During your stay in Arezzo, in Toscana, you can discover the magnificent frescoes and works of art in Arezzo area.
In Arezzo we can visit the Basilica of San Francesco, which houses many frescoes of great value, such as those attributed to Aretino. In the main chapel there are the frescoes by Piero della Francesca, made in the mid-fifteenth century, with the cycle of stories of the True Cross, considered a masterpiece of Renaissance painting. The series tells the episodes from Genesis until the recovery of the holy cross in Jerusalem.
The Cathedral of Arezzo, dedicated to the Saints Peter and Donato, houses several works, including La Maddalena by Piero della Francesca, situated on the left aisle. Behind the main altar we can admire the Ark of San Donato, made with rich decorations.
The Pieve di Santa Maria, finished in the thirteenth century, has a beautiful façade with three loggias with columns and three portals. Inside we can see the altarpiece by Lorenzetti that depicts the Madonna and Child surrounded by St. John the Evangelist and John the Baptist.
The Badia of Saints Flora and Lucilla was built in the fourteenth century and then transformed by the intervention of Vasari in the sixteenth century. He also created the monument located on the altar, on top of which is located, painted on canvas, a fake dome by Andrea Pozzo.
Palazzo delle Logge of Vasari is a sixteenth-century building overlooking Piazza Grande. Its beautiful gallery is 125 meters long and was built to protect the palace.
The church of San Domenico was built in Gothic style in the fourteenth century, it has a facade and a simple bell tower. Inside it contains works of great value, the most important is the Crucifix by Cimabue, painted on wood by the famous artist with tempera and gold.
The Museum of the Battle and Anghiari is located in Palazzo Marzocco. The village was the scene of the 1440 battle between the Visconti of Milan and the Republic of Florence supported by the Papal States. There are many artifacts and documents related to the event, but the museum also houses several sections dedicated to prehistory, Roman age, weapons.
In Monterchi, a small village in the district of Arezzo, we can admire another magnificent fresco by Piero della Francesca: the Madonna del Parto. Considered one of the most important works of the Renaissance, depicts the pregnant Madonna with one hand to protect the womb. A beautiful and touching image of the Madonna as an ordinary woman in the appearance and gestures. At the same time the angels at the sides remember the sacredness of the moment.
In the town hall of Lucignano, we can visit the Municipal Museum. Among the many works we find the Tree of Life or golden tree. It is a tree made of copper and silver dating back to the thirteenth century. Its twelve branches are rich in decorations in coral and crystal and has a small crucifix on top. The full significance of this work is still under investigation.