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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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The next June 21st  it will start the 24th edition of the Torrita Blues Festival, the festival will be held in Torrita di Siena, not far from the famous Montalcino and Montepulciano, in the beautiful square surrounded by medieval walls and the great tower of the town overlooking the stage.
The initiative was founded  in 1989 by a group of friends and fans of blues and has grown over the years to become a very important event for lovers of blues especially for this edition where the first star  to shine will be Joe Louis Walker, one of the most important blues artists of our time, a great  guitarist and singer whose extraordinary performance is scheduled for Friday, June 22nd.
Other big names like Mac Arnold or Platefull o’Bluse will be there.
In addition there will be the prize giving for the winner of the competition EFFETTO BLUES dedicated to the Italian Bands.

For more information contact: Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie
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Every third Sunday of each month, inside the Market Square of Siena, the Collector’s Corner tales place, organized by Siena 90.

Siena 90 was founded with the aim of divulging the world of collecting and revaluate the figure of collector, whose work is dedicated to recovery, restoration, cataloging even the most banal objects of common use, too – bits of a colorful world that represent everydaylife, as today than  fifty or a hundred years ago.

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PIENZA AND FLOWERS from 29 April to 13 May

“Pienza and flowers” is a traditional festival starting the second weekend of May and includes an exhibition of plants and flowers along the streets of this beautiful village.

It was initially created as a selling exhibition of high quality to enhance the architecture of the square Pio II and the Papal Palace and enhance the floral character already present in the city classical style. ‘Pienza and the flowers’ presents itself as a celebration of Spring canon, a sort of floral jubilation, a hymn to the arrival of summer, the new fruits, a some kind of flower ritual of farming year.

. During this event there you could have the chance to visite some of the most beautiful garden of Val d’Orcia area,  as for example  the rooftop garden of the Palazzo Piccolomini and Sant’Anna in Camprena both located in Pienza; the public park Bosco Isabella in Radicofani, Leonini Garden and the Rose Garden in San Quirico d’Orcia.

For more information please contact Hotel Borgo Grondaie office

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Labor Day 2012

Special opening of MUSEO DELLE BICCHERNE in SIENA at the Archivio di Stato from 8.00 am to 19.30 pm.

Do not miss it!

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Cooking class in Siena by Lella

The Siena Cooking School of Lella Cesari Ciampoli is situated in the heart of Siena city centre, on  Fontebranda road.

The founder of the school is a real expert of historic and medieval recipes of Tuscan cuisine. Not only professionals refer to our great cook, but also many local hotel and restaurants follow her advices in order to satisfy tourists curiosity of local culinary.

Nowadays  Tuscan cuisine has become famous all over the world thanks to the books of recipes of Lella Cesari Ciampoli, too. One of her book titled “Happiness of Italian cuisine” totally describes the exceptional quality and exquisiteness of Lella’s recipes – great Tuscany cook.

The Siena Cooking School of Lella Cesari Ciampoli kindly offers the opportunity to attend training courses either in groups or  private.

For all those interested in a cooking class where you can learn how to prepare Tuscan recipes, please contact  Hotel Borgo Grondaie for more information.

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Gaiole in Chianti Siena Easter Monday Ceramic Fair 2012

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Gaiole in Chianti (SI) – Piazza Ricasoli
from Monday, April 9, 2012 to Monday, April 9, 2012
Easter Monday in Gaiole in Chianti with Contemporary Ceramics
The Market of master potters will be held Monday, April 9, from 10 to 19 hours, in Piazza Ricasoli.A chance to admire and buy precious ceramics, but also an opportunity for young people, to create an object with their hands.The event, sponsored by the municipality of Gaiole, with the cooperation of the determinant of potters “Ceramic Art”, will participate in approximately twenty-five exhibitors from various parts of Tuscany, but also from France and Germany.
During the Market – 10 am to 12 am and from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm - will run a workshop for kids of all ages, assisted by master potters. They will be able to work the clay from the creation to a finished product ready for cooking.
Those interested can receive all  information about the process of making ceramics!
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Monteriggioni Siena Monday 9th April 2012


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Monteriggioni Castello

9th of April 2012

Welcoming  the New Season

Free entrance


10 am – Market of spices

- learning activities to know about the use of herbs in the ancient times for the preparation of herbal teas and ointments

- drysalters, herbalists, barkers, alchemists to remember the old habits

- poets, jesters and friars for telling stories


12 am – Welcoming the new season

- parade of all the noble men and the lord of the castle, together with the drummers and the garrison of the castle

- performance of the drummers to welcome the new season


3 pm – Workshop of the enchantments

- entertainment for the small guests with ‘il Giullarjocoso and Ygraine’ (jestlers / clowns)


4 pm – The historical group of Monteriggioni  holding court

- gathering in the main square in presence of the lord of the castle, involving the public in funny games


5 pm – Closing of the festival activities

- performance of dancers and drummers

- procession of closure


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Buonconvento 2 ANTIQUE FAIR near SIENA


XXX Antique fair -  things from the past


Beginning date:6th April 2012  Ending date: 9th April 2012

The antique fair that usually takes place in Bounconvento over Easter weekend this year comes to it’s XXX edition. Closely linked to our cultural artistic and ethnic traditions, this fair was born with the aim to introduce and promote ancient and modern furnishings, books, pottery, jewelry, carpets etc.

Some of them, the most particular and decorated, are greatly appreciated by antique lovers and dealers, who had collected and restore them giving back their quality and value.

These pieces represent fantasy, talent, and creativeness of craftsmen work.

Buonconvento town council together with traders and craftsmen want to promote this fair as an exhibition, where both foreign tourists and local people could admire our beautiful antiques and make an acquaintance with Siena territory and  taste the best  Val d’Orcia vines as well.

Borgo Grondaie main office will be available for more information


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The Francigena road: a walking tour with historical costumes

On 1st, 15th and 25th April and 1st, 13th and 20th May 2012

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Monteriggioni Town Council organizes a walking tour from Abbadia Isola to Monteriggioni.

During the promenade a pilgrim will tell you his story of his trip towords Rome. At the arrival at Monteeriggioni fortress you will be welcome by the gurrison’s captain.

Departure at 10 am from Abbadia Isola – lenght4 km – last about 2.15 hours

Minimum participants 15

Reservation required by 2 days prior the promenade

Price for adult 20 euro and 5 euro for children from 7 to 11, free for youngers

At the end there will be a shuttle available to brings participants back to Abbadia Isola

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