The Lactating Madonna in Siena

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Art lovers, if you are in Tuscany in these days, do not miss the unique chance to see Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Lactating Madonna, one of the most important masterpiece of Medieval art, not only at the Italian level, but also at the European one.

Until January 31, 2014, the Crypt under the Duomo in Siena is hosting the famous painting, which will be displayed there since the place where it is held, the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art at the Oratory of San Bernardino, is closed during winter.

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History of the Saint Cassian abbey

If you are fascinated by history, religion and legend, once you are in Tuscany you can’t miss the Saint Cassian abbey, which is located between the two small towns of Greve and Figline.

It is a very old monastery named by the patron saint of writers and teachers, who is celebrated in Italy August 13th.

Built around 1040-1050 by the Buondelmonti monks, the abbey was part of a bigger complex of 7 abbeys founded by Saint John Gualbert, who belonged to the Vallombrosan Order.

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What to do in Tuscany?

According to what you like and what you don’t like, you can easily plan what to do in Tuscany even before arriving there.

If you like museums and galleries, you have to go to Florence, of course and spend at least half a day in the Uffizi museum before visiting all the other beauties of the city. This region is full of art galleries, statues (think about Michelangelo’s David) and galleries: check on the internet which one is your favorite and see if you can book the ticket on-line.

If you prefer music, there are several events in Tuscany, such as the seasonal Maggio Fiorentino, which takes place in May, and the opera season, which is of the best ones in Italy. If you have a chance, go to the Puccini Festival: it’s simply amazing.

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Tasting the Medieval cuisine in Italy

How many times have you read about or studied the Middle Ages? Italy is the perfect country where to see the ruins and some old building, but, moreover, to taste the cuisine people had back in that time.

Let me tell you it’s a big mistake if you think about it without variety or fantasy. In fact, as it is shown by some very old documents which survived still nowadays, several different dishes were prepared in 1326, when the nobleman from Siena Francesco di Messer Sozzo was named knight.

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