Things to do in Siena

“EROICA” – VINTAGE CYCLING RACE – October, 6th , 2013 – Gaiole in Chianti (Siena)

 EROICA – VINTAGE CYCLING RACE   October, 6th , 2013   Gaiole in Chianti (Siena)

L’ “Eroica” … the legendary  vintage cycling race that takes place through the hinterland of Siena, especially in areas of the Crete Senesi and the Chianti area.
A path that takes place almost entirely on the “White Road”, the typical dirt roads of the Tuscan countryside.
Tourists, professionals or just lovers all over the world participate in this event to relive the authentic cycling, that one of the champions of the past.
The departure will be Sunday, October 6th  from Gaiole in Chianti (a few kilometers from Siena).
In the two days before the race other small events, related to the main event, will be organized such as guided bike  tour on “heroic”roads (Saturday, October 5th).
For more information about the program visit www.eroicafan.it
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“Il PIGIO” October, 6th and 7th, 2012 – POGGIBONSI (SIENA)

 Il PIGIO October, 6th and 7th, 2012   POGGIBONSI (SIENA) 

On October 6th and 7th  in Poggibonsi, a few kilometers from Siena, the feast of the “Pigio” will be held, a competition that shows the ancient technique of grape pressing .

 

The competition involves the seven districts of the city territory that vie for the”Boccione” (a demijohn, decorated by a local artist, that is for the District that produces more juice).

The other prize to compete for, is that of the “Zipolo” (a work of art derived from the demijohn cap), it is delivered to the District that organizes the best parade in the streets of Old Town.
A nice  and lively  celebration to relive colors and scents of the past.

 
For more information contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie
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VINTAGE CARS EXHIBITION. September 22nd, 2012 – Gaiole in Chianti (Siena).

 VINTAGE CARS EXHIBITION. September 22nd, 2012   Gaiole in Chianti (Siena).

On Saturday, September 22nd, in Gaiole in Chianti, a few kilometers from Siena, in the splendid setting of the castle of Brolio, there will be a display of vintage cars registered between 1919 and 1969  participants in the Gran Premio Nuvolari ( Nuvolari Grand Prix).
The exhibition will be held in the parking located in front of the wine cellars of Barone Ricasoli from 12 am to 15 pm.
Because of the event, the following facilities will observe the following schedule:
- Castle of Brolio: open from 3:30 pm to 7 pm (ticket office closes at 6 pm)
- Wine Bar: open from 10 am to 12 am and from 3:30 pm to 7 pm
- Osteria del Castello: closed for lunch and dinner

 

For more information contact Barone Ricasoli: +39 0577 730 266
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SIENA FESTIVAL 2012 – FESTIVAL CONTEMPORANEAMENTE BAROCCO (BAROQUE FESTIVAL )- (Siena, from September 22nd to October 14th ).

 SIENA FESTIVAL 2012 – FESTIVAL CONTEMPORANEAMENTE BAROCCO (BAROQUE FESTIVAL )  (Siena, from September 22nd to October 14th ).

Siena Festival is a new festival of performing arts in the city that raises the previous experiences of other Festival like “Contemporary Baroque Festival”, “Voci di Fonte”  and “Teatrinscatola”.
The program offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the classics baroque music, theater and dance; it is a cultural project that wants to mix the past with the present through dialogue between different art expressions .

Numerous events will take place like dance shows, concerts, guided tours, exhibitions, screenings and meetings.

For detailed information about the program: www.sienafestival.it
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TRENO NATURA 2012 – SIENA

 TRENO NATURA 2012   SIENA

Treno Natura : a trip on a vintage train always combined with a special event along the Tuscan countryside.
You can stop at small stations to continue on foot to discover small villages, churches and castles, to taste local products and much more …

This is the calendar of trips:

October 14th  Steam Train (Porcini Mushroom Festival )- Vivo d’Orcia
October 21st  Steam Train (Countryside Festival) – Monte Amiata
November 4th  Steam Train (Festival of Castratone) – Piancastagnaio
November 11th  Steam Train (White Truffle) – San Giovanni d’Asso
November 18th  Steam Train (White Truffle) – San Giovanni d’Asso

December 2nd  Steam Train (Christmas Markets in Amiata)
December 8th  Steam Train( New Oil Festival )- San Quirico d’Orcia
December 16th  Steam Train (Siena and its Museums)

Information and reservations
Visione del Mondo Travel Agency
Via Camollia, 130
53100 Siena
T. +39 0577 48003
Fx +39 0577 236724
info@visionedelmondo.com

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TERRA DI SIENA FILM FESTIVAL – SIENA (September 29th /October 4th, 2012).

 TERRA DI SIENA FILM FESTIVAL   SIENA (September 29th /October 4th, 2012).

The sixteenth edition of the Terra di Siena Film Festival will kick off on September 29th  and will end on October 4th . This film festival, dedicated to independent cinema from around the world, has introduced new reality film, brought to the public international premieres and meetings with the protagonists of the great cinema.

 
The exhibition will start on September 29th in the beautiful Abbey of San Galgano, a few kilometers from Siena, with the screening of a classic Walt Disney movie in the restored version: “THE SWORD IN THE STONE” and will continue the next day, always in Val di Merse, with a retrospective of films whose protagonists are the horses; on the occasion of this retrospective exhibition there will also be demonstrations on horseback and theme workshops. All this to introduce the premiere of the documentary film “BUCK” produced by Robert Redford, who will be the great testimonial of this festival after so many other important artists who have come and gone in previous editions (Andy Garcia, Susan Sarandon, Colin Firth, Bernardo Bertolucci and many others).

 
The Festival will move in the historical center of Siena with screenings of all the films in competition that will compete for the prestigious award, the Golden Sanese that will be delivered in the final evening, along with other prizes at the Academy Chigiana.
Among the events not to miss there will be a conference about  the age of the Telefoni Bianchi ( White Telephone) and a  tribute to a legend of cinema Anna Magnani.
For more information about the program visit: www.terradisienafilmfestival.it

 

 
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CITTA’ AROMATICA 2012 – SIENA (FROM AUGUST,28TH TO AUGUST, 31ST)

 CITTA’ AROMATICA 2012   SIENA (FROM AUGUST,28TH TO AUGUST, 31ST)

 

Siena, the wonderful city of Palio, celebrates the twelfth edition of “CITTA’ AROMATICA”, a festival that started in 2001 to mix artists from Siena with others of international level in a sort of colorful show of different artistic expressions, in particular music and dance.
From Tuesday, August 28th  until the” grand finale” on Friday, August 31st , different shows will take place in the suggestive location of Piazza San Francesco and Piazza del Campo.

 

Admission is free.

 
Below is the detailed program:
TUESDAY, Aug. 28th  / PIAZZA SAN FRANCESCO AT 9:15 p.m.
“IL TEATRO DEGLI ORRORI ” (ITALIAN ROCK)

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29TH  / PIAZZA SAN FRANCESCO AT 9:15 p.m.
EVENING DEDICATED TO DANCE WITH THE ” FRANCESCA SELVA ‘S AND MOTUS’ COMPANIES”

THURSDAY, Aug. 30TH  / PIAZZA SAN FRANCESCO AT 21:15
ROCK NEWS (NEW ROCK IN THE CITY ) WITH:
“BLACK RAIN THEORY”
“BLUES MACHINE”
“LOKOMOTIV”
SPECIAL GUEST “MAURO PAGANI” (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)

FRIDAY, Aug. 31ST  / PIAZZA DEL CAMPO AT 9:30 p.m.
GRAND FINALE with “PATTI SMITH”

 

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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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Chigi – Saracini Palace Tour ( SIENA)

 Chigi   Saracini Palace Tour ( SIENA)

Palazzo Chigi, one of the most beautiful historic buildings of Siena, temple of art, and base of the prestigious Academy Chigiana instituted in 1932, reopens to the public.
The Palace was built in the middle of the twelfth century by the powerful Ghibelline Marescotti family and was, before the Public Palace, seat of the Council of the Republic of Siena.
The last owner was the Count Guido Chigi and thanks to him, in the Palace it was established the Chigiana Academy, an international center for advanced musical studies.
The fame of Chigiana spread throughout major cities in the world and started to attract important musicians.


Many events are still  connected to this site, as the summer courses of specialization, or the winter season of concerts called “Micat in vertice” and others special Music Festivals.

 

 Palazzo Chigi opens its doors again to all who wish to admire the splendid halls of the Academy and part of his important art collection. Among the many masterpieces you can see works of Beccafumi, Sodoma, Botticelli and many other great masters.

Guided tours, lasting one hour, will be held on Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 12 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m until November, 3rd, 2012.

For more information and reservations please call the Chigiana Palace (+39) 0577-286300 (Monday to Friday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.).
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“PETRIOLO” THERMAL BATHS

 PETRIOLO THERMAL BATHS

 

Thermal baths in Petriolo, already popular in Roman times, are immersed in the Natural Reserve of the Basso Merse, 30 km from Siena, in an oasis of peace situated among woods and hills, a unique setting where nature and pleasure meet.
The thermal waters of Petriolo spring to +43 ° C from the source located on the bank of the river Farma. The composition of the water contains a high concentration of hydrogen sulfide mixed with carbon dioxide, calcium, fluoride, chloride ions, sulfate and hydrogen carbonate. Thanks to  these components the thermal water of pools helps to prevent and treat different diseases by acting positively on bones, skin and on the breathing apparatus.
In addition to the classic mud-bath therapy, Petriolo also has a spa where you can get relaxing or invigorating massages. These thermal establishments don’t belong to any hotel, so they are accessible to all.
They are open every day, however, considering the increased turnout over the weekend due to the presence of local residents or other guests, we recommend going to the spa during the weekdays from Monday to Friday.

For more information contact Hotel Borgo Grondaie.
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