18th February: Maria Luisa de’ Medici festival in Florence

On 18th February, the city of Florence pays homage to a great woman, the last member of the Medici dynasty in the anniversary of her death.

Maria Luisa de’ Medici in 1737 signed the so-called “patto di famiglia” (family’s pact), offering her family’s immense patrimony to the city of Florence. This means that all the paintings, sculptures and collections are open to the public and you can see them.

This celebration is devoted to art, that is why some of the museums in the city can be visited for free on February 18th. Here there is the list:

Versilia Wine Art festival

versiliaVersilia Wine Art Festival has come to its second edition. This event will take place from 27th to 29th March, in an open-air scenario, the wonderful city centre of Pietrasanta. It is strictly dedicated to connoisseurs and lovers of art and wine, but it’s open to everyone, as long as Pietrasanta offers many attractions in galleries, museums, restaurants and shops.

Versilia Wine Art Festival presents a wide display of Italian and international wines and an original art group exhibition called “Etichette d’autore – Author’s labels”, curated by art critic and journalist Louis Gierut.

‘Gusto in Scena’ -Taste on Stage in Venice (1 -3 March)

venice eventsThe first edition of Gusto in Scena (Taste on Stage) took place in Venice at the Molino Stucky Hilton two years ago. For the first time Italian wineries, food producers and the world of high quality restaurants met in the wonderful scenario of Venice.

With a unique ticket, costing 20 euros, you can enter the large foyer of the Molino Stucky, which houses Magnificent Wines exhibitions and the Seductions of Throat in the halls nearby. Participants are in contact with producers, who are going to present their specialities.

The event is made for target consumers like restaurants, wine bars, representatives and experts, cooking schools, clubs and bars, sommeliers, hotel managers, buyers, distributors, hotel schools, institutes and international gourmet cuisine referrers, but also common people could enjoy it.

Events dedicated to Wine – Vinum 2010 in Alba

vinum 2010 alba
Vinum is back. Incontri d’autore, Artistic meetings, that’s the theme of Vinum 2010, the event dedicated to wine in Alba, thw city near Cuneo worldwide famous for the extraordinary white truffle.

Three weekends are scheduled for the 34th edition of Vinum: 17-18 April, 24-25 April and 1-2 May. This will be a totally new edition with not only wine tasting, but also culture, history and architecture.

There will be three spaces, which will enable wine lovers to experience the town center of Alba, with boutiques and shops open for this special occasion. No more tastings in the streets and squares, but in relaxing places where visitors can better appreciate all the wines offered.

Shopping Paradise Istanbul 2009

istanbulIn Istanbul it’s time to shop! The Turkey capital town has transformed itself into a big open-air market from the middle of december to the end of the year.

Excellent addresses where shopping is a sweet activity, great fun for your mind with traditional products close to marvelous amenities. Istanbul is always the ideal place for fashion victims. This fascinating metropolis is organizing Shopping Paradise Istanbul 2009, between November 15 and December 31.