Cathedral of Siena: the stunning floor uncovered
The magnificent Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of Siena houses the heart of the art, history and tradition of this wonderful town. The entire complex contains some of the most important monuments of the European artistic panorama. The hub of the complex is without doubt the Cathedral, with its more than one million visitors every year, but not to be forgotten are also the Crypt, the Baptistery and the Opera Museum.
Of the numerous masterpieces enclosed in the Cathedral of Siena, one of the most exceptional is certainly its floor. The undertaking of this inlaid marble mosaic work of art went on from the 14th to the 16th centuries and saw the contribution of about 40 artists, all important artists of Siena except for the Umbrian painter Bernardino di Betto, better known as Pinturicchio. Described by Giorgio Vasari as “the most beautiful … largest and most magnificent … that ever was made”, the floor consists of 56 panels in different sizes. Generally to preserve these treasures the floor is covered and only a few are on display. This year the whole floor will be uncovered from the 18th August to the 24th October.
Another good reason to book a holiday in Tuscany and visit Siena in the following months: the uncovering of this magnificent floor is certainly an opportunity not to be missed. Take a look at our selection of holiday accommodations around Siena on www.chiantiferie.net
Summer 2012 sees the return of “I Mercoledì del Nobile” (“Nobile Wednesdays”), the cycle of meetings promoted by the Consorzio del Vino Nobile and Strada del Vino Nobile, sponsored by the Comune di Montepulciano and the Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte.
Every Wednesday until the end of July, wine enthusiasts will have the chance to discover the history, productive philosophy and features of Montepulciano wines, against the delightful backdrop of the Consorzio del Vino Nobile wine shop: an ideal opportunity for encounters between producers and consumers.
Every tasting evening will include a combinations of wines presented by the Montepulciano producers served with some of the best local fine food products. Don’t miss this amazing wine tasting during your tuscan holiday booked on www.chiantiferie.net
Did you ever imagine how life was in medieval times? You don’t have to imagine it anymore, you can be part of a “real” medieval festival in Tuscany! History has never been so much fun: people dressed up in historical costumes, the possibility to watch a challenge tournament between thirteenth century knights, a battle with piker men, halberdiers, infantrymen and harquebusiers.
The fortress of Monteriggioni for the 22nd edition of the festival, will be animated by jesters, street artists, jugglers, men on stilts musicians and minstrels.
You will even have the possibility to watch the enactment of medieval scenes proposed by improvised actors on the streets.
Forget the Euro, after going through the fortress gates you will use ancient coins that have been minted in Lucca. How to get them? You’ll find bankers with their safety deposits offering an exchange service.
The objective of the Festival is to re-create a setting which is so complete that the visitor is transported back in time. Believe me: it’s fun and at least once in a lifetime you should live this medieval atmosphere. So book your stay at Tenuta Bichi Borghesi (http://www.chiantiferie.net/inglese/dettaglio-strutture.php?test=19) or Az. Agr. Scorgiano (http://www.chiantiferie.net/inglese/dettaglio-strutture.php?test=26) that are only 7 km from Monteriggioni.
A year is passed and June has come. On the third Saturday of June there will take place a great medieval festival, very famous in Italy: La Giostra del Saracino or the Saracen Joust .
The Saracen Joust takes places twice per year (June and September) in Piazza Grande, beautiful square in Arezzo. The Joust animates Arezzo for one week. In the tournament the 8 jousters or knights of the 4 Quarters of Arezzo (Porta del Foro, S. Andrea, Porta Santo Spirito and Porta Crucifera) fight each other to win the golden lance. Every jouster gallops his horse with wooden lance against the Buratto and its shield. The Burattto is an armor-plated dummy holding a shield that is divided into sectors corresponding to points. The jouster has two runs along the lizza (jousting track) that runs obliquely in Piazza Grande. The Joust is won by the Quarter whose jousters obtained more points. The price is a golden lance. During this period in Arezzo there will be many Open-Air Quartiere dinners, the traditional outdoor antiques fair and many other events.
So decide to visit Arezzo and the Val di Chiana and book your stay on www.chiantiferie.net
The direct contact with the produder that tells his land, his wine inviting you to taste it, together with a ”km 0 meat or fish dinner” in the amazing Enoteca Italiana that collects more than 1600 italian wines. This is “Enocene”, to meet the wine producers. Each Friday until the end of August at Enoteca Italiana, in the heart of the ancient Fortress in Siena.
Treat yourself to a enogatronomic week, book your holiday on www.chiantiferie.net
Parents and children together for a day in the most prestigious museums of Florence.
The Education Department of the State Museums of Florence promotes an interesting calendar of events that involve, every day, different aspects of different works preserved in the Uffizi, the Bargello Museum, the Accademia Museum or Art modern Museum
Parents and children from 7 to 14 can tak part to these events paying only the entrance tìicket to the Museum for the adult.
Guided visits to the museums for families – 4th edition
Sunday 19th February GALLERIA DELL’ACCADEMIA
Saturday 25th February GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI
Flowers in art
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