RICERCA Restoration Studio

Top choice in Arezzo

Art lovers will adore visiting this conservation laboratory. The base of Art Angels Arezzo (www.artangelsarezzo.org), a group of professional art historians and conservators dedicated to restoring important Arentini works of art, it welcomes visitors interested in learning about restoration techniques and seeing the painstaking process underway. Past projects have included Vasari's La Pala Albergotti from the Badia and when we recently visited, Pietro Lorenzetti's exquisite Madonna and Saints altarpiece from the Pieve was being returned to its original glory.

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1. Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pieve

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This 12th-century church – Arezzo's oldest – has an exotic Romanesque arcaded facade adorned with carved columns, each individually decorated. Above the…

2. Cappella Bacci

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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…

3. Casa Museo di Ivan Bruschi

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Ivan Bruschi, a wealthy antiques dealer, restored 13th-century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo in the 1960s. After his death, the palazzo (mansion) became…

4. Galleria Comunale D'Arte Contemporanea

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Showcasing the work of contemporary visual artists – many based in the Arezzo region – this multifloor art gallery in a building next to the Basilica di…

5. 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…

6. Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici

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Construction of this palazzo commenced in 1375 in the Gothic style and finished in the late 1550s after the onset of the Renaissance. Delve into its small…

8. Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla

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This 13th-century abbey was rebuilt to a design by Vasari in the 16th century, and its austerely elegant Romanesque exterior stands in extreme contrast to…