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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Heading to the Venice Biennale from Siena!

From May 13th through November 26 2017, the massive event of the 57th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition is taking place.  Venice has a great connection by high-speed train to Florence, which is...

Contemporary art exhibits on view in San...

There are three exciting exhibitions of contemporary art currently on view at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, on view now through August 28th 2017: ANTONY GORMLEY 'Co-ordinate', SUBODH GUPTA 'In...

Luminara: June 16th Festival of Lights in...

The evening of June 16th an exciting festival of lights "Luminara" will take place in the nearby city of Pisa!  It is easy to reach Pisa from Siena by train, less than 2 hours door-to-door.  (find train s...

An Italian summer treat: caffè shakerato

The Tuscan sun is finally beating down, giving us some warm summer days here in Siena.  The start of the summer season means it's time to enjoy the cool and refreshing Italian treat of a caffè shakerato!  The...

Beach Bus: From Siena to the Mediterranean...

From the end of May through Sept 10 2017 the Beach Bus is running from Siena to several points along Tuscany's coast.  This convenient bus connection makes it super-easy to plan a day-trip get-away from ...

Soaking in Tuscany's Hot Springs!

The unique geology of Siena means that we are blessed with natural thermal baths in the area, and visiting these hot springs can be a great day-trip or long-weekend from the city center!   What sounds ...

Exploring the Enlightenment in Siena and...

For any student of Liberal Arts, the Age of the Enlightenment is fascinating to explore. A surge of interest in the pursuit of knowledge which swept across Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, it's ...

Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance

American contemporary artist Bill Viola currently has a large retrospective exhibition on view in the nearby city of Florence through July 23 2017.  I was able to see this exhibit a few weeks ago, and ...

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 ...
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