San Francesco, Arezzo, Arezzo

4.2
#2 of 15 in Historic Sites in Arezzo
The relatively simple interior decor of sets off the famous fresco--Legends of the True Cross--that adorns its walls. Some of the small frescoes in the niches date back to the 14th century. Before you get to these, you'll pass under a crucifix suspended with a Madonna in Majesty. The basilica's main cathedral features a single, large nave with chapels on either side. Beneath this cathedral, a chiesa inferiore (lower church) displays temporary exhibits paying homage to the city and the church's history. To visit San Francesco, Arezzo on your holiday in Arezzo, and find out what else Arezzo has to offer, use our Arezzo trip builder app .
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  • I am forced to give a SCARSO to this beautiful church, for the bad organization you pay Euro 8.00 to enter without headset and without guide with mandatory reservation. Luckily hearing my complaints, in Spain and France you pay, and rightly so, but they give you earpiece in all languages!!! We met Claudia, an employee of the ministry who illustrated the fantastic collection of paintings of Piero della Francesca's apse with great professionalism and kindness. Thank you again Claudia we alone would not have appreciated this wonder.
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  • Beautiful Romanesque church remade in Gothic style in the 14th century, with a stone and brick facade left unfinished. It contains in the apse, at the bacci chapel the famous pictorial cycle of the True Cross painted by Piero della Francesca between 1452 and 1466. The crucifix, moved from the center of the chapel where it was originally to the altar in the center of the transept, is from the first twentieth century, the work of a master of Cimabue known precisely as the "master of the cross of St. Francis" (incidentally, the splendid work of Cimabue 1260 can be seen inside the church of San Domenico). The stained glass windows of William de Marcillat, who also operated in St. Peter's Cathedral, and works by Spinello Aretino and Luca Signorelli are to be seen.
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  • Amazing town we visited Arezzo go the medieval festival held twice a year. If you ever watched Under the Tuscan Sun this is the festival We ate lunch in a side street cafe San Francesco and were greeted as family by the the owner. We had a meat and cheese plate and chefs surprise. If in town well worth searching for.
  • This is the place to see the magnificent frescoes of Piero Della Francesca. The church itself was very nice, unpretentious and not overly decorated.
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