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Aeronautica militare a Firenze

Frecce Tricolori, mostra e concerto per l’Aeronautica a Firenze

FIRENZE – Dopo dieci anni le Frecce Tricolori tornano a sorvolare Firenze il 28 marzo 2018, in occasione del 95esimo anniversario della fondazione dell’Aeronautica Militare, e dell’80esimo anniversario della nascita della Scuola di Guerra Aerea delle Cascine, oggi Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche.

Gli eventi saranno celebrati con una cerimonia militare solenne a Piazzale Michelangelo: è annunciata la presenza del ministro della Difesa Roberta Pinotti e forse quella del premier Paolo Gentiloni.

Le frecce Tricolari volerrano sulla città intorno alle 12,30 del 28 marzo 2018, mentre una mostra fotografica evidenzierà la presenza della Forza Armata a Firenze. La mostra sarà inaugurata il 27 marzo alle 17 alla Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi e rimarrà aperta al pubblico fino a domenica 24 giugno, festa di San Giovanni Battista patrono della citta.

Infine, l’Istituto di Scienze Militari Aeronautiche invita gratuitamente i cittadini a ritirare l’invito per partecipare gratuitamente al concerto della Banda dell’Aeronautica militare al teatro della Pergola il 27 marzo alle ore 21. I biglietti possono essere richiesti (fino a esaurimento) chimando i numeri +39 055 2704317 oppure +39 055 2704783.

Snow in Florence on March 1, 2018

Florence and Tuscany woke up with snow

FLORENCE, ITALY – Fresh snowfalls early on Thursday March 1st, 2018 hit northern and central Italy, causing further disruption, especially for transport.

Cities registering the most snow on Thursday morning included Turin, Cuneo, Bologna, Parma and Reggio Emilia, as well as in Milan, Florence and Genoa, among others.

In Florence, where around 2 centimeters fell, schools were given a snow day. There was even heavier snowfall across other parts of Tuscany, where the region’s rolling hills and even the beaches of its north-west coast were covered.

The A1 motorway between between Arezzo and Chiusi was closed on Thursday morning because of the icy conditions, but reopened around an hour later.

The worst disruption was to the rail network, with half of all regional trains cancelled in Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Liguria and Tuscany. Four other regions – Lombardy, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Le Marche and Lazio – had only 70 percent of services, and the Milan-Rome-Naples high-speed line was running at 80 percent.

On Friday March 2 the situation is expected to return completely normal, even if the severe temperatures will continue for some days.

The blanked Cupolone in Florence
The whitened Cupolone in Florence (photo: Elisabetta Boni)
Tram is part of public transportation in Florence

A new video guide to Florence by tram

FLORENCE, ITALY – In the late 2018, three tramway lines will be in operation in Florence linking the airport, the hospital, the central railway station and the main tourist attractions. Here a new video guide to Florence by tram.

So, during the course of the year evrey resident and visitor will be able to move across the entire city thanks to three lines of the tramway system: Line 1, which has been running since 2010, is a very popular means of transportation with around 14 million passengers using it every year. Line 2 and Line 3 will open in 2018.

Lego fans at the Bricks in Florence Festival

FLORENCE, ITALY – Fans of Lego bricks from all over Italy will gather Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November 2017 at the Obihall of Florence for the first edition of Bricks in Florence Festival, two days of exhibitions, creative activities, free game and competitions.

For the occasion, Obihall will be divided into thematic areas, where you can discover the world of Lego Technic and Lego Mindstorms robotics, Games & Lego Minecraft, a photo exhibition, the exhibits of the big and young builders.

The large area of free play, with dozens of pounds of Lego bricks will give space to the imagination, while in the shop inside the Obihall every fan will find classic set, set out list, individual items in bulk, minifigures, clothing and specialized books.

The two days (10/19 hours) will be accessed with affordable tickets: till 6 years family advantage entry is free, under 14 years spend 5 euros, adults 7 euro (5 euro Coop card). Family tickets: 15 euro (one adult and two children); 17 euros (two adults and one child); 20 euros (two adults and two children).

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Fan della Lego al Bricks in Florence Festival

FIRENZE – Fan dei mattoncini Lego provenienti da tutta Italia si ritroveranno sabato 11 e domenica 12 novembre all’Obihall di Firenze per la prima edizione del Bricks in Florence Festival, due giorni di esposizioni, attività creative, gioco libero e concorsi.

Un evento per piccoli e grandi appassionati dei celebri “mattoncini”. I massimi esperti del genere metteranno in mostra le loro creazioni, molte delle quali inedite, e saranno a disposizione del pubblico per parlare di tecniche costruttive, dare informazioni e svelare i segreti delle proprie opere.

Ottima occasione per scoprire le costruzioni fantasy di Dario Tiezzi, il nuovo diorama di Andrea Battaglia, la città vintage di Luca e Lorenzo Romagnani, la Roma antica di Antonio Cerretti e ovviamente il Duomo di Firenze realizzato pochi giorni fa da Giacinto Consiglio… Per citare alcuni fuoriclasse ospiti del festival con le loro opere.

Per l’occasione Obihall sarà diviso in aree tematiche, dove scoprire il mondo Lego Technic e la robotica Lego Mindstorms, Games & Lego Minecraft, la mostra fotografica del gruppo FoToGrAfIa CoStRuTtIvA, le esposizioni dei big e dei giovani costruttori.

I visitatori potranno partecipare alla costruzione del grande mosaico di 12 metri quadrati composto da oltre 50.000 mattoncini, assistere alle dimostrazioni di robotica Lego tenuti dai docenti–ricercatori di Terza Cultura Soc. Coop. Spin-Off UNIFI e approfondire la storia del marchio Lego.

La grande area di gioco libero, con decine di chili di mattoncini Lego, permetterà di dar spazio alla fantasia, mentre negli shop presenti all’interno dell’Obihall si potranno trovare set classici, set fuori catalogo, singoli elementi sfusi, minifigure, abbigliamento e libri specializzati.

In programma una serie di incontri dimostrativi (orario 10,30/12/14,30/16) dedicati all’introduzione della robotica educativa nella didattica scolastica con l’utilizzo dei kit Lego Education, WeDo, WeDo 2.0 e Mindstorms. Ad introdurre le lezioni sarà Nao, uno dei robot umanoidi più evoluti in circolazione, con l’aiuto degli studenti dell’Istituto Peano di Firenze.

Bricks in Florence Festival è organizzato ToscanaBricks (il Lego Users Group della Toscana) in collaborazione con Obihall e Italian Lego Users Group.

Alla due giorni (orario 10/19) si accederà con biglietti a prezzi contenuti e formule vantaggiose per famiglie: fino a 6 anni l’ingresso è gratuito, sotto 14 anni si spendono 5 euro, gli adulti 7 euro (5 euro con la tessera soci Coop). Biglietti famiglia: 15 euro (un adulto e due bambini); 17 euro (due adulti e un bambino); 20 euro (due adulti e due bambini). Info e aggiornamenti sulla pagina Facebook ufficiale www.facebook.com/ToscanaBricks.

Nato nel 2012 da un piccolo gruppo di amici, ToscanaBricks (il Lego Users Group della Toscana) riunisce oggi decine di appassionati, ha all’attivo molti eventi e dal 2014 partecipa allo Skærbæk Fan Weekend, la più importante rassegna mondiale del genere. I membri si ritrovano almeno una volta al mese per coordinare lavori di gruppo, migliorare le capacità costruttive, accogliere nuovi membri e programmare attività. Gli eventi di ToscanaBricks vantano la presenza dei maggiori temi Lego come City, Castle, Star Wars, Classic & Vintage, Pirates, Friends, Architecture, Technic, Bionicle e molti altri.

Da gioco per bambini Lego si è trasformato in fenomeno intergenerazionale, con parchi a tema, film, siti internet specializzati, blog e perfino professionisti. Per non parlare dei veri e propri collezionisti, che si contendono opere e set a prezzi stellari (per le quotazioni esiste il sito www.brickpicker.com).

Niente male per un’azienda, la danese Lego, nata negli anni ’30, che nel tempo ha aggiornato il proprio catalogo con parti meccaniche e automatismi sempre più sofisticati, lanciando la sua personale sfida ai video-game.

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The bike sharing service in Florence

The success of bike sharing in Florence

FLORENCE, ITALY – The capital city of Tuscany registers an average of 10.000 bike rentals per day.  Mobike, the bike sharing service, to get around in Florence, Bagno a Ripoli, Scandicci and Sesto Fiorentino, is very popular for residents and tourists.

The service began operation on August 2, 2017. Every citizen or tourist can download the free application from the Apple Store or Google Play. With the APP, it’s possible to browse the map locating the bicycles and also book (maximum 15 minutes earlier) a bike.

Then, simply clicking the unlock button on the APP and scanning the QR code to unlock the bike. Finished the use, citizens and tourists can leave the Mobike anywhere in the city, as long as they do not obstruct the traffic. It’s important just remember to lock the bike…

The basic rate of use for a period of 30 minutes is 30 cents; the initial deposit is 1 euro.


Updated on November 6, 2017

From today the  basic rate of use for a period of 30 minutes is 50 cents. Subscriptions are active with Mobike Pass: residents and tourists can use bikes for a month at a cost of 5 euro, 10 euro for 90 days, 180 days at 50 euros, up to the annual subscription to 100 euros.

Began the shooting of Michelangelo movie

FLORENCE, ITALY – The shooting of the film The Sin. A Vision, Andrej Konchalovsky’s film about Michelangelo, began in the historical center of Florence, Italy.

The film of the Russian director will be entirely filmed in Italy. The shootings will take place for 14 weeks between Tuscany and Lazio.

In the movie Michelangelo is played by Alberto Testone; Massimo De Francovich will play Pope Julius II and Umberto Orsini the Marquis of Malaspina.

The set of the Michelangelo film in Florence
The set of the Michelangelo film in Florence

On October 16, 2017 piazza Signoria in Florence has returned to be as Florentines lived at Michelangelo’s time.

Produced by the Andrei Konchalovsky Foundation Supporting Cinema and the Scenic Arts and Jean Vigo Italia with Rai Cinema, the Italo-Russian production also benefits from the backing of the Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema programme and the Toscana Film Commission.

Theresa May

Theresa May lays out Brexit transition in Florence speech (live streaming)

FLORENCE, ITALY – Theresa May speech in Florence, Italy, sets out her vision of post-Brexit Britain in her most important speech about the EU since January.

Downing Street announced that the Prime Minister would speak in Italy on Friday, September 22, at 3 pm (CET) and had chosen the venue to show that Britain was leaving the EU but not leaving Europe.

Mrs May had chosen Florence because: “The UK has had deep cultural and economic ties spanning centuries with Florence, a city known for its historical trading power,” Downing Street announced.

On the Italian social media is growing a campaign that calls on the Florentines and residents in Florence to fly the European flag in front of the former carabinieri station, where the Prime Minister will hold the speech.

Livorno floods kill six people

Livorno flooding kills six people at the weekend

FLORENCE, ITALY – Six people were killed and two are missing after floods caused by torrential rain in Livorno at the weekend.

Four members of a family were killed when their basement apartment flooded. One girl was rescued by her grandfather, but he died when he returned to attempt for his other family members.

The city in Tuscany was the worst hit, but weather warnings have been issued for much of the country.  Rome was also flooded in several parts and various metro stations were closed because of flooding. The storm front has now moved further south with flooding in and around Salerno, while mud and rocks have engulfed basements in and around Avellino.

There has also been flooding in Palermo and Catania, where gales have felled trees, while there have been storms all night in the Aeolian Islands. There has been disruption to train services around Mt Vesuvius and between Naples and Rome with some trains delayed by as much as four hours. A stretch of the A2 motorway near Reggio Calabria was closed after a landslide.

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Premier Paolo Gentiloni urged “all the institutions in Livorno to collaborate without sparking rows, focusing on the community” after the accusations that warnings on the deadly floods came too late. “To the victims go not only our thoughts but also the solidarity of the whole country,” Gentiloni added.

Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said on his arrival in Livorno : “I don’t think this is an emergency, it would be wrong to call it an emergency”. He said the rain-fed floods were the result of “climate change, and other (factors)”. Galletti said the government had earmarked “millions of euros to clean up rivers and sewer systems, and now this money must be spent”.

Large fire in Maremma burning 150 hectares of woodland

Large fire in Maremma burning 150 hectares of woodland

FLORENCE, ITALY – A huge fire, fueled by wind, hit the woods around Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto), in Maremma, Southern Tuscany.

The flames also threatened some homes and the smoke was visible to kilometers away. Firefighters have evacuated a tourist residence.

After turning off the fire, firefighters began cleaning up operations in the area. According to local authorities, it burned more than 150 hectares of Mediterranean vegetation.