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Culture of Arezzo. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

In order to see all landmarks of Arezzo, tourists will need more than one day full of excursions. Start your observation of the city from the Basilica of St. Francesco. The beautiful Franciscan church was constructed yet at the end of the 13th century. Some adjacent buildings appeared later, in 14th – 16th centuries. Even nowadays, visitors of the church can see beautifully made old stained-glass windows and frescos that date back to the middle of the 16th century. The church is considered the most beautiful architectural landmark of the city.
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Many talented masters of the past participated in the creation of the basilica. Spinello Aretino, Luca Signorelli, Parri di Spinello, and Desiderio da Settignano participated in the creation of the frescos and the nave of the gorgeous church. However, the biggest treasure of Basilica of St. Francesco was created by Piero della Francesca. The “Legend of the True Cross” is a cycle of frescoes that is recognized as one of the most important and talented works of Italian Renaissance. No wonder that numerous tourists visit the basilica to admire the masterpiece.
Vasari Square is a must-visit destination for all guests of Arezzo as there are many interesting buildings near it. There are buildings that date back to different epochs. Despite the fact that they are made in different styles, the architectural ensemble looks incredibly harmonious and stylish. The square itself was built at the beginning of the 14th century. Initially, it was a lot bigger than nowadays. The Priori’s Palace is an important excursion object. Located not far from Piazza della Liberta, the palace was rebuilt a number of times and changed its look. The latest large renovation took place in the 30s of the previous century. A small inner yard is the only part of the palace that has kept its original look. It’s a miracle that five centuries of renovations hasn’t touched the beautiful area. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The gorgeous Cathedral is, by far, one of the main symbols of Arezzo. The religious landmark is located opposite to the Priori’s Palace. The building of the cathedral started yet in 1278, and the construction works lasted nearly 250 years. The magnificent façade of the church is a beautiful example of the neogothic style. It looks fabulous with ancient sculptures that decorate it. Inside, the Cathedral is no less attractive. The most famous cultural venue is open on Via Guido Monaco. This is the famous Petrarch Theater. The theater opened in 1833. Amazingly, the theater was founded by ordinary citizen who were keen on theater art. Nowadays, the theater regularly hosts performances of different genres, from classical plays to modern experiments.
Tribunale Arezzo #3 Fans of outdoor activities will enjoy their visit to Prato Park (Passeggio del Prato) that is located not far away from the Cathedral. It’s a great place for everyone who wants to relax in the shade of century-old trees, stroll on a charming passage, and admire the look of interesting sculptures. The monument dedicated to Francesco Petrarca is the most famous landmark of the park. The beautiful sculpture was installed in Passeggio del Prato in 1928.
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The beautiful building of Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo has become home to a very interesting museum - the Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi. Local people informally call this museum “a place of wonder”. The exhibition of the museum includes more than 10,000 items brought from different parts of the world, but all of them unleash the aesthetic philosophy of the creator of the popular Antiques Fair. The artifacts belong to different epochs and regions, and range from the prehistoric times to the beginning of the twentieth century. Etruscan, Roman, and Greek ceramics, furniture, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, and books are very interesting to explore.
. Tourists, who like visiting museums, will also enjoy the exhibition of the Archaeological Museum. It has a very unusual location – the museum was built on the remains of an ancient amphitheater that dates back to the Roman period. The collection includes items from the prehistoric period, paleontological findings, ancient coins and jewelry of the Etruscan period, and Roman sculptures.
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Of the other interesting sights in Arezzo, the Fortezza Medicea should be highlighted. It is interesting not only from an architectural point of view, but also from a historical one. The fact is that the fortress is in perfectly good shape, despite the fact that it suffered greatly during Napoleon’s wars. Afterward, it was carefully restored, all thanks to people who are concerned about history. The fortress was built on the orders of the legendary Cosimo de’ Medici, on the highest point in the city (the hills of San Donato). The construction is striking in its scale and grandeur, and the sensations are simply incomparable. You will also be delighted to know that entrance is free of charge.
Tribunale Arezzo #1 Yet another tourist sight deserving of special attention is Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici. It is remarkable for its watches, which not only shows time, but also the phases of the moon, as well as the day of the week. The watches are located on the bell tower of the palace, and the time of their construction dates back to the 16th century. The palace itself was built in the 14th century. It was later rebuilt, more than once actually. The upper part was designed by the great Giorgio Vasari, who is a native of the city. The grace with which the building is made attracts the attention of all visitors to the city. There is a palazzo on Piazza Grande, where, besides it, there are many other interesting places – Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieve, La Corte Del Re, as well as many chic restaurants and shops.
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A little further and you will find one of the main streets of Petrarch’s hometown, the Corso Italia. Its final destination is Palazzo Pretorio, and along the street you can find many interesting tourist attractions – from churches to shops. Palazzo Pretorio was built at the junction of the 14th-15th centuries. The exterior of the palazzo is decorated with emblems and remains of frescoes. Inside, you can find the city library, where exhibitions are often held. How can you understand that an exhibition takes place here? Mostra will hang on the door. And, of course, it is a good idea to keep track of the upcoming events in order to get to an interesting one.
Borgo Medievale di Poppi, which is located in the north of Arezzo, is a beautifully preserved medieval city. You can get there on a lift, and having done this, you can see the excellent panorama of the city. The village is small, but it is very atmospheric and feels like it would be a large-scale one. The complex includes the Castello dei Conti Guidi di Poppi which was first mentioned in 1191, the Museo Della Battaglia Di Campaldino, as well as medieval churches, restaurants and shops, all of which is executed in a unique medieval style. The architect of the complex was Arnolfo di Cambio, who also built Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The castle is remarkable not only for its exterior, but also for its interior with beautiful frescoes, emblems and a library. You absolutely do not want to miss the tower of the castle.
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Arezzo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Pubblico' Siena, 46.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo del Popolo' , 50.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Borghese' , 58.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Uffizi' , 59 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Vecchio' , 59 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Pitti' , 59.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Medici' , 59.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Arezzo and around
♥   Art museum 'Museo statale d arte medievale e moderna' Arezzo, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca Comunale' Sansepolcro, 25.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Arezzo
♥   Cattedrale di Ss. Donato e Pietro, Arezzo, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria Assunta, La Verna, 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Cortona, 23.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Margherita Penitente, Cortona, 24 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di S. Giovanni Evangelista, Sansepolcro, 25.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria del Sasso, Bibbiena, 25.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria delle Grazie, San Giovanni Valdarno, 28.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Arezzo. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Arezzo: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Arezzo. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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