Val di Chiana

Discover Monte San Savino near Arezzo

Discover Monte San Savino, the homeland of the porchetta

Monte San Savino is a municipality located in the west side of Val di Chiana. Homeland of the famous sculptor and architect Andrea di Niccolò di Menco di Muccio know as Sansovino, this small walled town is appreciable for some late renaissance buildings.

Things to do in Monte San Savino

Our visit to Monte San Savino is “linear”. The town is all based on a main road, Corso Sangallo, along which we find all the points of interest of our tour.

We begin our walk in Monte San Savino passing through one of the city gates. The two main ones, leading to Corso Sangallo, are Porta Fiorentina (north side) and Porta Romana (the southern one). We start from the north side where are the parking lots and bus stop.

Museo comunale del Cassero

Shortly after the door on the right is a square overlooked by the Rocca del Cassero. A gothic building built starting from the fourteenth century where is hosted the Museo comunale del Cassero. Inside the museum are exposed medieval and renaissance artworks, particularly potteries.

Address: Piazza Gamurrini 25

Opening hours:
November-March: wednesday-friday 9.00-13.00; saturday-sunday and holidays 9.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00. Closed on monady and tuesday.
April-October: tuesday 9.00-13.00; wednesday-friday 9.00-13.00 and 16.00-19.00; saturday and sunday 9.00-13.00 and 14.30-19.30

Tickets: free

The town hall and the others renaissance buildings

Get back to the main road untill we pasa between the impressing Palazzo comunale (town hall), made by Sangallo, and the Loggia dei Mercanti (attributed to Sansovino). Don’t stop in front of the facade of the town hall but go around behind it because there is a pleasant garden waiting for you!

Palazzo Comunale in Monte San Savino
Palazzo Comunale in Monte San Savino (Photo by K.Weise / CC BY)

Chiesa della Misericordia

A few steps from the town hall stands the Pieve vecchia (old parish church). Also known as the Chiesa della Misericordia (church of mercy), this church was founded in 12th century but was fully restored during the 18th century. The exterior has an irregular masonry that suggests how many restorations were undertaken over the centuries on the Church; the interior is son of the final restructuring that led the Church to take on a baroque style.

Palazzo Pretorio and Torre Civica

Built at the time of the domination of Perugia (14th century), the Palazzo Pretorio is mainly interesting for its tower: the Torre Civica. The tower, 30 metres tall (98 feet), was part of the town’s defense system. Nowaday you can visit it and climb to the top. From the top you can enjoy a panoramic view that everyone will appreciate.

Chiesa di Sant’Agostino

Just beyond the Torre Civica, on the opposite side of the road, we get to the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino. The elegant church built by the augustinians, dates back the 14th century and was enlarged subsequently several times as in the 16th century when the works were directed by Sansovino. Inside there are some quality artworks as a Giorgio Vasari‘s Assunzione (1539).

For more informations, please consult the tourist web site of the municipality of Monte San Savino.

Wha to visit near Monte San Savino

San Savino is in the Arezzo’s part of the Val di Chiana, so we suggest you to visit the other towns of this area such as Castiglion Fiorentino, Cortona and Lucignano.

How to get to Monte San Savino

By car: from Florence (83km) and Rome (197km) you have to take the highway A1 and exit to Monte San Savino, from there are about two or three kilometres on the SP25.

By train: Monte San Savino has a train station and the town can be reached by regional trains.