Cittā di Castello, the outpost of the Renaissance in Umbria
The Renaissance beauties of Cittā di Castello, border
territory between Tuscany and Umbria
Cittā di Castello is an unique place in Umbria and there is no similar, thanks to
many features that differentiate it from the main cities of the region. There
is almost no trace of its medieval past, darkened by the shine and by the fasts
of the Renaissance. In Cittā di Castello is spoken a dialect that
doesn't remember even none of the main typically Umbrian dialects. In Cittā di
Castello, there is more Tuscany than Umbria, more Renaissance than Middle Ages. This difference makes it unique and fascinating in the
panorama of the Umbrian beauties.
The ancient Tifernum Tiberinum reaches the apex of its greatness when, beginning from the second halves the
'400, the dominion of the Vitelli removed every richness to the rival families,
earning the right to govern the whole territory. From that moment it was a
blooming of buildings, a converge of artists that decidedly contributed to turn
Cittā di Castello into an urban Renaissance complex. They rose then four
buildings of family; artists of the calibre of Signorelli, Vasari, Rafael and Rosso Fiorentino satisfied the idea of greatness and magnificence that
populated the imaginary of the family Vitelli. Among so many suburbs and
fortitudes, Cittā di Castello shows all of its grace, the lightness and the
nobility showing proud its difference and its vanity.
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