Spring exhibitions in Tuscany

Spring has officially started, and is one of the best periods of the year to visit Tuscany: colourful flowers, intense green hills, daylight getting longer, pleasant temperatures make this season the perfect choice for visiting the towns and the central areas of Tuscany, that in Summer can get too hot and humid (Tuscan splendid coast, marvellous islands or fresh mountains are all better choices from half July till the end of August). Nevertheless, Spring may be naughty and rainy! Well,  in this case why not to visit an art exhibition?  It’s a clever way to spend your time on a rainy day or the icing on the cake after a day in one of the most splendid towns of Tuscany.  Here are some suggestions:

In Cortona from March 22nd to July 31st, 2014, the exhibition “Etruscan Enchantment – From the secrets of  Holkham Hall to the wonders of the British Museum”, takes visitors on a fascinating journey through paintings, drawings, archaeological items, documents and objects, providing them with a unique insight into the birth of modern Etruscology in the 18th century and the passion of Anglo-Saxons and Europe for the Etruscans. The exhibition takes place at Palazzo Casali, in the central Piazza Signorelli square;  open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., tickets 12 €, reduced 9 € (groups over 15 people, families of at least 4 persons, children aged 6 to 12, Edomuseicard holders, ACI and SyC! members and their escorts, Touring Club Italiano members, Più Librerie Feltinelli card holders). For further information http://seduzioneetrusca.cortonamaec.org/en. And for a complete visit to Cortona, here’s our post about the 10 things to do in this wonderful Etruscan and Medieval town.

In Florence, hosted in the central Palazzo Strozzi, it has already started and will be open till July 20th, 2014 the exhibition dedicated to Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, the two painters who were without question the most original and unconventional adepts of the new way of interpreting art in that season of the Italian Cinquecento which Giorgio Vasari called the ‘modern manner’. An event that for the first time brings together  a selection of masterpieces by the two artists in Italian and foreign collections, many of them specially restored for the occasion. All information and the opportunity to buy the tickets online following the link http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/SezionePontormorosso.jsp?idSezione=2770

Finally this year Pisa will celebrate the 450th birthday of its famous son, the great physicist, philosopher, and mathematician Galileo Galilei. In this occasion, the Blue Palace  hosts till June 29th an exhibition collecting stories, lies and mistakes that, before and after Galileo, dotted the man’s road towards the knowledge and interpretation of the Universe. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Monday.

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