Today, Montevarchi’s medieval centre is structured around Piazza Varchi, the historic heart of city life. The piazza is overlooked by Palazzo Pretorio - whose façade displays the coats of arms of the city’s mayors - and the 13th century Collegiate Church of San Lorenzo, redecorated a few centuries later as part of Massimiliano Soldani Benzi’s project. In the former sacristy, home to the Museum of Sacred Art, there’s a gorgeous little temple designed by Andrea della Robbia and the Delivery of the Relic of the Holy Milk by Count Guerra, two works that are among the best examples of terracotta glazing, an art for which the Florentine family has become famous.
It’s well worth taking a visit to the Church of Santa Maria al Giglio for its miraculous apparitions that, over the centuries, have been attributed to the fresco of the Virgin above the altar.
Zoology enthusiasts will particularly enjoy Montevarchi’s Paleontological Museum, which houses impressive prehistoric animal relics.
Meanwhile, for art loves the Cassero is absolutely unmissable. The museum holds a collection of 2,500 works made from bronze, marble, plaster, terracotta and drawings by Tuscan and Italian artists.