Sansepolcro

From the South or the North, the belltowers of the Church of St. Francis and the Badia, the present-day Cathedral, will welcome visitors who will be carried away on imaginary trip by the works of Piero della Francesca.

The town of Sansepolcro, which developed around the great Benedictine abbey, has managed to keep its medieval shape virtually unchanged, adding beautiful Renaissance and Baroque buildings over the centuries.

The birthplace of Piero della Francesca, the town museum preserves the memory of this local Master. Works such as the Resurrezione, complex and richly symbolic, the Polittico della Misericordia, San Giuliano and San Ludovico are proof of the genius of this Early Renaissance artist.

In the cathedral, the “Volto Santo”, a wooden crucifix dating back to the reign of Charlemagne, is extremely interesting. Next to the cathedral we find the Mannerist Palazzo delle Laudi which today is the seat of the Town Hall. There is more art to be seen in the historical centre of the city at the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Chiesa di San Francesco.

Don’t miss the Chiesa di San Lorenzo which holds a painting on wood by Rosso Fiorentino showing the Deposition. The heart of the historical city is the Torre di Berta square, where the traditional Palio della Balestra takes place on the second Sunday in September. The costumes worn are inspired by the paintings of Piero della Francesca.