The attractive medieval town of Anghiari is set in the lovely Tuscan countryside, between the Tiber and Arno rivers. Made famous by the 1440 Battle of Anghiari that Leonardo da Vinci painted in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, the town is surrounded by country churches, impressive castles and monasteries, thick forests and beautiful mountains. The peaceful town of Anghiari will enchant and amaze any Anghiari holidaymaker.
Anghiari is the perfect holiday destination for those interested in the Renaissance period. The town sits on a hill overlooking the High Tiber Valley and is surrounded by 13th century walls. Renting holiday accommodation in Anghiari will allow visitors to experience history through the religious art that fills the churches, as well as monasteries, castles, archaeological sites and the famous amphitheatre.
In Anghiari you can explore shops and workrooms of artisans, where you can look at wood sculptures, ceramic work and other crafts. You can also visit the Palazzo Taglieschi museum where you can enjoy frescoes, sculptures including the Holy Virgin with Child, weaponry and other beautifully crafted items.
The town has an active cultural life, with exhibitions, fairs and festivals throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy theatrical performances and folklore in open-air shows. One of the best exhibits is the Mostra Mercato dell’Artigianato, which takes place at the end of April each year and is a celebration of the skill of craftsmen that have made the town renowned for it’s artisans over the centuries. There are exhibitions of exquisite woodwork and antique furniture. The town’s most famous festival is the Anghiari Festival, which takes place in July. Festivities at the Anghiari Festival include musical concerts that are held in the town square, churches, parks and castles. Most Anghiari Festival performances are free of charge.
For a taste of local cuisine, visitors to Anghiari villas should visit one of the local restaurants and enjoy bringoli pasta, soup and panzanella (delicious bread that has been soaked in tomatoes, cucumber, onions, sweet pepper and bazil). You can round off your meal with a glass of locally produced sweet wine, vin stanto.
Nearby is the hill town of Monterchi where visitors can see the “Madonna del Parto”, a fresco of a pregnant Madonna, which has been lovingly restored. You can also see the lovely architecture of the Romanic Parish as well as Saint Simeone Church.
The town of Arezzo is 30km away from Anghiari and is a great place to take a day trip. There is a beautiful town square, the Piazza Grande and lovely Gothic style churches as well as a Roman amphitheatre.
Spring and summer are lovely seasons to rent a villa in Anghiari, as average temperatures are around 30°C, making it perfect for exploring the stunning countryside and the towns of the region. Winters are mild, rarely dipping below 10°C.
Perugia International Airport (PEG) is 40 minutes from self-catering apartments in Anghiari. Ryanair and easyJet are two airlines that offer cheap flights from various airports in the UK to Perugia International Airport (PEG).