Foiano della Chiana Overview
Foiano della Chiana is a small beautiful fortified town situated in the centre of Val di Chiana, in the south of Arezzo province. Inside its walls, the town preserves numerous and notable Renaissance monuments and remarkable art works.
The locality is also well-known for its famous Carnival. The tradition comes back from the beginning of the 16th century and citizens are hardly working along the year to organize it. Many Italian and foreign people are coming to Foiano to enjoy this old and peculiar Festival.
From Etruscan and Roman origins, its name, according to Roman mythology, comes from the god Janus. Going up from Tiber River he settled on a wonderful hill calling it Flos Janus.
From ancient times Foiano was the main defence point in Val di Chiana as it was usually surrounded on three surfaces by marshland. For this reason, during the centuries its dominion was contended between the most powerful jurisdictions positioned in Tuscany.
After being under Arezzo control, in the 14th century it passed under Florence dominion. At the ending of that century, Foiano became an independent community and in the following years the town felt into the power of Aragon. Florence recuperated it, and after the decadence of Sienna’s Republic, the entire territory passed under Medici’s jurisdiction in 1554.
In 1862, at the times of Italy’s reunification, the town took its present name, Foiano della Chiana, being one of the first municipalities to vote for a town council.
What to visit:
- Palazzo delle Logge. An imposing structure built up between the 16th and the17th century.
Former residence of Ferdinando II de Medici, it indoors hosts today the Municipal Historic Archive and Library. Some big lounges are usually utilized as art gallery as for cultural events.
- The Church of S. Michele Arcangelo. Has a beautiful façade and tower bell. In the indoors there is a remarkable Choir from the 15th century, some fine carved confessionals from the 17th century, the “Madonna del Rosario” by Lorenzo Lippi and the over refinished terracotta symbolising the “Ascension” by Andrea and Giovanni Della Robbia from the ending of the 15th century.
- The Collegiate of the Madonna della Cintola. Has a rich Baroque façade. In its inside, the most remarkable works are the “Madonna della Cintola”, by Andrea Della Robbia, from the beginning of the 16th century, and the “Coronazione della Vergine” by Luca Signorelli’s school.
- The Church of Santa Maria della Fraternità. Host four paintings by Giovanni Camillo Sagrestani and the 15th century sculpture “The Virgin and Child” by Andrea Della Robbia.
- The Temple of Santo Stefano della Vittoria. This magnificent monument stands in the nearness of the town. Dated from the 16th century, its construction was entrusted by Cosimo I de Medici to homage the Florence’s victory over Sienna in the Battle of Scannagallo.
Main Towns of Valdichiana
Arezzo, Cortona , Montepulciano,
Torrita di Siena,
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