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FLOOR OF THE CATHEDRAL ( DUOMO) OF SIENA

 FLOOR OF THE CATHEDRAL ( DUOMO) OF SIENA

The complex of the Cathedral of Siena includes a series of monuments of the most significant in the European art scene. The Cathedral there is definitely the centre of interest. Inside we can find many masterpieces of all time, but the work truly exceptional is definitely the floor made with the techniques of graffiti and commesso marmoreo (marble strips) .

 
For most of the year the floor of the Cathedral is almost completely covered with sheets of hardboard to protect it from traffic of worshippers and visitors, but from  August,18th to October,24th  2012, it will be possible to admire in full its surprising beauty.

 
The floor is the result of a complex work begun in the fourteenth century and ended in the nineteenth century.
The cardboards for the 56 inlays were made by famous masters of painting and sculpture as the Sassetta, Domenico di Bartolo, Domenico Beccafumi and the only Umbrian artist Pinturicchio.
The initial technique was that of making graffiti carving with a chisel a slab of white marble and filling the furrows with black stucco (filler), then, the second and more sophisticated technique was that of combining strips of colored marble together like we usually see in a wooden inlays, this technique is called “commesso marmoreo.”

 
In the nave and aisles the images reproduced on the floor are inspired by issues relating to classical and pagan antiquity; the transept and the choir tell the story of the Jewish people and the events of salvation accomplished by Christ constantly evoked but never represented in the floor, but present on the Altar towards which the religious and artistic itinerary converges.

 
For info and tickets: www.operaduomo.siena.it

Tel 0039-0577-286300

 
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TAROT GARDEN, CAPALBIO (GR)

 TAROT GARDEN, CAPALBIO (GR)

The Tarot Garden is an art park developed in the late seventies by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, populated by statues inspired by the shapes of the Tarots. Definitely inspired by the beautiful park Guell in Barcelona, Niki de Saint Phalle, with this fantastic garden, realizes the magical and spiritual dream of her life, to create giant sculptures, high around 12/15 meters, full of symbolic and esoteric meanings. Glittering sculptures, which seem to come from a storybook, built of steel and concrete, covered with mosaics in fine glass and ceramics. Many, from all over the world have already traveled this path of imagination, a place where not only nature and art meet, but that also remains suspended without space or time … ..

 
The park is located on the southern side of the Garavicchio hill near Pescia Fiorentina, an hamlet close to Capalbio (GR). It is about 1 ½ hours from Siena and being located between the coastal road  and inland hills, it is perfect solution for those who want to spend a pleasant day taking a nice break from the beach.

 
The park is open every day until October 15th  from 2:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.

 
For more information contact Hotel Borgo Grondaie

 

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Giostra dell’Orso ( Bear Joust) – Pistoia, July, 25th, 2012.

 Giostra dellOrso ( Bear Joust)   Pistoia, July, 25th, 2012.

On July ,25th, the traditional Bear Tournament will take place in Pistoia, near Siena ( about 1 hour and a half by car).

You will enjoy historical parades, flags, drums,and finally the exciting tournament in Piazza del Duomo ( Duomo Square ).

The tournament is played among the horsemen who represent thr four districts of town ( Dragon, Gold Lion, White Deer and Griffon ).

The Knights, two by two, run galopping around the perimeter of the square to reach the target to hit ( a shape of a bear ).

Specifc scores are assigned, from time to time, and at the end of the tournament, the district with the best score will be the winner.

Moreover, the best Knight will have the title of ” Cavalier Speron d’oro di Pistoia e  Contado” ( Golden Spur of Pistoia).

For more information contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie

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San Gimignano Events – July 2012

 San Gimignano Events   July 2012

San Gimignano, the medieval city of towers near Siena, becomes a wonderful setting for numerous events to be held in July.
Here are the most important:
• On Friday, July 13th: 13th anniversary of the wine road Vernaccia di San Gimignano (wine and local products tasting).

Piazza Delle Erbe from 17 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

• On Friday, July 27th : Aida. Piazza Duomo. At 09:15 p.m.

 

• On Saturday, July 28th: Pino Daniele in concert “La Grande Madre Tour”. Piazza Duomo. At 09:30 p.m.

 

• On Sunday, July 29th : Carmina Burana “Cantata Scenica”. Piazza Duomo. At 21:15.

 

• On Monday, July 30th : Giorgia in concert “Dietro le Apparenze”. Piazza Duomo. At 21:30.

 

For more information contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie .
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July,12th Tournament of Crossbow – BAGNI DI LUCCA (LUCCA)

 July,12th Tournament of Crossbow   BAGNI DI LUCCA (LUCCA)

Historical Celebration in Bagni di Lucca.

 
In 1169 the government of Lucca decided to establish a group of Archers in defense of the city.
In 1443 it  was organized the first tournament of the crossbow that is still played every year in honor of the Feast of San Paolino.
There will be competitions, historical parades, a medieval market and delicious tastings of typical products.
For more information about the program please contact Siena Hotel Borgo Grondaie.

 
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July,6th /7th /8th and July 13th /14th /15th THE MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL in MONTERIGGIONI

 July,6th /7th /8th and July 13th /14th /15th THE MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL in MONTERIGGIONI

 

The XXII edition of the Medieval Festival returns to animate the historical center of Monteriggioni, a beautiful village located few kilometers from Siena.
In the first two weekends in July (6th /7th /8th  and 13th /14th /15th ) inside the enchanting city wall with its massive towers, dozen of events will take place. The theme of this year will be “Heaven end Hell”.

In the squares, in streets and gardens of the village, good and evil will fight  setting shadows of demons, witches, alchemists against  the light of angels, jugglers, storytellers and other fantastic creatures.
The festival, like every year will give hospitality to characters that seem to come directly from the past, immersed in a medieval atmosphere recreated through the markets, minstrels, dances, pubs, taverns where you can taste the delights of the medieval time.
For your shopping there will be also an exchange office to convert your currency  into“grossi”(coined for the occasion).
Do not miss this wonderful journey back in time!
For more information about the program please contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie

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The Renaissance of Colle – June, 23rd and 24th – Colle di Val D’Elsa (Siena)

 The Renaissance of Colle   June, 23rd and 24th   Colle di Val DElsa (Siena)

On June 23rd and 24th  Colle of  Val d’Elsa, near Siena, dives into the past with the second edition of the historical pageant dedicated to the Renaissance.
A great show that will involve adults and children on the streets of the medieval town .

This year’s theme is “PARTIES AND GAMES ALONG THE FRANCIGENA ROAD”, then

there will street performers, clowns, jesters and storytellers, but also shops and markets and taverns where you can taste the typical products of Tuscan tradition.
The event will take place from 5 p.m to midnight.
The cost of admission is € 9.00. Children under 12 are admitted for free.
For more information please contact Siena Hotel Borgo Grondaie

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Febbre da Cavallo (Horse Fever), June 15th/16th/ 17th in Sarteano.

 Febbre da Cavallo (Horse Fever), June 15th/16th/ 17th in Sarteano.

In Sarteano , a nice village  near  Siena, the ninth edition of Horse Fever will take place from June 15th to 17th.
This special equestrian event has a very interesting program as follows:

• Horseback riding tours to discover traditions and places of the territory.
• Classic equestrian shows
• Performances like Western Rodeo and Gymkhana
• Obstacle Races
• Spaces for children with pony games and others activities .

Throughout  the event, in some stands, you can taste local dishes and at the same time, on Sunday, June 17th , you can enjoy the Antique and Craft Fair.

For more information contact Hotel Siena Borgo  Grondaie
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15th, 16th and 17th June 2012: RURALIA, FEAST OF AGRICULTURE IN THE PARK PRATOLINO (FLORENCE

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Launch of the sixteenth edition Ruralia, the agricultural and typical food fair organized in Pratolino near Florence, just a little more than an hour away from Siena.
The program includes exhibitions and sales of fond food products of Tuscany and in particular Florence area as  Chianina sausage and the famous Mugello tortello; of course you can taste the specialties inside the area dedicated to food.
Children will enjoy watching the best exposure of cattle with demonstrations of milking and cheese making and observing other animals such as horses, pigs, sheep, and the best breeds of poultry and rabbits.
It will also be a space dedicated to the ancient crafts  as working with leather, iron and blown glass.
You can choose to visit the exhibition of  lichens, mushrooms and berries or follow the exposure of reptiles and amphibians coming from exotic places or from our countryside.

Exhibition runs from June 15th  to 17th  from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and up to 8 p.m. on Sunday with free admission.

The Park is reached from Santa Maria Novella in Florence by bus 25.
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Saturday,June 2nd and Sunday,June 24th TOUR OF ROCK STAGGIA, ABBADIA ISLAND, MONTERIGGIONI

 

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A few kilometers from Siena, on the prestigious Via Francigena, there are three significant places connected by a path and a shared history. In the day Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 24th you can discover these places through a guided tour through which to admire the beautiful fortress of Staggia with its Castle, the Towers and the walls still passable. You can visit the magnificent Abbey Island Abbey, founded in 1001 and owes its name to the environment, emerging as the edges of wetlands; the church seemed to rest on an island. The visit continues in the wonderful village of Monteriggioni, a magical place where time seems to stand still, enclosed within its walls and towers, a place that always attracts many tourists for its beauty, including Dante Alighieri. He saw  Monteriggioni  in full battle in one of his trips, and celebrated  the majesty in his most famous work, the Divine Comedy.
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