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SIENA'S FOOD AND ARTISAN CHRISTMAS MARKET 2013

2013 program of Christmas market and wine tasting in Siena Dreading the Christmas shopping? Not sure where to start? Siena's artisan and foodie market  on  Piazza del Campo is a fabulous alternative to jammed up and overheated  shopping malls  (read the 2012 Christmas shopping post for more information on the market's Renaissance vibe).  Once you've got the gifts join the wine tasting at the Santa Maria della Scala museum (from 5.30 pm)  or visit restaurant Le Logge's wine and music bar Un Tubo  for a culinary treat. On Saturday night, the club hosts a buffet dinner and wine tasting with Montalcino's prime vineyard Poggio di Sotto. The organically run estate belongs to the best rated Brunello producers  (25€ only on booking  +39  0577 271 312).  IL MERCATO NEL CAMPO - Christmas market in SIENA Saturday 30th of November and 1st of December, 2013.  Best options to park your car  on the busy weekend are car park Duomo and Il Campo. 

GO SIENA GO! ITALY'S SIX FINALISTS FOR EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2019

Siena is in!   On the 15th November 2013, Italy's ministry of Culture has announced Siena as one of the six finalist cities of ECoC 2019. Out of the 21 Italian competitors in the first round, the bid books of Siena, Perugia/Assisi, Ravenna, Lecce/Brindisi, Cagliari and Matera have been the most convincing to the jury. The six finalists have worked on their proposal for years and will have to meticulously fine-tune their cultural and economic projects during the next 12 months.   Welcome to Siena. One of the six official candidate cities for ECoC2019 The jury of ECoC 2019 is made up of six Italian and seven European members. The 13 jurors have spent the last two months looking through the bid books and are going to provide each candidate city with a specific list of areas to work on.  The second and last round of the European contest is going to be an extremely competitive one. The bid books of the participants are all highly interesting and a lot is at stake for ea

NOVEMBER IN SIENA: EVENT PROGRAM WINTER 2013

Whilst the media keeps highlighting Italy's dwindling economy and the need for thorough budget cuts, it's heartening to see that Siena's autumn event calendar looks more exciting than ever. A few months ago Pier Luigi Sacco - the head of Siena 2019 - mentioned in our interview , that a (financial) crisis can be the ideal turf for change. It looks like he may be right.   November in Siena normally means a massive drop in number of tourists combined with an utter lack of things to see and do. For a change the  start of low season coincides, yes,  with the end of the  tour group assault, but for once doesn't ring in  the end of the  cultural season in town.  Don't you worry about the weather. There's plenty to do in Siena in November. ABOVE AND BELOW GROUND The ever busy SIENA ART INSTITUTE just opened ABOVE / BELOW GROUND , an exhibition at the natural history museum, which is a joint venture between artists Mark Dion, Amy Yoes and their students, Sie

MEET AUTHOR NINA BURLEIGH IN SIENA: TUESDAY 5th of NOVEMBER, 2013

The November  Tuesday talks of  the  StARTers series at the Siena Art Institute open with an encounter  with  Nina Burleigh. The American writer and journalist will  present her book Unholy Business - A True Tale of Faith, Greed and F orgery in the Holy Land .  Siena - as the rest of Italy - is a fabulous place if you have a soft spot for relics. Gruesome bones - most famously Saint Catherine's skull at the San Domenico church - are admired daily by pilgrims and tourists alike. And strange mystique objects like the treasure of the Santa Maria della Scala museum - precious medieval ob jects designed around a collection of relics from Constantinople  - testify to centuries of catholic worship.  The treasure of the Santa Maria della Scala museum was acquired via a Florentine merchant,   w ho had bought the relics  from the empress in Constantinople in 1359. The  treasure may have been sold to remedy  financial problems of the imperial court.  But it isn't just the Cat