Excellence at Borgo Grondaie. Excellence at Borgo Grondaie celebrated the closing of the Wine and Siena # sienaMWF16. For those who have not already done, read our article at the following link: http://www.hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com/sienahotelstuscany/it/winesiena-2016/

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

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.

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

Birrificio San Quirico

Salumificio Venturini

Salumificio Venturini

La Fabbrica del Panforte

La Fabbrica del Panforte

Col di Lamo

Col di Lamo

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

Birrificio San Quirico

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

Col di Lamo

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

Salumificio Venturini


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

Fabbrica del Panforte

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

Ilaria Simi

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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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On Valentine’s Day in Borgo Grondaie. Now it is less than a month and if you are thinking about how to spend your Valentine’s Day, we propose you Siena as a possibility and Borgo Grondaie of course! Look at our web site: www.hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com                  Borgo Grondaie is waiting for you for a special stay with your partner. Included in your reservation, you will find a bottle of prosecco and a red rose.

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

But now let’s go back to the origins of this festival and let’s see how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the world.
The origin of Valentine’s Day is the attempt by the Catholic Church to put an end to a popular pagan rite connected to fertility. The pagan Romans, in fact, paid tribute to the God Lupercus and the names of women and men who worshiped this deity were placed in an urn and then chosen in pairs by a child. The two were supposed to live in intimacy for a year until the rite of fertility had not been concluded and achieved the real goal. In order to put an end to this practice, the precursors fathers of the Catholic Church tried a saint who could replace Lupercus and found him in Valentine, a bishop who was martyred. Thus in 496 A.D. Church instituted the feast of St. Valentine to celebrate love.

Saint Valentine

Saint Valentine

The day dedicated to St. Valentine, the patron saint of Terni in Umbria, is precisely on February 14.

Saint Valentine Church in Terni

Saint Valentine Church in Terni

Now let’s find out what are the traditions and customs that characterized the “Valentine’s Day“.

Of course in the Italian tradition we usually stay with our partner the whole day going out for dinner, exchanging gifts symbolic. Men usually pick up ladies by bringingwith a red rose (or better yet a beautiful bouquet of roses!) and a gift. Very welcome are those that typically are hidden inside small boxes and are possibly “sparkling”!

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

In Finland and Estonia on February 14 it is instead called “the day of friends”, thus recalling all the friends and not only lovers. It is celebrated by giving a coupon for a spa.
In Denmark, it is customary that women ask officially the hands of their lovers. Furthermore, young people usually send white flowers called “snowdrops” to their friends, while older men send greeting cards unsigned and rhyming poems.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

England is the day of lovers with no name and it is the anonymity the star of the festival! Indeed sending unsigned tickets romantic and flowers so that the recipient tries to figure out who the sender. British unmarried women, the morning of February 14, usually get up out of bed before dawn to arise and face the window as a good wish for the future love: it is said that the first man that passes will be married within a year!
In the Netherlands one of the most popular gifts is the heart of licorice.
In Spain, as good Latin caliente, it is strictly a bouquet of red roses (Long live the Spanish!)
In Wales it is customary to treat wooden spoons carved.
In Hungary, boys and girls usually go to the woods to gather snowdrops.
In Japan, the true protagonists are the women who, according to tradition, must give hand-made chocolates to its partners. These can also be given away to coworkers or classmates in friendship. Japanese men return it a month later, on March 14, also known as “White Day” and in this case, the chocolates will be naturally white!

White Day in Japan

White Day in Japan

In South Korea, the celebrations are similar to those in Japan but on April 14, a day known as “Black Day“, those who had not received anything on Feb. 14 or March 14,  will go to a restaurant and eat spaghetti with squid ink complaining of his loneliness. Certainly this is not a hymn linked to joy of life!

Black Day in Japan

Black Day in Japan

Valentine’s Day in Brazil is instead completely ignored because of Carnival and is celebrated on June 12, the eve of St. Anthony which is the patron saint of weddings. Tradition holds that unmarried women bring with them during the day a statue of the saint with the hope of finding a husband soon (Dear Brazilian women, we are in 2016 now! Men are not essential!)

Valentine's Day in Brazil

Valentine’s Day in Brazil

In the US the festival for Feb. 14 involve the whole family and celebrate all emotional ties.
As for Russia instead it seems that in some regions the government has expressed his opposition about this festival beacuse it is not linked to any Orthodox feast.
In Slovenia, Valentine’s Day is postponed to March 12, the day of St. Gregory, since February 14 is the day when you start working in the fields.
In Romania, the Valentine’s Day is called “Dragobete” and on February 24. According to mythology Romanian Dragobete is the son of Baba Dochia that is the impatience of men pending the arrival of spring.
Moving to East we get to China. Here is the man who gives flowers and chocolates to the woman. There is also an old tradition called “The night of the seven” (Qi Xi) in August. On this occasion unmarried women show their domestic arts with the hope to find a husband.
In Iran instead Valentine’s Day is called “Sepandarmazgan” and is celebrated on February 17. The government prefers that people do not celebrate but it seems that lovers do it the same secretly exchanging gifts and small thoughts.
The worse the situation in Saudi Arabia where the celebrations for Valentine were banned by the government in 2008.
In Thailand, the land of smiles,it is celebrated only when it is taken the decision to marry.

This is a general overview of the different traditions in the world. Certainly the fact remains that the best gift ever made was made by the Indian Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal for his wife as a symbol of eternal love.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

For anyone who is not an emperor, king, prince, duke or count, but  want to surprise his/her partner, Borgo Grondaie is wainting for you. You can spend a romantic Valentine’s Day in the beautiful city of Siena.

Ilaria Simi

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Guido Chigi Saracini. “Memories. Guido Chigi Saracini and the arts“: this is the title of the exhibition organized to celebrate 50 years since the death of Count Guido Chigi Saracini, a timeless symbol of Siena tradition and culture.
The exhibition, arranged by Laura Bonelli and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, is divided into 7 sections in order  to present the Count through video, objects, paintings and photographs.
Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Inaugurated on Oct. 23, 2015, it will be open and available to the public until June 12, 2016. Free entrance. A good opportunity both for those who come to Siena to visit the city both for Siena people themselves.
For those who are interested in, consider that the exhibition takes place at Palazzo Chigi in Via di Citta 89, in the spaces below the Concert Hall and it is open to the public during the following hours: Monday to Sunday 10-13; 15-17 in high season (March 1 to June 12), while Saturday and Sunday at 10-13; 15-17 in low season (January-7 February 28).
In particular the first section of the seven in total, called Prelude, is dominated by a piano and welcomes visitors presenting the Count through his greatest passions. This is the most personal area where there are many objects, pictures of the family and important evidences of the strong bond with his city, Siena.
In the second section, called Atelier, there is part of the photographic heritage of the Accademia Chigiana, presented for the first time. The photographs portray and reproduce the daily life at the academy and the characters who have lived or attended it.
The next section is called Arturo Viligiardi and it is the room in which it is exposed the special relationship of the Count with a number of artists including, of course, Arturo Viligiardi, known for the transformation of the Dance Hall in the current Academy Concert Hall.
In Micat Summit section the protagonist is of course the music. Here it is possible to find works and photographs of teachers conductor and various musicians. Among the works there are also images, busts, casts and portraits.
In the next section, The Gallery of the twentieth century, you will find exposed unpublished thirty paintings of the first half of the twentieth century that most likely were in the houses of the Count for abbelirne rooms.
The exhibition ends with a room Le Roi de Sienne, nickname that the Queen of Belgium Elizabeth Wittelsbach attributed to the Count. With the woman Count Guido had a close friendship that lasted until the last years of his life.
Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Guido Chigi Saracini

Besides the exhibition dedicated to the Count Guido Chigi Saracini you can also visit the Academy, a symbol of the city of Siena.
Built in the XXIII century, Chigi Saracini Palace, host so many valuable collections. Among the masterpieces we remember the works of Giovanni d’Agostino, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Stefano di Giovanni, known as Sassetta and Beccafumi.
The Academy has also a collection of about 90 musical instruments including violins, cellos, violas and basses. Hours are Monday through Saturday at 11:30; Thursday and Friday at 11.30 and 16.00. The ticket price is 7.00 Euro and 5.00 Euro for the whole of the reduced (for young people under 26 years and for groups of 10 people). For more information read our previous article about Chigiana Academy by clicking here.
Accademia Musicale Chigiana-Siena

Accademia Musicale Chigiana-Siena

We remind you that the exhibitionMemories. Guido Chigi Saracini and the arts “is organized by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and created by Vernice Progetti Culturali in collaboration with MPS Bank of Siena.
If you are interested in and for more information and reservations visit our website: www.hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com
Borgo Grondaie is wating for you!
Ilaria Simi
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Wine&Siena. On 30 and 31 of January 2016 Siena will host the first edition of Wine&Siena, a can’t miss event designed to promote the excellence of Siena wines. The location chosen will be Rocca Salimbeni, the original seat of Monte Paschi Bank. Wine&Siena Event will be a showcase dedicated to Siena, Tuscany and Italian wines’ productions.

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena: you can find the best combination for the city characterized by well-5 DOCG areas: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti Classico and Vernaccia di San Gimignano. In this sense, Siena can undoubtedly be called the symbol of Italian Oenology. Moreover, Wine&Siena event will be surely appreciated by Siena people. Everybody have waited so long for such an event. They are aware of the historical tradition of the that characterizes Siena itself and the surrounding territory. Wine&Siena has involved the most important organization, the Gourmet’s International, which has over 25 years of experience about selection and organization of food and wine events including Merano Wine Festival 2015.

Wine&Siena

Wine&Siena

At Rocca Salimbeni the majority of exhibitors will be Tuscan. The path will lead to Scala Spadolini, in Sala Rocca and the Galleria Peruzziana. Outside from Piazza Salimbeni, there will be other food & wine stands.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.wineandsiena.it
The price is 40.00 euros for the daily and 25.00 euros for half a day.

Rocca Salimbeni in Siena

Rocca Salimbeni in Siena

An important event will be the Showcooking Double Fire Chef vs Blogger at 13.30, 16.45 or 19.15 p.m. at the price of 15,00 euros.
You can will also take part at Small Plates Gala on Friday, 29 on January, starting at 20:00. This event will take place at Enoteca Italiana in Siena where there will be 8 restaurant owners from Siena that will welcome you with their typical dishes at a price of 40.00 euros per person.

Enoteca Italiana-Siena

Enoteca Italiana-Siena

Another event that will be held instead at the Grand Hotel Continental, will be the Gala Dinner on Saturday, January 30th at 20:30 at the price of 60.00 euros per person.

Grand Hotel Continental Siena

Grand Hotel Continental Siena

For information, reservations and purchase tickets visit www.sienaincoming.it or call the numbers 3480216972/3476137678 by Tuesday 26 January 2016.
Remember that Wine&Siena is organized by Gourmet’s International Merano, Confcommercio of Siena, Siena Municipality, Chamber of Commerce of Siena and with the participation of Monte Paschi Bank of Siena and Grand Hotel Continental.

If you decide to come to visit the city in those days, and you need an accommodation, don’t hesitate to contact us at www.hotelsienaborgogrondaie.com

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Chianti Ecomarathon 2015. Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a really interessant event which can join the passionates of nature, sport, good Tuscan food and running. We are talking about the Chianti Ecomarathon which will take place next 17th and 18th October. All the runners who will participate to this initiative, the will have the occasion of cross over and run through the beautiful tuscan nature in one of the better known area of this region: Chianti.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

In particular, the availables trails for the Chianti Ecomarathon are six in total and they are divided into: Ecomarathon of 42 km, Chianti Classic Trail of 21 km, Luca Trail of 14 km, the Ecopromenade of 10 km, the Wineries walk of 8 km and the Nordic Walking of 11 km.

How about the Ecomarathon of 42 km, it is important to notice that there are not so many climbs but it is rather a run throght the Siennese hills. The highest point is about 627 meters and the lowest is of 206. Her you find most white streets next to the vineyards. The arrival is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

The Classic Chianti Trail of 21 km is the new of this year. The trail was extended of 3 km through which it will be possible to admire a unique landscape of Siena, Val d’Orcia and the Chianti area.

The Luca Trail of 14 km was confirmed also this year and this one was extended of 3 km. The departure is from san Gusmè on Sunday, 18th at 9.30. This is a rather simple trail.

Moreover on Sunday 18th October you can partecupate to teh 9th Edition of Eco-Promenade of 10 km. The departure is in Piazza Marconi in Castelnuovo Berardenga. It is adressed to all people who love have a walk through the vineyards, cypresses and olive trees.

Chianti Ecomarathon 2015

Another initiative is the Wineries Walk; it seems to be created for food and wine lovers! The appointment is for Saturday 17th of October in Castelnuovo Berardenga where you can participate at this tour of 8 km in order to discover the most important agricultural holdings of Chianti. You can also taste wine and some traditional Tuscan dishes and food. At the end of the tour, in the centre of the village there will be a market rich in typical products.

The last choice is the famous Nordic Walking with his trail of 11 km.

And you, which kind of trail do you prefer?

ILARIA SIMI

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The protagonists of the Palio: horses and jockeys. Hello everyone from Borgo Grondaie!
The 16th of August is already gone but Borgo Grondaie has decided today to talk about a very important event which represents the full medieval tradition: the Palio of Siena.
Last Monday the 17th the Palio has taken place in Siena. It has been postponed because of the rainy weather. As usual, the 10 contrade have challenged in the main square of Siena, Piazza del Campo, in order to win the famous and the so-called Drappellone, that is the the important painting created for this event which is the award for the competion. It’s also called Cencio by Siena people. The artist who has created the Drappellone for this Palio is a woman and her name is Elisabetta Rogai.

The Palio

The contrade that have taken part the competition are: Shell, Wave, Tower, Tortoise, Goose, She-Wolf, Porcupine. Moreover there have been 3 contrade which have been chosen by lot last 5th of July and they are: Ram, Snail and Forest.
The winner has been the Forest!!!

It’s important to remember that the Palio of Siena is not an event organized with a touristic aim but, on the contrary, it represents a fundamental aspect of Siena tradition. It has very ancient origins that date back to 1644 with the first Palio with horses, just like today. The Palio has always been going on, without interruption, with the exception of the period between the two world wars in the twentieth century.
Each district is like a small city-state, ruled by a Prior. There is also a captain assisted by two or three contradaioli (contrada supporters) called “Mangini”.

Within the territory of each district there is a church, a headquarter and a museum, in which all the memorabilia, the hangings of the Palios won, costumes, flags, documents, archives and all that concerns the life Contrada are stored.
The preparation begins officially on 13th of August, or four days before the race.
The protagonists of this event are of course the horses and jockeys. And it is why we decided to provide some more detailed information about the winners horses and jockeys since 2000.

In particular, the horses that have made the Palio history and who have raced and won were:
Berio, that has won the Palio for 4 times in August 2002, 2003, 2005 and July 2005;

Berio

Fedora Saura, winner of 3 Palios, in July 2007, July 2010 and August 2011;

Fedora Saura

Già del Menhir, that has won 2 Palios in July 2008 and July 2009;

Già del Menhir

Istriceddu, winner in August 2009 and 2010;

Istriceddu

Morosita Prima, winner in August 2013 and July 2015;

Morosita Prima

Ugo Sanchez, winner in July 2001 and 2002;

Ugo Sanchez

Zodiach, winner in August 2001 and July 2003;

Zodiach

There are also some horses winners of one Palio and they are:
Alesandra, winner in August 2004;
Brento, winner in August 2007;
Caro Amico, winner in August 2006;
Choci, winner in July 2006;
Donosu Tou, winner in July 2004
Elisir di Logudoro, winner in July 2008
Gangelies, winner in July 2000
Guess, winner in July 2013
Ivanov, winner in July 2012
Lo Specialista, winner in August 2012
Mississippi, winner in July 2011
Occolè, winner in August 2014
Oppio, winner in July 2014
Urban II, winner in September 2000
Venus VIII, winner in August 2000

How about jockeys we must remember:

Luigi Bruschelli known as Trecciolino, winner of 10 Palios

Trecciolino

Andrea Mari, known as Brio, winner of 5 Palios

Brio

Giovanni Atzeni known as Tittia, winner of 4 Palios

Tittia

Luca Minisini known as , winner of 3 Palios

Alberto Ricceri known as Salasso, winner of di 3 Palios

Salasso

Giuseppe Zedde known as Gingillo, winner of 2 Palios

Gingillo

Jonathan Bartoletti known as Scompiglio, winner of 2 Palios

Scompiglio

Giuseppe Pes known as il Pesse, Antonio Villella known as Sgaibarre and Silvano Mulas known as Voglia, winners of 1 Palio.

Il Pesse

Sgaibarre

Il Voglia

And you, what is your favourite contrada????

ILARIA SIMI

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The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. From July 24th until 30th of September, Siena offers you a unique show: we are talking about the so-called Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena. It is a cultural experience concerning the cathedral and the city of Siena. In particular, the project has been organized by the Municipality of Siena and the Metropolitan Opera in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civitache.

The Divine Beauty- Discovering Siena

 

Spectators can assist at a videomapping on 3D projected directly on the cathedral. Everything will be accompanied by lots of technology that will allow you to project on 800 square meters of surface images of huge dimensions. The show is divided into five acts and has the purpose to tell about the Siena history, the cathedral and also to tell the story of the city, its places and its people. The story will talk about the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the tragedy of the Black Death that struck the city of Siena in 1348.

Siena Cathedral

 

Siena Cathedral

 

 

The show will take place every day of the week in Piazza Duomo in Siena, from July to September, with two projections in the evening, after sunset, every day from 24 July to 30 September 2015, except for the period from 13 to 16 August. You can attend two performances daily of half-hour at 21.15 and 22.15.
The ticket price is 13,00 Euro, 8.00 for children 7 to 11 years, for students up to 26 years with a valid student card, journalists and publicists. It is free for children under 6, the disabled, tourist guides and interpreters in the province of Siena.
You can buy them at a fixed price of 35.00 Euro for families composed by two parents and up to 4 children.
With 22.00 Euro you can takethe combined ticket with the OPA SI PASS. Tickets can be bought directly from ls Ticket in Piazza Duomo and in stores Ticketone or online on ladivinabellezza.com, operaduomo.siena and ticketone.it.

Have good time and enjoy with the Divine Beauty made in Siena!!!

It’s time for Contrada festivals! Summer in Siena is synonymous of Contrada festivals ! The summer season brings with it the desire to stay outdoors, to eat out and enjoy the city as much as possible. And this is precisely the spirit of Contrada festivals that are organized in various Contrada districts of Siena and that take place from May to September.

Siena Contradas

Every Contrada organizes dinners and wine and food menu, food stands. You can decide to eat at the restaurant, pizzeria or braziers. There is live music, a disco for teenagers and young people and games for the little ones as the “Barberi track”. All contradas do that in order to make attractive these events for tourists and as many people as possible.

Bruco Contrada

Among the main important and well organized Contrada festivals we must remember the “Oliveta” festival which is organized by Chiocciola contrada (the Snail) in the beautiful gardens in the San Marco, the “Bao Bello” festival in the Bruco contrada (the Caterpillar) that is on-going in these days until next Friday, “Eat & Drink” festival in the Tower contrada, “Pania” festival for the Shell contrada, the” Leco in Valle “in Leocorno contrada in August, “Brazier” in Istrice contrada from August 9th till 19th. Then follows the Forest festival from 19th till 24th August, “Under the stars” organized by Lupa contrada and finally there are Pantera and the Eagle festivals.

Oliveta Festival in Chiocciola Contrada

Generally all these events take place in the gardens of each contrada. Here you can find lots of tables set for dinners in order to welcome tourists or local people who want to have dinner and have good time. You can eat at the restaurant or at the pizzeria or at the so-called “Braciere”. The menus can range from Tuscan specialties, traditional cuisine to rich menus of fish or meat. And waiters are all contrada supporters!!! They work here every day and night for free in order to facilitate the success of the event.
Moreover you can find lots of stands for young people where you can get drinks, beer or eat a burger or a sandwich. And just for teenagers and youngers during the weekend all contradas organize open-air discos. In this way they become a real meeting place for the city night life! There are some bands that play live music and Djs who play disco music. If you want to eat at the restaurant reservation is compulsory unlike the pizzeria or the braciere. The food stands close at 23:00 while the open-air disco or live music in can continue until 1.00.

Here are some of the major events linked to Contrada Festivals, planned for this summer:

Torre Contrada, which is the winner of the last Palio of July 2, with the jockey Andrea Mari called “Brio” and the horse Morositas First, organizes the famous “Eat & Drink” festival from 17th till 24th July. In this way all Tower supporters will continue to celebrate the victory of the Palio!!!! Also here you will find restaurant, pizzeria, food and wine stands, live music and games through the streets of the district. You can have dinner where you prefer and taste grilled meat in the gardens of the contrada and you can drink a beer or eat a hot dog or a hamburger until late at night. For children there is a dedicated space with the race horses track called “Pista dei Barberi” and lots of funny games. For info and reservations, please contact Tower contrada at number 0577-222555.

Nicchio Contrada, with the so called “Pania festival” will organize from August the 49th food and wine fair with dance and musical entertainment. Here you can tast Chianina meat and local fish wich come from Orbetello lagoon. For info and reservations 0577-222666 www.nobilecontradadelnicchio.it

Istrice Contrada organizes the so-called “Brazier” in the Guido Chigi Saracini square, in Porta Camollia with dinners, live music and disco for 10 days non-stop!

Lupa Contrada will organizes the “Under the stars festival” in Fontenuova. This event will take place in a picturesque setting. Don’t miss it!

And you, have you already decided which Contrada Festival in Siena will you participate? Don’t miss them!

ILARIA SIMI

Published by Hotel Borgo Grondaie

Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015. With the event “Accademia Chigiana International Festival & Summer Academy 2015“, Accademia Chigiana opens to the world and to the intercultural and musical dialogue.

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Chigiana Academy

On this occasion, the famous Accademia Chigiana meets the big concert scene in an amazing series of events. There will be two months of performances with six thematic areas (Expanded Today, Legends, Factory, Mix, Off the Wall) and  with the most famous international stars and orchestras.

Borgo Grondaie wants to give you more detailed information about this Sienese “Excellence”.

Chigiana Academy

Th Academy Chigiana school is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious Italian musical institutions. Its founder, Count Guido Chigi Saracini, made it a real center of musical activity. His aim was to open the Academy to foreign students; in fact lots of them arrived in Siena in 1932 in order to attend the first musical course at Palazzo Chigi, held by famous musicians. Over the years, the number of students coming from all continents increased and today they  represent about 50 nations.

Count Guido Chigi Saracini (Siena 1880-1965), after inheriting a considerable fortune in 1906, he began to invest his wealth in order to promote the musical activities of his city. Among the major events organized by the Earl, there has been the execution in 1913 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in San Francesco church in Siena.

Later, after the end of World War I, the Count devoted himself to the renovation of the Palace in order to make it suitable to the needs of music. In particular, the Salon Concert was opened on November 22, 1923 with the first performance of the season, Micat in Vertice. After founding in 1932, the courses that would have made the Academmia Chigiana world famous, the Count created the Senese Music Week Festival in 1939, with the collaboration of Alfredo Casella.

Chigiana Academy

An important recognition, which is a symbol of the Academy is also the international prize “Accademia Musicale Chigiana“. Founded in 1982 and reached up to 2010, it has been created for young musicians. They were chosen by a jury composed by representatives of international music journalism, including Enrico Girardi (Il Corriere della Sera Milan), Andrew Clements (The Guardian, London), Peter Hagmann (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich), Julia Spinola (Frankfurter allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt), as well as the artistic director of the Accademia Chigiana.

The prize consisted, in addition to a sum of money, in a silver sculpture by Fritz König, a great contemporary artist who also designed the famous monument of the World Trade Center in New York.

Chigiana Academy

The Palace hosts many valuable collections. The art collection includes many items including paintings, sculptures, silvers, ivory and porcelain collection. The Academy has also an important collection of musical instruments consisting of approximately 100 instruments among violins, violas, cellos and basses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

There is also the library, which is definitely worth a visit. Inside you can find around 75,000 volumes. There are works of authors such as Palestrina, de Victoria, Frescobaldi, Arcadelt, Marenzio, Asola, Diruta, Gastoldi. And many others are manuscripts dating from the Renaissance to the 20th  century.

Chigiana Library

The Library is divided into the following sections:

Music library of about 30,000 volumes consisting of scores, scores and parts for the performance of symphonic pieces, autographs, manuscripts, librettos;

Literary library of about 20,000 volumes, consisting of texts and manuscripts belonging to the families and Chigi and Saracini;

Donation “Gigliucci” of about 5,000 volumes composed musical scores belonged to the famous singer Clara Novello;

Donation “Franco Capuana” of about 7,000 volumes and consists of scores and books that belonged to various conductor Franco Capuana;

Donation “Adelmo Damerini” Circus 6,000 volumes, consisting of books, magazines, sheet music, manuscripts and documents, belonged to Damerini, member of the Artistic Committee of the Academy Chigiana in the 50s of the twentieth century;

Donation “Stelio Maroli” of about 4,000 volumes and consists of scores and scores belonged to lying, former pianist of the Academymia Chigiana;

Journals with approximately 100 titles between ancient and modern.

Moreover you can find microfilm, letters, historical archives belonging to Chigi and Saracini families among which the most important collection of 65,000 letters of the Count.

During the year the Chigiana Academy organizes a concert schedule and program. The Chigiana International Festival and Summer Academy is recognized as one of the most important festival in Italy. In particular this year the Festival will host  some famous artists such as: Max Richter, Daniele Pollini, Matthias Görne, William Kentridge, Roberto Prosseda, David Krakauer, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and many others.

For reservations and information please contact the call center at 366-8642092 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 11.00 am, or contact the number 0577-220911. For the full program, visit the web site http://www.chigiana.it/

ILARIA SIMI

Published by Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie

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