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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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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Discovering the Vasari Corridor in Florence

Did you know about the Vasari Corridor in Florence? If not, read this very interesting post and don’t miss the chance to visit it next time you are in Florence.

It is a kilometer long passageway which connects two of the most famous buildings in the city: the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace. Unfotunately, nowadays it is set up as a small museum.

Most visitors at the Uffizi don’t even know that behind that unmarked door stands a great treasure: the entrance, in fact, it is located on the first floor within the Uffizi Gallery behind an ordinary and apparently not important door, and that’s a pity, since it is something very interesting to visit for several different reasons. The first one, obviously, is connected to the fact that entering an inaccessible and mysterious place is something thrilling and intriguing.

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Carnival in Tuscany

Carnival has officially stated, since the celebrations have to end 40 days before Easter, according to the Bible. As soon as it ends, in fact, it starts the so-called Lent which prepares you to get ready for the Resurrection of Jesus.

Due to the fact that Easter is on March 31st this year, the first events started last weekend, even if the main festivals, such as the Viareggio Carnival, which are well known in all the world, will continue until the end of February.

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