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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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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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