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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 : www.prolocosarteano.it
Source: Siena News

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On December, 15th and 16th  in Siena and more precisely in the heart of the city, in the beautiful Piazza del Campo, an extraordinary event will come back: “the market in the Campo Square,” a real modern market that, both in terms of products or the arrangement of the sales counters (which will be a copy of those of the past), will propose an image of what the city market at the time of the Republic of Siena was. Two whole days to admire and taste the tradition of Siena with the quality of today.

 

 

In the thirteenth century, the “big market”, which took place once a week in the square, was the main source of supply but also a place of social relations and important area of trade. The small farmers from the countryside and craftsmen were so numerous that at some point it became necessary to reorganize the market to make it less chaotic adopting a specific placement that will be reproduced during the event, in fact there will be a food area (once the queen of the market was the “treccola” , she who sold fruits and vegetables, legumes as well as milk and cheese, poultry and game) and another area dedicated to crafts (among the most known craftsmen were tanners, baskets makers, cobblers, sellers of barrels). In today’s market it will be possible to find other excellence of the territory as producers of wine, saffron, bakers, goldsmiths, bookbinders and many others. Some craftsmen will perform live their creations and, as once part of the square was reserved for entertainment, games and activities will be organized to involve also the children.
On the occasion of the event it will be possible take guided tours at a cost of € 5.00 (free for children up to 11 years) to discover places of taste which ,over time, have distinguished Siena. Departure for the visits is scheduled at 11a.m. and 4p.m. from the information desk.

 

Some restaurants in the city will take part in the event offering typical food:

 

- ALL’ORTO DE PECCI (“pici” with garlic) pici, gnocchi and pappardelle are typical kind of pasta  

- CASATO ENORISTORANTE ( “polenta” with wild boar) polenta  is cornmeal mush

- FONTE GAIA ( red gnocchi with potatoes and beetroot served with black cabbage and sausage)

- FORI PORTA (sausages and beans with” polenta” and mushrooms)

- GROTTA DEL GALLO NERO (“pici “with wild boar and wild boar stew)

- BAGOGA (pork stew)

- IL RIALTO (braised beef cooked with chianti wine with mashed potatoes)

- IL BANDIERINO (“pici” with cheese and pepper)

- LA BIRRERIA (pasta with “cinta senese” pig sauce)

- LA BUCA DI SAN PIETRO ( “pici” with black cabbage, crumbs and pecorino cheese)

- LA CHIACCHIERA ( stew with potatoes)

- LA FINESTRA ( wild boar with grape and apples)

- LA MOSSA (“senese” tripe)

- LA SPERANZA (wild boar)

- MILLEVINI (braised beef with “polenta” pie)

- MUGOLONE (chicken with “sangiovese” grapes or wild boar in “ dolce forte” sauce)

- OSTERIA BABAZUF ( vegetable soup with meat balls)

- TRATTORIA DELL’OSTE MEZZO AL GIUGGIOLO ( “pappardelle” with wild boar sauce).

 

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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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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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L’ “Eroica” … the legendary  vintage cycling race that takes place through the hinterland of Siena, especially in areas of the Crete Senesi and the Chianti area.
A path that takes place almost entirely on the “White Road”, the typical dirt roads of the Tuscan countryside.
Tourists, professionals or just lovers all over the world participate in this event to relive the authentic cycling, that one of the champions of the past.
The departure will be Sunday, October 6th  from Gaiole in Chianti (a few kilometers from Siena).
In the two days before the race other small events, related to the main event, will be organized such as guided bike  tour on “heroic”roads (Saturday, October 5th).
For more information about the program visit www.eroicafan.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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Siena Festival is a new festival of performing arts in the city that raises the previous experiences of other Festival like “Contemporary Baroque Festival”, “Voci di Fonte”  and “Teatrinscatola”.
The program offers a contemporary reinterpretation of the classics baroque music, theater and dance; it is a cultural project that wants to mix the past with the present through dialogue between different art expressions .

Numerous events will take place like dance shows, concerts, guided tours, exhibitions, screenings and meetings.

For detailed information about the program: www.sienafestival.it
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Treno Natura : a trip on a vintage train always combined with a special event along the Tuscan countryside.
You can stop at small stations to continue on foot to discover small villages, churches and castles, to taste local products and much more …

This is the calendar of trips:

October 14th  Steam Train (Porcini Mushroom Festival )- Vivo d’Orcia
October 21st  Steam Train (Countryside Festival) – Monte Amiata
November 4th  Steam Train (Festival of Castratone) – Piancastagnaio
November 11th  Steam Train (White Truffle) – San Giovanni d’Asso
November 18th  Steam Train (White Truffle) – San Giovanni d’Asso

December 2nd  Steam Train (Christmas Markets in Amiata)
December 8th  Steam Train( New Oil Festival )- San Quirico d’Orcia
December 16th  Steam Train (Siena and its Museums)

Information and reservations
Visione del Mondo Travel Agency
Via Camollia, 130
53100 Siena
T. +39 0577 48003
Fx +39 0577 236724
info@visionedelmondo.com

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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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