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Monte San Savino: architectures of late Renaissance

Monte San Savino (about 9,000 inhabitants), is an interesting town in the Val di Chiana in the province of Arezzo, situated on a hill about 330 meters high, the village presents medieval and late Renaissance buildings. The village is the birthplace of Andrea Contucci Sansovino famous architect and sculptor of the Renaissance. The area where stands today Monte San Savino was ...

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Val di Chiana: the granary of Etruria

Val di Chiana is a large flat area, crossed by the river Chiana, which is located southwest of the city of Arezzo. The river Chiana, an ancient tributary of the Tiber, was diverted by the Romans so that its waters flowing to the Arno, thus reducing the risk of flooding of the Tiber in Rome. The Val di Chiana in ...

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Castle of Montecchio Vesponi

Montecchio Vesponi is located approximately 4 km south of Castiglion Fiorentino on the road (No. 71) that goes to Cortona. The castle – very beautiful and evocative – is situated on a hill, at an altitude of 364 meters above sea level, overlooking the plains below. Montecchio was called – in the eleventh century – Castrum Montis Guisponi (named after the family Guasconi of Arezzo). ...

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Castiglion Fiorentino: a medieval town of Etruscan origin

Castiglion Fiorentino is an important town in the Val di Chiana situated on a hill 345 meters high, between Arezzo and Cortona. The village has remote Etruscan origins, it is shown by the remains of Etruscan walls found at the Cassero. During the late archaic and the Hellenistic periods in the area of Castiglion Fiorentino stood an important Etruscan settlement. The ...

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Poppi: an impressive castle and a beautiful medieval village

From a distance the structure that characterizes the village of Poppi is undoubtedly the Castle of the Counts Guidi (or Praetorian Palace), which, with its massive structure dominates the town on the hilltop, but the town is very beautiful even for its porches. Poppi’s history dates back to the twelfth century when it became the main residence of the Counts ...

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Castel Focognano: medieval castle of which remains only a tower

Castel Focognano is a town in the Casentino situated 28 km from Arezzo, and about 12 km from Bibbiena, the main center and seat of the municipality is the village of Rassina, located in the plains along the valley of the Arno river. The town has kept the name of the old location, Castel Focognano, which until 1778 had been ...

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Casentino: forests, solitary retreats, nature and tranquility

Casentino is a valley crossed by the River Arno, here is the source of the most important river of Tuscany, set among the hills of Pratomagno and the Tosco-Romagnolo Apennine. The territory of Casentino covers approximately 800 square kilometers in the northern part of the province of Arezzo, it is bordered to the north by the Emilia-Romagna and to the west by the ...

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Bibbiena: the most important economic center of the whole Casentino

Bibbiena (12 500 inhabitants) is an important center of the Casentino in the province of Arezzo, is located on a hill 425 meters above sea level at the confluence of the Archiano stream in the Arno river. The area where today stands Bibbiena was populated since Etruscan times, but the foundation of the present town dates back to the Middle Ages. Bibbiena ...

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Basilica of San Francesco: the Bacci Chapel and the frescoes of the Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca

The Basilica of San Francesco faces on the square of the same name that is located halfway between the cathedral square and the walls, in the center of the square is the monument to Vittorio Fossombroni. The Basilica of San Francesco is characterized by a bare facade, unfinished, made from sandstone and brick. The church – and the adjacent convent – was founded ...

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Piazza Grande: the most beautiful square in Arezzo

Piazza Grande, the most beautiful public square in Arezzo, is opened in the heart of the medieval city, the square is a mix of buildings of several ages that gives an evocative and scenographic aspect. It has a characteristic trapezial shape, with a strongly tilted surface, the square was the ancient Platea Communis, risen around 13th century and then modified ...

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Arezzo: a city between Valdarno, Valdichiana and Casentino

The city of Arezzo, located at the confluence of four river valleys, was an important Etruscan and Roman town. The Archaeological Museum, located in a former Olivetan monastery, built on part of the Roman Amphitheatre houses many relics of that period. Guido Tarlati, bishop of Arezzo, in the first half of XIV century, transformed the city in a important art and ...

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Cortona: important Etruscan and medieval town

Cortona (23 000 inhabitants) is a beautiful town in the province of Arezzo, which is located on the slopes of a hill about 500 meters high, is now a major tourist city with many tourist attractions primarily Etruscan, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance. The town of Cortona traces its historical roots in the Etruscan period, probably founded between the sixth and ...

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Civitella Val di Chiana: a medieval village scene of a Nazi massacre

Civitella in Val di Chiana is a picturesque village perched on a hill 523 meters above sea level. Civitella in historical times was important due to its strategic location in relation to the paths towards Siena and Florence, and his role as garrison in the proximity of the city of Arezzo. The definitive aspect of Civitella is dated to the second ...

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Lucignano: an intact medieval village in the Val di Chiana

Lucignano (3,500 inhabitants), is a small medieval village of the Val di Chiana, located about 400 meters above sea level, in the province of Arezzo, from which is 33 km away. The origin of Lucignano probably dates from the period of the Roman Empire, when the top of the hill where today the country there was a “castrum” that controlled ...

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Sansepolcro: city of art of the Alta Valtiberina

Sansepolcro (16.200 inhabitants) is situated in the Upper Tiber Valley (Alta Val Tiberina), in the extreme east of Tuscany, about forty kilometers from the city of Arezzo. Charming Renaissance town, Sansepolcro owes much of its fame to Piero della Francesca, the famous artist who was born here in the early fifteenth century. The center still retains its character as a ...

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The Balze of Valdarno: the landscape that is the backdrop to the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

A few km from the exit of Highway A1 Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo you can admire an interesting erosive phenomenon known with the name of Balze (Cliffs). The Balze are one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscape of Valdarno. These strange natural formations can be seen in the municipalities of Terranova Bracciolini, Castelfranco di Sopra, Pian di Sco, ...

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Pieve di Gropina: one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany

The Pieve of Gropina, is located about 2 km from Loro Ciuffenna, on the Via dei Sette Ponti (road of the Seven Bridges) towards San Giustino, to get there take a detour to the right, which after 800 metres from the junction leading to the village of Gropina. The beautiful Romanesque church of Pieve of San Pietro or Gropina, is ...

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Loro Ciuffenna: a medieval village with the oldest water mill of Tuscany

The village is situated on the slopes of Pratomagno at 328 meters above sea level, the actual center is of medieval origin but Loro Ciuffenna has more ancient origins, infact in the area were found Etruscan and Roman artifacts. During the early Roman period, the Lorese territory was crossed by the Cassia Vetus (the path is still very similar to ...

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The farmhouses in Tuscany: a system of hospitality in contact with nature and culinary traditions

Agriturismo (staying on a farm) is a system of Italian hospitality that over the years has gradually assumed an increasingly tourist dimension and less agricultural dimension, developing structures that provide customer service and many amenities such as swimming pools, massage, sauna, horseback riding etc.. Tuscany is the italian region that has the largest number of Agriturismi (farmhouses). The first Agriturismi ...

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The spas of Tuscany: the richest region of spas of Italy

Tuscany, among the Italian regions, is without doubt the most rich in spas, just to mention some popular locations in the world as Montecatini Terme, Chianciano Terme, Saturnia. Tuscany is in fact rich in deposits of thermal water that make it together with Emilia Romagna and Veneto, the most important Italian region for spas. Tuscany is a region that boasts the highest ...

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