The medieval hamlet of Monterchi originates as a holy site for the ancient Romans, and was worshipped by the cult of Hercules. Today, the city is one of the must-see stops for visitors taking the “sentiero dell’arte”, the original artistic path that traces the journey of the art of Piero della Francesca.
In the historic center, in a small museum dedicated to the Virgin Mary, one may find the stunning fresco painting of an expecting Mary in the “The Madonna of Childbirth” by Piero della Francesca, most recently restored in 1459. Beginning in June and ending in September, music will be the much-anticipated focus with several “garden concerts”, held at the Museo della Madonna del Parto.
Walking the streets of the historic center you might want to take a pit stop at the Museum of Weights and Scales, located within the Massi-Alberti palace and learn about the history of these measuring instruments. On a gastronomical note, don’t forget to stop by the Polenta Fest, which occurs annually in September.