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.

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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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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


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


– SWAN LAKE: July,20th

– THE SEASONS: July,22th  

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

– ARISA: July, 26th

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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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Even this year in San Gimignano, a few kilometers from Siena, the Harvest Fair takes place, a historical-mediaeval reenactment  revives by the association of the Knights of St. Fina. Now, as in the past, they participate in the traditional holiday “ Ferie Messium” celebrated by the entire population during the crops period.
The inauguration of the festival will take place Friday, 15th   June, from 9.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and then develops  along  two days following through shows of flags, songs, dances, games, parades, competitions and tug of war competitions and archery, even the famous tournament of “Giostra dei Bastioni”(tournament of knights on horseback).
Visitors can also admire the ancient arts and crafts market and bring a souvenir of the past.

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