Teachers' Blog

Teachers' Blog

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

Read their Tumblr blog: you will find out much about italian culture and what living in Italy really means!


Do you want to know more about them? Read their CVs and watch their presentation on our Faculty Page.

Master carver Maestro Frati

We had the very special experience to meet master stone-carver Maestro Frati and to see his studio space in front of Siena’s synagogue, just around the corner from Piazza del Campo. Maestro Frati is t...

Cool-weather Italian Citrus

Did you know that the cool weather season is when Italian citrus fruits are at their peak? Discovering this was a big suprise for me, since didn't grow up in a a citrus-producing area.  Throughout the ...

A Difficult Past

Remembering a Difficult Past   Liliana Segre, Italian Senator for Life   Never before have I used the Teachers’ Blog to explore politics, but the autumn months of the present year mark noteworthy ann...

Autumn Cooking

Autumn is maybe the most exciting time to cook in Tuscany!   There are all kinds of fall treats like freshly-pressed olive oil, roasted chestnuts, "novello" wine, and different kinds of squash that you ...

Hiking club CAI SIENA

I recently had the chance to go on a hike with local hiking club CAI SIENA (for more info:www.caisiena.it/) It was a beautiful autumnal Sunday, perfect for a hike!  We drove from Siena to the Province ...

Birds for Neighbors

Truth be told, I’ve probably taken birds for granted most of my life, blithely letting them blend into the background. Throughout childhood, I guess I liked the birds of my native New England well enough—robins, blu...

Don't Cry for Me Argentina...

Last year, more or less this time, I visited Buenos Aires for a conference. The best thing in scholars’ life is travelling. Conferences are of course interesting, but it is always a good chance to know m...

Snowshoeing on Monte Amiata

Siena has a very active hiking club which is part of the national organization Club Alpino Italiano (CAI). The group is a similar organization to the Appalachian Mountain Club, which is was part of in...

Just in Case of Desertification

Sustainability - in other words how we run the only planet we have - is most of the time an environmentalist issue. In Europe now, surprisingly, the alarm has not been sounded by activists or scientists,...

Along the Bosham and Chichester Channels

Last week I was down along the coast at Wittering and Bosham on the south coast of England with my parents. Where the channels come in from the sea, East of Portsmouth, these stunningly beautiful areas...

Friends will be Friends!

Life is strange. You never know whom you’ll work with, what your job environment will be like, etc. And you’ll meet new people, some will go, some new ones will replace them. The relationships that you...

Taking the Waters

Captain Renault: And what, in heaven’s name, brought you to Casablanca? Rick Blaine: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert. Rick Bla...

Abetone and the Garfagnana

On the weekend we went walking up in the mountains at Abetone. The lifts weren’t working to take us up to the snowless skiing peaks, so not wanting to take my parents on an uphill ski slope challenge, I...

Siena Food Innovation

What is the connection between sexual confusion and drones? Among genetic label, insects, and rural cities? All have to do with the future of food. All have to do with food innovation, which was the main...

Chianti Hiking

Since I first moved to Italy, I've enjoyed being part of Italy's hiking club, the Club Alpino Italiano, which organizes all kinds of outdoor activities across the country. The Siena section of the cl...

UNESCO Cities and Heritage Sites Expo

From September 22nd-24th Siena will be hosting the UNESCO Cities and Heritage Sites Expo (Santa Maria della Scala, just in front of the Cathedral, free entrance), an occasion to virtually visit some of...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...
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