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Foiano Della Chiana is a small agricultural town in eastern Tuscany, Italy, in the province of Arezzo, between the cities of Sinaluga and Cortona. Foiano Della Chiana is known throughout Italy for its annual carnival. The name of Foiano Della Chiana derives from the god Janus who, when he went up the Tiber River and settled in the shadow of a hill, called it Flos Janus. Foiano Della Chiana was the best defense point in the Valdichiana because it used to be surrounded on three sides by marshland. Foiano Della Chiana is a beautiful holiday destination for short holidays or weekend getaways.
Top Attractions Within Foiano Della Chiana
Piazza Cavour is at the heart of Foiano Della Chiana, which overlooks the beautiful Praetorian Palace, former home of the mayor, now the Town Hall. In front of the Piazza sits the beautiful Palaces of Lodges, built in the sixteenth century as a hunting lodge for Ferdinando II di Medici. Nowadays, the palace houses the Historical Archives, the Library and a Photo Library, which are all open to public.
Church of Santa Maria della Fraternita is another landmark in Foiano Della Chiana that must not be missed. The church has an amazing coffered ceilling of exquisite workmanship and houses a precious glazed terracotta by Andrea della Robbia, depicting the Madonna and the child. It is one of the most beautiful churches in Foiano Della Chiana.
Tempio di Santo Stefano della Vittoria is another beautiful landmark of Foiano della Chiana. Located at a few kilometres away from the historical centre, sits this elegant octagonal brick building, topped by a dome covered with lead plates and adorned at the top with a lantern. The original dome was covered colored scales tiles in three colors: yellow, cobalt blue and green copper.
Foiano della Chiana Carnival is the oldest carnival in Italy, dating back to 1539. The carnival features a float contest. The floats are made from papier-mache and they have allegorical or political themes, sometimes featuring political events and people, films and popular culture. The festival is meant to create a joyous atmosphere to the people to participate at the carnival.