The eighth edition of the Piacenza Jazz Fest will be running in the historic Reggio Emilia town until the 9 April. The programme includes a series of concerts featuring top international jazz musicians, such as Danilo Rea, Richard Galliano, Bill Frisell and Dave Douglas.Supporting events are also being held in the nearby towns of Fiorenzuola D’Arda, Cortemaggiore and Stradella, near Pavia.

For information: www.piacenzajazzclub.it

09 Mar 2011

ALTAMURA RELAUNCHES EX-MAFIA HOTEL

The luxury Parco dei Templari hotel at Altamura (Apulia), confiscated from the Mafia in 2002, is now to be relaunched with the help of master chef Gianfranco Vissani.

07 Mar 2011 More

PARMA HAM HAPPY HOUR

Four Italian cities are involved in a gourmet initiative promoted by the Parma Ham Consortium (Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma) this spring 2011, aimed at highlighting the famous Emilia Romagna speciality as an ideal healthy “fast food” for busy lunches and “take away dinners”.

04 Mar 2011 More


The “Flight of the Angel”, was  the highlight of the opening ceremony of the Venice Carnival, Sunday, 27 February 2011. This year’s “Angel”, twenty-three year old beauty queen Silvia Bianchini,  put on her wings and glided from the top of St. Mark’s Bell Tower to land in the middle of the square.

The origin of the event goes back to the times of the Venetian Republic, when an unknown Carnival reveler flew along a rope above St. Mark’s Square as an act of homage to the Doge.

 

 

28 Feb 2011

NEW LIGHT SHED ON CARAVAGGIO'S LIFE

 As part of the current fourth centennial programme marking the death of the artist Michaelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio, an exhibition of hitherto forgotten documents throws new light on events in the life of this irascible and restless genius.

           

24 Feb 2011 More

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