VALTIBERINA: PATRIA DEI MAESTRI DEL RINASCIMENTOThe Upper Tiber Valley, or Tiber, is the most eastern of Tuscany and takes its name from the river that runs through all its length, up to the border with Umbria.
The Tiber was the border and along the crossroads of different civilizations, the Umbrian and Etruscan, Byzantine and Lombard. The bishops of Arezzo, the lords of Rimini and those of Montefeltro, the popes of Rome and finally the Florentines fought for centuries in these mountains and the valley. The Roman patricians of the time of Augustus discovered the beauty and built villas. Then came the time of the feudal lords and abbots who built castles and monasteries solid and arrogant, and the saints who discovered places to satisfy their thirst mystique.
Michelangelo, who was born in these mountains, perceived life in the heart of stone, and Piero della Francesca, already in his birthplace, Borgo San Sepolcro, understood the secret of space and light and translated it into painting. In the variety of architectural styles, in customs, in handicraft products in the same language, reveals the Tiber multiform influences coming from Romagna, Marche and Umbria and that contribute to the eccentric character of the valley than in the context Tuscan.
The traditional difficulties of transit between the two sides of the central Apennines has contributed to the relative isolation of this valley where Sansepolcro has exercised the role of a city with its own character and its own cultural autonomy. Preserved walled towns such as Anghiari, or riverside as Pieve Santo Stefano, Camaldolese abbeys and Franciscan convents, churches and medieval castles tell the story of this enchanting stranger and point to the most suggestive itineraries and different.