The old town of Anghiari awaits you perched on top of a hill. You are at the gates of the Valtiberina, half an hour’s drive from Arezzo. Whether you look at it from the bottom or from the perspective of a drone, this beautiful Medieval village looks like a loaf of bread, compact and rounded. The imposing Renaissance walls are the base, roofs and bell towers draw the irregular crust.
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A fairytale overall view, 100% Tuscan but not at all conventional. A gem in the Upper Tiber Valley with a rustic and elegant identity at the same time.
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Hard to compete with such a glance! Anghiari’s stone and brick profile has something irresistibly romantic. The country boasts a curriculum of all respect: Orange flag of the Italian Touring Club, it is part of Cittaslow, the Italian network of cities of good living. In order not to miss anything, it is also included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Let yourself be seduced by the magic of this Medieval village. Be armed with comfortable shoes, because Anghiari is almost all uphill. Palaces, alleys, views, churches, museums, historical relics and works of art… You will wonder how it is possible that such a rich heritage is contained in a single village.
Walking around the Village
Flowers on the windowsills, ladders, doors of old houses and craftsmen shops. The heart of the village is a ball of streets, small squares, curves and straight segments. Play to lose orientation, explore Anghiari as you come. It will be fun to find yourself in the same glimpse that struck you just before, discover the facade of a Renaissance palace or the entrance portal of a church.
One point to stop at is Piazzetta del Poggiolino so pretty that you think of a movie set. Every summer here are held the dinner-shows of Tablecloth Paintings, one of the highlights of the town.
Walk calmly along the ramparts of the city. Follow with your eyes the trajectory of Corso Matteotti (called the Stradone or the Cross by those who live here), which from the top arrives at the foot of the hill of Anghiari straight as a spindle before becoming Via della Battaglia.
Appointment with the history of Anghiari
The Museum of Battle and Anghiari
Palazzo Marzocco is the headquarters of the Museum of Battle and Anghiari. A perfect visit to introduce the places you will see in person and know in detail how it went in 1440 during the epic military clash between the armies of the Florentines and the Milanese.
At the end of a violent fight the first had the upper hand. The Majesty of Victory, a little chapel along the Stradone towards Sansepolcro, has been there since the year after the Battle of Anghiari to remind you.
In memory of the most important historical event in the country, every year the Palio della Vittoria takes place. It is a run on foot from the Majesty to Baldaccio Bruni Square up the Cross. Do not expect a normal race. The start is held in the evening when the sun falls on the Plain of Battle. In addition, athletes, who represent the Tuscan municipality to which they belong, can push, hold back, tackle. A tradition as bizarre as engaging, which you can attend every June 29th.
Outside and inside the museum between documentation and reality. A fantastic model reproduces in scale phases and sets of the Battle. The exhibition will also talk about the famous unfinished workLeonardo da Vinci dedicated to this event.
Here are preserved numerous testimonies about the past of Anghiari and the province of Arezzo. It ranges from prehistoric times to the Eighteenth century and there is a section dedicated specifically to firearms of local manufacture.
State Museum of Palazzo Taglieschi and Museum of Mercy
Four floors and about 20 rooms. That is what Palazzo Taglieschi offers. You willhave no problem finding it, it is right in front of the Museum of Battle and Anghiari. Here,works of art and artifacts linked to the traditions and economic activities of the village are preserved. Highlights of the exhibition: some ceramics by Della Robbia and the Madonna and Child by Jacopo della Quercia.
For an original visit, cross the threshold of the Museum of Mercy in the building of Badia (the former church of San Bartolomeo Apostolo). You will discover objects and memorabilia pertaining to the secular activity of the local Brotherhood of Mercy as ancient medical instruments and wagons for the sick – a bit the ancestors of modern ambulances -, garments belonging to the members of the association in the Nineteenth century and sacred relics.
Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Put aside the laziness, do you not want to miss the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie? Strength and courage, you must face the uphill route to this temple of beauty.
The building is also known as the Propositura and dates back to the Eighteenth century. Inside you will admire works of art from various eras including the gigantic Last Supper by Giovanni Antonio Sogliano, the Deposition from the Cross by Domenico Ubaldini and the glazed terracotta of Madonna of Mercy by Andrea Della Robbia, which is absolutely amazing
Town Hall and Campano
Turn in the direction of the Fourteenth-century Palazzo Pretorio, now headquarters of the City, to take a look at its prospectus. It is decorated with coats of arms arranged in random order. A feature that makes it a mural archive of the families of the rulers sent from Florence to administer the justice of Anghiari.
The perfect conclusion for your tour of this gem of the Upper Tiber Valley has as its address the Medieval civic tower with clock, called the Campano, rebuilt in the Seventeenth century. You are on the roof of the village on one of its most representative monuments.
In a place that still measures the passing of hours, your inner time has stopped. Maybe because from this corner of Arezzo you do not want to go away or maybe because you already cannot wait to come back.