Visit the centre of Italian Renaissance.
No trip to Tuscany would be complete without a visit to the beautiful city of Florence. The enchanting historical centre never ceases to arouse your interest with its countless masterpieces, sun-baked piazzas and magnificent Renaissance and Gothic architecture. Dominating skyline of terracotta rooftops is the soaring dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Alongside the Piazza runs the majestic Uffizi Gallery, home to one of the most important and famous museums in the world, which includes artworks by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many other great artists.
Alpe di Lune nature reserve
A 25 minute drive from Sansepolcro takes you to the Riserva Naturale dell' Alpe di Luna, a beautiful landscape of rolling green pastures and jagged peaks carpeted with all manner of flora and fauna, ready to be explored. The Nature Reserve is also rich in local produce, you can go truffle hunting, pick wild strawberries, and forage for edible mushrooms throughout different periods of the year.
Siena is a medieval city situated on a hilltop in the heart of Tuscany. The old buildings, winding cobble streets, hidden gardens and one of the most beautiful piazzas in Italy. It is a must see for every traveller. Siena is a modern, thriving city in an old world setting with world class shopping, dining and cultural events offering something for everyone.
Why not spend some time in Sansepolcro, with hardly any travelling required at all! Take a leisurely stroll round the town, stopping at the Cathedral and the churches of Santo Agostino and Santa Maria delle Grazie as well as the Bishop's Palace. The town is most well known however as the birthplace of the artist Piero della Francesca and a couple of his masterpieces can be seen in the Museo Civico.
Experience the weekly market
An important part of Italian life, the weekly open air market is full of life and bustle, a riot of scents and colour. The main Sansepolcro market is on Tuesday morning, around Piazza Torre di Berta and Via XX Settembre but there is also a smaller market in the same location on Saturday morning. Take the opportunity to try out a few Italian phrases, and stock up on lovely fresh ingredients to cook back at the villa.
is available in Sansepolcro. Whether you are regularly in the saddle or a complete beginner, a horseback trek is a lovely way to see the countryside.
may want to try the 9 hole course at Lerchi near Città de Castello, or a little further afield the 18 hole course at Antognolla Golf & Country club, just to the south of Umbertide. This Championship course was designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones Jr, and is dominated by the medieval castle of Antognolla.
Make a splash
by trying sailing, canoeing or windsurfing on the Montedoglio lake to the north-west of Sansepolcro.
The Sanctuario della Verna
is a famous Franciscan monastery perched high up on rocky outcrop, about 30km from Sansepolcro. St Francis of Assisi visited many times and you can see the alleged bed of rock where he slept!
The medieval hilltop town of Anghiari
is lovely to walk around. On 29th June each year, the people of the town commemorate the famous Battle of Anghiari which took place in 1440 and saw the Florentines rise victorious against the Milanese invaders.
In Sansepolcro on the 2nd Saturday in September...
a traditional flag-waving show announces the arrival of the Palio della Balestra to be performed the following day. On the Sunday, a traditional crossbow contest is held in the Piazza Torre di Berta, with participants from Sansepolcro and Gubbio (the ‘away’ match happens in Gubbio on the last Sunday in May). People are dressed up as ladies, lords, squires and flag wavers, all in costumes reproduced from Piero della Francesca paintings. Tickets from the Tourist Office.
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