In the green heart of the Tuscan Valtiberina, Caprese Michelangelo is the Mountain of Arezzo and it is ready to enchant you with the charm of its beech and chestnut groves.
In Caprese Michelangelo mushrooms and truffles are at home, you can taste them in valley restaurants or in agritourisms. Mushrooms and Truffles are delicious with the home-made and rigorously hand-rolled egg pasta (even at the restaurant), on the Chianina steak, in sauces and in traditional Tuscan mountain recipes. In Caprese every meal is the Sunday granny meal.
DOP Chestnut from Caprese Michelangelo: an excellence to be tasted
If mushrooms and truffles are the precious gems of Valtiberina, the delicious Dop Chestnut from Caprese Michelangelo is the real diamond. It is cultivated in the most beautiful and majestic orchards ever, the centuries-old chestnut groves of Caprese.
Here chestnut trees are giants with curved and hollow trunks, at whose feet wise hands of Caprese inhabitants work. A tradition which lives from generation to generation in the protection of this unique and very sweet chestnut.
The DOP Chestnut from Caprese Michelangelo is the perfect ingredient for the Mont Blanc, marron glaces, chestnut rhum cream, jam tarts, cantucci, chestnut cake and the everlasting roast chestnut.
From these chestnuts an exceptional flour is obtained, stone ground as it was in the past. It is a great ally in the kitchen, sweet but with character, versatile even in savory recipes such as in the preparation of gnocchi and ravioli.
Chestnut from Caprese Michelangelo, so good that it deserves a festival!
Here in Caprese the chestnut was once called the bread of poor people, but nowadays it is the queen of the festival. Every year the appointment with the Caprese Chestnut festival comes back on schedule; it is a festival fully dedicated to the chestnut, to tastings, to folk songs, to the good wine and to upper Tiber valley recepies.
There is no shortage of shows dedicated to adults and children with falconry, with juggling and with local crafts markets, including carved wood, ceramics and wrought iron. The Caprese Chestnut Festival is held every year in the third and fourth weekend of October, for one of the most anticipated events in the neighboring municipalities such as Arezzo.
The cradle of Michelangelo Buonarroti
The dispute with the nearby Chiusi della Verna, which would claim the birth of the great Michelangelo Buonarroti, has been ongoing for several years, but the story and the name of Caprese Michelangelo speak for themselves. The origins of Michelangelo are carved in the stone.
On the 6th March 1475 here in Caprese, Michelangelo Buonarroti was born, the foremost painter, sculptor, architect and poet of the Italian Renaissance. Michelangelo’s father, Ludovico di Buonarroto Simoni, was one of the chief magistrates that every six months the Republic of Florence dispatched to Caprese as governor.
The citadel and Michelangelo Buonarroti’s house museum
Right in the ancient part of Caprese, on a hill above the Sigerna creek, the citadel of Caprese stands out as a last example of the valley’s Medieval architecture. Inside, there is the Palazzo del Podestà where Michelangelo was born.
Nowadays we can visit Michelangelo Buonarroti’s house museum, scattered between Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo Clusini and “Corte Alta”. These three main buildings of the citadel are enclosed in the embrace of the millennial city walls which also includes the ancient parade ground, now a park.
A unique collection in the world
The museum hosts the greatest collection of Michelangelo’s sculpture reproductions. We are not talking about simple plaster casts, but of reproductions of great artistic value, some rare, even unique. They are the faithful copies performed on Buonarroti’s originals.
Only here, in Michelangelo Buonarroti’s house museum, you can live the unrepeatable experience of seeing together Michelangelo’s greatest masterpieces.
Originals are spread all over the world between Florence, Milan, Rome, Paris and London, but the perfect plaster casts are all collected here in the citadel.
Precious treasures are gathered here. There are: David’s head, the Young Saint John – first copy of the original lost in Berlin during the Second World War, the Virgin of Bruges, the Cupid, the candle holder Angel, David’s hand, the Vatican Pieta, the Bacchus, the Resurrected Christi and the Rondanini Pieta.
Caprese Michelangelo, a tribute to the genius
Caprese Michelangelo’s devotion toward its artist does not stop at the house museum but it multiplies in the garden and in the castle halls. The collections of sculptural works by nineteenth and twentieth century artists celebrate Michelangelo, investigating the expressiveness of sculpture through the use of new languages and materials, always in the shadow of his eternal genius.
Surrounded by the rest of the ancient fortification we find the park museum from which we can admire a magnificent view of Valtiberina. In Summertime, the park turns into the stage for outdoor plays, live music, presentations and events.
We are only 40 kms from Arezzo, but the atmosphere which we can breathe here is completely different. Michelangelo is a genius, an undisputed protagonist of the Italian Renaissance. Only in Caprese Michelangelo can they call him fellow citizen.