Itinerario I (HD)
"Piero della Francesca in Arezzo"
In Arezzo there are two fundamental sites where you can admire the stylistic genius of this Renaissance painter: the Cathedral, which houses the Maddalena, and the Bacci chapel within the Basilica of San Francesco, which houses the extraordinary cycle of frescoes of the Legend of the True Cross, one of the finest examples of Italian Renaissance painting.
Itinerario II (HD)
"Churches and Art in Arezzo"
There are also other churches and palaces which are extremely relevant in the historical-artistic development of Arezzo. The Church of San Domenico, a simple-single nave construction that houses the Crucifix by Cimabue, an early work of the artist, the Church of Santa Maria, the Abbey of Sante Flora e Lucilla, the Church of the Santissima Annunziata, as well as buildings such as the Palazzo Pretorio and Palazzo dei Priori, and just outside the city walls, the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Romanesque church of Sant’Eugenia al Bagnoro. These are the places of interests for an unusual itinerary through Arezzo.
Itinerario III (HD)
The work of Giorgio Vasari, both as an architect and as a painter, is still very much alive in Arezzo and its surrounding areas. In the town we can follow the footsteps of Vasari, admiring key works that are well preserved within important churches, the Casa Vasari Museum, Diocesan Museum and State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art. A delightful and interesting itinerary to discover the city of Vasari.
Itinerario IV (HD)
“Casa Ivan Bruschi Museum”
Located at the heart of Arezzo, opposite the Church of Santa Maria, in the fourteenth century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the Casa Ivan Bruschi Museum houses the eclectic collection of this Arezzo antiquarian, creator of the Antiquarian Fair. Within the elegantly restored halls, the visitor will find objects from near and far, ranging from prehistory to the present day, which belonged to the famous collector.
Itinerario V (HD)
“Archaeology and Medieval and Modern Art in Arezzo”
The two State museums, which are the largest in the city, offer visitors the possibility of viewing a variety of works with an immeasurable artistic value: the Gaio Cilnio Mecenate Archaeological Museum, with its vastly important archaeological collection of the region, and the State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, exhibiting unique works from the 11th to the 19th centuries.
Itinerario I (HD)
“Etruscan Cortona and the Academy Museum”
Cortona is the main cultural and tourism centre of Arezzo’s Valdichiana. Ancient city-state that forms part of the Etruscan Dodecapolis. Cortona offers a vast artistic panorama, which unfolds in Etruscan tombs, churches and museums such as the Diocesano which offers an important collection of works by Luca Signorelli, and the MAEC. The MAEC is located in the historical Palazzo Casali (dating back to the 13th century) and meets the Etruscan and Roman City Museum and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. The museum is spread over four floors of the building, including two below ground level. The route begins in the basements, which house the Etruscan and Roman City Museum of Cortona. The first rooms introduce the visitors to prehistoric times in Valdichiana with fossil remains of prehistoric animals. Continuing on through the tour of the rooms, you will see many artefacts from the Paleolithic to the Bronze Age up to the Iron Age. Rooms 4, 5 and 6 are dedicated to remains found in the Etruscan tombs of Camucia and Sodo (two of the main archaeological areas of the region), also known as the Meloni. The main floors of the Palazzo house the Etruscan Academy Museum, whose construction does not follow a chronological or thematic order but rather presents the stages of development of the Academy, from its foundation in 1727 until our day. Numerous books, manuscripts, antiquities, works of art and crafts, collected by the Academy founders or given by donation form part of this collection. Among the paintings on display, you will see the works of some important Tuscan artists of the 13th to the 19th centuries. Among the Academy collections the Egyptian collection stands out. The MAEC is wheelchair accessible with lifts and mini-lifts to move between the floors of the building. At the ticket office there is also a Braille guide and throughout the museum small tactile stations have been set up which are especially designed for blind people.
Itinerario II (HD)
"Poppi und sein Schloss“
Die Burg der Grafen Guidi (Castello dei Conti Guidi) ist ein Monument der Gemeinde Poppi und Teil des Ecomuseo del Casentino im Sistema della Civiltà Castellana. Die Burg wird in den Chroniken erstmals im Jahr 1191 erwähnt. Ausgehend vom Jahr 1274 wurde das Bauwerk vom Grafen Simone Guidi und dessen Sohn Guido umstrukturiert. Das Schloss war Zeuge einer äußerst wichtigen Schlacht zwischen den Guelfen und Ghibellinen, die sich am 11. Juni 1289 in der Ebene von Campaldino zutrug. Im Inneren des Bauwerks befindet sich eine Kapelle mit einem der wichtigsten Freskenzyklen der Provinz Arezzo, die nach den Restaurierungsarbeiten zwischen 1988 und 1990 Taddeo Gaddi, einem Schüler Giottos, zugeschrieben wurden. Des Weiteren gibt es noch das Museum zur Schlacht von Campaldino, eine Bibliothek und das Centro di documentazione Giovanni Gualberto Miniati.
Itinerario III (HD)
One of the most beautiful villages in Italy: Anghiari”
Anghiari is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. On 29 June 1440, the plain in front of Anghiari was the scene of a famous battle, which went down in history as the Battle of Anghiari, between the Florentine allies of the Holy See on the one hand, and the Milanese on the other Few people were killed, but the victory in Tuscany resulted in the reduction of territorial ambitions in Lombardy. Leonardo da Vinci, at the request of the Florentine government, immortalized this event, painting this historic battle in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Unfortunately, only a few copies remain today, including a Rubens, now preserved at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Anghiari, in addition to the beautiful churches, also has important museums: The Palazzo della Battaglia, or the Museum of Memory and the Landscape in the Land of Anghiari, and the State Museum of Palazzo Taglieschi. The Museum of the Battle of Anghiari, offers the opportunity to learn about the history of the battle and the artistic heritage of Leonardo to this place. The Taglieschi Museum, houses important artistic works of great historical value, frescoes from churches and palaces of the region, a wooden polychrome Madonna by Jacopo della Quercia, and Robbia pottery.
Itinerario IV (FD)
The spiritual centres: La Verna and Camaldoli”
The Franciscan Sanctuary of La Verna, located a few kilometres from Chiusi della Verna, within the National Park of Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna, is famous for being the place where St. Francis of Assisi received the stigmata on 17 September 1224. Built in the southern part of Mount Penna at 1128 meters above the sea level, the shrine is the destination of many pilgrims and houses several chapels and places of prayer and meditation, as well as several points of considerable religious importance and works of art, including glazed pottery by Andrea della Robbia.
The Sanctuary of Camaldoli is a site located in the municipality of Poppi, in the National Park of Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna. The region of Camaldoli begins around the Monastery founded by monk San Romualdo of Ravenna, to accommodate some monks from the Benedictine order. The monastery includes the hospice, the great chapter house, the old pharmacy, where the monks used herbs and medicinal plants to cure the sick of the old "hospital". The current pharmacy dates back to 1543. In the baroque style church there are works by Giorgio Vasari. A few kilometres away is the Hermitage of Camaldoli, born shortly after the founding of the monastery to accommodate monks who were eager to abandon totally the cloistered community life in the forest, where you can see the cell of San Romualdo.
Itinerario I (HD)
Some suggested itineraries in SANSEPOLCRO:
Itinerary I (HD)
Piero della Francesca in the Civic Museum of Sansepolcro”
The museum is housed within the old palace, which was the seat of the municipality until the 1960s. The present building is the result of a series of architectural modifications begun by Galeotto Malatesta, lord of Rimini, whose family ruled Sansepolcro in the 14th century. In 1850 several works were gathered in the palace from the surrounding area and in 1892 the polyptych painted by Piero della Francesca was transferred there from the chapel of the Misericordia Hospital. The highlight of the museum is the room where Piero created the Resurrection, emblem and symbol of the city. As well as those dedicated to Piero della Francesca, the Museum has 15 other rooms that can be visited, with works ranging from the 14th to the 20th centuries, as well as the treasure of the cathedral and an archaeological section in the basement rooms.
Itinerario III (HD)
"Discovering Aboca Museum”
The Aboca company specialises in the cultivation and processing of medicinal plants, and offers visitors the opportunity to discover the age-old relationship between mankind and medicinal plants. Aboca Museum, through the Herbs and Health over the course of time, within the prestigious Renaissance site of Sansepolcro, with ancient workshops that have been gloriously and meticulously restored, keeps alive the ancient tradition of Medicinal Herbs with the sources of the past: valuable herbaria, pharmaceutical botany books, ancient mortars, ceramics and glassware, set within this charming and unique museum in the Tiber Valley.
An ancient crop of the Tiber Valley: tobacco”
An itinerary off the beaten path to discover tobacco and its farmers, with a visit to the drying rooms and deposits of the plant that made the Tiber Valley rich and famous worldwide.
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Itinerario II (FD)
“Piero della Francesca and his land”
The journey to discover the works of Piero della Francesca, in the province of Arezzo, in the Tiber Valley, reaching the town of Sansepolcro, Monterchi, and the city of Arezzo. Piero della Francesca was born in Sansepolcro around 1412 and this city hosts four works by the artist in the Civic Museum. The Altarpiece of Mercy, commissioned to Piero by the homonymous company of Sansepolcro in 1445, the Resurrection, a large fresco painted by Piero della Francesca on the central wall of the Audience Hall. This is considered by critics as the most representative work of the artist. The fresco of St. Julian, found in 1954 in the ancient church of St. Augustine, named after Santa Chiara, and finally, the fresco depicting St. Ludovico, from the Palazzo Pretorio. After Sansepolcro, the itinerary continues in Monterchi. For this nearby village, perched on a hill on the border with Umbria, Piero della Francesca painted the fresco of the Madonna del Parto for the ancient church of Santa Maria a Momentana. In 1991, after extensive discussions, the fresco was placed in a small museum. The journey to the land of Piero continues and ends in Arezzo. The Basilica of San Francesco houses the stunning fresco cycle of the Legend of the True Cross in the Bacci Chapel, the masterpiece which the artist painted for the Franciscans between 1452 and 1466 approximately. Finally, the fresco depicting the Maddalena, is placed in the Cathedral of Arezzo.
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