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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…
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Osteria dell'Acquolina

Heading east from Florence to Arezzo, this vivid pink villa in an olive grove is the perfect lunch stop, especially in summer when the dining action spills out onto the terracotta-brick terrace with 360-degree view …
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…
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Antica Osteria Agania

Agania has been around for years and her fare is die-hard traditional – the tripe and grifi con polenta (lambs' cheeks with polenta) are sensational. But it is timeless, welcoming addresses like this, potted fresh h…
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 in a 14th-century convent building exhibits Etruscan and Roman artefacts. The highlight is the Cratere di Euphron…
Top Choice 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, left of the intricately carved main altar, is an exquisite fresco of Mary Magdalene (…
Top Choice Tuscan in Arezzo

Trattoria del Leone

A perfect example of the trattoria model that is trending in Tuscany today, del Leone is found in a slightly obscure location on some stairs leading down into Piazza del Popolo, and has a clever, design-driven inter…
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 …
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 became a house-museum showcasing Bruschi's eclectic personal collection of fu…
Tuscan in Arezzo

Il Cantuccio

Tucked away from Arezzo's churches and museums, this much-loved trattoria is particularly cosy in winter when its vaulted, red-brick cellar setting comes into its own. Cuisine is Tuscan, seasonal, and cooked up with…