Picturesque house on the border of Tuscany and Umbria
The southeast of the province of Arezzo, in the “Val Tiberina” (Tibervalley) is the location of the village Caprese Michelangelo, surrouded by other counties (frazioni). The house that you see depicted here stands in the oldest part of the village Lama, at one kilometer from Caprese (the native village of Michelangelo Buonarotti).
The house, which has three floors , has been completely renovated recently and stylishly furnished; large kitchen room, sitting room and toilet at the first floor; two spacious bed-rooms, hall, shower, toilet, washing stand and bidet at the second floor; washroom and sunny terrace with loungechairs at the ground floor.
All modern comfort supplied (central heating, satellite-T.V., Hi-Fi-equipment
The house is located in woody surroundings with many walking and cycling routes, beautiful renaissance villages (especially Aghiari is spectacular), monasteries (La Verna is the monastery built around the cave of Saint Francis) and culturally interesting cities at a short travel distance (Perugia 80 Km, Florence 160 Km). Daytrips to the beach (Rimini) and the Trasimeno lake are possible. Many popular restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
The village can be easily reached over a tollfree motorway (E45). The distance to cultural highlights in Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche is nearly equal from Lama.
Activities in the immediate vicinity:
Culture, sports, walking, gastronomy, shopping:
Caprese Michelangelo: native house of Michelangelo, museum, Festa della Castagna (Harvest of chesnuts feast), music performances in the Madonna della Selva church
La Verna: monastery built around the cave of Saint Francis (where he would have received the stigmata).
Pieve S. Stefano: Cittá del Diario (diary festival).
Anghiari: medieval fortresscity, known for the battle of Anghiari, museums, Festival Arte e Mestieri (arts and crafts festival) in early May
Arezzo: Antiques and collectables fair (largest in Europe) every first weekend of the month, Fortress of the Medicis, Giostra del Saraceno (horseriding contest), roman amphitheatre
Monterchi: (Madonna del Parto painting by Piero della Francesca)
Citerna (fortress city)
Cortona: museum, birthplace of the painter Luca Signorelliwww.comunedicortona.it
Assisi: birthplace of Saint Franciswww.comune.assisi.pg.it
Urbino: (native city of Rafaello)www.comune.urbino.ps.it
Tenniscourts (gravel and grass) in Caprese Michelangelo (swimming pool under construction);
Sansepolcro: beautiful swimming pool surrounded by pinetree park (open June first until September first);
Skiing area: near Abetone and in Emilia Romagna province
Many different walks are possible over ancient hunting tracks in the immediate vicinity. A map of these tracks can be bought at the tourist information in Sansepolcro (title: “Tra Arno e Tevere”).
The seasoned hillclimber might want to endeavour in walking the “Grande Escursione Appenninica” (375 km throughout Le Marche, Tuscany and Umbria). For other routes check the CAI-website (Club Alpino Italiano).
The paths marked with a Tau (in the Franciscan tradition the symbol of the saint) lead to many important sites that he visited during his life and are partly roads that the saint has walked himself.
Gastronomy in the immediate vicinity:
The reputation of the Tuscan kitchen is founded upon simplicity and the full taste of fresh products.
In the area many dishes are prepared with mushrooms and truffles (that are found in the surrounding forests). Even supermarkets sell fresh wares from local producers. It is very inspiring to see the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Any restaurant might be able to surprise you pleasantly but we want to highlight a few reknowned ones
Il Rifugio: at only 150 meters of the house, this restaurant offers all the culinary specialties of the region. Great starters, pasta, pizza’s, meatdishes etc. The restaurant is known widely, some people travel 150 km to use the sundays lunch here. Prices are very friendly.
La Buca: in Caprese Michelangelo – besides the excellent kitchen you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view here. A little more expensive but certainly worth a try.
Il Cerro: another good one, moderately priced.
Il Boschetto: a bar with a restaurant that can serve as many as hundred different pizza’s. Saturday evening: dancing with live music.
Osteria da Ginetto:
Tipical Tuscan Kitchen - loc. Caroni/San Cristoforo
Cucina Tipica Toscana - San Sepolcro, Via Niccolò Aggiunti, 30
Birreria "Vecchia Pieve":
Beerpub with over 100 different types of beer - Pieve Santo Stefano, Piazza A. Fanfani, 18
The above is offcourse a modest choice out of an unlimited array.
Pieve Santo Stefano: Monday morning ( 9.00-13.00 hrs)
Anghiari: Wednesday morning (9.00-1300 hrs)
Sansepolcro: Saturday morning (9.00-13.00 hrs)
Cittá di Castello: Thursday morning (9.00-13.00 hrs)
Besides the SPAR in Lama (that sells everything from stockings to nails) you can do your shopping best at the COOP in Sansepolcro or the A & O in Pieve Santo Stefano.
Last but not least: discounter “DICO” in Sansepolcro