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Felcino Bianco - where are we?
Felcino Bianco is a wonderful old Tuscan farmhouse situated some five hundred metres up a mountainous hillside in an area known as the Valtiberina, famous for its food. Close by are the ancient hill-top towns of Anghiari, Monterchi, Sansepolcro and Citerna. The view from the house looks out past Monterchi into Umbria and towards Perugia and Citta di Castello, both famous for visits. Florence is some fifty minutes away by car/train. Citta di Castello, known as the jewel of Umbria, is some 20 minutes away and Perugia 50 minutes, both by car.

 
Our Summer Schools are based upon facilities in Felcino Bianco where we have a concert hall and practice room both with pianos, those in Citerna including the courtyard of the Comune, the hotel and the churches. There is also a performance piano in the Comune for the July course which may be used for practice. Faculty will be accommodated in Felcino Bianco itself and thus readily available to those attending the courses. We are able to recommend local accommodation - whether students attend singly or with partners/families (although the latter will need as much advance notice as possible). There are various grades of accommodation close to us from Agriturismo - bed and breakfast - through to hotel accommodation of a high standard. There are many restaurants around, variably but reasonably priced and almost all offer most excellent wines and dining.
 
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More about our surroundings
 
Travel & accommodation
Airports serving our region, with car hire available, include Bologna, Pisa, Florence, Ancona and Rome. Ryanair have introduced four return flights weekly between Perugia and the UK Trains generally stop at Arezzo, the only railway point near to us - 30 minutes by car. We are working on details of possible accommodation over the coming weeks, but have options on rooms in the Hotel Sobaria in Citerna.
 
 
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In the Piazza Grande, Arezzo
 
More about our surroundings
We are very close to the eastern border of Toscana and the north-western corner of Umbria.
 
Citerna is an ancient Etruscan town, high on a hilltop; the name being derived from the word 'cistern' indicates the availability of water. It is here that our summer course will be based.

Anghiari, also nearby, is a mediæval hill-top town, superbly constructed for defence. It was in the plain below the town that Pope Julius' army defeated that of the Duke of Milan (supporter of the French Popes) in the 16th century Battle of Anghiari. Michelangelo, whose labours in the Sistine Chapel were frequently interrupted by the Pope's tendency to go off and fight wars, was born in Caprese Michelangelo, nearby.

The third little town near to us is Monterchi where you can find the most delicate painting of the pregnant Madonna - La Madonna del Parto, by Piero della Francesca.

Further works by della Francesca may be seen in Sansepolcro, some twelve kilometres away, where he was born. The ancient city centre is a pleasure to wander about.

 

Citta di Castello became a rich and flourishing Umbrian centre by the end of the first century AD. A free city of the Guelph people, it had dominion over a wide area and is full of palazzi, churches and monuments reflecting the elegance of the Tuscan renaissance. The painters Signorelli and Rafael painted some of their most important paintings here.

 
Florence and Perugia need no commentary, being the capital cities of Toscana and Umbria, respectively. However, perhaps less well known is the city of Arezzo, capital of the Tuscan province in which Felcino Bianco is to be found. This, too, was an early Etruscan centre which became a Roman municipality and then a great mediæval city. Heavily fortified, Arezzo sits at the junction of four major valleys (Valteberina, Valdichiana, Valdarno and Casentino). It was thus at a major cross-road for trade, commerce and culture. This city has witnessed the totality of Tuscan history and its various owners over the centuries have combined to leave us a most splendid and gracious style of layout and buildings. The monthly antiques fairs are a pleasure to browse, if pricey. From Arezzo trains run frequently to Firenze and to Rome.
 
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