Sansepolcro (formerly Burgus Sancti Sepulchri and Borgo Sansepolcro, from which the vernacular form Bórgo o Bòrgo, erroneously San Sepolcro or S. Sepolcro) is an Italian municipality of 20,000 inhabitants in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, at the border with Umbria and Marche, elevated a diocese seat and awarded the title of the city in 1520 by Pope Leo X and whose gonfalone is decorated with silver medal at military value.
It is the most populous center and the administrative capital of the Valtiberina toscana.
Libero common before and after cradle of Renaissance culture, gave birth to famous characters of the sciences, letters and art such as Dionisio Roberti, Piero della Francesca, Matteo di Giovanni, Luca Pacioli, Raffaellino dal Colle, Cherubino Alberti and Santi di Tito.
Located north-east of Arezzo on the banks of the Tiber, at the far east of Tuscany, Sansepolcro plays the role of economic reference and cultural integration at the crossroads of four regions of Tuscany, Marche, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna, of a conurbation that also involves the common neighborhood of San Giustino, in the province of Perugia.
The Civic Museum of Sansepolcro has some extraordinary works by Piero della Francesca: besides the works of the youth (like the Polittico della Misericordia) there is a masterpiece of maturity like Resurrection, which in itself would be a visit to the city.
The Resurrection – Piero della Francesca
In his 1925 Along the Road essay, Aldous Huxley called The Resurrection “the best painting in the world”, during World War II these words came to mind at Anthony Clarke, the allied commander of an artillery battery, which stopped the ongoing bombardment on Sansepolcro to save the masterpiece.
Alongside the works of Piero della Francesca, there are, among others, Matteo di Giovanni, Sinibaldo Ibi, Gerino da Pistoia, Raffaellino da Colle, Pontormo (San Quintino), Santi di Tito, Giovanni de Vecchi, Remigio Cantagallina, Andrea Pozzo Augustine Ciampelli.
Also worth mentioning are two robbian crockery, the treasury exhibition of the Cathedral (liturgical objects and liturgy of the XII-XVIII centuries), the rich collection of sculptural material, including a notable frieze of the thirteenth century, and the printing cabinet, with branches and prints by Cherubino Alberti, Raffello Schiaminossi and others.
The Cathedral of Sansepolcro
The Sansepolcro Resistance Museum was founded in 1975 as a center for studies and documentation on the movement of resistance to Nazi fascism.
It is currently being reorganized. It has memoirs of World War II and an interesting collection of documentation on concentration camps in Italy.
Stained Glass Museum, located in the former church of St. John the Baptist. Aboca Museum, with its seat at Bourbon del Monte Palace.
Aboca Museum, headquartered in Bourbon del Monte Palace, established in 2002 by Aboca, the leading company since 1978 in the cultivation and transformation of medicinal plants, was born with the aim of recovering and spreading the ancient tradition of the use of medicinal plants. The “Herbs and Health in the Centuries” path tells through the sources of the past how man has always used medicinal plants to recover his health.
Whatever your desires you can just chill out in this fantastic park or, for the adventurous types, you can hike from the property directly into the mountains or walk down into the small town of Sansepolcro, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the Borgo and a visit to the local churches and museums.
Chill out by taking a cappuccino in a local café on a street table, relaxing and watching local life buzz by. In Sansepolcro alone you have over 18 restaurants to explore, sampling the local delights of truffles and mushrooms accompanied with good local Tuscan wines.
Tagliatelle with mushrooms and truffles
The lake Montedoglio is a natural basin and one of the largest in Europe and has become a notable landscape, a dominant element of the Tiber Valley, a land rich in nature and history on the border between Romagna, Umbria and Marche, surrounded by green woods and the nearby fields which exalt the suggestive aromas of the earth of Tuscany.
The fauna is typical of wetlands and river environments, with the presence of the Bittern, Kingfisher, Cormorant, the Egret, the Mallard and flamingos as well as migratory birds that cross the valley in October.
Today the valley is alive thanks to the cultivation and processing of tobacco, sun flower oil and the production of artisan production of hams and sausages, olive oil and typical quality wines .
The valley is also famous for the production of pasta, with a name known to all Buitoni (founded in 1827).
A particular mention deserves the hand-made fabrics industry and laces and clothes production for the greatest names of Italian fashion designers…Not to mention the creation of hair care products for hairdressers by the company G & P Cosmetics with the fast becoming famous international brand SENS.US., a well worth a visit to these local but international companies whilst you are here with us, can be arranged.
The production of gold and silver objects remains important in nearby Arezzo for which the fame extends all over the world.
The Tiber valley is also known today for the production of medicinal herbs cultivated by Aboca, now so famous all the world over.
Medicinal herbs cultivated by Aboca
Near Danya Country House we have many tourist attractions: in fact vaious interesting places to visit. All varying distances from the house but less than 30 kms. radius you can discover the quaint medieval villages of Anghiari, Citerna, Monterchi, Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Badia Tedalda, Pieve San Stefano and Sestino.
You can visit also the Santuario of la Verna (where Saint Francis is said to have received the holy stigma) and Caprese Michelangelo, birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Sanctuary of Verna
You might also like to visit the natural nature reserve of Park of Germagnano where many of the highlights you could meet along your amble might be fallow deer, roe deer, families of wild boar, cow pastures.
You could visit a farm where they produce mozzarella like you have never eaten before. You could visit a farm where they produce special cheeses known only to Tuscany, or visit a farm for the special Tuscany cow, known as “chianina “.. a speciality to our territory.
Factory of Germagnano
Also well worth a cultural visit are the nearby historical market towns of Arezzo and Citta di Castello. Cortona and Siena, just over I hours drive, are not to be missed. Of course if your wish is wine tasting, tours can be organized in the famous Chianti valley .. a wonderful experience .
Cities to visit
Near Danya Country House there are a host of local attractions to visit in one day.
Tuscany is on the Umbrian border with easy access to Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Bagno di Romagna,Cortona, Lago Trasimeno, Assisi, Spello, Gubbio, Perugia, Siena, Firenze and so much more……
Rome is easily accessible from Arezzo, leaving the car at the station and letting the train take the strain.
Monte Santa Maria Tiberina
A picturesque place, 40 minutes distance from Danya Country House
Bagno di Romagna
Bagno di Romagna is a characteristic village famous for its thermal baths.
A distance of 1h and half from Danya Country House you can arrive to a special town of Tuscany
A distance of 2hour from Danya Country House you can arrive to one of most wonderful city in the world an overnight stay would be advisable to appreciate the day and night beauty of this fascinating city.