Ahhh, Siena. It’s the place I’ve come to think of as my Italian hometown, even though my actual Italian roots come from a little farther south in a town called Sora. It’s the place where I’ve spent the most time in Italy. The place I worked, the place I lived, the place where I really embraced being Italian. It’s the place that inspired the logo for this blog. It’s the place I make sure I set foot in at least once a year. Plus, it’s beautiful, the food is great, and while you’re there you can’t help but feel as if you’ve got one foot in the Middle Ages and the other in the present.
While tourists would argue that Siena doesn’t have a ton to “do”, I counter with the argument that it’s an amazing place to simply “be”, and it truly is. But even I can see that, while I’m crazy about Siena as it is, it has the potential to be so much more, which brings me to the point of this post:
In 2011, Siena entered itself into the competition to be Europe’s Capital of Culture for the year 2019. Back then, a friend of mine had a wonderful idea: to create a cultural association which might help Siena to achieve the Culture Capital goal for 2019 and to organize and promote cultural activities within the city for both residents and visitors. It’s been two years in the making, (chi va piano va sano e lontano/slow and steady wins the race) but a group of residents of Siena (a couple of my friends included) have created such a group and have called it SIENA SIENA.
Yours truly, all the way from Canada, will be the Canadian Ambassador for Siena within the SIENA SIENA association! What does that mean for me? Well, we’re still working out the fine details, but it’ll probably involve some writing, some translating, and hopefully some more time in Siena. What does that mean for you, readers? Probably that I’ll be keeping you more up-to-date with the goings on in my beloved city. The website isn’t up yet, but when it launches you can bet I’ll be the first to let you know the details, and invite you to join our association.
Siena, the perfectly preserved medieval city I’ve come to think of as home in Italy, is hosting a series of great events this summer between 10 July and 2 August, called Siena and Stars. I don’t usually write about events on here, but for this one, I just couldn’t resist.
You can reach the Siena and Stars website by clicking on their logo below but since the webpage is mostly in Italian, I thought I’d do you a favour and let you know what Siena and Stars is all about.
Taking place in Siena’s Piazza del Duomo against the stunning backdrop of Siena’s gothic cathedral, the organizers of Siena and Stars have put together a line up of not-to-be-missed performances of all kinds. From pop, to jazz, to opera, to ballet, to theatre, Siena and Stars has something for all tastes and price ranges. Count on 10 – 60 euros per ticket, depending on the event you’re looking to attend. Not bad!
Siena is a wonderful place to visit no matter what’s going on, but for anyone who is venturing to Tuscany this summer, I’d recommend mixing it up with the locals at one of the Siena and Stars events. It’ll be a taste of Siena and Italy, at their best. Plus, you’ll be visiting this place:
A few event highlights:
July 10 – Marco Mengoni in concert
July 14 – Tango with Miguel Angel Zotto
July 19 – Buena Vista Social Club Orquesta in concert
July 21 – Mario Biondi and Pino Daniele in concert
July 25, August 1 &2 – Siena Jazz Concerts
For more information and a full listing of the events, visit the website at www.sienaandstars.com or call +39 0577 280 545. Email enquiries can be directed to email@example.com, while tickets can be purchased online at www.boxol.it or by telephone at + 39 055 21 08 04.
Buon divertimento! Have fun!
I don’t like to put all my eggs in one basket. My cappuccino in one cup. My pici in one pot. You see what I’m saying, right?
Anyways, I enjoy this whole blogging and writing thing. Really, I do. So periodically I do a bit of writing elsewhere – other blogs, other websites, etc. I even have a couple of articles that should be coming out in print (in print!) in a magazine in two days’ time. Exciting!
But what I’m excited about today, readers, is the publication of my interview with a great website for expats: Expats Blog – An Experience Shared.
This website contains all sorts of entertaining blogs, articles and interviews from people who have lived or who are currently living the expat experience somewhere in the world. So if you’re interested in reading more about my expat experience in Italy, click on the following link and read what I had to say to Expats Blog. Be sure to leave a comment – I love when readers do that!
Canadian Expat Living In Italy – Interview With Sarah