Photographer's Note

The origins of Anghiari are very old. It looks typically medieval and is perched up on a hillside, looking out over the Tiber and Sovara valleys. If you look up at the town from the valley you can enjoy a wonderful view, but wandering in the streets of the old town is even more delightful. Visitors can walk along the lanes and admire the traditional stone houses, stairways and attractive small squares which reflect the varied history of the town over the centuries.
Although the first settlement had a Roman origin, Anghiari became much more important during the middle ages because of it strategic position. Anghiari was named for the first time in a document dated 1048 which is still preserved in the archives at Cittą di Castello.
The monks of the Saint Romualdo Order were the first rulers of Anghiari. The most important period in the history of the town however, is connected with the Battle of Anghiari which was fought in the year 1440 between the Visconti armies from Milan and those of Florence which were allied with the Pope. Machiavelli spoke about the battle in his Historiae fiorentinae and Leonardo da Vinci did a huge (short lived) fresco painting of it in Florence.[]

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