Anghiari

 

Strolling through Anghiari

Anghiari is a small town located in Tuscany, Italy. The town belongs to the province of Arezzo. The town rose to fame first when the Battle of Anghiari was fought here in 1440 between Milan and Florence. It was this battle that inspired Leonardo Da Vinci to make a famous fresco in Palazzo Vecchio. The fresco is no longer to be found in the palace now but it has been replaced by a sketch based on the same fresco. Anghiari is also famous for its annual Anghiari festival that is host to many musical bands and features opera, classical music, choral works and chamber music. The famous orchestra Southbank Sinfonia from London is the resident orchestra at this festival.

 

Getting down to Anghiari

Anghiari is quite a small town so getting here might not be as easy as it seems. There is no airport in the city so travel by air would not be possible. Anghiari does have a train station so the best way to get to the town would be through trains. Anghiari is connected to the other towns and cities in Arezzo quite well through trains. For those who are travelling from other locations in Tuscany, connecting trains would be available. Visitors can also reach the town through buses; regular bus services are available from the other locations in the province to Anghiari. Travelling by road is also a good option if you have a car.

Moving around within the city

Anghiari is quite a small town so moving around isn't much of a problem. The best way to explore the town is on foot. The city center is quite compact and the best known places in town are located close to the center so they can be easily explored on foot. Visitors that have their own car can easily move around in cars since finding parking spots is quite easy. The public buses can also be used, these are very inexpensive and the buses are fairly punctual.

Sight seeing attractions in Anghiari

-The Town center

 

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The Town center of Anghiari is an ancient walled town and is the best place to visit in Anghiari. The origins of this walled town dates back to the 11th century and the center has some of the best known buildings of the town. The ancient town was expanded in the 14th century and most churches, monuments and ancient buildings dating back to that era still exist within the walled town.

 

-Palazzo Taglieschi

The Palazzo Taglieschi is an interesting building as far as architecture is concerned. The Palazzo was built by using the existing medieval buildings in the area. The buildings were joined in an organic fashion to make the existing Palazzo. The Palazzo Taglieschi is now home to the state museum that showcases a collection of old paintings, sculptures and art works that were made in the region. Also noteworthy are the painted ceilings and the stone fire places.

-Palazzo Del Marzocca

The Palazzo Del Marzocca was built in the 15th century by putting together two tower houses that already existed here since medieval times. The Palazzo served as the living quarters for the famous Anglieri family in the town and is now home to a museum.

-Monastery of Saint Bartolomeo

 

Leonardo da Vinci's Battle of Anghiari

The ancient monastery of Saint Bartolomeo is located within the ancient walled center of Anghiari. The monastery is thought to have existed before 11th century and was later transformed into a defensive structure by the Perugians.

 

-Piazza Mameli

Piazza Mameli is the main Piazza in Anghiari. The Piazza was formerly known as Piazza del Borghetto and is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the town. The two main museums of the town are located in the Piazza and several other ancient monuments and buildings are located close by. Since this is the main piazza of the town, it is also the center of activity and tends to remain busy and crowded on weekends when the locals flock to the piazza to meet each other.

-Palazzo Corsi

The Palazzo Corsi is located close to the Galleria Girolamo Magi. The Palazzo is in fact a collection of buildings from the 18th century that were built by Benedetto Corsi. The collection has the palazzo itself, a theater and the Capella Votiva.

Stay and accommodation

Anghiari is a small town and it isn't really a tourist destination so the options in terms of accommodations are limited here. However, there are still a few hotels in the town where visitors can stay. There are a few Bed & Breakfasts, a few farm

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houses, some apartments and some old villas which can be rented by visitors as holiday homes. The hotels in town are not very expensive since Anghliari is not yet thronged by tourists. Some good places to try while in town are Oliver Hotel and the Albergo hotel. There are also some other smaller hotels around the center of the town that can accommodate around 10-15 people at once.

 

Eating out

Anghiari has quite a lot of good options when it comes to dining out. There are small and large restaurants, pizzerias, cafes and some good bars in the town. Tuscan food is quite delicious so the best thing for tourists to do would be to try some of the smaller restaurants in town that serve traditional Tuscan and Italian dishes. Some good restaurants in town to try are Cantina Del Granduca, Perbacco and Oliver restaurant.

Shopping in Anghiari

One of the best things to purchase while in Anghiari is antiques. The town has had a long history of crafting antiques and is known all over Italy for its craft. Good quality antiques are available in almost all shops in town. However, the best thing to do is to visit the antique market here in Anghiari since visitors would have access to a large variety of antiques in this market. Also, the markets offer antiques at reasonable prices, in shops the same pieces are available at a greater cost.

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