Festival del Viaggio: Wanderlust, Watercolors & Walks

Food and travel go hand-in-hand in the 13th edition of the ‘Festival del Viaggio’  through June 14.  A banquet of adventures, workshops, and art exhibitions await the passionate traveler, from a course on urban sketching to a presentation on contemporary food dishes in art.

A six hour walk, ‘Passeggiata Jodorowsky,’ is scheduled at dawn throughout the historical center of Florence on Saturday, June 9.  The straight-line, single-file promenade, inspired by the Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, begins at the Basilica of San Lorenzo. For a more earthy, relaxing experience involving direct contact with mother nature, travel lovers can join the ‘Scalzeggiata,’ a barefoot walk in Cascine Park on Sunday, June 10 at 10:30 am.

Art lovers can get out their paints and brushes at the Studio Marangoni Foundation on Thursday, June 7 when artist Lorenzo Montagni will be hosting a workshop on the art of creating a travel journal (3 pm). The event will continue on June 8 at 3 pm so that methods and techniques on preserving treasured memories abroad through drawings, brushstrokes, and photographs will be explored in depth over a few hours. Information and reservations can be made at oznerol@inwind.it or by calling 3924568516.

Le Murate is the venue for a talk by Paolo Brovelli on Friday, June 8 at 6 pm. The great Italian travel writer will be sharing a few pages from his notebooks of travel stories and escapades around Europe, Asia, America, and Africa. Return to the literary cafe on Saturday night, June 9, for the “The Reverberi Road,” a musical expedition through 50 years of Italian song presented by Andrea Pellegrini and Riccardo Ventrella. Enjoy the compositions of Lucio Battisti, Luigi Tenco, Nicola Di Bari, the Ormes, and Gino Paoli, among others.

The Festival del Viaggio has also organized a free photography exhibition through June 9 displaying 40 black and white photographs of the people and places of Armenia taken from 2009 to 2014 by photographer Andrea Ulivi in a gallery at via del Trebbio 14/r.

Le Murate will also be the venue for another presentation where food comes in to the equation at the “Food in Art.” On June 10 at 6 pm, journey through food’s depiction  in art and history from antiquity to modernity, with special attention given to the meaning of a particular ingredient in different cultures, religions, and art movements from the late Renaissance to the Pop Art of Andy Warhol.

Those who seek beauty in nature will enjoy the “Places of Ingenuity and Beauty” event on Thursday, June 14 at 6 pm which offers guided tours of the largest private park in Europe, the Torrigiani garden. Participants will enjoy discussions on art, the environment, and nature.

For the full event listings, visit the website.  (sheean hanlan/additional reporting by rosanna cirigliano)