Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

The Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore is broadly located in an eroded, clayey area of badlands that gives the area its name; Crete Senesi. The specific site of the Abbey itself, however, feels an oasis of sorts, being leafy and well shaded. Building of the church began in the 14th century, though you would never […]

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Siena

The city of Siena is a medieval delight whose historic centre is deservedly a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is said that during medieval times, Siena’s rivalry with Florence extended to largesse in urban planning, and the effect is divine. The colours that symbolise the city of Siena – black and white – can be […]

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Arezzo

Like Assisi, Arezzo also has a Basilica di San Francesco. It is, of course, dedicated to St Francis of Assisi. Within it can be found Piero della Francesca’s highly regarded fresco, Legends of the True Cross. Piazza Grande is the finest square in the city, and is surrounded by renaissance towers, palaces, and Santa Maria […]

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Castellina

Castellina, which sits perched on a ridge with great views, was another outpost during the conflicts between Florence and Siena. Take a walk along the Via delle Volte, the arched laneway that runs along the east side of the city walls. The Rocca Comunale is a 14th century fortress that is now utilised as town […]

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Anghiari

Take a walk around town from the central Piazza Baldaccio, making your way to the town walls and the Antica via de Ronda, which takes and interesting route under the Church of St. Augustine. […]

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Greve in Chianti

Greve in Chianti is a pleasant market town with a nice main piazza, which is surrounded by medieval buildings. A wine fair is held in town on the second weekend of September. […]

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Sansepolcro

Sansepolcro is a flat, quiet town, and not likely to detain you for too long. Museo Civico is noted as having a number of fine works, including some 15 century works by local artist Piero della Francesca. One of these, Resurrection, was remarked upon by writer Aldous Huxley as ‘the greatest painting in the world.’ […]

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Montefioralle

Montefioralle is a lovely, medieval hamlet well worthy of a short exploration. The town was a key stronghold during the wars between Florence and Siena. The village is tiny and silent, and strikingly pretty. Check out the gothic church of San Stefano. […]

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Urbino

Urbino experienced a time of cultural pre-eminence during the renaissance period, and there is something about its grand sense of scale that resulted which is, simply, awesome. Palazzo Ducale is Urbino’s most prized possession. Built at the command of Duke Federigo da Montefeltro between 1444 and 1472, the site is UNESCO World Heritage Listed. Mon […]

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Furlo Gorge

Furlo Gorge is something of a surprise beauty. There are some nice picnicking areas down by the river, and it seems swimming would be a fair possibility (please email me if you can verify this!). […]

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