I discovered in depth the works of Alberto Burri when me and Jaehee went to a show (BURRI & FONTANA) at the Museo Pecci in Prato in 1996.
Finally a few years ago we decided to spend a weekend in Citta di Castello in Umbria the native town of Burri. Originally an Etruscan town, Citta di Castello today is a mixture of roman archeological sites and winding streets with medieval to 18th century buildings, among those there is Palazzo Albizzini, one of the 2 museums which are part of the Burri foundation. This is a monumental building where Gigantic iron sculptures, burned plastics and raw painted burlap sacs coexist with the space without definition of time, the other section of the museum is located just a few minutes outside of the city, surrounded by architectural history is a complex of 11 industrial warehouses originally used to dry tobacco leaves, this are magnificent spaces resembling a modern cathedral. In this severe, austere environment burri sussed to create such of harmony, romanticism and spiritual atmosphere.
Among many things to do in Citta di Castello there is Pinacoteca Comunale (Municipal Gallery) by Giorgio Vasari where you’ll find works by Raffaello, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli ……
You can fly to Florence and drive for 1 1/2 hour thru the wonderful country roads of Tuscany and Umbria. A great place to stay is Borgo di Celle, a medieval village about 20 minutes from Citta di Castello that has been converted into an agriturismo, here you can swim in their wonderful pool, go for horseback riding or relax in one of the 2 spas in the complex, the restaurant offers typical Umbrian cuisine (this is one of the best area in Italy for truffles) BUONISSIMO ! rooms in August range from 48 to 56 euros per night with breakfast included, so what are you waiting for?