What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany?
Anyone who loves art, certainly, must have already heard about one of the most famous paintings by Da Vinci: a beautiful fresco in the Salone dei Cinquecento (“Hall of the Five Hundred”) in the Vecchio Palace, in Florence. Unfortunately, today, we can only see a few remnants of this painting, as over the years it has undergone numerous restorations and has been redone by numerous artists; however, its beauty remains untouched. It depicts the battle between the armies of Florence and Milan, in 1440, against the backdrop of Anghiari, in Tuscany, where I’m taking you to today. Ready for the tour? So come with me! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”.
A little about Anghiari, in Tuscany!
Anghiari is a small town located in Tuscany. With its nearly 5,500 inhabitants, Anghiari is famous for having been portrayed by Leonardo Da Vinci, in one of the most famous frescoes in the world: the battle between Florence and Milan, which took place in the city. The remains of the work, having been restored and passed on by the hands of several artists, are located in the Salone dei Cinquecento, in the Vecchio Palace, in Florence, and its beauty impresses even the most demanding eyes.
A little about Anghiari history
Anghiari is not a big city and you can see the best of it in just one day. The village was founded as a castle, in the Lombard period, although there is information, in its first documentation found, that there were people there since 1048. In the 11th century, Anghiari came to be dominated by the Camaldolese, who built the Abbey of St Bartholomew there. Later, the village was conquered by the Florentines, in 1440, right after the famous Battle of Anghiari.
The name Anghiari still divides opinions
Some say that the name derives from the Roman “castrum angulare”, and refers to the angular shape of its castle, while others argue that the word comes from “gravel”, a material often found there. In any case, Anghiari is splendid and wins over our hearts with the details that we will get to know now!
Our tour in Anghiari
Let’s start our tour from the heart of the city! Departing from the historic center, we can get to know the city very peacefully; we can enter its flowery and charming alleys, it is also possible to spend hours strolling there and observing the details of the architecture, the cats – that wander freely the village – and all the beauties that this place has to offer!
- Some alleys are amazing and seem to transport us back to the past. Worthy of mention are: Via della Torre, Via delle Mura di Sotto, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and Via Taglieschi.
1) What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany? VISIT THE CLOCK TOWER
In the historic center, definitely, we need to take time to see the Clock Tower that dominates the village. This beautiful tower is also known as Campano and is a 14th century building; it was destroyed in the 16th century, but rebuilt in every detail as the first Tower erected there. During the 17th century, a second clock was placed there – which is the oldest in Italy: it sits on top of the Tower and is beautiful.
2) What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany? VISIT THE BATTAGLIA PALACE
Another must-see in Anghiari, of course, is Battaglia Palace. The Battle of Anghiari, as we have already mentioned, was a landmark in the city’s history and, of course, made it famous. The Battaglia Palace houses the fantastic Battle Museum, which is a very educational museum and tells us, in detail, everything about the famous battle between Florence and Milan, as well as telling us in a delicious way the entire history of the city. The museum offers very interesting services, ranging from prehistory to the 18th century; there we can observe various prehistoric tools and ancient angular firearms.
The museum has 3 floors, and is located in the former Marzocco Palace.
Of course, the main attraction of the museum is the part that tells the story of the notorious battle; there are some videos and one of them tells us all about Da Vinci’s ‘lost painting’. You can also see a model that reproduces the battle and is something fascinating, done with impressive details. The museum is very interactive and multimedia, which makes the visit even more enjoyable. From the third floor, the view from the window is magnificent! Remember to have a quick peek! To buy tickets and find out everything about the museum, you can access the official website of the Bataglia Museum.
3) What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany? VISIT THE CHURCH OF ST MARY OF GRACES
From there, we can head to the Church of St Mary of Graces. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful churches in the city. The structure dates back to the 18th century and houses several works of great artistic value. Here you can admire two beautiful panels painted by Giovanni Antonio Sogliani, and a piece made in polychrome glass terracotta by artist Andrea Della Robbia.
4) What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany? VISIT TAGLIESCHI PALACE
Another very interesting place, especially for art lovers, is Taglieschi Palace, which is one of the most important in the village. The building is close to Mameli Square and houses the State Museum. There you can admire splendid paintings from the 16th century; the place is perfect for those who want to know a little better the works of Florentine artists, such as Della Robbia, for example.
5) What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany? VISIT THE CASTLE OF SORCI
For castle lovers, Anghiari presents us with a great option: the Castle of Sorci. And, legend has it, the castle is haunted! The Castle, which is located a few kilometers from the historic center and was the home of Baldaccio Bruni, a brave captain of Ventura, was also used as a summer residence for the Tarlati di Pietramala family (1234-1388) and the Pichi di Sansepolcro family ( 1443-1650). Today, there is a hotel there.
Let’s get to the legend!
Baldaccio Bruni, the first owner, was killed in the castle in 1441 by his own allies who later left him in the public square where he was beheaded. It is said that, even today, in the dead of night, it is possible to hear their cries for mercy through the castle’s corridors and in some rooms. Many swear, on their honor, that they have seen the ghost of the captain walking headless across the estate. Do you dare to sleep there? The truth is: the place is beautiful! It’s really worth getting to know!
6) What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany? VISIT THE ANGHIARI PARK
For nature lovers, I suggest a visit to Anghiari Park: the Nature Factory. Fabbrica della Natura is a very well structured park and is located in the Monti Rognosi Nature Reserve. Quite didactic, it presents visitors with a real lesson on the importance of nature, and how we can improve our relationship with it! It explains to us about biodiversity, it offers tourists a laboratory for sustainable development and has integrated a fantastic hotel with a magnificent structure!
For those with children, it’s the perfect destination!
By the way, the place, in partnership with Azienda Agricola il Faggeto, offers a very interesting project for the little ones: cooking workshops with local products. There, they learn from how to plant to how to use fruits, vegetables, and other healthy and delicious foods, and more: getting their hands dirty! The kids love it! Also read: Travel with children in Italy?
How to get to Anghiari?
Anghiari is in the province of Arezzo, in the Tuscan Valley of the Tiber. For those with a car, there are great options: for those coming from the North, you can take the A14 highway towards Cesena and then the E45 towards Orte-Roma; take the Sansepolcro Sud exit, then take the SS73 towards Arezzo – following signs.
From Arezzo you can reach Anghiari via the panoramic Libbia SP 43 Provincial Road and, if you want to pass through the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines, on a dreamy path that will offer you a wonderful view, use the SS258 (Marecchiese) and, when you reach Sansepolcro, follow signs for Arezzo.
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Important to know
- Also, it is important to know that in tourist cities there are places (historic centers) where PARKING IS PROHIBITED , and it can only be used by people who live there! That’s why it’s important not to go to these places so as not to take unnecessary fines.
- How to understand what these places are? See the post that talks about it, but anyway, another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside the center and go downtown on foot or, spending a little more, by taxi or other public transport.
If you want to see the city using the train, you need to go to Arezzo train station and then take a bus, which takes about 50 minutes to get to Anghiari. For information about bus timetables, you can check the official website of the company that operates the section: https://www.tiemmespa.it/#calcola – buses leave every 15 minutes. How to travel by train across Italy in comfort?
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What to do in one day in Anghiari, Tuscany? We could spend all day talking about Anghiari. Despite being a small town, it is a charming city that wins over our hearts in a discreet, unpretentious way, but which becomes unforgettable for our soul! Would you like a detailed itinerary by Anghiari? Talk to me! Remember that I am a travel consultant and I can help you spend a delightful day in one of the most delightful cities in Tuscany, the magnificent Anghiari.
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