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Sansepolcro (former Borgo Santo Sepolcro), is a town and comune in Tuscany, Italymarker, in the province of Arezzo.

Situated on the Tiber river, it was the birthplace of the painters Piero della Francesca, Raffaellino del Colle (a pupil of Raphael) and Angiolo Tricca. It was also the birthplace of the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli.

Economy is based on agriculture. Industry includes manufacturing, food processing and pharmaceutics. It is the home of Buitoni pasta which was founded by Giulia Buitoni in 1827.


According to the tradition, the town was founded around 1000 AD by two pilgrims (Arcanus and Aegidius), who founded here an oratory (where now is the Cathedral) during their homecoming from the Holy Land. First historical mentions are slightly later, referring to the Benedictine Abbey built in that period. The historical centre Sansepolcro reached its current size around 1400, and in 1500 received its walls by Giuliano da Sangallo. The city was ruled by the Milanmarker, the Malatesta Family, and then by Florencemarker.

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English writer Aldous Huxley described the Resurrection by Piero della Francesca, which is in the Museo Civico, as "the greatest painting in the world". The museum collection includes three other works by Piero della Francesca and many other treasures including paintings by Santi di Tito, Raffaellino del Colle and Luca Signorelli.

Sansepolcro escaped artillery fire during World War II because the British captain charged with the task had read the essay by Huxley.


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