Passignano Abby a hidden gem in Chianti is  even called Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo in Passignano; it is located in Tavernella Val di Pesa area, near Florence. The building surrounded by the houses of the village is still a monastery. Passignano Abby was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt and  its present appearance  is that of a fort rather than a monastery.

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Passignano abby


Passignano abby – IL Chiostro


Passignano abby

The abbey of San Michele  is dedicated to the angel warrior San Michele. The statue of the angel on the top of the chapel roof  and the Templar cross that lies within are clear symbols of it. The abbey which once contained over 6600 scrolls it is a real  treasure to visit and discover. The monks who live in only ask visitors for a  donation but we guarantee that what you see is worth well over. Very beautiful is the medieval kitchen never renovated during  nineteenth century and  the hall of the refectory where “The Last Supper” by Ghirlandaio dating back to 1476 and  covers the entire wall of the room.


Passignano abby – Medieval kitchen


Passignano abby – Medieval kitchen


Passignano abby – Medieval kitchen


Passignano abby – Medieval kitchen


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Last Supper from Ghirlandaio

Currently the fresco is covered because under restoration. Lack of funds are, however, lengthening the time of the restoration. This is also why I suggest you a  visit at the Abbey of Passignano and leave your generous contribution that will be critical to the preservation of  this beautiful fresco, a symbol of Italian culture. Beautiful view from the gardens and from the terrace.

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from the garden of Passignano Abby


Passignano Abby – a view of the chiostro

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The garden – Passignano Abby

Have a nice tour

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A week end trip to Val d’Orcia Tuscany – in the south part of Siena area -worth by sure a visit but if you don’t have enough time to see all its territory just Pienza and Moltancino give you the idea of how beauty is this part of Tuscany. For those who have more time we suggest to follow the river Orcia till the castle of Rocca d’Orcia (also called Rocca di Tentennano), just a few meters away from the main town of Castiglione d’Orcia. The castle is open to public and  offers an incomparable view: The near mountain Monte Amiata, the castle of Radicofani , the town of Castiglione and the hot springs just on the opposite slope of the Val d’Orcia, the spa town of Bagno Vignoni.


The small hamlet of Rocca d’Orcia with its medieval fountains and churches from the 13th century makes you feel back into Medieval time. Here Saint Catherine of Siena learned reading and writing during their stay in 1378

The entrance fee for the castle is 3 euros and it also includes the entrance  to the small museum Sala d’Arte San Giovanni in the center of Castiglione d’Orcia. Here you can admire paintings of Simone Martini, Giovanni di Paolo and Vecchietta.


Museum and castle are always open on Saturdays and Sundays (10:00 to 13:00 / 16:00 to 19:00).

Have a nice tour!



Tarot Garden Capalbio Italy

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 Tarot Garden  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.
Tarot Garden is open every day until October 15th  from 2:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. For reservation email to

We visited this wonderful park and here same photos:


Tarot Garden Capalbio Italy


Tarot Garden Capalbio Italy


Tarot Garden Capalbio Italy


Tarot Garden Capalbio Italy


Tarot Garden Capalbio Italy


Tarot Garden Capalbio Italy

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For two days, Sarteano, a nice village near Siena (about an hour by car), will be transformed into a wonderful show of colors, art and fragrances. All this thanks to “Artinfiore”, the first festival of flowers and creativity.

Located in the historical center of Sarteano you’ll admire different art installations inspired by the “greenery” theme. It will be also possible to visit the trade show dedicated to flowers , uncommon plants and crafts related to gardening.
The event will also provide children’s workshops and classes for all ages to learn something new about the world of flowers.
You can find more information on :
Source: Siena News

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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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In the beautiful village of San Quirico d’Orcia, about an hour’s drive from Siena, we celebrate the Festival of Barbarossa. It is the recollection of the meeting between Frederick I, called Barbarossa and the Cardinals sent from the Pope Adrian IV.

In 1155 King Frederick I was named to become Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. To obtain the coronation he should ask for the assent of the Roman Church. He obtained the agreement for his coronation by the Church but only in exchange for the capture of the heretic Arnold of Brescia.
The festival runs from Wednesday, June 13th to Sunday 17th June .You can enjoy parades, lucky dinners, flag bearers, archers competitions and medieval shows.

For more information contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie.

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Even this year in San Gimignano, a few kilometers from Siena, the Harvest Fair takes place, a historical-mediaeval reenactment  revives by the association of the Knights of St. Fina. Now, as in the past, they participate in the traditional holiday “ Ferie Messium” celebrated by the entire population during the crops period.
The inauguration of the festival will take place Friday, 15th   June, from 9.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and then develops  along  two days following through shows of flags, songs, dances, games, parades, competitions and tug of war competitions and archery, even the famous tournament of “Giostra dei Bastioni”(tournament of knights on horseback).
Visitors can also admire the ancient arts and crafts market and bring a souvenir of the past.

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