Interesting places to visit

Interesting places to visit for day trips are: Arezzo, Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, San Marino and the Adriatic coast.

We are in the Upper Tiber Valley near Sansepolcro where Piero della Francesca was born, Monterchi, where his fresco “Madonna del Parto” can be admired, and Anghiari, nominated one of the one hundred most beautiful medieval towns in Italy and famous for the “Battiglia di Anghiari” by Leonardo da Vinci.

Caprese Michelangelo
Caprese Michelángelo is a small township near the northeastern border of Tuscany, about 25km/15miles northeast of Arezzo as the crow flies.

birthplace michelangeloCaprese would be unknown to fame but for the fact that it was the birthplace of one of the world's greatest artists,
Michelángelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). This was established only in 1875, when a copy of his birth certificate, prepared by his father Lodovico, then Mayor of the town, was found. The finding of the certificate settled a long-standing dispute between Caprese and the little town of Chiusi della Verna, which had also claimed to be Michelángelo's birthplace.


Anghiari is well worth a visit and is a small medieval hilltop town perched on a ridge overlooking the beautiful Upper Tiber Valley. With its high walls, narrow alleys and numerous bell towers, Anghiari maintains all its medieval character.


Walking through its quaint streets, you will find antique stores, wood carving workshops, delightful cafes and traditional bakeries selling locally produced cakes. 

Anghiari was the site of a victory of the Florentines over the Milanese, a decisive battle in stopping Visconti ambitions over Tuscany and the rest of Italy which took place there on June 29, 1440. According to the legend, only one man died, and that was an accident.

Sites of interest in Anghiari are the Palazzo Pretoriano, Badia di San Bartolomeo and Villa La Barbolana. Each July, Anghiari is host to the Anghiari Festival featuring classical music, chamber music, choral works and opera.

(Half hour drive from Caprese Michelangelo)


Arezzo is set on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the Arno.

arezzoIn the upper part of the town are the cathedral, the town hall and the Medici Fortress (Fortezza Medicea), from which the main streets branch off towards the lower part as far as the gates. The upper part of the town maintains its medieval appearance despite the addition of later structures.

Described by Livy as one of the Capitae Etruriae (Etruscan capitals), Arezzo is believed to have been one of the twelve most important Etruscan cities—the so-called Dodecapolis. Etruscan remains establish that the acropolis of San Cornelio, a small hill next to that of San Donatus, was occupied and fortified in the Etruscan period. There is other significant Etruscan evidence: parts of walls, an Etruscan necropolis on Poggio del Sole (still named "Hill of the Sun"), and most famously, the two bronzes, the "Chimera of Arezzo" (5th century BC) and the "Minerva" (4th century BC) which were discovered in the 16th century and taken to Florence. Increasing trade connections with Greece also brought some elite goods to the Etruscan nobles of Arezzo: the krater painted by Euphronios ca 510 BC with a battle against Amazons (in the Museo Civico, Arezzo 1465) is unsurpassed.

(1 hour drive from Caprese Michelangelo)


Welcome to Tuscany

Tuscany is a charmed land, equally blessed by the genius of man and nature, and often by the combined efforts of both.

If you are looking for a sun-drenched and culture-filled holiday, the place to go is Italy.