Nightlife

A Corner of Morocco in Florence

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Do you know what Shisha is? Is the water pipe that was invented in Turkey (some say in India using a coconut) and called Narghile. I am sure you have seen these tall, beautiful looking pipes puffing scented smoke on hexagonal tables full of delicious pastries and hot mint tea. This is the traditional way of enjoying a moment of relax in Morocco, and I just yesterday discovered that you can also enjoy it in the heart of Florence at Derb, at Via Faenza 21r. Derb is a Moroccan restaurant and cultural center where you can find books to read, artisan work to admire and buy, art exhibits, cultural events and a delicious restaurant serving French-Maghrebian recipes at lunch and dinner. The ambient is small and intimate, with modern furniture serving the purpose of making...

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Piazza del Campo by Night

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This is Piazza del Campo the way you have never seen it! The Palio is run twice a year, and in those two occasions the main scene where the happening takes place, is radically transformed. The most visible transformation is the gray stone-paved ring all around the red brick center that is turned into a yellow layer of smooth tufa dirt. This is done to allow horses to run without shoes and maintain grip, also avoiding ankle injuries. Have you ever asked yourself when is the Piazza del Campo in Siena transformed from this to that? It takes a couple of nights. It is something usually kept away from people’s sight. Workers come around at about 3 am, when the late summer passersby have retreated to their beds. This is the time when about half the ring is covered...

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Palio Dinners on Google Maps

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It was an interesting discovery to see that Google maps satellite pictures of Siena were shot right on the day before the Palio. How do I know it? I was looking for the terrace where I dine outdoors with my friends in Siena, as I was talking about in the post on Palio’s magic side, when I started seeing unusual stripes on Google maps satellite view of the city. These stripes, I then made out, are the long wood tables set to host the big dinner in the contrada taking place on the day before the Palio, just like today. The dinner is called the “Cena della Prova Generale“, as at 7pm of this day the general test race takes place in the Piazza del Campo. Anyhow, you can tell there are several squares in town that appear “striped”. Some...

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Lucca Festival with King and Cocker

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Last night it was the turn of BB King and Joe Cocker to liven up the stage of Lucca Summer Festival. A night dedicated entirely to Blues music, with great emotions from two great artists. While listening to the performance of this milestone of international music, one totally forgot that BB King is 86. The energy and passion with which he cranks up a stream of notes and his notorious sound become one thing with the performer, and only the present moment becomes important. His Lucille, this the name of his Gibson Les Paul guitar, accompanied his smooth fingers effortlessly, donating a great evening of music. Joe Cocker’s performance was just as special. His voice has not lost its distinguishing character, that scratching touch that even at the age of 67 moves...

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Tuscany, Summer is Coming!

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I hope it won’t be as usual. Whenever I start getting all giggly about the warm weather in Tuscany, the next day the heavy downpour cools off the temperature and my enthusiasm. I promised on Twitter I would never post on the nice weather, but I will risk it since it has been about two weeks since Tuscany is having summerlike temperatures. Moreover, we are almost in June, so it should be safe! With the warm weather you get to do a lot of things in Tuscany, and enjoy them all the more. Since the Tuscan way of life is deeply rooted in the countryside, with more than half of its land devoted to farming and wood lands, it is just natural that with the awakening of nature a lot of other activities and happenings also come to wake up the life of Tuscan people and...

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New Japanese Restaurant in Arezzo

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There is a new international restaurant in Arezzo, and it goes to enlarge the ranks of the already consistent number of sushi places in this Tuscan city. Yamatoji is the name and like other two Japanese restaurants in Arezzo, it is run by Chinese staff and it used to be a Chinese restaurant called Nuova Cina, New China. The interiors have been completely redesigned and refurnished, the Chinese balloon paper lanterns have been replaced with the more cylindrical Japanese ones. Fear is that all the effort to create an authentic modern Japanese-style restaurant is rendered null at your first sushi bite. Will it be as such? I was there for their lunch special, and i have to tell you right away it was quite good. The price is a tad above the average lunch special you...

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