Anghiari

This town has a strong tourist presence, thanks also to its enchanting views; it is quite old and has a typically medieval look, set on a height above the Tiber and Sovara valleys. The picturesque stone houses, the alleyways, the stairs, the suggestive little piazzas all bear witness to centuries of history.

It was during the Middle Ages that Anghiari’s importance was at its highest, due to its obvious strategic location: the town was mentioned for the first time in a parchment dating back to 1048 which is kept in the Città di Castello archives, even though it was first settled during Roman times.

Under the sway of the lords of Galbino and later of Camaldoli, one of the most significant events for the town was the Battle of Anghiari of June 29th 1440, won by Florentine troops allied with the Pope and fighting against the Milanese army.

When the Grand Duchy of Tuscany was formed, Anghiari expanded its territories beyond the Tiber. After the Napoleonic wars and Restoration, Anghiari was active during the Italian Risorgimento up to the plebiscite in 1860 that sealed its support for the Savoy Kingdom.