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Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande

The high end of this lumpy sloping piazza is lined by the porticoes of the Palazzo delle Logge Vasariane, completed in 1573. The Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici on the western flank dates from 1375. It was started in the Gothic style and finished after the onset of the Renaissance. Via dei Pileati leads to Casa di Petrarca, former home of the poet, which contains a small museum and the Accademia Petrarca.

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Pieve di S. Maria

Pieve di Santa Maria

This 12th century church has a magnificent Romanesque arcaded façade reminiscent of the duomo at Pisa (but without the glorious marble facing). Each column is of a different design. Over the central doorway (hidden by scaffolding at the time of writing) are carved relief’s representing the month. The 14th century bell tower, with its 40 windows, is something of an emblem for the city. The stark interior of the church shows a Gothic influence, the only colour coming from the glyptic by Pietro Lorenzetti on the raised sanctuary at the rear of the church.

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S. Francesco

S. Francesco

The apse of this 14th century church houses some of the greatest works of Italian art, Piero dell Francesca’s fresco cycle of episodes of Meeting of Salomone with the Queen of Saba, The Dream of Constantine, Refund of the true Cross and the Legend of the True Cross, one of the most significant by the master (1453 – 1464). This masterpiece, painted between 1452 and 1456, relates the story of Christ’s death in 10 episodes. Unfortunately, the frescoes were badly damaged by damp and been under restoration for some years.

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Duomo

The Duomo of Arezzo

At the top of the hill on Via Ricasoli is the duomo, started in the 13th century and not completed until the 15th century. The façade is the modern work of Dante Viviani (1914). The Gothic interior houses several artworks of note artists, including a fresco of Mary Magdalene by Piero della Francesca and the tomb of Bishop Tarlatti (1330).

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