Arezzo, town with etruscan roots, birth place of Guido Monaco, Giorgio Vasari, Francesco Petrarca and Leonardo Bruni, seat of the Fiera Antiquaria (Antiques Fair) and of the Giostra del Saracino, a costumed joust, today is best known for the stunning "Leggend of the True Cross," Piero della Francesca's fresco cycle for the church of San Francesco.
Our guided walking tour in Arezzo's historic center encompasses the visit of the church of San Francesco with its frescos by Piero della Francesca, the Pieve Santa Maria Assunta, the Piazza Grande bordered by Vasari's loggia, the Cathedral, the church of San Donato, the Palazzo del Comune (town hall) and the church of San Domenico housing a Crucifix by Cimabue.
Duration: 2 - 2,5 hrs
Entrance fees: 8 € p.p. (Cappella Bacci with Piero della Francesca's frescos); 2 € p.p. for visitors under 18 and over 65; 5 € p.p. for visitors between 18 and 25 years. PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED!
VASARI HOUSE: "A house in Arezzo, in the San Vito quarter, a place with the best air of the city, suitable to create a beautiful garden ..." With these words, Arezzo born painter, architect and art historian Giorgio Vasari described his home, today converted into a museum. The three-story palace is surrounded by an Italian-style garden.
After a brief introduction into Vasari's life and work we guide you through the various rooms of the museum focussing thereby particularly on the wall and panel paintings, created by the artist himself to embellish his residence. Of no less interest, however, are the works of the so-called "studiolo circle", a group of fifteen century artists who participated together with Vasari in the decoration of the study of Francesco I de 'Medici in Florence.
Duration: 1 hr
Entrance fee: free
ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: The museum is housed in the former convent of San Bernardo, built on the ruins of the ancient Roman amphitheater (half of the II century. AD.) Among the exhibits are valuable jewelry of the necropolis Poggio del Sole and a number of interesting findings of the sanctuary Castelsecco. Mosaics, sculptures, inscriptions and funerary statues as well as the famous Aretine vases, of which the museum has the world's most important collection, allow a full immersion into the amazing world of Tuscany's cultural and artistic take off. Our tour developed for a wider audience aims to explain the artistic, social and religious significance of some of the museum's most representative works.
: 1,5 hrs