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Anghiari is a town and comune in the Province of Arezzo.
Anghiari is famous for the Battle of Anghiari between Florence and Milan which took place there on 29 June 1440. The battle inspired a fresco in the Palazzo Vecchio by Leonardo da Vinci. The fresco has since gone missing although a sketch of it by Peter Paul Rubens is still in existence.


   
   
Montauto was already in existence during the Etruscan period (VIII to V centuries BC ), and the settlement took advantage of the territory’s rich copper mines. It was a Roman/Byzantine lookout tower and came under the dominion of a feudal lord, Goffredo. The distinctive feature of the Castle di Montauto is the cylindrical tower on its corner. The castle itself has its origins in 1170-80.

Together with villa La Barbolana and Castello di Galbino, the Castle di Montauto was one of the residences of the old Galbino family. Here Francis of Assisi, not yet a saint, is said to have rested for a few days, after he had received the stigmata at La Verna in 1224. While here, Count Alberto gave Francis a new priest's habit in exchange for the old, stained one. This was soon considered a precious relic and was kept in the castle’s chapel until 1502 when the Florentines brought it to Florence. The habit of Montauto is now displayed in the Santuario della Verna.[2]

 

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From Anghiari to Sansepolcro, on the sites of the Battle

 

Map | From Anghiari to Sansepolcro, on the sites of the Battle

 

There is a walk along the route that leads from Anghiari to Sansepolcro and viceversa, that retraces the steps of the troops who fought in the battle: starting from the Museum, passing the Maestà shrine of S. Maria alla Vittoria built in 1441 on the site of the battle, walking alongside the old Reglia dei Mulini, the little stream that was so decisive on that important day. Then you will reach the River Tiber on the outskirts of Sansepolcro, and go into the town from which the Milanese troops launched their attack on 29 June 1440.[2]


Peter Paul Rubens’ copy of the lost Battle of Anghiari

 

Peter Paul Rubens painted a copy after a fresco in the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence, executed in 1504-1505 and destroyed around 1560.

 

Peter Paul Ruben's copy of the lost Battle of Anghiari

Peter Paul Rubens, Copy after the Battle of Anghiari by Leonardo da Vinci, circa 1603, black chalk, pen in brown ink, brush in brown and gray ink, gray wash, heightened in white and gray-blue, Louvre Museum, Paris

 

 

 

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Anonymous Florentine Master, Battle of Anghiari, 1460s, tempera and gold on poplar wood, National Gallery of Ireland

 


Anghiari is also famous for its Artisan’s fair and markets, the Mostra mercato dell’Artigianato della Valtiberina Toscana, held in spring,or the Hundred Flavours of the Apennines (I Cento Gusti dell’Appennino) held in November and the Palio della Vittoria.

The One Hundred Apennine Flavours Festival is a fair and market dedicated to the world of agrotourism and eno-gastronomy of the Valtiberina.
The market I Cento Gusti dell’Appennino is held from October 30 to November 2 in Anghiari.
The historical re-enactment of the Palio della Vittoria on June 29th, starts at 10am when Anghiari goes back to the Renaissance thanks to hundreds of figures in costume. The event culminates in a race beginning at sunset with the winners awarded the Palio, or banner, honouring their commune.

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[1] Source: By Anonymous Florentine Master - National Gallery of Ireland, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19459621
[2] Source: Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari | www.lostleonardodavinci.com

 

 
   

Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari
52031 Anghiari (AR), Toscana - Italy
Piazza Mameli, 1-2
   
         
         
         
Podere Santa Pia overlooks a valley characterised by all the elements of the Tuscan landscape: vineyards, pastures, small forests, wheat fields, olive groves and downey oaks. On a clear day you can see as far as Corsica to the south.

 

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