giovedì 29 settembre 2011

ISTITUTO EUROPEO: studying Abroad in Florence: L' Aperitivo!

Studying Abroad in Florence: Aperitivo

Nightlife in Florence can start as early as 7:00 PM with a “passeggiata” in the center followed by an aperitivo. This Italian cocktail hour usually starts between 6 and 7 pm and continues until 9 or 10 PM. Appetizers and a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) are included in the price, and the spread can range from small portions of finger foods to a large buffet that could suffice for dinner. Most caffès and bars have an aperitivo, but here are a few suggestions of places to go:

  • Kitsch – 8 Euros will get you a drink and access to the buffet. Featuring everything from pasta to grilled vegetables to Tuscan cold cuts, this is the best value for those looking for a big food selection. There are two locations: Piazza Beccaria and Via San Gallo, 20.
  • Rifrullo – Located in the San Niccolò neighborhood, this was Florence’s first American Bar. It attracts a local crowd and is always busy for aperitivo. Patrons can sit by the bar and buffet, outside on the patio on warmer evenings,  or head out back to a large, comfortable room with a fireplace for cooler nights. Via San Niccolò, 55R.
  • Caffè Sant’Ambrogio – Offering aperitivo at the price you would pay for a drink on their normal menu, Sant’Ambrogio is always full around 8 PM. In the warmer months you can sit outside in Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, but even in the colder months it is a local hot spot. Take time to explore this neighborhood, as it is also famous for its restaurants and outdoor market.
  • Sei Divino – This wine bar is a great place to hang out because they typically have different entertainment ranging from live bands to local DJ’s each night. Aside from the staff’s knowledge of wine and spirits, they also offer a small aperitivo that is different each night. For those looking for more food, it’s possible to order a “tagliere,” or cutting-board of local meats and cheeses. Borgo Ognissanti, 42
  • Slowly – Aperitivo at this trendy lounge is very low-key. It is possible to sit at the bar or organize larger tables for a party or big group of friends. Via Porta Rossa, 63R
  • Rooftop of Rinascente – A drink and a traditional salty snack with olives will cost a bit more at the top of this department store, but the view is spectacular. This is also a great place to grab a coffee and sit with friends during the afternoon if you don’t mind paying the cover!

These are only a few of the many great places to take part in aperitivo and I encourage you to find your own places to go. Some places will have a cover in addition to the aperitivo price, so be aware of what you are paying for before you order.

By Paige Gherardi

martedì 27 settembre 2011

ISTITUTO EUROPEO: Gucci museum opening in Florence

Last night hundreds of people made their way to Piazza Signoria to catch a glimpse of the many celebrities crossing the black carpet from Palazzo Vecchio to the new Gucci Museum for its inaugural viewing. 
Celebrating 90 years, the Florentine company has stayed true to its roots in buying this grandiose three-floor palazzo to showcase Gucci fashion. To promote the event, a light show featuring the company’s signature “G” print has been projected onto the face of the palazzo each night for the past week. The VIP event began with cocktails in Palazzo and continued with a private showing of the museum for invited guests. A performance by Blondie was also a highlight in the evening’s entertainment. Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, Carolina Crescentini, Violante Placido, Camilla Belle, Abbie Cornish, Emma Browning, Anna Wintour, the Ferragamo family, and Florence mayor Matteo Renzi were among the elite group of actors, actresses, artists, Vogue editors-in-chief, and fashion icons present at the opening. The museum is expected to open on Wednesday, September 28th to the public. Entrance will cost 6€, with half of the proceeds donated to restoring treasures of Florence

By Paige Gherardi

venerdì 16 settembre 2011



The workshop will take time each day corresponding to the following schedule:
·         7:00-8.30 breakfast
·         9:00-13:00 lesson
·         13:00-14.00 lunch
·         14:00 – 18:00 lesson
·         19;-00 – 21:00 dinner
Arrival and transfer from the airport to the Hotel, check-in and organizing rooms
Visiting the studio, meeting the professors. The urban design in the city with Gad Apotecker, the perspective of the urban landscape, the palaces, The Arno and etc.
The fresco workshop with the professor Giuseppe Del Debbio, the expert of the ancient techniques of painting, in our Art Department.
The fresco workshop with the professor Giuseppe Del Debbio our Art Department .
Morning: visit to the Archeological Museum of Florence ”The origines of Italian Art” and to the Bargello ”The revival of the ancient”. Afternoon: lecture of Prof. Luca Viviani on different styles, not only classic, of ancient art (from geometric style to archaic , with a number of examples of connection between ancient and modern art). The design exercises of experimenting with different styles of representation.
The workshop on Bas-relief of historical gypsum with Prof. Fabrizio Lucchesi,  Prof. Luca Viviani and Prof. Sergio Rubini“ the encounter with the stiacciato” in our Art Department.
Design in Tuscany:Open-air in the beautiful Tuscan country with Gad Apotecker.
The workshop on Bas-relief with Prof. Fabrizio Lucchesi, Prof. Luca Viviani and Prof. Sergio Rubini in our Art Department.
Trips  in Tuscany included.


·         Fabrizio Lucchesi – is a sculptor and a professor at the department of Ornamental Plastic Arts and Ceramics in the l’Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence, the author of the handbook of the technique of ceramics. The problems and defects in artistic ceramics (in Italian , English , Spanish).
·         Luca Viviani – is a sculptor and an archeologist, that has been teaching the History of Ancient Arts in the Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence. He has published a book called The Calumny of Apelle, a modern discovery on ancient art, and a journey from ancient art to the modern.
·         Giuseppe Del Debbio – Painter, Sculptor and  professor, until 2006  of Ornamental Plastic Arts in the Accademia  di Belle Arti of Florence.
·         Sergio Rubini – Sculptor, professor in the Art institue of Bari.
·         Gad Apotecker – is a sculptor and a painter and a professor of painting. He had studied and lived in Florence for many years . His works had been shown in a number of important museums

giovedì 15 settembre 2011

ISTITUTO EUROPEO Music Department the Story

ISTITUTO EUROPEO Music Department the Story
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It all started many years ago, in 1991, from a demand of some European students from Austria, Germany, France, etc. who used to come to Florence to study Italian  - “la dolce lingua del sì.” Many of them were Musicians, and while staying here they constantly needed to practice their vocal skills and instruments.
It happened in this simple and a bit old fashioned way that the ISTITUTO EUROPEO Music Department began its story & from that moment has remained the main ISTITUTO EUROPEO feature.
ISTITUTO EUROPEO’s reputation is now well known for its flexibility and its capability to adapt to new market changes. We hold tremendous interest in understanding markets that never cease to fluctuate around the world and constantly undermine any attempt to classify and categorize trends and changes.
Throughout the years we have also welcomed many students from American universities for the Study Abroad Program. We produced an International Singing Competition staging famous Operas. We held concerts in historical churches and palaces of Florence.
In the end, we were able to set up a perfect mechanism to teach singing.
For this reason we believe that when you think of the ISTITUTO EUROPEO Music Department, you have to think of a perfect product. We have confidence in our program and can dare say that our method is one worth learning!

ISTITUTO EUROPEO Music Department a method of Excellence

Today our Music Department, led by Director Monica Benvenuti, has become a win-win situation. We created a product of success for your success. Every time you leave the classroom after your tailor-made lesson, you can feel and measure the results and benefits you receive from this one-on-one attention.

ISTITUTO EUROPEO Music Department’s brand has now become synonymous with quality. When you buy our lessons, you buy quality. The ISTITUTO EUROPEO Music Department provides students with a method of Excellence.

martedì 6 settembre 2011

COSE DELL'ALTRO MONDO di Francesco Patierno

di Fabrizio Ulivieri

Un grande Diego Abatantuo
Cose dell'altro mondo
REGIA: Francesco Patierno

GENERE: Commedia
DURATA: 90 min

C’è lui in questo film, l’Abatantuono, che da terrún si è trasformato in leghista trevigiano a tirare le fila di un film sul valore degli immigrati avvertito con molto senso di buonismo: immigrato è bello e fa bene all’Italia.
Lui, il Diego, che nel film è l’industriale leghista trevigiano Mariso Golfetto gran massacratore di marocchini e immigrati in generale (“domenica c’è il sole. Vi porto al mare così vi abbronzate un po’!”), che vive in un nord dove il numero delle donne stuprate da neri ecc. è più alto che in Cecenia, e invidia perciò la Sicilia perché a Corleone di donne stuprate non ce n’è neanche una perché lì al negro gli rovinan la carrozzeria se ci si prova…. Un nord dove le moschee dilagano e pure le kebaberie…
Poi c’è il Mastrandea che fa la parte di un poliziotto ben disposto verso i diritti degli immigrati ma che è ossessionato dalle dimensioni del nuovo partner della sua ex che lo ha lasciato e sta ora con un negro (appunto) che l’ha messa incinta, ma che, ossessione a parte, lui testardamente ama ancora.
Il trevigiano pullula di immigrati. Dilagano. Mariso ne è ossessionato. Gli immigrati non sono poverini e il lavoro va dato prima agli italiani e chi commette crimini deve sottostare alla legge di Singapore, cioè punito corporalmente. Questi sono i temi delle sue trasmissioni in tv (“La 9”) di cui lui è padrone. Non si risparmia a “La 9”: le puttane nigeriane invadono le strade e la colpa è tutta della sinistra. Basta islamisti! Che prendano il cammello e ritornino al loro paese! E così, lui che ha il filo diretto con il Paròn (Dio) perché lui è l’autentico difensore della cristianità e ha adottato 5/6 negretti a distanza e non lo dice perché la beneficenza si fa così, invoca una sera in tv uno tsunami che si porti via tutti gli immigranti e per sempre.
Quella notte un temporale dalle dimensioni anomale ed infernali si abbatte sul trevigiano. La mattina il popolo trevigiano si sveglia e tutti gli immigranti son scomparsi…e ora son cazzi! Ora sì che l’Italia diventa davvero un paese di MERDA!...più nulla funziona e Mariso non può neppure andare a puttane nigeriane a cui prometteva di far avere il permesso di soggiorno…nessuno lavora, perché scomparsi gli immigrati nel Veneto laborioso di italiani che lavorino in fabbrica o facciano i badanti non se ne trova…non ci sono più vu cumprà, albanesi, romeni, marocchini…solo nordici incapaci di mandare avanti il loro stesso paese…Geox, Pinarello, De Longhi si fermano…si ferma il  veneto e l’Italia di merda tutta…è il Caos!!

Buona la regia di Patierno. Grande Abatantuono. Ottimo Mastrandea, che recita come Nanni Moretti.
Storia scorrevole e piacevole con finale alla Fellini.
Buona l’idea. Peccato però che sia stata copiata da “Un giorno senza messicani” di Sergio Arau.
Insomma, tutto sommato, un discreto inizio di stagione che fa ben sperare per il cinema italiano? Lo verificheremo nel prosieguo della stagione.

Voto: tre stelle.