Skip to main content

A WEEK OF ART, CINEMA and MUSIC IN SIENA: September 23/30, 2012

Simone Vallerotondo playing Santiago de Murcia

These are busy times in Siena. Culturally speaking. With the SIENAFESTIVAL in full swing (e.g. with the baroque concert of Simone Vallerotondo) and the presence of Sienna Miller during the TERRA DI SIENA film festival announced, the rest of the city doesn't sleep.

On Tuesday, 25th of September the Siena Art Institute organizes the second artist talk of the month, this time with Japanese painter Satoko Motouji from Kyoto, Japan. The artist has a deep link to the city of Siena and the landscape surrounding it (the famous Crete Senesi). Her recent works in handmade paper and ink are an expression of her inquiry into Japan's artistic and philosophical traditions. 

On Saturday afternoon (September, 29) Siena's natural history museum, called L'Accademia dei Fisiocritici, will have a special opening to celebrate the 2012 European Heritage Days. Entrance to the museum will be free.

The core concept of the European Heritage Days is in fact free museum entrance to spur the public to visit (or re-visit) Italy and Europe's state museums. This is a great chance to visit Siena's Pinacoteca Nazionale (the museum is home to some of Sienese art's master pieces), which offers free entrance on Saturday and Sunday.  

Tuesday 25th September 6pm 
stARTers - artist talksSiena Art Institute
Via Tommaso Pendola, 37 - Tel 0577 532001 
Presentation in English. The meetings are for free. 

Saturday, 29th of September, 9.30pm
SIMONE VALLEROTONDO, Santa Maria degli Angeli 
Check out the website of SIENAFESTIVAL for more events (exhibitions, guided visits to Siena's library and concerts, dance & theater performances). 

Saturday, 29th of September, 3-5pm

Free visits to the museo dei Fisiocritici 
piazzetta Silvio Gigli, 2 (Prato di Sant'Agostino)

Saturday, 29th and Sunday 30th September

Free visits to Siena's Pinacoteca Nazionale
You can find the museum opening times on our Siena Museum Page. However, it may be wise to check their website or ask at the tourist office about special opening times in regard to the European Heritage Days. 

Popular posts from this blog


Even if you came to Siena for art not shopping - it will be hard to resist all the leather bags, Italian shoes and designer sunglasses on via Montanini, Banchi di Sopra and Via di Città - the main roads making up Siena's corso or high street.  Pilgrims, merchants and the clergy travelling to Rome already did their shopping and money changing on these roads 800 years ago, so just follow in their footsteps for a break from the best museums  in town.  CLOTHES - ITALIAN FASHION A GOGO Many of the brand names and stores won't be new to you. Most of them can be found in every bigger Italian town, and some of them all over the world.  BENETTON: a must. No other Benetton store is looking anything like the one in Siena. Think  Renaissance building and frescoed ceilings .  TEZENIS, INTIMISSIMI, CALZEDONIA, YAMAMAY are Italy's main underwear chains for reduced budgets. If you travel with a teenager don't miss out on Tezenis (I'm far beyond


Planning to dine in style or just thinking of a panino on piazza del Campo? There is great food in Siena for every budget. Try the Tuscan delicacies prepared  with fresh local  ingredients by nice people in great locations and splash out on the wine list. SIENA'S BEST RESTAURANTS - Tuscan fine dine Tre Cristi Siena's oldest restaurant is also one of its best. Founded in 1830, restaurant Tre Cristi has kept its beautifully frescoed interiors but applies a light contemporary approach to ( otherwise often heavy)  Tuscan cooking. Some of the best seafood in town, Tre Cristi is also happy to cater to vegetarians .  Closed on Sundays. Vicolo Provenzano 1/7. Phone: +39 0577 280608 Email: Osteria Le Logge Even though Le Logge holds on to the osteria in its name, the restaurant off piazza del Campo in Siena's former ghetto is far from simple. Its elgeant location and refined makes of it one of  the most famous restaurants in Siena (Gianni Nannini is


Siena sports some of the most photographed sights in the world and you won't need a map to find them. But apart of piazza del Campo and the famous cathedral you'll be able to hunt down  countless lesser known  churches, museums and sunset spots which are off  the main tourist track. BEST PANORAMA VIEWS OF SIENA A nice sight in its own right, the walls of Siena's Medici fortress are also a great location for panorama shots which include the  San Domenico church, the cathedral and a big slice of Siena. For a close-up of the same panorama walk on to the rear side of  the  San Domenico  church, which is  de dicated to  Saint Catherine . Even without a fancy wide angle you'll be able to pack the cathedral its never finished extension and Torre del Mangia into one pick.