Palazzo Salimbeni

20141004_141452I am sure that everyone that has been in Siena has seen Palazzo Salimbeni. However have you entered and visited this building? You really should !

It is another piece of history in Siena – was built in the 14th century into the walls near the early medieval church of San Donato by expanding an existing castle of the Salimbeni family. The rear of the building shows signs of its most striking medieval building. Of the two original towers it has remained one and it is preserved the original Fondaco Salimbeni.

In 1419 it was confiscated by the Republic of Siena and partly used as a Dogana del Sale and ufficio di Gabella and after also as a seat of il Monte Pio (Monte di Pietà). In 1866 the building was purchased by the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena and became its seat. The Palazzo Salimbeni faces a square with a statue of the local religious figure Sallustio Bandini.

20141004_140351Do you know that the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank is considered the oldest bank in the world? Today is the one of leading banks in Italy, at the head of the group that puts it among the largest financial institutions in terms of market quota.

The Monte was founded in 1472, at the behest of the Republic of Siena. In an ideal senese, it was the heir of the mercantile and banking traditions of medieval Siena, and developed an affective system of credit to the advantage of the local economy. The public character of the bank was confirmed by the reform of 1624. In 1995, by a Ministry of the Treasury decree, the bank became a public company with the name Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

What this historical and interesting building has to offer you? It has for sure rich Art collection.
What is more the collection belonging to the Monte dei Paschi di Siena is the product of layers of history, of commissions and purchases that slowly, over time, took on the shape of an actual collection.
The major expansion of the collection began in the 1980s, when space was specifically set aside and designed for a museum inside the Bank’s historic Palace in Siena.
The most important are: the fresco of Madonna della Misericordia (Benvenuto di Giovanni); the fresco della Vergine; statues of Santi Bernardino, Caterina of Siena, Antonio and Maria Maddalena (Bernardino Fungai); Madonna con bambino (Giovanni di Paolo); la Rocca Salimbeni e la scala (Pierluigi Spadolini).

20141004_135008It is obvious that you can find here very precious are original documents and archives of the bank. It is like a possibility to ”touch” history. . .

If you are lucky you can enter and get guide tour for free. When ? Every year on first Sutarday of October as well as 2.07 and 16.08 – Palio’s days.

So don’t forget about another must see in Siena – Palazzo Salimbeni when you are in Siena. It is really worth to enter and see!

Party On per Siena 2019 !

20140626_222537Siena 2019 – City nominated for European Capital of Culture (Siena 2019 – Città candidata a Capitale Europea della Cultura) made an appointment with a wonderful Party On, the big event that took place just yesterday evening in Piazza San Francesco.

DSC04540Four local bands gave great live concerts. The musicians show opened MK Pisani. Then we could have fun with funk rock group – the Silent Noise. Next was Matteo Frusciante and Lady Ramona revival band, a group that produces mainly covers of big hits rock 60s and 70s. Everything closed the red-hot rock concert of The Dinosaurs, well known for numerous performances unleashed in Siena and province.

20140626_214155However Party On wasn’t just a music event. We were able to admire a great light installations (spectacle of light and 3D animations) that enriched the evening. This was designed by Walter Buonfino (an expert in 3D graphics, video mapping and documentary photographer). Play of lights and lighting installations inspired by the colors and themes of Candidacy was projected on the facade of the Church of San Francesco, transforming the space into sets dynamic and engaging.
The result of this work was an unique explosion of images that excited us an at the same time described through fascinating “stories in motion” the key points of the project application, the magic of a whirling dance of lights, colors and sounds.
It was a spectacular video projection in which the main themes of Siena candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2019 were reinterpreted in an artistic manner.
For sure a unique opportunity where we could admire the artistic heritage of the city.

What is more during the Party On the staff of Candidacy distributed the new gadgets of Siena, 2019. Like this we could get original bracelet and T-Shirt. Of course I didn’t miss this chance.DSC04559

All initiative was organized to encourage the active participation of young people in the project of Candidacy. It is for sure a crucial opportunity to imagine, discover and build together the future of Siena.

Below I put some photos, however they are absolutely not able to show what we saw yesterday 🙂 This will be one of our priceless memories.

Wish you sunny weekend!The last before Palio that we are waiting for! What is important this weekend in Siena will be a beautiful weather!

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Happy Easter – Buona Pasqua !! :)

DSC03944During this special Easter’s days I want to wish you a lot of joyful, happy, sunny moments with your family and friends!!

And please remember about some activity after eating a delicious Easter dishes (btw about mine cooperation with one person and our article about an activity during vacation will be more soon).

Pasqua is especially important here in Italy where mostly of time we spend with family. All of us are surrounded by huge chocolate Easter eggs which are a symbol of new life as well as delicious gift!

Tradition in Italy is huge breakfast, main role play hard-boiled eggs of course, but also salami and red wine, cheese pizza, the dove Easter omelette with mint and bread baked in a wood. For sure to traditional dishes belong: Agnello, Pizza al formaggio, Minestra di Pasqua, Carciofi e patate soffritti, Arancini, La Colomba di Pasqua, Ciambellone di Pasqua, Gubana Easter Bread.

What is more on Easter Monday, known as “Pasquetta” is used to make snacks or lunches (picnic) outside in the country or in the park.

And how these special days you spend in your country?

At the end one more time Happy Easter-Buona Pasqua!

Zero to Hero: Days 17 & 18

Thank you Andrew 🙂 !


Siena revisited

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Having commented and activated a link to my twitter account I thought I would post something that came out of a happy meeting from my blog travels and comments yesterday.  Siena is a city we love and have visited on two separate occasions.  Its history, beauty, art and people make it a very special place indeed. How happy I was to come across Magdalena’s wonderful blog Just Visit Siena ! Everything you could ever want to know about this beautiful city is here.  Explore Magdalena’s blog and you will be on the next plane, train or automobile!

Here is my comment to Magdalena:

So happy to have found your blog of one of my favourite cities; so many wonderful memories. I will never forget the remarkable frescoes by Domenico di Bartoli in the Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala. Looking forward to following you and to returning to your…

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New page . . . for you !

Some minutes ago I added new page to my blog . . . Your memories of Siena! Just view and feel free to co-create this page! Have a nice day 🙂

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Siena . . . and love at first sight exists . . .

Since the first sight Siena became definitely my favorite city.

And I am very happy that I can spend my every single day here.

You can ask, why is like that? What makes this city so special?

But I am sure that when you are here, you will say that I am right!

And you will not even wonder why is like that!

Always you can say it’s MAGIC, but everything in the world has a reason!

And I tell you, that there are many reasons that make this city so special.

I want to prove it here:

– give you important and interesting information;

– show you unique places;

– share with you the events;

And encourage you to visit my city!


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