From first to 11th May, for the twenty-ninth edition of "Pienza and flowers", promoted by the Municipality, Associazione Pro Loco and Nature Center "Città di Pienza", with the support of Bottega Verde.
A masterpiece of Caravaggio never before exhibited, a spectacular ephemeral garden and an exciting tour of historic parks among the most beautiful (and private) in Tuscany. Everything in Pienza, "Ideal City" by definition, to dominate the landscape, rather immense garden, unique in the world that is the Val d'Orcia.
Let's start from the painting. It is stunning and unprecedented scope of Caravaggio's Still Life, a masterpiece of one of the greatest painters of the seventeenth century naturalists Tuscan Simon Dyer's (Lucca, 1630-1708). The painting comes from a prestigious private collection and is a rare example of the quality and style of painting of this artist. Exposure will be connected to the publication of a scientific catalog by Francesca Baldassari famous specialist in the '600 Florentine, author of many publications and monographs on the Tuscan painting.
To house the precious painting is the Museum of the Renaissance Palazzo Borgia, in a room reserved solely by the host. Here, Still Life of Simon Dyer will offer the admiration of the public until June 2.
At the foot of the palace, in the perfect geometry of Piazza Pio II, an architectural jewel of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Siena, in the space of one night will grow as if by magic, a beautiful garden. Perfect garden, alive and yet ephemeral. Designed to last the time of the Feast of Flowers, ie the ten days between the first and the 11th of May, in fact.
A new garden at each new edition. For those days, land, hedges, trees, flowers transformed the historic cobblestones in a paradise on earth, giving a face to the green stones placed Gambarelli said Bernardo Rossellino and chiseled by the centuries. The theme of this year, in line with the work of art that the garden serves as a perfect "testimonial," will be the Rococo Garden, another page to tell the great story of the garden, year after year, here it evokes.
From an ephemeral garden in real gardens, along a route that is green interpica and forwards in the city and in the Val d'Orcia. You can visit, for the occasion, the magnificent gardens of the historic territory of Pienza: the garden of Palazzo Piccolomini and Palazzo Massaini, but also the extraordinary garden of Villa La Foce and Leonini of San Quirico d'Orcia in an exciting roundup browsing green architecture from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.
All this in a context that has no equal in the world, because the valley is only part of the work of nature. For the rest cesellarle to appear today as it was the man, chasing a Renaissance ideal of pure beauty.
"Pienza and flowers" will host this year's show a Pugnalone Acquapendente (VT), a large mosaic of flowers and leaves (2.60 meters wide and 3.60 meters high). In fact, thanks to the collaboration with the Municipality of Acquapendente and the Pro Loco of Acquapendente you can get a taste of Pugnaloni, the main festival of the town of Lazio which is celebrated every year on the third Sunday of May (this year 18 May 2014).
The origins of the feast of Pugnaloni date back to 1166, when Acquapendente rebelled against the tyranny of Frederick I Barbarossa, destroying the castle symbol of imperial power, finding strength in the extraordinary flowering of a dried cherry, taken as a symbol of oppression of aquesiani. From here, the community decided to remember every year the recapture of freedom, and over the centuries has been the re-enactment of the normal processing time coming to the wonderful festival it is today.
Pugnalone The name comes from "sting", namely the iron tool like a spatula stuck on a long stick that acts as a handle, used to clean the plow and oxen to tease. In ancient times it was just the spur to be carried in a procession with decorated branches of broom. Then, over the centuries, were born the modern Pugnaloni carried out by groups of young aquesiani than in previous days, until late at night, working on the creation of the majestic paintings.