The summer may be drawing to a close, the sun is cooling off and the days have started to get shorter, but if you want to be consoled and entertained, then come to Tuscany! Here the autumn promises to be full of top artistic and cultural events not to be missed. FLORENCE The Alinari National Museum of Photography has just opened the exhibition Izis. The Poet of Photography. (until January 6, 2014), dedicated to one of the greatest humanist photographers of the last century: Izis, a poet of the image, a portraitist, a reporter. The splendid Villa Bardini hosts The Renaissance from Florence to Paris and back (until December 31). Thanks to this temporary exhibition, a number of important artworks by Botticelli, Donatello, Mantegna and Paolo Uccello have returned to Florence for the first time, on loan from the Jacquemart-Andrè Museum in Paris. One of the places most loved by Florentines and boasting some of the most fantastic views of the city reopened this summer after five years of closure: Forte Belvedere. The perfect venue for contemporary art exhibitions, the fort’s terraces currently host L’Anima e la Materia/Soul and Matter by Zhang Huan (some of the works are also on display at the Palazzo Vecchio). For the exhibition and for the view, you have time until October 13.
On the occasion of the Road World Cycling Championships, the Galileo Museum – Museum of the History of Science has prepared a special exhibition – Cycling Through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades – dedicated to some of the most significant stages in the development of two-wheeled vehicles (until November 17). At Palazzo Strozzi everything is ready for the big show, The Russian Avant-Garde, Siberia and the East: Kandinsky, Malevich, Filonov, Goncharova (September 27, 2013 - January 19, 2014), while we'll have to wait a little bit for the exhibition Unstable Territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art. that will arrive at the CCC Strozzina - Centre for Contemporary Culture on October 11. At the Pitti Palace, on the other hand, the masterpieces of the Impressionists have just arrived, directly from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris for the exhibit Impressionisti a Palazzo Pitti: Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Henri Fantin-Latour and Paul Guigou (September 23, 2013 – January 5, 2014).
And let’s not forget about the exhibit Antonio Canova. Beauty and Memory at Casa Buonarroti (until October 21), the contemporary art project by the Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicius at the Marino Marini Museum (from September 21) and all the shows that are currently underway and are part of the rich program of Un Anno ad Arte. PISA Autumn in Pisa will be very, very colorful indeed! The Blue Palace is preparing to host an exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol, with over 150 works coming from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (October 11, 2013 - February 14, 2014). PRATO The Museum of Palazzo Pretorio has just reopened, after 15 years of renovation work, with the beautiful exhibition Da Donatello a Lippi. Officina Pratese, dedicated to the masterpieces of the early Renaissance in Prato (until January 13, 2014). SIENA This is one of the most precious and extraordinary events taking place in Tuscany and it will continue until October 27: the unveiling of the entire marble mosaic floor of Siena’s Cathedral, one of the most incredible works of art of all time. The bright colours and famous portraits of Steve McCurry fill the rooms of the Santa Maria della Scala museum in a theatrical setting. Follow this great photographer around the world: India, Cambodia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Afghanistan and some of the most difficult war zones (until November 3). CORTONA Images from every corner of the world still fill the palaces and streets of the charming town of Cortona. The international photography festival Cortona On The Move – Photography in Travel goes on until September 29. LUCCA The Lu.C.C.A. Center of Contemporary Art hosts the intense black and white works by the famous French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism, street photography and life reportage style (until November 3).
MONTEPULCIANO Until September 30, inside the Fortezza Poliziana, you can enjoy Giorgio de Chirico and Portraiture: An exhibition in Montepulciano, Tuscany, an exhibition of Giorgio de Chirico’s paintings, sculptures and works on paper. To get information about these and about all the other events going on in Tuscany: Toscana Events.