If You Were Here Now

If you were at Borgo di Vagli in your Tuscan residence in the coming months, below are a few attractions to consider attending.

Maria Abramovic
Palazzo Strozzi
Sept 21 2018 - Jan 20 2019

From 21 September 2018 to 20 January 2019 Palazzo Strozzi is hosting Italy’s first ever major retrospective devoted to Marina Abramović, one of the most celebrated and controversial figures on the contemporary art scene, a woman who with her works has revolutionised the very idea of performance art, putting her body to the test to probe her outer limits and her potential for expression.
The event takes the shape of a mesmerising retrospective bringing together some 100 artworks by the artist, offering visitors an overview of the most celebrated works in her career stretching from the 1960s to the 2000s with videos, photographs, paintings, objects, installations and the live re-performance of her celebrated performances by a group of performers specifically selected and trained for the show.

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Open Cellars on St Martin’s day
10/11 November

San Martino in Cantina has become “Cantine Aperte for San Martino”: the Movimento Turismo del Vino event for the fall which debuts on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 all over Italy with a new look but with the same intent to share with wine lovers the joy of tasting wines from the latest harvest as well as tasting them with seasonal products. It is in this spirit that the MTV wineries prepare to welcome visitors during tastings, lunches with winemakers and numerous activities until sunset.

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White Truffle Exhibition Market
San Giovanni d’Asso
10/11 and 17/18 November

Another area famous for its truffles, San Giovanni d'Asso will be open its doors, markets, and museums for the guests to taste and explore the delicate flavors and recipes of the black and white truffles. The calendar is filled with cooking demonstrations, steam engine train rides, organized search parties for the “Diamond of the Creti Senese”.

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White Truffle Exhibition Market
From October 31st to November 4th

Spotlight on one of the most famous Umbrian food treasures: the white truffle of Gubbio, the Tuber Magnatum Pico.

In the Candle Town you will be able to take a trip among the flavours of the tradition, among taste, art and culture thanks to the 2018 edition of the “Market Exhibition of the White Truffle and agri-food products”.

Seasoned hams and cheese, olive oil and handmade honey, saffron and chocolate: these are just some of the excellent Umbrian foods and wine that will be the perfect corollary to the protagonist of the exhibition, the sought-after white truffle of Gubbio.

Villaggio Tirolese
From 17th November to 26th December

Piazza Grande in the heart of Arezzo will be festooned with one of the largest Tyrol markets in Italy. Over 34 wooden huts selling an array of Christmas decorations, gifts, food and some of the best Tyrol beers with a large Tyrol house at its center. Many other activities are also available in and around the piazza.

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Centogusti dell’Appennino
From 1st November to 4th November

The event will take place from 1st to 4th November throughout the historical center of the town. The exhibition, dedicated to the world of agritourism and food and wine, represents a moment of direct encounter between producer and consumer. As always present countless items of excellence, from pecorino to chocolate, from wines to vegetables, from typical sweets to salami, with the possibility of tastings and purchasing on the spot, with the advantage of a direct dialogue with the producers. All will take place in the historic center of one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, which for the occasion will open the typical shops to accommodate companies and visitors.


Festa del Tordo
November 4th

The Sagra del Tordo is the largest and most important traditional festival for Montalcino in which the entire population is involved. The Sagra del Tordo is a local festival in which to observe and be observed, with the people dressed in medieval costumes and which also includes the typial local gastronomy, dances and celebrations culminating in a challenge with bows and arrows.

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Festa dell’Olio
San Quirico D’Orcia
From 7th to 9th of December

Ochre coloured carpets, smoky grey scarves, tobacco coloured sheets, the subtlest tones of green and yellow spread all over the hillsides, mark the cycles of changing seasons. Yet during the whole year there is always a filigree of silver light, looking as if spilt out of the moon’s bucket, crossing our territory and making it eternal.

Our brothers the olive trees are humble yet precious, simple and contorted, ancient and always new in productive strength. The oil they produce gives even the simplest dishes a matchless richness of taste.

In 1993 the idea of celebrating our extra virgin olive oil was born. A celebration with the same popular characteristics as the olive tree, a festival with a lot of ingredients, lots of food, as cheerful as the street musicians, the jugglers, fire eaters, and stilt walkers. A festival with the magic taste of simple things just like its protagonist, the extra virgin olive oil of San Quirico which appears everywhere in the village, along the street, in shops, bars and in cellars when least you expect it. It can be tasted on “bruschetta” after “bruschetta” (toasted bread) going from one producer to another. It can be appreciated, measured and compared with the help of an expert guide during oil tasting sessions. You can discover not only its nutritional aspects but also the toning effects that oil has on the body.

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