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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 Tuscan in Arezzo

Mest Osteria

For a thoroughly contemporary Tuscan dining experience, snag a table at this edgy osteria (tavern) with fantastic gnarled old wooden shutters and dazzling stainless-steel kitchen. The lunch menu features light, smar…
Top Choice Gelato in Arezzo


Follow the locals to this bright, modern gelateria artigianale (artisan gelato shop) on Arezzo's main passeggiata (late afternoon-strolling) strip. Enticing seasonal flavours include pear and vanilla, strawberry che…
Top Choice Italian in Arezzo

Le Chiavi d'Oro

Contemporary Italian cooking is on offer at this game-changing restaurant in central Arezzo. Design lovers are wooed by the minimalist interior with part-resin, part-parquet floor and stylish 1960s Danish chairs, wh…
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…
Cafe in Arezzo

Caffè Vasari

Bathed in Tuscan sunrays from dawn to dusk, this traditional cafe really is the perfect spot for lapping up the ancient elegance and beauty of Piazza Grande over a coffee or aperitivo. Find it enviably squirrelled b…
Cultural in Arezzo

Giostra del Saracino

This medieval jousting competition, held on Piazza Grande on the third Saturday of June and first Sunday of September, sees each of the city's four quartieri (quarters) put forward a team of 'knights'.
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 …