What does living in Siena really mean? What does this everyday relationship with the Chianti Classico territory entail? Through pictures and words, Dievole has made this kind of unfiltered storytelling its mission. But sometimes its necessary to take a step back, to look at things through the eyes of another person, admire our surroundings from a different perspective. In early June we received a beautiful message from one of our readers, saying that she really appreciated our vision and blog. Her story was fascinating so we decided to interview her on what living in Siena really means.
Thirty-two year old Anna Maria was born on the beautiful island of Sardinia but decided to study in Siena, where she stayed after graduating and now works in the events sector. She loves literature, movies, studying new languages and, last but not least, travelling – this passion has led her to discover the most hidden corners of our land. We enjoyed a nice chat with her, tackling subjects like art, social media, itineraries and, yes, food.
From the coasts of Sardinia to the world-renowned Tuscan sun. Tell us a bit about the choices that brought you here and made you fall in love with Siena and the land of Chianti Classico.
What could ever lead Sardinians away from our beloved land? I made this tough decision and followed my heart’s desire when I decided to pursue my passion in Art studies, after graduating from High School. Choosing the right school was quite easy: Siena’s athenaeum is one the most prestigious Italian universities. My final thesis focused on Iconography, while I specialised in Medieval Art History. I couldn’t have chosen a better setting for this kind of studies.
When people ask me what I love the most about Tuscany, I always quote geographer Henri Desplanques: “Refined people built the Tuscan countryside as a work of art. These were the very same people who in the fifteenth century commissioned paintings and frescoes: this is the characteristic, the main feature that throughout the centuries can be found in drawings of the countryside and the architecture of Tuscan houses. It is incredible how these people built their rural landscape as if they had no concern but that of creating a thing of beauty“. I also love the great awareness and pride that the Tuscans feel towards their artistic and cultural heritage, traditions and longstanding craftsmanship.
How did you discover Dievole and our Blog?
I discovered Dievole quite simply, thanks to a glass of its excellent Chianti Classico wine. I have been “initiated” to the magical world of wine for quite some time now and I started with what I believe is the true essence of Italian winemaking. One of my future projects involves becoming a sommelier. I started reading the blog thanks to Dievole’s social media, especially instagram which is my favorite platform, where I share my passions and pics of my trips.
Se vi è una magia su questo pianeta, è contenuta nell’acqua. (Loren Eiseley) #saturnia#termedisaturnia#manciano#maremma#terme#spa#spaaddict#tuscany#tuscanybuzz#toscana#health#healthliving#spaday#igerssienaintrasferta#italia#italy#topofitalyofficial#instaplace#relax#instapassport#discoveringitaly#discoveringtheworld#travelbug#digitalnomad
Siena isn’t only Piazza del Campo and its touristic landmarks. Which are your must-see places? Do you have a suggested itinerary?
Although predictable and very touristic, the Duomo and Piazza del Campo must be visited, but I also suggest perusing Palazzo Pubblico’s museum with Simone Martini’s wonderful Maestà, Guidoriccio Da Fogliano’s oeuvre and Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s frescoes portraying the Allegory of Good and Evil government: a sublime example of educational yet topical art.
To travellers on the road, I would suggest doing what I have learned after all these years living in Siena: just let yourself go and explore, possibly with a camera by your side. Siena offers unexpected and wonderful niches that no guide will ever be able to show you. When it comes to delving into the Tuscan countryside, I see it more as a state of mind than a geographical area – therefore all you have to do is breathe in all its strength and beauty. So my suggested itinerary is: no itineraries!
Più giro il mondo più ho la certezza che non esista paese più bello di questo…🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹. #italia#italy#italyiloveyou#italiantrip#toscana#topofitalyofficial#tuscany#tuscanybuzz#tuscanygram#discoveringitaly#toscana_amoremio#aroundsiena#valdorcia#sanquiricodorcia#visititaly#visittuscany#igerssiena#igersitalia#unescoworldheritage#unescoworldheritagesite#travelbug#travelgram#traveller#digitalnomad#passportready#sweetescape#instapassport#volgoitalia
For an art lover such as yourself, what was the most surprising element you encountered once you moved to Tuscany?
When I started living in Siena, what really surprised me about Tuscany was the feeling that nothing of its landscapes and architecture was by chance. Sometimes I feel like I’m standing inside a gigantic movie set where everything follows the precise will of a meticulous set designer, down to the smallest detail, as to create that fixed image that we all evoke in our minds when it comes to thinking about Tuscany. After all these years, maybe what really fascinates me about this region is its being magically suspended between reality and imagination.
Last but not least: what is your favorite Tuscan food?
Easy: pici cacio and pepe!
Thank you Anna Maria for sharing your story with us!
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