The Cathedral paving

The local culture makes the opening of the Cathedral paving an unmissable tradition, starting -every year- the 18th August and ending on 31th October.

The Jubilee, announced by Pope Francis I on late 2015, has led the owners of the Duomo to start an extraordinary opening from June 29  to July 31, in order to celebrate this unique Catholic event.

Siena's Cathedral - The Cathedral paving

Siena’s Cathedral – The Cathedral paving

Borgo Grondaie recommends discovering the Cathedral paving: it’s an incredible and unique experience, since the flooring is normally covered for its safety, in order to protect it from the scratches caused by the visitor’s walks. This is one of the rare occasions to plunge into the beauty of the marble engravings, even more capturing than the outstanding Cathedral’s architecture.

Inside the Cathedral - The Cathedral paving

Inside the Cathedral – The Cathedral paving

Built between 1369 and 1547 AD, the marble paving is made of 56 decorative panels, coming from the genie of the best Siena’s artists of the middle age. Here the art of Siena reaches its peak: allegories, geometrical figures and biblical scenes merge together, ranging from the tiny details of the sgraffiti to the many-coloured marbles of the best refined engravings.

The Cathedral paving - Borgo Grondaie

The Cathedral paving – Borgo Grondaie

The parvis, on the top of the Duomo‘s steps, depict the etchings honouring the Pharisee and the “Pubblicano”. The etching are intended to symbolise both the Christians and the heathens, which are unable to reach the Paradise.

In front of the gates, we encounter the “Ceremony of Initiation”, dating back to 1450.

On the aisles, the Sibyls pop out: they were considered the symbol of Christ and of the universality of the Christian revelation. Many artists gave birth to these etchings, taking inspiration from the apologetic masterpiece “Divinae istitutionis” of Lattanzio.

Sybil - The Cathedral paving

Sybil – The Cathedral paving

On the central nave, restored many times due to the consumption, lies the allegoric scene of the “Siena’s she-wolf around the symbols of the allied-cities”, which also maintain the original mosaic decoration of the nave, later replaced by marble.

The sienese wolf - The Cathedral paving

The sienese wolf – The Cathedral paving

The Jewish engravings are placed on the left transept: as it was common on the scenes of the Cruise, these scenes are big and hugely crowded. They were used to transfigure the Sienese events: at that epoch, it was of common use to mix together the art, the politics and the religion. The “Massacre of the Innocents” engraving could be intended as a representation of the glorious and traumatic end of the Sienese state.

The massacre of the Innocents - The Cathedral paving

The massacre of the Innocents – The Cathedral paving

The “Assalonne and Iefte” scenes- the “Death of Assalonne” and “Sacrifice of Iefte”- compose the right transept: the two pictures-full scenes are placed respectively on the top and on the middle of the transept.

Assalonne's death - The Cathedral paving

Assalonne’s death – The Cathedral paving

Many others etchings compose this stunning masterpiece of Tuscan art: we truly suggest you visiting and discovering the Cathedral paving, immersing yourself in the striking beauties that only the “Duomo” can provide you with.



The month of April in Siena will be full of unmissable events. Art and Culture in Siena: Siena is waiting for give a cultural journey in art, celebrating the Sienese painter Ambrogio Lorenzetti, with a campaign of restoration of his works.
The restoration will be carried out in Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, which is transformed for the occasion in a restoration laboratory, accessible to visitors who will have the chance to see the works on restoration with their own eyes.
Art and Culture in Siena - Borgo Grondaie

Santa Maria della scala – Borgo Grondaie

Every Saturday enjoy the Art and Culture in Siena!
from March 12 to June 25, 2016 you will experience a journey through art and culture in Siena and you will also have the opportunity to meet the restorers of Lorenzetti’s frescoes who will illustrate you the results obtained so far and they will drive you through the visit of the construction site to discover the works.
Moreover, during Saturdays of April (2, 9, 16 and 23 April) Siena is looking for you to join the Cammino della Misericordia, which includes a guided visit to the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala and the Metropolitan Opera.
Art and Culture in Siena- Borgo Grondaie

Cathedral of Siena – Borgo Grondaie

In addition to Santa Maria della Scala, the path includes the entrance to the Cathedral of Siena (designed in part by Gothic master Nicola Pisano and his son, Giovanni, who drew up the plans for the lower half of the facade, begun in 1285), the transition from the Porta della Misericordia of the Duomo of Siena, the visit to the Donatello’s sculpture of the Madonna and Child with four cherubs, nicknamed of Forgiveness, in the Museo dell’Opera.
Art and Culture in Siena - Borgo Grondaie

Duomo di Siena- Borgo Grondaie

If you are an art lover or just want to make a trip out of town and delight your eyes with some paintings, Siena offers you the most unique opportunity by giving you a journey through art and culture.
And which better place to stay, if not Borgo Grondaie, which throughout its history has undergone a restructuration and it is located in a very picturesque place where you can meet with the peace of mind. Our hotel is located just a few minutes from the center of the city and for those who want to enjoy every corner of   Siena, why not take a walk!?


Art and Culture in Siena - Borgo Grondaie

Sunset seen from Borgo Grondaie pool


Siena and Borgo Grondaie are looking forward to accommodate you with these and much more events by giving you some days dedicated to art and local culture.


Denisa – trainee at Hotel Borgo Grondaie


Guido Chigi Saracini. “Memories. Guido Chigi Saracini and the arts“: this is the title of the exhibition organized to celebrate 50 years since the death of Count Guido Chigi Saracini, a timeless symbol of Siena tradition and culture.
The exhibition, arranged by Laura Bonelli and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, is divided into 7 sections in order  to present the Count through video, objects, paintings and photographs.
Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Inaugurated on Oct. 23, 2015, it will be open and available to the public until June 12, 2016. Free entrance. A good opportunity both for those who come to Siena to visit the city both for Siena people themselves.
For those who are interested in, consider that the exhibition takes place at Palazzo Chigi in Via di Citta 89, in the spaces below the Concert Hall and it is open to the public during the following hours: Monday to Sunday 10-13; 15-17 in high season (March 1 to June 12), while Saturday and Sunday at 10-13; 15-17 in low season (January-7 February 28).
In particular the first section of the seven in total, called Prelude, is dominated by a piano and welcomes visitors presenting the Count through his greatest passions. This is the most personal area where there are many objects, pictures of the family and important evidences of the strong bond with his city, Siena.
In the second section, called Atelier, there is part of the photographic heritage of the Accademia Chigiana, presented for the first time. The photographs portray and reproduce the daily life at the academy and the characters who have lived or attended it.
The next section is called Arturo Viligiardi and it is the room in which it is exposed the special relationship of the Count with a number of artists including, of course, Arturo Viligiardi, known for the transformation of the Dance Hall in the current Academy Concert Hall.
In Micat Summit section the protagonist is of course the music. Here it is possible to find works and photographs of teachers conductor and various musicians. Among the works there are also images, busts, casts and portraits.
In the next section, The Gallery of the twentieth century, you will find exposed unpublished thirty paintings of the first half of the twentieth century that most likely were in the houses of the Count for abbelirne rooms.
The exhibition ends with a room Le Roi de Sienne, nickname that the Queen of Belgium Elizabeth Wittelsbach attributed to the Count. With the woman Count Guido had a close friendship that lasted until the last years of his life.
Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Besides the exhibition dedicated to the Count Guido Chigi Saracini you can also visit the Academy, a symbol of the city of Siena.
Built in the XXIII century, Chigi Saracini Palace, host so many valuable collections. Among the masterpieces we remember the works of Giovanni d’Agostino, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Stefano di Giovanni, known as Sassetta and Beccafumi.
The Academy has also a collection of about 90 musical instruments including violins, cellos, violas and basses. Hours are Monday through Saturday at 11:30; Thursday and Friday at 11.30 and 16.00. The ticket price is 7.00 Euro and 5.00 Euro for the whole of the reduced (for young people under 26 years and for groups of 10 people). For more information read our previous article about Chigiana Academy by clicking here.
Accademia Musicale Chigiana-Siena

Accademia Musicale Chigiana-Siena

We remind you that the exhibitionMemories. Guido Chigi Saracini and the arts “is organized by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and created by Vernice Progetti Culturali in collaboration with MPS Bank of Siena.
If you are interested in and for more information and reservations visit our website:
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The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. From July 24th until 30th of September, Siena offers you a unique show: we are talking about the so-called Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. It is a cultural experience concerning the cathedral and the city of Siena. In particular, the project has been organized by the Municipality of Siena and the Metropolitan Opera in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civitache.

The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena


Spectators can assist at a videomapping on 3D projected directly on the cathedral. Everything will be accompanied by lots of technology that will allow you to project on 800 square meters of surface images of huge dimensions. The show is divided into five acts and has the purpose to tell about the Siena history, the cathedral and also to tell the story of the city, its places and its people. The story will talk about the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the tragedy of the Black Death that struck the city of Siena in 1348.

Siena Cathedral


Siena Cathedral



The show will take place every day of the week in Piazza Duomo in Siena, from July to September, with two projections in the evening, after sunset, every day from 24 July to 30 September 2015, except for the period from 13 to 16 August. You can attend two performances daily of half-hour at 21.15 and 22.15.
The ticket price is 13,00 Euro, 8.00 for children 7 to 11 years, for students up to 26 years with a valid student card, journalists and publicists. It is free for children under 6, the disabled, tourist guides and interpreters in the province of Siena.
You can buy them at a fixed price of 35.00 Euro for families composed by two parents and up to 4 children.
With 22.00 Euro you can takethe combined ticket with the OPA SI PASS. Tickets can be bought directly from ls Ticket in Piazza Duomo and in stores Ticketone or online on, operaduomo.siena and

Have good time and enjoy with the Divine Beauty made in Siena!!!

Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015. With the event “Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015“, Accademia Chigiana opens to the world and to the intercultural and musical dialogue.


Chigiana Academy

On this occasion, the famous Accademia Chigiana meets the big concert scene in an amazing series of events. There will be two months of performances with six thematic areas (Expanded Today, Legends, Factory, Mix, Off the Wall) and  with the most famous international stars and orchestras.

Borgo Grondaie wants to give you more detailed information about this Sienese “Excellence”.

Chigiana Academy

Th Academy Chigiana school is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious Italian musical institutions. Its founder, Count Guido Chigi Saracini, made it a real center of musical activity. His aim was to open the Academy to foreign students; in fact lots of them arrived in Siena in 1932 in order to attend the first musical course at Palazzo Chigi, held by famous musicians. Over the years, the number of students coming from all continents increased and today they  represent about 50 nations.

Count Guido Chigi Saracini (Siena 1880-1965), after inheriting a considerable fortune in 1906, he began to invest his wealth in order to promote the musical activities of his city. Among the major events organized by the Earl, there has been the execution in 1913 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in San Francesco church in Siena.

Later, after the end of World War I, the Count devoted himself to the renovation of the Palace in order to make it suitable to the needs of music. In particular, the Salon Concert was opened on November 22, 1923 with the first performance of the season, Micat in Vertice. After founding in 1932, the courses that would have made the Academmia Chigiana world famous, the Count created the Senese Music Week Festival in 1939, with the collaboration of Alfredo Casella.

Chigiana Academy

An important recognition, which is a symbol of the Academy is also the international prize “Accademia Musicale Chigiana“. Founded in 1982 and reached up to 2010, it has been created for young musicians. They were chosen by a jury composed by representatives of international music journalism, including Enrico Girardi (Il Corriere della Sera Milan), Andrew Clements (The Guardian, London), Peter Hagmann (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich), Julia Spinola (Frankfurter allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt), as well as the artistic director of the Accademia Chigiana.

The prize consisted, in addition to a sum of money, in a silver sculpture by Fritz König, a great contemporary artist who also designed the famous monument of the World Trade Center in New York.

Chigiana Academy

The Palace hosts many valuable collections. The art collection includes many items including paintings, sculptures, silvers, ivory and porcelain collection. The Academy has also an important collection of musical instruments consisting of approximately 100 instruments among violins, violas, cellos and basses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

There is also the library, which is definitely worth a visit. Inside you can find around 75,000 volumes. There are works of authors such as Palestrina, de Victoria, Frescobaldi, Arcadelt, Marenzio, Asola, Diruta, Gastoldi. And many others are manuscripts dating from the Renaissance to the 20th  century.

Chigiana Library

The Library is divided into the following sections:

Music library of about 30,000 volumes consisting of scores, scores and parts for the performance of symphonic pieces, autographs, manuscripts, librettos;

Literary library of about 20,000 volumes, consisting of texts and manuscripts belonging to the families and Chigi and Saracini;

Donation “Gigliucci” of about 5,000 volumes composed musical scores belonged to the famous singer Clara Novello;

Donation “Franco Capuana” of about 7,000 volumes and consists of scores and books that belonged to various conductor Franco Capuana;

Donation “Adelmo Damerini” Circus 6,000 volumes, consisting of books, magazines, sheet music, manuscripts and documents, belonged to Damerini, member of the Artistic Committee of the Academy Chigiana in the 50s of the twentieth century;

Donation “Stelio Maroli” of about 4,000 volumes and consists of scores and scores belonged to lying, former pianist of the Academymia Chigiana;

Journals with approximately 100 titles between ancient and modern.

Moreover you can find microfilm, letters, historical archives belonging to Chigi and Saracini families among which the most important collection of 65,000 letters of the Count.

During the year the Chigiana Academy organizes a concert schedule and program. The Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy is recognized as one of the most important festival in Italy. In particular this year the Festival will host  some famous artists such as: Max Richter, Daniele Pollini, Matthias Görne, William Kentridge, Roberto Prosseda, David Krakauer, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and many others.

For reservations and information please contact the call center at 366-8642092 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am, or contact the number 0577-220911. For the full program, visit the web site


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The Duomo of Siena never stop to surprise! The Duomo of Siena represents one of the most important examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. According to tradition, the current one replaces the first church dedicated to Mary, built around the ninth century on the site where there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. We know that the building was consecrated in 1179 in the presence of Pope Alexander III Bandinelli of Siena.

Siena Cathedral

One of the major attractions that you can see inside the Duomo are the beautiful floors. Just this year, on the occasion of Expo Milan 2015, the Opera della Metropolitana of Siena presents the floors totally uncovered from 1st to 31 of July. It is an extraordinary opening, without precedent, in addition to the usual opening on 18th August, after the Palio of the Assumption, until 27 October.

Cathedral floors

Generally the precious marble floor is protected from trampling of tourists and faithful, but every year it is “discovered” in order to be admired by visitors that come to Siena. This is the floor “the most beautiful, big and magnificent” that had never been done, according to the famous definition of Vasari.

Cathedral floors

It is the result of a complex iconographic program made through the centuries, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. The technique used is that of the graffiti and made with marble from the local area such as brocade yellow, gray marble and the green one coming from Montagnola Crevole. The visit of the floor can be carried out with the audiovideoguide, media tablets that allow listening to the text-guide. In addition to the floor you can also visit the Opera Museum where you can find the Hall of Statues and lots of mosaics containing the symbols of the allied cities of Siena. In the Hall of Sketch realized on carton, (the entrance is near to the the entrance to “Maestà” by Duccio Buoninsegna), you can see the famous map of the floor of the cathedral drawn by Giovanni Paciarelli in 1884. From here you can also access to the Crypt, under the floor and Baptistry.

At the same time, for those who want to see the floor from above with a guided tour, you can book the itinerary Opa Pass Plus. In this way you can have the chance to access the museum and visit the famous and so-called “Gate of sky ” (Porta del Cielo).

“The gate of Sky”

After long renovations, starting from 1st March of the last year and until 31 October 2015, it is possible to admire the “heaven” of the Duomo, a series of rooms never open to the public. The magnificent facade of the cathedral is flanked by two massive towers that lead to the “heaven” of the Duomo. It is possible to walk on the sacred temple and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views in and out of the cathedral. Looking out the left aisle you can admire spectacular views of San Domenico Church, the Fortress, the whole dome of San Giovanni Battista chapel and the surrounding landscape up to the Montagnola Senese.

In addition to this there is also a new initiative, the so-called “Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”. It will take place in Piazza Jacopo della Quercia in Siena from July 24th to September 30th 2015. For this occasion the Municipality of Siena and the Opera Metro Siena, in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civita, have decided to organize this initiative in order to promote the Duomo of Siena complex. You will be able to watch a video mapping which will tell the story of the city and of the Duomo of Siena. It is a visual experience in five acts that will tell the history of a unique place in the world. It is a worldwide trend: to bring to life the historical monuments and talk about their identities. A mix of visual poetry and narrative thought for a Italian and foreign public. The event will take place every day of the week, in multiple languages, from July to September, with two projections for the evening, after sunset.

“Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”

Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 4,00
from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28 free entrance for Cathedral and € 2,00 for Library

Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 7,00
Museum and Panorama € 7,00
Crypt € 6,00 (€ 8,00 in the case of extraordinary events)
Baptistery € 4,00

Opa Si Pass all inclusive (not including the tour Gate of Heaven)
€ 12,00 from 03/01 to 10/31,
€ 8.00 from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28,
€ 10,00 from 12/26 to 01/06.

Gate of Heaven, visit to the roof of the Duomo, Cathedral and Piccolomini’s Library
(Segue gli stessi orari di apertura al pubblico della Cattedrale)

Gate of Heaven € 15,00

Opa si Pass + Gate of Heaven
€ 20,00 01/03 – 31/10,
€ 15,00 26/12 – 01/06

Booking € 1,00 for person


Museum for schools € 3,00 – € 6,00 groups of 15 pax
Baptistery for schools € 1,50 – € 2,50 groups of 15 pax
Crypt for schools € 3,00 – € 5,00 groups of 15 pax
Cathedral € 2,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) € 5,00 schools and groups of 15 pax; € 4,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
Cathedral, Library, Museum, Panorama, Crypt, Baptistery
1 march – 2 november 10:30 – 19:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 18:00
3 november – 28 february 10:30 – 17:30 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
26 december – 6 january 10:30 – 18:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
Uncovering Floor Period Cathedral Festive 9:30 – 18.00
Cathedral Sunday opening only for the month of March: 13:30 – 17:30.

From 1 to 31 July, the Cathedral on holidays close at 19.00.

Last admission half an hour before the closing time of the Museum.


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Chianti, a sip of culture! Today we leave from Borgo Grondaie to explore one of the most famous areas of Tuscany, Chianti. Especially known for the production of the wine of the same name, the Chianti hills are located in a vast area between the towns of Siena, Florence and Arezzo. Gaiole in Chianti, Radda in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti are the “historical” municipalities of the region. These three villages were the ancient terzieri (subdivision of several towns) of the Chianti League, set up as a defensive community under the auspices of the Florentine republic in fourteenth century. The coat of arms of the League was a Black Cock on a gold background, an image that became the symbol of Chianti Classico.

Let’s start our virtual tour with the town of Gaiole in Chianti located between Chianti and Valdarno, near the Massellone stream. Thanks to its strategic position, the country has always been a commercial center for the surrounding villages and castles, and because of this function, it was never fortified. What makes Gaiole a magical place is the presence of castles and ancient churches such as the church of Santa Maria of Spaltenna and Meleto and Brolio Castels. Meleto Castle was an ancient property of a feudal family. Its structure still has a military setting, with the presence of two cylindrical towers placed at the edge of the southern ramparts. Inside there are several furnished rooms decorated in eighteenth-century style and a theater with a stage and an original set design. Various medieval festivals and gala dinners are held in the Castle. Brolio Castle, of Lombard origin, since Middle Ages is the property of the Florentine noble family Ricasoli, which meant the building of a massive fortification due to the danger of its strategic location. Since the twelfth century, Ricasoli Family began production of the famous Chianti Classico and today it is the most ancient and long-lived winery in the world.


Meleto Castle - Gaiole in Chianti

Meleto Castle – Gaiole in Chianti


Brolio Castle - Gaiole in Chianti

Brolio Castle – Gaiole in Chianti


castello di Brolio wine

Castello di Brolio wine


Radda in Chianti is a village near Siena surrounded by walls. Between an alley and other, it is not difficult to find many restaurants and wine bars to taste excellent local wines. Noteworthy is the Podestà Palace, headquarters of the Chianti League. You can visit the Museum of Sacred Art that houses several masterpieces of the fifteenth century. Those who were in the proximity of this picturesque medieval village in late May, can’t miss the opportunity to attend the event named Radda in the Glass, which this year will take place on 30 and 31 May 2015. During the event you can taste with producer best wines of Radda in Chianti with producers. Also in the days of Radda in Glass will be held an exhibition of Renaissance clothing in the ancient prisons of the Podestà Palace.


Podestà Palace .- Radda in Chianti

Podestà Palace – Radda in Chianti


Radda in the Glass event poster

Radda in the Glass event poster


Third and last village of “Historical Chianti” is Castellina in Chianti, of Etruscan origin, surrounded by crenellated walls. Thanks to its strategic location, since the Middle Ages it has been the center of historical events and battles. The old town has a medieval structure, as it is shown by the countless alleys and Via delle Volte, a covered road set against the ancient walls. Among the places of interest we find the Medieval Fortress and the crenellated tower of the Church of San Salvatore that overlook the town square. The fortress now houses the town hall but was an ancient fortress of the fifteenth century. The neo-Romanesque church of San Salvatore dates from the sixteenth century. Inside we can admire an important fresco representing the Madonna Enthroned, ascribed to Bicci di Lorenzo (1373-1452), a wooden statue of the Renaissance of St. Barnabas, former patron of Castellina. Castellina in Chianti is also the center of the Tuscan gastronomic culture thanks to the presence of numerous wineries where you can taste the famous Chianti wine. In May there is the Pentecost in Castellina with wine tastings, traditional performances, street food and craft markets.


View of Castellina in Chianti

View of Castellina in Chianti


San Salvatore Church in Castellina in Chianti

San Salvatore Church in Castellina in Chianti


Via delle Volte - Castellina in Chianti

Via delle Volte – Castellina in Chianti


medieval Fortress - Castellina in Chianti

Medieval Fortress – Castellina in Chianti






Journey between nature and art at the Chianti Sculpture Park of Pievasciate, in the province of Siena. On the way to this little village, arriving from neighboring towns such as Ponte a Bozzone, Pianella, Vagliagli and Gaiole, visitors will be amazed to find strange and bizarre sculptures such as giants peppers, red telephone boxes and statues that are spaced out with cypresses, presaging the arrival to the Chianti Sculpture Park. The park was born from the idea of spouses Giadrossi who decided to use an area of seven acres of a pristine forest of oak trees the creation of a permanent outdoor exhibition of contemporary artwork.


Yu Zhao Yang - Struzzi Metropolitani - Chianti Sculpture Park

Yu Zhao Yang – Metropolitan Ostriches – Chianti Sculpture Park


Peperoni - Parco Sculture Chianti

Peppers – Chianti sculpture park


Cabine telefoniche - Parco sculture del chianti

Telephone boxes- Chianti sculpture park


The sculptures were made by great contemporary artists from twenty-six countries. After a thorough inspection of the area where their work would be exposed, they tried to create sculptures fully integrated with the surrounding nature. The presence of sculptors from different countries helps to make the park a multicultural place. Each artist has brought something new to the exhibition through the use of different materials: marble, granite, glass or modern installations like neon lights and sounds.


Energia - Costa Varatsos - Parco Sculture del Chianti

Energy – Costa Varatsos – Chianti sculpture park

Labirinto -  Jeff Sawar - Parco Sculture del Chianti

Labyrinth – Jeff Sawar – Chianti sculpture park



Through their sculptures, artists want to convey some messages: in the park there are works with aesthetic purposes and other that are about social issues. Among them, there are the “Rainbow” made by Italian Federica Marangoni which symbolize the fragility of nature and the “Faith and Illusion” from Dolorosa Sinaga, representing the disillusionment towards progress. Very popular is the “Labyrinth” of English Jeff Saward with interactive installations and the sculpture of The “Leapfrog” of Dominic Benhura, one of the best-known exponents of the African tribe art of the Shona, that presents a game played by children.

Fede e Illusione- Dolorosa Sinaga- Parco delle Sculture del Chianti

Faith and Illusion- Dolorosa Sinaga- Chianti sculpture park


The leapfrog – Domenic Benhura – Chianti sculpture park


Arcobaleno - Federica Marangoni - Parco sculture del Chianti

Rainbow – Federica Marangoni – Chianti sculpture park


The park is also important for its Amphitheater surrounded by nature, that enjoys an excellent acoustics. The steps can accommodate up to 250 spectators. Outdoor events are often held, mostly in the months of July and August, with concerts of jazz, opera, tango and many other entertainments. This year the concert season will start on July 14th and will end on August 18th. Chianti Sculpture Park is opened daily from 10:00 am to sunset. The cost of ticket is € 10.00 Adults, € 5.00 children under 16 years.


Anfiteatro - Parco  Sculture

Amphitheatre – Chianti sculpture park





Turisti per casa is the name of the guided themed  tours  that every second and fourth Sunday of the month, until February  2014 will take place in the Pinacoteca di Siena at 11 am, just before lunch . Why not to tale advantage from 20% discount that some restaurants  recognize if you show the Pinacoteca ticket



Borgo Grondaie has a special love for  this museum ,  that is why we have  chosen it as the venue for the 2013 edition of the Digital Invasions  Event. In this regard there is this very interesting  post written by Dominique Papi Cipriani, a professional photographer known  at the time of the  Digital Invasion, who recounts with sincere gratitude the experience of that day.

We join with enthusiasm  this initiative, which has allowed us to investigate the origins of the  Pinacoteca collection  and become aware of curiosities related to certain works such as the Santa Petronilla Altarpiece by Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the dramatic story of the beautiful Ghismunda from Bernardino Mei .
The event is organized by the guides of Siena (Federagit) with the support of Confesercenti of Siena.
Therefore it’s a pleasure to  share with you  the calendar of next visits,  time and topics and invite you to participate because it is really worth it.

sottotetto duomo

It took months of work but on  April the 6th the Cathedral of Siena opens its attics that were never opened to the public.
With an experienced guide you walk  spiral staircases almost hidden from visitors’ view and  in small groups you are taken over the vaulted stars of the right aisle. From there it begins a journey where view range from inside to outside the cathedral. You can visit Ulisse De Matteis windows with the representation of the Apostles and the gallery where you can admire the view on the main altar. From the left aisle  visitors can admire a breathtaking view of the Basilica of San Domenico, the Medici Fortress and the entire cupola of St. John the Baptist.
Much more is to discover if you decide to  participate in an event of historical and emotional impact like no other, organized by Opera – Civita Group
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