Did you know that the word Halloween has distant Anglo-Saxon origin and probably comes from “All 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Siena … sports, cultural, with or without ghosts !!
….. Happy Halloween!
Edited by Hotel Borgo Grondaie – Siena