The Palio horse race is a colourful, bareback horse race staged around the dirt-filled Piazza del Campo, Siena's main square. The second, and final, race for 2017 takes place on the 16 August. The “contrade” (traditional neighbourhoods) compete for the palio, or banner, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The square is filled with spectators, up to 30,000, who fill the square to watch the race plus hours of costumed pageantry throught the day. Post-race, the streets come alive with parties, food events and celebrations which last late into the night. It’s a magical time to experience Siena with the city packed with locals and visitors. The best view for the race is from one of the private viewing balconies overlooking the piazza. Speak to our Concierge for details of what can be arranged to witness this unique and colourful festival from the best seats in Siena.
Bravìo delle Botti is a barrel-rolling race between the eight contrade (neighbourhoods) of Montepulciano competing for a palio, a painted cloth banner. The barrels, weighing 80kg each (empty of wine), are pushed through the ancient streets of Montepulciano by two men from each neighbourhood. Winding their way to the finish line in Piazza Grande, it is a challenging 1800-metre course along the main street of this quaint wine town. Costumed processions precede the competition and a street banquet follows. Taking place on the last Sunday in August, it’s a fun and entertaining summer day out in Tuscany.
Culture is at the very heart of Tuscany and to reflect this Borgo Santo Pietro has created regular movie nights hosted in the beautiful gardens of the hotel. Featuring classic cult films that have a synergy with Borgo, movie nights are atmospheric, entertaining and enjoyable. So why not relax as the sun goes down watching the unmistakable Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” or wind down with a glass of Prosecco whilst indulging in a must-see screening of the Federico Fellini’s classic “La Dolce Vita”.
Katie Sollohub joins us at Borgo Santo Pietro from the UK for the month of August.
Katie is a Sussex based artist who is interested in documenting and recording the places she lives and works in through drawings, paintings, performance, photography and poetry.
She is looking forward to her month long residency at Borgo Santo Pietro during August this year.
“As my work is always in response to place, and this is my first time here, I imagine my work will start as an exploration of the place, the immediate space around me, including the studio and the surrounding landscape. Whether it is a simple still life, objects in the studio, freshly picked wild flowers, or a record of my walks to and from the studio each day. Having seen photographs of the hotel itself, I would love the opportunity to make work about the sumptuous interior spaces, or the play of indoor/outdoors in the gardens where furniture and plants frame the space. I usually start by making studies on paper, using sketchbooks to experiment in, with inks, drawing materials, collage and mixed media. Small portable materials will allow me to explore the surroundings easily. This process is also a wonderful way to teach and share a way of looking by immersing in the experience, drawing as you walk.”
Please arrange your art lessons with Concierge or just stroll by the artist's hut to see her work.
For more information please contact our Concierge ator telephone +39 0577 75 1222