A medieval walled town immersed in the splendid landscape of the Tiber Valley

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"Anghiari is a place that reveals its own enchantment only by degrees, and even then, only to the traveller who wants to explore and use their own eyes", wrote Harold Donaldson Eberlein, crossing the Upper Tiber Valley in 1929.

Nothing could be truer, because Anghiari, like the rest of Tuscany, is a place to discover. The eye is overwhelmed, attracted first by the architecture of a convent in the green and then distracted by a new site: a farmhouse, a paved road, a landscape of new forms that opens suddenly. Stone arches, streets ahead, stairs, smells, perfumes, history and spirituality. Anghiari is all this but only if you really enter it, with your own personal curiosity and excitement, to discover the soul of what was named one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.

The ancient origins of this precious corner of the world are still visible in the historic centre which blends perfectly with the picturesque houses, squares and valleys that open around it. A taste of the Middle Ages right there, at your fingertips. Indeed Anghiari, despite early Roman settlements, enjoyed its period of greatest importance in the Middle Ages, thanks to its fortunate strategic position. Note that the historic Battle of Anghiari, which took place here on June 29, 1440, marked the victory of the Florentine troops, allied with the Pope, over the army from Milan.

The charm of Anghiari is not limited only to the strong historical matrix and urban and architectural identity, but is extended with the powerful spirituality that animates this village perched in a gently beautiful valley, and cleverly constructed to be made inviolable. Anghiari is a place of spirituality, therefore, a favourite destination for romantic souls and lovers of art, who are deeply moved in front of the ancient abbeys, away from mass tourism.

Abbeys, monasteries, and small churches, offer a variety of itineraries for discovering the spiritual side of the town. Visit the "Cassero," the powerful monastery of St. Bartholomew, transformed by Perugino into a defensive building; the Church of the Abbey; the powerful walls that are actually still mostly intact; and don't miss the apse of the Church of St. Augustine and the Bastione del Vicario.

Travelling to Anghiari will please your eyes, but let me assure you—it will also please your palate! Here you will find restaurants and taverns for discovering the cuisine of the Tiber Valley and typical local products, combined with an unparalleled hospitality that distinguishes the people of Tuscany. You can taste the excellent local Chianina beef, and dishes made with mushrooms, one of the jewels of the area. Or the "abbucciato aretino," a goat cheese produced in the areas adjacent to the village and "bringolo" and "rasagnolo", types of homemade pasta very similar to the more common spaghetti, which you must try with hare sauce, duck sauce or with the classic mushroom sauce.

Churches, abbeys and history: an aura of ancient magic wraps close Anghiari and this peculiarity is also found alive in the shops of Old Town, especially in the many antique shops that you will find in the alleys of the village. The memories of long ago can be found here, including the furniture of yesteryear, precious pieces brought back to their original splendour through the passion of local artisans and restorers—pieces which take you back in time whether it's thirty, one hundred of three hundred years ago, reliving the memories of one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.

Cover image credit: David Nicholls

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