Famous architects who have left their mark on this town include Francesco di Giorgio Martini and Giovanni Battista Infregliati (also called Cristofanello) and from the 15th century, Angelo and Francesco di Pietro and later Urbano da Cortona and Ciuccio di Nuccio as well as the architect Domenico Bernabei (also called Boccadoro).
Besides the many 15th and 16th century works of art from the Sienese School (including works by Beato Angelico), the town looks after works by masters such as Luca and Francesco Signorelli and 17th century Pietro Berrettini, also called Pietro da Cortona and the more recent Gino Severini (1883-1966). There are also a great number of wonderful churches: Basilica di Santa Margherita, Chiesa di San Francesco, Chiesa di San Domenico, Chiesa di San Nicolò – and out of town, Madonna del Calcinaio and Santa Maria Nuova.
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It is just a couple of hours’ drive from Rome and much less from Florence, but it is even easier to get to Arezzo, Siena, Assisi, Montepulciano and Pienza from here. It is part of the Valdichiano or Chiana valley in the province of Arezzo with stunning surrounding countryside and you could spend days in this area just exploring, stopping off in one amazing village after another. Furthermore, you will find many wonderful places to take a hike or a bike ride in this area, and outside of town you will find facilities for riding, tennis and indoor and outdoor swimming.
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