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La Valtiberina
Places of worship

The Parish Church of Santa Maria in Corsano

Corsano is home to religious gem

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San Leo di Anghiari lies along the highway connecting Sansepolcro to Arezzo. Its Roman church, Santa Maria a Corsano, was probably built during the twelfth century by the Camaldolesi monks. It was most likely constructed on the ruins of a pagan temple, along the old road that linked Anghiari with Citerna—a water source. Its construction is particularly interesting thanks to the bell tower located near the façade. Its interior forms a Latin-cross and contains three little chapels.

The church was renovated in the fifteenth century, when decorations, stone arches and pillars were added. Its seventeenth-century altar holds a beautiful fourteenth century painting by the Arezzo school. With the Unification of Italy, the church was confiscated by the Italian state and sold in addition to surrounding farm land. It was declared a national monument in 1917. The church was restored and reopened to the public in 1954. Currently, it is closed due to additional restoration needs.
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. ...