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 Italy News #17 - June  4, 2007

 The Luminara of Saint Ranieri

  Pisa - June 16, 2007  

 June 17 is Saint Ranieri, Pisa’s patron saint and to celebrate this occasion the city is lit up with tens of thousands of candles set out along the Arno River in the annual event called La Luminara di San Ranieri.  Literally, about 70,000 votive candles are inserted in smooth, glass holders and hung from wooden frames constructed in such a way as to highlight the silhouette of the palazzos, bridges, churches and towers lined along the Lungarno in Pisa. The celebration, full of parties and food tastings scattered throughout the city’s historic center, ends with masterful fireworks fired in the Pisa sky at midnight.


  Vittoriano Terraces Reopen

Il Vittoriano – Rome

New, glass and steel panoramic elevators grant visitors access to one of Rome’s most beautiful terraces, the Quadriga Terrace, set on the tallest point of the Vittoriano from which one can enjoy a truly breath-taking view of “The Eternal City”.Visitors can access to the terraces for free by climbing the 196 steps or by elevator by purchasing a 7 euro ticket.


 Flaiano Film Festival

Cinema Teatro Massimo - Pescara

June 18th - July 6th, 2007


The Flaiano Film Festival, named after Enrico Flaiano, presents the very best in the international film world.  The program of the festival is very rich in culture, including new proposals every year, that only increase its organization and worth.  Examples of this culture are seen not only in the many film sectors of the festival, like the preview screenings, meetings with film critics, dedications to directors, etc.  The wide range of culture can also be evidenced in the other areas of the festival such as the theatrical section, television section, and literature as well.


Venice Film Festival

Lido di Venezia - August 29th - September 8th, 2007


Zhang Yimou President of the International Jury of Venezia 64

The Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, internationally known as the "Venice Film Festival", will once again be directed by the renowned  Marco Müller.  It is the oldest film festival still in existence today and will be celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, while continuing to take place in the Lido area.  The 4 major sections featured in the festival are: In Competition, Out of Competition, Horizons (offering feature-length documentaries), and Corto Cortissimo (short films).  The films featured in these four categories will be competing for the notable "Golden Lion".



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