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?


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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;


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;


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;


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


Andrea Mari, known as Brio, winner of 5 Palios


Giovanni Atzeni known as Tittia, winner of 4 Palios


Luca Minisini known as , winner of 3 Palios

Alberto Ricceri known as Salasso, winner of di 3 Palios


Giuseppe Zedde known as Gingillo, winner of 2 Palios


Jonathan Bartoletti known as Scompiglio, winner of 2 Palios


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

Il Pesse


Il Voglia

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


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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, operaduomo.siena and

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

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!


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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.


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


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The Duomo of Siena never stop to surprise! The Duomo of Siena represents one of the most important examples of Italian Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. According to tradition, the current one replaces the first church dedicated to Mary, built around the ninth century on the site where there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. We know that the building was consecrated in 1179 in the presence of Pope Alexander III Bandinelli of Siena.

Siena Cathedral

One of the major attractions that you can see inside the Duomo are the beautiful floors. Just this year, on the occasion of Expo Milan 2015, the Opera della Metropolitana of Siena presents the floors totally uncovered from 1st to 31 of July. It is an extraordinary opening, without precedent, in addition to the usual opening on 18th August, after the Palio of the Assumption, until 27 October.

Cathedral floors

Generally the precious marble floor is protected from trampling of tourists and faithful, but every year it is “discovered” in order to be admired by visitors that come to Siena. This is the floor “the most beautiful, big and magnificent” that had never been done, according to the famous definition of Vasari.

Cathedral floors

It is the result of a complex iconographic program made through the centuries, from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. The technique used is that of the graffiti and made with marble from the local area such as brocade yellow, gray marble and the green one coming from Montagnola Crevole. The visit of the floor can be carried out with the audiovideoguide, media tablets that allow listening to the text-guide. In addition to the floor you can also visit the Opera Museum where you can find the Hall of Statues and lots of mosaics containing the symbols of the allied cities of Siena. In the Hall of Sketch realized on carton, (the entrance is near to the the entrance to “Maestà” by Duccio Buoninsegna), you can see the famous map of the floor of the cathedral drawn by Giovanni Paciarelli in 1884. From here you can also access to the Crypt, under the floor and Baptistry.

At the same time, for those who want to see the floor from above with a guided tour, you can book the itinerary Opa Pass Plus. In this way you can have the chance to access the museum and visit the famous and so-called “Gate of sky ” (Porta del Cielo).

“The gate of Sky”

After long renovations, starting from 1st March of the last year and until 31 October 2015, it is possible to admire the “heaven” of the Duomo, a series of rooms never open to the public. The magnificent facade of the cathedral is flanked by two massive towers that lead to the “heaven” of the Duomo. It is possible to walk on the sacred temple and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views in and out of the cathedral. Looking out the left aisle you can admire spectacular views of San Domenico Church, the Fortress, the whole dome of San Giovanni Battista chapel and the surrounding landscape up to the Montagnola Senese.

In addition to this there is also a new initiative, the so-called “Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”. It will take place in Piazza Jacopo della Quercia in Siena from July 24th to September 30th 2015. For this occasion the Municipality of Siena and the Opera Metro Siena, in collaboration with Filmmaster Events and Opera Group Civita, have decided to organize this initiative in order to promote the Duomo of Siena complex. You will be able to watch a video mapping which will tell the story of the city and of the Duomo of Siena. It is a visual experience in five acts that will tell the history of a unique place in the world. It is a worldwide trend: to bring to life the historical monuments and talk about their identities. A mix of visual poetry and narrative thought for a Italian and foreign public. The event will take place every day of the week, in multiple languages, from July to September, with two projections for the evening, after sunset.

“Divine Beauty: Discovering Siena”

Cathedral + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 4,00
from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28 free entrance for Cathedral and € 2,00 for Library

Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) + Piccolomini’s Library inside the Cathedral € 7,00
Museum and Panorama € 7,00
Crypt € 6,00 (€ 8,00 in the case of extraordinary events)
Baptistery € 4,00

Opa Si Pass all inclusive (not including the tour Gate of Heaven)
€ 12,00 from 03/01 to 10/31,
€ 8.00 from 11/01 to 12/24 and from 01/07 to 02/28,
€ 10,00 from 12/26 to 01/06.

Gate of Heaven, visit to the roof of the Duomo, Cathedral and Piccolomini’s Library
(Segue gli stessi orari di apertura al pubblico della Cattedrale)

Gate of Heaven € 15,00

Opa si Pass + Gate of Heaven
€ 20,00 01/03 – 31/10,
€ 15,00 26/12 – 01/06

Booking € 1,00 for person


Museum for schools € 3,00 – € 6,00 groups of 15 pax
Baptistery for schools € 1,50 – € 2,50 groups of 15 pax
Crypt for schools € 3,00 – € 5,00 groups of 15 pax
Cathedral € 2,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
Cathedral (Uncovering Floor Period) € 5,00 schools and groups of 15 pax; € 4,00 (parish groups with a letter of the pastor to show when booking)
Cathedral, Library, Museum, Panorama, Crypt, Baptistery
1 march – 2 november 10:30 – 19:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 18:00
3 november – 28 february 10:30 – 17:30 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
26 december – 6 january 10:30 – 18:00 / Cathedral Festive 13:30 – 17:30
Uncovering Floor Period Cathedral Festive 9:30 – 18.00
Cathedral Sunday opening only for the month of March: 13:30 – 17:30.

From 1 to 31 July, the Cathedral on holidays close at 19.00.

Last admission half an hour before the closing time of the Museum.


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The Palio of Siena and Contradas’ museums open the doors to visitors. Borgo Grondaie has decided to talk about these museums and their value for Siena citizens.

Siena is a city rich of history, art, culture and of course museums. However, particular attention should be given to this specific category present only in our city: the contradas’ museums. It is a unique heritage that you cannot find anywhere else.

Siena’s Contradas

The contrade in Siena are 17, each of which corresponds to seventeen subdivisions of the historic city within the medieval walls. They are: Eagle, Caterpillar, Snail, Owl, Dragon, Giraffe, Hedgehog, Unicorn, She-Wolf, Shell, Goose, Wave, Panther, Forest, Turtle, Tower and Ram. Each district has its headquarter in which the core is represented by the museum. Inside it you can find lots of rooms used for assemblies and reception. Here you can admire memorabilia, memories and various trophies, the “Drappelloni” (the big paintings) won and “Masgalani”, (the Masgalano is the prize that is awarded to the contrada whose historical promenade is considerated  the best in elegance, poise and coordination during both pageants preceding the Palio), the old and the new costums used during both parades, ancient flags, furniture and works of art.

Valdimontone Museum

Valdimontone Museum

montone 3The most beautiful room is undoubtedly the Hall of Victories, often used as a hall of meetings of the General Council of the contrada. Each museum is subject to periodic renewal according to taste and the changing times. Linked to the museum are the record office and archive in which all the books of the resolutions and correspondence, the accounting documents and administration are kept. There are also other rooms where the rods and flags are stored together with shoes, costumes, drums and everything used during the Palio. Then detached from the museum environments there is the stable for the horse, a sacred place during the days of Palio!

A Contrada’s museum

The Palio of Siena and  contradas’ museums are recognized examples of medieval traditions. In this regard it seems interesting to recall some small historical references.

The Palio happens every year on July 2nd and August 16th. With regard to contradas‘ origins, for someone they are dated back to the Military Companies that defended the city in the battles of the ancient Republic. For others, their birth is linked instead to gaming events typical of the Middle Ages. In the past we had even 80 contradas but from 1729, when the governor of the city, the Serenissima Violante Beatrice of Bavaria, set the bounds precise (still valid today), are 17. Today the life of each contrada has taken different forms but the values ​​of solidarity and their prestige to defend is the same, both in the Palio and in the many events linked to it. It is interesting to note, also, that before ‘600 the Palio was run “in the long run” through the streets of the city and without jockeys. Later, in the mid-seventeenth century, it began to run it “round”, or in Piazza del Campo as nowdays. In 1701 the Palios became two, July 2 and August 16 both in honor of Jesus mother.

Piazza del Campo

Returning to speak of the importance of the Palio and Contradas’ museums we cannot forget the Society of contrada, born in the late nineteenth century with the purpose of mutual aid and support of their members against accidents, poverty, disease, old age and illiteracy. The Societies, however, knew moments of decline, broke up and reform, taking recreational functions. In particular, they opened the evening and on holidays and represent the place to meet each other, to play cards, billiards, bingo and to socialize. They often organized dinners and meetings and, as now, it is a moment totally dedicated  to speak about the Palio, singing folk songs and organize recreational activities. Today the aim of contrada Societies is to strengthen relations between supporters promoting recreational activities, cultural and sports.

Valdimontone Society


For anyone interested in visiting a contrada museum we inform you that you should contact the office to arrange a visit by both individual and group. Here is the list of the 17 contradas with the contact to whom you can contact for more information:

Aquila, Casato di Sotto- tel. 0577288086

Bruco, Via del Comune 44- tel. 057744842

Chiocciola, Via San Marco 37- tel. 057745455

Civetta, Piazzetta del Castellare- tel. 057744800

Drago, Piazza Matteotti 19- tel. 057740575

Giraffa, Via delle Vergini 18- tel. 0577287091

Istrice, Via Camollia 87- tel. 057748495

Leocorno, Via di Follonica 15- tel. 0577288549

Lupa, Via di Vallerozzi 71/73- tel. 0577270777

Nicchio, Via dei Pispini 68- tel. 057749600

Oca, Vicolo del Tiratoio 11- tel. 0577285413

Onda, Via Giovanni Duprè 111- tel. 057748384

Pantera, Via San Quirico- tel. 057748468

Selva, Piazzetta della Selva- tel. 057745093

Tartuca, Via Tommaso Pendola 21-tel. 057749448

Torre, Via Salicotto 76-tel. 0577222181

Valdimontone, Via di Valdimontone 6-tel. 0577222590


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Hats off to Siena guides association always very attentive to enhancing and promoting  Siena territory.


From November they will start a series of activities to which Borgo Grondaie would love to give prominence, with the hope that citizens and visitors appreciate the wonderful initiatives.


The first event  I want to point out, perhaps because as a mother I feel the need for activities to carry out with my son, it‘s remarkable.  It is to make known the floor of the Cathedral of Siena to children through the story depicted in the beautiful marble and the discovery of the characters shown.


The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 9th at 15:00  meeting point the ticket office of the Cathedral of Siena. The cost is 6 Euro per child and one adult per child has free entrance.


For more information please contact the authorized guides of Siena through their website

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



For two days, Sarteano, a nice village near Siena (about an hour by car), will be transformed into a wonderful show of colors, art and fragrances. All this thanks to “Artinfiore”, the first festival of flowers and creativity.

Located in the historical center of Sarteano you’ll admire different art installations inspired by the “greenery” theme. It will be also possible to visit the trade show dedicated to flowers , uncommon plants and crafts related to gardening.
The event will also provide children’s workshops and classes for all ages to learn something new about the world of flowers.
You can find more information on :
Source: Siena News

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