Who sows virtue collects fame! said Leonardo da Vinci

Like every morning, for work and for pleasure, I have opened my page on social networks and my attention has been caught by a small post and praise dedicated to Brunello Cucinelli.

The great manger of cashmere, famous throughout the world, and unfortunately for me a big lack in my low-budget wardrobe, has always been a model of great entrepreneurship. Surely the most scenic shot was having given an extra reward of five million to his employees three years ago, just over 6000 euro each distributed on Christmas Eve. This does credit to an entrepreneur who recognizes the added value of its “arms”, but it is not what struck me the most.

Brunello Cucinelli

The fact that it has given new life to the medieval village of Solomeo, not only creating the company headquarter there but completely renovating the old village, makes me think of the vision that this man has. A vision of the work that goes far beyond the mere pursuit of material wealth but the opportunity to make the difference.



And he certainly is doing this. Talking about the foundation he created (on site www.brunellocucinelli.com) he says: ” If art – whether figurative, conceptual, musical, theatrical or in any other form falls fully within the objectives of the Brunello Cucinelli Foundation, no less important is the study and research of modern artisan based humanism that restores the importance of everyday activities when at work, with the family and during leisure. What’s more, sport is not secondary to art. The Foundation considers sport a foundation of society and intends to promote and focus on amateur rather than professional sports. Every contribution of men and women who identify with these ideals is a rich resource that embodies the cultural identityof the Brunello Cucinelli Foundation.”
The vision and mission of Cucinelli is a global and sharing vision of good and beauty with no time, as a contract with humanity, from mortal to immortality. His daughters will enjoy their father’s patrimony but only on the condition “that you continue to follow my example: to protect the company and the Foundation, to preserve the medieval village of Solomeo, continue what the entrepreneur calls -our philosophy -. ”
The School of Arts and Crafts created within the village of Solomeo embodies Brunello Cucinelli new vision of capitalist. Create a place where ancient crafts become the future, a virtuous process that honors what made Italy a great country. The discipline of mending , tailoring, horticulture and gardening and masonry.
Thanks Mr. Cucinelli. This is an extraordinary example of how is possible to built CULTURE nowadays!


Siena European Capital of Culture 2019

SIENA EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019! Siena is one of the candidates for European Capital of Culture 2019. But what does the title mean and how can it become the capital? The CEC was born in 1985 thanks to the  proposal of the Greek Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri in order to better integrate the various European cultures. Over the years, the CEC has become a real moment of economic and social revival of the territories and in 2008 took on a competitive value. Each year, two European Union countries are hosting the event. All cities in these countries can participate in the competition by bringing forward a proposal for their revival and development of culture. At  the end a jury will choose only one city per country. 2019 will be the year of Italy and Bugaria. The Italian cities are: Cagliari, Lecce, Matera, Perugia, Ravenna and of course Siena. September 8 Siena has delivered the second program file. Inside a deepening of the  project of Siena Capital of Culture whose aim is  to become a center of cultural production and a scientific and technological accomplishment at an international level. The CEC is above all an opportunity to revive tourism industry and  the ability to create a  more aware economic future. Before the end of October we will know if Siena will have the honor of representing Italy and be the voice of European culture in Europe and all over the world, creating a new model of a “city of citizens”. We look forward the verdict anxiously, keeping  fingers crossed,  praying  and screaming  all together  HURRAY SIENA.



Have you ever wondered, why wine bottles are not all equal? There are bottles of different colors, texture and even size. Borgo Grondaie  wants to share with you our discover.

 Before, let’s take a step back in history, to know when and where the people began to store wine in bottles.

 Studies say that storing wine in glass bottles dates back to the XVIII century, when in France began producing the first bottles of blown glass.

Nowadays,  bottles are presenting with different shapes, colors  and sizes. The bottle color and shape can play a role in how the wine ages, because the air will come in contact with the wine in different areas depending on the bottle.

The main purpose of the bottle is to minimize the passage of light coming through the glass. The ray of sunshine will make the wine fake and it’s for this reason that especially for wines that will not be consumed young and red wines, dark glass bottles are preferred.

In a commercial context the size of the bottle more used is (0,750 liters), the ideal container for quality wines suitable for aging allow a harmonious and practical for the commercial operations of storage and shipping, also if there are any various sizes (from 0.1875 l up to 130 l).

In addition to the classic standard size, there are larger sizes, the Magnum from a liter and a half, the three-liter Jeroboam, etc.. and half a bottle of 0,375 or 0,500

Here are the namesand sizes of thepopular formats



40 BOTT.



20 BOTT.



16 BOTT.



12 BOTT.



















0,375 LITERS





Let us look atthe different types:


BORDOLESE (1):The Bordeaux, originally from the Bordeaux region, the bottle is more prevalent in the market. It is usually dark red wines while generally transparent or light green to white ones.

BORDOLESE A SPALLA ALTA (2):deriving from above, this form gives greater elegance and is then used to fine details and red wines.

CHAMPAGNOTTA (3):indicated for classic method sparkling wines or champagne, the glass of this bottle, has a greater thickness since it must withstand the pressure exerted by the wine.

CHAMPAGNE CUVEE (4):derived from the previous one, it has a wider base and a longer neck.

RENANA O ALSAZIANA (5):perfect for storage of white wines, this bottle comes with a cylinder-conical shape more stretched tapered. This type of bottle is coming from the cellar of the Rhine, Germany.

MARSALESE (6):as his name indicates, this is the bottle used for storage of Marsala. The glass is dark brown or black.

ALBEISA (7):is generally used for the preservation of red wines of Piemonte. The bottle is dark to allow a better refinement of the product.

BORGOGNA O BORGOGNOTTA (8):this bottle green color is often used for the preservation of the great wines of Burgundy. Characterized by a cylindrical-conical, in the past it was used interchangeably for white and red wines.

BOCKSBEUTEL O PULCIANELLA (9):rounded in shape and green in color. Used for storage of red wines of Franconia.

PORTO (10):generally used for fortified Iberian wines such as Port or Sherry, it often presents with different shades of green or brown.

ANFORA (11):  is generally used in France for the bottling of the wines of Provence. Some Italian companies use it for storage of Verdicchio

Almost all the bottles are used, as well as in the format of the capacity of 750 cl., In size from 375 cl., Said “half“, and in size from 1,500 cl. Called “Magnum”.
The color of the glass used ranges from white to amber, brown, green, shades lighter to darker. Especially for wines intended for aging more or less long in the bottle, it is preferable to use glass very dark, and recent studies have produced compounds that allow to obtain a filtered light for optimum wine storage.


Here a photo of Borgo Grondaie Wine Cellar.


Every year, during the month of February, very close to Siena takes place the beautiful Carnival of Foiano with the participation of adults and children coming from all the province.

If the departure is from Siena, you’ll have to go in the direction of Perugia and exit at Foiano della Chiana.

Few days ago the first parades began after noon and the party was further enhanced by the organization of traditional dances of Ecuador. Who is writing this post is Gabriela, the new entry in Borgo Grondaie team. My origins are from Ecuador that is why this event make me feel proud and closer to my country.

Fonte: pagina Facebook Carnevale Foiano

The protagonists of the Carnival are the 4 groups: AZZURRI, BOMBOLO, NOTTAMBULI & RUSTICI.

To discover the origin of these Carnival groups we have to come back to the last century. During the year, each group works hard to build a parade float, they choose a float design and with an allegorical theme (freely chosen by each group).

To avoid wrong behaviour and external aid, the float construction takes place in the same building.

Fonte:  Carnevale Foiano

The artisans work with passion without receiving any compensation.

The floats parades are judged by a jury composed of 5 professionals: a designer, a painter, an art critic, a sculptor and a journalist.


An atmosphere of joy and happiness as the floats parades are passing by, many smiles and lots of confetti! An experience not to be missed!

Last Sunday of Carnival , the verdict will be read following the funeral of King Giocondo: the King of Carnival.

At this point of King Giocondo’s Testament will be read in the Piazza: it was reading in rhyme by the President of the Carnival all positive and negative passed year events

Upcoming events: sunday 2nd & 9th of march 2014

Ticket Prices:

Ordinary: Euro 8,00

Children under 12: Free

Discount Family: 2 adults + 1 child = Euro 13,00

Group discount of more than 30 people: Euro 7,00


posted by: www.hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com


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.