I’ve mentioned that I’ll be spending a week in June in a house that I’ve rented with a friend in the small town of Anghiari, near Arezzo and located on the boundary between Tuscany and Umbria.
The town looks quite interesting – the photos remind me a bit of Cortona, which is a very nice, small Tuscan town. Not a huge number of Very Important Sites to see, perhaps, but a comfortable feel and some interesting museums and churches.
The above photo is from Bill Thayer’s excellent website and was taken inside the Cappella del Tribunale, part of Anghiari’s Palazzo Pretorio. (Bill is a fellow Slow Traveler whose website is especially good on churches in Umbria as well as less known spots.)
Here is how Bill describes Anghiari: “The town has managed to tread the careful line between tourism and a live place; it's mostly late medieval on one hill, with fairly modern livable extensions along various roads. Most of the churches were open, and though none is astonishing in any way, they're all worth a look — and the Palazzo Comunale, referred to here as the Palazzo Pretorio, has a whole ground floor of frescoes including a "Cappella del Tribunale" with a whole assortment of nicely restored stuff, late 15c mostly I think.”
The Palazzo has served as town hall, for Anghiari’s 6,000 residents.
Bill also has much praise for the Museo Statale Taglieschi (in the palazzo by the same name ) which he says is “full of interesting stuff, and deceptively large, too.” It apparently boasts 20 rooms containing, paintings, wooden sculptures, terracottas, incuding works by Luca della Robbia of Florence and Jacopo della Querica.
So, Anghiari may prove to be a very interesting base for a week!