Summer School 2021

The hill towns of central Italy

Edward Saunders, lecturer

The hill towns of Tuscany, Umbria and the Marches in central Italy rank amongst some of the most unspoilt centres of art in Italy today. Very often they are still small farming communities, cascading precipitously down vine-covered hillsides, yet they can contain works of art of incomparable beauty and importance. The most famous towns that will be discussed are Assisi, Siena and Arezzo. Here are to be found the world-renowned fresco cycles of Giotto, Simone Martini, the Lorenzetti brothers and Piero dell Francesca. The magnificent Renaissance palace of Urbino and the ideal city of Pienza will also be considered, as well as Montepulciano and Orvieto. The final lecture will end with one of the most picturesque of all the hill towns, San Gimignano, with its fascinating towers and its magnificent hilltop position.


LECTURE TITLES (Click on the links to download the lecture notes)

1.Perugia, Assisi and Siena

2.Pienza, Sansepolcro and Arezzo

3.Urbino, Cortona, Montepulciano, Todi, Orvieto and San Gimignano


This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.


Date: Monday 11–Wednesday 13 January
Time: 11.15 am