Alberese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma



Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana

        Walking along the Tuscan coast

Crete Senesi

        Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore



Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Monte Amiata

         Walking on Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena

Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala



Val d'Elsa

          San Gimignano

Val d'orcia




          San Quirico d'Orcia


          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Val di Chiana



Valle d'Ombrone








La Costa Toscana

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Sansepolcro, Duomo en Palazzo Vescovile [1]

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  
Sansepolcro abbey and Palazzo Vescoville
The Abbey of Sansepolcro was an Italian Benedictine monastery established in the 11th-century in the town of Sansepolcro in Tuscany, which soon became a Camaldolese monastery.


According to tradition, the foundations of the abbey dates to the 9th century, when two natives of the region who had been pilgrims in the Holy Land, Arcanus and Giles, returned and settled on the site. There they built a chapel dedicated to Saint Leonard--whose ruins now lie underneath the current Cathedral of Sansepolcro--where they established a monastic way of life. They had brought a stone from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem (thus, San Sepolcro) with them from that shrine, leading it to become a popular pilgrimage site.[1]

The first historical mention of a Benedictine monastery, dedicated to the Holy Sepulcher and the Four Evangelists, is documented as of 1012. The monastery was declared an abbey nullius. A commune began to develop around the abbey due to its being declared a market town in 1038 by the Emperor Conrad II.[2] During the following century, the monastery, a holder of numerous properties around central Italy in its own right, elected to be incorporated into the Camaldolese Order, based in the region. The monastic chapter soon tore down the original chapel and built a large Romanesque-style church, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist (the patron saint of the city) to serve its spiritual needs.

In 1520, the monastic community was suppressed and the abbey nullius was promoted by the Holy See to the rank of a regular diocese, for which the abbey church was declared the cathedral. The first bishop appointed to lead the diocese was the last abbot of the abbey, Galeotto Graziani, O.Cam.[3] The episcopal palace for the diocese stands on the site of the former monastery and its cloister still has 15th-century frescoes depicting the life of St. Benedict, as well as the tomb of the artist Piero della Francesca, a native of the city.

Piero della Francesca worked in the church from 1473 to 1474. He was buried in the monastic chapel, the Cappella di San Leonardo or Cappella Monacato.
Piero della Francesca died at the age of eighty-six on October 12, 1492, the day Columbus discovered America.

Sansepolcro, interiore con il Polittico della Resurrezione       Niccolò di segna, polittico della resurrezione, 1348 circa 09
Sansepolcro, interiore con il Polittico della Resurrezione   Niccolò di Segna, Polittico della Resurrezione (dettaglio)  

Niccolò di Segna, Polittico della Resurrezione (dettaglio)


Pietro Perugino, Sansepolcro Altarpiece   Duomo di sansepolcro, interno, raffaellino del colle, resurrezione di cristo Raffaellino del Colle, Resurrection


Bartolomeo della Gatta, Crocifissione, 1486

Pietro Perugino: Ascensione di Cristo
Sansepolcro Altarpiece )



Map Sandepolcro, Duomo | Ingrandire mappa


Museo Civico

The Museo Civico, housed in the former Palazzo Comunale (14th century), houses some famous works by Piero della Francesca, the Resurrezione (1450-1463), the Polittico della Misericordia, a polyptych (1444-1464), the (incomplete) fresco by San Giuliano (1454-1458) and the fresco of San Ludovico di Tolosa (1460).

Galleria fotografica Sansepolcro


  SChiesa di San Lorenzo   Sansepolcro, Duomo



  Chiesa di San Lorenzo, campanile   Sansepolcro, Duomo

Cappella di San Leonardo 
 Via Giacomo Matteotti, 1 
52037 Sansepolcro



[0] Photo Traveling in Tuscany © All rights reserved

[1]  "Arezzo: Sansepulcro Guide"Unseen Tuscany.

[2] Visiting Sansepolcro and Anghiari in Tuscany"Villa in Umbria Blog.

  [3] "Diocese of Sansepolcro"



Ricci, I. (1943). L'abbazia camaldolese e la cattedrale di S. Sepolcro, Sansepolcro. Tipografia Boncompagni.

Wandelen in Toscane

Walking in Tuscany | In the footsteps of Piero della Francesca, from Sansepolcro to Monterchi

The Private Life of a Masterpiece, episode 22 | Piero della Francesca, The Resurrection

Art in Tuscany | Piero della Francesca | Baptism of Christ (1460)

Film in Tuscany | Arezzo, Sansepolcro and Monterchi, the homeland of Piero dela Francesca

Map | Piero della Francesca in Tuscany and central Italy

Holiday accomodation in Tuscany

Casa Vacanze Toscana | Podere Santa Pia

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