Welcome Reception, Wednesday evening, 12 July 2007
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Cultural Programme, Friday afternoon, July 13, 2007
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Gala Dinner, Saturday evening, 14 July 2007
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Wednesday 11 July 2007
Piazza delle Carceri
The Emperor’s Castle is the most significant
example in Central Italy of the architectural school that developed
around the fascinating personality of Frederick II (1194-1250),
Holy Roman Emperor, from the Hohenstaufen family of Swabia.
Its most interesting characteristic is its superb Swabian style,
unique in Central Italy; in fact, its normal geographical location
would be in Southern Italy, together with the masterpieces of
fortified architecture like Castel del Monte or Lagopesole.
Construction started in 1248 on the orders
of Frederick II of Swabia with the aim of bringing the main
communication routes from the South of Italy to Germany under
military control, in particular the road from the mountain pass
of Montepiano through the Bisenzio valley into the heart of
SOCIAL & CULTURAL
Friday, 13 July 2007 – From 15.00
Wine & Olive Oil Tasting
Tasting wine and olive oil in the Chianti
Classico area in the heart of Tuscany.Tour the area that produces
one of the most famous wines in the world, and stay in one of
its oldest buildings.A guided tour of the wine cellars will
show and explain all the phases of wine-making. A guided tour
of the "Orciaia", the olive oil cellar, will show
you how the oil is produced. Taste some wines and oil with Tuscan
salami, ham and bruschetta (toasted bread). You will receive
a brochure with detailed information about the products.
Florence!Visit one of the most beautiful cities
in the world in the heart of Tuscany. Stroll through an ambiance
of culture, history and the Renaissance, led by professional
guides who will show you some of the finest art and the most
Tour of the historical centre of Florence,
Duomo and Campanile di Giotto
The District of Dante
Chiesa di S. Croce and S. Croce square.
It’s a fascinating tour of this wonderful
Located in the heart of Tuscany, near Florence,
Pisa and Siena, Montecatini Terme is the most prestigious spa
town in Italy, famous for its thermal baths and the healing
properties of its waters. In Montecatini, the stress of daily
life will become a distant memory.Visit the oldest thermal building,
the “Tettuccio”, which is such a concentration of
beauty that it is called the “Temple of European spas”.
The majesty of the building and richness of the interior decoration
make it the finest expression of spa architecture. Enjoy a walk
through the park or have a drink in the historical bar, Europe’s
oldest example of a Liberty bar that’s still intact. Inside,
you can do some shopping, have a beauty treatment (not included
in the price) or enjoy the music while you relax and drink the
Saturday 14 July 2007
The Palazzo Corsini is situated in the heart of Florence on
the Lungarno between the two bridges, Ponte alla Carraia and
Ponte S. Trinità.
The palace was purchased in1649 by Maria Maddalena Macchiavelli
(wife of the Marquis Filippo Corsini) from the Grand Duke Ferdinando
II de Medici.
Initially, it was a small house in a large
garden which spread as far as the banks of the river Arno where
the Lungarno Corsini begins. It belonged to the Ardinghelli
family, then to the Medici family, and ultimately to the present
The Corsini family home is a building in late
baroque style. This can be seen in the terra cotta statues and
vases on the roofs - a novelty for Renaissance Florence –
and in the main courtyard which is built in a "U"
shape opening out towards the Lungarno.