Terre di Siena Treno Natura – Spring 2018

The Nature Train is back to take its passengers around the breathtaking Sienese territory. The first steam locomotive to leave the station of Siena this year will be the March Truffle Train on March 25th. Final destination San Giovanni D’Asso and its 16th March Truffle of the Crete Senesi Fair. Here visitors will find stalls full of truffles and other local produce as well as be able to visit the castle and the Truffle Museum.

On April 2nd it will be the turn of the Regional Antiques Fair  at Buonconvento, “Things of the Past”, and on April 22nd the Orcia Wine Festival for San Quirico d’Orcia. The “Spring in Val d’Orcia” train will leave Siena’s station on the 25th, instead, for a visit to the picturesque Castiglione d’Orcia and its castles.

On the first of May the steam engine will direct itself for Labour Day to Sant’Angelo Scalo, near Montalcino, for the May songs. Here there will also be market stalls to peruse while the folk bands perform around you. On the 13th it will be the turn of Asciano and its food market “Ancient Flavours in Ancient Lands”, while on the 20th it’s time to celebrate trains and their story with a visit to Torrenieri and then to a Brunello of Montalcino winery. The May trips end on the 27th with the “Etruscans Train” which will take passengers to Chiusi on the tracks of the great king Lars Porsena.

The last date before the summer break is on June 2nd. For the Italian National and Republic Day the Nature Train will be going for a trip through the history and landscapes of the Crete Senesi. However, there will be vintage motor coaches taking over. The first one leaves Siena on the 10th June for the Terracotta Fair in Petroio where passengers can stroll the streets looking at the terracotta products, watch the Farmers Bullfight and try some local food and wine.

Another motor coach leaves Siena on June 17th for the “Festa del Barbarossa” in San Quirico d’Orcia. Here the town celebrates an historical event with an archery feat. On July 8th the motor coach is again on its way, this time for Abbadia San Salvatore on Mount Amiata. Here visitors will be swept into the past, more precisely to the Middle Ages with the historical re-enactment the “Offerta dei Censi”, the ‘wealth offerings’, where the town quarters challenge each other in various games.

Other events and games on the Sienese territory will be visited by our Nature Train after the summer in September.

 

 

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Mille Miglia 2018 Edition

The Mille Miglia 2018 will be held from the 16th to the 19th of May on the traditional route Brescia – Rome – Brescia.

This year the first leg, Wednesday 16th, will be leaving Brescia for Desenzano, Sirmione, Mantova, Ferrara, Comacchio, and arriving at Cervia Milano Marittima.

On Thursday 17th, the drivers are off for Pesaro, San Marino, Arezzo, Cortona, Orvieto, Rome.

On Friday 18th,  the cars will be driving through Lago di Vico, Siena, Lucca, Sarzana. They will be arriving in Parma after a tour over La Cisa Pass.

The conclusion is on Saturday 19th. After Lodi there will be a trip to the Monza Race Track and then off again for Bergamo and the finishing line at Brescia.

About 470 vintage cars are expected to participate this edition. 71 car manufacturers and over 40 different countries will be represented. This is certainly a show car lovers don’t want to miss.

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Leonardo da Vinci: a life in drawing – on tour in the UK

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the Royal Collection Trust has selected 12 drawings for 12 simultaneous exhibitions to be held in the UK from February 1st to May 6th 2019.

The 144 drawings, chosen from among the 550 da Vinci sheets bound into a single album that had been acquired by Charles II, will be on show in the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the National Museum Cardiff, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, the Leeds Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, the Manchester Art Gallery, the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, the Southampton City Art Gallery, the Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens and a further location to be announced.

From May 24th to October 13th 2019 an exhibition of over 200 drawings will be held in The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace in London and from November 22nd 2019 to March 15th 2020 an exhibition of 80 drawings will be displayed in The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

Also to be displayed at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, are the recently discovered studies of hands for Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi. Initially thought to be two blank sheets of paper, examination in ultraviolet light have revealed two of Leonardo’s most beautiful drawings. The drawings had become invisible to the naked eye because of the high copper content in the stylus (pen) Leonardo used.

The drawings to be exhibited have been purposely selected by the Royal Collection Trust to reflect Leonardo’s full range of interests, including painting and sculpture, as well as his passion for architecture, engineering, anatomy, botany, geology, cartography and music.

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NOVA Eroica 2018

NOVA Eroica is an event dedicated to gravel , cyclo-cross and modern road bikes along a portion of L’Eroica’s usual route. This year it takes place on April 29th in Buonconvento, Siena.

It starts off with five timed sections on the 145 km Long Route to select first the best 150 male cyclists, and then the 150 female competitors. This route takes participants from the Crete Senesi to the Chianti area.  Those selected go on to do the 36 km Road Race.

There is also a Medium Route, 89 km totally immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Crete Senesi, with three timed sections. This route is recommended to those who have never participated in a race with modern bikes on gravel roads, but who are physically fit.

The 48 km Leisure Route, instead, is the perfect choice for those who wish to experience some of the legendary sections of the L’Eroica long route, such as Montalcino, while the 27 km Family Fun Route is best suited to families with even small children.

Furthermore, from April 27th to May 1st the beautiful medieval village of Buonconvento will be hosting the second edition of the Nova Eroica Festival where bicycles, art, nature, food and wine are guaranteed. For five days visitors can discover local producers and artisans in the Open Market or taste either street food or local dishes in Piazza Matteotti. There will also be nature walks, open air museums, concerts and lots more.

 

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Crazyrun is back – the CR6 edition

Back from May 12th to 13th is the Crazyrun, a car race which is entirely run in Italy but starts and finishes in Tuscany.

In an age of technology, the pilots are not allowed to use anything and can only guess the destination from the indications they receive at the various checkpoints. Here participants have to solve the clue and choose the road to reach the following checkpoint.

The cars selected to participate are generally unconventional. They can be simply out of the ordinary, vintage cars, modern supercars or the famous ‘crazycars’, namely converted school buses, or cars with particular corporate colours or themed disguises.

So if you’re travelling around Tuscany on May 12th & 13th don’t be surprised if you’re overtaken by characters from the Wacky Races!

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