Special Events in April 2015

The month of April sees the start of early summer in Tuscany with the warmth of the subtle sunlight bringing new life to the Siena hills. Peach and almond blossoms adorn fruit trees and swathes of climbing wisteria decorate pergolas and loggias across the region. Whilst the whole region starts to take on a more colourful appearance, the cities, towns and small villages also start their seasonal events with many historical and cultural festivals taking place throughout Tuscany. Here are a few ideas to fill your days when enjoying a spring break at Borgo Santo Pietro. 


The Grand Easter Adventure

Borgo Santo Pietro invites you to our annual Grand Easter Adventure, a fun-tastic Egg Hunt with the chance to win complementary Spa vouchers, 5-course Easter lunch and much, much more in an unmissable Easter Adventure. Our Easter egg treasure hunt has rapidly become an annual tradition not to be missed. The search starts at the villa of Borgo Santo Pietro and takes you through its 13 acres of gardens, parks and more! Find the hand-painted eggs, solve the riddles, sip champagne and bring your treasure back in tact. If you’ve also solved all the riddles you will be eligible for our grand lottery prize drawing. Filled with treats and fun, ending in a gourmet Easter lunch for the adults, The Grand Easter Adventure is an experience to remember.

And for the kids, not only do they each receive a traditional jumbo-sized chocolate Easter Egg, but this whole-day event includes lunchtime and afternoon entertainment with an art lesson and a special savoury and sweet pizza-making activity where they actually eat their own baked creations for lunch is truly irresistible.


The Exploding Cart - Forence

Florence Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart) is a Florentine Easter Sunday tradition that dates back to the First Crusade. When the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem on 15 July 1099, the Florentine Pazzino di Ranieri de’ Pazzi was the first to raise a Christian banner above the city. He was rewarded with three chips of stone from the Holy Sepulchre which were later used in Florence during Easter celebrations to light the fire symbolising new life. The fire was then distributed around the city by a cart, where families would relight their hearths which were traditionally extinguished on Good Friday. This tradition is reported as early as 1102. However, the Pazzi family were stripped of all their wealth and privileges and exiled from Florence after their aborted attempt to overthrow the Medici in 1478. From that moment on, the Signoria took over responsibility for the preparation and celebration of the ritual explosion of the cart. The richly decorated cart, which dates to the 18 C, is hauled by brightly bedecked white oxen from Porta al Prato to the cathedral square. A wire is run from the choir of the cathedral and fixed to the centre of the cart. In the meantime a procession of clergy leaves the Church of the Santissimi Apostoli and goes to the Baptistery. At midday, a dove-shaped rocket, the colombina, is released inside the cathedral. It slides along the wire, leaving a trail of smoke along the length of the nave. When it reaches the cart, it sets off a cluster of crackers and then slides back to its point of departure. After a few moments, hundreds of multicoloured fireworks positioned on the cart go off with much banging and whistling. A Catherine Wheel on top lights up and starts spinning, ending with a loud bang and opening up to form the petals of a lily. Then four small gonfalons appear, bearing the emblems of Florence, of the old Pazzi family, of the Wool Merchants’ Guild and currently, as a sign of peace in the world, of the UN. The cart starts from via Il Prato at 9 am. At 10 am the procession of clergy starts from the Church of SS. Apostoli. The explosion of the Cart occurs at 11 am.


April Resident Artist - Suzanne Moss

This month Borgo Santo Pietro’s resident artist will be on hand to guide guests in the art of personal creativity. Suzanne is an intuitive artist and also works as a Journey Life Coach. She explains “With meditative art your creativity is nurtured, engaging you in being fully present in your  life. Create fulfilling new patterns, actual designs, mirrored as patterns of being calm and confident in the world”. Suzanne will be sharing her unique blend of art, creativity and personal growth during her time at Borgo Santo Pietro.

Suzanne’s Biography

Suzanne Moss was born in Sydney in 1963, and has been painting for over 20 years. Moss attended the Lorenzo Scuolo de Medici in Florence, Italy and in 2000 she commenced a Fine Arts degree at Charles Sturt University. In 2003, Moss completed her studies at the Australian National University, where she was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal. In 2004, Moss was selected to exhibit in Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s (PICA) annual Hatchedexhibition, a survey of graduate work across Australia. Moss commenced her PHD in 2006, investigating the methods, materiality, spatial illusions and poetics of painted light. She has taught at the ANU School of Art, and has lectured in Painting, Life Drawing and Art Theory. In 2008, she received an ANU post-graduate research grant, which enabled her to examine Fra Angelico’s San Marco frescoes in Florence, JMW Turner’s paintings in the Tate Britain, Rothko’s late work at the Tate Modern and abstract expressionist painting in New York. Moss completed her PHD in 2010. 

The painting Love in the Time of Quanta was selected for the 59th Blake Prize in 2010. In 2011, she was selected as one of seven Canberra artists to be part of Canberra Contemporary Art Space’s annual Blaze exhibition. In 2012, Moss was awarded an ArtsACT Grant for new work, and in 2013 The Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award. In 2013, Moss undertook an artist residency at the CSIRO, Canberra, researching ways of translating the complex and luminous materiality of magnified moth wings into drawings and paintings, which later culminated in the exhibition Dear Moth… at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. In 2014 Moss will undertake a Hill End Artist-in-Residence Program in New South Wales. Moss’ work features in the collections of The Australian War Memorial, Canberra Grammar School, the Embassy of Spain, and private collections in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Suzanne Moss lives and works in Canberra.

For more information about our events please contact our concierge at concierge@borgosantopietro.com or call us at 0577 75 1222