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Italian News from Vicenza and Darby – February 23, 2024
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Arcugnano readies to welcome world-famous Chinese street artist February 23, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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Arcugnano is increasingly becoming an open-air museum of street art. The town is set to welcome Chinese-born Chen YingjieIn, aka Hua Tunan, for a world-class performance. The Chinese artist is fast becoming one of the biggest names on the international street art scene. Art critics admire the way he manages to combine centuries-old traditional Chinese painting and bold western street art. Tunan will spend a week in mid-April to brighten up the walls of Piazza Rumor, in front of the town hall and the already colorful local middle school. The relationship with Arcugnano is not a recent one; back in 2020 Tunan was supposed to perform in a special event, but he was blocked in China by COVID-19. “We kept in touch, and he was keen on fulfilling that commitment,” explains the mayor Paolo Pellizzari. “I had been impressed by his creations around the world, for their originality, and I am happy to be able to give this experience to our fellow citizens as well, but especially to our young people.” Pellizzari is sure that Tunan’s performance will be a unique event likely to attract many curious people from other towns. The mayor is planning a proper setting for the event, with background music curated by DJs and lighting scenery, while the artist will be working on a three-by-two-meter panel in front of the town hall. (Summary by Anna Ciccotti)

City council task force to assess priorities, revitalize downtown February 22, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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The Vicenza city council activated a “task force” to revitalize downtown thus addressing a growing demand by community members. The task force is set out to reduce crime for business owners and residents. The basic idea is clear: a busy downtown is a safer downtown. Four council members are leading the effort including Cristina Balbi, with responsibility for commerce and urban planning; Leone Zilio, delegate for major events; Ilaria Fantin, for culture and Leonardo Nicolai, for youth policy and innovation. A mix of skills that should lead to the construction of a wide and varied calendar of initiatives to be launched as early as spring. The task force is listening to community and businesses’ ideas to reimagine downtown Vicenza into a vibrant, safe, and thriving community. The challenge is to manage the different needs of the city center, between the theme of doing business and managing entertainment, and residents’ legitimate demands for quiet living. (Summary by Anna Ciccotti)

Italian wine consortium launches campaign in London to protect prosecco February 22, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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Last month, the Consorzio Tutela Prosecco DOC launched its “This is not Prosecco” marketing campaign in the UK. One poster depicted a steel keg with the text “This is not Prosecco. Do not call it Prosecco. It is a common effervescent wine.” Others showed aluminum cans and taps, reinforcing the message that Prosecco DOC wine can only be packaged in and served from a bottle. “The communication campaign launched in the UK in December 2023 was designed and implemented to protect the consumer. It is important to know that Prosecco can only be sold in bottles and that selling wine on tap called Prosecco is a fraudulent act,” said Consorzio President Stefano Zanette. Consorzio Director Luca Giavi echoed this sentiment, stating that “Prosecco on draught doesn’t exist. This idea comes from a lack of knowledge and awareness by both professionals and consumers. The sale of sparkling wine on tap is allowed but it cannot be called Prosecco. Our Prosecco DOC is called such because it respects a specification that determines a series of parameters that make it unique and certified, and for this reason choosing the original is always better than a banal imitation.” (Summary by Anna Ciccotti)

A wall of the Sistine Chapel revisited in Montorso February 22, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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Montorso becomes the center of the most ambitious and visionary contemporary art of 2024: the New Last Judgment installation by Catalan artist Jorge R. Pombo will be inaugurated on March 1 in the hall of Villa Da Porto, chosen for its over 15 meters of height useful for hosting the canvas made up of 13 pieces for 180 square meters of painting that will take your breath away. Pombo is no stranger to dealing with great masterpieces. Over the years, he moved from Barcelona to Paris, then to New York, passing through Greenland and Siberia. During the pandemic he dreamed of an immense space where he could recreate the Sistine Chapel in his own way, and he found it in Montorso. Passing through the wooden door, the impact is cinematic: the left wall, secured with scaffolding, rises over composition, which here is entirely blurred, losing the identification of the characters in favor of their universality. From March 2 to 31, you can visit it, Monday to Friday from 4-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m., ticket cost €5. The work will then continue in Florence where the artist reproduces the two long walls of the Sistine Chapel, and finally move on to the ceiling. (Summary by Angela Balbo)

The “March Call” event returns in Recoaro Terme after four yearsFebruary 21, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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The traditional parade of floats and figures of Recoaro is back after the breaks of 2020, the year of the pandemic, and 2022. The 23rd edition will be held Feb. 25, and the event will include exhibitions, competitions, guided tours and tastings of local products throughout the week. Although its origins are not certain, the first organizing committee of the event goes back to Feb. 25, 1979. This is a biennial event where Italian culture and heritage come together in a great welcome of March and a new season. This year’s novelty, as explained by Recoaro Culture Councilor Cristina Camposilvan, sees the participation in the event of the Margherita nursery school, which will see the little ones participate in a traditional parade on Friday, and the Artusi hotel institute with 40 young people involved in internship organization events activities during the week and during the parade on Sunday. (Summary by Silvia Trevisan)

UBER arrives in the Veneto – February 21, VicenzaToday

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Since Feb. 21, Uber Black, Van and Taxi mobility services are available in various cities in the region, including Venice (Mestre); Vicenza; Padua; Treviso and Verona. The Black and Uber Van service will be active throughout the region, with vehicles capable of accommodating up to six passengers, operated by NCC operators. Furthermore, thanks to the collaboration with the IT Taxi consortium, the Taxi service will be available in Venice (Mestre); Vicenza; Padua and San Donà, extending coverage to 10 Italian cities. “The arrival of the Uber Black, Van and Taxi services in the region offers new travel opportunities, making urban mobility in the Veneto cities more efficient for citizens and tourists,” commented Lorenzo Pireddu, General Manager of Uber Italia. (Summary by Angela Balbo)

Helicopter and enhanced patrols after thefts and robberies February 21, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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The local police forces have started high impact checks with 229 people identified during the first operation on the evening of Feb. 19. The helicopter of the finance police and the dog unit were employed, as well as the staff of the police station and the anti-crime prevention department. A total of 90 cars and 229 people – among them 67 foreigners and 46 people with a record – were checked. “The high impact operations in the city are finally starting; the visibility of the police is the only way to prevent and discourage thefts and robberies,” said Vicenza-born Senator Pierantonio Zanettin. “Thanks to Prefect Caccamo for the coordination and the provincial leaders of the police, carabinieri and finance police.” (Summary by Angela Balbo)

Vicenza plans three days of events for the National Alpini Rally May 10-12 February 21, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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An intense program, that will bring hundreds of thousands of black feathers to Vicenza between May 10-12. A solemn flag-hoisting event in Piazza dei Signori Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m. will mark the official opening of the 95th National Assembly of the National Alpine Association. Similar opening events are planned at the four shrines of Pasubio, Asiago, Cimone and Grappa and with Mount Ortigara. At 10:30 a.m., in Campo Marzo, there will be the inauguration of the Citadel of the Alpini. Later, at 6:30 p.m. the parade of banners will begin, taking place from Piazza Castello to Piazza dei Signori. At the end of the parade, Vicenza Mayor Giacomo Possamai will deliver welcome remarks. Saturday morning, observances will begin at 10 a.m. at the Olympic Theater, with an invitation-only event extended to foreign sections, delegations from the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers and foreign military personnel, while at 1 p.m. there will be a parachute drop. In the afternoon, at 4 p.m., mass will be celebrated at the cathedral. Finally, on Sunday morning, the highlight of the three days of festivities and events, includes the traditional, all-day long parade through the streets of downtown. The parade is expected to end in the early evening with the passage of the “Monte Pasubio” section. Finally, there will be the traditional passing of the baton that marks the end of one rally and the beginning of the organization of the next one to the town of Biella. (Summary by Anna Ciccotti)

Dueville marks carnival with local traditions February 19, VicenzaToday

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The town of Dueville is set to celebrate its carnival on Sunday, Feb. 25, for a fun day of music, good food and entertainment for the whole family. Activities will start at 11:30 a.m. in the former Lanerossi area (Via Don Fracasso) with a masked parade and giveaways for all participants. Local DJ Marza will provide musical entertainment, and children’s activities are planned all day. These include face painting, art workshops and a wizard show. For the duration of the event, there will be street food vendors with bruschetta; burgers; chips and olives; pancakes; donuts; mulled wine and hot chocolate with whipped cream. An open-bar service with soft drinks, beer, spritz and more will also be available. (Summary by Anna Ciccotti)

Vicenza and its cat-eating legends – February 17, VicenzaToday

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The people of Vicenza have had the reputation of being devourers of felines. If you type “Vicenza magnagati” on Google you get over 17,000 results. On Wikipedia, under “Vicenza cuisine” there is a polite, but unequivocal, gastronomic reference. There are many legends about the Vicenza residents and their “love” for cats, but no hard proof. Among these, there is one according to which, at the beginning of the 18th century, Vicenza was invaded by mice, and the people had no other solution than to ask Venice for a sufficient number of cats to employ in the battle against rodents. But the legend says these cats were not returned, and they disappeared: some say in the bellies of the Vicenza residents. Another legend tells of the famine during the anti-Austrian Risorgimento uprisings of 1848, which pushed the starving people of Vicenza to resort to cats as food. The nickname has stuck and a cat is the mascot of the local soccer team. (Summary by Angela Balbo)

The best of typical regional products in Marostica this weekend February 19, VicenzaToday

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For the entire weekend of Feb. 24–25, Piazza Castello in Marostica will transform into a crossroads of flavors and aromas, offering visitors the opportunity to taste and purchase culinary excellences from every corner of Italy. Each stand represents a stage of this tasty journey, offering visitors the opportunity to discover or rediscover the products that have made Italian cuisine famous throughout the world. In addition to tasting and purchasing typical products, the Bell’ Italia Market will feature creative products that convey the passion and tradition that characterize “Made in Italy.” (Summary by Angela Balbo)

Pop/Beat art exhibit at the Basilica Palladiana from the beginning of March – February 20, Il Giornale di Vicenza

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During a Feb. 19 press conference in the Stucchi room of the Vicenza Town Hall, the curator Roberto Floreani of “Pop/Beat - Italia 1960-1979. Free to dream” presented the upcoming exhibit, which will be set up from March 2 to June 30 in the Palladian Basilica. The exhibit showcases 100 pieces by 35 artists whose works come from Collezione Intesa SanPaolo, Giò Marconi, Mart, Museo Novecento di Firenze, MANbo, as well as from private collections. Among others, you will be able to see “Coppia” by Enrico Baj, Mario Schifano with “Futurism revisited,” “La contestazione mondana” by Umberto Mariani and Gino Marotta's “Artificial Giraffe.” There will not only be art, but also a section dedicated to the Beat with the music of those years represented by the rare original documents of Gianni Milano, guide and teacher of an entire generation and many others. “Some themes of the works are at the center of debate even today, which is why the exhibition will be popular, inclusive and understandable,” said Floreani. (Summary by Laura Kreider)

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A12 highway accident, truck loses load of logs February 23, Il Tirreno

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LIVORNO A load of wood lost and a lot of fear along the highway. Six people were slightly injured after an accident shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday along the A12 highway, on the border between the municipalities of Collesalvetti and Rosignano, heading north. A truck driver heading toward the port of Livorno allegedly hit the central new divider in the roadway, overturning and losing part of his load, composed entirely of wooden logs, which also ended up on the opposite side, as well as the one he was traveling on. The southbound highway remained open at all times, while northbound traffic was blocked for hours. (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)

15,000 tons of rocks to protect the coast from storm surges February 23, Il Tirreno

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MARINA DI PISA – Another month and a half at most, then the emergency interventions will be completed to reinforce the seawalls in Marina di Pisa, in the section between Balearic Square and the port. A total of nearly 1.5 million euros is planned for this project. “The force of the sea storms, when they are particularly intense, form a sort of crest, made up of the stones, which is fundamental in that it constitutes the real protection, and it is essential that this crest remains at least 30-40 meters from the coastline, otherwise there is a risk of reproducing phenomena similar to those already seen in recent months, with the stones on the road. Also important is the height of the beach barricade, which will have to be at least three and a half meters from the coastline,” said Lorenzo Cappietti, coordinator of the Department of Maritime Engineering at the University of Florence. (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)

Stop to all wars, protests in Livorno February 23, LivornoToday

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LIVORNO – There are a variety of reasons that have led the autonomous unions to proclaim a general strike on Feb. 23, a public and private abstention from work, not only in Livorno but throughout Italy. From midnight, disruptions in the transportation sector due to the abstention from work will also involve schools and health care. A procession will be held in the city center starting from Piazza Grande on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The reasons go from stopping wars around the world to demands for higher wages and more guarantees regarding worker safety. It will start at midnight on Feb. 23 until midnight on Saturday, Feb. 24. (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)

Creative objects market in Porta a Mare February 6, Il Tirreno

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LIVORNO – During the weekend Feb. 24-25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., there will be the “Bricolando a Porta a Mare” event in the gallery of the Officine Storiche (Historical Workshops), a review of handcrafted creations. It is an unmissable opportunity to look for curious objects and buy unique and unobtainable pieces of artisans from all over Tuscany, but not only, who will offer their creations and show their skills. The event is free. (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)

Viareggio Carnival continues until Feb. 24February 6, Il Tirreno

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Viareggio Carnival continues until Feb. 24February 6, Il Tirreno

VIAREGGIO – The 151st edition of the Viareggio Carnival started Feb. 3 with the opening ceremony on the waterfront and the traditional triple cannon shot. The second course was on Fat Thursday, Feb. 8, at night. The last course, the grand finale, will be the sixth course and will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. At the end of the night’s parade, the jury’s verdict will be read followed by the concluding fireworks display. (Summary by Chiara Mattirolo)

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