The Piero Trail

Piero della Francesca is one of the most admired 15th-century Italian artists and Tuscany and its neighbouring regions are home to more than their share of his masterpieces.  

Journey from the home of Piero della Francesca in Sansepolcro, Toscana, across the stunning landscapes of Emilia-Romagna, Le Marche and Umbria, and through the medieval towns and grand cities immortalised in Piero’s masterpieces.

Masterpieces on the Piero Trail

the Piero Trail

THrough Tuscany and into Umbria, Marche and Emilia Romagna


Toscana, 53km, 60 mins

Piero was born in Borgo San Sepolcro around 1412.  In the 1430s, he left his home town for Firenze, to begin his career as a painter in the workshop of Domenico Veneziano.

Piero returned to Borgo San Sepolcro in the early 1440s, where he painted The Baptism of Christ for the church of San Giovanni in Val d’Afra (now in the National Gallery, London).  In 1445 he was commissioned to paint the Polyptych of the Misericordia, completed in 1460, now on display in the Museo Civico.

Another of Piero’s great masterpieces, the Resurrection of Christ, probably painted just before his journey to Rome in 1458, is housed in the Palazzo Comunale. The contemporary writer Aldous Huxley called it “the most beautiful painting in the world.”

Only a fragment of his fresco decoration of the church of Sant’Agostino survives, depicting a bust of San Giuliano.

The house of Piero is located in Sansepolcro’s centro storico. The artist went blind in his final years and died in Sansepolcro on October 12, 1492.

Museo Civico

Tourist information office

Via Niccolò Aggiunti, 65, Sansepolcro
Via Matteotti 8, Sansepolcro
+39 0575 732218
+39 0575 740536


Toscana, 40km, 55 mins

The Bacci Chapel within the Basilica of San Francesco houses Piero’s impressive fresco cycle of the Legend of the True Cross, painted between 1452 and 1466. Check the website of the Basilica of San Francesco for entry times and prices.

In the Cathedral of Arezzo, at the bottom of the left aisle, is the fresco depicting the Magdalene, one of Piero’a most beautiful paintings.

It is worth looking out for the Crucifix by the 13th-century Florentine artist Cimabue.

Basilica of san francesco


Piazza San Francesco, Arezzo 52100
Centro Accoglienza Turistica – Piazza della Repubblica
+39 0575 299071

Cathedral of San Donato (DUOMO)

Centro Accoglienza Turistica

Piazza Duomo 1, Arezzo 52100

Piazza della Repubblica +39 0575 26850
Piazza della Libertà +39 0575 401945

+39 0575 23991


Toscana, 48km, 1hr 5 mins
Monterchi is an ancient medieval village, a 20-minute drive from Sansepolcro and 30 mins from Arezzo.  
Although Monterchi is perhaps not the most picturesque of Tuscan villages, it may be worth a stop on your trip to Sansepolcro or Arezzo, to see Piero’s Madonna del Parto, in Monterchi’s tiny museum.

madonna del parte MUSEUM

Via della Reglia 1, 52035 Monterchi
+39 0575 70713


UMBRIA, 52km, 1hr 5 mins

The regional capital of Umbria, Perugia is a walled city with a pristine medieval centre (centro storico), historic buildings, cobbled alleys and picturesque piazzas.

Piero’s polyptych, housed in the National Art Gallery of Perugia, is composed of nine panels. The main register depicts the Virgin and Child Enthroned beneath a marble niche with coffered dome. The cornice depicts the Annunciation.

National art gallery of Perugia


Corso Pietro Vannucci 19, 06121 Perugia

Piazza Matteotti 18, 06121 Perugia

+39 0775 721009


Le Marche, 127km, 2hrs 5 mins

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National Art Gallery of Marche

Tourist information office

Piazzale Duca Federico 13, 61029 Urbino
35 Via Francesco Puccinotti, 61029 Urbino
+39 0575 732218


EMILIA-ROMAGNA, 160km, 2hrs 45 mins

During the reign of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Rimini became one of Italy’s most vibrant centres of learning and the arts.

The Tempio Malatestiano (now called the Basilica Cattedrale), designed by the architect Leon Battista Alberti, is decorated with Piero’s fresco of Sigismondo Pandolfo praying in front of Saint Sigismund, painted in 1451.

Also dating from Piero’s brief period in Rimini is the portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta which is today displayed in the Louvre.

The Museo della Città also houses Giovanni Bellini’s Pietà and works by Agostino di Duccio, Ghirlandaio and Guercino.

Tempio Malatestiano

Tourist information office

Via Quattro Novembre 35, Rimini
Piazzale Fellini 3, Rimini

Weekdays: 08.30-12.00 and 15.30-18.30

Weekends: 09.00-12.30 and 15.30 to 18.30

+ 39 0541 51130
+39 0541 53399


Toscana, 126km, 1hr 45 mins
Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, is home to a rich treasure of architectural and artistic masterpieces.
One of Piero’s most famous works, his double portrait of the Dukes of Urbino, originally painted for the court of Urbino, is on display in the Uffizi.

Le gallerie degli uffizi

Tourist Information Office

Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, Florence 50122
Via Camillo Cavour 1, 50129 Firenze
+39 3905 523885