Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Urbino Ducal Palace

Sometimes friends visit me here, I'm most grateful since they also give me the opportunity of re-visiting places and seeing them with "new eyes". During the last month I've been very lucky and some very good friend visited me: here's a small choice of photos taken during their visits.









Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Locanda in Alastair Sawday's Green Europe

Green Europe, the latest Alastair Sawday's title is out, and the Locanda is included, of course!
"Our Green Europe collection features special places that go the extra mile to provide responsible holidays. You will find over 170 authentic, beautiful places to stay that champion organic food, use eco-friendly technologies, contribute to conservation, or have a positive impact on their community."

LOCANDA DELLA VALLE NUOVA
In gentle, breeze-cooled hills, surrounded by ancient, protected oaks and on the road that leads to glorious Urbino, this 185-acre farm is an unusual, unexpectedly modern place whose owners' motto, that "one should tread lightly on teh earth", colours every aspect of their lives. The cork-insulated farm, dotted with horses and two riding arenas, has been certified organic for nearly 25 years and nearly all of the delicious food and wine served by Signora Savini and her daughter Giulia is home-produced; the rest is sourced from local organic producers. In an area historically renowned for hunting, here it is forbidden, providing a haven for wild animals. Water is purified for drinking, showers are heated by the hot Italian sunshine, and prunings from the farm's woods, where truffles are gathered in autumn, feed a low-consumption wood stove to heat the house. It's worth asking for one of the bigger bedrooms, preferably with a view; all have bed linen and towels made from 100% natural fibres. With solar panels soon to be installed, La Locanda defines Italian eco agritourism.

Talking about "greenness"... here's a photo of the hills around the Locanda just a few days ago!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cagli again (plus Giovanni Santi frescos)

The focus of the exhibition Raffaello e Urbino is not only on Raphael's own paintings but also on his influences, first of all Giovanni Santi, Raphael's father. Until July 12th the Church of San Domenico in Cagli will stay open to give everybody the possibility of seeing Giovanni Santi’s last work, the Tiranni Chapel, arguably his masterpiece.



In the same church you'll also be able to admire the Battista Tiranni funeral monument with a fresco of Christ in the Tomb between Saints Jerome and Bonaventure (1481).


Giovanni Santi is not the only reason why you should visit Cagli, a very lively tiny town with a nice Piazza where you can sit and sip a coffee while people-watching and "Alimentare", a very interesting food-shop that also serves yummy pasta courses, salamis and cheeses paired with the finest local wines in its small but light-filled backshop.
After the gastronomic stop walk down to the Francesco di Giorgio Martini Tower, remainder of the Cagli city-walls.



The Torrione only opens on Saturdays and Sundays and there's a 4000 steps tunnel that ends up the hill where a Castle used to stand.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

ROF Rossini Opera Festival

Preliminary Programme

XXX Edition - 9-20 August 2009

Adriatic Arena
9, 12, 15, 18 August 2009, at 8 pm
ZELMIRA
Dramma per musica in due atti by Andrea Leone Tottola
Critical Edition Fondazione Rossini / Universal Music Publishing Ricordi,
edited by Helen Greenwald and Kathleen Kuzmick Hansell. Edition for Paris, 1826
Conductor ROBERTO ABBADO
Director and Settings GIORGIO BARBERIO CORSETTI
Settings and Costumes CRISTIAN TARABORRELLI
Lighting Designer GIANLUCA CAPPELLETTI
Interpreters
KATE ALDRICH, MARIANNA PIZZOLATO, ALEX ESPOSITO,
JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ, GREGORY KUNDE, MIRCO PALAZZI
ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL
TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA
New Production

Teatro Rossini
10, 13, 16 August 2009, at 8 pm
18 August 2009, at 11 am
LA SCALA DI SETA
Farsa comica in un atto by Giuseppe Foppa
Critical Edition Fondazione Rossini / Universal Music Publishing Ricordi,
edited by Anders Wiklund
Conductor CLAUDIO SCIMONE
Director DAMIANO MICHIELETTO
Settings and Costumes PAOLO FANTIN
Lighting ALESSANDRO CARLETTI
Interpreters ANNA MALAVASI, OLGA PERETYATKO, PAOLO BORDOGNA,
ALDO CAPUTO, CARLO LEPORE, JOSÉ MANUEL ZAPATA
ORCHESTRA HAYDN DI BOLZANO E TRENTO
New Production

Teatro Rossini
11, 14, 17, 19 August 2009, at 8 pm
LE COMTE ORY
Opéra en deux actes de Eugène Scribe et Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson
Edition Universal Music Publishing Ricordi
Conductor PAOLO CARIGNANI
Director, Settings and Costumes LLUIS PASQUAL
Lighting Designer LLUIS PASQUAL, WOLFGANG VON ZOUBECK
Interpreters NATALIA GAVRILAN, MARIA JOSÉ MORENO, LAURA POLVERELLI,
ROBERTO DE CANDIA, LORENZO REGAZZO, YIJIE SHI
CORO DA CAMERA DI PRAGA
ORCHESTRA DEL TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

FESTIVAL GIOVANE

Teatro Sperimentale
23 July 2009, at 8 pm
Accademia Rossiniana
Closing Concert

Teatro Rossini
12, 15 August 2009, at 11 am
Il viaggio a Reims
Cantata scenica - Words by Luigi Balocchi
Critical Edition Fondazione Rossini / Universal Music Publishing Ricordi,
edited by Janet Johnson
Conductor TRISDEE NA PATALUNG
Director and Settings EMILIO SAGI
Costumes PEPA OJANGUREN
Selected Interpreters from Accademia Rossiniana
ORCHESTRA HAYDN DI BOLZANO E TRENTO

Auditorium Pedrotti
13, 14, 17, 19 August 2009, at 5 pm
Concerti di Belcanto

Teatro Rossini
16 August 2009, at 11 am
Concerto Sinfonico
Music by Franz Josef Haydn for the bicentennial of his death
Conductor GUSTAV KUHN
Alto EWA PODLEŚ
CORO DA CAMERA DI PRAGA
ORCHESTRA HAYDN DI BOLZANO E TRENTO

Teatro Rossini
20 August 2009, at 9 pm
Petite Messe Solennelle
For soloists, chorus and orchestra
Conductor PAOLO CARIGNANI
Interpreters KATE ALDRICH, ANNA BONITATIBUS, FRANCESCO MELI,
MIRCO PALAZZI
CORO DA CAMERA DI PRAGA
ORCHESTRA DEL TEATRO COMUNALE DI BOLOGNA

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