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      The Siena Photography Awards called SIPA CONTEST is an annual competition among the best photographer worldwide known as well as photo amateurs. This year is on show in Siena from October 24th to November 29th. Don’t miss it!! One of the most renowned photo contest in the world with a selection among 48.000 images from 161 countries. Even if it is on its 7th edition, the SIPA Contest became a festival where professional expert and amateur photographers gathering to share their passion for this art. But who are the heros? Photographers: professionals, amateurs and students coming from 161 countries. They are the artists able to capture the moment, the unique and unrepeatable moment that will make just unique their photo. The themes chosen for the competition were various and left ample space also for modern experiments with unusual subjects. Again this year the selection is entrusted to a jury of professional photographers and unfortunately, due to COVID emergency, in this edition there won’t be a final ceremony to award the winners of each category. Visitors safety is the most important issue,  that’s why the exhibition will be spread into different  indoor and outdoor locations: The main exhibition is in the Former Distillery lo Stellino – Via Fiorentina 95 Other locations are: Gardens In via del Romitorio – near Arco di Fontegiusta The Medici Fortress The Natural History Museum of Siena The Cloister of San Domenico Basilic La Tinaia cultural Centre – in Sovicille (12 Km away from Siena) There is also an exhibition inside the exhibition along the street of Siena city centre. It is a real journey dedicated to the cities during the lockdown for Covid19 emergency. The portraits are wearing a QRcode as a mask  and this will take you to a great journey for each picture with unedited video shot during the lockdown by the photographers taking part to SIPA2020.   The exhibitions are open to the public from October 24 to November 29 Opening Time:Friday: 03:00 pm-07:00 pmSaturday-Sunday: 10:00 am-07:00 pmHolidays: 10:00 am-07:00 pm Entrance: Cumulative ticket: € 12,00 per personCumulative ticket (over 65 ): € 8,00 Cumulative ticket (student): € 5,00Free entrance for visitors under 10 accompanied by parents You can purchase your ticket on linehttps://app-festival.sienawards.com/tickets   Borgo Grondaie is located only 2 km away from Siena City centre and just 3 km away from Immagine all the people sharing all the world Photo Exhibition.  You do not need your car to reach most of the locations of the exhibition because you can even reach them on foot! Don’t miss it!

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    FROM SIENA TO THE CRETE, SLOWLY DOWN TO THE SOUTHERN VAL D’ORCIA UP TO THE FOOTHILLS OF MOUNT AMIATA,  A JOURNEY THROUGH NATURE, TRADITIONS AND GOOD FOOD! A trip on the Steam Train takes you back in time. Not only because the old fashion carriages which are completely originals, but also for the events that are encountered along the way. This is one of the best way to enjoy the traditions of Tuscany as in autumn there are lots of fairs and festivals in little towns with music, local food and good wine. Train are real old steam train or vintage train from 70s.  The thrill of getting on-drawn carriages these dark smoldering giants is good fun for everyone both young and old. The traveling slower than the modern trains, also allows you to fully enjoy the beauty of the changing landscape along the way: the sweet rooling hills of Crete,  the steam train glides gently into the wild landscape of the Val d’Orcia  with small hilltop villages, up to the green  forests of the Monte Amiata. During the seasons change the colors, scents and so it’s every time a truly unique experience! Many routes that allow you to visit less tourist places but still rich in art and history. You can jump down the train in one of the romantic stations and then walk down paths to reach churches, villages and castles, stopping on the way  for a tasting wine and food in farms or have fun at fairs and festivals with local people. Every season is a good season to visit Tuscany on a Steam Train. In Springtime May and June you can enjoy the green countryside and flowers of the crete, on the other hand in autumn ( from September to November) you can enjoy the beauty of the countryside as well as join festival and events like Sagra del Tordo in Montalcino, Truffle events in Asciano and Chestnuts festival in Abbadia San Salvatore. Steam Train program is every year different, that's why we suggest you to check on the web site: https://www.ferrovieturistiche.it/en/ The departure is as usual from Siena station which is 600m from Borgo Grondaie and easily reached on foot thanks to a brand new walkway Participation fee Adults Euro 37,00  Children under 10 years: free without the right to a seat accompanied by at least one paying adult, or € 16.00 with seat assignments (the children’s seats are a limited number) Registration fee for each participant: € 3.00 Take the chance to visit Siena and its countryside on a Steam Train...travel slow...travel green and discover festival and traditions of Tuscany.