SURROUNDINGS & PLACES OF INTEREST
Monterchi, Tuscany, Italy
The house is just 1.5 km from the mediaeval walled town of Monterchi. It is a thriving local town, with supermarkets, post office , bank and chemist. There is a superb greengrocer, an excellent butcher, a weekly market and a selection of good restaurants.
Monterchi, famed home to Piero della Francesco’s Madonna del Parto. This fresco of the pregnant Madonna has been the object of pilgrimage for hundreds of years.
The walled towns of Citta di Castello, San Sepolcro (15 minutes) and Anghiari (10 minutes) all have weekly markets, good restaurants and many interesting works of art and places to visit. The closest cities are Arezzo (20 minutes), Assisi and Perugia (just over an hour), Florence ( 1.1/4 ), Siena and Urbino (2 hours).
Città di Castello
Within its mediaeval walls one can find boutiques and restaurants to please the most discerning visitor. The elegant streets around the Piazza are a hub of activity into the late evening. Whether you are seeking Etruscan, Roman, mediaeval monuments, renaissance art or thermal baths (Terme di Fontecchio), Citta di Castello has it all.
The nearby town of Arezzo is set on a steep hill rising from the floodplain of the Amo. In the upper part of the town are the cathedral, the town hall and the Medici Fortress, from which the main streets branch off towards the lower part as far as the gates. The upper part of the town maintains its mediaeval appearance despite the addition of later structures.
Birth place of the Renaissance painter Piero della Francesco, San Sepolcro is noted for its folklore, handicrafts and artistic richness. Events like the Palio della Balestra (ancient crossbow competition) and historical plays in period costume attract many visitors. Renowned for fashion and fabrics a shopping trip to San Sepolcro will not disappoint. The unique Aboca Museum celebrates the cultivation of medicinal plants. From Renaissance banquets to street cafés it’s a gourmet’s delight. Ice cream and chocolate shops abound for children.
A dramatic hillside town with a procession of narrow streets, arches and passageways. It is famous for its artisan traditions particularly antiques and exquisite handmade weaving. In the summer it is home to an international music festival where the audience moves through the narrow streets from venue to venue, delightful! Panoramic views can be enjoyed from the top of the roman road (high street of Anghiari).