Southern Tuscany is a worthwhile discovery for Italophiles and Tuscany-explorers who are in search of unspoiled nature, still down-to-earth and hospitable people, and genuine traditional cuisine. The golden beaches of the Maremma coastline are bathed by a transparent sea and it is regarded to be the cleanest coastline in Italy. The hill towns and valleys of southern Tuscany are a wonderful cross-section of Italy's charms, constantly offering striking views of the rolling hills, olive groves, and vineyards of classic Tuscany. Explore the medieval hillside villages of Sovicille, Monticchiello and Castelmuzio on your way to Siena, watch the Ponte della Pia near the Eremo di Rosia and marvel at Sorano, Sovana and Pitigliano, settlements that date back to Etruscan times. Try some Vino Nobile wines in Montepulciano, or Brunello wines in Montalcino, cities where the refined beauty of the squares and churches blends perfectly with the ancient traditions of its wines.
Italy is one of the largest producers of wines. Its climate, soil and very old traditions make Italy a natural wine growing nation. Wines are predominantly made of Sangiovese, the prince of Tuscany, symbol of the Montepulciano and Montalcino terroir. The most exciting and promising appellations in Southern Tuscany are Montecucco and Morellino di Scansano in the province of Grosseto. They are among the best value-priced wines in Italy today. These pages focus on southern Tuscany, the tuscan Maremma as it is often called.
But we also give attention to other regions and places in Tuscany. We explore hiking trails on Monte Amiata and in the picturesque regions of the Val d'Orcia and the Crete Senesi. We focus on art and architecture in the village of Pienza, called the Ideal City, and in Florence, at the heart of the Italian Rennaisance. Apart from hidden treasures and whispered histories, we highlight the main sights in Arezzo, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano.
On the occasion of its reopening, the Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art presents the exhibition The End of the World, curated by director Fabio Cavallucci. The Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci intends to be Tuscany’s contemporary art museum.
Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi
06 - 11 AUG 2017
Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi is an annual music festival under the artistic direction of Philippe Herreweghe in the beautiful region of the Crete Senesi in Tuscany.
2017 promises to be a special year: the year in which artistic director Philippe Herreweghe celebrates its 70 years and in which the world is celebrating the Monteverdi-year (Claudio Monteverdi was born 450 years ago). Special event will be the performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers by Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe in the beautiful setting of the Sant’ Anna in Camprena monastery.
Pistoia, 2017 Italian Capital of Culture
Pistoia has been elected as 2017 Italian Capital of Culture.
The Tuscan city of Pistoia was chosen out of nine finalists to be the Italian culture capital in 2017. The other finalists were Aquileia, Como, Ercolano (Herculaneum), Parma, Pisa, Spoleto, Taranto and Terni.
Pistoia will thus succeed the previous Italian culture capital, the Lombard city of Mantua.
One of the projects is to turn the city's 13th-century Ospedale del Ceppo - founded as a hospital in Medieval times and renovated in the Renaissance by the Medici family - into a multi-use cultural enter.
Travale, iscrizioni (GR) "Guaita, guaita male, non mangiai ma' mezo pane" così recita la targa che si trova nel centro storico di Travale e che celebra la nascita dell'italiano.
The frescoes of the Hermitage of Montesiepi, near the Abbey of San Galgano are being restored and are temporarily on view in Siena.
For the occasion of the event-exhibition dedicated to Ambrogio Lorenzetti, planned for 2017, a working site of open restoration has been set up in the spaces of Santa Maria della Scala old hospital in Siena. The frescos of San Galgano chapel in Montesiepi are under observation there.
AMBROGIO LORENZETTI. INSIDE THE RESTORATION
Complesso museale Santa Maria della Scala, Siena (Italy)
exhibition planned for 2017
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Palio (Cosima Spender, 2015)
Cosima Spender's Palio was released in November 2015.
Twice a year the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Cosima Spender's wonderfully vivid film follows a season of the famous bareback horse race around the Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Information and trailer here.
Il Pailo, Siena, August 16
Il Palio di Siena 16 Agosto 2017 Vince l'Onda, Palio dell'Assunta
Palio of Siena, August 16, 2017, with the winning contrada l'Onda
The desire to experience all things slowly is part of the very important and growing Slow Movement worldwide. The First edition of Slow Travel Fest, a three-days event in Siena, was held in Monteriggioni, on the way of Via Francigena, from the 9th to 11th of October 2015.
The Val d'Orciaq was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2004. This international badge of recognition was awarded for Val d’Orcia’s “exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing pictures” and for the way “The landscape of the Val d’Orcia was celebrated by painters from the Scuola Senese, which flourished during the Renaissance”.
The Orange Flag towns get together on Saturday, 14 and Sunday May 15, in the beautiful scenery of Piazza d'Armi of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan for the second edition of Exploring Orange flags - "Journey into towns to live."