Category: Siena

Siena 101

On the other side of the Chianti countryside, some 35 miles south of Florence, you will find Siena, a Tuscan town rife with tradition and mood. WHERE: Medieval Siena is best known as the site of the Palio, a twice-yearly, bareback horserace that takes place in the wide, shell-shaped Piazza del Campo. The race, which …

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Rome, Siena, Sardinia, and more

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable August. Obviously, we took a little time off for rest and relaxation (and a move!), so there’s been little time to fill you in on some of the latest Italy travel news. Here’s a recap: Some people in Rome think it’s a good idea to create a Disneyland-like theme …

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What’s On in Italy: August 2008

Lots of summer festivals are winding up this month. Then, after Ferragosto on August 15, most Italians head for the hills…or the beach. Stay tuned for a full slate of fall events beginning next month. Puccini Festival. This festival in Torre del Lago (near Lucca, Tuscany) is a must for opera buffs. It runs through …

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What’s On in Italy: July 2008

As we noted today in an earlier post, tomorrow, July 2, will be the first of this year’s Palio races in Siena. But, that’s not all that’s happening in Italy this month. Here’s the rundown: Music and Performance Festivals: Roma Estate 2008 continues with various music, comedy, and sports events. Throughout July, Rome will also hold …

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Unofficial Guide to Central Italy, 4th Ed., is Here!

We are pleased to announce that the 4th edition of The Unofficial Guide to Central Italy: Florence, Rome, Tuscany & Umbria arrives in stores – and is available for shipment from Amazon – today! Like previous editions, this UGCI has the best information about travel in Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria, and the Marches (Le Marche). But it …

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What’s On in Italy: September

Thanks to a long (U.S.) holiday weekend, we’re a little late in posting the September events. Here goes… La Notte Bianca, Rome: Profiled recently in the NY Times, Rome’s Notte Bianca on September 8 will be an all-night celebration of music, dancing, cinema, dining, and art. Events start at 8pm and go all night until …

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What’s On in Italy: February

Carnival: That annual pre-Lenten festival, Il Carnivale, takes place this month all over Italy. Venice and Viareggio throw two of the biggest and best known parties in the country, with the latter putting on a spectacular parade. Lent: Of course, after the party comes the piety. The Pope traditionally celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass – and distributes …

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Resolution: Italian Citizenship

Did know that you can get honorary citizenship from the Terre di Siena (Siena’s provincial tourism board)? Citizenship entails signing a Sustainable Tourism charter. Here’s what the charter lists as an honorary citizen’s privileges: Receive full information about local activities in the community Receive detailed information that will allow you to select the very best of …

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