Anghiari is the nearest village to Casa Leana (about a five minute drive). It is famous for the Battle of Anghiari between Florence and Milan which took place there on 29 June 1440. The battle inspired a fresco in the Palazzo Vecchio by Leonardo da Vinci.
It is rated one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The panoramic view from Anghiari is truly spectacular with the long straight road running across the flat floor of the upper Tiber Valley from Sansepolcro and up the steep hill to Anghiari.
You will find several antique shops in the town plus lots of restaurants and a couple of small supermarkets. It is ideal for an evening out particularly between the months of April and September when lots of events take place including Arts and Craft fairs and open air music events and markets.
Situated on the upper reaches of the Tiber river, the town is the birthplace of the painters Piero della Francesca, Raffaellino del Colle (a pupil of Raphael), Santi di Tito, and Angiolo Tricca.
It was also the birthplace of the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli, and of Matteo Cioni, who translated into Latin Piero della Francesca's treatise about perspective in painting (De Prospectiva Pingendi).
There are many ice cream parlours, coffee shops, designer clothes stores as well as some fantastic restaurants and a particularly wonderful Pasticceria (Chieli) serving a huge selection of sweet and savoury delights.
Monterchi is a small village about ten minutes drive from Casa Leana. The town centre is built on a hill about 356 metres above sea level and resembles an island in the centre of the valley.
Piero della Francesca's Madonna del Parto is to be found here - one of the most important Renaissance works of art. You will also find a few shops and lovely restaurants and a couple of small supermarkets.
Citerna is a commune (municipality) in the Province of Perugia in the Italian region of Umbria.
It has recently been noted for its beauty, as one of the winning villages in the 'Borghi più Belli d'Italia' (most beautiful villages in Italy) award.
Caprese Michelangelo is a village and commune in the province of Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy.
It is the birthplace of the renowned Renaissance artist Michelangelo.
Sights include the 13th century church of St. John the Baptist, where Michelangelo was baptized.
There are also the ancient churches of San Cristoforo a Monna, San Paolo a Monna, Santi Ippolito and Cassiano. Along with the abbey of San Martino a Tifi, not forgetting the Michelangelo Museum and Library.