With spring in Tuscany comes flowers, plenty of sunshine, but also sometimes rain. Avoid sunburns (mommy says stay out of the sun from 10am to 2pm) and also random rainshowers by hopping into a museum... many for FREE, others for a small price. From May 1 to 16 2010, thanks to the program "Amico Museo" ("museums are my friend", essentially) there are various special openings, tours, conferences, and more. Of the themes that are being promoted in particular this year, the Via Francigena is protagonist. This is the historic pilgrimage route from Rome to Cantebury traverses Tuscany. The involved museums, thus, will explore the history of landscape and make it more comprehensible to modern society. Amongst these, see the exhibit of contemporary art by Fiorella Piorobon in Lucca on this theme. Other museums give the answers to the questions we still have in the present, like the effects of biodiversity in agriculture and the lesser-known world of meteorites. Ethno-antropological museums explore wheat seeds of the past, archeological museums present the cultural exchanges and commercial trading that occurred between the ancient civilizations that inhabited Tuscany.
Select Amico Museum events are described further on intoscana: Florence photography, fashion, armour and more off the beaten track Province of Arezzo: eco museum, coal miners, romans, and a art-nouveau stained glass being restored In Monte Amiata region, head for the hills to learn about mining and rural culture In Livorno area, find out how Etruscans used cosmetics at Populonia Full list of events (in italian)