Ancient reflections, contemporary visions. Arezzo and its surroundings. #Turismolento

Arezzo, Basilica di San Francesco - 5 July 2019 / 6 January 2020

The Tuscany Museum Cluster and Munus Arts & Culture are pleased to present the exhibition Ancient Reflections, Contemporary Visions: Arezzo and its surroundings. #Turismolento, which employs an important collection of photographic works and an emotional video to tell the story of the beautiful landscapes around Arezzo, the valleys of the Casentino, Valdarno (the river Arno), Valdichiana and Valtiberina (the river Tiber).

Hosted in the Lower Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo from 5 July 2019 to 6 January 2020 and curated by Lorenzo Soave and Ilaria Pugi, the exhibition features in the calendar of the events dedicated to the Year of Slow Tourism by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

The idea for the exhibition came to Rossella Sileno, Director of the Basilica of San Francesco and of the Vasari House Museum, who was interested in applying the guidelines established by the Ministry to enrich the cultural agenda available from the State Museums in Arezzo, while at the same time promoting the entire area of the province of Arezzo.

2019 has been designated to be Italy’s “Year of Slow Tourism”, a decision that establishes continuity with the agenda first launched in 2016, the National Year of Itineraries, then followed in 2017 by the National Year of Rural Settlements and in 2018 by the Year of Italian Food. The aim is to create a greater understanding and appreciation of the value of Italy’s many lesser-known territories and advertise them to a discerning public by throwing new light on the many things they have to offer, including nature paths, itineraries and tourist routes for walkers and cyclists, providing ample opportunity for everyone to (re)discover places, memories, knowledge and craftsmanship.

The aim of the exhibition Ancient Reflections, Contemporary Visions: Arezzo and its surroundings. #Turismolento is to use photography as a vector of culture, of communication and of dissemination of knowledge about a territory that is one of Italy’s most significant in terms of its history, nature and art, expanding the horizons of the public at large, while also involving younger visitors and families by focusing on them in a special section.

Employing more than 200 photographs and an emotional video shot for the occasion using drones, the exhibition stages an illustration of the immense heritage of landscapes and architecture in the territories around the city of Arezzo: fanning out from the centre of a broad plain, the four valleys of this province – the Casentino, the Valdarno, the Valdichiana and the Valtiberina – constitute an ideal location for indulging in the genuine experience of Slow Tourism.

The exhibition is divided into seven sections: one is dedicated to the city of Arezzo itself, four to the river valleys listed above, one is devoted to screening the video documentary, while the seventh is a didactic section that is designed to enable younger visitors and families to learn about the flora and fauna to be found in the territory, with the aid of an interactive installation.

One of this exhibition’s strong points is the participation of the photography clubs that exist all over the Arezzo area. These have loaned photographs that really convey the meaning of the issues of slow tourism and of collective, conscious participation.

The collaboration of the Touring Club, the association I Borghi più Belli d'Italia (literally "the most beautiful villages in Italy") and the Club Alpino Italiano is of great importance given their leading role in the promotion of the historial, artistic and naturalistic Italian heritage as welll as of the "slow" philosophy.

The purpose of including the hashtag #Turismolento in the exhibition’s title was to reach out to an extensive, contemporary audience, of the kind that keeps up to date with everything happening on the social media scene, but at the same time is interested in rediscovering a natural and cultural world that at first sight may seem to be very distant, but in actual fact is just a few steps away from all of us, one that photography can help us approach with ease, recuperating identity.

The exhibition is organised by Munus Arts & Culture with the Tuscany Museums Cluster and enjoys the patronage of the Region of Tuscany, of the Province of Arezzo, of the Municipality of Arezzo and of the other municipalities in the province. It is being held with contributions from Valdichiana Outlet Village and Argenterie Giovanni Raspini and the participation of numerous photography clubs and associations in the area: for the Valdichiana, the Il Sansovino, Etruria and Fanfulla photography clubs; for the Valdarno, the Francesco Mochi Amateur Photographers’ Association and the Fotoamatori Ciuffenna "Italo Baldi"; for the Casentino, the Italian Center for Artistic Photography and the Walter Soldani Photography Association, and for the Valtiberina, the Tifernate Photography Centre.
The Media partners of the exhibition are Teletruria and Arezzo24.

5 July 2019 - 6 January 2020

Opening times
5 July to 26 October 2019
monday to friday 9 am to 7 pm, saturday 9 am to 6 pm and sunday 1 pm to 6 pm
27 October 2019 to 6 January 2020
monday to friday 9 am to 6 pm, saturday 9 am to 5,30 pm and sunday 1 pm to 5,30 pm

Exhibition only: Full: 6,00 €; Reduced: 4,00 €; Schools: 3,00 €
Basilica San Francesco + Exhibition: Full: 11,00 €, Reduced: 7,00 €
Basilica San Francesco + National Archaeological Museum + Vasari House Museum + Exhibition: Full: 15,00 € Reduced: 11,00 €

Residents of the Arezzo Province 
Exhibition only: Full 4 €; Reduced and Schools 2 €

Touring Club members and Village Card owners (Valdichiana Outlet Village)
Exhibition only 4,00 €; Basilica San Francesco + Exhibition: 7,00 €
Basilica San Francesco + National Archaeological Museum + Vasari House Museum + Exhibition: 11,00 €


Munus Arts & Culture and Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Polo Museale della Toscana 

With the participation of
Associazione Fotoamatori “F. Mochi” BFI, Montevarchi
Associazione Fotografica “Walter Soldani”
CFT - Centro Fotografico “Tifernate”
Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore
Fotoamatori Ciuffenna “Italo Baldi”
Fotoclub “Etruria”
Fotoclub “Fanfulla”
Fotoclub “Il Sansovino”

With the contribution of            
Valdichiana Outlet Village
Argenterie Giovanni Raspini

With the collaboration of
Touring Club Italiano
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Club Alpino Italiano

Regione Toscana
Provincia di Arezzo 
Comune di Arezzo                                                 

Unione dei Comuni Montani del Casentino e Comuni di: Bibbiena, Bucine, Castelfranco Piandiscò, Castiglion Fibocchi, Castiglion Fiorentino, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Foiano della Chiana, Loro Ciuffenna, Lucignano, Marciano della Chiana, Monte San Savino, Pieve Santo Stefano, Pratovecchio-Stia, San Giovanni, Terranuova Bracciolini

Media Partners

Edizioni Munus Arts & Culture

Press Office
Guido Albucci

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