Siena Running Tour is a new way of visiting the city by exploiting the potential of running and combining fitness and culture. Visitors will have the opportunity to cover a geographical space wider than what you can usually see with a classic visit on foot and enjoy unaspected views. The starting point is the Fortezza Medicea, a traditional Sienese fitness place, from which your guide will give you a wide introduction to the history of the city, taking advantage of the spectacular view of the Cathedral, of the Torre del Mangia, of the ancient hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, in short, of the most important monuments of Siena, as well as, of course, of the fortress itself. Then we will proceed towards the city center, the Market square, ending the tour in Piazza Salimbeni, historical site of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank.
Our first stop will be in Siena which with its medieval monuments and art treasures is considered a world heritage site by UNESCO. We'll start our walk from the Basilica of San Domenico, we'll continue to the panoramic viewpoint over the ancient city, next we'll stop at the house and sanctuary of Santa Caterina, to reach the square with the Duomo and the medieval hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. Piazza del Campo with Fonte Gaia and Torre del Mangia will be the next stop for more photo ops. On our way back to the car we'll see the beautifull Palazzo Tolomei and Palazzo Salimbeni. After Siena, we'll go back to the countryside. We'll enjoy an authenitic tuscan lunch in the medieval castle of Monteriggioni. After a short shopping and relax time, we'll enjoy a wonderful wine tasting at the boutique winery called Villa Trasqua. On our way back to Florence we'll stop at Piazzale Michelangelo, the most romantic panoramic viewpoint of the city.
The visit takes place among the most suggestive places of Siena linked to the figure of St. Catherine, patron saint of two districts of Siena, of Italy and co-patron of Europe. You will visit together with an expert local guide the Basilica of San Domenico, where the young woman joined the Dominican Tertiaries and in which the relics of the Saint are still preserved. Then you will visit the Sanctuary of St. Catherine, where she used to live with her family. From the house, you will descend towards Fontebranda, one of the oldest medieval fountains, whose water was used by the dyers, among them was Catherine's father. Afterwards, you will arrive at the medieval Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala, where you will visit the Oratory of "St. Catherine of the Night", where she rested and prayed after having dedicated herself to works of charity and assistance. The tour will allow you to get to know this brave woman of the past and to admire the wonderful landscapes that this itinerary offers.
When Lewis Luby (Jeremy Irons) comes to, late at night in an Italian hospital, he finds himself lying under the monstrous big toe of God. Surely there has been some mistake: Luby, who has never for one moment believed in the immortality of the soul, cannot possibly be in heaven! John Mortimer had the idea for Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven when he first visited the Santa Maria della Scala hospital in Siena and saw patients lying in beds under ceilings decorated with 15th-Century frescoes depicting Heaven and Hell. The play was first produced for BBC Radio 3 in 1976, with John Gielgud in the title role. Later that year it was presented on stage as part of a double bill 'Heaven and Hell', with Denholm Elliot as Luby. This BBC Radio 4 'Afternoon Play' production, starring Jeremy Irons as the protagonist, was first broadcast 31 December 2008 and repeated 15 February 2011. Stephen Critchlow, Marsha Fitzalan, Chris Pavlo, Donnla Hughes, Dan Starkey and Flaminia Cinque also feature amongst the cast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Irons, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/004947/rt_bbcw_004947_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
King of Shadows carries us to London along with a troupe of young American actors to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in the new Globe Theatre. But through the magic of Susan Cooper's imagination, the journey takes us through time, where one of the young actors discovers he has become a friend of, and actor alongside, none other than William Shakespeare. Audiobook cast principals (in order of appearance): John Romeo as Arby/Richard Burbage/Bottom Beau Melita as Eric Sawyer/Alex/Fairy Rob Dalton as Gil Warmun/John Hemings/Theseus John Scala as Joe Wilson/Harry/Titania Christopher Di Maria as Ferdie/Nick/Quince/Fairy Thomas Caska as Hy Schwartz/Thomas/Snout Mary Jane Hansen as Rachel Levin/Mistress Fawcett Aaron Marquise as David Roper/Felon/Fairy Will Deddrick as Sam/Hippolyta P.J. Verhoest as Nat Field/Puck Susan Cicarelli-Caputa as Maria/Aunt Jen Carole Edie Smith as Nurse Jenkins/Barbara Celia Mitchell as Queen Elizabeth Sean Patrick Fagan as Paddy/H. Condell/Moonshine/Fairy Ron Komora as Doctor/Joseph/Dog Owner David Bunce as Will Shakespeare/Oberon John McGuire as Nurse Stevens/Lord Randal Charles Franklin as Nathan/Fairy Devan Baumstein as Hospital Orderly/Lady in Waiting Ryan Goodale as Hospital Orderly/A Soldier Marcus Leff as A Dog George Franklin as Child 1. Language: English. Narrator: full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/nyst/000003/pf_nyst_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Santa Maria della Scala is a former hospital, now turned into a museum complex, in Siena, Tuscany, Italy. Located next to the city''s cathedral, it is one of the most ancient European hospitals. The hospital was founded by the Cathedral''s priests across the Via Francigena to house the pilgrims coming from France and northern Europe to Rome. It also supported poor and cared abandoned children. In the 15th century it became under the responsibility of the city''s commune, receiving numerous donations from the local wealthiest families. It also received important artistic works: these include a famous fresco cycle (now lost) with Histories of the Virgin, on the façade, by Simone Martini, Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti (1335), the series of frescoes with the Stories of the Hospital in the Pellegrinaio Hall, by Domenico di Bartolo, Lorenzo Vecchietta and Priamo della Quercia, the old sacristy, also decorated by Vecchietta, the Manto Chapel, with a lunette by Domenico Beccafumi, the 15th Fonta Gaia by Jacopo della Quercia, and the decoration of the large apse by Sebastiano Conca (late 18th century).