The Easter holidays are a nice reason to plan a holiday in Siena and take advantage of the spring weather, an invitation to contemplate the landscape, take stunning pics and spend pleasant moments with your loved ones.
This year Easter is celebrated on April 1st, and we give you some suggestions on how to spend this long weekend in Siena and surroundings, as several events are scheduled in other Tuscan hamlets easily reachable from here.
Last days of Lorenzetti exhibition
Due to its great success, the exhibition on Ambrogio Lorenzetti has been extended until April 8th, so these are the last days to see the restored frescoes and works on loan from the most prestigious museums in the world (Louvre, National Gallery, Uffizi Galleries, Vatican Museums, Yale).
This brilliant artist has revolutionized the concept of the ar paintings and has described his epoch (the XIV century) with his works as few others.
The exhibition is housed by Santa Maria della Scala and includes other venues where works by Lorenzetti are kept: the Basilica of San Francesco, the Church of Sant’Agostino and Public Palace.
To plan your visit, find more info here: www.santamariadellascala.com/en/.
Museo dell’Acqua, a lesser known gem in Siena
If you are in Siena this weekend, visit a place that is often not mentioned by tourist guides, the Water Museum, open from Saturday 31st March to 2nd April, a museum dedicated to the so-called Bottini and the sources of Siena, the ingenious system that supplied water to this town, located far from lakes and rivers.
Have fun with the multimedia installations and the guided tour, here are more details available about this original museum: museoacqua.comune.siena.it.
Easter Monday in Buonconvento aboard Treno NaturaEaster Monday is traditionally dedicated to out-of-town trips, so we suggest visiting a town near Siena on board an «unusual» means of transport: a steam train! Treno Natura is the name of the initiative that for many years allows you to make short trips on a steam locomotive, watching the landscape from a different perspective.
The destination of Easter Monday will be Buonconvento, where the antique fair «Cose del Passato» takes place; take the chance to shop and spend an amazing day in the heart of Tuscany.
Take note that the departure is at 8:55 am from Siena and that the reservation is required (www.terresiena.it/trenonatura/informazioni-e-prenotazioni).
Spiritual itinerary to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo
Easter is also a chance to get to know the most important churches and join spiritual paths, such as the one that starts at Sant’Antimo Abbey on Friday 30th March, a precious opportunity to visit all the church and cloister environments.
The Abbey, near Montalcino, is one of the most evocative places in Tuscany and all the celebrations in progress for the Holy Week are officiated in Gregorian chant.
Siena and the surrounding hamlets are full of treasures to be unveiled and emotions to be preserved, experiences kept in the heart and which invite you to come back many times to these enchanting lands.