Foiano della Chiana: a Della Robbia treasure

In Foiano della Chiana, in the heart of the Valdichiana, lies an artistic treasure of inestimable value: the works of the Della Robbia family. This ancient Tuscan village holds an extraordinary number of high-quality masterpieces.

During the 15th century and the early decades of the 16th century, the Della Robbia left a tangible mark on the region. Among the most significant works is the Madonna della Cintola, housed in the Collegiata di San Martino. This altarpiece, modeled after the version at the Santuario della Verna, reveals a strong Savonarolian influence in its rigid figures and austere clothing.

Another precious work is the Madonna with Child, also known as the Madonna della Neve, located in the church of Santa Maria della Fraternita. This glazed terracotta piece, attributed to Luca Della Robbia, represents a splendid variation of a theme widely explored by the Della Robbia workshop.

But the undisputed masterpiece is the sculptural group of the Vergine dello Spasimo. Comprising glazed ceramic statues and a wooden Christ, this ensemble evokes deep emotions in viewers. Although the attributions have been debated, the work is considered by Francesco della Robbia for the ceramic statues and by Andrea della Robbia for the wooden Christ.

The Municipal Administration of Foiano della Chiana aims to enhance this artistic heritage through the creation of a tour route that transforms the area into an authentic widespread Robbian Museum. So, if you wish to immerse yourself in the art of the Della Robbia, Foiano della Chiana is the ideal place to do so!

"Crocifissione e Vergine dello Spasimo"

Foiano della Chiana has a rich and fascinating history; the first traces of settlements date back to the Etruscan era, when Foiano was an important commercial and agricultural center. The ancient Etruscan walls surrounded the city, and some archaeological remains are still visible.

In the Middle Ages, Foiano was involved in the conflicts between Arezzo and Florence. It was in the 15th century that the Florentine Della Robbia family left its indelible mark on the town. Even today, there are churches and medieval palaces that testify to this period.

The mighty medieval walls, built to defend the city, are still partly visible and dominate the historic center, offering a panoramic view of the Valdichiana.

But Foiano is also famous for its unmissable Carnival, said to be the oldest in Italy. During this festival, impressive and highly elaborate papier-mâché floats parade through the streets, accompanied by a multitude of masks and costumes in a thousand colors.
Trust us, the Carnival of Foiano is a unique experience not to be missed.

The local cuisine is genuine and flavorful; don't miss the opportunity to savor typical Tuscan dishes such as ribollita (a bread and vegetable soup), pappa al pomodoro, handmade fresh pasta, and Florentine steak, always accompanied by renowned local wines.

The landscapes and nature also characterize the village of Foiano, surrounded by golden wheat fields, lush vineyards, and silvery olive groves. The surrounding hills offer trails for hiking and breathtaking views of the typical Tuscan landscape.
Nearby, the Sentiero della Bonifica runs along the Canale Maestro della Chiana, connecting the city of Arezzo to the beautiful town of Chiusi.

But that's not all, you can also go shopping in Foiano della Chiana. If you are an enthusiast, at the Valdichiana Outlet Village you can find a wide range of shops of the most renowned Italian and international fashion brands.

"Foiano della Chiana, view of the village"

Welcome to Foiano della Chiana, a place where history, art, tradition, and beautiful landscapes merge in an authentic and welcoming atmosphere.

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