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Argentario and Capalbio – private tour around Rome

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Private tour of Tuscany Capalbio – The SILVER PENINSULA – ARGENTARIO 

 Private and individual car tour around Rome, with local guide
Daily tour around Rome to Capalbio and Monte Argentario peninsula – Tuscany
  • Tarot Garden – Giardino dei Tarocchi –  Niki de Saint Phalle – Capalbio
  • Peninsula Monte Argentario
  • Porto Ercole
  • Porto Santo Stefano
  • Ansedonia
  • Orbetello

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Tarot Garden – Giardino dei Tarocchi –  Niki de Saint Phalle

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Excursion from Rome to Capalbio Tuscany with car and guide
Influenced by Gaudí’s Parc Güell in Barcelona, and Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo, as well as Palais Idéal by Ferdinand Cheval, and Watts Towers by Simon Rodia, Saint Phalle decided that she wanted to make something similar; a monumental sculpture park created by a woman. In 1979, she acquired some land in Garavicchio, Tuscany, about 100 km north-west of Rome along the coast. Niki de Saint Phalle has created a large number of “Nanas” in her career with different materials, in different shapes and dimensions. The garden, called Giardino dei Tarocchi in Italian, contains sculptures of the symbols found on Tarot cards. The garden took many years, and a considerable sum of money, to complete. It opened in 1998, after nearly 20 years of work. Her main benefactor of the period was the Agnelli family.

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Argentario and Capalbio Daily tour from Rome or Florence

The Niki Charitable Art Foundation was created by Niki de Saint Phalle and became officially active upon her death. It represents the artist’s personal collection of more than 1,000 sculptures and 5,000 graphic works of art. The Foundation maintains the artwork and archives and holds the intellectual property rights for them. The Foundation acts as a link and point of contact for all projects related to Niki de Saint Phalle.

From its collection, the Foundation makes artwork available to museums throughout the world for exhibitions.


Niki de Saint Phalle – Capalbio – Tarot Garden tour with guide in english – car tour from Rome or Florence

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Luxury dream private tour in Tuscany – Capalbio and Monte Argentario – The spirit of the  Silver peninsula – Monte Argentario
Individual car excursion from Rome to Tuscany – Monte Argentario with guide in english, french, german, bulgarian, russian, ukrainian

Monte Argentario is a promontory stretching towards the Tyrrhenian Sea in correspondence of the two southernmost islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, Giglio and Giannutri.  Argentarola cave lies close to Argentario promontory. The high quality speleothems that have been collected from this cave have allowed scientists to study the 215,000 year history of sea-level oscillations in this region.

The panoramic road Strada panoramica starts in Porto Santo Stefano allowing splendid views of the coast and the Tuscan Archipelago.

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Maremma Toscana – Art and nature in Tuscany

Maremma Toscana - Tuscany car excursions
Maremma Mediterranea Argentario – Tuscany individual tours from Rome
Tuscany nature - Individual car excursion
Incredible nature – Tuscany Individual car tours
Nature in Tuscany - excursions from Rome
Monte Argentario – Tuscany – Italy – Car tours from Rome
Monuments in Argentario – Tuscany – Central Italy
  • Sant’Erasmo church
  • San Rocco church
  • Forte Filippo
  • Convento dei Padri Passionisti
  • Chiesa di Sant’Erasmo
  • Chiesa di Santo Stefano
  • Cappella della Madonna di Loreto
  • Palazzo dei Governanti
  • Villa Italiesin
  • Villa Valdroni
  • Villa Ricci
  • Villa Rebecchini
  • Villa La Giocondiana


Fortifications and lighthouses
La Rocca di Porto Ercole.
Porto Santo Stefano, The spanish fortress
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Porto Santo Stefano – Toscana – Fortezza Spagnola – Car tours Tuscany rusrim.com
Military monuments in the silver peninsula – Tuscany
  • Fortezza Spagnola (Porto Santo Stefano)
  • Torre della Peschiera di Nassa
  • Torre di Santa Liberata
  • Torre del Calvello
  • Forte Pozzarello
  • Torre dell’Argentiera
  • Torre di Lividonia
  • Faro di Lividonia
  • Torre della Cacciarella
  • Torre di Poggio Natalino
  • Torre di Cala Grande
  • Semaforo dei Ronconali
  • Torre di Cala Moresca
  • Torre di Cala Piccola
  • Torre di Capo d’Uomo
  • Torre della Maddalena
  • Torre delle Cannelle
  • Torre Ciana
  • Torre Avvoltore
  • Torre dell’Acqua
  • Forte Stella (Porto Ercole)
  • Rocca aldobrandesca (Porto Ercole)
  • Faro di Porto Ercole
  • Forte Santa Caterina (Porto Ercole)
  • Forte Filippo (Porto Ercole)
  • Torre del Mulinaccio (Porto Ercole)


Curiosity – Monte Argentario Tuscany in the Italian cinema

L’Odissea was an Italian TV miniseries broadcast on RAI in 1968 and based on Homer’s Odyssey. Directed by Franco Rossi. Each episode was preceded by an introduction in which poet Giuseppe Ungaretti read some verses of the original poem. The adaptation was quite faithful, apart from the absence of the passage of the strait of Messina and the encounter with Scylla and Charybdis.

Odissea Omero Monte Argentario

Scene from the film Odissea

Local food – Monte Argentario Tuscany
Caldaro dell’Argentario
Typical fish speciality

Caldaro dell'Argentario

Fiche Maschie
Fig speciality from Porto Ercole Tuscany

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Cheese in Monte Argentario

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Ansonica Costa dell’Argentario – Wine from Argentario – Grosseto Tuscany

Wine Grosseto - Tuscany car tours

Argentarium Liquore – Padri Passionisti – Tuscany

Argentarium liquore - Tuscany car tours

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  • Florence private tour from Rome , with private guide and car (Tuscany car tour)
  •  Siena private tour from Rome , with private guide and car (Tuscany car tour)
  •  Chianti private tour , with local guide and car (Tuscany car tour)
  • San Gimignano – privat tour from Rome (Tuscany car tour)
  • Volterra – Private tour from Rome (Tuscany car tour)
  • Pisa – Private tour from Rome (Tuscany car tour)

Daily tours in Capalbio and Tuscany from Rome

Individual excursions with private guide

Rome, Vatican, Florence, Siena, Tivoli, Ostia, Shopping,

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Private tour Florence and Siena from Rome with driver guide

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Florence – Siena  -Pisa – Tuscany private day tours from Rome or other towns with local driver guide

Car tours in Tuscany – Art guide with car

Exclusive private and individual car excursion in Florence, Siena and Chianti (Tuscany) with private guide – departure: Rome and other central Italy towns

Our guides in Tuscany are also graduates having obtained painting, dance, music or literature diplomas and are active artists working in Italy.

Private tour in Florence and Siena from Rome: Eur 60 / h Max 6 pax – car with private english guide – Tuscany private and individual car tour from Rome

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Day private tour of Florence and Siena from Rome with private guide and driver or driver guide
Private tours from Rome of main squares, fountains, churches and museums of  Florence, Siena, Assisi and others, selected for you. The tour includes short walks on foot for visits of monuments and stops for taking pictures and a lunch or a coffee break. The sequence of monuments and their choice will display a historical and artistic evolution of the Eternal City and Florence As well as a perfect overview of ​​the different types of styles in the arts of architecture and sculpture and painting. Many monuments, private art collections, entrances to palaces are offered exclusively by RUSRIM. tour guides.
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Florence, Siena and Chianti car tour from Rome with guide and car


Florence from Rome car tour  – with private  guide – individual and small groups excursion in english

In the 19 century Florence has been celebrated as the most beautiful city in Italy. For most people Florence cames close to living up to the myth only in its first, resoundin impressions.

The pinnacle of Brunelleschi’s stupendous dome is visible over the rooftops the moment you step out of the central square, and when you reach the Piazza del Duomo the close up view is even more breathtaking, with the multicolored duomo with the marble clad baptistery. Wander from there down towards the river Arno and the attracion still hold beyond the Piazza della Signoria, site of the immense Palazzo Vecchio, the water is spanned by the shopladen medieval Ponte Vecchio, with georgeous San Minato al Monte glistening on the hill behind it.

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Florence flag – Il giglio

The fact is, the best Florence is to be seen indoors. Under the rule of the Medici family – the greatest patrons of Renissance Europe – Florence’s artist and thinkers were instigators of the shift from the medieval to the modern world view, and the churches, galleries and museums of this city are the places to get to grips with what they achieved. The development of the Renaissance can be plotted stage in the vast picture collection of the Uffizi, and charted in the sculpture of the Bargello, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the church of Orsanmichele. Equally revelatory are the fabulous decorated chapels of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, forerunners of such astonishing creation as Masaccio’s restored frescos at Santa Maria del carmine. Fra’ Angelico’s serene paintings in the monk’s cells at San Marco and Andrea del Sarto’s work at Santissima Annunziata.

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Renaissance – La città ideale – Rinascimento italiano

Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time. It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

  • Fashion arts in Florence

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Salvatore Ferragamo (5 June 1898 – 7 August 1960) was an Italian shoe designer. He worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found the eponymous company making unique handmade footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoes spawned many innovations such as the wedge heel and cage heel. Film stars and celebrities continue to patronize his company, which has evolved into a luxury goods empire spanning the world.

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Gucci Mariapia and the composer Adel Karanov 2015 Florence local guide

By the year 1300 Florence had become a center of textile production in Europe. Many of the rich families in Renaissance Florence were major purchasers of locally produced fine clothing, and the specialists of fashion in the economy and culture of Florence during that period is often underestimated. Florence is regarded by some as the birthplace and earliest center of the modern (post World War Two) fashion industry in Italy. The Florentine “soirées” of the early 1950s organized by Giovanni Battista Giorgini were events where several now-famous Italian designers participated in group shows and first garnered international attention. Florence has served as the home of the Italian fashion company Salvatore Ferragamo since 1928. Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci are also headquartered in Florence.

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  • Florence Cathedral – Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore – Firenze

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Panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence - Italy
Santa Maria del Fiore – Panoramic view from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence – Italy

The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major attraction to tourists visiting Tuscany. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches, and until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence, whose archbishop is currently Giuseppe Betori. Guide in Florence – Private tour Florence from Rome

  • Ponte Vecchio – Florence

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Ponte vecchio – Florence – Tuscany

Pontevecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence.
Built in the 1345 to replace an ancient wooden bridge, the Ponte Vecchio has always been loaded with shops like those now propped over the water, but the plethora od jewellers dates from 1593 when Ferdinando I evicted the butchers- stalls then in occupation. Florence had long revered the art of the goldsmith, and several of its artists were skilled in the craft: Ghiberti, Donatello, and Cellini. Guide in Florence – Car tour Florence from Rome

  • Fountain of Neptune – Piazza della Signoria – Florence

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Fountain of Neptune – Florence

This work by Bartolomeo Ammannati (1563–1565) and some assistants, such as Giambologna, was commissioned on the occasion of the wedding of Francesco I de’ Medici with Johanna of Austria in 1565. The assignment had first been given to Baccio Bandinelli, who designed the model but he died before he could start working on the block of Apuan marble.

The Neptune figure, whose face resembles that of Cosimo I de’ Medici, was meant to be an allusion to the dominion of the Florentines over the sea. The figure stands on a high pedestal in the middle of an octagonal fountain. The pedestal is decorated with the mythical figures of Scylla and Charybdis. The statue of Neptune is a copy made in the nineteenth century, while the original is in the National Museum. Guide in Florence – Private tour Florence from Rome

  • Palazzo Pitti – Florence

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Pitti Palace – Florence

The palace was bought by the Medici family in 1549 and became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. It grew as a great treasure house as later generations amassed paintings, plates, jewelry and luxurious possessions.

In the late 18th century, the palazzo was used as a power base by Napoleon, and later served for a brief period as the principal royal palace of the newly united Italy. The palace and its contents were donated to the Italian people by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1919. Guide in Florence – Car tour Florence from Rome

The palazzo is now the largest museum complex in Florence. The principal palazzo block, often in a building of this design known as the corps de logis, is 32,000 square metres. It is divided into several principal galleries or museums detailed below.

Is a vast, mainly Renaissance, palace in Florence, Italy. It is situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio. The core of the present palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the town residence of Luca Pitti, an ambitious Florentine banker. Guide in Florence – Private tour Florence from Rome

  • David – Michelangelo

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David-Michelangelo-Florence car-excursionThe statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. Originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roofline of the east end of Florence Cathedral, the statue was placed instead in a public square, outside the Palazzo della Signoria, the seat of civic government in Florence, where it was unveiled on 8 September 1504.

Because of the nature of the hero it represented, the statue soon came to symbolize the defense of civil liberties embodied in the Republic of Florence, an independent city-state threatened on all sides by more powerful rival states and by the hegemony of the Medici family. Private guide in Florence – Car excursion Florence from Rome

  • I Prigioni di Michelangelo- Florence – Galleria dell’Accademia

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Prigioni - Michelangelo

  • San Minato al Monte – Florence

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San Minato al Monte - Florence car toursStanding atop one of the highest points in the city. It has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most scenic churches in Italy. There is an adjoining Olivetan monastery, seen to the right of the basilica when ascending the stairs. St. Miniato was an Armenian prince serving in the Roman army under Emperor Decius. He was denounced as a Christian after becoming a hermit and was brought before the Emperor who was camped outside the gates of Florence. The Emperor ordered him to be thrown to beasts in the Amphitheatre where a panther was called upon him but refused to devour him. Beheaded in the presence of the Emperor, he is alleged to have picked up his head, crossed the Arno and walked up the hill of Mons Fiorentinus to his hermitage. A shrine was later erected at this spot and there was a chapel there by the 8th century. Construction of the present church was begun in 1013 by Bishop Alibrando and it was endowed by the Emperor Henry II. Private guide in Florence – Car excursion Florence from Rome

  • San Minato al Monte – one of the most scenic churches in Italy

Arguably the finest Romanesque structure in Tuscany, San Minato is also the oldest surviving church building in Florence after the baptistery. It recently began to show sings of its age, though, and the authorities become so concerned about the dangers of subsidence that a project was initiated to shore up the downhillside of the church and the adjoining cemetery. Then in a depressing rerun of the Piazzadella Signoria fiasco, it was discovered thata degree of financial impropriety may have been involved in awarding the contract; work has now been suspended for an indefinite period.







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San Minato al Monte - Florence excursion
San Minato al monte – Firenze – Toscana




  • Loggia dei Lanzi – Florence

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Loggia dei Lanzi -Tuscany private toursThe Loggia dei Lanzi, also called the Loggia della Signoria, is a building on a corner of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, adjoining the Uffizi Gallery.
It consists of wide arches open to the street. The arches rest on clustered pilasters with Corinthian capitals. The wide arches appealed so much to the Florentines, that Michelangelo even proposed that they should be continued all around the Piazza della Signoria.

Loggia dei Lanzi - Firenze - Tuscany private guideThe vivacious construction of the Loggia is in stark contrast with the severe architecture of the Palazzo Vecchio. It is effectively an open-air sculpture gallery of antique and Renaissance art.
The name Loggia dei Lanzi dates back to the reign of Grand Duke Cosimo I, when it was used to house his formidable landsknechts (In Italian: “Lanzichenecchi”, corrupted to Lanzi), or German mercenary pikemen.[1] After the construction of the Uffizi at the rear of the Loggia, the Loggia’s roof was modified by Bernardo Buontalenti and became a terrace from which the Medici princes could watch ceremonies in the piazza. Guide in Florence – Car excursion Florence from Rome

Uffizi Gallery private tour with art guide

Opening hours and tickets
From Tuesday to Sunday, 8:15 a.m.-6:50 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, December 25th.
The ticket office closes at 6:05 p.m.
Closing begins at 6:35 p.m.

Our art guides in Florence are also graduates having obtained painting, dance, music or literature diplomas and are active artists working in Italy.

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Galleria Uffizi with english guide

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galleria-uffiziFlorence-s prime tourist atraction is housed in what was oce a government oddice block, built by Vasari for CosimoI in1560 on site then occupied by a church and some houses between the Palazzo Vecchio and the river. After Vasari-s deat, work on the elongated. U-shped building was continued by Buontalenti, who was asked by Francesco I to glaze the upper storey so that it could house his art collection. Each of the succeding Medici aded to the family-s trove of art treasures, adn the accumulated collection was preserved for public inspection by the last member of the family, Anna Maria Ludovica, whose will specified that it should be left to the people of Florence and never be alowed to leave the city.

Painters in the Uffizi Gallery – Florence
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Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Piero and Antonio Pollaiuolo, Leonardo da Vinci, Mantegna, Michelangelo, Titian, Giotto, Cimabue, Domenico Veneziano, Parmigiano, Chardin, Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto, Raphael, Rubens, Van Dyck, Vasari, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Signorelli, Perugino

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Annunciazione di Leonardo Davinci

Annunciazione Leonardo
Leonardo da Vinci Annunciation, 98 × 217 cm. Private guide in Florence

Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli La Primavera, 203 × 314 cm. Private guide in Florence
Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli – Uffizi – Florence
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Sandro Botticelli Birth of Venus, 173 × 279 cm. Private guide in Florence

Of august gold-wreathed and beautiful
    Aphrodite I shall sing to whose domain
    belong the battlements of all sea-loved
    Cyprus where, blown by the moist breath
    of Zephyros, she was carried over the
    waves of the resounding sea on soft foam.
    The gold-filleted Horae happily welcomed
    her and clothed her with heavenly raiment

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Piero della Francesca Dukes of Urbino, 47 × 66 cm. Private guide in Florence
Caravaggio Medusa, Diameter 55 cm. Private guide in Florence
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Music in Florence

Teatro Comunale di Firenze – Florence Opera

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Opera was invented in Florence in the late 16th century

Florence became a musical centre during the Middle Ages and music and the performing arts remain an important part of its culture. During the Renaissance there were four kinds of musical patronage in the city with respect to both sacred and secular music: state, corporate, church, and private and it was here that the Florentine Camerata convened in the mid-16th century and experimented with setting tales of Greek mythology to music and staging the result—in other words, the first operas, setting the wheels in motion not just for the further development of the operatic form, but for later developments of separate “classical” forms such as the symphony.

Teatro Comunale di Firenze Opera Florence


The Florence electronic music research, production, and educational centre

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Villa Strozzi – Florence – Tuscany car tours

Tempo Reale is an electronic music research, production, and educational centre, based in Villa Strozzi ( Strozzi family ) – Florence, Italy. It was founded by composer Luciano Berio, who served as the centre’s director from 1987 to 2000, and as honorary president until his death in 2003.[1] The centre has celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2012

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Notable collaborators with Luciano Berio

Giorgio Battistelli (Italian composer)
Henri Pousseur (Belgian composer)
David Moss (American composer and percussionist, founder an director of Institute for Living Voice in Antwerp)
Renzo Piano

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Villa strozzi Florence music excursion
Concert in villa Strozzi – Florence art tour with private guide


  • Dante Alighieri house museum in Florence

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At via Dante Alighieri in the small piazza, you will see the Casa di Dante, marketed as the birthplace of the author of The Divine Comedy the fondation stone of the Italian litherature. The museum contains numerous editions of the Divina Commedia, including aposter printed with the whole text in minuscule type and copies of Botticelli’s illustrations to the poem.


From the Paradise – Divine Comedy

« Vid’io Fiorenza in sì fatto riposo,
che non avea cagione onde piangesse;
con queste genti vid’io glorioso
e giusto il popol suo tanto, che il giglio
non era ad asta mai posto a ritroso
né per division fatto vermiglio »
(Dante Alighieri, Divina Commedia, Paradiso, Canto XVI, 152.)

Dante Alighieri
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  • Siena car tour from Rome with private guide

Siena (Tuscany) is the perfect counterpoint to Florence. Self-contained and stillpartly rural behind its medieval, its attraction lies in its cityscape: a majestic Gothic whole that could be enjoyed without venturing into a single museum.
In its great scallop-shaped piazza, Il Campo, it has the lovelist of all Italian public squares; in its zebra-stiped duomo and the city whole construction, on three ridges, presents a succession of beautiful vistas over medieval cityscapes to the bubolic Tuscan contryside on all sides.
It is also a place of immediate charm: airy easy going and pedestranized. The most important moment of the year is the Palio, a breack horse race around the Campo, whose sheer excitement and unique importance to the life of the community is reason enough to plan your holiday around one of the two race dates – July 2 and August 16. The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.

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Piazza del Campo – Siena – Tuscany – Individual tour

Piazza del Campo

The Piazza del Campo, the shell-shaped town square, unfurls before the Palazzo Pubblico with its tall Torre del Mangia. This is part of the site for the Palio horse race. The Palazzo Pubblico, itself a great work of architecture, houses yet another important art museum. Included within the museum is Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s frescoes depicting the Allegory and Effects of Good and Bad Government and also some of the finest frescoes of Simone Martini and Pietro Lorenzetti.

Palio di Siena a Piazza del Campo – Siena – Tuscany

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The contrast with Florence are extended in Siena’s monumental and artistic high-lights. The city’s duomo and alazzo Pubblico are two of the purest buildings of Italian Gothic, and the finest of the city’s paintings – of with many are collected in the Palazzo’s Museo Civico and the separate Pinacoteca Nazionale – are in the same tradition. In its sculpture, Siena drew mainly on foreign artistsç the Florentines Donatello and Ghiberti worked on the front of the baptistery, while Michelangelo and Nicola and iovanni Pisano left their mark on the duomo.

  • Duomo di Siena – The Siena Cathedral

Siena duomoSiena Cathedral is a medieval church in Siena, Italy, dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church, and now dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (Holy Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption).

The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from a hexagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city’s founders, Senius and Aschius.

siena duomo foto d arteThe exterior Despite all the grand abandoned plans, the duomo, as it stands, is a delight. Its style is an amazing conglomeration of Romanesque and Gothic, delineated by bands of black and white marble, an idea adapted from Pisa and Lucca — though here with much bold-er and more extravagant effect. The lower part of the facade was in fact designed by the Pisan sculptor Giovanni Pisan°, who from 1284 to 1296 created, with his workshop, much of its statuary — the philosophers, patriarchs and prophets, now removed to the cathedral museum and replaced by copies. In the next century the Campanile was added, its windows multiplying at each level, as was the Gothic rose window above the doors. Thereafter work came to a complete halt, with the mosaics designed for the gables having to wait until the nineteenth century, when money was found to employ Venetian artists. Immediately above the central door, note St Bernardino’s bronze monogram of Christ’s name.

  •  The Baptistery – Siena – Tuscany 

Baptistery of Siena toursThe cathedral chapter responsible for the baptistery font (1417-30) must have had a good sense of what was happening in Florence at the time, for they managed to cont• mission panels by Ghiberti (Baptism of Christ and John in Prison) and Donatello (Herod’s Feast), as well as by the local sculptor Jacopo della Quercia (The Angel Announcing the Baptist’s Birth). Jacopo also executed the marble tabernacle above, and the summit statue of John the Baptist and the five niche statues of the Prophets. Of the main panels, Donatello’s scene, in particular, is a superb piece of drama, with Herod and his cronies recoiling at the appearance of the Baptist’s head. Donatello was also responsible for two of the corner angels (Faith and Hope) and (with Giovanni di Turino) for the miniature angels on the tabernacle above. The lavishly frescoed walls almost overshadow the font, their nineteenth-century overpainting having been removed after a vigorous assault by the restorers. With your back to the entrance the best include (on the left arched vault lunette) a fresco of scenes from the life of St Anthony (1460) by Benvenuto di Giovanni, a pupil of Vecchietta; scenes from the life of Christ by Vecchietta himself (inside left wall of the central stepped chapel); and the same artist’s Prophets, Sibyls and Articles of the Creed (the main vaults), the last a repeat of a theme he would use in the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala.

  • Santa Caterina – Siena – Tuscany

Santa Caterina Siena Tuscany toursSt Catherine’s house St Catherine’s fatuity home, where she lived as a Dominican tertiary – of the order but not resident – is a short distance away to the south of San Domenico. Known as the Casa e Santuatio di Santa Caterina The building has been much adapted, with a Renaissance loggia and a series of oratories – one on the site of her cell. The paintings here are mostly unexceptional Baroque canvases but it is the life that is important: an extraordinary career that made her Italy’s patron saint and among the earliest women to be canonized. Born Caterina Benincasa, the daughter of a dyer, on March 25, 1347 – Annunciation Day – she had her rust visions aged five and took the veil at age eight (sixteen in some versions), against strong family opposition. She spent three years in silent contempla-tion, before experiencing a mystical “Night Obscure”. Thereafter she went out into the turbulent, post-Black Death city, devoting herself to the poor and Monte dei Paschi di Siena Between the two monastic churches lies the heart of business Siena, the Piema Salimbeni, whose three interlocking palazzi have formed, since the fifteenth century

Chianti – Tuscany excursion

  • Chianti car tour from Rome with private guide

Ask a sample of northern Europeans to define their idea of paradise and the odds are that several will come up with something that sounds much like Chianti.

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The territory of vineyards and hill-towns that stretches between Florence and Siena. Eyery aspect of life in Chianti seems in perfect balance: the landscape is the sort of terrain beloved of painters evoking the Golden Age: the climate for most of the year is balmy, and even in the pit of winter rarely too grim; and on top of all this there’s the wine. the one one Italian vintage that’s fanu’liar to just about everyone.

chianti tours in tuscanyThe British, and others from similarly ill-favoured zones. were long ago alerted to Chianti’s charms. and the rate of immigration has been so rapid since the 1960`s that the region is now popularly known as “Chiantishire” or “Surrey in the Sun” With up to a million visitors a year, tourism has overtaken wine to become the region`s most important cash crop, and has helped push property prices beyond the reach of the local population – thus altering the tone of certain parts irreparably. Tourist handouts might talk of the charm of Chianti’s medieval hamlets, but many of them are places

Chianti – Siena – Tuscany wine tour from Rome with private guide

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