Tuscany – beautiful countryside, wonderful history, and the birthplace of the Renaissance…
Arezzo is a wonderful medieval and historic city located about 80 km southeast of Florence in the center of four valleys. Arezzo is the largest town in eastern Tuscany. A cathedral, town hall and Medici Fortress are located in the upper part of the town. Main streets lead from the upper part of the town towards the lower gates. The upper part of the town has maintained its medieval look. Shoppers will enjoy Arezzo’s goldsmiths, jewelers, and antiques.
Arezzo has been an important city since Etruscan times and even today the medieval quarter is well-preserved. Piero della Francesca painted the fresco of the ‘Legend of the True Cross’ in the church of San Francesco. When you visit Arezzo be sure to admire this early Renaissance masterpiece.
The sequence of paintings are displayed on the three vertical walls and arches of the chapel – it is the artist’s largest project and considered one of his finest. It illustrates the triumph of the True Cross – the wood from the Garden of Eden that became the Cross on which Christ was crucified. The paintings demonstrate Piero’s use of deep colours, his fascinating use of light and his advanced knowledge of perspective – the artist was also considered a great mathematician.
This article was contributed to AmoreTravelGuides by Grand-Tourist.com. Grand Tourist is a UK-based boutique tour operator specialising in unique and luxury travel experiences throughout Italy, the French Riviera, Morocco and beyond. They are now accepting bookings for their 2011 Learn Italian in Tuscany programme which takes place 25th June – 2nd July and 24th September – 1st October.
Here is a map of Arezzo, Italy
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