Siena

3 Great Reasons to Visit Poggio a Caiano Now!

July 23, 2015

If you’re in Florence or Tuscany from now until October, I suggest you plan to include a visit to the Medici Villa at Poggio a Caiano, just 30 minutes from Florence. REASON #1: THE VILLA The very first reason why you should visit the villa is just because it is a Medici villa, one of…

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The Monteriggioni Medieval Festival

July 3, 2015

The small, medieval walled town of Monteriggioni near Siena every July organizes one of the best medieval fairs in all of Italy. We love traveling “back in time”, especially when it is in such a beautiful, and time appropriate, setting as is this small fortified village set upon a hill. Monteriggioni, di Torri si Incorona…

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Pavement in Duomo di Siena Completely Visible

August 16, 2014

The magnificent pavement of the Duomo in Siena will once again be completely uncovered from this Monday, August 18 through October 27th, 2014. Described by Vasari as the “most beautiful… grand and magnificent“, major sections of the marble pavement are usually covered to protect them from the feet of the numerous visitors and faithful that…

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Exploring the Origins of Wine

July 2, 2014

Do you love wine? Would you like to know more about its origins in Europe? A very interesting exhibit is currently hosted at the Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza called VINUM NOSTRUM which explores the “art, science and myths of wine in ancient Mediterranean cultures” and brings to our attention the cultutal as well as religious…

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Pavement of Siena’s Cathedral is Completely Viewable Until October 27

July 18, 2013

The floor of the Cathedral of Siena, the “most beautiful…, grand and magnificent“, as defined by Vasari as he admired it, will be completely visible from August 18 to October 27, 2013. The floor of the cathedral is truly amazing and the possibility to admire it in all its glory is worth alone the trip…

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Duomo di Siena: Visit the Door to Heaven

April 17, 2013

As we mentioned in our recent post, the Duomo di Siena has opened up access to the higher levels of the cathedral to let visitors enjoy the cathedral and Siena from a new point of view. The entire area under the rooftop has undergone extensive renovations with an area set up shows tools used to…

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The Door to Heaven: A New View of the Duomo in Siena

March 28, 2013

Starting next week on April 6th, visitors to Siena can enjoy a spectacular new view of the Duomo and the city of Siena! After several years of restoration, the Duomo di Siena has opened up areas in the upper part of the cathedral that have not been used in centuries – not counting the workers…

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Ceramiche e Passione Senese

August 24, 2012

Stavamo passeggiando nei pressi del Duomo di Siena in un caldo pomeriggio dello scorso luglio, indecisi se anticipare la visita al museo oppure concederci un gelato, quando la nostra attenzione è caduta su una giovane ceramista intenta a dipingere un piatto sulla soglia di uno dei tanti – almeno così sembrava – negozi che vendono…

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