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Itineraries from Sansepolcro ( Guide books available )

Arezzo - piazza grande
35 minutes by car, a stunning medieval town, not yet touched by mass tourism. Piazza Grande the main square is in the heart of the city – its appearance is strictly medieval and unspoilt by buildings from later period. Visit its numerous churches one of which boasts the famous Piero della Francesca fresco. The first Sunday of each month an enormous antiques market is held here that draws buyers and sellers from all over Italy. Fascinating to see. Wonderful shopping to suit all tastes along the main street “Corso Italia”. Don’t miss the tastiest ice-cream on the corner of Piazza Guido Monaco straight up from the railway station.
40 minutes by car, wonderful Etruscan hill top town with glorious views across the Chiana valley renowned for producing the much-prized" bistecca alla fiorentina". ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ by Francis Mayes was set here. The town of CASTIGLION FIORENTINO merits a stop along the way, as also does LAGO TRASIMENO
10 minutes by car, voted one of the most beautiful medieval hills towns in Italy. Surrounded by castles and country churches Anghiari looks out over the beautiful High Tiber Valley landscape. Walk around its fascinating cobbled streets and browse in its artisan shops that enrich the small squares of the town. Breathtaking views to be enjoyed from every corner of the ancient village. There are exhibitions, fairs and local festivals throughout the summer. Stop and enjoy an excellent typical tuscan lunch al fresco in one of its typical trattorias. There’s also an excellent shoe factory on the outskirts.
1 hour 20 mins by car, or 40 mins by fast train from the station in Arezzo. Florence is celebrated as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.
40 minutes by car, is well known, thanks to St. Francis, Italy’s premier saint and founder of the Franciscan order, and the amazing Basilica of St. Francis, one of the greatest monuments to 13th and 14th century Italian art. Assisi is one of Italy’s top attractions so early morning visits are recommended.
1 hour 40 mins away by car, is world famous as the location of the Palio held in July and August. Siena’s great attraction is its cityscape, a majestic Gothic ensemble that can be enjoyed with out entering a single museum. The great scallop shaped piazza il Campo is the loveliest of all Italian squares, where the Palio takes place.
40 mins away by car or take the slow train (1h 20) and enjoy the scenery of Italy’s ‘green heart’. Umbria’s capital, though less famous than some of the smaller towns around, reveals a great deal of interest and style in its buzzing centre. Umbria Jazz in July is its hippest contemporary music festival. There are countless churches, palaces and fountained piazzas but take a break at one of the city’s chic cafès for a cappuccino and a ‘bacio perugino’.
La Verna
25 mins by car, monastery where St. Francis is said to have received the stigmata. Set in a beautiful location the church has some of the best examples of Andrea della Robbia’s glazed terracotta artworks; a stunning Annunciation in the main church as well as an altar piece of the Assumption in the Cappella di Santa Maria degli Angeli
Caprese Michelangelo

20 mins birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

Visit the museum dedicated to this great sculptor. Try one of the fabulous local restaurants that serve strictly Tuscan food in lavish quantities at amazing prices. Sunday lunch often comprises a 10 course(!) meal for around 30 euros. Home made pasta with porcini muschrooms is the speciality.

60 minutes by car, the so called “City of Silence”, undiscovered for centuries, is a beautifully preserved medieval city, with funicular railway for panoramic views.
1,5 hours by car, a rewarding trip. The Duomo is one of the greatest Gothic buildings in Italy. Also renowned for its white wine. TODI – can be included in the excursion.
1 hour 15 mins. Sea side town of the Adriatic. Splendid beaches attracting thousands of package tourists. Lovely fish restaurants.
2 hours 30 minutes directly to the city centre by car (intercity fast train Rome-Arezzo 1hr 15 mins). Rome has perhaps the most compelling fascination. There is more to see here than any other city in the world
San Gimignano
The patrician families who controlled the city built some 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Only 14 have survived but San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
(2hrs) centre of production of Barola wines, Brunello di Montalcino, reckoned by many to be the finest in Italy. A 13th century fortress, it was the last of the Sienese commune to hold out against the Medici’s. This trip can be combined with stops at


(2 hrs) (a stage setting for Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and The English Patient). MONTEPULCIANO, (2hrs) another medieval town noted for its wines and offering many opportunities for tasting.
San Marino
1, 5 hours by car towards the coast, the world’s smallest existing republic. A small state entirely surrounded by Italy. It has its own mint, own postage stamps and an army of a 1,000 men.

1hr 40, wonderful ducal city. Centre of power in the middle ages. Raphael was born here and worked for a time. Piero della Francesca painted here under the patronage of the Duke of Montefeltro. Visit the ducal palace and all the works of art.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 October 2010 05:55