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FRANCIGENAFORKIDS is an interesting event disigned for kids to introduce them to history and life of Pellegrims on the Francigena Road which is actually crossing Siena too.
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Holidays in Siena with Kids- Kids at the Duomo in Siena


Every Saturdays from January 14th to February 25th at 3 pm 
don’t miss the guided tour and urban trekking to let your children discover how it was Siena in the Middleage.
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Holidays in Siena with Kids- Nanny Gioconda at the Santa Maria della Scala…She is a good guide too!

Who is going to guide them back in time?
The famous “Nanny Gioconda”, an expert guide of the town, who is going to performance like in a theatre the history and legends of Siena as well as accompaign the little pellegrims on the Francigena road for an interesting and amusing urban trekking along the narrow streets!
The Event  Francigenaforkids will start from the Santa Maria della Scala, one of the eldest hospital in Europe, in the Duomo Square.

The Nanny Gioconda is going to show the kids the inner part of the Santa Maria Della Scala Hospital especially the amazing room of Pellegrinaio which is decorated with old frescos from XIII c. She will tell them stories and legends of the town as well as information about life in Siena in Middleages. After the visit of the hospital there will be a guided urban trekking session along the narrow streets of the historical centre of Siena.
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Holidays in Siena with Kids- Little gifts for little pelligrims

What’s on in 2017
In February #SienaFrancigenaKids is going to be on  4, 11, 18 e 25 (always on saturaday) but the kids will visit the Casa delle Balie ( House of Nannies) where the Nanny Gioconda will take them to the new Hostel inside the Santa Maria della Scala.
Finally there will be a happy snack for all kids!
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What are the best Christmas Events in Siena for kids? The Town is getting ready for Xmas and walking along the streets of the centre you really enjoy the magical atmosphere with lights, colors and the amazing Christmas Tree in Salimbeni Square near the Campo Square.
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Christmas Events in Siena for kids – The Big Christmastree in Piazza Salimbeni in Siena

But what’s on for kids in Siena at Christmas?
There are many initiatives to keep children entertained at Christmastime in Siena both for the youngest  and for the eldest: activities on the Francigena Road to feel like the pilgrims of the Middle Ages, Storytellers about the history of the Palio, good fun with the fun ice rink with village Christmas and activities at the botanical gardens.
Here for you our Tips to have fun with your children at Christmas in Siena:
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Christmas Events in Siena for kids – Ice ring at Piazza La Lizza

Throughout the holiday season until mid-January, there are many events for kids in Siena starting from Snow Park in  La Lizza Gardens (near the parking lot of the Fortress) where there is’ a little Christmas village with games (giant slide fun) and a beautiful ice rink. A chance to spend an funny afternoon for the whole family … always enjoying the beautiful Christmas atmosphere of Siena.
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Christmas Events in Siena for kids- Snow park at La Lizza

Events of Saturday, December 24th
The Botanical Garden organise the “L’OFFICINA DEI SEMPLICI” – guided tour and laboratory
Guided tour dedicated to medicinal herbs explain to the children. From ancient to modern science herbal
through a path not only descriptive but also practical with the realization of a balsamic oil.
Recommended for older children aged 6 years. The duration of the visit with the laboratory and 2 hours (minimum number of participants 6 children). Paid initiative Euro 10 per family (2 adults and 2 children) and by appointment
#SIENAFRANCIGENAKIDS – Urban Trekking for children
Meeting point:
Museum  of Santa Maria della Scala in Duomo Square – 3 pm
A unique experience where children can feel like little pilgrims along the Via Francigena to discover one of the eldest hospital in Europe. Urban trekking for children on the Via Francigena with the guidance of the now famous Balia Gioconda that walking with them will tell stories  related to reception and to the pilgrimage, from dramatized story in the Santa Maria della Scala. The trek will end in Porta Romana with Break. Activity for a fee, by appointment
Cost € 7.50 for children, 10 euro for adults
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Christmas Events in Siena for kids- Francigenaforkids will guide your kids through Siena’s history

Events on Sunday, December 25th
LET’S BUILT UP XMAS!
If your kids are fans of cribs do not miss the exhibition in the square of San Francesco, from 10 to 12 and from15.30 to 18.30 – There will be 50 Nativity scenes in the art and tradition of peoples from around the world
Free admission – visitable until 22 January

The Botanical Garden organise the “L’OFFICINA DEI SEMPLICI” – guided tour and laboratory
Guided tour dedicated to medicinal herbs explain to the children. From ancient to modern science herbal
through a path not only descriptive but also practical with the realization of a balsamic oil.
Recommended for older children aged 6 years. The duration of the visit with the laboratory and 2 hours (minimum number of participants 6 children). Paid initiative Euro 10 per family (2 adults and 2 children) and by appointment
 
Events on Saturday, December 31st
#SIENAFRANCIGENAKIDS
Meeting point:
Museum  of Santa Maria della Scala in Duomo Square – 3 pm
A unique experience where children can feel like little pilgrims along the Via Francigena to discover one of the eldest hospital in Europe. Urban trekking for children on the Via Francigena with the guidance of the now famous Balia Gioconda that walking with them will tell stories  related to reception and to the pilgrimage, from dramatized story in the Santa Maria della Scala. The trek will end in Porta Romana with Break. Activity for a fee, by appointment
Cost € 7.50 for children, 10 euro for adults
Events on Friday, January 6th
the traditional descent of the Funny Befana (Epiphany) from the Tower (Torre del Mangia) in Campo square.  From 10.30am to 5:30 pm  games and agility paths organised by the Fire Brigade of Siena with lots of attractions for kids, simulating situations of Fireman adapted to children,. This activity is organized and managed by the staff of the Fire Department.
Free admission
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Christmas Events in Siena for kids- On the Epiphany the Befana is falling down the Torre del Mangia – in the Campo square

Events on Saturaday, January 7th
#SIENAFRANCIGENAKIDS
Meeting point:
Museum  of Santa Maria della Scala in Duomo Square – 3 pm
A unique experience where children can feel like little pilgrims along the Via Francigena to discover one of the eldest hospital in Europe. Urban trekking for children on the Via Francigena with the guidance of the now famous Balia Gioconda that walking with them will tell stories  related to reception and to the pilgrimage, from dramatized story in the Santa Maria della Scala. The trek will end in Porta Romana with Break. Activity for a fee, by appointment
Cost € 7.50 for children, 10 euro for adults
Events on Sunday, January 8th
LET’S HAVE A CREATIVE PARTY! – Afternoon dedicated to the creative activities for children ages 6 and up
The laboratory is dedicated to the gifts and takes place inside the Santa Maria della Scala Museum.
For a fee, by appointment.
A good opportunity for parents to also visit the Museo della Scala Hospital where part of the Museum
is dedicated to the Children’s Museum with an approach to art with fun and challenging!
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Christmas Events in Siena for kids – Guided tours of the town disigned for children

Events on Sunday, January 15th
If your kids like to walk do not miss the event
A PICCOLI PASSI  – BIMBInGIRO – Tours for kids around the town
starting at the Town Hall, Piazza del Campo – 11 am
A guided tour for kids to discover the places linked to the ancient Sienese recipes. The tour will end with cute
cooking workshop. for an additional fee and by reservation.
Cost 6 euro per child, free for the first companion,
+ for cooking workshop
and in the afternoon a show in the courtyard of the Palazzo Pubblico in Campo Square
PINOCCHIO CRAFTSMAN – Creative workshop and show for kids
Ever heard about Pinocchio? Pinocchio is the most famous puppet telling lots of lies
And now Pinocchio will show to the kids the world of his father  Geppetto who is a carpenter.
Pinocchio, as promised, for Christmas is a good boy and help Geppetto pedaling on the bike which activates
the lathe with which Geppetto works, transforming simple pieces of wood in so many objects to play. For
adults and children who will be able to see live as they once worked and how you can create objects and
games with wood. Free admission
…..But that’s not all folks!
The scheduled Events in “Tutto il Natale di Siena” offers a full calendar for xmastime. Visit the link and find out how your stay in Siena will be enriched with interesting visits and activities.

Borgo Grondaie just 1.5 km from the historical center of Siena, is surrounded by nature but close to the city, ideal for holidays with children who want to run, have fun away from traffic and the dangers. If you come to Siena for the xmasholidays, visit our website where you will always find the best deals and the best prices.
See you soon….and Very Merry Christmas from Borgo Grondaie Staff
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Siena is a charming city all year round, but at Christmas time it’s like it is  wearing the party dress and shines of a very special light.
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what’s on in Siena at Christmas time – Christmas Tree in Piazza Salimbeni

Walking through downtown streets, you will be fascinated as a child by  thousand lights of the decorations as well as  the huge Christmas tree in the Salimbeni Square. Every street is decorated in a different way and this  is maybe useful for orientiering while shopping.
But what’s on in Siena at Christmas Time?
The full calendar of events  officially opens the first weekend of December (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th) with the
Market in Campo Square and it goes up to end of January . The Market in The Campo Squarei is a very important event for the city that relives the atmosphere of “Big Market” of XIV century. 150 stalls with many local products: traditional sweets, salami and cheeses and a great choices of wines produced in  Siena countryside. It is definitively a great chance to discover local crafts, good food and wine and if you like shopping also buying original gifts.
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what’s on in Siena at Christmas time – The Market in the Campo Square

Kids will have good fun with the numberous activities organized throughout the month of December at the Botanical Garden. With local guides they will seek for medical herbs and learing their uses.  On Saturday 10 and 17 December at the museum of Santa Maria della Scala, Piazza Duomo – there will be the #SIENAFRANCIGENAKIDS. The guided tour with Balia Gioconda allows “small pilgrims” to discover stories and people related to the hospital in the middle age and to the pilgrimage. The trekking part  will end at Porta Romana where they will enjoy a “merenda” snack with local products.
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what’s on in Siena at Christmas time- little colored bells and balls

The FAIR OF SAINT LUCIA on December 13th is a traditional Christmas Market and very much loved by all local people. Actually it is a small market set up in Pian dei Mantellini with local Sienese crafts, Christmas items, sweets, dried fruits, ceramic articles, glass, clay and wood items. Especially do not miss to buy the little “bells” of Saint Lucia made of clay and decorated with all the contradas colors. Sienese people like to give them to children as a lucky charm for the new year (in terms of Palio horse Race)
For the sports, every Thursday throughout the month of December starting at 6 pm from Via Camollia 201 there will be the SIENA URBAN WALKING & RUNNING: TOUR OF CHRISTMAS TREES. Running  and power walking along the streets of Siena, through its history, its art, its most significant monuments, but also discovering the hidden corners
Art, music and good wine every Thursdays evening until 15th  December at SEVEN NOTES IN SEVEN NIGHTS with guided tour of the Town hall of Siena. Concerts and plays will take place the days before Christmas as well as the concert on December 23rd in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral. At the Rinnovati theater within the town hall of Siena there will be “the Moliere’s Miser” and  ballet “the Nutcracker”.
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what’s on in Siena at Christmas time – The animated nativity at the Siena Station

For Traditional Nativity Lovers  not to be missed is the Christmas Nativity at the Siena Station – which is only 500 meters from Borgo Grondaie. It is  the eldest nativity of Siena and it is made in 700c and 800c style. We have enjoyed the fact that it is animated with more than 400 effects including lights, sounds, and movements for a particular implementation. From Thursday, December 15, 2016 to Sunday, January 8, 2017 it is open every day.

And for New Year Eve?
Siena will surprise you with street bands and music through the city centre and music entreraiment all night long
in the  Piazza del Campo to greet the New Year all together. Check on this link to see more info and the full scheduled programm for the longest night of the year in the Campo square
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what’s on in Siena at Christmas time – New Years Eve in the Campo square

Cosa fare a Natale a Siena – Capodanno in Piazza del Campo

Siena has got  lot of surprises for you for your Christmas holidays. Do not miss them and come to visit us here at the Borgo Grondaie just 1.5 km from the city center. If you want to know the whole schedule, click on this link: Tutto il natale di Siena 2016
Let’s celebrate together this Christmas time…
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This weekend in Siena begins the Christmas season with a series of schedule of events that you cannot really miss.
The first appointment is with the market in Campo Square in Siena which is more than a traditional Xmas market in Siena…
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December, in the beautiful frame of the “Piazza del Campo” will take place a big Market with local food, wines and handicrafts.
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the Market in Campo Square in Siena – view of the Piazza del Campo wiht 150 stalls

The market in the Campo Square in Siena allows us a make a step back in Middle Age. In fact, in the fourteenth century the Campo Square was the real heart of the town and especially important for trade and social life. Nowadays we have these two days to relive the atmosphere of the historic “Big Market” which was held once a week in the medieval Siena in XIV century: nearly 150 stalls organised in the Square exactly how it was in XIV centuries and showing  the best products of the Sienese tradition as well as typical food  from Italy and Europe
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the Market in Campo Square in Siena – local products and handicraft

This event was such a great success last year that they organised a Spring Market in Campo Square in April 2016 with many seasonal products and a great choice of wines produced  in Siena territories.

Like every year there are guided tours of the city centre organized by the Siena guides, children’s activities promoted by Siena for Kids (on Sunday there is an event at the Pinacoteca) and even wine tasting area where you can enjoy a glass of Chianti or Brunello.

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the Market in Campo Square in Siena – The Panfort a typical sienese medieval cake with honey and almonds

Our Tip: wandering around  the stalls do not miss to taste typical Sienese sweets and cakes such as panpepato (gingerbread) panforte (cake made of honey, candied fruits, almonds), Ricciarelli ( soft almonds biscuits) and the cavallucci (hard biscuits with nuts and anise flavour).
They are local products of the best bakeries of the town and made according to  medieval recipes of our ancient tradition.
Especially at Christmas time you can find plenty of choice and the highest quality and freshness of products …so how can you resist?
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the Market in Campo Square in Siena – Piazza del Campo

Restaurant in Town are also taking part to this event offering menus dedicated to typical Tuscan flavors to let you enjoy  even more the traditional food of Siena.

Borgo Grondaie, just 1.5 km from the historic center of Siena, is ideal place to stay for a romantic weekend in Siena- Tuscany.. Especially now at  Xmas time it is worth a visit; not just because it is artistically lighted and for interesting events scheduled from now to the end of the year .

Do not miss them!
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We live in a world of images and even if we are not professional photographers, technology has accustomed us to seek Beauty everywhere, to grasp the details and especially to share it.
Lovers of true photography but also  those who with just a smartphone are able to make cool pics, might be interested in coming to Siena for International Photo Contest SIPA 2016
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Photography is Art – SIPA 2016

The Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA Contest) is an international Photo Contest promoted by Association Art Photo Travel, Viaggi&Miraggi and Amministration of Siena. The edition 2016, just ended, has been a great success confirmed by the increase in the number of the sent photos, over 50,000, and especially the high quality of the images.
11 are the categories: 3 photos chosen for each of them:travel, monochrome,color, portraits, nature, sport, wildlife, wine, student, architecture, storyboard.
One photo will be the winner of the year. The highest step of the podium 2016 has been for Greg Lecouer with the photo “Surdine Run”.
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Photography is Art- SIPA 2016 – winner 2016

Until Sunday, November 20 in the Magazzini del Sale inside the beautiful Townhall in Campo Square in Siena, it will be possible to admire the wonderful photos of the winners. “Beyond the Lens”, this is the title of the exhibition, is a tribute to the moment unique and unrepeatable caught by the artist in his shooting. A “still image” of time … of life.
You can admire the beautiful photos of the category “Wine” in the inner hall of   Enoteca Italiana in the Medici Fortress, while in the prestigious Palazzo dell’Accademia dei Rozzi are on show  the photos of  theme: Storyboard.
Photography is Art- SIPA 2016 - Enoteca Italiana

Photography is Art- SIPA 2016 – Enoteca Italiana

A Photo Book will be edited to collect all the winning photos of the different competition categories. Photos of the contest will be used for future exhibitions as well as to support a humanitarian project: in fact, as every year, at the end of the exhibition, some photos will be sold for charity.
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Photography is Art- SIPA 2016 – one of the awarded photo

and now we are waiting for SIPA Contest 2017…
From December 15th, will be open the enrollment directly on website  Sipacontest.com.
The competion is organised with the same Photo Themes of 2016
travel, monochrome,color, portraits, nature, sport, wildlife, wine, student, architecture, storyboard.
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Photography is Art – SIPA 2016 – one of the awarded photos

This year a new environmental Theme had been add: the ICE FRAGILE (theme of the year 2017): selection of images of the northern part of the iceland or further south in Antarctica that show its incredible beauty: elegant and delicate.
The participation fee varies from 10.00 to € 30.00, depending on the number of sections you wish to join and the age of the participant, and should be paid in the manner described in the Regulation available online.
The judgement and selection of the works presented will be made by an international jury of experts, consisting of Photoreporter, photographer of nature and experts referred to some world famous such as Timothy Allen, Pete Oxford, Melissa Farlow, Tomasz Tomaszewski,  Walter Astrada  and the Italian Francesco Cito.
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Photography is Art- SIPA 2016 – the winner

We have to wait until October 29th 2017 to know the name of the winner…but for sure we won’t be disappointed about it.
If you are a Photography lovers and you wish to see an International Photo Exhibition, come to visit us here in Siena.
Borgo Grondaie
surrounded by nature, but only 1,5 km away from Siena city centre, is the ideal location also for inspiring your photos.
Walking around our garden, enjoying  the autumn colored tree and wild animals like our faithful guest and now good friend Michael Gamer did during his last visit. Here for you some of his pics taken here at Borgo Grondaie.

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Did you know that the word Halloween has distant Anglo-Saxon origin and probably comes fromAll Hallows Eve” or the night of All Saints’ Day celebrated on October 31, the date that the Celts coincided with the end of summer. In this event – called Samhain (pronounced soueen) – the colors were orange to commemorate the end of summer and black to symbolize the coming of winter darkness. The tradition of carving the pumpkin and put a candle inside, like a lantern, was used to ward off spirits.
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Halloween weekend in Siena

The tradition of celebrating Halloween in Italy is a few decades old, but it has gained in recent years many supporters because it is not only the “trick or treat” of children dressed as ghosts, but the chance to enjoy events or a weekend (weather permitting) in a beautiful city of art.
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Halloween weekend in Siena-

Siena does not celebrate Halloween in Style as  Milan, Rome, and Turin … but it does it discreetly ( do not forget that this year is also the Jubilee of Mercy) with witches and ghosts around the city, with parties in discos outside the center, but also with cultural and sporting events that lead you to a late October weekend full of surprises!
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Halloween weekend in Siena- Meleto Castle

Among the many masked festivals that will enliven the local parties, one organized on the night of October 31at MELETO CASTLE it is certainly worthy of note. A beautiful castle, fairytale … but in this case most of Ghost! The evening opens with the appearances of the ghost in the castle dungeon an appetizer … not bad for a whole Horror themed evening!. Dinner in the noble halls then gives way to the dances in the castle stables. Costume mandatory and good fun!
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Halloween weekend in Siena-

For children for Halloween is organized the Porsenna Market in the charming city of Chiusi (just 45 minutes from Siena). Take the chance  to visit the city of great historical interest and entertain the little ones on the streets of downtown with entertainment, Pumpkin races and jugglers.
In Siena, instead, the children can spend a pleasant day out hunting for mushrooms in the Botanical Gardens. The weekend of 29 and 30 October as well as treasure hunt organized by mycologists of the University of Siena, there will also be art workshops always on the theme of mushrooms that will entertain children from 4 years up.
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Halloween weekend in Siena- Urban Trekking

For “sporting” families do not miss the Urban Trekking Day in Siena. On October 31, you will walk inside the city through a nice pathdiscovering great  treasures: from Santa Maria della Scala to Servi Basilic as well as  San Francesco basilic. And for the children? Sunday, October 30th, in Piazza del Campo, the initiative will “staged by small steps”: a series of itineraries and guided tours suitable for children, to learn, explore and experience the city of Siena.
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Halloween weekend in Siena- Art Siena photo festival

Starts October 29 and throughout the month of November, the long-awaited SIENA ART FESTIVAL PHOTO TRAVEL an international event for all fans of photography. A real festive month in which many photographs will be organized initiatives: the exhibition “Beyond the Lens” with the most beautiful images submitted to the contest Siena International Photo Awards, unpublished tours in Siena, post production courses, workshops, lectures by eminent photographers and interesting exhibitions of major international authors. An unforgettable experience that will know one of the most beautiful places in the world through new and exciting initiatives related to photography.
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Halloween weekend in Siena- Treno Natura

We conclude our overview of the most anticipated weekend of October with a wine and food event on board of the Steam Train TRENO NATURA. October 30 – at the SAGRA DEL TORDO in Montalcino, a trip with the steam train in the Crete Senesi to reach Montalcino and visit the village and the traditional festival. You will enjoy also tasting local dishes in tiny festival neighborhoods.

Here at  Borgo Grondaie in Siena we are pleased to advise you and help you organizing  your Halloween Weekend in Sienasports, cultural, with or without ghosts !!

….. Happy Halloween!

 

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The October 31st will be the National Day of Urban Trekking, which has reached this year its thirteenth edition.
Siena is the first of many Italian cities that are successfully promoting  this sporting activity that combines the healthy benefits of a simple walk to discovering more about city art and histor.
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Urban Trekking Day in Siena- Piazza del Duomo

A new way to discover our towns off the beaten track and as close to the genuine simplicity of those who live there, the old shops, the historic alleys and visiting the less famous monuments but the less noteworthy.
Experts are already talking about a new form of Green tourism and using the word “vagabonding” to enhance the spirit of freedom that must have this sporting activity. In fact, despite the many routes available for the Urban Trekking in Siena, differentiated by difficulty and length, tourists can feel free to explore and discover for himself new ways to fully enjoy this experience.
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Urban Trekking Day in Siena – Orto dei Pecci

Practising Urban Trekking in Siena is also good for health because you combine physical activity (Siena is in fact about 3 hills so this helps a lot in making a good workout) with the beauty of the landscape within the walls and the countryside around the town.  Moreover the narrow streets with characteristic medieval arches make the journey more interesting and exciting at every step, as well as visiting the  small churches and fountains of the contradas which by themselves are real works of art!
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Urban Trekking Day in Siena – Basilica dei Servi

This year the Urban trekking in Siena will be organized within a bigger calendar that will last well four days from October 29 to November 1, with events both for adults and children.
Sunday October 30th, in the Campo Square, there will be the initiative for children called ” a piccoli passi”: a series of itineraries and guided tours suitable for children, to learn, explore and experience the city of Siena. A special way to learn and to understand its history and recognize the characters that made it so famous
The Urban Trekking day in Siena on October 31 it will be devoted to the Jubilee of Mercy: journeying between the sacred and the profane.

A walk of 5 km with a duration of 2 hours and 30 ‘with low difficulty and therefore very suitable for everyone also to less experienced trekker!

A journey to discover the places of the city center which are linked to the Jubilee and saints who populated the Middle Ages Siena. From the Piazza del Campo dominated by the symbol of San Bernardino, the walk will lead to the Duomo Cathedral in search of the rare memories of the first Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300. The walk includes the visit at the first hospital for pilgrims called the Hospital Santa Maria della Scala
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Urban Trekking Day in Siena – the frescos of Ospedale della Scala

Passing through the narrow alleys , the path will lead us to the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi, then to St. Raymond Church at Refugio, passing by the Basilica of Provenzano, and then turn towards the last part of our walk, the Basilica of St. Francis, where we can see even a portrait of Boniface VIII made by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

The route will be fully guided. The Departure  is from 3 pm from Piazza del Campo and there will be a guided walking tour every 15 ‘up at 5 pm . The last tour is scheduled in English.

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Urban Trekking Day in Siena – Campo square

Borgo Grondaie is located just 1.5 km from the city center within a easy walking distance to Siena also for the less experienced trekker! Our passion for the sport (we are hosting the Nordic Walking School of Siena) and our strategic position a step away from the city, it is the ideal place for your holidays in Siena!
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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-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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