Siena for Kids 2016-Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Siena for Kids 2016-Piazza del Campo

In Siena from the 3rd September till the 26th March children and their families will be able to take part in various activities related to nature and the history of this small medieval town, discovering all the most renowned people who have left an indelible influence. With no traffic jam, it is very easy to visit and browse Siena, which offers many opportunities to learn about its wonders and the most charming places that characterize its alleys. Teens and children will be able to wear uniforms used by experts in various sectors, from botany to natural history.
Let’s see what the programme offers.
A visit to the Botanical Gardens (Via Matteoli, 4) gives children and their families the opportunity to experience work in the greenhouse and in the Botanical Gardens, where workshops related to the discovery of nature and landscape will be set up.
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Siena for Kids 2016-Botanical Gardens in Siena, the greenhouse of 1875

 

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Siena for Kids 2016-The medieval font inside the Botanical Gardens

A day at the Museum…The Academy of Fisiocritici arrange a schedule of guided tours at the Natural History Museum, where scientific experiments will take place and educational laboratories will be designed and organized for toddlers. Part of the program will focus on biodiversity and studying fossils.
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Siena for Kids 2016-The Natural History Museum in Siena

 

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Siena for Kids 2016-The section of Zoology inside the Natural Historical Museum

Exploring nature…It is definitely important to teach children respect for nature and animals. Siena offers the opportunity to visit a farm designed for educational purposes nearby the Fortezza Medicea, where farm animals will be brought in. Booths will be also set up for children, which will enable them to observe the work of local manufacturers and artisans.
At Centro Guide, tourist guides arrange entertaining tours, which are a perfect opportunity for little explorers to look for Siena’s secrets, ranging from paintings to objects at the Museo Civico.
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Siena for Kids 2016-Fortezza Medicea in Siena

 

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Siena for Kids 2016-Inside the Fortezza Medicea in Siena

Finally, kids can also play the role of pilgrims stopping at Santa Maria della Scala and then proceeding towards Via Francigena till Porta Romana. The itinerary also comprises different guided tours to discover Siena’s history and its historical figures by joining the “National Day of Urban Trekking” event and other gambling activities as well as the opportunity to find out more about the story of the city and the story of those who made it so well-known.
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Siena for Kids 2016-Santa Maria della Scala in Siena

 

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Siena for Kids 2016-Porta Romana in Siena

Do not miss your chance to take your children on a visit to the wonders of Siena, a charming medieval town yet youthful, which a fresh touch can turn into a fun place for the little ones! Borgo Grondaie located near the historical center will be the perfect location for families!

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Elisa Lovati-Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Elisa Lovati-Palio Dentro

Attending the photo exhibition of the talented Elisa Lovati is an experience I recommend to everyone, photography and non-photography enthusiasts, tourists and non-tourists, in particular, I would recommend it to both Sieneses and foreigners.
The highlights of the most famous horse race in the world-the Palio of Siena-are captured on 48 camera shots.
In the low light settings of Magazzini del Sale, near the Palazzo Comunale di Siena, you will come across evocative photographs and close-ups which convey participants’ and spectatores’ emotions at this extraordinary event.
The individuals in the photos seem almost coming to life; thus, allowing onlookers to interact with them as well as experiencing that very moment captured in time and space and perfectly recreated by Elisa Lovati’s shots.
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Palio Dentro-The horse of the Contrada dell’Oca

The details of the photographs make it possible for the observer to experience a more intimate connection between themselves and the close-ups, which are loaded with tension, strength, and passion.
Although I am not Sienese, I was perfectly able to perceive how important is the Palio to the Sieneses. This unique and typical event of the city represents its culture and beauty.
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Palio Dentro-Before the horse race

This inaugural exhibition took place on the 2th September in which took part the mayor Bruno Valentini, the Dean of the Magistrato of the Contradas Nicoletta Fabio, the journalist and director of “Il Carroccio” Senio Sensi, and Elisa Lovati herself.
You can admire Elisa Lovati’s photographs until the 30th September 2016 and I would strongly suggest you to visit the hallways of this exhibition and let yourself get carried away with the Palio atmosphere through such evocative photos.
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Palio Dentro-two members of a contrada are hugging

 

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Palio Dentro-the imagine of the Virgin

Borgo Grondaie, only two kilometers away from the city center, will be the main place where to enjoy this season of relaxation and culture.

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Tours in Montepulciano-Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Tours in Montepulciano-Montepulciano’s view

Montepulciano is the ‘jewel’ of 1500s Tuscany located between Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia. It is characterised by three centuries of art history with its architecture ranging from the 1400s to the 1600s. Moreover, it safeguards the sculptures and the paintings of the great artists of the past in the Museum Crociani Pinacoteca. 
The city offers a lot to young and grown-up tourists. It not only combines ‘art’ in the traditional sense of the word, but also the art of producing one of the best wines in Tuscany – the first Italian red wine- Vino Nobile of Montepulciano.
It is a place that suits everyone, for those who want to spend a romantic honeymoon, inquisitive visitors, gourmets as well as families.
We would like to suggest some tours that you can take part in if you are interested in exploring this beautiful city and its wonders.
On the trail of the White Giant… You will have the opportunity to visit an old nineteenth-century farm, where they breed Chianina calves. ‘Chianina IGP’ meat will be served for lunch, and this type of meat is the best for the preparation of the very popular Florentine steak, steak tartare, hamburgers, and roast beef.
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Tours in Montepulciano-Breeding of Chianina calves

A special Honeymoon. You can expect a day of total relaxation in the beautiful setting of the Tuscan landscape … You can take a walk in the historical village of the Val di Chiana, followed by a relaxing break at the Montepulciano spa. In the evening you can enjoy a romantic dinner at a local restaurant in the city, where you can taste local products and delicious wine. 
For those who are both gourmets and inquisitive visitors, the Gourmet Tour provides two itineraries. The first one will take you on the discovery of one of the most charming streets in city’s old centre, where you can rest and taste local products (such as, the pecorino cheese, Tuscan salami, and extra virgin olive oil). The second tour will take you to one of the city’s cellar, where you can delight your palate tasting Pici (local delicacy of the Val di Chiana) and wash it down with a glass of Vino Nobile of Montepulciano.
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Tours in Montepulciano-Piazza Grande

 

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Tours in Montepulciano-View of a street in the city

The city is also family-friendly…  Whoever would like to spend time with their family will have the opportunity to take a walk in the wonderful countryside and immersing oneself in the beautiful landscape of Mount Cetona. Also, you can go on a journey to ‘Sentiero della Bonifica’, spending time at the spa as well as visiting a farm.
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Tours in Montepulciano-Archeodromo

 

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Tours in Montepulciano-Sentiero della Bonifica

 

The tours-Hotel Borgo Grondaie

The tours-The spa

Would you like to go on one of these fantastic tours in the beautiful Montepulciano? 
Borgo Grondaie in Siena will be the starting point where the city of Montepulciano will arrange the tours for you!

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On the 24th September 2016 Ezio Bosso will be in Siena for his new album “The 12th Room”. The  great and sensible artist  will perform in lots of Italian cities and also at the Fortezza Medicea in Siena.
After he went  at the Festival of Sanremo with his piece “Following a Bird”, Ezio Bosso will introduce his first official solo album, and his tour is recording sold-outs in all the cities.
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Ezio Bosso Live in Siena-Ezio Bosso at the Festival of Sanremo

Prolific, refined and innovative artist, Ezio Bosso has exercised his talent in all the areas of music, from the classical compositions to the soundtracks. From 2011 he suffers from a neurodegenerative disease.
Ezio Bosso and his life. The artist was born in Turin and when he was 4 years old he started studying music, thanks to one of his great-aunt and his brother. Since he was quite young he debuts as solo artist in France and for the European orchestras. He also performed for the most important theatres, such as Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Center London, Sydney Opera House, Teatro Regio di Torino and so on.
In 2013 he met the cellist Mario Brunello, with who started a great musical collaboration and also a strong friendship.
He won a lot of awards, such as the Syracuse NY Award or the Green Room Award, and also the most important choreographers and directors of theatre and cinema asked him to collaborate with them, producing soundtracks, such as that of the movie “Io non ho paura” directed by Gabriele Salvatores, and also for the performances of the most famous ballet companies.
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Ezio Bosso Live in Siena-Ezio Bosso during a concert

From 2013 he is an artist of the Opera Barolo, where he also organized a project called “Zusammenmusizieren: far musica insieme”, which combined the study of music and the deepest themes which are important for all people, not only for musicians or artists.
 
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Ezio Bosso Live in Siena-poster of “Zusammenmusizieren: far musica insieme” project in 2015

And what about you? Are you ready for this incredible occasion?
Come here in Siena to listen to the fantastic melodies of an exceptional artist! Borgo Grondaie is only 2 kilometers away from the center of the city and it is the perfect location for you!

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From the 7th to the 11th September the Live Rock Festival will take place in Acquaviva of Montepulciano, which is considered one of the most important festivals of Italy.
There will be artists from the greatest European festivals, such as the british Fujiya & Miyaji, or one of the most appreciated Italian popstar, Rachele Bastreghi of the Baustelle. There will be also the most famous artists of the electronic music, hard rock and dj set.
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The Live Rock Festival-Music and environment-Poster

The event, which will take place in Acquaviva of Montepulciano, in the Terre of Siena, is famous for the quality of the offer wine and food and good ecological activities: a lot of young people will participate and they will enjoy more and more well-finished and alternative services.
The Croatian artist Danjel Zèzèlj and the journalist Silvia Boschero will contribute to the organization of the event, and also about 150 volunteers will help them realizing a great social event.
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The Live Rock Festival-Music and environment-During a concert

Thanks to Legambiente, the Live Rock Festival has become a symbol of eco-friendly culture. Since eight years the  festival has pursued records of recycling, an example for young people who want enjoy, but also respect the environment.
During the event it will be possible to taste various types of menu: from the Tuscan specialties to the vegetarian or vegan food. All the products derived from the surroundings to guarantee their quality and save environment. So, you can taste various types of food, all of them will not damage nature and them will satisfy your palate.
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The Live Rock Festival-Music and environment-Setting up the stage

Are you ready for this incredible rock event?
In Siena Borgo Grondaie might be the perfect location for who loves music and want to participate to this great rock event!

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The Castle Music Fest II, the latest unmissable date organized by Siena Guitar Festival! On the 2th September 2016 lots of artist will participate to this great event, in the latest date of summer.
As the previous dates, the Castle Music Fest will take place in Castello Medievale of Monteriggioni. The executive director of Siena Guitar Festival, the city of Monteriggioni and other sponsors will promote music and culture in Siena and its surroundings.
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The Castle Music Fest II-Icon of Siena Guitar Festival

The final date will close with the participation of Fabio Concato and his group: it will be the occasion to listen to his songs, which are some of the most important and famous of Italian music. He will surprise all of us with his extraordinary music and impressive atmosphere.
Fabio Concato and his life. Fabio Concato was born in Milan in the 31th May 1953, and all the members of his family were interested in music and culture. Like a romantic and sensible poet, in his songs he sings the everyday life, in a very personal way. He talks about joy, nostalgia, happiness and sadness in the same way  a photographer does tanking pictures.
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The Castle Music Fest II-Fabio Concato during a concert

For those who love music and also Italian food, it is an occasion to taste the specialties of the area. In Monteriggioni you can taste high quality wines, such as the Chianti Classico DOCG and the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG. It should not be overlooked to taste the Vin Santo, a type of wine that, according to the tradition, is consumed together with desserts, especially the “Cantuccini biscuits”. Honey, saffron, grappa and cheeses are only some of the delicious specialties which you can taste in Monteriggioni.
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The Castle Music Fest II-“Vin Santo” and “Cantuccini biscuits”

Are you interested in music and good food?
What are you waiting for? In Siena, a few kilometers away from Monteriggioni, Borgo Grondaie is waiting for you…don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity that brings music and good food together!

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On the 23th and the 24th September 2016 the medieval village of Monteriggioni and the ancient route of Via Francigena, which passes throught it, will be the Slow Travel Fest’s scenery.
The Slow Travel Fest originates from the Festival of Viandanza which, in the past three years, has become an unmissable occasion for those who love travelling slowly. The Slow Travel Fest comes from the journey on foot and bicycle culture.
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The Slow Travel Fest-Route on bicycle

Its name highlights all the new activities that will take place in the IV edition of the festival which will include excursions along the Via Francigena, and a chance to meet those who work in the “slow travel” sector.
There will be tours on the Via Francigena on a daily basis where there will be labs, shows, and evening concerts near the cloister of the Abbadia Isola church. The night tour “A Zonzo sotto le stelle” will be an amazing experience to let tourists discover the fascinating world of Astronomy and stars, that can be observed from Montagnola senese. On the other hand, “Trekking&Sketching” will be a guided tour to explore the wood and freehand drawing.
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The Slow Travel Fest-Route on foot

For those who love adventure, there will be travel labs on the art of backpacking, orientation, how to build travel tools, making a fire and, of course, on how to be respectful of the environment.
Those who will participate they will be led towards the discovery of the Montagnola senese and the via Francigena, the ancient route that linked France to Rome in the Middle Ages.
Siena and the Via Francigena. In the Middle Age, the city of Siena represented an important location of the Via Francigena in the Terre of Siena. Pilgrims would cross the North gate, Porta Camollia, and proceeded walking towards the Magione of Templari until they arrived at the Duomo di Siena and the Santa Maria della Scala, where they were given food and shelter.
Do you love travel and adventure?
Borgo Grondaie located in Siena, it’s 10 kilometers away from Monteriggioni and it might be the start of this journey, that will let you discover the wonders of “Terre di Siena”.

 

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From the 31th August to 5th September will take place the Fair of Cacio, in the city of Pienza, one of the most expected events for citizens and tourists. An occasion in which will be possible to taste the precious and characteristic cheese and to be present to the popular “Game of  Cacio al Fuso”, in which the six contradas of the city challenge for the Palio. Between the main events there is the “Premio Pienza”, the Dairy Contest  reserved for pecorinos from the areas of Siena, Arezzo and Grosseto, organized by the Delegazione Siena Arezzo of ONAF (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Formaggi), that will take place in Sala Convegni.
 
Fair of Pecorino cheese in Pienza-Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Fair of Pecorino cheese in Pienza-Pecorino di Pienza

Pienza is situated in the center of Val d’Orcia and it achieved the Unesco’s award in 1996. Its history is based on the life of Enea Silvio Piccolomini. He was born on the 18th October 1405 in Pienza, and he became pope with the name of Pio II  in 1458. Pio II wanted to transform the city of Pienza from a little medieval village to a papal residence and for this reason its buildings stick out for their elegance and the Renaissance architecture.
 
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Fair of Pecorino cheese in Pienza-View of Pienza

Since 1974 the Fair of Pecorino cheese in Pienza takes place in the beautiful Pio II Square. The six contradas challenge each other in the Game of Cacio al Fuso. The game consists in rolling five kilos of cheese trying to hit a spindle, which is vertically located in the center of the square. Rolling the cheeses down the slopes on the old stony streets of the city center, makes the challenge more difficult.
In the past, cheese factories were not very common and the pecorino was produced in the farms. The “Pecorino of Pienza” is one of the eldest cheeses of the Val d’Orcia, and for this reason it is called the ancient “caseolus”. For its round and small shape, it was commercialized in Pienza and also in Crete Senesi  from the ancient time.
Nowadays, there are six-seven cheese factories, which are producing pecorino and other high quality Val d’Orcia cheeses. At the end of 19th Century the Pecorino of Pienza arrived at the Expo of Paris and also in United States, and its fame raised becoming one of the most famous Italian cheese all over the world.
And what about you? Are you willing to taste the famous Pecorino of Pienza?
Borgo Grondaie represents a starting point for discovering high quality Tuscan products during your holiday in Italy.

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From the 15th to the 18th September 2016 at Vino al Vino, some of the most important winemaker of Chianti, particularly from the Panzano’s area, will present their wines Chianti Classico and IGT. The greatest wines will be displayed during the third weekend of September, both to the press and the enthusiastics on the occasion of the wine fair of Chianti.
Vino al Vino-Chianti Wine Festival-Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Vino al Vino-Chianti Wine Festival-Icon of Chianti Classico

Buying a wine glass it will be possible to walk through the precious kind of wine, with the accompaniment of jazz music, that will increase your senses. They are “Vini di Panzano”,as to highlight the uniqueness in an area envied for its beautiful landscapes.
Panzano is situated close to the slopes to which correspond the shady downward slopes that arrive at Greve. The vineyards are usually placed between 350 and 400 meters above sea level, sometimes above 500 meters, thanks to the advantageous position of Panzano.
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Vino al Vino-Chianti Wine Festival-View of Panzano in Chianti

The event Vino al Vino will be enhaced by new and innovative interpretations of the wine Tuscan tradition, thanks to a group of professional producers. Their contribute increases the development of Panzano, including it in the production of great wines of Chianti.
In Italy, one of the most common vineyards is Sangiovese, which is used in the Chianti Classico. Its origin derives  from the Etruscan people, in fact the earlier areas where it was implanted were part of Central Italy, mainly Tuscany. Some affirmed that its name comes from the definition of “sangiovannina grapes”, connected with its untimely ripening; others support that it derives from Sanguis Jovis, Jupiter’s blood, which is the name conferred by a Capuchin monk of the monastery of Sant’Arcangelo of Romagna, during a feast in honor of pope Leone XII. Sangiovese perfectly adapts its scents and aromas with the hilly terrains where is implanted.
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Vino al Vino-Chianti Wine Festival-Vineyard of Sangiovese

Vino al Vino is one of the two fairs, which will take place during September, preceded by the 46th Rassegna del Chianti Classico, that will occur in Piazza Matteotti, the main square of Greve in Chianti, from the 8th to the 11th September 2016. This fair is very popular and will be possible to buy a wine glass and taste the various types of wine (especially the Chianti Classico) displayed by the Tuscan producers.
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Vino al Vino-Chianti Wine Festival-Taste

And what about you? Do you want to start this walk between precious wines and nature?
Borgo Grondaie is only 3 km from Chianti and so it represent the best location to start your trip in the experience for the senses.

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It is tradition to celebrate the night of Saint Lorenzo on the 10th August, the night of the falling stars, which represents San Lorenzo’s tears. The falling stars are a meteor shower , caused by the passage of the Swift-Tuttle comet. These are called “Perseid” due to their position in the Perseus’ constellation.
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Falling stars in the Sky of Siena

This year there will definitely be numerous falling stars as Bill Cooke suggested, one of the leading experts working at the Nasa.  It is suggested that the falling stars will be more visible at night from the 10th to the 14th August.
However, it will be possible to see the greatest number of Perseids from the 11th August evening. The detected values on the number of the meteors (100 meteors p/h) are theoretical and it is likely that the actual observable number of stars will be much less, because of the fact that different areas are characterized by light pollution, for example.
Looking towards the sky:
The constellations

Falling stars in the Sky of Siena-The constellations

  • South, Sagittarius’ constellation;
  • South-East, Capricorn and Aquarius;
  • North-West, Arcturus constellation, which is part of Bootes and Corona Borealis on his left;
  • Near the Summer Triangle, the minor constellations of the Sagitta (the Arrow), Dephinus (the Dolphin) and the Vulpecula;
  • North, the North Star, which is situated in the middle of all the other constellations, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor followed by the Dragon, Cepheus and Cassiopea constellation.
In order to observe the falling stars, several events are organized in Siena and its surroundings; experts and enthusiastics have the opportunity to take part in it. Amongst these events dedicated to this special night it is the meeting with Calici di Stelle, which is organized in the beautiful scenery of Piazza del Campo. It is a good opportunity to combine both stars gazing and drinking some good wine.
Piazza del Campo at night

Falling stars in the Sky of Siena-Piazza del Campo at night

Here is some advice on how to best observe the falling stars:
  • Position yourself in a area far away from light sources (reflections from illuminated buildings, discotheques, the suburbs…);
  • get comfortable (preferably laying down);
  • have a lot of patience and get your eyes used to the darkness;
  • do not look only at one point in the sky (and most of all do not look at your smartphone!)
  • if you love to take photos, a smartphone is not what you need: you will need some devices, such as an easel  stand and a very tall ISO with a wide opening and short exposure.
And how about you? Where would you want to look at the falling stars from? Here, in Borgo Grondaie we are surrounded by nature, with green and the right intensity of darkness to make the stars shine bright. Come here and wish upon a star with us!
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