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Tiber Valley and its history

Discover the Tiber Valley, described by Pliny the Younger as a magnificent natural amphitheater, rich in history, art and culture. This article guides you through its charming villages such as Sansepolcro and Anghiari, Michelangelo's home in Caprese Michelangelo, and the works of Piero della Francesca in Monterchi. Explore hidden hermitages and the unspoiled nature of the Alpe della Luna. Departing from Arezzo, B&B Antiche Mura is the ideal starting point for venturing into this land of timeless wonders.
VALTIBERINA - Tiber Valley - ANGHIARI

Pliny the Younger, between the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C., depicted the Tiber Valley as “an immense amphitheater such as only Nature can create.” Thus, the Valtiberina has been inspiring noble souls since more than two millennia ago. If you are not already enthralled by this courtly introduction, please read on to appreciate the profound richness of this wonderful land.

Sansepolcro: jewel of the Eastern Tiber Valley

Sansepolcro stands as a gem in the Eastern Tiber Valley, glittering with history and culture. Its origin seems to date back to 934 AD, with its founding by Arcano and Egidio. These two pilgrims, returning from the Holy Land (or Holy Sepulcher) , allegedly had a divine revelation that guided them to settle here. The town, a few centuries later, saw the birth of the great Piero della Francesca and, partly but not only because of this, attracts many visitors.

In the heart of Sansepolcro, the cathedral preserves a precious 9th-century altarpiece by Perugino. Other wonders to see in Sansepolcro are the Palazzo Ducci, now the library, and the Palazzo delle Laudi, now the town hall. Walking through the historic center will feel like you are walking through a real open-air museum, or traveling through time. For us at Antiche Mura, this should be a must-see stop on your tour of the Tiber Valley!

Anghiari: from historic battle to breathtaking views

Anghiari boasts a place of honor among the Beautifulest Villages in Italy, a title that already promises wonders to those who decide to explore this wonderful village. In addition to this prestigious recognition, Anghiari has much more to offer. First, one cannot fail to mention the historical event that marked its fame: the Battle of Anghiari. This conflict, which took place on June 29, 1440, was so significant that it was immortalized in a work by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. You can immerse yourself in the history of this battle by visiting the dedicated museum, located in the elegant Palazzo Marzocco.

Set on the top of a hill Anghiari’s location now offers no longer strategic defense, but breathtaking views. Be enchanted by the “Gian Franco Vené” Belvedere and be enraptured by the charming corners of the village, which hide truly unforgettable views.

Famous Christmases in the Tiber Valley: let’s explore Caprese Michelangelo

Caprese Michelangelo boasts the birthplace of the famous Michelangelo Buonarroti, author of the David and the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel. In this village you can visit Michelangelo’s Birthplace Museum, located in the Caprese Michelangelo Castle. The museum structure is developed in three different arere: thePalazzo del Podestà,the Palazzo Clusini and the Corte Alta, and is completed with a charming exhibition garden. In Caprese, there is also the church where Michelangelo received his baptism, located at the foot of the historic fortress.

Monterchi and the legacy of Piero della Francesca

Monterchi deserves special mention. Although it is a small village, inside it it holds a very rich artistic heritage. Here, in fact, are preserved multiple masterpieces by Piero della Francesca, who, as we mentioned, was born right in the Tiber Valley. Prominent among the works is the famous “Madonna del Parto,” displayed in the local museum entirely dedicated to this artist. Inside the museum you can also admire the “Madonna del Latte,” a 15th-century fresco by an unknown author. The museum also offers an educational workshop, where young students learn to express themselves through the visual arts . Not to be forgotten, in Monterchi, is the Museum of Scales.

The Hidden Hermitages of the Tiber Valley

In a valley with such fascinating scenery, it is not surprising that it was a favorite place for hermit meditation in the Middle Ages. Two precious spiritual refuges can be discovered in the Tiberina Valley: the hermitages of Montecasale and Cerbaiolo. The Montecasale hermitage stands near Sansepolcro and was established in 1213 by St. Francis of Assisi. The Cerbaiolo hermitage, originally a Benedictine monastery, came under Franciscan protection in 1216, given to St. Francis himself. Cerbaiolo, positioned on Lake Montedoglio which offers an idyllic panorama , is reminiscent in its architecture of the Verna Hermitage in nearby Casentino. An ancient proverb says, “He who has seen La Verna and not Cerbaiolo has seen the mother and not the son.”

Alpe della Luna and Badia Tedalda

The wonderful Alpe della Luna Nature Reserve covers more than 1,500 hectares. The reserve takes the form of an immense forest, which offers more bare spots from which one can enjoy inspiring views. Probably the most iconic site here is the Ripa della Luna, a 200-meter-high rock formation curving on the northern slope of Mt. Friars. The rock is curved enough to look like a “crescent moon,” and it is for this formation that the Reserve gets its name. At Alpe della Luna you will find centuries-old beech trees, holly trees and flower meadows with crocus, cyclamen and cervine grass.

In this area you will find the small town of Badia Tedalda, which owes its name to the Benedictine abbey founded by the Tedaldi family. The village, itself a wonderful medieval hamlet, offers a unique spectacle. We are talking about the Palio dei Castelli, a typical equestrian tournament of the lance and the ring. This historical and sporting event sees the Knights of the Castelli compete for the Drappo and the Bicrociato Plate of Sant’Angelo Michele. The event is held the first weekend after Ferragosto, and is a truly picturesque and exciting spectacle.

Tiberina Valley awaits you outside the Antiche Mura!

The B&B Antiche Mura, in the heart of Arezzo, is perfect to be able to explore in Val Tiberina as well. In this area you will find, as you may have read, corners of Tuscan paradise that will be forever etched in your memory. Reaching the Valtiberina is very easy : from Arezzo you can take advantage of the local railway line, which will allow you to admire the Aretine countryside during a pleasant trip.

Do not wait any longer, then! Antiche Mura is waiting for you to introduce you to all the hidden wonders of the beautiful Val Tiberina!

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