The part of the Valtiberina (Tiber Valley) found in Tuscany consists of the portion of land between the regions of Romagna and Umbria. If you are planning to travel in Tuscany, Villas Palazzo Rosadi and Torre del Cielo give you the opportunity to visit the most important cities of art like Anghiari, Sansepolcro, Caprese Michelangelo, Citerna, Cittą di Castello, Gubbio, Arezzo and Perugia. A holiday in the Villas Palazzo Rosadi and Torre del Cielo is perfect for relaxation and enjoying the wonderful landscape of the Tuscan countryside and offers guests the opportunity to visit cities rich in art and culture.
The Valtiberina is a valley which offers numerous holiday opportunities, be it for nature and ambience, or the artisan traditions, history, and the culture of its inhabitants. The historic-cultural importance that the Valtiberina has had over the centuries (see the presence of famous birth places eg, Michaelangelo and Piero della Francesca), and the local traditions of culture and hand made products, have made this area one of the most capable areas to satisfy all tourists to Tuscany (excursions, wine and food, environmental, cultural, religious and educational).
The town of Anghiari is antique and medieval, with irregular little roads, steep steps, churches and little squares with artisan shops, restoration and antique workshops.
The view overlooks the Tiber Valley, with its castles, towers and churches, testimony to its past Francescan spirituality.
Culturally Anghiari has much to offer, with the Museums of Palazzo Taglieschi and Palazzo Marzocco. In the first are a collection of paintings, sculptures and local tools; among the most important works are the Nativity by Andrea Della Robbia and the statue of the virgin by Jacopo della Quercia.
In the museum of Palazzo Marzocco you can find the history of the famous battle of Anghiari, illustrated by paintings.
There is also the museum of the Misericordia, which documents the history of the brotherhood of Anghiari whose origin dates back to around 1300, and which continues to be present in the area although it disappeared and reappeared over time.
The town of Anghiari hosts lively cultural activity with shows, exhibitions, displays, local celebrations, from local folklore to theatrical events to traditional cuisine.
Sansepolcro is located in the east part of the Tiber Valley near the border with Umbria. Due to its position between the Alps of the Moon and the Massa Trebaria, between the Umbrian hills and the Alps of Catenaia, it is the perfect starting point for every type of excursion. Sansepolcro seems to be a medieval town, built within four walls, but very lively and modern.
The medieval town is famous because it's the birth place of Piero della Francesca (1415-1492), whose work (the "Madonna della Misericordia" and the "Resurrezione") are on display in the Museo Civico. Other museums in Sansepolcro are the Aboca museum, the Spazio del Merletto and the Bernardini-Fatti della Vetrata Antica, where you can see a large representation on glass of the Last Supper and other antique glass work made by artisans and artists of the Tiber Valley.
Among the more interesting buildings are the Cathedral of S.Giovanni Evangelista and the Churches of S.Maria delle Grazie, S.Maria dei Servi, S.Lorenzo (inside you can see the Deposizione by Rosso Fiorentino), S.Rocco, S.Agostino and the monastery of San Francesco in Montecasale. There are many local events in Sansepolcro like the Palio della Balestra (second Sunday of September), with archery competitions, costume parades and flag bearers.
Caprese Michelangelo is the birth town of Michelangelo Buonarroti, from which the little town takes its name. It is located on a very high position, dominating the surrounding area. The area around the small town (1700 population) consists of exceptional chestnut groves, which were awarded the "Marrone di Caprese Michaelangelo" denomination of origin protected.
In the Casa del Podestą, where Michaelangelo Buonarroti was born, you can find the Museum of Michelangelo, with reproductions of the main masterpieces of the artist as well as work of his contemporaries.
The Road of Flavours Valtiberina Tuscany proposes an itinerary accross the 7 boroughs of the Tiber Valley and its specialities.
Starting from Sestino and Badia Tedalda, the heart of the Chianina cattle farming. The woods offer very good white truffles and mushrooms.
In Pieve Santo Stefano there is the rediscovery of the cultivation of fruit like apples, pears and other typical varieties.
Caprese Michelangelo is known for its extraordinary Marrone di Caprese, from which you can obtain honey and flour, used in the preparation of deserts and home made pasta.
In Anghiari you can stop in one of the ancient oil mills where olives are pressed in an artisan fashion from which you can obtain an optimum quality olive oil.
The excellent production of vegetables, fruit, cheeses, is characteristic of the countryside surrounding Sansepolcro and the whole valley offers high quality meats and hams.
Monterchi produces mostly maize, and using the flour you can make the typical and tasty polenta.
The Road of Flavours guides the traveller among the antique little towns of the Tuscan Tiber Valley, its protected areas, green valleys and woods, in a journey characterised by tranquility and the pleasure of living close to rural and artisanal traditions of this land.
For more information:
Ufficio Informazioni Turistiche Sansepolcro
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