Archeofest 2012: past and present

Photo Credits: Glen Bowman http://ow.ly/gxwkS]
Photo Credits: Glen Bowman http://ow.ly/gxwkS]
Past and present live in perfect harmony in Tuscany. Ancient and contemporary ways often intersect, creating interesting events such as Archeofest (in the province of Siena) and Archaeology Nights (in the whole region). The two events start in July and make the summer even more fascinating. The vast archeological patrimony of the region is worth discovering through exhibits, shows and theatrical performances. There are also workshops for both adults and children and special exhibits with guided tours (some of which are even in English!) to museums, on treks, and with 3D films. Numerous museums, parks and archaeological areas are open at night during the month of July. From 22-25 July in Cortona, in the restaurants that are part of the network “Vetrina Toscana” there will be prix fixe menus. With each meal comes a free entrance to the Museum of the Etruscans and the City of Cortona.
Necropoli Etrusca delle Grotte [Photo Credits: Giovanni Novara http://ow.ly/gxxT1]
Necropoli Etrusca delle Grotte [Photo Credits: Giovanni Novara http://ow.ly/gxxT1]
The following seven events are just some of the events going on…but these should not be missed! 1) EXHIBIT OF DE CHIRICO. THE BELLY OF THE ARCHAEOLOGIST: From July 8- September 30. The masterpieces of the father of metaphysical art will be on show alongside vases and other Etruscan pieces. The exhibit “Splendors of the masterpieces o the Archaeological museum of Florence” will also be on show at the same time. Museo Civico Archeologico Viale Dante, 80 - 53042 Chianciano Terme Hours: Every day except Mondays from 10-1 and 4-7 Info: 0577 530164 • 0578 30471 Free entrance to exhibit with Museum entrance 2) A DOOR ONTO THE BEYOND – FROM THE EGYPTIANS TO THE ETRUSCANS: From July 9- September 30 Museo Civico Pinacoteca Crociani Via Ricci, 10 - 53045 Montepulciano Hours: Every day from 10-1 and from 3-6 August: from 10-6. Closed Monday Info: 0577 530164 • 0578 717300 Exhibit entrance included in Museum entrance 3) A LITTLE MAGIC FLUTE: 14 July at 9:30 at the Chiusi Lake Opera buffa written and directed by Musicattore© Luigi Maio and performer by Hyperion Ensemble. 4) GUIDED TOURS OF THE TOMBS OF THE QUADRIGA INFERNALE: 7, 14, 21 and 28 July. Reservations: tel. 0578 269261 5) GUIDED TOURS OF THE GROTTO OF MONTE CENTONA: 8, 15, 22 JULY Parco Archeologico Naturalistico e Archeodromo of Belverde Tour lasts 1 hour Reservations: Museo Civico per la Preistoria del Monte Cetona Tel. 0578 237632 6) ZOÈ SHOW: 19 July at 9pm Museums of Santa Maria della Scala - Siena Piazza Duomo 2 Info: tel. 0577 534511 www.santamariadellascala.com A “show/concert/magic performance” by Norma Angelini and Fabio Monti with live music by  SoundSpecific and technical direction by Cristiano Caria. 7) ANIMA DELLA TERRA SHOW: July 10 at 9:15 pm Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro - Campiglia Marittima Località Valle Lanzi Info: tel. 0565 226445 - prenotazioni@parchivaldicornia.it Arca Azzurra Teatro in collaboration with NoMusic A show of words and music with Margherita Hack and Ginevra Di Marco
Tomba Ildebranda [Photo Credits: Xavier de Jauréguiberry http://ow.ly/gxyp9]
Tomba Ildebranda [Photo Credits: Xavier de Jauréguiberry http://ow.ly/gxyp9]
Information on Archaeology Nights 1 - 31 July Toll free number 800 860070 www.regione.toscana.it/nottidellarcheologia Informazioni Archeofest http://www.archeofest.it Tomba Ildebranda by Jacquelini Poggi – Flickr in Creative Commons.