MUSIC IN SIENA: AN INCREDIBLE SUMMER

Travel into a fantastic world just listening some music. How can it be possible? Just bring the music in Siena and it’s done!

Siena is a wonderful city. The atmosphere we live in during the Palio is unbelievable: it looks we’re stuck in time and we’re brought suddenly back to Middle-Age. Senese Summer is not only Palio, art and contrada’s parties: music too has a central role.

The marvelous concerts of the San Galgano’s abbey are intended to enrich the wide card of events of Siena: they are set in the beautiful inside of the roofless abbey. They are generally called “San Galgano Festival” and take place on July, on the evening. A ticket costs from 20 to 40 euros depending on the concert. During the “72° Senese Music Week”, organized by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, a music academy of Siena, many concerts and events will take place all along Siena, pricing from 8 to 25 euros.

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The Suggestive Setting of “San Galgano Festival” – Music in Siena: An Incredible Summer

The “Chigiana International Festival & Academy” offers many event, from  8th Juy to 25th August. One of them is the “Music for Solaris”, set on 8th July in the Teatro dei Rinnovati at 21.15, or the “Omaggio al Kurtag” on 9th July at the Teatro dei Rozzi.  The “Sound and Action painting” and the “Sommet de Feu” events are set in both the Teatro dei Rozzi and the Rettorato’s courtyard in the centre of Siena and takes place 16th and 19th July at 21.15.

Many other events are available for your needs: go on www.chigiana.it/chigiana-international-festival-and-summer-academy-2016/ to discover them or ask our staff!

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The “Chigiana” Academy -Music in Siena: An Incredible Summer

But July is a month rich of events, such as the so called  “Blues diVino” in Vagliagli (totally free), in which various bands will show up their music excellence. A free entry is also guaranteed in the shows organized by Siena Jazz in Piazza del Campo: various musical performances, called “International Meetings” will allow users to meet and have contact with musicians of international caliber.

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The “Blues diVino” Poster – Music in Siena: An Incredible Summer

For those willing to spend time in Siena for a longer period, the Siena Jazz Foundation organizes music classes with teachers famous worldwide. The “International Courses of Musical Improvement” are necessary for anyone who wants to improve his musical skills in the gorgeous Siena setting!

The Contrade also organize a music festival, combining the great Jazz to the peculiarities of the districts: it is the “Jam Session in Contrada”, an event in which music courses begin in July and end in August.

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A Music Class with Siena Jazz – Music in Siena: An Incredible Summer

In August there are some event born in July, such as the “Chigiana Festival 2016”, and many others that pop up on the scene: it is the case of the Concert Band “City of the Palio”, side-musical show of the Palio of August, which takes place in Piazza del Campo at 22 of August 14, with free admission. In the beautiful setting of Asciano, a village nestled in the beautiful Crete Senesi, the music festival “Altraterra” takes place between 19th and 21th August. Here, groups of pre-selected bands will provide a great music, mingled with the good food to create an unforgettable atmosphere. The peculiarity of the music is that it is all part of the folk tradition, and even all the food has a local origin, which guarantees goodness. Even Abbadia Isola, a borough of the small town of Monteriggioni, participates in the Summer of Siena with a beautiful Jazz concert.

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The “Altraterra Festival” in Asciano – Music in Siena: An Incredible Summer

In September, the Sienese seminars “Kind of Blue” organized by Siena Jazz Foundation will open new horizons to those who want to improve their improvisation techniques and socializing with the Jazz language, in a friendly and fun environment. Furthermore, in  the “Beer Fest” of the Contrada of the Snail there will be hours and hours of live music to brighten your day, as well as it will do the party of Volunteers of Piazza del Campo, where it is also set the “Concert for the Researchers’ Night”, with Max Gazzè and many other great Italian artists.

Siena is the perfect location for music lovers: if you are looking for a place rich in art, natural beauty, social life and live music, come visit us at Borgo Grondaie! The superb 2016 Sienese Summer is waiting for anybody but YOU!

10 tips about the Palio

Everybody knows what the Palio is. But how many of you know the details of this stunning event?
Here is a brief guide to learn some hidden “secrets” of this event!
1-  “Barberi”
The barberi are tiny wooden balls coloured with each Contrada colors: mainly used by children, they are the central part of the “Barberi game”, a sort of race played on a small wooden track, which is intended to simulate the real race. During many local events, the game is also played by adults too. You can buy for few euros (1 or 2) a ticket that represents each contrada (in total there are 17 balls and 17 tickets). If the ball that simulate the contrada of your ticket win, you will get a Bottle of Wine or a Prosciutto!
The barberi game of Siena

The barberi game of Siena

2-  Abolished contradas and the actual ones
At present, there are 17 contrade in Siena. Along the centuries, though, they were a little bit more. Since 1729, six contrade have been abolished, probably because they along the decades fused together with some of the 17 remaining: they were the “Cock”, “Lion”, “Bear”, “Oak”, “Strongsword” and “Viper”.  They are still remembered by 6 riders having their helmet lowered during the Historical Parade, which takes place in the hours before the Palio.

 

Actual Contrade in Siena

Actual Contrade in Siena

3- Museums of the Contrade

They are 17, one for each contrada, and contain the heritage of each contrada: traditional costumes, won banners, relics and much more. Each museum contain different items and provide visitors with      various relics, coming from preceding Palios. They exist only thanks to the Contradaioli, which donate some money to preserve these expositions and work free in order to preserve these incredible treasures. A visit to these Museum is strongly recommended as the are a key to get in the Palio’s mood.

Museum of the Lupa contrada

Museum of the Lupa contrada

4-  The blessing of the horse
The blessing of the horse is something quite weird, but it definitely has to be seen! Nowhere but in Siena you can see that! It happens between 3 and 3.30 p.m on the day of the Palio’s race in each Contrade’s church. Since many churches are really tiny, the precedence for the entrance is given to the Contradaioli. Should you are admitted to seeing the blessing, remember not to use Cameras with flash and to keep rigorously silent. The priest blesses both the jockey and the horse (which is allowed to get into the church) and in the final speech he says “go and come back as winner!”
Blessing of the Horse

Blessing of the Horse

5- Dinner of the “Prova Generale” (General practice)

The Palio lasts for 4 days. Every day there are 2 trials. The most important is the one of the evening before the Palio race, called “General Trial”. After this practice, each Contrada racing the Palio organize a dinner on the streets of each territory. Happiness is linked to the chance you got to win the race. Stronger is the horse and the jockey, louder are the cantos and the joy surrounds these fantastic parties on the streets. They represent a pillar of the folklore of Siena! Although generally devised for Contradaiolis, the dinner is opened to everybody. Booking in advance is compulsory.
Dinner on a Contrada

Dinner on a Contrada

6- The Seventeen contrade and the thirds of the city
Something that most people does not know about Siena is that its center is divided in 17 Contrade plus three thirds, named as “Third of Camollia”, “Third of San Martino” and “Third of the City”.
The Third of Camollia include: Bruco, Drago, Giraffa, Istrice, Lupa, Oca contrade. The Thirds of the city include: Aquila, Chiocciola, Onda, Pantera, Selva, Tartuca contrade. The Third of San Martino include: Civetta, Leocorno, Nicchio, Torre, Valdimontone contrade.
The thirds of the City

The thirds of the City

 

7- Mass of the Jockey
At 8 o’clock on the morning of the Palio’s race, just before the last practice (the “Provaccia”), a mass of the Jockey is celebrated in the small chapel at the bottom of the “Torre del Mangia” in Piazza del Campo. It is considered a way to bless the jockeys and the race.
Chapel of Piazza del Campo

Chapel of Piazza del Campo

 

8- Masgalano
The day of the race, the parade with historical costumes takes place along the street of Siena and than inside the Campo Square. Each contrada takes part the parade and the best performance is awarded with a sculpture made by craftsmen of Siena and it is called Masgalano. It is a very important prize as the members of each Contrada invest lots of their time preparing for the best performance.
The Masgalano

The Masgalano

9-  The “Drappellone” (banner)
Every year, to celebrate the Palio an artist is hired to paint this banner. It is the prize for the Contrada winning the race. On the July’s Palio, the hired artist to paint the banner is generally Local painter,  while on the August’s Palio the hired artist is mainly very famous and internationally well-known. Some of the most famous painters who deal with banner are Gottuso, Botero, Valdez and Nespolo.
The banner of the Palio

The banner of the Palio

10- Parade of the “Ceri” (Candles)

Religion plays an important role into the Palio race. On the 14th of August, all the Contrade  running the race, are parading to bring the Palio Banner from the Town hall to the Cathedral. This mystical celebration is for asking the Virgin to protect them during the race and give them the victory. A big decorated Cero is carried by 4 children for each Contrada and donated to the Virgin.
Parade of the Candles

Parade of the Candles – by Mauro Manganelli

Some useful tips
– Always remember not to get close to the horses. They are protected by crush barrier and a crowd of Contradaioli.
–  Do not bother the Contradaioli with questions or photos. They consider the Palio a holy moment.
–  Do not be sarcastic about Contradaioli’s anxiety before the start. Do not show your impatience if the preparation for the start gets too long.
  If you are coming to Siena for the Palio, remember that on the day after the race the winners make a stunning parade to celebrate the victory! Stay one day more to fully enjoy the festival!

 

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Kids festival near Siena: an unmissable experience

Set in the stunning medieval village of Monteriggioni, the Kids festival “Toys’ Castle” event represents an unique occasion- especially for families- to be drawn back to the Middle-age and its cult for fairy-tales.
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Monteriggioni Castle – Kids Festival near Siena

During the event, which will take place on the 2nd June from 11 a.m till 6 p.m, the hamlet’s streets will host runway shows, music bands of all kinds, candy-filled carts, traditional food stands and  9 playgrounds, all clearly pointed out in the event map.
At the entrance gate, all the participants will be given the “Passafiaba”, a small magic passport necessary to get in the magic world of fairy-tales: then, the children will disguise themselves as little mouses and follow the Hamelin piper to build up castles and enchanted houses.
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Kids Festival near Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Many storytellers placed all along the castle will entertain the boys with superb tales, such as Cinderella, little red hiding hood and many others. The nine playgrounds include various types of amusement activities: in the “Casa dolce Fiaba” (“Home sweet fairy-tale”) the children will have fun by creating many fairy-tales’ houses, such as the one of “Hansel and Gretel” story or that of the “Seven-dwarfs” in the Cinderella story and, of course, some castles too.
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A storyteller – Kids Festival near Siena

Otherwise, athletic children will enjoy the funny high hurdles and races in the “Scarpe a Pennello” playground, in the Perrault dedicated area, while magic lovers will have fun in the “Apriti Cielo” zone, where magic stories and shows will take place.
The “Baby orme” playground is dedicated to kids and mothers, where magic animals’ footprints will be available to play with.
The “Fantulin” area is instead dedicated to the construction of the scarecrows of the “Oz magician” fairy-tale, while in the “Fatto ApPOSTA” playground all kids will be able to write and post letters to their favorite tales’ character.
Under the fairy-tales’ clock in the “Fiabarmadio” area, the storytellers will entertain the children will all the best tales ever: there, the children will also have a central role in the story by dressing the costumes of their favorite characters.
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Kids Festival near Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Also, bear in mind that a clue hunt will be on display during the event: the authors of the events like playing and have left anywhere on the streets some objects recalling various fairy-tales!
The tickets can be bought online, on many box-offices, at 5 stores or at the ticket office of the event. Prices range between 6.00€ for kids aged between 2 years and 15 years, 7.5€ for advance-sale tickets and 9€ for full-price tickets.
Borgo Grondaie‘s crew will happily assist you to book the tickets or in case of any other need.
So, don’t forget to join us here in Siena and bring your kids to this wonderful event!

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From Siena to the Crete, slowly down to the southern Val d’Orcia up to the foothills of Mount Amiata,  a journey through nature, traditions and good food!
A trip on the Steam Train takes you back in time. Not only because the old fashion carriages which are completely originals, but also for the events that are encountered along the way. This is one of the best way to enjoy the traditions of Tuscany as in spring and autumn there are lots of fairs and festivals in little towns with music, local food and good wine.
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Visit Tuscany on Steam Train

The thrill of getting on-drawn carriages these dark smoldering giants is good fun for everyone both young and old. The traveling slower than the modern trains, also allows you to fully enjoy the beauty of the changing landscape along the way: the sweet rooling hills of Crete,  the steam train glides gently into the wild landscape of the Val d’Orcia  with small hilltop villages, up to the green  forests of the Monte Amiata. During the seasons change the colors, scents and so it’s every time a truly unique experience!
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the old fashion carriage – Visit Tuscany on Steam Train

Many routes that allow you to visit less tourist places but still rich in art and history. You can jump down the train in one of the romantic stations and then walk down paths to reach churches, villages and castles, stopping on the way  for a tasting wine and food in farms or have fun at fairs and festivals with local people.
Visit Tuscany on Steam Train is could be possible both in  spring (March to June) and autumn (late September to December) when the most important  typical events of the Crete and Val d’Orcia are taking place.
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The Crete – Visit Tuscany on Steam Train

The Next Steam Train is leaving Sunday, May 29 and it is called  ETRUSCAN  TRAIN. It is going to Chiusi, one of the most important town of Etruscan Eve,  to visit the Porsenna Labyrinth and many others etruscan archeological sites.
The departure is as usual from Siena station which is 500m from Borgo Grondaie and easily reached on foot thanks to a brand new walkway
Participation fee Adults Euro 32,00
Children under 10 years: free without the right to a seat accompanied by at least one paying adult, or € 16.00 with seat assignments (the children’s seats are a limited number)
Registration fee for each participant: € 3.00
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Visit Tuscany on Steam Train – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Here is the schedule of upcoming events with Treno natura in Siena
June 19 – San Quirico d’Orcia – vintage railcar Aln 772
The Barbarossa Day – Feast of the neighborhoods of San Quirico
September 4 – Closed vintage railcar Aln 772
The Etruscan Train – The party of Ruzzi of Conca
September 18 – Murlo vintage railcar Aln 772
The Etruscan train – Blue Etrusco, the Festival of Murlo Castle
September 25 – Buonconvento Steam Train
Festival of Val d’Arbia – Immersed in the medieval village
 October 9 – Vivo d’Orcia – Castiglione d’Orcia – Steam Train
Sagra del Fungo Porcino – Flavours and scents of woodland amiatini
October 16 – Abbadia San Salvatore – Steam Train
Autumn Festival – A village festival in the charm of the old village
October 23 – Trequanda – Steam Train
Oil Festival Novo – Ancient flavors and crockery
October 30 – Montalcino – steam train
58th Festival of the Song Festival in the land of Brunello
November 13 – San Giovanni d’Asso – Steam Train
White Truffle Market – All in the court of his majesty the truffle
November 20 – San Giovanni d’Asso – Steam Train
White Truffle Market – Flavor, taste and fragrant souvenirs
December 8 – San Quirico d’Orcia – Steam train
Oil Festival – Skilful hands and culture of a land
December 10 – Asciano – steam train
Truffle Market of Asciano White Truffles
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Visit Tuscany on Steam Train – The Val D’Orcia

Many events not to be missed to discover the real Tuscany on a journey between the flavors and perfumes of the Terre di Siena.
We are awaiting for you!

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Nordic Walking in Siena - Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Nordic Walking in Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Saturday 19th and Sunday, 20th March
3rd edition of Nordic Walking in Siena.

A whole weekend to discover the beauty of the town, Nordic Walking in Siena,  through alleys and squares within the ancient city walls.
What is The Nordic Walking?

Nordic Walking is a easy and funny outdoor sporting activity. Its an-aerobic workout builds endurance as well as bringing countless benefits and well-being for body and mind.
What kind of equipment do I need for Nordic Waking?

It ‘a sport that can be practiced at any time of year so a pair of good trainers and Nordic Walking Sticks are enough to start.

 

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how NW can improve your exsercise

Why Nordic Walking is good for health?

Nordic Walking is 40% more effective than a normal walk. In fact, with the help of specially designed sticks to accomplish a dynamic thrust, you can actively engage and in a natural way, almost all the muscles of our body. In this way you will  increase up to 45% more calorie consumption.
Nordic Walking in Tuscany is a great way to discover this region. Moreover Siena offers to the Trekking lovers the chance to practise guided Urban Trekking too.
Why don’t you join the Nordic Walking in Siena?
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Nordic Walking in Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

This time we will take you to discover the Ancient Fountain of Siena.
A very interesting topic and full of mystery as there are many legends about the existence of an underground river called La Diana of which we can hear the flow of water but nobody found a trace. From the Gothic style Fountains, to the famous one such as Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo and smaller fountains of the 17 Contradas.
The walking path will take you through the alleys and squares as well as the wildest and still wooded areas, within the ancient city walls.

 

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The arrival will be, as always, in the charming Piazza del Campo, the place of the Palio Horse Race, where … you can also taste the homemade chocolate exhibition CioccoSI-Chocolate Festival.

 

It’s going to be a Weekend full of sports, Art, History and Wine Tasting!

 

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Nordic Walking in Siena countryside – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Saturday, March 19: OPEN DAY
Inside the Medici Fortress:
14:00 to 18:00
– Registration and badge pick-up and running pack
– Practical demonstration of Nordic Walking 18:00
– Appetizer at Enoteca Italiana (by reservation) – with explanation of the route and historical and architectural insights on the sources and on Ancient Bottini of Siena.                                                               Euro cost 6.00 pbw with included selection of wines and cheeses.
Also from 15.00 to 17.00 at the Santa Maria della Scala museum you can follow the Water program, free of charge, led by members of a local association called Diana.

 

Sunday, March 20: WALK 10 Km
Inside the Medici Fortress:
8.30am: Breaking inscriptions and retirement packages of travel
9:40: Warm-up exercises
10.00: Departure
13:30: Closing activities
During the march there will be two refreshments: one along the path and the other upon arrival, inside the Town Hall in Piazza del Campo, where you can taste typical Sienese specialties.
For more information and registration: www.nordicwalkinitaly.it

 

 

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Nordic Walking in Siena at Hotel Borgo Grondaie

For many years the Athletes of the SI.Va Nordic Walking Group of Siena have chosen
Hotel Borgo Grondaie
for training thanks to the particular shape of its gardens.
Only for participants of the Nordic Walking in Siena a special discount of 10%.
Call now 0039- 0577-333539 or send us an email info@hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com.
Our green lawns are ideal for training before the competition and you can leave your car in our parking and walk for 1,5 km to the starting point for the race!
For more infor visit our website at Hotel Borgo Grondaie Siena.

 

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Sunday, March 13th 2016
GF Monteriggioni Biking Race

 

After the Strade Bianche, another important cycling race will take place this weekend in Siena:
GF Monteriggioni biking race

 

GF Monteriggioni biking race - Hotel Borgo Grondaie

GF Monteriggioni biking race – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

One of the historic races of Coppa Toscana of the MTB races, which has now reached its 25th edition. But this year the GF Monteriggioni biking race got a major innovation:
the BMC, a internationally well-known cycling brand, will sponsor the sport event.
A very prestigious collaboration that definitely will mark a turning point in the importance of the race within the Tuscan circuit.
Why should you choose to take part to this race?
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GF Monteriggioni biking race – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

First of all you can get the chance to ride in one of the most beautiful areas for biking in Tuscany along the trails of the Via Francigenaas well as testing  your riding skills on dirt roads and wild trails.

 

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GF monteriggioni biking race

This year, the Race route has not changed substantially compared to the previous editions.
The track that develops in the Sienese Hills, offers a choice of a LONG RACE with a
double pass inside the Castle of Monteriggioni and a SHORT RACE .
Do not miss the GPM Race placed on the top  of Fungaia with a 5km climb.
LONG RACE
Length: 52 km of medium difficulty
altitude: 1600 mt.
SHORT RACE
length: 24 km
vertical drop: 650 mt
The new double pass inside the Castle of Monteriggioni will make a more exciting and spectacular race.
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Monteriggioni Castle – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

It was built between 1214 by the Republic of Siena as a bastion of defense and surveillance of the Via Francigena and the Elsa Valley in the direction of Florence, the historic enemy of Siena.
Its historical importance is mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy (Hell- XXXI)
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GF monteriggioni biking race

… But let’s go back to the GF Monteriggioni biking race..
  after a final climb of 300 meters but with a 23% difference in height, the final shot to the arrival  it will be from Porta Fiorentina up to inside the Castle
Due  to the importance of the event, the Bike Channel cameras will transmit the whole race and the services  on 214 in HD channel on the Sky Platform.
GF monteriggioni biking race - Hotel Borgo Grondaie

GF monteriggioni biking race – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Do not miss the opportunity to participate in the GF Monteriggioni biking race.
There are lots of bookings and it  will be shortly reached the maximun number
of 1500 members.
Why don’t you the chance to visit Siena?
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Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Hotel Borgo Grondaie is located just 15 minutes from Monteriggioni and 2 km away from the historic center of Siena.
Strategic location, rooms and apartments, private parking, bicycle storage, bike washing.
Choose the most suitable offer for you! Visit our hotel site Borgo Grondaie and enjoy a weekend in Siena biking on the amazing roads of its countryside.

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Chocolate Festival in Siena - Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Chocolate Festival in Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie


From 15th to 20th March Chocolate Festival Siena

 

Chocolate Festival in Siena - Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Chocolate Festival in Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

In the beautiful setting of Piazza del Campo it will take place the 5th edition of CiocoSI
the Chocolate Festival Siena.
An event full of entertainment, creativity and involvement where the main theme is the Chocolate Made in Italy.
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chocolate pralines

The trade show, with more than twenty chocolate producers, offers a tasting of refined creations of master chocolatiers from all over Italy.
An amazing riot of colors, shapes and scents that stimulate the senses … a real temptation that will be hard to resist!
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Taste is more than just eating because it implies being able to grasp all the sensations that gives us chocolate when it melts in your mouth.
Chocolate Experts will guide you in a very special chocolate tastings: Beer & Chocolate, Wine & Chocolate and Grappa & Chocolate.
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Chocolate Festival Siena- cookingshow

The program of the Chocolate Festival Siena, also provides moments of Entertainment such as CookingShow, the exciting challenge in the kitchen between Siena Chef and master chocolatiers in MasterChocoChef as well as the great success of last year….the ChocoBarmanShow.

 

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Moreover in the Chocolate Factory you will enjoy a journey through the history of chocolate and it is processed … by roasting the cocoa bean to the creation of the praline.
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Chocolate lessons at Chocolate Festival in Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Are you willing to discover the secrets of the great Chocolate masters?
The Maître Chocolatier Domenico Spadafora 2009 World Champion, will take you on a 2 hours Chocolate Lesson teaching you the basis of chocolate processing techniques.

 

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Kids activities – Chocolate Festival in Siena – Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Children Corner at BabyCiok

Many creative workshops at the Chocolate Festival Siena where children can make chocolate sweeties in completely safely place.
And finally the Instagramers could not miss the classic ChocoClick, a photo contest which will award the photo taken during the event that has received the most likes on ChocoMoments’ site.

 

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Chocolate pralines

And you? Are you ready for a Gourmet Weekend in Siena?
download the complete program of  CiocoSI2016 and
visit the Hotel Borgo Grondaie web site to find the best deals for your stay in Siena.
We are waiting for you

 

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Strade Bianche 2016.
On 5 and 6 March, Crete Senesi region, will host the Northern Classical further south in Europe
The Strade Bianche 2016  cycling competition  is now in its tenth edition for men and the second for women.
Organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Strade Bianche 2016 together with the Eroica (which take place on October 2nd ) is among the most important and famous cycling competitions  all over the world.
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Strade Bianche 2016 – hotel Borgo Grondaie

On Saturday, March 5 will be held the men and the women competition, who opened the new Women’s World Tour; on Sunday 6 will instead take place the Gran Fondo Strade Bianche.
The three races start at Siena. For the pros’ race is the first time that starts from the city: in previous years, in fact, the departure was from Gaiole in Chianti and San Gimignano.
For men, women and amateurs, the starting point is from the Fortress in Siena and you will arrive in Piazza del Campo.
The way men of the March 5 consists of 176 kilometers 9 sectors and 52.8 kilometers of gravel roads.
The way women is 121 km, 7 sectors and 22.4 kilometers of gravel roads.

 

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Fans can take advantage of an entire weekend of cycling, culture and good Tuscan food.
The beautiful roads of Val d’Orcia region and le Crete are the scenary of this biking competition!
For more information about the event and the participation fee, check the website www.gfstradebianche.it
Borgo Grondaie is a Bike Hotel in Siena and It is able to offer numberous services and facilities to Bikers coming to Tuscany both for holidays and competitions!

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Wine and Siena – Borgo Grondaie

Borgo Grondaie celebrates Wine and Siena (#sienaMWF16), a special event totally dedicated to the best Italian excellences . For further information, read our article here.
The Wine and Siena, organized by the Merano Wine Festival, represented undoubtedly a success that has seen protagonist the city of Siena, as well as, of course, the wine and culinary excellence of the territory.

Wine and Siena - Borgo Grondaie

Wine and Siena – Borgo Grondaie

Borgo Grondaie wanted to host real “excellence” of the area thanks to their typical products, made in Tuscany Birrificio (Brewery) San Quirico, Salumificio VenturiniFabbrica del Panforte and Col di Lamo wines.

Birrificio San Quirico - Borgo Grondaie

Birrificio San Quirico – Borgo Grondaie

Birrificio San Quirico - Borgo Grondaie

Birrificio San Quirico – Borgo Grondaie

La Fabbrica del Panforte - Borgo Grondaie

La Fabbrica del Panforte – Borgo Grondaie

La Fabbrica del Panforte - Borgo Grondaie

La Fabbrica del Panforte – Borgo Grondaie

Birrificio San Quirico produces high fermentation beers, unfiltered and unpasteurized and without the use of preservatives and additives.
The brewery is located in an ancient medieval building in the historic center of San Quirico, one of the most beautiful villages in Val d’Orcia, in which is UNESCO World Heritage.
All the beers are produced with raw materials from the territory. In particular, the grain is bought from farmers in the Val d’Orcia and the water used is that proviente from Vivo d’Orcia (Monte Amiata). Malt and hops are provided by Italian dealers who buy them from producers in Northern Europe, in English and German particulate. The brewery produces in particular two kind of beer called Giulitta and Iris.

Birrificio San Quirico - Borgo Grondaie

Birrificio San Quirico – Borgo Grondaie

Tuscan wine was represented by Col di Lamo company with its Brunello of Montalcino.The wine label was created in order to recognise the woman’s touch. You can see a the profile of a woman and two colours: orange and green. They represent the owner, Giovanna Neri.

Col di Lamo - Brunello - Borgo Grondaie

Col di Lamo – Brunello – Borgo Grondaie

Another excellent present at the event organized by Borgo Grondaie, was Salumificio Venturini (a typical butcher) with a wide range of products.
The origin of the company Venturini dates back to 1890 when the founder of the family, Gesualdo Venturini, began for the first pig meat processing in Siena.
The meat comes from farms that are less than 20 km from the plant. The selling point of the Salumificio Venturini is in Arbia, along the way, and continuing south, cross the magnificent landscape of the Crete Senesi until arriving at Asciano and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. The most important products, which there were in Borgo Grondaie, were those of Cinta senese, a typical race of pork and pecorino cheeses.

Salumificio Venturini - Borgo Grondaie

Salumificio Venturini – Borgo Grondaie


Another company which were present at the event, was La Fabbrica del Panforte of Siena, born in 1994 in order to revive and make known the traditional Sienese sweets, including Panforte and Ricciarelli. Every recipe is cook following the typical italian culinary tradition. It is located in Pian dei Mori, close to Sovicille. A curiosity: in 2010 Ricciarelli di Siena have officially assumed the PGI (Protected Geographical Indication). La Fabbrica del Panforte produces PGI Ricciarelli by selecting
carefully italian raw materials, kneading the dough and shaping the pieces manually, one by one, in order to obtain an excellent product.

Fabbrica del Panforte - Borgo Grondaie

Fabbrica del Panforte – Borgo Grondaie

It has been an evening of conviviality, good food and good wine. This is  Borgo Grondaie style!

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Mens Sana Siena. Mens Sana is one of the oldest sports clubs in Italy . The Ginnastica Senese AssociationMens Sana in Corpore Sano 1871” was officially born in Siena on 16 apile 1871 thanks to some college students. In a few years years it becomes a real institution in the city because of many athletes who lived in Siena. They partecipated in various national competitions and were very appreciated. In particular, at nineteenth century, Mens Sana Siena represented an important reality in Italy. Among the sports played there were gymnastics, shooting, fencing, swimming and cycling.

Mens Sana Siena

Mens Sana Siena

From the 20th century sport became symbol of playtime and leisure activity and the Gymnastics Association Senese becomes a sport club called Polisportiva. During the Fascism period there was a stop of all activities bacause the only aim was hard competition. Meanwhile in Siena they were creating two sports realities: Mens Sana in regard to cycling, skating and hockey, and Robur who became the only expression of Siena football. After the fall of fascism and the end of World War II, the revival of the sports club began. In 1945 Mens Sana obtained Sant’Agata gym and all the sports activities carried on.
During that period it started  the project forthe first Sports Palace, the “dodecahedron” the so-called Palazzetto Giannelli. The PalaMensSana came into being in 1976 on the need for more space.

It is important to say that between all the sports sections of the Mens Sana Siena, the most important and rich in tradition and history is that of basketball. To understand the origins of this sport we have to go back in time. In 1907 it took place in Venice a Gymnastic Competition and  Gymnastics Association Senese girls showed for the first time in Italy the basics of basketball, led by Professor Ida Names Minnoni.

Mens Sana Siena

Mens Sana Siena

During its history,  Mens Sana Siena Basket has won eight league titles, including seven in a row, a Saporta Cup, five Italian Cups in a row and seven Italian Super and it is  one of the teams with the most titles in Italy.
The first team colors were white and black, the colors of the city of Siena. When Mens Sana moved to St. Agatha gym, under the High School Piccolomini, it took the school colors, white and green, as most of the athletes were students of that institute.

The first appearance of the Mens Sana in  Serie A is in 1961-1962, although the Serie A of that  time was the second level after the Serie A elite. The Serie B 1972-1973  sees win promotion to Serie A. The Golden Age for the team was  from 2007 to 2013 thanks to the figure of the coach Simone Pianigiani, young Sienese who previously had been assistant coach. In 2010 the team won its fifth title (fourth consecutive) entering the Italian basketball history because no other teams had managed to win four consecutive titles since the introduction of the paly-off. In 2011 Mens Sana won his sixth title. This has been the best season ever for Mens Sana who had never won three Italian trophies and reached the Euroleague Final Four in the same season.
Following the failure of 2014, a new sport club was founded, Mens Sana Siena 1871 startinf from the Serie B. After the victory in a playoff with Agropoli Mens Sana won promotion to Serie A2.

Mens Sana Siena

Mens Sana Siena

Mens Sana Siena

Mens Sana Siena

If you are keen on basketball too and you want to see a Mens Sana game, why don’t you stay with us at Borgo Grondaie?
We remind you that our hotel is very close to PalaMensana and you can easily reach it on foot or by car.
We are waiting for you!

Ilaria Simi

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