Arezzo, Tuscany, was a central constituent of the Etruscan confederation of twelve cities, it was then known as Arretium. In 1289 Florence defeated the cities armies at the battle of Campadino, after the Ghibelline medieval commune offended the Florentine Guelfs. But in more recent times the city became famous as the setting for Roberto Begnini’s oscar winning film La Vita è Bella (Life Is Beautiful). Arezzo has the satisfaction of knowing that it is home to a large number ofculteral masters.
Sights of interest Arezzo
Anfiteatro Romano -
An elliptic Roman Amphitheatre (early
II cent. AD).
Information: Via Margaritone, 10 - Tel.
Badia SS. Flora e Lucilla -
The church, which dated back to XIII
century, was completely transformed by Vasari in mid-XVI
century. Notable the dome with a trompe l'oeil fresco by
Andrea Pozzo (1703).
Information: Piazza della Badia, 3 -
Basilica di San Domenico -
The late XIII century church houses the
famous Crucifix by Cimabue (XIII cent.).
Piazza San Domenico, 7 - Tel. 0575/22906, Fax 0575 300940
Basilica di San Francesco - Arezzo
Description: Tuscan Gothic church, late XIII century,
houses the famous fresco cycle of The Legend Of the True Cross
by Piero della Francesca (XV cent.).
San Francesco Piazza San Francesco -Tel. 0575/20630, Fax 0575
Casa di Francesco Petrarca -
Once a Renaissance building rebuilt after
the War. It celebrates Francesco Petrarca who was born in
Arezzo in 1304. Now it houses the Accademia Petrarca di
Lettere, Arti e Scienze.
Information: Via dell'Orto, 28 -
Tel. 0575/24700 - Fax 0575/298846
di San Donato - Arezzo
The late XIII century
Gothic church, decorated with splendid stained glass windows
by Guillaume de Marcillat (XVI cent.), houses the beautiful
fresco of Santa Maria Maddalena by Piero della Francesca
Information: Piazza Duomo - Tel. and Fax
0575/23991, Access for the disabled
della SS. Annunziata - Arezzo
On the original
design by Bartolomeo della Gatta later completed by Antonio da
Sangallo il Vecchio, the church has a stone façade and inside
a lunette on the right is a fresco of the Annunciazione by
Spinello Aretino (XIV cent.).
Information: Via Garibaldi,
185 - Tel. 0575/26774,
Chiesa di Santa Maria
delle Grazie - Arezzo
Description: A beautiful
Renaissance church with a portico by Benedetto da Maiano. In
the interior are a fresco of the Madonna della Misericordia by
Parri di Spinello and a frame and altar by Andrea della Robbia
Information: Via S. Maria 1 - Tel. 0575/323140
Fortezza Medicea - Arezzo
Medici fortress by Antonio da Sangallo
di San Paolo - Arezzo
The church, documented in
1031, was rebuilt in the XIII century. It contains frescoes of
Aretine school of the XV and XVII century. Information: Loc.
San Paolo - Tel. 0575/315115,
Pieve di Santa
Maria - Arezzo
Romanesque church with fine
colonnaded facade. The interior contains a polyptich of
Madonna e Santi by Pietro Lorenzetti (1320), and a wood
Crocifisso painted by Margarito (XIII cent.).
Corso Italia, 7 - Tel. 0575/22629
Santa Maria Assunta - Arezzo
with simple façade.The interior, one nave with transept and
three apses, houses XV century frescoes of Aretine school.
Information: Loc. Chiassa Superiore, 1 - Tel. 0575/361319,
Access for the disabled
Pieve di Sant'Eugenia
A few Km from the city centre, the
church, which is documented in the year 1000 and often
reshaped in the centuries, used to be one of the most
inportant pievi in the province.
Information: Loc. Bagnoro
- Tel. 0575/365012
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