By John Moretti
Event Siena's Palio, the centuries-old bareback horse race that runs in the course of the city's Piazza del Campo.
Castello Banfi, Tuscany
Castello Banfi appears to be like at the Tuscan horizon like a crimson hilltop citadel directly out of a fairy story. A tall, slim Rapunzel-style tower overlooks an incredible property that reaches nearly so far as the close by Mediterranean. inside this real medieval fort lies a comfortable courtyard; outdoor lies a cluster of stone cottages with slim vine-covered streets, a hamlet that clung to the fortress partitions at midnight a while. The property holds vines, olive groves, wheat fields, plum orchards, and woodlands; inside those self same forests reside wild boar, deer, pheasant, even muffins.
Locanda dell'Amorosa, Sinalunga
In the Chiana valley, simply east of Siena and south of Arezzo, an arrow-straight kingdom lane covered with narrow darkish cypresses leads clear of modern day Sinalunga to a captivating relic of Italy's wealthy agrarian past.
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On Sundays, some Tuscan and Umbrian cities even close their city centers to motorized traffic, leaving the public spaces open for pedestrians and cyclists. F LO R E N C E , T U S C A N Y & U M B R I A I N D E P T H 20 LO O K I N G B AC K AT F LO R E N C E , T U S C A N Y & U M B R I A 2 bringing a common language to the peninsula; in many ways, this region is the heart of Italian culture. More than a few of the natives worry about what they see as the watering down of a sacred identity. The irony is that Italy depends on laborers coming from other countries, since it is simply not producing enough workers of its own.
At their most restrained, they produced facades like those on Florence’s Ognissanti and half a dozen churches in Siena, interiors like that of Florence’s Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi, and successful chapel ensembles in the cathedrals of Volterra and Siena (the latter one of master Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s few works in Tuscany). But mainly they acted more like interior decorators with extremely bad taste—in the era of the Medici grand dukes and other over-rich princelings, the FROM THE NEOCLASSI CAL TO THE PRESENT THE MODERN CONUNDRUM Although some towns (such as San Gimignano, Spoleto, and Pistoia) actively encourage the development of contemporary art, most Tuscan and Umbrian cities are firmly fixed in, and fixated on, their greatest era.
Piero’s rule was short and relatively undistinguished, quickly superseded by the brilliant career of his son, Lorenzo de’ Medici, called Lorenzo the Magnificent. Under the late-15th-century rule of Lorenzo, Florence entered its golden era, during which time it became Europe’s cultural and artistic focal point. It was Lorenzo who encouraged the young Michelangelo to sculpt, and he and Medici cousins commissioned paintings from Botticelli and poetry from Poliziano. Lorenzo founded a Platonic academy to further the study of the classical world and was himself an accomplished poet.
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