Seven hamlets suspended in time, with an ancient story to tell.
A land bordering with Umbria, a valley dotted with small hamlets and unspoiled nature, dominated by mild hills. A melting pot of peoples, has left its mark here over the centuries.
Valdichiana Aretina is art, history, faith, culture, craft, agriculture and more. We want to share with you all the beauties of the seven hamlets you will encounter while traveling: Castiglion Fiorentino, Civitella in Valdichiana, Cortona, Foiano della Chiana, Lucignano, Marciano della Chiana and Monte San Savino.
CASTIGLION FIORENTINO. Inspiration.
- Marvel at the reliquary bust of St. Ursula, engraved and chiseled with enamels and precious stones (14th century) in the Pinacoteca di Castiglion Fiorentino
- Wearing the clothes of a king or queen at the Castle of Montecchio Vesponi
- Have a coffee under Vasari’s loggias while admiring the view
- Walk and walk and walk along a path in the Val di Chio
- Take a break in an artisan workshop to listen to stories and admire real masterpieces
CIVITELLA IN VALDICHIANA. Inspiration.
- The Longobard fortress, one of the best examples of fortified architecture in the region and the undisputed symbol of Civitella.
- The Ponte a Buriano and Penna Regional Nature Reserve which extends for about 7 km along the course of the Arno. Buriano reminds us of a bridge said to have been painted by Leonardo behind the Mona Lisa.
- A place for those who love landscape photography: the vast plain of Arezzo, the mountains, the vineyards and the majesty of its fortress that invite you to look for the best angle for a shot.
FOIANO DELLA CHIANA. Inspiration.
- Temple of Santo Stefano alla Vittoria, a few kilometers away from the center of the village, an architectural work even entrusted to Giorgio Vasari.
- Great treasures in this jewel village with very ancient origins. From the wonderful Della Robbia Madonnas preserved in the Church of Sant’Eufemia (also known as the Church of Santa Maria della Fraternità) to the paintings of the Coronation of the Virgin by Luca Signorelli and a painting by Pomarancio.
- Experience the Carnival of Foiano, the oldest in Italy, 5 centuries of history! In the months of February and March, King Giocondo is celebrated for five Sundays in a row.
Hermitage “Le Celle” in Cortona and where it is said he dictated his will, surrounded by nature and surrounded by a mystical aura.
• Basilica of San Margherita
• Sodo Archaeological Park, just 4 km from Cortona, where the Tumulo I is found, which houses a tomb discovered in 1909, dated to the 6th century. BC and Il Tumulo II where it stands on a monumental drum in large square blocks which houses two tombs, the first of which dates back to the 6th century. B.C.
• Villa Bramasole, set of the film “Under the Tuscan Sun” based on the book by the American writer (Frances Mayes). It is possible to reach Villa Bramasole in a beautiful walk starting from the public gardens of Cortona “Il Parterre” in about thirty minutes on foot.
• The Tanella of Pythagoras, a small tumulus from the Hellenistic period (2nd century BC) consisting of a circular base on which another drum is set with juxtaposed blocks. Inside it has a short dromos and a small rectangular room covered by a barrel vault. G. Vasari in 1566 who seems to have judged it the tomb of Archimedes.
• The tree of life, at the Museum set up in the Palazzo Pretorio, a splendid artefact in gold and coral more than two meters high which brings with it over 120 years of workmanship and passion of the best goldsmith artists.
• The beautiful fresco of “The Triumph of Death” by Bartolo di Fredi in the Church of San Francesco.
• Get lost in the narrow streets of the village with its characteristic elliptical shape. Better if during the Maggiolata Lucignanese, the beautiful flower festival that evokes spring.
MARCIANO DELLA CHIANA. Inspirations.
• A small town of Etruscan origins, as evidenced by the discovery of ceramic artefacts, jewels and the famous Torso di Marciano, a statue depicting a warrior, datable to around the 6th century BC, now in the Archaeological Museum of Arezzo. Here the famous battle known as Scannagallo or Marciano, was fought following which the Medici conquered the whole of Tuscany, depicted by Giorgio Vasari in two paintings which are currently kept in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio in the Salone del Cinquecento.
MONTE SAN SAVINO. Inspirations.
• The castle of Gargonza, an ancient medieval castle, surrounded by woods owned by the Guicciardini Corsi Counts, which today is a charming accommodation facility. It is located 6 km from the town on the old Sienese-Aretina state road in the direction of Siena.
• The Etruscan tomb, Il Cisternone, found in 2019 in a 17th century building next to the former synagogue, called the “Casa del Trono del Rabbino”.
• Palazzo Del Monte (or Palazzo Di Monte), an example of a typically Renaissance aristocratic residence designed by the famous Antonio da Sangallo, an undisputed talent of the time and of the artistic movement.
Flavors and wines not to be missed: Valdichiana Aretina has always been known as a land rich in quality, simple, genuine, tasty food and wine products. Chianina meat is born in Valdichiana, the largest autochthonous breed of calves in the world, whose meat is appreciated everywhere and is the basis of the Florentine steak. THE many other products: from the garlic from the Valdichiana, to the Porchetta Di Monte San Savino, known throughout the world for its goodness, to the Tuscan DOP ham, to the Tuscan IGP extra virgin olive oil “Colline Di Arezzo”, to the Tuscan pecorino Dop, to the many bakery products made with selected flours and then the excellent wines such as Syrah Di Cortona, Cortona Doc and Chianti Docg.
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