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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On Sunday, October 14th: Walk Tour through churches and castles with medieval entertainment and a falconry show.

On the occasion of  the ” 1st National Walking Day”, Monteriggioni, a very nice medieval village near Siena, will organize a walking tour that will lead you to some of the most important places of Monteriggioni’s territory like the Chiocciola Castle and the Colle Ciupi’s Church.

Along the way characters in medieval cloths will entertain you; the event will go on with a falconry demonstration.

Length of the itinerary: about 6.5 km

Duration: about 2 hours and a half

Price 5 € per person

Reservation is required within October, 12th

Itinerary suitable for children over 8 years old.

For Info and Reservation : www.monteriggioniturismo.it

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On October 6th and 7th  in Poggibonsi, a few kilometers from Siena, the feast of the “Pigio” will be held, a competition that shows the ancient technique of grape pressing .

 

The competition involves the seven districts of the city territory that vie for the”Boccione” (a demijohn, decorated by a local artist, that is for the District that produces more juice).

The other prize to compete for, is that of the “Zipolo” (a work of art derived from the demijohn cap), it is delivered to the District that organizes the best parade in the streets of Old Town.
A nice  and lively  celebration to relive colors and scents of the past.

 
For more information contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie
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On Saturday, September 22nd, in Gaiole in Chianti, a few kilometers from Siena, in the splendid setting of the castle of Brolio, there will be a display of vintage cars registered between 1919 and 1969  participants in the Gran Premio Nuvolari ( Nuvolari Grand Prix).
The exhibition will be held in the parking located in front of the wine cellars of Barone Ricasoli from 12 am to 15 pm.
Because of the event, the following facilities will observe the following schedule:
– Castle of Brolio: open from 3:30 pm to 7 pm (ticket office closes at 6 pm)
– Wine Bar: open from 10 am to 12 am and from 3:30 pm to 7 pm
– Osteria del Castello: closed for lunch and dinner

 

For more information contact Barone Ricasoli: +39 0577 730 266
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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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The complex of the Cathedral of Siena includes a series of monuments of the most significant in the European art scene. The Cathedral there is definitely the centre of interest. Inside we can find many masterpieces of all time, but the work truly exceptional is definitely the floor made with the techniques of graffiti and commesso marmoreo (marble strips) .

 
For most of the year the floor of the Cathedral is almost completely covered with sheets of hardboard to protect it from traffic of worshippers and visitors, but from  August,18th to October,24th  2012, it will be possible to admire in full its surprising beauty.

 
The floor is the result of a complex work begun in the fourteenth century and ended in the nineteenth century.
The cardboards for the 56 inlays were made by famous masters of painting and sculpture as the Sassetta, Domenico di Bartolo, Domenico Beccafumi and the only Umbrian artist Pinturicchio.
The initial technique was that of making graffiti carving with a chisel a slab of white marble and filling the furrows with black stucco (filler), then, the second and more sophisticated technique was that of combining strips of colored marble together like we usually see in a wooden inlays, this technique is called “commesso marmoreo.”

 
In the nave and aisles the images reproduced on the floor are inspired by issues relating to classical and pagan antiquity; the transept and the choir tell the story of the Jewish people and the events of salvation accomplished by Christ constantly evoked but never represented in the floor, but present on the Altar towards which the religious and artistic itinerary converges.

 
For info and tickets: www.operaduomo.siena.it

Tel 0039-0577-286300

 
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The Palio of Siena is a horse race competition among  ten of the seventeen Districts (Contrada) in which the city is divided.
The race traditionally called “Carriera” takes place twice a year, on July,2nd dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano and on  August 16th  in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption.
To win the race, horse (with or without jockey) must cut the finish line first after three laps of the Campo Square (Piazza del  Campo).
The winner District receives the Palio, a banner of silk ( Drappellone or Cencio ) that is hand painted by local or international  artists . This prestigious  prize will be carefully preserved in the museum of the Contrada forever.

The next  horse race will take place on  Monday, July 2nd and  the protagonists will be the following Contrada: Eagle ( Aquila)/ Giraffe ( Giraffa)/ Unicorn (Leocorno)/ Shell (Nicchio)/Wave(Onda)/Forest (Selva)/ Snail (Chiocciola)/ Dragon (Drago)/ Tortoise (Tartuca)/ Caterpiller (Bruco).
The fateful moment of the race will be, as always, preceded by amazing  days full of events as  the presentation of Drappellone on  Monday, June 25th  at  7 p.m.  inside the Cortile del Podestà ( Courtyard of Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo), followed  by Friday, June 29th  with the draw for the horses (the so-called “Tratta”), and then the horse trials, the historical parade …everything  up to the long-awaited day of the Carriera emphasized by ancient sounds like the bell of the Tower, or the sound of trumpets (Chiarine).

A magical atmosphere to live intensely immersed between past and present, songs and prayers … and so much feeling.
For detailed information about the program please contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie.

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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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In Chiusdino, a village located about thirty kilometers from Siena, there is the Abbey of San Galgano, an open-air cathedral without  roof and floor, so reduced as a  prestigious ruin after a massive fire broke out at the end of the eighteenth century .

The magical atmosphere of this enchanting place will live again this year through music, dance and the great opera. Inside the Abbey, in fact, a theatre will be set up, preserving the historical and architectural value of the place.

A rich program of events that will be the protagonists of this summer 2012:

– AIDA: July ,7th/  August,3rd and 4th

– VINICIO CAPOSSELA: July ,5th

– CARMINA BURANA: July, 13th/ August, 5th

– LUDOVICO EINAUDI and PAUL FRESU: July 14th

– SWAN LAKE: July,20th

– THE SEASONS: July,22th  

– THE BARBER OF SEVILLE: July, 21st and 28th

– ARISA: July, 26th

 
For information please contact Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie
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The next June 21st  it will start the 24th edition of the Torrita Blues Festival, the festival will be held in Torrita di Siena, not far from the famous Montalcino and Montepulciano, in the beautiful square surrounded by medieval walls and the great tower of the town overlooking the stage.
The initiative was founded  in 1989 by a group of friends and fans of blues and has grown over the years to become a very important event for lovers of blues especially for this edition where the first star  to shine will be Joe Louis Walker, one of the most important blues artists of our time, a great  guitarist and singer whose extraordinary performance is scheduled for Friday, June 22nd.
Other big names like Mac Arnold or Platefull o’Bluse will be there.
In addition there will be the prize giving for the winner of the competition EFFETTO BLUES dedicated to the Italian Bands.

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For more information contact: Hotel Siena Borgo Grondaie
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