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Not only Giorgio Strehler in Milan had his Piccolo Teatro. A creative baroness in Siena ordered her very own small theater in one of the city's prestigious 18th century palazzi. Normally closed to the pubblic, Palazzo Sergardi opens its doors to the general public as part of the Invasioni Digitali 2014.  Entrance is for free and everybody is invited to discover one of Siena's hidden sights with camera in hand. In line with the spirit of a digital invasion ( invasione digitale)  you're invited to take as many photos of palazzo Sergardi as you like . Use the following hashtags when sharing your Siena pics on social media: #invasionisiena #invasionidigitali #2019SI #igerssiena SIENA - DIGITAL INVASION 2014 Saturday May 3, 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm  Palazzo Sergardi, via dei Montanini 118 Enjoyed the event? Find out more about this young cultural grassroot movement and check out the dates of the digital invasions in the Val d'Orcia . 


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. 

VINTAGE MARKET AND 1930s PARTY IN SIENA: Saturday April 5, 2014

Considering how much Italy's image is linked to its 20th century icons (from Sophia Loren, Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni to Vespa and Fiat 500), it always surprises me how difficult it is to find a decent vintage store.  Gucci and Fendi outlets may be thriving in Tuscany, but  y ou're better off in London or Zurich, if you're after  a dress Gina Lollobrigida or Eleonora Duse could have worn.  Whether baby clothes or evening gowns, the majority of Italians prefer new to second hand, and whilst antique furniture markets are a monthly staple of many a Tuscan town, garage sales and vintage stores have never really gotten off the ground in this country.    In Siena Aloe & Wolf is an exemption to the rule. The vintage shop in via Porrione has become a well loved staple in town and has every reason to celebrate its successful 10th year in business (yes, Kate Moss stopped and shopped here too).  SWINGING ON PORRIONE: SATURDAY 5th of APRIL, 2014 from 6pm to mi