Goodmorning everyone from Borgo de’Brandi staff!
Winter is almost here, can you imagine that there are already Christmas decorations all around our streets?
Maybe it’s a bit early and some of you are still dreaming about diving in a pool, but don’t worry! We’re here to give you some advices to lead you to next summer!
In fact, today we’d like to talk about the huge artistic heritage that we have here in Tuscany, there’s a lot to see above food and wine! Our territory is full of museums and they’re all worth a visit!
Let’s start with Duomo di Siena:
The exterior of the cathedral is pretty impressive, and if you don’t have a lot of time in Siena, you might not even go inside and just enjoy the outside.
Built between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure, the cathedral is in the form of a Latin cross with a slight projecting dome and bell tower. The exterior and interiors are decorated in white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, black and white being the symbolic colors of Siena.
In Siena, on the other hand, you don’t know where to look. The columns continue the white/black marble striped motif and, if you look up, there are busts of past religious men of Siena looking down upon you. I recommend you take a special look at the pavement: the most impressive and beautiful of the treasures the cathedral holds are on the floor, where the pavement is decorated with the art of mosaics (using various techniques) to create storytelling masterpieces.
You absolutely can’t miss it!
Let’s go a bit far, you MUST visit Galleria degli Uffici in Florence, one of the most famous museums in the whole world!
The museum is organized as a long labyrinth of rooms with amazing works of art displayed roughly in chronological order along a U-shaped Renaissance building which was never created to be a museum. Cosimo de’ Medici had entrusted in 1560 his favorite architect Giorgio Vasari to create a grandiose building right next to Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of power, to host the magistrates, the seats of the Florentine Guilds, a vast theatre and judiciary offices.
A few steps from the diptych you’ll find the largest hall of the museum, housing the most stunning and breathtaking paintings by Sandro Botticelli (Halls 10-14). Stop for a few minutes to simply admire in silence the large panel of the Allegory of Spring and the canvas of the Birth of Venus.
Touring the Uffizi is surely one of the highlights of visiting Florence. The best part of the day to visit is doubtless in the afternoon; better after 4pm once large groups have left the museum. Take your time, enjoy glancing at the portraits, the views over the hills, the unforgettable priviledge of walking through “the Medici offices” with patience and respect for timeless treasures.
Between Siena and Florence you’ll find San Gimignano, with all its treasures!
The city of San Gimignano is a precious jewel in Tuscany and one of the top places we recommend you visit when you are in Tuscany. The view of its medieval towers piercing the sky is what enchants every single one of us, whether we’ve visited it already or not. Its small medieval streets then finish the spell!
Don’t miss the Musei Civici, composed by Palazzo Comunale, La Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa. You’ll be able to go on the top of the tower and admire our wonderful landscapes!
In San Gimignano there’s also the Duomo, the treasures inside include a fully-frescoed Duomo, which has NEVER actually needed “restoration” throughout the centuries. The colors you see are the original ones painted in the 1300s and their vividness and brightnessis awe-inspiring. While some sections do show signs of wear and tear with missing pieces (San Gimignano was bombed during World War II), others seem to have been painted only recently.
There are plenty of masterpieces inside of it, so we suggest you to take your time to admire everything!
As you can imagine, the list could be endless, the ones above are the best ones for us, also because they’re closer to the Borgo so you don’t have to spend a lot of time to reach them.
It would be great to visit them with a guide, there are plenty of organized tours, even if they’re stunning so you’ll be able to enjoy them also without a guide!
We can’t wait to see you next year, in the meantime there will be a lot of posts like this to start filling your schedule!
Have a good day and a good weekend everyone!
Borgo de’Brandi staff