prototypes and new lines born in the workshops as well as the creative world of the designers.

The artists worked with the manufacturers to create their own operas with also the purpose to implement new production lines for the artisans and to enrich the ceramic collections of the town’s workshops.

Materia Montelupo, 2nd December 2017 through 11th February 2018.

Palazzo Podestarile, via Giro delle Mura, 43 – Montelupo Fiorentino.

For info: www.museomontelupo.it

Tuscany and its rural Christmas traditions

We’ve just left the north of Italy and passing over the Appennini we land on the first of the central Italian regions. We are in Tuscany.

Tuscany is a region famous for its beautiful towns and architecture, art, culture, food and wine. But it has also a wonderful countryside, with gentle and harmonious panoramas. And it is especially during Christmas time that Tuscany dusts off its old rural traditions. Traditions are not kept alive only in a superficial way, but they are felt deeply by the local population.

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On Christmas Eve the head of household lights up a big olive or oak root in the fireplace. Tradition wants that as long as the Yule log continues to burn, the door remains open. A good bowl of soup, followed by the typical cantuccini and brigidini, washed down with a glass of new wine are offered to anyone who comes in.

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Pistoia and its secret beauty

This weekend we were in Pistoia always looking for new stories about artisans and territories and cities to explore.

Pistoia is just 30 km from Florence and it is easily reached by train or car. It is also a good start for a visit of other famous surroundings, above all the Health SPA of Montecatini and the towns of Lucca and Pisa.

The main occasion was the visit of the Arts & Crafts fair held in the former Brera factory right outside the train station. Here we made some interesting encounters, between the Tuscan tradition and the emerging youth.

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