CAA2015 Siena has ended
Official schedule of the CAA 2015 Siena Conference, held from March, 30th to April, 3rd in Siena, Italy.
Keep the revolution going.
Afterwork [clear filter]
Monday, March 30

20:15 CEST

Icebreaker Party
The Ice breaker will be an effective and informal way to kick off the 43rd CAA 2015 SIENA “KEEP THE REVOLUTION GOING”. All delegates are invited to participate in the event to enjoy the hospitality of the University of Siena in the Chiostro of the San Francesco’s church.

Monday March 30, 2015 20:15 - 23:00 CEST
Chiostro di San Francesco
Tuesday, March 31

19:00 CEST

Duomo Tour
The heart of art, history and tradition of Siena, the Duomo of Siena whose impressive mass rises in harmony with the square, constitutes one of the most illustrious examples of Romanesque-Gothic cathedrals in Italy. According to tradition, the current cathedral took the place of an early church dedicated to Mary, built around the XI century on the site of an earlier temple dedicated to Minerva. Although not documented, it is believed that the building was consecrated in 1179 in the presence of pope Alessandro III Bandinelli from Siena, following the peace treaty signed with the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, known as Barbarossa.

Tuesday March 31, 2015 19:00 - 20:30 CEST
Duomo of Siena
Wednesday, April 1

20:30 CEST

Social Dinner
Wednesday April 1, 2015 20:30 - 21:30 CEST
Rocca Salimbeni
Thursday, April 2

19:15 CEST

Visit to the Accademia Musicale Chigiana
Palazzo Chigi Saracini is the home of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Those who enter can learn the history of some of the most prestigious aristocratic families of Siena through the artifacts held there. They will be able to admire one of the most important private collections, compiled by Galgano Saracini, who – with great taste and insight – put together between the end of the 18th and the first decades of the 19th centuries paintings, marble and terracotta statues, bas-reliefs, porcelain, chinoiserie, valuable creations in ivory, wood and semiprecious gems, as well as a ceramics collection from one of the most noted Italian schools of the 16th and 17th centuries, creating a unique art gallery.

Thursday April 2, 2015 19:15 - 20:15 CEST
Meeting Piazza del Campo

20:00 CEST

City Hiking
Inside the walls walking in-between the city and the countryside. This itinerary will give you a general idea of Siena, showing how the countryside and urban areas live together – a trip among the little picturesque streets, the Justice Gate, and the Follonica valley.

Thursday April 2, 2015 20:00 - 21:00 CEST
Friday, April 3

08:15 CEST

Conference Tour : Experiencing Tuscan Iconic Archaeological Landscapes
Experiencing Tuscan Iconic Archaeological Landscapes

8:20 a.m. Departure from Siena

9:30 a.m. Arriving in Montalcino (english-speaking guide if you wish)

The town has been made incredibly rich and famous by its Brunello wine, one of the world’s best and most appreciated Italian wines. Montalcino was already well-known for its fine red wines during the 15th century. Montalcino is not just wine, it is also very rich in artistic treasures. The historical center is dominated by the mighty and imposing Rocca or fortress built in 1361 to mark the passage of Montalcino under the domination of Siena. The views from its ramparts are spectacular, stretching towards Monte Amiata, across the Crete to Siena, and across all of the Valdorcia and the hills of Maremma.


Another landmark of Montalcino is the tall and slender clock tower that graces thePalazzo dei Priori, the city’s town hall, while below lies the main square known as Piazza del Popolo with its characteristic Gothic loggia. Also worth visiting are the Palazzo Vescovile and the churches of Sant’ Agostino, Sant’ Egidio and San Francesco.

12.00 a.m. Visit to a Brunello winery

The essential component of a great wine growing area, climate represents an important variable in the cultivation of the vine; it is able to impact production, in no small way, in terms of both quantity and quality.  The entire area in Montalcino is characterized by high exposure to sun and breezes, with rainfall concentrated mainly in the autumn.  A temperate climate that, thanks to dramatic variations between daytime and nightly temperatures, allow the grapes to fully ripen under optimal conditions.

12:30 p.m. Wine tasting and lunch in Brunello winery

3:00 p.m. PIENZA (english-speaking guide if you want)

3:30 p.m. Arriving in Pienza

This charming village is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Piccolomini had the money and influence to transform his birthplace village, the humble Corsignano, into what he considered the Utopian city should be, exemplifying the principles and philosophy of classical times and of the great Italian Renaissance. The project was designed by the architect Bernardo “il Rossellino” under the guidance of the great humanist Leon Battista Alberti. In only 3 years, a group of amazing and harmonious buildings were completed: the Cathedral, the Papal or Piccolomini Palace, the Town Hall, and the lovely central square onto which all of these buildings look upon. The Duomo or Cattedrale dell’Assunta hosts very fine paintings by the most renowned artists of the period, while the octagonal bell tower standing over the ancient crypt with the same octagonal shape points to the sky. Both dominate the landscape as you view Pienza from afar. The imposing Palazzo Piccolomini to the right of the Duomo has a fantastic Loggia with a delightful hanging garden from which you can enjoy unique and breathtaking panoramas of the Val d’Orcia Valley, from Montalcino to the Mount Amiata.

5:00 p.m. Departure from Pienza

6:00 p.m. Arriving in Siena

Friday April 3, 2015 08:15 - 11:30 CEST
University of Siena San Niccolò Building
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