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piazza del duomo

For any art lovers who are planning on enjoying a relaxing
stay at one of our Siena villas this summer, there will be many delights that
await them in the heart of the city, at the Piazza del Duomo.

Two exciting exhibitions are making an appearance well into
the autumn, providing an excellent artistic contrast of both the classical and
the contemporary in a city which boasts both fascinating history and an
excellent modern culture scene.

Lovers of both classical art and architecture alike will be
dazzled by the intricate marble floors of Siena’s cathedral, which are normally
covered up out of sight from the public. It will therefore be an amazing
experience for visitors and a rare opportunity to marvel at the elaborate
designs. Created over more than five hundred years between the 1300s and 1800s,
the designs lay out important narratives from the Christian faith and were made
using elaborate etching techniques. Many acclaimed artists contributed to the
floors, among them Domenico di Bartolo, Domenico Beccafumi and Matteo di
Giovanni. First unveiled to the public on June 29, the floors will be on display
for visitors until July 31, before access is opened once again from August 18
to October 26.

In contrast, the Santa Maria della Scala museum complex will
be hosting an exhibition titled Winter Flowers in New York, by leading
contemporary artist Francesco Clemente. Showcasing ten never-seen-before
unpublished paintings, the exhibition is inspired by several varieties of
flowers and was created over a five-year period while working with curator Max
Seidel. Winter Flowers in New York will be appearing at the museum well into
the autumn, hosting the exhibition until October 2. 

Image: Julie
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