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VISIT SIENA'S CONTRADA MUSEUMS: JUNE 2, 2014

A visit to one of Siena's 17 contrada museums normally asks for a little preparation. The neighborhoods in Siena's historic town center are happy to open their doors to visitors, but you need to call beforehand to arrange an appointment (as an alternative book a Palio tour with an experienced  Siena guide , who will take care of the nitty gritty bits on your behalf). However, on the national holiday of the 2nd of June all Contrada museums are open to the public and you won't need a reservation to admire countless proudly won Palios in one single day. La Festa della Repubblica  is Italy's National Day, which celebrates the vote after the second world war in which Italy's population decided to become a republic and to cut the country's tie with the monarchy. Whilst the vote is commemorated with a lengthy military parade in Rome, Siena turns the event into la Repubblica dei Musei.  I definitely prefer the latter option. A republic is only as strong as its sin

BEST RESTAURANTS IN SIENA: MICHELIN STARRED OR NOT

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: info@trecristi.com 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

MUSEUM NIGHT IN SIENA: SATURDAY MAY 17, 2014

How did they do it, is what I most often wonder when looking at one of the masterpieces of the Sienese school of painting. Endless patience must have been needed to spend days or weeks on the tiniest detail on the dress of a saint or the woolen blanket of a pilgrim.   Siena's museum night is a good moment to find out how Siena's medieval workshops approached the chore. The Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena (home to the biggest collection of Sienese paintings in the world) will be open from 8 pm till midnight and a specialist will present an introduction to the elaborate painting technique in use in Siena from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.  MUSEUM NIGHT IN SIENA: Saturday May 17, 2014 Pincacoteca Nazionale , Via di San Pietro, 29  8 pm to midnight,  9.30 pm presentation of painting technique Entrance 1 Euro per person.  Siena's synagogue (via Salicotto near piazza del Campo) and the Santa Maria della Scala museum in piazza del Duomo will also be open til

NOT JUST THE DUOMO: A MAP TO SIENA'S LESSER KNOWN CHURCHES

Ever so often I admire a beautiful facade of a church in Siena wondering what's behind it. And then it's impossible to find out since many churches open up for mass only, which take s place once or  twice a week or none at all. And obviously, you're not supposed to do your sightseeing and wandering art watching during prayer time.  Exploring Siena off-the-beaten-path: Sant'Agostino church