Group of cypress trees (Cupressus) in San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany
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.
Immerse yourself into the rhythms of la dolce vita on an unforgettable journey through the Val d’Orcia, explore the winding cipress roads and architectural wonders around San Quirico d’Orcia, Pienza and Montalcino with our Hiking Suggestions.
Striving to maintain the link with the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, the event will take place on the weekend prior to Benvenuto Brunello (the presentation of the latest vintage of Brunello di Montalcino released on the market that year): the second Sunday in February. There are three races (44 km, 23 km and 13 km). More information and subscription can be found here.
Bright steel geysers stand out against the sky of Florence, bronze stalagmites of prehistoric appearance and gigantic resin flowers sprout out of the gravel and between the hedges, colossal and candid stems, hilly eruptions and elliptical shapes, colossal interweaving of imaginary fossil forests, metal flows that shake, twist and fold, caught in the last soft phase before solidify: Tony Cragg's monumental sculptures offer an unexpected dialogue, between associations and dissonances, with the orderly nature of the Boboli Gardens and the panorama of the city, between their layered, fragile and organized historical fabric and the primordial force of the sculptural material.
Piero della Francesca, La seduzione della pospettiva
Museo Civico, Sansepolcro
25 marzo 2018-6 gennaio 2019
Il 25 marzo 2018 apre a Sansepolcro la grande mostra “Piero della Francesca. La seduzione della prospettiva” curata da Filippo Camerata e Francesco Paolo Di Teodoro. Un evento che segue il restauro della Resurrezione, presso il Museo Civico della città, che sarà ufficialmente presentato due giorni prima dell’inaugurazione della rassegna
Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi
28 July until Friday 2 August
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.
Program 2019 | From Sunday 28 July until Friday 2 August.
The program for 2019 looks as promising as always. The festival opens with a lively party in Asciano. As usual, the Poggibonsi fanfare blows the Festival on its way and treats the festival with a festive glass of prosecco on the terrace of Piazza Garibaldi / Bar Hervé. Beautiful musicians provide a varied evening: Ensemble Masques, soprano Eleanor Lyons and pianist Stanislav Solovev, the ensemble Mala Punica led by Pedro Memelsdorff and Philippe Thuriot as a closing. Read more
la nascita dell'italiano
Podere Santa Pia, a formal cloister in the Tuscan Maremma is situated on the outskirts of Castiglioncello Bandini.
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)
More informatio and bography here
exhibitionr 2017- 2018
Jazz& Wine in Montalcino 9 al 14 Luglio 2019
Very traditional festival on the Courtyard of Castello Banfi and in Montalcino fortress
T h e b e s t P l a c e s t o v i s i t i n T u s c a n y
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
Galeria continua, San Gimignano
Via del Castello 11
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
Tel. +39 0577 943134
Open from Monday to Sunday, 10am-1pm / 2pm-7pm, or by appointment.
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."