Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cagli again (plus Giovanni Santi frescos)

The focus of the exhibition Raffaello e Urbino is not only on Raphael's own paintings but also on his influences, first of all Giovanni Santi, Raphael's father. Until July 12th the Church of San Domenico in Cagli will stay open to give everybody the possibility of seeing Giovanni Santi’s last work, the Tiranni Chapel, arguably his masterpiece.



In the same church you'll also be able to admire the Battista Tiranni funeral monument with a fresco of Christ in the Tomb between Saints Jerome and Bonaventure (1481).


Giovanni Santi is not the only reason why you should visit Cagli, a very lively tiny town with a nice Piazza where you can sit and sip a coffee while people-watching and "Alimentare", a very interesting food-shop that also serves yummy pasta courses, salamis and cheeses paired with the finest local wines in its small but light-filled backshop.
After the gastronomic stop walk down to the Francesco di Giorgio Martini Tower, remainder of the Cagli city-walls.



The Torrione only opens on Saturdays and Sundays and there's a 4000 steps tunnel that ends up the hill where a Castle used to stand.

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