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Anghiari. The epitome of Tuscan medieval charm in a little town near Arezzo

Monday, 31 January 2022 11:05

Anghiari is an Italian town in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany. One of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it holds the Orange Flag of the Italian Touring Club. The Orange Flag is given to towns and villages with a population of fewer than 15,000 inhabitants that welcome tourism in a carefully maintained environment, promoting local industries and crafts.

Made famous by a battle and a Leonardo painting

This small medieval gem is set on a gravel hill accumulated over centuries from the passage of the Tiber River, which until the mid-1200s flowed at the foot of the town.

The famous Battle of Anghiari was fought in 1440 on the plain just below the settlement, with the Florentine troops defeating the Milanese army and thus allowing Florence to take over the government of the city. Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco The Battle of Anghiari, which has unfortunately been lost, was commissioned to honour this victory.

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The medieval walls are still practically intact

The original centre of the town dates back to the 11th century when Camaldolese monks started to shape it through artistic and economic developments. The mighty Monastery of S. Bartolomeo, transformed by the Perugians into a defensive bulwark, was the first building in Anghiari together with the Church of the Badia. The high walls that surround the town have protected and preserved the town over the centuries and are still almost intact today.

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Stone houses and an interesting museum


The township is an evocative succession of small stone-paved streets, Renaissance palaces and unexpected views. Strolling through the narrow streets you can almost breathe an air of other times, and the hustle and bustle of daily life becomes a distant memory. The stone houses overlooking the narrow streets of the town have small windows, old shutters and wooden doors, and inside the Taglieschi Palace you get a great overview of the colony’s history in the Museum of Memories and Landscape in the Land of Anghiari.

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