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Sansepolcro, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany

Also known as Borgo Santo Sepolcro, it is situated along the upper course of the Tiber river, and was the birthplace of painters Piero della Francesca and Raffaellino del Colle, a pupil of Raphael.

Info

  • Altitude: 330 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 15,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 52037
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0575
  • Patron Saint: St. Giovanni Evangelista, celebrated on 27 december
  • Frazioni & Localities: Gragnano, Gricignano, Melello, Montagna, Santa Fiora.
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History

According to a legend, the town was founded in the 11th century by two pilgrims, Arcano and Egidio, on their way back from the Holy Land. They established an oratorium here, on the spot where the present cathedral rises today. Around the monastery people gathered and built their homes, then in the 15th century the settlement was surrounded by walls built on a project of Giuliano da Sangallo.

What to see

  • The Romanesque cathedral and the picture-gallery contain works by both these artists. The economy is based on agriculture and small industries, as well as tourism, especially directed to the art treasures. The town is also famous for the Palio della Balestra (crossbow) a historical re-enactement held in May.