Anghiari

Counted among the most beautiful towns in Italy, Anghiari dominates the entire valley from the top of its cliff. As in a black and white postcard, Anghiari is a timeless village, where the medieval atmosphere echoes through the cobbled streets, in the walkway of its ancient walls, among its mighty bastions, up to the Campano, the majestic clock tower that stands out in the sky of Valtiberina and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Risen as a fortification to defend the Byzantine border from the Longobards who had conquered Arezzo, Anghiari is attested for the first time in a document of 1048.  In the following century, Bernardino di Bernardo Barbolani, lord of the castle of Anghiari, named in his will the Camaldolese monks as his heirs, on condition that they build a monastery and a church where he could be buried.

Still today, walking through the streets of the village it is possible to find traces of the Camaldolese convent in the imposing building known to all as the Conventone, built next to the suggestive Abbey of Saint Bartholomew which has always dominated the village. In the nearby Piazza del Popolo, stands the elegant Vicarial Palace, studded with ancient stone coats of arms.

The narrow cobbled alleys, which hide picturesque views round every corner, lead to the charming district Borghetto, with its small square dominated by the Renaissance Marzocco Palace, seat of the Museum of the Battle and Anghiari, dedicated to the namesake battle held in 1440 between the Florentine and Milanese armies and made famous by the painting by Leonardo da Vinci in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. On the opposite side of the narrow square, there is the Museum of Taglieschi Palace, dedicated to the arts and popular traditions of the upper Tiber Valley and the Church of Saint Augustine, whose origins seem to be linked to the stay of St. Thomas Beckett in Anghiari.

Once in Piazza Baldaccio, which has always been the heart of the market, the statue of Garibaldi seems to invite us towards the spectacular rectilinear Ruga dating back to the Middle Ages and dominated by the Church of the Cross, connecing the village of Anghiari with Sansepolcro.

With a pleasant walk under the nineteenth century Galleria Girolamo Magi, we reach the magnificent Theatre of Ricomposti from which we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the historic centre of the village and the entire valley up to the mountains of the Alpe della Luna.

Just outside the city walls, along Via della Battaglia, stands a small church dedicated to Saint Stephen with very ancient origins. A true jewel of early medieval architecture dating back to the 7th-8th centuries and capable of arousing great fascination.

Anghiari is a lively village where, from April to November, it is also possible to let yourself be carried away by folkloristic and sparkling events, such as the spring Mostra dell’Artigianato della Valtiberina toscana or the summer events, such as the Palio della Vittoria, the Festival of Anghiari, L’ardita and Tovaglia a Quadri, to reach the autumn with I Centogusti dell’Appennino.

Anghiari, an authentic village to discover, to live and enjoy.