Located 30 km from the Tuscan city of Arezzo, which sits on the border of Tuscany and Umbria, Anghiari is a historic medieval treasure that sits precariously atop a steep stone hill that rises up from the Sovara and Tiber valleys.
Anghiari is particularly well known for the 1440 Battle of Anghiari, when Florentine troops fought and conquered their Milano rivals. However, it is not so much the battle itself that has found fame, but a legendary fresco by Leonardo da Vinci that depicted the events of the encounter but has since been lost.
Anghiari is a beautiful treasure that sits serenely within the imposing 13th-century city walls. Almost perfectly preserved in its ancient form, the town is a living, breathing piece of history that exudes a medieval atmosphere. Every minor element of the town is quaint and full of character. From the wooden shutters and doors of the town’s stone houses, through to the flower-clad balconies and entrances of the lovingly preserved homes of the villagers. Perhaps the only thing that rivals the beauty of the town itself is the amazing panoramic view beyond the city walls to the valley below.
As you wander around the maze of narrow streets and ancient buildings of Anghiari, you are greeted with history at every turn, and it will come as no surprise that the Italian Touring Club have awarded this former Roman Settlement an Orange Flag for being one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Anghiari is a true gem that deserves a visit if you are planning a trip to Arezzo or any other town in this area of Tuscany. If you are in the area in July, don’t miss a chance to catch the Southbank Sinfonia, a festival of music in which the tuneful sounds of orchestras, choirs and chamber musicians rings out from every piazza and church throughout the town.
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