喉が渇いたら・・・

残暑が厳しい日が続いています。フィレンツェは盆地ということもあり、毎夏、何度もイタリアで一番暑い都市になります。

猛暑になる町では、救急隊が市民や観光客にお水のペットボトルを配布する姿も見られます。やはり、暑さ対策では、水分補給は欠かせません。

フィレンツェ中心地では、ヴェッキオ宮の横(ネプチューンの噴水の後ろ)に、市が設置した無料のお水給水機があります。お水は、ガス無しのほか、なんとガス入りも!水筒やペットボトルなどは、自分で用意します。

フィレンツェを観光される方はもちろん、フィレンツェに長期滞在している人やフィレンツェ市民にも愛用されているこの給水機、是非、見つけてみてください。

スクオーラトスカーナからは、学校を出てすぐ左手の細い道を入ってまっすぐ進んで行くと、そのままシニョリーア広場に出ます。丁度、噴水の裏に出ますので、左手に給水機を見つけていただけます。

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Scuola Toscana in Japan again!

Later than usual we were in Japan also this year; still a bit jet-lagged and after 2 hrs of Shinkansen from Tokyo, I was excited to present Scuola Toscana at the KCC Kobe Shimbun Bunka Center

Every year we try to find something new to present our courses: this year, thanks to Gerda and Gabriele brilliant idea, I presented a quiz about Florence; seven questions, ranging from very easy to almost impossible, and for every answer there was a small presentation of a “special course” at Scuola Toscana (art history course, fashion and design course, Florence discovery course, Internship course, wine and cooking course)

Given that two students finished on a tie, there was the suplementary final question (“guess: how old is the director ?”) to award the first prize (a bottle of Chianti…) The answer remained confidential, of course !

Last but not least, some further information about the school and Tuscan fingerfood for all the participants

… many thanks to Eri Nawate (Accademia della cultura italiana) who made it possible, and Minae Okada for the translation and organisation in Kobe !

Scuola Toscana : the movie

When a prospective student proposed us to shoot a movie about the school – for free, we did not give too much weight to the offer: many students are too nice and offer their professional abilities to us, and then they lose themselves in the beauties of Florence…

But when some months later Mrs Dawn Dubriel, from Los Angeles, CA., showed at the secretary of Scuola Toscana with a professional tripod – and an even more professional camera, we started to think that maybe there was something… after that, we heard that some of our students and teachers were interviewed – and then, we received a project for our interview as directors: we realised that it was for real – the next thing, we were in front of the camera talking about Scuola Toscana, Florence, the students, and so on.

Now, after the film has been edited, we can guarantee that the young Mrs Dubriel is a professional filmmaker – just have a look at the movie yourself !

Scuola Toscana : the movie

The only weak spot is us, the wooden directors, Mrs Dubriel tried hard but our performance did not improve too much, but do not worry: Scuola Toscana 2 is already in the works…