In SienaIn regard to classical music the season is coming to a close with the last concert of the Micat in Vertice series of Siena's prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
Palazzo Chigi Saracini - Friday, 13th of April; 9pm
Quartetto Jerusalem, string quartett
Beethoven, quartett in sol magg. op. 18 n.2
Brahms, quartett in la min. op 51 n. 2
Shostakovic, quartett n. 14 in fa diesis min. op. 142
Out of Siena
Saturday 31st of March - Max Gazzè, Casteldelpiano
Casteldelpiano is a bit over an hour's drive to the South of Siena (towards Monte Amiata). But it's well worth the efford - Max Gazzè is one of Italy's big talents when it comes to intelligent pop music and the concert on Casteldelpiano's main square is... for free!
Gazzè also just turned actor in Rocco Pappaleo's beautiful movie Basilicata Coast to Coast. The film tells the story of four hobby musicians, who decide to walk all the way through the Basilicata - Italy's beautiful but little known region of the South. Below the film trailer, and here a link to the humourous Basilicata Coast to Coast title song.
MILO MANARA - you've still got time till the 9th of April to form your personal opinion of the work of one of Italy's most well known erotic cartoonist.
TIZIAN meets Tuscany. The crypt of Siena's cathedral (discovered only in 1999) makes for a stunning exhibition space for Tizian's 'Battesimo di Gesù' (the Baptism of Christ). Tickets via Siena's OPA museum.
Had enough of Renaissance paintings and gothic churches? See what Italy's contemporary artists are up to inthe Action Brick gallery.
Love Piazza del Campo but wouldn't mind knowing a bit more about Siena? The urban trekking day on the 21st of April is your thing then. You'll be able to explore Siena's backroads and find out what Siena looked like 4 million years ago (no art, just one big beach). This spring's theme of the trekking urbano is water and the guided walks will unveil the city's liquid secrets.
Where: from Siena's Piazza del Campo the 2 hour walk will take you through Siena's medieval alleys (total distance 3km).
The guided walks are done in Italian. Check with the tourist office, to find out whether some guides may be able to translate some information into English.
Program Siena Trekking Urbano spring 2012
Groups of maximum 20 people. Only on reservation with the Siena tourist office: Phone +39 0577 292178, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not in Siena on the day? Pisa, Pistoia and Arezzo are three more Tuscan cities who joined the Urban Trekking movement initated by the city of Siena. And if you're a hiking lover visiting Tuscany in autumn - the next edition is on the 27th of October 2012 (dates on the above website).