Città di Castello-Tour
Città di Castello
“The appearance of the town is beautiful: imagine an immense amphitheater which only nature can create. (…) The ground rises so gently and with an almost insensitive slope that, while you feel like you haven’t climbed, you are already at the top. Behind you have the Apennines. (…) “
Pliny in Young
Although very few traces remain of the ancient Tifernum Tiberinum, the modern city has the same characteristics. A city in which to walk is very pleasant and where it is possible to admire medieval buildings and Renaissance palaces in complete tranquility.
The guided life, lasting about two hours, includes a visit to the historic center and the following monuments
Cathedral dedicated to Saints Florido and Amanzio. Built starting from the 11th century. Inside it preserves chapels and altars commissioned by the most important families of the city.
Palazzo Comunale (or dei Priori) (external) It is still the seat of the Town Hall today. Its construction began during the fourteenth century. In the Sala Maggiore there are Roman tombstones. In front of the Palazzo is the Civic Tower.
Palazzo del Podestà (external) A public building of great architectural value, it was built by Angelo da Orvieto a few years after the construction of the Palazzo Comunale. On the lunettes above the portals of the shops on the ground floor you can see the coats of arms of the Podestà who ruled the city.
Church of San Francesco consecrated in 1291 has undergone numerous renovations over the centuries. In the church it is possible to admire the Vitelli chapel built in the mid 1500s on a design by Giorgio Vasari. In this church there was the Marriage of the Virgin (now replaced by a copy), painted by Raphael in 1504 and now kept in the Brera Art Gallery.
Church of San Domenico the monumental Dominican church was begun in the 14th century and finished in 1424. The facade is unfinished. The church preserves numerous fifteenth-century frescoes inside.
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For the development of the city, the dominion of the Vitelli family was fundamental, which shaped its urban and monumental structure. The Vitelli family in fact left an indelible mark on Città di Castello thanks to the construction of four family buildings housed in each of the districts: Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera, Palazzo Vitelli, Palazzo Vitelli in Sant’Egidio, Palazzo Vitelli in Piazza also known as all’Abbondanza .
Palazzo Vitelli alla Cannoniera is the seat of the town art gallery. Ticket not included in the cost of the guided tour.
For contemporary art lovers, we remind you that the city hosts the most important collection of works by Alberto Burri, who was born in Città di Castello. Part of the collection is housed in Palazzo Albizzini while the larger works have been placed in the former Tobacco Dryers.