Valtiberina (Tiber Valley)

The Valtiberina (Val Tiberina, Upper Tiber Valley) is a beautiful Tuscan tourist destination . The Valtiberina forms the eastern border of Tuscany, Italy, where it meets Emilia Romagna, The Marches and Umbria, it takes its name from the River Tiber (Tevere).

Caprese Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti Birthplace

Caprese Michelangelo is a village and comune in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. It is the birthplace of the renowned Renaissance artist Michelangelo.Sights include: the 13th century church of St. John the Baptist, where Michelangelo was baptized; the ancient churches of San Cristoforo a Monna, San Paolo a Monna and Santi Ippolito and Cassiano; the abbey of San Martino a Tifi; the Michelangelo Museum and Library.

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Sansepolcro

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Sansepolcro (former Borgo Santo Sepolcro), is a town and comune in Tuscany, Italy, in the province of Arezzo.

Lying at the foot of the Alpe della luna, to the south-eastern border of Tuscany, in the fertile valley crossed by the Tiber, you find Sansepolcro, a small but precious jewel of art of1400-1500 , but also commercial and industrial center. The legend says that two pilgrims returning from the Holy Land, would have stopped here, and one night would have dreamed that a voice commanded to build a church in that place. In 934 there arose such a primitive chapel that was dedicated to St. Leonard, and that kept some relics of the Holy Sepulchre, which the pilgrims had brought from Palestine. Around this oratory was later developed the original nucleus of the ancient Borgo Sansepolcro. Important agricultural center since ancient times, the city has also established itself as a center of tobacco, in the wool trade, and food. The various centuries have left indelible traces in the monuments and works of art of extraordinary importance.Sansepolcro is all a rich museum.
The mathematician Luca Pacioli was born here, and also many good painters,the most important is Piero della Francesca, who lived here a long time, he painted, he wrote, was alderman and also pulled a crossbow, an ancient tradition still alive in Sansepolcro, where every year the "Palio della Balestra" is an important and picturesque event.

Anghiari

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Anghiari is famous for the Battle of Anghiari between Florence and Milan which took place there on June 29, 1440. The battle inspired a fresco in the Palazzo Vecchio by Leonardo da Vinci.The fresco has since gone missing although a sketch of it by Peter Paul Rubens is still in existence.
A handful of narrow streets and medieval houses that suddenly bursts open landscape of the valley below and up to the mountain of La Verna. The fear of the barbarian raids pushed the people to retreat into the hills and it was perfect that mass of rock that dominated the valley below, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Tiberino who presumably drowned the whole valley of the Tiber. Churches, streets, palaces, charming views are all spectacularly articulated around the central square Baldaccio that, in the name,recalls the famous son of Anghiari, soldier of fortune who fought with great courage and a sense of loyalty.
Already in ancient times were held here weekly big markets of wool, and woolen mills were built soon, and dyeing factories, as well as factories of felt hats. Also important is the craftsmanship of firearms, already thriving in the 700.
As it remained exactly as it was in the past, Anghiari has a special charm, and deserves a thorough visi

Monterchi

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The most famous cultural attraction of Monterchi is the fresco of the Madonna del Parto by Piero della Francesca, which is (after a restoration in 1992-1993) now displayed in the erstwhile primary school of the commune. Formerly it covered a wall in the Chapel of Santa Maria di Momentana and was rediscovered (in very bad condition) in the last century.

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Sanctuary of La Verna

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La Verna, in Latin Alverna and geographically known as Monte Penna, is a locality on Mount Penna, an isolated mountain of 1,283 m situated in the centre of the Tuscan Apennines, rising above the valley of the Casentino. The place is known especially for its association with Saint Francis of Assisi—it is here that he is said to have received the stigmata—and for the Sanctuary of La Verna which grew up in his honour. Administratively it falls within the Tuscan province of Arezzo and the comune of Chiusi della Verna, Italy.

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