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The historic via di Ronda in Anghiari

One of the historic stretches of the town’s defense walls

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Anghiari

Via di Ronda is a centuries-old road north of Anghiari’s defense walls. Thanks to additional reinforcements following its construction, the walls were unconquerable and were a strong defence against all kinds of artillery. Today, via di Ronda passes through the 15th-century Monastery of Sant’Agostino, which is supported in part by the wall, made stronger by buttresses.

The historic via di Ronda and the tower
The historic via di Ronda and the tower - Credit: Massi Biagio

The church’s origins date to the 1100s, even if it has undergone many transformations. It’s very likely that the Hospitallers of St. Anthony the Abbot founded the monastery, who were tied to the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, who passed through Anghiari in 1162. Inside, there are stucco decorations from the mid-18th century and a polychrome terracotta by Santi Buglioni.

A curious element is the semi-circular tower from 1463, which today visitors can climb to reach the defense walls that the tower is a part of. Right above the base of this tower is the church’s apse. The tall structure, visible above the wall, was used for a period as a granary after the convent was suppressed and transformed into a farm in the 1800s.

A fun fact: from outside the fortification, you can see still see the merlons on the medieval walls, which were absorbed by later layers.

Anghiari
A striking medieval town nestled in the quietude of the Tiber Valley
Anghiari is a striking medieval town hugging the slopes of the Sovara torrent and the Tiber Valley. Its name is famous for a 1440 battle, fought on the plain in front of the town and depicted by Leonardo da Vinci in a legendary fresco lost somewhere in Florence’s Hall of the 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio. ...
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