Among the many works of art in Arezzo, there are frescoes that are part of the cycle of the Vera Croce by Piero della Francesca. This work is considered one of the greatest examples of Renaissance painting. It is located in the Basilica of San Francesco, and was created in the middle of the fifteenth century in the Major chapel. Among the most exciting scenes we find the Exaltation of the Cross, the Finding and Verification of the Three Crosses, the Adoration of the Cross.
The Church of Santa Maria della Pieve was built in the 12th century. The façade has three columns, and the bell tower added in the 14th century has ten mullioned windows and is commonly called the tower of the “one hundred holes”. Inside, the church houses the remains of Giorgio Vasari.
Piazza Grande is the main square of Arezzo, has a sloping surface and is surrounded by the Palazzo delle Logge, the Palazzo del Tribunale, the Church of Santa Maria della Pieve (from the back with the apse), the Palazzo dei Laici.
The Abbey of the Saints Flora and Lucilla was built in the 13th century in Gothic style, but Vasari in 1565 began the works that made it a monumental complex. In 1650 the beautiful dome bell tower was built. The church houses the remains of the Saints Flora and Lucilla
The Vasari Loggia is part of the Palazzo delle Logge which overlooks Piazza Grande. It was designed by Vasari in 1573 and completed after the death of the artist. It is considered the most beautiful work of Vasari and an example of Renaissance architecture.
The Museum-house of Vasari is a building that you can’t miss. The halls are full of frescoes made by the same artist during his life and offer a wonderful testimony to his talent. In the palace there are also the Sala del Camino, the Sala delle Muse, the Corridoio dei Draghi, the Camera della Fama.
The Birth house of Francesco Petrarca, in Borgo dell’Orto 28, was restored in 1926. The poet was born in Arezzo in 1304 and in his home today is the Petrarca Academy of Arts and Sciences with a rich collection of rare books, documents, incunabula. There’s also a precious collection of coins.
The Church of St. Domenico is characterized by an asymmetrical stone facade, built in the 13th century in Gothic style. Among the various works of art preserved inside, the wooden Crucifix of Cimabue is the most precious one. Painted with tempera and gold on a cross-shaped table, the crucifix dates back to 1268 – 1271 and is the first work attributed to Cimabue.
Anghiari, among the most beautiful villages in Italy, is home to the reenactment of the Battle of Anghiari, to which a museum is also dedicated. The battle saw the Signoria of Milan against the Republic of Florence. After the victory of Florence, Anghiari was rewarded with a tax exemption. The museum also preserves the precious Leonardo da Vinci drawings that served as a preparatory study for a painting that was never found.
In Monterchi, you can visit the Madonna del Parto Museum. The fresco by Piero della Francesca shows the Virgin suffering because of the advanced pregnancy. The face of the Virgin is considered one of the most beautiful in the history of art because it represents the beauty and youth of any girl united with the patronage and sacredness of the Virgin.