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Past, present and future


by Gianni Mercatali

We have always wanted to tell of a lesser known Tuscany to make you discover the cultural richness of this region. This time we will cross it by train with vintage locomotives and carriages, on historic railways. But there is also the one told with La Corsa di Alcide, the vintage car race on gravel roads. This time you will discover the Tarot Garden with its evocative sculptures in the park in Capalbio, Villa Torrigiani on the hills of Lucca with its monumental garden and hence some charming residences: from Montecastelli to Villa Le Rose, from Castello del Nero to Tenuta Ceccatelli. You will learn about the previews of the best Chianti Classico and the wines of Donne Fittipaldi at Bolgheri. But our region is also good food: and here you have the story behind the schiacciata di Pomino, a traditional cake of Val di Sieve and a recipe from the chef Riccardo Serni, who prefers to define himself simply as a cook in his Trattoria Moderna in Florence. Lots of history but also present and future. Our Silvana Iannaccone continues to be interested in contemporary art with an exclusive interview to Jean Paul Sabatié about the Mitoraj museum project in Pietrasanta. At the same time, Vittorio Rossi’s story brings us closer to China with the exhibition of its most important contemporary artist, Shen Quibin at the Luigi Bellini Museum in Florence. An important article about the School of Business Sciences will be useful to guide youngsters towards a post-diploma specialization. In the feature Toscana and Technology some advice about how to defend our privacy is given by the expert Giovanni Cianferoni. And then, off we go shopping in Tuscany with “It’s Tuscany” from where to buy excellent products of our region. Do not forget to follow our regular columns of Shot on Site, recommended books and then “Come eravamo” (The way we were) where in this issue we tell about a unique meal at Palazzo Antinori with Paul Bocuse in the kitchen for the first and only time in Florence.