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Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

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Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

If we left at 0900 on a mid-October Sunday, with no stops til Sansepolcro, how many hours would it take? We want to se the Piero's, have late lunch, then off to Siena. We need to be in Siena to check-in our hotel by late afternoon.

Anyone done this drive from FCO on a autumn Sunday?

Thanks,

MarketTime

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San Jose, California
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1. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

It will be about 3hours to Sansepolcro. The fastest route is the A1 to the E45 all the way to Sansepolcro. There is parking all around the wall in various spots. Most is free. You can also park at the Mercato Centro (shopping center) and walk across the street to the center. But if it is the Piero's you want to see, on the way to Siena stop in Monterchi or Arezzo or both. From Sansepolcro, head out towards Anghiari, then onto the direction of Monterchi and Arezzo via the SS73.

Monterchi houses the Madonna del Parto (stunning). From there, head onto Arezzo. Park at the large lot adjacent to the train station (pay in the machine, grab your ticket and place in your windshield), then walk across the street into the centro storico to the Basilica of San Francesco to see his Legend of the True Cross. From there, drive onwards to Autostrada then superstrada to Siean. A full day. It will be an 40 minutes from Sansepolcro to Arezzo. SS to Monterchi is about 25mins. Arezzo to Siena, is about an hour?

Lunch in Sansepolcro or Monterchi? I have a few favorites.

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2. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

About 10km before you reach Sansepolcro, exit the E45 at Città di Castello for a good dose of Raphael! You'll find him in the Pinacoteca in the form of two very early banners. You can also find him in the church of San Francesco. The "Marriage of the Virgin" is a copy that takes the place of the original that is now in Milano, in the Pinacoteca di Brera. But the designs of the wood inlay chorus are all his.

Naturally, while you're in Sansepolcro on your Piero quest, you'll be visiting the excellent Museo Civico to see the Madonna della Misericordia, the beautiful San Giuliano and the jaw-dropping Resurrection! And while you're there, treat your eyes to Pontormo, Luca Signorelli, Andrea and Giovanni della Robbia and Santi di. Tito among many others.

Did I hear lunch? In Città di Castello, we love Trattoria da Lea a lot! In Sansepolcro, our favorites are Ventura and Il Fiorentino.

Perth, Western...
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3. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

I think MarketTime meant Piero's birth house, the museum..

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4. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

If that's the case, great for MarketTime! The museum's collection is heaven for lovers (and future lovers) of Piero. By the way, the Museo Civico is the home of some of Piero's most exquisite works but alas, not of Piero himself. The building was the Palazzo dei Conservatori, the town government, until the first half of the 14tg century when Sansepolcro fell to the Malatesta family from Rimini and became their residence. While Sansepolcro is his home town, it's not known for sure precisely which house his family lived in. While we're on the subject of home towns, Piero's mother, Romana, was from Monterchi. You'll see her face there as the exquisite Madonna del Parto!

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5. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

Yes, I think Markettime meant to see the works of Piero, not the home - this is what people come to Sansepolcro for. There is nothing in town that even suggests which is his former home.

Perth, Western...
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6. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

Piero's house was purchased by the State in 1975, it is in via Aggiunti 71, not accessible for disabled persons.

www.fondazionepierodellafrancesca.it

Florence, Italy
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7. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

Indeed! Piero's house is at Via Aggiunti 71 in Sansepolcro, which is now the Fondazione Piero della Francesca. The house was designed and built by Piero. He lived and died there, but where he was born has never been individualized and confirmed. This house has a small nucleus that is about 200 years older than Piero's intervention, but this doesn't make it his birthplace.

The role of the Foundazione is to perform research and maintain a library dedicated to Piero scholarship. There is no museum or gallery. Visitors should call first: 0575 740411

The website Aussie directs us to hasn't been updated since 2009 and contains incorrect information.

MarketTime, you'll have fantastic time in the Upper Tiber Valley - "terra di Piero"!

San Diego...
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8. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

Dear Cat,

My go-to expert-Thank you.

Ronald

San Jose, California
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9. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

Prego!

Eugene offers some great tips as well. Let me know if you need lunch suggestions.

San Diego...
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10. Re: Rome FCO>Sansepolcro>Siena driving time? On a Sunday?

Gene-

Thank you so much.

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