After a three-month closure due to the nationwide lockdown, the Cathedral of Siena along with the Opera Museum have reopened to the public. Access will be free until July 31; visitors may opt to make a donation, and any collected sum will serve to fund a study for the next conservation projects for the Duomo complex. The Cathedral and the museum ar...

“Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city,” writes Unesco, which inscribed it into its World Heritage list in 1995. “The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape.” The buildings were designed to fit into the overall planned urban fabric and also to form a whole...

The Palio of Siena, often described as the toughest horse race in the world, will not be run this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the mayor of the Tuscan city said on Thursday. The bareback race, where riders and horses have to charge three times around Siena’s main, mediaeval square, is held twice a year, on July 2 and Aug. 16. It was la...

THESE GORGEOUS HOT SPRINGS ARE a must-see for anyone visiting Tuscany. A wooded path leads you to the secluded pools surrounded by trees. The colors are simply spectacular, and when the weather is nice, you can find Italians and tourists climbing to reach different pools on the hillside. The calcium carbonate deposits in the water not only make for...

Venice will always be one of Europe’s most magnificent destinations. But with so many tourists flooding in and out of the city every day, it’s not for everyone. Luckily, there are plenty of Italian destinations that are equally charming but not yet spoiled by mass tourism. WITNESS THE BEAUTY OF SIENA, TUSCANY The picturesque region of Tuscany is ho...

One week into my study abroad trip to Italy, I felt complex emotions. What follows are my initial thoughts from that first week. It has been an exciting voyage, through seas at times turbulent. It’s Sunday night. Curled up in bed at my host family’s apartment in Siena, I have a full stomach after a delicious home-cooked meal. I’m tired after a Satu...

L’esoscheletro leggero promuove l'indipendenza nella vita quotidiana attraverso la compensazione della perdita delle capacità di presa o l’incremento delle abilità in contesti professionali peculiari. Si chiama Sixto ed è il primo prodotto progettato e sviluppato da Existo, startup innovativa che produce tecnologie wearable per potenziare le capaci...

Cities bursting with priceless art? Florence, Lucca, and Siena fit the bill. Spectacular hill towns with gentle rhythms and sweet piazzas? Bagno Vignoni, Monteriggioni and Massa Marittima are only the start of a list of villages that will steal your heart. Add in top notch-spas focusing on local treatments alongside natural thermal waters, outdoor...

Welcome to Castelmuzio, a small village along the road that from Trequanda leads to Pienza, in the Orcia Valley. Everything here seems suspended in time, in the moment when grace and kindness discovered the pleasure of Italy’s “buon vivere”. The town center is made up of narrow streets that converge into the main square, dominated by the Casa Torre...

An Italian puffed his way up the narrow road literally. His hands clutched his handlebars, leveraging them for power as he cycled uphill. That left only one place for his cigarette: between his lips. He smiled in greeting as we passed. Headed in the opposite direction, I had just crested the hill and my speed was picking up. On this sunny Sat...