Arezzo is very rich in art and beauty just like all the most famous tourist resorts in the region of Tuscany. It gave birth to some key names in the history of Italian art, literature and science: those of Francesco Petrarca and Piero della Francesca would be enough to attract attention, but the list of illustrious Arezzo's also includes the architect and historian of art Giorgio Vasari, the biologist Francesco Redi and the music theorist Guido Monaco. Its squares and churches are caskets that hold absolute artistic masterpieces; its parks are regenerating green oases a stone's throw from the center.
Known worldwide as the city of the Giostra del Saracino, it was home to the oldest university in Tuscany, and one of the first in Europe.
When entering the city of Arezzo, the feeling is always that of taking a step back in time. Its monuments, parks, archaeological remains, churches and squares hold the secrets of generations and generations of Tuscans who have helped build and protect this surprising city.
Attractions in Arezzo
1. Basilica of San Francesco
The Basilica di San Francesco is one of the oldest and most splendid churches in Arezzo: a thirteenth-century Gothic building, rebuilt in the fourteenth century and inspired in its simplicity by Franciscan aesthetics: the only ornaments in fact are a frame that runs around the entire rim roof, windows with pointed arches, and a rose window above the main door.
The frescoes are not chronological and tell the story of the piece of wood with which the cross of Jesus was built. Other masterpieces to admire are the large central Crucifix and a fresco by Luca Signorelli.
2. Casa Vasari Museum
Giorgio Vasari was certainly a prominent figure in the Italian Renaissance, especially Tuscan. He was a great mannerist painter and architect, but he was also an art historian and writer.
The Casa Vasari Museum in Arezzo is housed in a building purchased by the artist in 1541 and used as a family residence. The house is on three floors; the elegant apartment occupies the second floor: decorated by the artist himself and still well preserved, it represents one of the most examples of Mannerist style artist residences in Italy. The house is surrounded by a beautiful garden with a geometric structure, which can also be visited.
3. Piazza Grande
Piazza Grande is the oldest square in the city and one of the most beautiful in Italy. Although the buildings that surround it are from different eras, the square boasts an incredible harmony. Piazza Grande, made famous all over the world also by the film "Life is beautiful" by Roberto Beningni is, twice a year, the setting for the traditional "Giostra del Saracino", an ancient chivalric game which, as an exercise in military training, has its roots in the Middle Ages and recalls the centuries-old struggle supported by Western Christianity to contain the Muslim advance.