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The Accademia chigiana and Palazzo Chigi Saracini

The Accademia Chigiana was born at the beginning of the last century from the idea of Count Guido Chigi Saraceni, a music passionate, who opened his house to events and educational classes to teach young musicians coming from all over the world.

Siena, the town of music

Over the years, he gradually increased the number of students coming from all continents, today representatives of around 50 nations, as well as expanding the number of courses, in a continuous exchange between old and new generations of students become teachers and part of the history of the Academy, whose classrooms have received the best of international music. Palazzo Chigi Saracini is located a short walk from Piazza del Campo and is an architectural jewel in the Gothic style. Home of Count Guido Chigi Saracini, at his death in 1965, the property passed to the Chigi Music Academy Foundation.


Palazzo Chigi Saracini opens its doors to the public at certain times of the year, set times to not interfere with the educational activities. Outside, the building looks nice with three lights in neo-Gothic style with a tower of the twelfth century, which is the oldest part. Inside is the furniture and furnishings of aristocratic and an art gallery with works by Italian artists.

Inside the music

The itinerary of the Palazzo Chigi-Saracini start with the private residence of the Counts Chigi Saracini, which is located in the sixteenth century Palazzo. The rooms are richly decorated with refined aristocratic taste: the walls with tapestries and paintings by famous artists, the floors in the traditional terracotta painted, the fabulous Murano glass chandeliers, furniture inlaid with semiprecious stones of Florentine workmanship, as well as typical objects of aristocratic collectors as ivory, silver, porcelain and chinoiserie. A special importance has the largest collection of ceramics from the most important Italian schools from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.

The other part of the visit is dedicated to the Art Gallery, which Guido Saracini opened to the public so that everyone could appreciate the enormous collection of art collected by his father during the terrible Napoleonic suppression. These are important works of great artists of Italian painting and particularly Sienese, the "primitives" of the XIII century to the "purists" of the nineteenth century: Sassetta, Sano di Pietro, Botticelli, Sodoma, Beccafumi, Cassioli, Manetti, Vanni, pink and Maccari.

On display are a thousand works, but another 10,000 are kept in storage and used for thematic exhibitions that regularly take place on the ground floor of the Palazzo Chigi - Saracini. In addition, the Palazzo Chigi - Saracini houses a museum of antique musical instruments, with violins, violas, cellos and basses of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and other newer belonged to Stradivari, and then keyboard instruments like two virginal of five hundred, of a fortepiano ' early nineteenth three harpsichords, one of which is the most ancient instrument like that come down to us (1515).

And then the concert hall, the Chigi Saracini took him into their home, still used for international music festivals: a winter (Micat in Summit) and a summer (Summer Chigiana).

Tips and info

The guided tour of the Palazzo Chigi Saracini is limited to Friday and Saturday, just because of the educational activities that take place.

For info on events and concerts, visit this web site http://eng.chigiana.it/

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