Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

 NEWSLETTER # 122 - July 30th, 2010


Torino - June 17th – September 19th, 2010

A series of images taken from the vast photographic archive of Sam Shaw, one of the greatest photographers to work with Hollywood stars, and who helped to increase their mystique. The photographs are taken from his coverage from the sets of two great films: One-eyed Jacks (1961), directed by Marlon Brando (who also starred in the film) and Michael Cacoyannis’s Zorba the Greek (1965), which starred Anthony Quinn. It’s hard to imagine two such different stars, two actors with such different acting techniques, stage presences, approach to their characters, appeal and connivance with the audience. These are moments stolen on set, portrayals of non-reconciled beings, intolerant of every constriction, untamed. Portraits of fighters, of battling souls. In short: rebels.


  The Night of the Taranta 2010

Melpignano (Lecce) - Festival: August 13th - August 26th, 2010 - Final concert: August 28th, 2010

Can you imagine nearly 100,000 persons dancing with the unbridled rhythm of pizzica? This is what is the Night of the Taranta, event by now of international capacity that every year is carried out to Melpignano, just 20 miles from the beautiful city of Lecce. The traveling festival “La Notte della Taranta 2010” (2010 Taranta Night) precedes the final Concert of Melpignano of August 28th and will take place from August 13th to the 26th, in the squares of the communities of Salentinian Greece. Many special projects, resulted from the collaboration between the traditionals Salentinian artists and musicians of different cultural and geographic background, will be developed there, following the spirit of the festival itself. This year the festival is celebrating its thirteenth edition.

 Palio of Siena

Siena - August 16th, 2010

Piazza del Campo" is still used today for the well known Palio horse race which is one of the most famous popular Italian manifestations. It takes place every year on July 2 and August 16. The Palio is run to celebrate the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary near the old houses that belonged to Provenzano Salvani. The holy apparition was therefore called "Madonna di Provenzano" in whose honor the very first Palio was run on August 16, 1656. The Palio was run for the first time in 1701 in honor of the "Madonna dell'Assunta" the patroness and Advocate of Siena through all the tragic events since she protected the Sienese militia at the famous battle of Monteaperti on September 4, 1260, against the Florentines.

Black and White Festival

Udine - September 2nd - September 12th, 2010

In September Udine will host an unmissable event: from 2nd to 12th September the second Black&White festival will take place in the town, with a series of not-to-be missed appointments tied by one single color thread. This event expresses in the colors of Udine – black and white, precisely – different artistic and cultural forms in the most charming places of the town. The color reference, which is at the basis of the festival, will be created by a selection of the most interesting names and expressions of Italian and international art, photography, cinema, journalism, food and wine tradition.


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