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Sansepolcro (Arezzo province)

A town of eastern Tuscany: 43°34N, 12°08E. Altitude: 335 m. Population in 2003: 15,700.

[image ALT: Two sides of a large rectangular piazza bordered by long rectangular 3‑story buildings that look rather low because of the size of the square. It is a view of the main square of Sansepolcro, Tuscany (central Italy).]

The Piazza Torre di Berta, named after a medieval tower that no longer exists.
The belfry is that of the Duomo S. Giovanni.

Sansepolcro is a small town in the plain of the Tiber 8 km NE of Anghiari and 5 km NW of S. Giustino, across the border in Umbria. A center of light industry and the terminal of the private regional FCU railroad, it is best known as the birthplace of the 15c painter Piero della Francesca, whose home may still be visited; in its municipal museum, the Museo Civico, the town has managed to keep a number of his works, along with several paintings by Raffaellino del Colle and other good Renaissance artists. This being Italy, Sansepolcro's churches shouldn't be missed, if none of them is quite topnotch; an early‑16c fortress and the Gothic, Renaissance, and Mannerist-period palaces of several noble families round out the town's attractions.

An actual website will eventually appear here, if not a very large one, since I only spent part of a day poking around in Sansepolcro and, sure enough, visiting some of those churches. As a first step toward that site then — a very small one:

[image ALT: An interior view of the rose on the façade of the cathedral Sansepolcro, Tuscany (central Italy). The 12‑petal rose, with alabaster panes, is rather plain by Gothic standards, and looks rather like a daisy.]

[ 2/13/07: 6 churches, 1 page, 7 photos ]

The churches of Sansepolcro are interesting, especially the Duomo and the burial church of S. Maria delle Grazie, both of which will eventually get full pages onsite — but for now just a sampler.

You may also find it useful to read the Mar. 10, 2004 entry of my diary, which includes a rather striking photo; but for much fuller information on Sansepolcro, see the sites in the navigation bar at the foot of this page.


Like most of the comuni in Italy, Sansepolcro includes in its territory some smaller towns and hamlets, of a few hundred inhabitants if that, with a certain administrative identity of their own: as elsewhere in Italy, these are referred to as the frazioni of the comune (singular: frazione, literally a "fraction"): a list of them follows, which I believe is complete. I haven't been to any of them yet, so any links will be offsite; although a diligent search suggests that nobody else has any pages on them either.

Aboca • Gragnano • Gricignano • Melello • Montagna • Santa Fiora

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