TUSCANY (ITALY): THE AMAZING EMPORIUM WHERE WE MAY REDISCOVER THE SENSE OF THINGS AND TIME…

 

Photos: © Roberto Alborghetti

She is called Marcellina. And for the territories of Mount Amiata, in Tuscany, Siena Country,  she is a very important person. A sort of symbol. An institution. What Marcellina is doing? She runs a shop – Pinzi Pinzuti – along Via Cavour, in Abbadia San Salvatore, a picturesque medieval town. But it’s not correct saying “shop”. It’s a real emporium of creativity and imagination, where everything can be found, where an incredibile number of things are exposed in a cheerfully confusion, but everything at your fingertips, in a clever logic that only Marcellina knows.

Marcellina Pinzi Pinzuti is the great animator of this fascinating place, where you can travel back in time, looking for an old object, an ornament, a tin toy, an old book, a cloth, a teapot , ceramic plates, outfits, liquers, textiles, calendars, food locally produced, as the wines of the Organic Farm Pinzi Pinzuti and as the prestigious Volcano Amiata Wine bottled with the artistic label created by Mitrani Yarden and me.

Yes, it’s a magical cave, open till late, and whose lights are shed on the outside, like to recall the hasty passers. It’s impossible not to be enchanted by this place, where time seems to stand still, together with Marcellina, who welcomes you with ease, knowing how suggest you in purchases, with great discretion and kindness.

So, welcome to an unbelievable world that we thought no longer existed, because gone with the advent of technology. Here, at Marcellina shop, we can retrieve the value of the magical things. And it’s really great in these times which are running very fast and seem to drag all away, pushing us to lose the sense of the objects, the flavor of the memory.

R.A.

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Marcellina Pinzi Pinzuti with Mitrani Yarden and Roberto Alborghetti

ABOUT THE ARTISTIC LABEL FOR THE BOTTLE OF VOLCANO AMIATA WINE PINZI PINZUTI CREATED BY MITRANI YARDEN & ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/tuscany-italy-the-official-launch-of-the-princess-e-book-art-fashion-fairy-tales-and-a-great-volcanic-wine/

 

TUSCANY (ITALY) / THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE “PRINCESS” E-BOOK: ART, FASHION AND A SPECIAL LABEL FOR A “VOLCANIC WINE”

 

 

The magical Volcano Dress and “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” project has sparked the interest in Tuscany and in Mount Amiata. On last Sunday, December 20, at the Teatro Comunale in Piancastagnaio (Siena) there was the presentation of the fairy tale that Roberto Alborghetti and Yarden Mitrani created around the high fashion dress dedicated to Volcano Amiata (the design of the outfit was made on the basis of an abstract photo that Roberto Alborghetti took from an old and rusty bus at Bartons Plc, in Nottingham UK).

The special event consisted in the presentation of a short film, in a public reading by the actress Mirelda Morini and in the official launch of “The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” e-book, available in online bookstores (at only 0.99 Euros). Mirelda Morini, with her performance, was able to give depth and color to the story that – punctuated by original music by Eylon Malhi – revolves around the peculiarities of design and its cut dress Volcano, which has indeed inspired the tale. But the bright colors of the dress were not limited to suggest a story and a television documentary, but also an original label for bottles of fine wine produced by Azienda Agricola Pinzi Pinzuti (Abbadia S. Salvatore, Tuscany). Was produced a symbolic image that clearly expresses the characteristics of the “volcanic wine” (the vines grow in lava rock from the extint Volcano Amiata). Also during the event, which received a great attention from the public, it was presented an accessory for the Volcano Dress: a surprising “purse” created with the fingers by “Knitta” that promotes innovative forms of artistic craftsmanship.

The project has also strongly affected the students of the course for designers at Avogadro Institute in Abbadia San Salvatore. At the Teatro Comunale, about 200 pupils also attended the public reading of the fairy tale and the vision of the short film.

“The Princess, the Fire and the Castle” e-book is available in online bookstores:

 

MyBook

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Hoepli

http://www.hoepli.it/ebook/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle/9788866700883.html

 

Excalibooks

http://www.excalibooks.com/Ebook/I/Alborghetti_Roberto_Yarden_Mitrani/The_princess_the_fire_and_the_castle/9788866700883

 

Ultimabooks  

http://store.streetlib.com/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle

 

Net-ebook – Mediaworld    

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TIM Reading    

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Libreria Universitaria  

http://www.libreriauniversitaria.it/ebook/9788866700883/autore-alborghetti-roberto/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle-e-book.htm

 

Sanpaolostore  

http://www.sanpaolostore.it/the-princess-the-fire-and-the-castle-roberto-alborghetti-9788866700883.aspx

 

Ebookstore Unità    

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SPECIAL PREVIEW: THIS IS THE VOLCANO DRESS… THE PRINCESS, THE FIRE, THE CASTLE AND THE MAGIC OF TEXTILES…

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This is the Volcano Dress, presented for the first time in Tuscany (Mount Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena) on October 25, during the events for the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus” short film produced by Roberto Alborghetti with Bartons PLC and ACT Group.

The picture is a special preview from the forthcoming Video and Booklet : “The Princess, The Fire and the Castle”.  The Volcano Dress is an HotCouture Creation by Mitrani Yarden based on the original picture by Roberto Alborghetti (Lacer/actions) from “The Ghost Bus” project.

Fotoshooting and Videofilming by Roberto Alborghetti with Mitrani Yarden. Soundtrack: Eylon Malhi. Top Model: Ginevra Bertolani,  Casting Agency, Firenze. Sculptures by Paolo Borghi. Hair Style and Makeup: Natalia Scalacci, Free Style, Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena).

The wonderful location is Rocca Aldobrandesca, Piancastagnaio, Siena, Tuscany. Many thanks for the collaboration to Piancastagnaio Municipality, to the Major Luigi Vagaggini, to Samuele Bechini, to Nicola Cirocco (Osa Onlus), Marysia Zipser (ACT Group, Beeston) and Patrizia Sapri.

THE GHOST BUS: THE ITALIAN PREMIERE IN TUSCANY WITH THE PRESENTATION OF THE VOLCANO DRESS

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Videoclip about “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 Mitrani Yarden will present a new project for art, fashion and design, with a great creation of haute couture – the Volcano Dress – inspired by “The Ghost Bus” short film.

“Can you believe that this art is from an old bus ?”

 

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“The Ghost Bus” (L’Autobus Fantasma) di ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, BARTONS PLC, ACT GROUP. Dopo gli eventi speciali del Marzo 2015 a Nottingham (Regno Unito), ecco in Italia la “prima” nazionale del cortometraggio, il 24-25 ottobre, Monte Amiata, Piancastagnaio, Siena, in collaborazione con OSA Onlus e Comune di Piancastagnaio (Siena).

“Ci credi che quest’arte è su un vecchio autobus?” 

Soundtrack: Reciprocity Excalibur by Audiomachine.

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“THE GHOST BUS”: FROM UNITED KINGDOM TO ITALY…GREAT ARTICLES ON ENGLISH AND ITALIAN PRESS

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Two Countries (UK and Italy), two regions (East Midlands and Tuscany), two cities (Nottingham and Siena), two popular heroes (Robin Hood and Ghino di Tacco) and one project: “The Ghost Bus”. As already announced, after the great welcome in Beeston (last March 2015), the amazing project by Roberto Alborghetti, Bartons Plc and Act Group will land to Tuscany (24-25 October) for the Italian premiere of the short film dedicated to the old bus kept in Bartons vintage car and buses depot in Beeston. In these days, English and Italian press are dedicating great articles to this event which is goin’ to be one of the most waited in Tuscany for the next Fall season.

Thanks to Act Group, his Founder Marysia Zipser and Corymbus Tour Operator, is expected from the UK the arrival of a group of visitors who will tour  the main centers of Tuscany, from Florence to Siena,  makin’ a stop on the enchanting Monte Amiata to participate to the events promoted, for the presentation of the short film, in collaboration with Piancastagnaio Major, Luigi Vangaggini,  the Municipality and Osa Onlus and his Founder Nicola Cirocco. More details of the program will come in the next weeks.

For the occasion, Roberto Alborghetti and Mitrani Yarden, talented fashion designer and artist, will present an “haut couture” creation dedicated to one of the pictures from “The Ghost Bus”, and they will also be announcing an upcoming project dedicated to art, fashion, design and communication. The short film premiere will be also the main event of the 17 th Edition of the National School Journals and Videos Award.

In the photos (above): the articles about the Italian premiere of “The Ghost Bus” and the Act Tour in Tuscany. They were published by The Nottingham Post and Corriere di Siena.

(HE)ART PLACES / THE MYSTERIOUS LONGOBARD CRYPT (8TH CENTURY) ON MOUNT AMIATA IN TUSCANY

© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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In Abbadia San Salvatore, on Mount AmiataSiena country, Tuscany, Italythere is a magical and capturing place. You find it on the ancient Benedectine abbey. It’s a Crypt where we breath the history and the beauty of one of the most fascinating Tuscany villages. According the documents, the Crypt was built in VIII Century. It was restored in XX Century and now we may admire it in all its beauty.

The Longobard crypt shows 32 columns that form 13 small aisles. They are made in various shapes; some of them are round, with different sculpured ornaments. Also the beautiful capitals are sculptured in various shapes, as palm leaves, loto flowers or animal heads. This Benedectine monastery was founded by Erfo, a Longobard nobleman, in the VIII Century, under King Astolfo, and it was dedicated to the Saviour, which was typical of that people and in the tradition of christian religion. It rose on the east side of Mount Amiata in order to reclaim the surrounding woods and forests. It also overlooked the Via Francigena, running through the Paglia Valley.

The imperial abbey greatly developed in the Carolingian period thanks to Charlemagne‘s and Ludovick‘s confirmation of its landed propertues and privileges, Around the year 1000, under Abbot Winizo, it increased its power by acquiring new territories. The church and the crypt were rebuilt in 1036. In 1228 the monastery passed to the Cistercians. It was suppressed by grand-duke Pietro Leopoldo in 1782 and re-opened later. In the year 1087, a certain Miciarello and his wife Gualdrada made a donation in favour of the monastery of St Saviour. Below the donation document, the notary Ranieri signed three verses, commonly known as “Cartula Amiatina” (“The Amiata Footnote”). This extemporary poem represents to linguists the first voice of vernacular coming from Tuscany. That is, the first expressions recording the evolution of the Italian language.

But this is not the only important document about Amiata History. Till XIX Century, the monastery hosted the famous “Bibbia Amiatina”“The Amiata Bible” – which is considered the oldest latin version ever known. The Amiata Bible – a true masterpiece, written by amanuensis monks – is now kept in Florence, but we may see a photo-reproduction in the Monastery Museum.

HEART PLACES / THE TUSCANY LANDSCAPE, SOURCE OF NOURISHMENT, BEAUTY AND INEXHAUSTIBLE GIFTS

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

My recent 100 days exhibition at Rocca Aldobrandesca – the XIII Century manor on Mount Amiata – gave me the way to trip through the enchanting Tuscany landscapes, discovering its natural beauty. Whatever direction you come from, the Mount Amiata appears suddenly and unequivocally. It shows different profiles: more or less high and more or less large, depending on which side you look at it. Surely its conic shape, that in the past inspired a widespread holiness can only remind of a mother breast, source of nourishment and peace.

The legend says that the Etruscans considered the Mount Amiata a natural sanctuary, the ideal place to evoke their gods. In fact some placenames come from Etruscan and Roman gods names and many people think that, at the time of the Roman expansion in the Etruscan territory, this area was a marginal land, protected by the two-faced god Janus, that set both the geographic and sacred limit between the region dominated by Porsenna and the one dominated by the Tarquin kings.

The mount Amiata is more ancient and sacred than the Etruscans thought, it is a Great Mother full of inexhaustible gifts, that still nourishes its children.

THE TUSCANY LANDSCAPE, MOUNT AMIATA, VIEW OF RADICOFANI VALLEY