April 25: Liberation Day in Tuscany in Siena
A joyful holiday in Siena for April 25th
Being in Siena around April 25th opens the doors to many possibilities. The City of the Palio is notoriously a center of art and culture, but inside there are also parks, green spaces and other sites where to spend happy moments in the open air.
For Liberation Day, in fact, Spring has definitively blossomed and therefore there is nothing better than being in the open air, taking beautiful walks and enjoying a little sun after having to endure the cold temperatures of winter.
To spend a couple of hours in the countryside, an ideal and certainly thematic place with this anniversary could be the Unità d’Italia Park. It is a green area born in 2010 as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The site is equipped with gymnastic equipment at the complete disposal of visitors, but also with tables and chairs for those wishing to have a nice lunch or an original picnic.
Walking through the park you will arrive in a few minutes at two important sites in Siena such as the Medici Fortress and the Giardini della Lizza. On the latter site, in the mid-afternoon of every April 25, celebrations are held and the wreath in honor of the Fallen is deposited at the Asilo Monumento, one of the buildings present on site that was erected in memory of all the inhabitants of Siena who died during the First World War. After this appointment, the celebrations for this date also take place in Piazza del Campo where the national anthem is sung.
Anyone wishing to visit museums and exhibition spaces will be happy to know that these days the main museum of the city are open with their usual opening hours; Finally, those who want to satisfy the palate will have no problem finding well supplied wine bars and excellent restaurants, both in the center and in the more peripheral areas of Siena.
Destinations and attractions outside the city
If the weather permits, a spring date such as that of April 25th could deserve to be experienced also with trips and excursions outside the city.
For example, to satisfy desires for relaxation and well-being, the province of Siena includes 7 thermal destinations to reach for thermal baths or to undergo massages and wellness treatments. Three of these seven locations, namely Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo and the Terme di Petriolo, also offer free areas for access to the which no payment is required.
Another beautiful destination where art and nature blend seamlessly is the Chianti Sculpture Park in Pievasciata, in the municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga. This open-air exhibition space consists of a permanent exhibition of sculptures and artistic works that have the magnificent nature of Chianti as a stage and as a frame.
In another location in Chianti, about forty kilometers away from Siena, one of the main Tuscan events organized for this date takes place every April 25th. This is the now famous Festa della Stagion Bona in Panzano in Chianti, in the province of Florence. From morning to evening this beautiful town in the municipality of Greve in Chianti comes alive with excellent gastronomy, parades, historical re-enactments and various market stalls. To eventually reach the location in question there are three itineraries, one of which also allows you to pass through the beautiful villages of Monteriggioni and Castellina in Chianti.
Still on the subject of diving in the landscapes around Siena, another nice idea could be to reach Siena’s railway station to board the Nature Train. During the year this characteristic steam locomotive connects Siena with various locations in the province where festivals and events are taking place. On Liberation Day, for example, the train usually stops at Castiglione d’Orcia, for the Spring Festival, or San Quirico d’Orcia for the Orcia Wine Festival.
Choose a welcoming Siena Inns structure for this occasion!
By booking the Agriturismo Villa Agostoli you will find yourself surrounded by greenery but with the indisputable advantage of also being just a few minutes drive from the city. Accommodation in this structure takes place in apartments with elegant settings and every comfort. The outdoor spaces are a triumph of Spring, an idyll in which it will be a real pleasure to spend the sunny days in April.
To find yourself close to the main city sites and the green spaces we have talked about, do not hesitate to book a stay at the Hotel Italia. This 3-star hotel is located a quarter of an hour on foot from the historic center of Siena, has the advantage of being outside the LTZ and features a rich breakfast included in the booking price. Among other things, to reach Piazza del Campo from the Hotel Italia, you can walk through Via Camollia, a street in Siena full of clubs, restaurants, taverns and wine bars.
If you want to take advantage of a convenient parking for cars and motorbikes, taste the best recipes of the Tuscan tradition and have a tasty aperitif with a splendid panoramic view over the city then the structure that suits you is the Hotel Garden, a 4-star hotel with cocktail bar, large park and free WI-FI connection throughout the hotel.
Finally, for a romantic stay for two choose with your eyes closed and your heart open the delightful suites of the Relais degli Angeli. Book accommodation in this authentic “Love Nest” and you can spend colorful and bright spring days!