Villages in Chianti

Radda in Chianti
This village (53Om, pop: 1,655) is situated on a hill covered with woods and extensive vineyards forming the watershed between the Pesa and Arbia valleys.

Formerly belonging to the Guidi family, it came under Florentine control in 1203. After being fortified in 1400 it was, from 1415 onwards, head of the League of Chianti, and it preserves the remains of its ancient walls.

The structure of the medieval village is still intact; it grew up elliptically around the church of San Nicolò, of 14th century origin and the Palazzo Pretorio. Built about 1415, its facade is adorned with the coats of arms of the podestà (chief magistrates), the latter is now the seat of the municipality.
 
Just outside the village, in the Vignale farm, are the headquarters of the Chianti Classico consortium (its symbol is the black-cockerel, the former emblem of the League of Chianti), and the Centro di Studi Chiantigiani (Centre for Chianti Studies), founded in 1984, with a small library and an archive devoted to the history of Chianti and its agriculture. The Montevertine farm, near the village, houses the small Museo del Chianti, with displays relating to the farming community.

Where is Radda in Chianti: it is located in the north of Siena province, in the border with the province of Florence and Arezzo. 

Distances: Siena 30 Km – Florence 50 Km – Pisa 110 Km – Arezzo 57 Km
Castellina in Chianti
The city’s origins go back to Etruscan times and came under Florentine control starting in the 12th century when it became an important outpost due to its strategic position between Florence and Siena. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times during the battles between the two cities and every time the town was reconstructed with bigger defensive walls. Legend has it that even Brunelleschi was asked to work on the project of new walls for the town.

Along the ancient walls an impressive underground tunnel used by the guards back then remains, now called Via della Volte which today is a fascinating tunnel with shops and restaurants. I suggest you walk down the tunnel during different times of the day so that you can admire the view of the surrounding Chianti countryside with various degrees of light from the small windows along the tunnel. The tunnel itself goes around the city and encloses the delightful city center, itself divided by its main street, Via Ferruccio. Here you’ll find many shops, workshops, restaurants and important palaces such as Palazzo Banciardi and Palazzo Squarcialupi, both belonging to local noble families. Inside Palazzo Squarcialupi the Enoteca Antiquaria is now housed, a wine shop for over a 100 years old which represents an important historical archive of wine and which has helped preserving the original characteristics of Chianti Classico wine itself.

The Church of San Salvatore deserves a visit. It was rebuilt in 1945 after the devastation of WWII but which still displays a valuable fresco by Lorenzo Bicci depicting the Virgin Mary with Child and a wooden statue from the Renaissance. A few steps away from the city center, theFortress with its tall tower offers a stunning panorama of the town and countryside. Inside the Fortress is the headquarters of the Municipality and the Archeological Museum of Chianti, displaying important archeological findings from the surroundings that testify to the ancient origins of the Chianti region.

The Story Behind Michelangelo’s David by Silvia Donati

David Galleria dell'Accademia

The David, perhaps the world’s most famous sculpture, surely one of Florence’s greatest attractions, stands at 5.16 meters tall in the Accademia Gallery.

This outstanding sculpture was created between 1501 and 1504 by Renaissance genius Michelangelo, after the enormous block of marble used for the statue had lied abandoned for 25 years in the courtyard of the Opera del Duomo because the two artists originally commissioned with the work thought the marble, which came from the quarries in Carrara, had too many imperfections.

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The Light is the Healer

“Light
will someday split you open
even if your life is now a cage,
For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
that you hold the title to.
Love will surely bust you wide open
into an unfettered, blooming new galaxy
A life-giving radiance will come,
O look again within yourself,
For I know you were once the elegant host
To all the marvels in creation.
Behold the Beautiful One
from the vantage point of Love.
He is conducting the affairs
of the whole universe
in a tree house – on a limb
in your heart.”
‪#‎Hafiz‬

The light in Bali is a healer unto itself. It is unlike other light. It does open you wide as it whispers love into the air around you.

One only needs to sit amongst the trees and absorb their medicine, along with the symphony of healing botanicals all around you.

Looking out at the coconut palm trees you can feel the universe being conducted – through your human experience of love “in a tree house – on a limb in your heart.” – Blessed be, Silvia

I can’t wait to return to lead my ‪#‎Bali‬ ‪#‎YogaRetreat‬ and http://www.BaliSpiritFestival

With deepest gratitude to http://www.JimBeckwith.com for his genious photographic skills. Tera makes!

Wearing Ralph Lauren Swimsuit using ‪#‎BeMat‬.

Magic is Real The Best of Bali in 3 Minutes

In this video you’ll find out:

1. I am a goofball and I crack myself up.
2. Jim is waaaay cooler (and taller) than I am.
3. You can smell incense by watching this.
4. We love Bali.
5. Magic is real.

Learn more alchemytoursi.com come take a ride with me to ‪#‎Bali‬ 3/27-4/3.

Read here in Jim Beckwith’s own words, why it’s not that far. “Time is Elastic”

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Best Bali Temples

Bali is often referred to as the “island of a thousand temples.” In fact there are 9 directional temples in Bali to ward off evil spirits. However, some would say there are more temples than homes with well over 11,000.

When traveling through Bali your classroom is found by walking through rice fields to temples. Hiking along rivers and climbing to find the highest temples possible. Go at sunrise and sunset and the middle of the day just to see them in different light. Feel the energy of the sacred in the ordinary.

Here the meaning of being Spiritually Ordinary is an every day occurrence.

Feel it and see it for yourself and be inspired!

Join us March 27 – April 3, 2016 Bali Yoga Retreat 2016

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Hey Soul Riders, Music Lovers and Bhakti Yogis!

Find out for yourself why Bali consistently ranks among the top island destinations in the world.

During our 8-DAY ADVENTURE we will explore natural beauty and the transformative power of lovingkindness and feel how the rich, Balinese culture integrates these into all aspects of life. We will take time to experience the gentle people, foods, beaches and ceremonies that make up the most unique aspects of Bali known as the “Island of Love.” We will enjoy traditional Balinese meals and dance performances, hike through the countryside, sing medicine songs and practice yoga together, while immersing ourselves in the warm sunshine.

Here you will find flowers and smiles for miles and miles, a Namaste throughout the day. The wafting of sweet incense following your every movement. And our Alchemy Family holding space for your personal evolution, healing and joy. To enhance our “sacred fun” we have included Bali Spirit Festival tickets so we may attend together April 1-3, 2016.

Our home for the week is a luxury, boutique hotel set amongst rice fields on the outskirts of Ubud15. view-surrounding hotel—the cultural and arts epicenterof the island. With spacious, elegant rooms (and private bathrooms), a large saline pool, perfectly manicured gardens, a top-notch spa, and rice field paths to trek, this will serve as the perfect place to be as close to the action as you like, but still remain in the tranquility of nature.  There are free shuttles into town every two hours, so you are never far from the action. Or, opt to rent a motor and scoot around to your heart’s content! Whether it’s cyclingsurfing, white water raftingswimmingriding a scooter, visitingelephants and monkeys, taking a cooking class, or just chilling on a beach, you will have ample time to do as much—or as little as you desire.

Download the complete PDF of information here: BALI 2016 

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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR INVESTMENT:

• 7 nights luxury Balinese accommodation, ALL private baths, modern
• Welcome Drink and Welcome Fruit Basket in your room
• 3 healthful, delicious meals per day
• A one hour Balinese massage
• Bali Spirit Festival Tickets
• Daily live music and mantra with Jim Beckwith
• Guided Tour of Monkey Forest & Ubud
• Visit Kopi Luwak Coffee plantation and morning snack
• Sanur white sand Beach and Spa Day
• Balinese Cultural Dinner & Dancing (learn how to make traditional offerings)
• Rice Terrace Tour
• Evening concert with Jim Beckwith
• Coordination of appointments with Balinese Healers (Shamans)
• Entrance fees to all group events
• Closing Dinner Celebration
• Yoga mats and props
• Free wi-fi
• All transportation during the trip
• Comprehensive trip literature
• Twice daily Yoga classes with Silvia Mordini
• Happiness Coaching with Silvia Mordini
• Taxes included

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2016 Yoga Retreats with Alchemy Tours

March 27 – April 3, 2016 Bali Bhakti Bliss Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini and Music by Jim Beckwith

May 1-22, 2016 Hawaii Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Hour Teacher Training with Silvia Mordini and Laura Hand

June 11-18, 2016 Amalfi Soulful Exploration Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini

June 19-25, 2016 Tuscany Vino & Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini and Silvana Alfonso

June 25-July 2, 2016 Amsterdam Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini and Drishti Journeys

July 23-30, 2016 Costa Rica Pura Vida Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini

July 30 – Aug 20, 2016 Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga RYT200 Teacher Training Blue Spirit Retreat Center with Silvia Mordini and Laura Hand

October 2016            TBA

 

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