Guide to Arezzo
To get to Arezzo it’s recommend to reach the intersection at Capannole ad then turn left towards of Badia Agnano. After Badia Agnano, cross the bridge and reach a junction where two road show the way to Arezzo: take the right one! Up on a hill there is Civitella in Val di Chiana. A small Romanesque town with tracks of a beautiful past on its monuments: “Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta” (XI sec); “Chiesa di San Bartolomeo” (1039), “Oratorio della Madonna di Mercatale” (XVIII sec), “Palazzo Pretorio” (XIV sec) and “Castello” built on 1048, nazis base on WW2 and partial destroyed by allies in 1944 and never more rebuilt.
Arezzo is a marvelous city of pre etruscan origins that still preserves tracks of the etruscan period and the romanesque one that strongly characterized its look. There is a great variety of things to see as: “Duomo” (Gothic Cathedral of XIV sec), “Chiesa di San Domenico” (1275 with inside “Crocifisso Ligneo” of Cimabue), “Basilica di San Francesco” (with inside the fresco “La Leggenda della Vera Croce” of Piero della Francesca), “Santa Maria della Pieve” (with inside the polyptych by Pietro Lorenzetti and the reliquary bust of San Donato) and “Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla” with the cross painted by Segna di Bonaventura, the main altar of Giorgio Vasari and “Finta cupola” by Andrea Pozzo. There is also the “Casa Vasari Museum” with inside the private collection of the great mannerism artist. Very important is the “Fiera dell’Antiquariato” in the historic center of the village on first Sunday of the month and the previous Saturday.