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EASTER LUNCH IN SIENA

Hoping for some Easter sun in Siena If you're planning to get to know some Italians during your holiday - or in case you just want to observe them - book a table for Easter lunch. "Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi" is a famous Italian proverb indicating that unlike Christmas (which has to be celebrated in the company of one's family), Easter can be spent with whoever you want. In fact B&B's and hotels all over Tuscany and Siena are booked out over Easter. Not just with visiting foreigners, but with Italians who take advantage of the fact, that for once they're not obliged to eat their Sunday lunch at home. If you want to join the party in Siena, consider a reservation at ristorante Millevini, one of the city's best and most beautifully located restaurants. Based inside the Siena's Renaissance fortress, Millevini will serve a four course meal, which includes a meat option - albeit n ot a vegetarian one - for people who are not into the t

CONTEMPORARY ART IN SIENA: "STORYLINES - INTRECCI DI STORIE" EXHIBIT, MARCH 2013

Storylines, Siena March 2013 Contemporary art isn't the first thing you think of when visiting Siena. But thanks to the efforts of the Siena Art Institute , the city of the Palio has found new forces when it comes to a 21st century approach to art.   From Wednesday 27th of March to Saturday 20th of April the self portraits of the students of the Siena Art Institute are on show at the Stanze della Memoria  in via Malavolti, 9.  Under the guidance of visiting professor  Sharon Friedler ,  the 14 students from countries like Albania, South Korea, USA and India reflected on cultural differences and their experience as foreigners in Siena.  STORYLINES - INTRECCI DI STORE Stanze della memoria , via Malavolti 9 Preview: Wednesday 27th of March, 8 pm to 9.30 pm Exhibition: Wednesday and Friday from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm Entrance is for free. 

A PROMISING WEEKEND IN SIENA: MARCH 2013

Spring has arrived. Which is a question of dates, temperature and sunshine hours, but - in some parts of the world - also the awaking from cultural hibernation. The event calendar of Southern Tuscany has its lowest point in winter, but thank god we don't have to worry about that now.  Siena: ready to wake up In Siena the first spring weekend starts off with a classical concert at the Accademia Chigiana on Friday night. Former students at Siena's master classes the musicians of the trio Stauffer will present a world premiere of a work for strings by Italian composer Alessandro Solbiati.

SIENA FOR FOODIES: FRITTELLE DI SAN GIUSEPPE (CARNIVAL FRITTERS) IN PIAZZA DEL CAMPO

 The wooden rice fritters stall on Piazza del Campo  February is the month of the year, when the immaculate panorama of piazza del Campo's medieval architecture is spoilt by... a wooden shack. First time I saw it, I wondered whether it was the new location of the tourist office. Luckily not. The temporary wooden construction unveils much more exciting pleasures.  Always put up in time for carnival, the Savelli rice fritters stall is a staple of Siena's winter diet . Price range is from 2 to 25 Euro and people either take a bag back home or eat them right away on piazza del Campo. Sitting down and eating the fritters on Siena's famous piazza is the perfect option, as they taste best when eaten warm. And it also means, that you can just pop back for another serving. Savelli's frittelle stall on Piazza del Campo