Teachers' Blog

Teachers' Blog

Discover Siena School for Liberal Arts staff and teachers' view on art, sustainability, the universe and everything!

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The Rose of the Winds

In tenth grade—a little while ago—we students were required to take a wonderful History course called something like “The Origins of Western Civilization.” Great stuff! Sumer, Egypt, Greece, the Etrusca...

Studio Azzurro and the Museo Minerario of...

Abbadia San Salvatore is a small town about 1 hr drive from Siena located in the area of Monte Amiata, a region rich in cinnabar red. Etruscans lived in the surrounding area and used cinnabar red as a...

Siena's Libraries

Looking for a place where to study, there is no shortage of libraries in Siena! If you'd like to hang out in a Renaissance cloister, go to the University of Economics library (piazza San Francesco), whereas...

To the North of Italy!!

Maybe it's because of the weather – known to be foggy and gray during more or less the whole year – or because of the people – known to be cold and introverted – but I've always preferred to take trips t...

Chiusi

I've been to Chiusi before, but just stopping at the train station to change trains.  It's main stopping point for trains heading to Rome. This past weekend I had a 90-minute gap between trains, and it ...

Save the Mediterranean Diet

Although the Mediterranean diet is now acknowledged as a healthy diet, paradoxically, it has been abandoned, mainly among the young generation, in most Mediterranean countries. Even in Italy, the Mediterranean...

The Forgotten Art of Lean-To

Funny thing is, we realized it’s been years since we last took a dip in the Mediterranean.Years—maybe ten. Once it was a regular thing, but for too many summers to count,we’ve grown used to visiting my fa...

Francigena

One of the loveliest walks in Tuscany and other parts of Italy is the Via Francigena, the ancient road and pilgrim route running from France to Rome, though it is usually considered to have its starting...

Exploring Rome

I had the chance to explore some fascinating archaeological sites in Rome's city center. Rome is an easy 3-hour bus ride from Siena, so I've had the chance to visit many times in the past, but this was...

Education in Siena

This blog article is very special for us at Siena School for Liberal Arts: its author is NAU teacher Frances Julia Riemer, whose students were with us for Siena School/NAU 2016 Education Program! I’ve b...

Festa della Liberazione!

Slightly after the fact, but I thought I’d call the attention of non-Italian friends to an important holiday celebrated here each year on April 25 — the day designated to commemorate the overthrow of ...

Erasing street art

Most people come to Italy fascinated by the art of the past. But how many know contemporary Italian art? Street Art, for example. Who knows that Keith Haring left one of his last works, Tuttomondo, in ...

Toscana petalosa!

Tuscany is in bloom, with wild flowers popping up everywhere! Have you heard about the Italian word "petaloso", and adjective meaning "full of petals"?  You might have seen the news about this brand-new ...

Road Trippin' to Massa Marittima

You can’t resist Road trippin’ through Tuscany in general and the South of Tuscany in particular. An enchanted past has survived throughout the centuries. Modernity exists in the shell of a world that was...

History of a Tuscan Villa: Art, History and...

There are so many  beautiful villas in the Tuscan countryside, but today I want to let you know  a special one: La Foce. I casually discovered this place through a book written by an old schoolfriend. W...

Primavera!

Yes, it’s here.  Time once again to walk through the woods with my wife Valeria and hunt for wild asparagus.   Before moving to Tuscany—or before getting to know Valeria, for that matter—I never dreamed...

The spirit of the Twentieth Century in a...

From March 19 to July 24 Palazzo Strozzi – in Florence – hosts a great exhibition entitled “From Kandinsky to Pollock. The art of the Guggenheim collections”. I’ve always been attracted by the so define...

#WomenHistoryMonth: Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola, Self-Portrait, 1556, Lancut Museum, Poland. Sofonisba Anguissola is a rare example of a woman who led a successful career as a painter during the late Italian Renaissance.  She w...

In trouble with your Italian? Speak Grammelot!

Today I’d like to celebrate Dario Fo, in my opinion Italy’s greatest actor, play-writer, theatre director, comedian, singer, painter and political campaigner. Fo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Liter...

Mimosas on March 8th: standing for Italian...

Now is the time of year when Siena is awash in gold, as the mimosa trees’ clusters of yellow blooms are bursting into bloom everywhere. In Italy, since WWII, flower has been adopted as a symbol for I...
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