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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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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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

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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.

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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.
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Siena is a land of wine and this value is recognized all over the world. Chianti and Brunello’s wineries open their doors to public for tours and tastings on May 26th.
If your intention is to taste many wines remember that there is the possibility of transfers from Siena downtown and for a small rate it will allow you to taste the nectar of Bacchus without worrying about driving.

Enjoy your visit!WINE SHUTTLE 2013 - 26 maggio

 

Yes! In Siena, we  celebrate the New Year also on March 25!
The modern calendar comes from Pope Gregory XIII ‘s will  who adopted a single rule for measuring time. Think about how it could be to use a different calendar in our world! Before 1582 in Siena, the New Year was celebrated on March 25 because it matched the day of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. On same date it took place the Feast of the ancient Hospital and  of its church which was dedicated to the Virgin of the Annunciation. For that day  Siena municipality  donated votive candles, presented barn workers  and expose religious relics in the Chapel of the Vow.
This year Siena celebrates “his” New Year on March 25 with the following program:
4.30 pm meeting of the historical parade and  city authorities in the church of SS. Annunziata
5 pm  procession from the church of SS. Announced to the Public Palace in Piazza del Campo
5.30 inside the Public Palace LECTIO MAGISTRALIS proclaimed by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.

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(from December, 1st  2012 to January, 27th 2013).

Siena Crypt and  Piccolomini Library will host “Puer Natus”, an unusual exhibition dedicated to the magnificent illuminated parchments inspired by the history of Jesus childhood as the “Annunciation”, the “Nativity”, the” Adoration of the Magi” (Three Wise Men) and the” Introduction of Jesus at the Temple”.

For the first time the anthems of the Piccolomini Library will be open on a paper (page) that differs from that on display at the permanent exhibition, while in the Crypt  Jesus’childhood will be represented through precious anthem books belonging to the end of the thirteenth century and coming from the Archive of  the Museum of the Duomo (the Cathedral).
The visit to the Crypt will be accompanied by listening to Gregorian chants linked to the Liturgy of Christmas.
The anthems will also be virtually browsed (to better admire the valuable features) thanks to touch-screen reproductions.

All inclusive ticket € 8.00 (Puer Natus, Crypt, Piccolomini Library, Cathedral, Baptistery  and Opera Museum). Free entry for residents and children under 11 years.

For information, reservations and guided tours: +39 0577 286300

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On Saturday, October 27th, the ninth day of the national urban trekking will be held in Siena, a guided tour to learn about and discover this beautiful town.
This year the theme is ” common stories of uncommon people” a path dedicated to uncommon characters but often not enough known that have gone through the history of Siena at different times, the protagonists of stories of faith, passion and talent.

Walking time: 2 hours and a half
Length: about 3 km
Starting point: Piazza del Campo (Siena)
Departure time of the guided tours: at 5.00 p.m. –  5.15 p.m.  –  5.30 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.-  6.00p. m. – 6.15 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.

For further information:  Tourist and Economic Development Office  tel +39 0577 292128/78    Or visit www.trekkingurbano.info

 
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The sixteenth edition of the Terra di Siena Film Festival will kick off on September 29th  and will end on October 4th . This film festival, dedicated to independent cinema from around the world, has introduced new reality film, brought to the public international premieres and meetings with the protagonists of the great cinema.

 
The exhibition will start on September 29th in the beautiful Abbey of San Galgano, a few kilometers from Siena, with the screening of a classic Walt Disney movie in the restored version: “THE SWORD IN THE STONE” and will continue the next day, always in Val di Merse, with a retrospective of films whose protagonists are the horses; on the occasion of this retrospective exhibition there will also be demonstrations on horseback and theme workshops. All this to introduce the premiere of the documentary film “BUCK” produced by Robert Redford, who will be the great testimonial of this festival after so many other important artists who have come and gone in previous editions (Andy Garcia, Susan Sarandon, Colin Firth, Bernardo Bertolucci and many others).

 
The Festival will move in the historical center of Siena with screenings of all the films in competition that will compete for the prestigious award, the Golden Sanese that will be delivered in the final evening, along with other prizes at the Academy Chigiana.
Among the events not to miss there will be a conference about  the age of the Telefoni Bianchi ( White Telephone) and a  tribute to a legend of cinema Anna Magnani.
For more information about the program visit: www.terradisienafilmfestival.it

 

 
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On June 23rd and 24th  Colle of  Val d’Elsa, near Siena, dives into the past with the second edition of the historical pageant dedicated to the Renaissance.
A great show that will involve adults and children on the streets of the medieval town .

This year’s theme is “PARTIES AND GAMES ALONG THE FRANCIGENA ROAD”, then

there will street performers, clowns, jesters and storytellers, but also shops and markets and taverns where you can taste the typical products of Tuscan tradition.
The event will take place from 5 p.m to midnight.
The cost of admission is € 9.00. Children under 12 are admitted for free.
For more information please contact Siena Hotel Borgo Grondaie

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