Italian Government Tourist Board - North America

ITALY NEWS # 49 - April 14th, 2008


Real Palace – Milano - Until June 2nd  2008



The Real Palace of Milan will temporarily host forty works of which seven masterpieces are of  Canova  belonging to Saint Petersburg Ermitage, the only museum in the world which possesses  an imposing collection of  classical and modern sculptures.  A favorite collection of the Tsar of Russia  starting from Peter the Great which they purchased in the seven hundred and eight hundred century coming from all of Europe, concentrating on their preferences on the Italian artistic productions, with the intent to adapt the Russian culture in the Western world. From Canova you can admire "The Three Graces", "Dancer", "Amorino alato", "Repentant Mary Magdalene", "Testa del Genio funerario", "Helen of Troy" e "Paride".


Maranello (MO) – Until April 30, 2008


This is an evocative slideshow that Galleria Ferrari dedicated to its 60 years of production with a special place for all the women who contributed to Ferrari’s history. Fascinating and powerful women who drove or purchased Ferraris, or women who were partners of racers of the cars from Maranello. Women somewhat special and certainly privileged, able to emerge in this predominantly male sector, such as Princess Liliana de Rethy, who in 1957 asked Enzo Ferrari to draw a special 250 GT coupè model exclusively for her or Ingrid Bergman, who in 1954 purchased a Berlinetta 375 Mille Miglia displayed at the Paris Car Show as one and only model. Women in the movies played a big role, from Brigitte Bardot to Sharon Stone, and last but not least women racers.


Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Rome  - From April 4th to May 25th


The anticipated Festival of Fotografia has reached its seventh edition, and it will unravel an expository route that involves institutional spaces and private galleries. The Palazzo delle Esposizioni, recently reopened to the public, which will be the heart of Fotografia and will host the most important exhibitions, all new productions presented for the first time, as well as a rich program filled with events, screenings, readings of portfolios, presentations and encounters with the most important representatives of the Italian and international world of art. This year’s theme is how photography portrays daily life and normality. The Festival pays special attention to the young artists that simply embark the more innovative tendencies in the field of the photography, express a part of themselves in their works.


Cefalù – From the 24th to the 27th of April, 2008



Piaggio filed a patent for the Vespa scooter design in April 1946 and sold 2,500 Vespas in 1947, over 10,000 in 1948, 20,000 in 1949, and over 60,000 in 1950. Vespa, symbol of Italian industrial design that marked many a generations, gathers its fans from allover the world this year in sunny and splendid Cefalù in Sicily, chosen over Austria and Hungary. 4 days, April 24-27 devoted to celebrating the ultimate scooter, unique in its kind, with trips inland to the Madonie Park: music and beaches all the way to the grand finale and procession in Palermo on Saturday night.


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