Civitella in Val di Chiana: a charming medieval town

Civitella in Valdichiana

Civitella in Val di Chiana is a charming medieval town near Arezzo, famous for its historical heritage. The town is home to the Rocca, a 13th-century fortress, and the Museum of Memory, dedicated to a tragic Nazi event. Among its attractions are Palazzo Pretorio and the Church of Santa Maria, with beautiful stained glass windows and artwork. The panoramic view from its elevated position is breathtaking. The village hosts events such as the Sarapino, a joking version of Arezzo's Giostra del Saracino. Staying at the Poggio del Drago Country House B&B near Civitella offers an authentic experience in Tuscany, combining history and hospitality.

A brief overview of Civitella in Val di Chiana

Civitella in Val di Chiana is a charming medieval village situated on a hilltop, a few kilometers from Arezzo. This small Tuscan gem, part of a scattered municipality, is characterized by its charming hamlets and historical heritage. Civitella offers breathtaking views and a rich history, making it an ideal destination for lovers of art, history and nature.
Civitella’s strategic location at an altitude of 525 meters makes it a prime vantage point over the valley below. It is easily accessible from other Tuscan cities such as Arezzo and Montepulciano. This picturesque village, with its unique landscape setting, invites visitors to explore its narrow streets and soak in its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

The History of Civitella in Val di Chiana

Civitella in Val di Chiana boasts a rich history dating back to Longobard times, when the fortress was built. This imposing fortification, which dominates the surrounding landscape, represents one of the best examples of military architecture in the region. The Rocca, built in the 13th century, stands on an ancient Etruscan-Roman settlement. The ancient walls, erected in 1272, and the square towers that surround it tell of the strategic importance of the village, located in a dominant position over the valley. Civitella’s history is marked by tragic events, such as the bombing of World War II, which destroyed part of the village, including the Porta Aretina. The Museum of Memory in Civitella is a touching tribute to these events, preserving evidence, images and documents of the tragic past. The museum is located in the historic center of the village and offers visitors a unique opportunity to reflect on local history and its impact on the community.

Attractions of Civitella in Val di Chiana

Among the main attractions of Civitella in Val di Chiana are the Rocca, the Palazzo Pretorio and the Church of Santa Maria. The Rocca, with its imposing structure, offers a breathtaking view of the valley. Although partially destroyed, the remains of the Rocca testify to its past glory. The Praetorian Palace, built between the 14th and 15th centuries, once housed the Podestà. Today, its audience hall features a fresco depicting the Majesty between two saints. The Church of Santa Maria, dating back to the year 1000, is an example of Romanesque architecture. Inside, one can admire the majestic stained glass windows and works by local artists. In the heart of the village is the ancient cistern, a charming place where you can enjoy moments of tranquility. The square with the cistern offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Civitella and its surroundings. Visitors can get lost in the narrow alleys of the village and be enchanted by the beauty of the surrounding landscape, which stretches as far as Montepulciano. Civitella’s elevated position, about 500 meters above sea level, allows for an extraordinary panorama, offering a unique perspective on the Tuscan countryside.

Museum of Memory

The Museum of Memory in Civitella in Val di Chiana is a touching place that documents the tragic Nazi event of June 29, 1944. This space commemorates the victims of the massacre with testimonies, images and documents, offering a respectful tribute to a painful page of local history. A visit to the Museum of Memory allows visitors to better understand Civitella’s past and to honor the memory of those affected by this tragedy. The museum provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of peace and humanity.


Civitella in Val di Chiana is famous for the Sarapino, a historical event held every June that playfully imitates Arezzo’s famous Giostra del Saracino. During the Sarapino, the four districts of Civitella – La Torre, Porta Senese, Porta Aretina and San Francesco – compete in a race riding a Piaggio Ape. This fun and unique event reflects the village’s community spirit and provides an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in local culture and traditions while participating in a festive atmosphere and friendly competition.

Local Fairs and Festivals

In addition to the Sarapino, Civitella hosts a number of local fairs and festivals throughout the year that celebrate local traditions. Typical events offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in Tuscan culture by tasting local foods, listening to traditional music, and participating in games and entertainment. These celebrations allow visitors to discover the authenticity and vitality of this medieval village.

Civitella in Val di Chiana: a stay at Poggio del Drago

The B&B Country House Poggio del Drago is located a short distance from Civitella in Val di Chiana, positioned in a picturesque and peaceful area of Tuscany. This property is ideal for those wishing to explore the medieval village and enjoy the natural and historical beauty of the area. The B&B offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, creating an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. The B&B’s strategic location allows visitors to easily reach Civitella and other nearby villages, such as Arezzo and Montepulciano, making it a perfect base for exploring the Val di Chiana.

Staying at the B&B Country House Poggio del Drago therefore offers the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences in the heart of Tuscany. Guests can discover Civitella with its traditional events and historical attractions, as well as explore the beautiful surrounding landscapes. The B&B offers a warm welcome and personalized service, allowing guests to feel at home as they explore this extraordinary region. A stay at Poggio del Drago allows guests to enjoy an authentic experience, combining Civitella’s historic charm with Tuscan comfort and hospitality.

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