If you are in Siena over the next few months, take advantage of the special opening to the public of the Palazzo Chigi Saracini, a beautiful medieval palace in the center of Siena normally closed to the public as it houses the Chigiana Musical Academy.
In an attempt to share its extraordinary art collection and offer a glimpse of the internal medieval architecture of the palace, the Academy has set aside a few days a week to open the palace to visitors during certain periods of the year.
This year up until November 3rd (but again from December 26 to January 6, 2011 if you are here during the holiday season), the Gothic palace built in the 12th century and a part of its impressive art collection can be visited with the benefit of the useful explanations only a tour guide can offer.
While the palace was built by the Marescotti family, it was Galgano Saracini that started his private art collection between the 17th and 18th centuries. He collected art paintings, statues, bas reliefs, ceramics, precious items made of ivory, wood and semiprecious stones. The collection is quite eclectic but all periods are represented, from the Renaissance up to the 18th century and include works by Botticelli, Sodoma, Beccafumi and Sassetta.
Guided visits will last an hour and are offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 11am, 12pm, 3pm and 4pm. Don’t miss the occasion to visit this amazing palace that is usually closed, book your stay on www.chiantiferie.net
The crete senesi region is a multicoloured landscape composed of yellow, ochre and brown earth, lively green vinesand, clear blue skies. Here we are in a land of unexpected surprises.
Crete senesi include sulphurous springs and castle-topped hills with cypress trees and vineyards sloping downwards. The scenery is a monument to the incredibly diverse images of Tuscany with its lonely cypresses on sun-baked clay hills – change color according to the season.
You will find creamy violet, when the fields are plowed to the green of grain which under the Tuscan sun turns to gold. Now also in the crete senesi, thanks to the new DOC Grance Senesi, you can tour around lead by Sangiovese. In a such tour you can’t miss to stay at Villa Buoninsegna, farmhouse in Crete Senesi, a XVII century Noble Villa in the middle of a typical tuscan “borgo”. There you can enjoy the well furnished apartments in the borgo or the legant bedrooms in the Villa, you can visit the cellar and the vineyards, or you can taste typical tuscan recepies in their restaurant and their extravergin olive oil and the organic IGT red wine.
“Cantine Aperte” is the most important event in Italy with wine, its people and its regions as protagonists and to have an interesting enogastronomic holiday in Tuscany. On Sunday 27th May this is the most important event of the year, involving wine as the main protagonist together with the people who produce it and the territory where it is made and to all those who will benefit to an enogastronomic holiday in Tuscany. Tenuta Bichi Borghesi, farmhouse located in the hearth of Tuscany on montagnola senese, the green heart of Siena Province, an ancient hamlet with a large garden of 4 hectares, the seventeenth century villa and the grand stables, or Scuderie (about 550 mq) , inaugurated in 1890, will open its ancient cellars where you will be able to taste Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG Riserva, IGT Bonico, and the spirit. You will be able also to stay in one of their apartment to treat yourself to a real enogastronomic holiday in Tuscany. Visit http://www.chiantiferie.net/inglese/dettaglio-strutture.php?test=19.
Hardly, in another part of Italy, history is present as in Val d’Elsa, and nothing better to an holiday in Chianti. Not only for the architecture that resists intact in at least three conspicuous places, where to stay: San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Colle. In Val d’Elsa history is a living book, where flipping its pages is to chat with people, to smell its perfumes, is to enchante with its landscapes: is a great reason to grant an holiday in Chianti.There are two places where this space-time backwards contact is more noticeable because they are perhaps less striking architecture: Casole and Radicondoli which still preserve the natural rhythm of the countryside. They have walls and “chiassi”, Roman villas and rural houses, they have an inner metronome that is the rhythm of tradition. And just a few kilometers from Casole d’Elsa casa al Prato is waiting for you offering a 10% discounts for stays in April and May. To treat yourself to a relaxina stay in the tuscan countryside visit http://www.chiantiferie.net/inglese/dettaglio-strutture.php?test=28
Evocative panoramas and intense emotions are what await those who are planning a spring holiday in Tuscany this year. The Chianti countryside is the ideal destination to take in the incredible scents, colours of the season and holiday in heart of Tuscany. Harmonious landscapes covered in geometric vineyards, where some do the world’s best wine is grown and produced. But there’s more: medieval hamlets, castles, churches and abbeys, hermitages and valleys bursting with green and colour. Tenuta Bichi Borghesi, in the green heart of Montagnola senese, typical Tuscany farmhouse, surrounded by woods, vineyards and oliveyards, proposes a 10% discount for stays from 22nd April to 12th May. Visit http://www.chiantiferie.net/inglese/last-minute.php to enjoy this or other spring offers.
Welcome to the world’s most photographed panorama! There is indeed no piece of this landscape left that has not already become a snapshot. A wide sea of clay spreads out over the countryside Southeast of Siena: one evocative, soft hill follows the other, the few forests leave space to the endless stretches of wheat fields and grassland, able to change their colours with the succession of the seasons..The landscape of the Crete Senesi is a triumph of essentialness and harmony, a timeless image, a picture that blends the forms of an Etruscan graffito and a sign of modern art. It is a harmony that gets inside you and has the power to bring your energies back into balance: emotions and sensations transform and dilate in the calm of space. Crete Senesi are also a “Land of water” and wellness with the SPA in Rapolano Terme. In the heart of this beautiful region and near to tthe SPA in Rapolano Terme, Agriturismo Il Molinello offers you a 10% discount for short or long stays from 15 March to 19 May, with the possibilità to book wellness packages at the SPA in Rapolano Terme.
To treat yourself to a holiday to close your eyes and clear your mind of everything, to slow down and think only about your relax and wellbeing visit http://www.chiantiferie.net/inglese/last-minute.php