A bike route along the Via della Lignite might begin at San Giovanni Valdarno, the town near Arezzo where Masaccio spent a large part of his youth. You can visit Casa Masaccio, a contemporary art centre and the house in which, recent studies report, the painter resided a few years. The museum is home to works by Alighieri Boetti, Alberto Moretti, Giovanni Anselmo, Alberto Garutti, Venturino Venturi, Mauro Staccioli, Mauro Airò and Massimo Bartolini. Casa Masaccio also puts on temporary exhibitions and often hosts conferences, concerts and cinema festivals.
In the central Palazzo d’Arnolfo, meanwhile, one finds the Museo delle Terre Nuove, whose exhibitions tell the story of settlements founded in medieval Europe.
Another thing to see in San Giovanni Valdarno is the Basilica di Santa Maria della Grazie, where one can see a large, multicoloured terracotta of the Assumption by Giovanni della Robbia, alongside a fresco depicting the miracle of “Monna Tancia”: this latter work was painted, according to Vasari, by an apprentice of Perugino.
In the Basilica’s immediate surroundings we find a museum of the same name, which holds a number of paintings originally from the churches and religious houses of the city and its neighbouring territory.