Attractions

Top Choice Church in Arezzo

Cappella Bacci

This chapel, in the apse of 14th-century Basilica di San Francesco, safeguards one of Italian art's greatest works: Piero della Francesca's fresco cycle of the Legend of the True Cross. Painted between 1452 and 1466…
Top Choice Church in Arezzo

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieve

This 12th-century church – Arezzo's oldest – has an exotic Romanesque arcaded facade adorned with carved columns, each uniquely decorated. Above the central doorway are 13th-century carved reliefs called Cyclo dei M…
Top Choice Museum in Arezzo

Museo Archeologico Nazionale 'Gaio Cilnio Mecenate'

Overlooking the remains of a Roman amphitheatre that once seated up to 10,000 spectators, this museum – named after Gaius Maecenas (68–8 BC), a patron of the arts and trusted advisor to Roman Emperor Augustus – exhi…
Piazza in Arezzo

Piazza Grande

This lopsided and steeply sloping piazza is overlooked at its upper end by the porticoes of the Palazzo delle Logge Vasariane, completed in 1573. The churchlike Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici in the northwest co…
Museum in Arezzo

Museo di Casa Vasari

Built and sumptuously decorated by Arezzo-born painter, architect and art historian Giorgio Vasari (1511–74), this museum is where Vasari lived and worked, and where the original manuscript of his Lives of the Most …
Cathedral in Arezzo

Duomo di Arezzo

Construction started in the 13th century but Arezzo's cathedral wasn't completed until the 15th century. In the northeast corner, next to the vestry door left of the intricately carved main altar, is Piero della Fra…
Museum in Arezzo

Museo Diocesano di Arte Sacra

Across from Duomo di Arezzo, inside a stunning 13th-century palazzo where the bishop of Arezzo, Guglielmino Ubertini, lived from 1256, is the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art (also known as MuDAS). The ground floor exh…
Palace in Arezzo

Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici

This palazzo, with its churchlike facade, was started in 1375 in the Gothic style and finished in the late 1550s after the onset of the Renaissance. Delve into its small museum to admire portraits of grand dukes and…
Museum in Arezzo

Casa Museo di Ivan Bruschi

Ivan Bruschi, a wealthy antiques dealer, restored 13th-century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo in the 1960s. After his death, the palazzo (mansion) became a house-museum showcasing Bruschi's eclectic personal collec…
Fortress in Arezzo

Fortezza Medicea

Up high to the southeast of Duomo di Arezzo, across the peaceful gardens of the Passeggio del Prato, rears the Fortezza Medicea, built between 1538 and 1560 and offering grand views of the town and countryside from …