IT’S NOT SNOW! IT’S THE WHITE ROCK OF A WONDER OF NATURE: THE HOT SPRINGS IN TUSCANY

 

© Photos by Roberto Alborghetti

Despite the prohibitions – and in the bitter cold of these early January mornings: the temperature is at – 3/4 degrees! – there are those who challenge climbing and allow themselves a bath in the warm and sulphurous waters of Fosso Bianco, a marvel of nature in Bagni San Filippo, in the territory of Castiglione d’Orcia, on the slopes of Amiata (Siena), in Tuscany. The white rock, which looks like snow, draws evocative and incomparable images. It is a magical and fascinating place that enchants the eyes and the mind. It is a continuous destination for tourists and visitors, who find in this unique glimpse of Tuscany an oasis of peace and well-being. The show is guaranteed. It really seems to be on the snowy slopes of the Alps.

For nature lovers the Fosso Bianco is the perfect place, a stream in the woods at the confluence of several hot springs in a series of pools where where you can swim all the year long and enjoy the special limestone formations that for their shapes have inspired the evocative such names as ‘the white whale’ or ‘the glacier’.

Bagni San Filippo is a small village of the Val D’Orcia in southern Tuscany. Historically known for its thermal water, it is the ideal destination for an intimate and relaxing SPA vacation. The resort Terme San Filippo features a swimming pool Hotel and wellness centre. Exceptional SPA and beauty  treatments are offered thanks to the use of all-natural sulphurous water, its sediments and mud.  Because of its location on the slopes of Mount Amiata on the edge of Val d’Orcia, Bagni San Filippo is the ideal base for visiting the many attractions of southern Tuscany, tasting local products and fine wines.

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20190109_131409Nonostante i divieti – e nel freddo pungente di queste mattinate di inizio gennaio: la temperatura è a – 3 gradi – c’è chi si sfida nelle arrampicate e si concede un bagno nelle acque calde e sulfuree del Fosso Bianco, meraviglia della natura a Bagni San Filippo, in territorio di Castiglione d’Orcia, sulle pendici dell’Amiata (Siena), in Toscana. La roccia bianca, che sembra neve, disegna immagini suggestive e incomparabili. E’ un luogo magico ed affascinante, che incanta gli occhi e la mente. E’ meta continua di turisti e visitatori, che trovano in questo singolare scorcio di Toscana, una oasi di pace e di benessere. Lo spettacolo è assicurato. Sembra davvero di essere sulle piste innevate delle Alpi.

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN FERRARA: HOW HOLIDAYS TRANSFORM A RENAISSANCE CITY

A rich schedule to celebrate Christmas in Ferrara (Emilia Romagna, Italy): markets, lights, shows and many events for kids, in a joyful atmosphere. During holidays, the centre of Ferrara livens up thanks to funny and traditional events which transform the rigorous aspect of the Renaissance city in an immense open stage for the amusement of both adults and children. The lighting of the suggestive illuminations and of the big Christmas Tree in the church square of Piazza Cattedrale at the beginning of December is welcomed by an appreciated ceremony which inaugurates holidays, Christmas shopping and fun.

Street markets, music events, games for children and travelling choirs welcome visitors during Christmas and New Year’s Day Holidays. Santas liven up the squares of the city with funny shows and small booths sell mulled wine, chestnuts and hot chocolate.  At the street corners, in the churches and in the squares Christmas cribs propose the scene of Nativity in original versions to be admired. The most appreciated one is the Crib on the Water, mounted on Christmas Eve by the Underwater Group of Ferrara in the landing stage of the Estense Castle.

The setting up of the new Christmas Tree is about one of the central themes of Holiday events in Ferrara: sustainability. From 2016, in fact,  Christmas and New Year’s programme has gained the ISO 20121 certification as a Sustainable Event. In front of the Cathedral, with its scenic cover designed by Lorenzo Cutuli, a 16-meters tree donated by the town of Lizzano in Belvedere will be decorated with an inspiration about “recycle”. The lighting of the tree, with a real light cascade, will begin with a show by high school pupils, who will perform dance and music.

Dancing Fountains show will be performed with live music in Piazza Castello, with the Philarmonic Band Ludovico Ariosto – città di Ferrara, with more than 45 members, directed by M° Stefano Caleffi.  The famous “listone”, in Piazza Trento Trieste, will turn into a Christmas Market for tourists and citizens during the festivity period, with arts and crafts, typical products,  and Christmas gifts. To stay updated, it is possible to follow their profile: @festadelregalo and the hashtags: #festadelregalo and #festadelregaloferrara.

Every year, a unique New Year’s Day provided with spectacular scenarios which attracts large numbers of visitors is organized in the great Piazza del Castello in Ferrara. The party begins with the concert of international bands and singers which attracts thousand of visitors every year. At midnight is the fascinating show of the “Fire of the Castle”: from the towers of the historic residence of the Estensi family guests can admire gold, silver and colourful jets and the Castle gradually transforms into a great red, gold and silver fire, a suggestive and unforgettable show which takes visitors’ breath away. And then music, balls, panettone, sparkling white wine and mulled wine.

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THE ITALIAN PREMIERE OF “THE GHOST BUS”: THE OFFICIAL TRAILER IN HIGH DEFINITION

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Videoclip in HD, High Definition (to watch it, click on 720 p HD on the tool bar of Animoto window) about the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus”, project by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, Bartons PLC, ACT GROUP. After the successful events of March 2015 in Nottingham ( UK ), the short film premiere will take place on October 24-25 in Tuscany, on Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, in collaboration with OSA Onlus and the Municipality of Piancastagnaio ( Siena ).

A party from UK, promoted by ACT Group, Marysia Zipser and Corymbus Tour Operator will join the events. For the occasion, Roberto Alborghetti and fashion designer and artist Mitrani Yarden will present a new project (HOPES) for art, fashion and design, with a great creation of haute couture inspired by “The Ghost Bus” short film.

“Can you believe that this art is from an old bus ?”. Soundtrack: J.S. Bach, from Toccata in D minor ( J.Brown ).

THE GHOST BUS Toscana - Copia - Copia

THE SILK APOCALYPSE / SPECIAL PREVIEW # 4 OF MY “COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE” EXHIBIT

  © ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – LACER/ACTIONS

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There was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell.

Avviene un gran terremoto, e un decimo della città crolla.

 

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Sciarpa di seta /Silk scarf – Crepe de Chine

Edizione limitata / Limited edition

63 x 170

In collaboration with BRUNO BOGGIA DISEGNI – COMO

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2011, Tela / Canvas/ Mixed media

47×70

  

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My upcoming solo exhibition – “Colors Of An Apocalypse 2015″ – will take place in the amazing Romanesque Baptistery on Lake Como, Italy, on July 3-4-5,  in the beautiful Lenno town.

The Baptistery stands 50 meters from the lake shore and it’s considered one of the most stunning examples of Romanesque art in Northen Italy.  Dedicated to St. John (The Baptist) it was built in the 11th Century. Its octagonal structure looks incredibly simple and essential: we see a squared bell tower and an apse pointed to north. The vault, the portal with three archs, fragments of medieval frescos and a baroque pictorial cycle are other interesting elements of the temple.

The octagonal Baptistery and its enchanting structure will give strenght and evocative power to my exhibition which will show 25 works from my “Lacer/actions” project, included 3 silk scarves (limited edition) I created in collaboration with textiles designer Bruno Boggia and his Studio in Como. Each artwork will be introduced by a phrase  from “The Apocalypse of John”. Images and words to suggest a trip through hopes and tragedies of human life and beings.

  • Opening Hours / Friday July 5: h.4-10 pm; Saturday 4 and Sunday 5: 10am-12am; 2,30 pm-10 pm. Venue: St. John Baptistery, Piazza XI Febbraio, Lenno (Comune Tremezzina), Lake  Como
  • Aperture mostra: venerdi 5 Luglio 2015, ore 16-22. Nelle giornate di sabato 4 e domenica 5 luglio: 10-12, 14,30 – 22,00. Il Battistero di San Giovanni si trova in Piazza XI Febbraio.

TRAILER ABOUT MY UPCOMING SOLO SHOW IN THE AMAZING ROMANESQUE TEMPLE ON LAKE COMO… COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE

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This is the trailer about my upcoming solo exhibition “Colors Of An Apocalypse 2015″ which will take place in a beautiful setting: the amazing Romanesque Baptistery of St. John (XI Century) in Lenno, Lake Como, Italy. My show is scheduled for 3 days, on July 3-4-5 (free entrance). The temple stands  50 meters from the lake shore and  it is considered one of the most stunning examples of Romanesque art in Northen Italy. 

Trailer sulla mia imminente mostra “Colori di un’Apocalisse” in programma presso l’antico Battistero romanico di S.Giovanni (XI secolo) a Lenno, sul Lago di Como. L’esposizione si terrà nei giorni 3-4-5 Luglio 2015 (ingresso libero). Il suggestivo monumento romanico , che si trova a pochi metri dalla riva del lago, è considerato uno dei più straordinari esempi dell’architettura romanica dell’Italia Settentrionale. 

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Videoclip Credits: Lenght 2′; Created by Roberto Alborghetti; Soundtrack: “The God of Drow”, by Audiomachine (score from the forthcoming short-film “Colors Of An Apocalypse 2015”).  

COLORI DI UN'APOCALISSE - COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE SHOW, 2015

COLORI DI UN’APOCALISSE – COLORS OF AN APOCALYPSE SHOW, 2015

THE VIDEOCLIP: UNDER THE SKY OF ROME / RANDOM AND ABSTRACT IMAGES FROM “THE ETERNAL CITY”…

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Twelve random and abstract images by Roberto Alborghetti for “Lacer/actions” project. They were taken in Rome along streets and in public areas. These pictures aren’t paintings, but realistic and natural images of cracks, scratches and torn and decomposed publicity posters.

 

© Roberto Alborghetti – LaceR-Actions, Rome, 2014 (4)

Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of decomposed posters, cracks, scratches and urban/street signs. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this gallery showing some works from the collection of about 50.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

A Roberto Alborghetti Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) from October 6, 2012, to January 15, 2013. His recent projects:  “Contemplations and Lacer/actions” (album, videoclip, installations, inspired by Thomas of Bergamo Scripts, 1563-1631), “Atelier of Colors and Emotions” (a project which involved autistic kids, 2013 and 2014 ), “Lacer/actions on Aluminium” (11 installations for Fai Private Collection, Italy). Roberto Alborghetti works are part of Contemporary Art Collection (Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche, Italy) and participating to “An Exhibition, a Restoration” in Norcia (Umbria, Italy) from July 12 to September 7, 2014.

 

“AN EXHIBITION, A RESTORATION” IN THE MEDIEVAL NORCIA (UMBRIA, ITALY): 416 ARTISTS ON SHOW (INCLUDING ME AND MY “SHOOTING STAR”…)

 

 

Guest Writer: Stefano Alberti

 

On July 12, 2014, the 40th edition of “An exhibition, A restoration” was inaugurated in Norcia (Perugia, Umbria, Italy) with the aim to restore and to preserve the artistic heritage of the famous Umbrian town.

This year, the initiative has the participation of 416 Italian artists who by their works they intended to support the work of protection of the altarpiece of the “Coronation of the Virgin” by Jacopo Siculo (1541), which requires a sound-absorbing curtain. The exhibition is displaced in the enchanting monumental and medieval complex of San Francesco until 7 September 2014. The event is promoted by the “An exhibition, A restoration” Committee, with its president prof. Giuseppe Urso, and by the City Council of Norcia.

Among the works participating in this worthy initiative, there is also a unique piece of Roberto Alborghetti created as part of his project “Lacer/actions”. It is a collage made of about 300 small pieces of scrap paper from torn and decomposed advertising posters which are one of the subjects of his visual research, together with natural and random cracks, scratches and urban “signs”. The work presented in Norcia is titled “Shooting Star” and measures 53 × 35. Also it is shown in the official Catalogue published for an event which is going to attract keen interest, many art lovers and tourists in the homeland of St. Benedict, patron of Europe.

The forty years of “An exhibition restoration” began thanks to the initiative of the Committee President, prof. Giuseppe Urso , along with a dozen families (later came to 30) and the support of more than 100 contemporary and successful artists (from Italy and abroad); among them: Manfredi, Castellani, Maccari, Caruso, Greek, Dorazio, Guttridge. Every year they donated artworks for the creation of a show whose proceeds were donated to the restoration of an art masterpiece.

“Along the years – prof. Giuseppe Urso says – a friendship has been created between us and the artists. Thanks to them we have been restored so far about 30 works. The last one was the sixteenth-Century wooden sculpture of St. Claude and St. Roch from Serravalle di Norcia. Now the focus is on the beautiful “Coronation of the Virgin” painted by Jacopo Siculo in 1541”.

 

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