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The Contrada Year officially opens on Sunday the 23th of April. The programme is, as always, very exciting and involves everyone, guests and locals alike. The air is already filled with the “Bravìo delle Botti”.
At 9.30 a.m., parade of the representatives [Comparse] of the Contrade, through the whole of the old town centre.
At 10.30 a.m., the parade arrives at the church of Sant’Agnese. Here, the ceremony of the “three keys” will take place, followed by Holy Mass and the blessing of the flags.
At 12.15 p.m., flag salute of the Contrade in the square of the church of Sant’Agnese.
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From April, 15th to 25th 2017, ArtEarti, a market and exhibition dedicated to artisanal products Made in Italy and Made in Tuscany held at Fortezza Poliziana in Montepulciano (SI).
Three floors filled with display booths where visitors will be able to meet the artisans face to face and buy unique items, created through a combination of manual skills and artistic creativity.
WORKS ON DISPLAY
A space dedicated to an exhibition of unique pieces of artistic craftsmanship.
L’ARTE DEI SAPORI – “THE ART OF FLAVORS”
Following an appraisal of artisanal activities within gastronomic culture, an invitation has also been extended to companies that handcraft local specialties: cured meats, pecorino cheese, extra virgin olive oil, pasta, pastries, cereals, beans, jams and preserves. The production and processing of gastronomic products represent a field of renowned artisanal value, earning a place in important craft shows such as those in Florence and Milan for many years now. During the event these artisans of taste will be able to sell and offer samplings of their products.
WORKSHOPS – “STAY CREATIVE”
An area of the exhibition will be reserved for workshops and engaging creative activities with the collaboration of the artisans. Adults and children alike will be able to watch in real time the creation of small items or join handicraft and culinary workshops, such as the one dedicated to the preparation of pici (thick spaghetti).
The event is organized by Strada del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano e dei Sapori della Valdichiana Senese, with the support of the Municipality of Montepulciano, the CNA (National Confederation of Artisans) of Montepulciano and ARTEX-Centro per l’Artigianato Artistico e Tradizionale della Toscana (Centre for Artistic and Traditional Handicraft of Tuscany).
The Good Century of Sienese Painting
Major exhibition for 2017
This grand exhibition will run from 18 March to 30 June in three extraordinarily beautiful towns in the province of Siena: Montepulciano, San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza.
In Montepulciano, it will be hosted by the Crociani Civic Museum and Picture Gallery, in via Ricci, not far from Piazza Grande. Here, the section dedicated to the “good century of Sienese painting” is represented exclusively by Domenico Beccafumi (1486 – 1551), to whom a large canvas depicting Sant’Agnese Segni holding the town of Montepulciano in her hand, has recently been attributed, with documental proof.
Each of the three towns is going to host an exhibit dedicated to an important Sienese artist and his environment, creating an itinerary through which to explore other works, just as important as those on display but which, for various reasons, have remained in the original locations.
This solution will allow the ideal completion of the visit with the added value of visiting and discovering a splendid and magnificently conserved area of Italy. The aims of this exhibition include offering visitors the most all-encompassing view of a great century which has been somewhat forgotten.
Play the World is an initiative connected to the Play Film platform which allows entry into the world of film, into locations where the most important and exciting scenes of famous films have been shot. One of the locations chosen for exploration by this platform was that used for New Moon, a phenomenon of incredible proportions which drew the attention of thousands of young people from all over the world, who thronged to the town of Montepulciano, and its beautiful square, during filming. This attention continues years later, with many tourists still coming to Montepulciano in search of the key-places of this event film.
Play the World uses Google Street View technology, which makes it possible to explore the places of the film, access lots of information related to the shooting of the most important scenes, listen to the soundtracks, and discover the books that inspired the films, providing a good level of interactivity.
The platform was created in conjunction with film studios Disney, Fox, Paramount, NBC Universal, Rai, Sony Pictures, Under the Milky Way, and Warner Brothers, and with the NASA Earth Observatory and the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.
The Tower of the Town Hall is open to the public every day from 10 am until 6 pm. You can access the terrace (ticket price € 2.50) or climb up to the bell-chamber (ticket price € 5.00), where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Val di Chiana, ranging all the way to Montalcino, Pienza and Mount Amiata, with an amazing view of Piazza Grande and of Montepulciano’s entire Old Town Centre. For unforgettable "selfies".
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