Arezzo Tuscany Information and Guide
Arezzo lies on a hill close to the Appennino Tosco-Romagnolo. As its architecture proves, Arezzo boasts its ancient origin first as one of the greatest Etruscan towns and then a strategic Roman city.
The upper part keeps a remarkable medieval aspect with the Cathedral and the Medici Fortress.
The rather Gothic Cathedral contains fine works of art among which “La Maddalena” by Piero della Francesca and the stained-glass windows by Guillaume de Marcillat.
The central Piazza Grande shows different styles of architecture: next to the medieval towers are the imposing Renaissance Loggiato Vasariano, the Palazzo delle Fraternita dei Laici, a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and the apse of the Pieve di Santa Maria.
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The Piazza Grande hosts annually the “Giostra del Saracino”, a tournament held on the third Sunday of June and the first Sunday of September, and the Antique Fair on the first weekend of every month.
The Bacci Chapel in the Basilica di San Francesco houses the stunning Renaissance cycle of frescoes of “The Legend of the True Cross” by Piero della Francesca. The single-nave church of San Domenico houses the newly restored “Crucifix” by Cimabue.
Many other churches and palaces prove how important and original in the centuries Arezzo was. Notable is the Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla, the church of La Santissima Annunziata, Palazzo Pretorio and Palazzo dei Priori, and at a few minutes outside the walls, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Romanesque Pieve di Sant’Eugenia al Bagnoro. The museums offer a large variety of remarkable works of art: the Museo Archeologico Gaio Cilnio Mecenate, the Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna, the Museo and Casa Vasari, the Casa Museo “Ivan Bruschi” and the Museo Diocesano.
Height: m. 296
Km from: Firenze 77, Siena 70, Perugia 80, Urbino 107, Roma 205
Telephone code: 0575
Public transport: Train FS, station Arezzo
How to get there: Autostrada A1 exit Arezzo; from Siena SS 73; from Cesena E45 as far as Sansepolcro then SS 73.
Information: Tourist Information Office. Phone O575/377678 Fax 0575/20839
Points of interest
The film “La Vita è Bella” by Roberto Benigni was shot in Arezzo.
Weekly market: Saturday morning
Places of interest
Badia SS. Flora e Lucilla
Basilica di San Domenico
Basilica di San Francesco
Casa di Francesco Petrarca
Cattedrale di San Donato
Chiesa della SS. Annunziata
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Gradi
Pieve di San Paolo
Pieve di Santa Maria
Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta
Pieve di Sant’Eugenia
Santuario della Madonna del Giuncheto
Cappella Bacci “La Leggenda della Vera Croce” di Piero della Francesca
Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea
La Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi
Museo Archeologico Gaio Cilnio Mecenate
Museo Aziendale Uno-A-Erre
Museo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna
National And Nature Parks
A.N.P.I.L. Bosco di Sargiano
Parco di Lignano
Riserva Naturale Ponte Buriano e Penna
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