Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna

Santuario della Verna

This remote Franciscan monastic complex is where St Francis of Assisi is said to have received the stigmata and is a major pilgrimage destination. The Corridoio delle Stimmate, decorated with modern frescoes recount…
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 Museum in Sansepolcro

Museo Civico Piero della Francesca

The town's flagship museum is home to a small but top-notch collection of artworks, including three Piero della Francesca masterpieces: Resurrection (1458–74), the Madonna della Misericordia (Madonna of Mercy) polyp…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Cortona

Museo Diocesano

Little is left of the original Romanesque character of Cortona's cathedral, rebuilt several times in a less-than-felicitous fashion. Fortunately, its wonderful artworks have been saved and displayed in this museum. …
Top Choice Museum in Cortona

Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca e della Città di Cortona

In the 13th-century Palazzo Casali, this fascinating museum displays substantial local Etruscan and Roman finds, Renaissance globes, 18th-century decorative arts and contemporary paintings. The Etruscan collection i…
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…
Monastery in Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna

Sacro Eremo e Monastero di Camaldoli

Hidden in the dense forest of the national park are the Benedictine hermitage and monastery of Camaldoli, founded between 1024 and 1025 by St Romualdo and now home to a community of over 20 monks. From Poppi, follow…
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 …