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Aurora Festival 2014

The Spirit of the Earth

Aurora Festival 2014

 

 

4-5-6 July 2014  –  Pienza (SI)

Ecology and Spirituality in the heart of Tuscany
1° edition bilingual Italian – English

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What is Aurora Festival?

Once a year, at the beginning of the summer, an inter-disciplinary gathering takes place in Tuscany, 60 km south of Siena, in Pienza. The countryside around Val d’Orcia is breathtaking, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and Pienza is a jewel, known as the touchstone of Renaissance urbanism.
In the morning, you will participate in lectures and round tables by world class speakers in an historical building in the centre of Pienza. Lunch around town; in fifteen minutes drive along scenic winding roads you arrive at Podere Isabella, a beautiful Tuscan villa with meditation center, where the afternoon workshops will take place.
Dinner will be cooked and served there each night al fresco by a different organic Chef: a Tuscan Traditional dinner, an International Vegetarian dinner and -last but not least- a Vegetarian Cordon Bleu, accompanied by world famous local wines.
Between Pienza and the villa, there is a scenic medieval hamlet, Monticchiello, renowned for its theater company, where theatrical events will be taking place.

Why participate?

To open up to new visions, to share experiences and the joy of feeling part of a whole.
To discover an enchanting part of Tuscany and experience its history and hospitality.
Pienza, an ideal Renaissance town, the Val d’Orcia and Monticchiello, a medieval village and home of the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello are the theaters of a festival to be celebrated together.

Why bilingual?

 The Aurora Festival is a unique event, whose aim is to establish a link between nature and the sacred. It features top environmentalist speakers, dedicated teachers, artists, therapists, poets and shamans from all over the world; and for the first time is opening up this opportunity to an international audience.
This is a remarkable and particular opportunity to base a holiday in Italy around: you will be led to places known only by the connoisseurs, discover an esoterical mystical past that runs through the land, meet local residents, dine in Podere Isabella’s garden with friends of the Aurora Festival while overlooking a panorama which can only be seen to be believed.
Delicious food and wine feed the senses, provocative lectures stimulate dialogue, intensive workshops of meditation and other holistic disciplines enhance the spirit. The Aurora Festival experience, reserved to 200 priviledged body-mind travelers, has often been described as unforgettable.

        Where to sleep

Location suggested by Aurora Festival: Eat – Sleep
Tell them you are coming for Aurora festival and they will dedicate to you special care.
Pienza and the val d’Orcia are filled with B&B’s, hotels, and agrituricamps that fill up during the summer. Here it is the complete PDF lodging list to unload. If you want to find a convenient place to stay, we advise you to book now!

How to get there

Pienza and Monticchiello are 10 km apart from each other, and other than taxis there is no public transportation in the area. Therefore, if you want to be independent, from our past experience, we would advise renting a car. If you are in Italy and want to get a ride to the festival, please click on the car sharing service on our website. If you are coming from abroad, you can rent a car at the airport (Rome, Florence, Pisa, Perugia airports are all within 2 hours drive). If you don’t want to brave Italian highways, there are several rent-a-car services at Chiusi-Chianciano.
And if you don’t drive at all, you can take a taxi from the station to your hotel, and with 15 days advance notice the festival can organize a shuttle service for you to and from events at a reasonable cost, together with other participants.
– By train
The nearest train station is Chiusi-Chianciano, 40 minutes drive from where the festival will be taking place. To get to Chiusi-Chianciano, which is on the Milan-Bologna-Florence-Rome line, you can take a direct train from most major Italian cities. Nearest main stations are Rome (2 hours) and Florence (1,5 hours). There are several trains a day (Trenitalia web site link).
– By plane
Rome airport is the largest in Italy and therefore the most convenient. From there you could rent a car or take the shuttle to the main railway station called Roma Termini, to take the train to Chiusi.
Other airports that we can recommend are Pisa (Easy Jet), where it is better to rent a car, because the train connections are less direct, or Florence, where you should get a bus from the airport to the main station Santa Maria Novella.

What to do in the area

There are so many things to do in the area that you could spend your entire summer here and you would only just begin to explore its diversity.
– One of our favorite past-times is going to spas, which have been around there since Roman times. There are at least three main spas within 40 km, Fonteverde in San Casciano ai Bagni,  Hotel Adler, Hotel Posta Marcucci, Hotel Le Terme in Bagno Vignoni.
Food and wine. Olive oil, cheese, honey and naturally wine are famous local products.
You can organize a wine tasting in one of the wineries, and gain a lot of weight in a short time visiting all the delicious restaurants of the area
Art. the area is full of churches and museums with renaissance art everywhere. Chiusi has a very good Etruscan museum which can begin to shed light on this ancient, mysterious and enlightened culture, pervasive in this area before Roman time.
Siena is just an hours drive, perfect for a day trip, and Arezzo is even closer, with the wonderful Beato Angelico frescoes. Other attractions are Monte Oliveto Maggiore and s Anna in Camprena, with great cycles of frescoes.
We recommend you in particular:
Incontri in terra di Siena, Music Festival, La Foce (SI), 19 – 27 July 2014

At its 26° year of activity, in the most suggestive locations around Siena, you will discover one of the most famous musical festivals in Tuscany. The 2014 edition of Incontri in Terra di Siena has chamber music at its core and features some of the world’s most prominent artists,  but the programme is enriched by early music and jazz performances plus the popular pre-concert Oltre La Musica events which include lectures, open rehearsals, art exhibitions, visits to historic sites and olive oil and wine tastings.

Abbey of Spineto
It is a vallombrosan abbey established in 1085 surrounded by a property of more than 800 hectares (2500 acres).
The non-profit organization, “Associazione culturale Abbazia di Spineto incontri e studi” was established on 22.04.1996. Promote and support the diffusion and development of; scientific research, professional qualification, in addition to a variety of cultural and artistic activities and projects of social value.
Incontri di Primavera 23March – 22 June 2014

– Handcrafts. every town, even Monticchiello, has a shop with gorgeous Tuscan linen, where you can buy excellent quality table cloths and towels with medieval or renaissance designs, and hand crafted ceramics with historical or modern motifs.

– and, of course,… Aurora Festival!
The Full Festival Card includes the whole program of the festival, 3 dinners in Podere Isabella with the Speakers, friends and a different cooker each evening, and still a special gift: a 45′ session of Pranotherapy, Shiatsu or Ayurvedic Massage, or a 45′ minutes lecture of Tarots or of the Peruvian divination of Pallares with fantastic therpists and fortune tellers especially recommended by the Festival Director.

We are waiting for you!

See the program in details: conferences, round tables, workshops, …
Meet tha speakers coming from all over the world
BUY NOW  your Festival Card
Look to the videos Promo Aurora Festival 2014Aurora Festival 2013 and  Aurora Festival 2012
Download the  Program 2013 and the Program 2012
For info
: festival@aurorafestival.it