UPPER TIBER VALLEY
SANSEPOLCRO E MONTERCHI ( On the trail of Piero della Francesca )
Sansepolcro, the birth-place of Piero della Francesca, houses in the rooms of its City Museum some of the artist's most celebrated works: San Ludovico (Saint Louis), San Giuliano (Saint Julian), la Risurrezione (Resurrection), and his Polittico della Misericordia (Madonna of Mercy Polyptych). A few steps away rises the Cathedral in which, along the left of the nave, awaits us the Volto Santo di Sansepolcro (Sansepolcro Crucifix) with Christ on the cross in full tunic and belt, as well as Perugino's marvelous Ascension. Our next stop, in the main square, is the Torre di Berta (Tower of Bertha or of the Stocks ,depending on your etymological preferences), known as the site of the Palio della Balestra, a crossbow competition for which Sansepolcro is rather well-known. Before leaving the city we pass before the Piero della Francesca Foundation, currently a study center, which was Piero's house. From Sansepolcro we go by bus to nearby Monterchi, a village clinging to a hill, famous throughout the world for having one of Piero's most enigmatic frescoes: the Madonna del Parto (Pregnant Madonna).
CITY MUSEUM – SANSEPOLCRO
WINTER HOURS 10.00 – 13.00/ 14.30 – 18.00
SUMMER HOURS 10.00 – 13.30/14.30 – 19.00
CLOSED ON: 25 DECEMBER, 1 JANUARY
MUSEO MADONNA DEL PARTO – MONTERCHI
WINTER HOURS 9.30 – 12.30/14.00 – 17.00
SUMMER HOURS 9.00 – 13.00/14.00 – 19.00
CLOSED ON: 25 DECEMBER
ANGHIARI (City of the Battle of Anghiari and city of artisans)
Anghiari is perhaps best-known today as the city near which a battle was fought in 1440 which Leonardo da Vinci then was meant to fresco in the main hall of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Its streets offer many interesting opportunities to admire local artisanship and we will be sure to stop by the Abbey of Saint Bartholomew to admire Tino da Camaino's wooden sculpture of the Madonna with Child.
The view from the old sentry walk is beautiful and allows us to admire the apse of the church of Saint Augustine as well as the wide road—a full six kilometers long—connecting Anghiari with Sansepolcro where the battle took place.
MUSEO DELLA BATTAGLIA DI ANGHIARI
WINTER HOURS 9.30 – 13.00/14.30 – 17.30
SUMMER HOURS 9.30 – 13.00/14.30 – 18.30
CLOSED ON: 25 DECEMBER
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY 9.00 – 18.00 LATEST ENTRY 17.30
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY 10.00 – 19.00 LATEST ENTRY 18.30
CLOSED ON: MONDAYS