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pieve di Ponte allo Spino sullo sfondo, in primo piano fiat 500 d'epoca

The parish church of Ponte allo Spino

In the plain below Sovicille, there is the oldest church (perhaps) of the Sienese diocese. Everyone calls it Ponte allo Spino because of the stream of the same name but, in reality, it is the parish church of S. John the Baptist. Like all churches, it stood on important communication routes: the Roman road that …

Siena Via fosso di sant'ansano con facciata santa maria della scala

Via Fosso di Sant’Ansano – Siena

Siena, Piazza della Postierla, better known as “Quattro Cantoni”.  Its name derives from latin “posterula”, little gate. This led to a ditch along a precipice where were the ancient walls of Siena with its charcoal pits.  The medieval Hospital of Saint Mary of the Ladder buys this space from Municipality ‘cause it needs to expand.  However, the expansion …

tarsia dell'Allegoria del Colle della Sapienza

Zeno’s Adventure

Zeno is on his boat in the open sea, in his way back from Phenicia with his cargo of purple. He is over 30 now, he has gained experience as a merchant, he knows the risks of the trade, most of all the navigation one. But experience is never enough when you have to deal …