Monthly Archives July 2013

27th July: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” At Malaspina Castle

As I’m at a loose end tonight and as the long list of comic accidents that have befallen me recently (you can read up on one of them here) seem to be abating, I thought I might go to “Who’s coming to dinner tonight?” a live culinary and theatrical event as Malaspina Castle. Although the title is reminiscent of the panicky feeling you get when an unexpected (and usually unwelcome) guest has been invited to dinner last minute, the reality of the show sounds a lot more fun. Set in the rather lovely castle, the audience is invited to sit
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19th July: More Free Art Events in La Spezia

Continuing it’s summer of culture, The Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art in La Spezia will be playing host to print art specialists Lab 43. Whilst my artistic talents leave a little to be desired, this sounds like an interesting opportunity (especially as this particular workshop is for people of all abilities). Lab 43 are famed for their collaborative workshops, attended by artists from all over the world, usually held in their open plan studio in Venice. Artists are encouraged to explore the various facets of print making, using techniques such as intaglio etching, lithography, screen printing, woodcut, relief and bookbinding. They pride themselves
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18th July: If I Didn’t Hate Confined Spaces I’d Actually Be Quite Excited About This

Unfortunately, as a massive claustraphobe with a hatred of anything even resembling a cave or a mine, I will not be able to participate in the series of events taking place at the Miniera Pietra del Fuoco, a disused mine in Corchia. Those of you whose stomachs don’t turn at the thought of being underground, have the opportunity to explore the mines during a series of events taking place every weekend until the 14th of September. These will include night walks, geology talks and nature hikes. The events start this Sunday night with a picnic at sunset, where you will be
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12th July: Cinghiale 1, Expat Englishman 0: A Rant About Olive Groves

And so my battle against the local wild boar continues. For those of you that have been lucky enough never to encounter the cinghiale they look like this: I’ll admit that at a distance they do actually look quite sweet but that’s as far as I’m willing to compliment them. Anyway, being the over optimistic fool that I am, I thought it would be nice to plant some olive trees on my land. There I was, imagining planting a few trees, watching them grow and then harvesting a veritable multitude of olives. Unfortunately, that has not been the case thus
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10th July: Events at Museo Amedeo Lia, La Spezia

Throughout the summer, the Museo Amedeo Lia in La Spezia will be hosting variety of free events. The museum is famed for it’s varied collection of over 1200 works of art. These range from paintings, miniatures and statues made from bronze, copper and ivory, with works from Titan, Raphael and Lippo Memmi  on display. Set in a abandended convent that dates back to the 1600’s, the museum also has wonderful cloisters and a garden boasting 30 different botanical species. Starting this Friday and ending on the 9th of August, the museum will be open till 8pm and serving a selection
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5th July: The Return of Music on Tuesday at the Villa Marigola

Once the holiday residence of the Marquis Ollandini, the Villa Marigola is a beautiful stately home in La Spezia. It’s sprawling grounds play host to a variety of botanical delights with a view of the sea and the house itself is a testament to the grandeur of 18th century architecture. From the 9th to the 30th of July, the Villa Marigola will be hosting weekly concerts, celebrating new talents as well as featuring established names such as Andrea Bacchetti, Alessandra Gentile and Galina Garben Chistiakova. You can expect renditions of Wagner, Stravinsky and Chopin amongst other classical household names. The
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29th/30th June: A Weekend Well Spent

I spent last weekend merrily eating, drinking and dancing at Filattiera’s Festa Della Fame E Della Sete, or the Festival of Hunger and Thirst to you and me. It was incredible fun, with open air bars dotted around the beautiful historic center of Filattiera and food stalls in the square next to the castle. In the evening the square was cleared for a ballroom dancing lesson, in which my two left feet were even more obvious than usual as elegant couples with perfect timing waltzed around me. At every turn, there were live music events and a huge mixture of
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