Where we are
it's between via Crispi and via Margaritone. It was built in the 1st century with blocks of sandstone, bricks and marble and it contained about 8,000 spectators, but now you can see only its rests. In the 16th century the Monastery of S. Bernardo was built on the remains of the south semi-circle, here the Fraternita dei Laici founded the Archaeological Museum in 1822
The church of San Domenico is one of the most famous sacred buildings of Arezzo for the presence, on the inside of the wooden Crucifix painted by Cimabue, considered one of the masterpieces of the thirteenth century painting, dating from the late sixties. In January 1276, in the place where it was still under construction, the church of San Domenico was home to what the Church of Rome was the first Conclave of history.
Dating back to 1500, built by the Medici of Florence, it is located on top of the hill of Arezzo and enjoys wonderful views. It is used as a public park along with the "Prato gardens".
The Basilica of San Francesco is a major place of Catholic worship of Arezzo, famous for the Stories of the True Cross, a cycle of frescoes by Piero della Francesca in the chapel. Built in Gothic style in the fourteenth century, it is located in Piazza San Francesco, also reachable from Corso Italia.
PIAZZA GRANDE (O PIAZZA VASARI)
it's the oldest square of the city and it's one of the most beautiful ones in Italy. The square boasts buildings built in a lot of epochs: on the southeast side there are medieval buildings (Palazzo Tofani, Torre dei Làppoli), on the north side there is Vasari's Palazzo delle Logge, on the west side there are the parish church of Santa Maria, the palazzo del Tribunale and the palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici. Piazza Grande is very famous all over the world due to the film "Life is beautiful" of Roberto Beningni, and it's the scenario of the Saracen Joust. In this square, on every first Sunday of the month and Saturday before it, you can find the Antiques Fair.
PIAZZA GUIDO MONACO
it's a circular square, with a diameter of 100 m, which dates back to 1800, located at the intersection of three important roads: via Guido Monaco (1870), via Petrarca and Via Roma. At the center of the square stands the monument, work by Salvini Salvino (1882), to Guido Monaco (or Guido D'Arezzo), the creator of the modern musical notation and tetagramma.
PALAZZO DELLA FRATERNITA DEI LAICI
it's in piazza Grande. It was built in three different epochs, but the result is wonderful. The lowest part of the building is Gothic (14th century), but it was completed in Renaissance style by Bernardo Rossellino in the 15th century. The bell-gable was designed by Giorgio Vasari (16th century), and it houses one of the oldest working clocks (Felice da Fossato, 1552) that indicates hours, days and the phases of the moon.
you can find it in via dell'Orto. Petrarca was born here in 1304, but the current construction was built in the 16th century on the remains of a medieval building. Now it houses the Petrarca Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
PIEVE DI AREZZO (CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DELLA PIEVE)
The church of Santa Maria della Pieve is located in the historic center of Arezzo, between Corso Italia, overlooked by the façade, and Piazza Grande, where it promises the apse. Inside was designed transept place in front of the presbytery with a bundle pillars. Additions of chapels, a newsagents and frescoes took place in the fourteenth century. Testimony of this time remained the altarpiece with the Virgin and Child with Saints John the Evangelist, Donato, John the Baptist and Matthew commissioned Pietro Lorenzetti in 1320. The reliquary bust of San Donato, preserved in the crypt, in gilded silver with translucent enamels and with precious stones, he was executed in 1346.
it's located in via dei Pileati, and it was built between the 14th and the 15th century. On its facade there are a lot of coats of arms of the Podestà, Capitani and Florentine Commissari who governed the city. Now it houses the Arezzo library.
PALAZZO DEI PRIORI
it's now the seat of the offices of the town council, and it's located in piazza della Libertà. It was built in the 14th century and it has got a characteristic tower where you can find frescoes by Parri di Spinello and Teofilo Torri; you can also find paintings by Giorgio Vasari.
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