Sansepolcro Museo Civico
Tuscany is chock a block with beautiful walled towns on hills, but there's an exceptional reason for visiting Sansepolcro, even though it is located in a valley. The peerless Piero della Francesca was born here sometime around 1412 and four of his works are in the Museo Civico. Two are exceptional: the Misericordia Polyptych, showing the faithful sheltering under the Madonna's robes and the Resurrection, which Aldous Huxley described as "the most beautiful painting in the world." Little did he know that his words would save the town: during the Second World War, the Allied artillery took up positions around German-occupied Sansepolcro and were about to blow it to smithereens, when the British commanding officer, Tony Clarke suddenly remembered Huxley’s description and ordered his men to hold fire. For a day he strung headquarters along, risking court martial, stalling for time. Luckily the Germans withdrew that night, and the town and the Resurrection were spared.
Location: Italy - Tuscany - Arezzo - Sansepolcro
Sansepolcro Museo Civico Hours: Daily summer 10am - 1:30pm, 2.30pm - 7pm / winter 10am - 1pm / 2.30pm - 6pm
Website: Sansepolcro Museo Civico
Day trip contributed by Dana Facaros