Arezzo Things to Do

  • Piazza Grande
    Piazza Grande
    by hungariangirl896
  • Piazza Grande
    Piazza Grande
    by hungariangirl896
  • Piazza Grande
    Piazza Grande
    by hungariangirl896

Most Recent Things to Do in Arezzo

  • hungariangirl896's Profile Photo

    Piazza Grande

    by hungariangirl896 Written Feb 17, 2014

    Piazza Grande is Arezzo's main square. Because of how the city is situated, the square is not level. Piazza Grande holds many old buildings (like the Pieve di Santa Maria), which date from the 14th century. It also contains the Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici and its clock tower. Some of these buildings proudly display many coat of arms. It's a wonderful place to relax, take photos, and explore old antique shops.

    Piazza Grande Piazza Grande Coat of arms on Piazza Grande Piazza Grande Piazza Grande
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Budget Travel
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • hungariangirl896's Profile Photo

    Basilica of San Francesco

    by hungariangirl896 Written Jan 29, 2014

    The Basilica of San Francesco is Arezzo’s main sight and dates from the 1200s. Although the exterior and interior appear very simple and plain, it holds a great work of art inside, the Legend of the True Cross. This series of frescoes documents the acceptance of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Piero della Francesca started painting the frescoes in 1452, and finally completed them in 1466. Some of the basilica’s other frescoes date from the 1300s. The colorful Legend of the True Cross completely covers three walls and is amazing to look at. A few of Piero della Francesca’s fresco scenes include the handshake between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Adam’s death, and the dream of Emperor Constantine. The large crucifix, which is in the center of the frescoes, dates from the 1200s. On the basilica’s left side, there are some small chapels, paintings, and statues that you can view. This is a wonderful place to visit if you love art and history.

    Basilica of San Francesco Inside San Francesco Frescoes of San Francesco Frescoes of San Francesco Basilica of San Francesco
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo

    Visit the Electronics Museum

    by Martin_S. Updated Jul 25, 2011

    We were surprised to find a Museum of Electronics here in the old town of Arezzo, so decided to spend a few minutes and take a look. The Museum charges 3 Euro, although you CAN contribute more to its upkeep if you like. It has a mass of old electronic devices, some of which I could not even identify (signs in Italian only), but the ones I could identify brought back memories of childhood. A nice diversion.
    Open daily from 10:00-17:00

    Electronics Museum, Arezzo, Italy Electronics Museum, Arezzo, Italy
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    Piazza Grande

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 14, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Piazza Grande is a large medieval square in the town of Arezzo. It was once the main marketplace of the city but still is a high pedestrian traffic area. This is where the Giostra del Saracino is held every year where medieval knights joust and compete. The Piazza is surrounded by many important Arezzo landmarks: Fraternita dei Laici, Vasari Loggia, Episcopal Palace and Palazzo Cofani-Brizzolari.

    The Piazza Grande is a nice place to walk around, people watch and grab a snack. We found a nice cafe off of the Piazza to grab some pastry, an iced tea for me and a cappucino for Liz.

    Liz Posing in the Piazza

    Was this review helpful?

  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    Vittorio Fossombroni

    by cjg1 Written Aug 13, 2009

    The statue of Vittorio Fossombroni is in the Piazza San Francesco in front of the church. Vittorio's heirs had the statue made and given as a giftto Arezzo in 1864. Vittorio was a citizen of Arezzo as well as a scientist and politician. He was an engineer for th Grand Duke of Tuscany. His is remembered for his draining of the marshes around Arezzo that increased
    the beauty and health of the town.

    Was this review helpful?

  • cincinavoi's Profile Photo

    Relax at the park

    by cincinavoi Written Dec 19, 2008

    Traveling can be exhausting, so why not take some time to relax in the park? We always go the park in Arezzo, near the edge of the walls of the city. There are swings, a teeter-totter, etc. for the kids and lots of beautiful walks under the trees. You can walk to the edge of the park and look out over the city walls to the valley below. It is beautiful and very tranquil.

    Playing on the teeter-totter at the park in Arezzo
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Adventure Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • euzkadi's Profile Photo

    Fresco in an official building.

    by euzkadi Written May 27, 2008

    My friend Ileana took me to this governement building (i can´t remember the name of the building, or where it is) with a big reunion hall, containing a very interesting fresco wich depicts some famous persons of the city as Petrarca, Vasari, Piero Della Francesca and Guido D´arezzo. The building is not on the beaten track, so there are no touristic visits.

    Was this review helpful?

  • euzkadi's Profile Photo

    Piazza Grande.

    by euzkadi Updated May 12, 2008

    This is the main piazza of the city and the heart of Arezzo. The piazza is surrounded by some great buildings and churches like Santa Maria Della Pieve, The Palazo Della Fraternita Dei Laici, The Palazzo Lapolli and The Palazzo Cofani. In this famous Piazza is where La Grosta del Saracino (a medieval tournament, where the Arezzo´s four regions challenge each other) takes place the first sunday of June and September.

    Was this review helpful?

  • euzkadi's Profile Photo

    Sanata Maria Della Pieve.

    by euzkadi Updated May 11, 2008

    A 12th-century church built in Lombard Romanesque style, with a large tower bell of more than 36 mts located in the main medieval square. Inside above the main altar you will see a beautiful polypytch of four pannels of the Madonna with child and saints by Pietro Lorenzetti.

    Was this review helpful?

  • euzkadi's Profile Photo

    Cathedral of St. Donatus.

    by euzkadi Updated May 11, 2008

    Built in one of the highest hills of the city this cathedral is a beautiful Gothic structure, it was begun in 1277, continued in 1313 and 1510 but not completed until the 1,900´s. The church was constructed in the architectural style of the Mendicant Order. The interior has many works of art with some splendid multicoloured glass windows by Guillaume de Marcillat (16th century). Under the high altar there´s the tomb and relics of St. Donatus.

    Was this review helpful?

  • euzkadi's Profile Photo

    Cathedral of St Donatus. The Magdalene.

    by euzkadi Updated May 11, 2008

    In Arezzo i first visited the church of San Francesco where i saw the amazing frescoes of Piero Della Francesca about the Legend of the True Cross, but then in the cathedral i also found this beautiful fresco of St Mary Magdalene painted by the same artist, that i specially liked.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Small_World's Profile Photo

    Chiesa di San Domenico

    by Small_World Written Jan 29, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I would have missed this if I hadn't asked someone in town
    about this must-see. This town has so much amazing artwork, it is easy to overlook some masterpieces. Known for its Cimabue designed cross, Chiesa di San Domenico is worth the trouble of finding.

    Chiesa di San Domenico Steeple
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Piero della Francesca, San Francesco

    by buttondeb Written Sep 20, 2006

    Don't miss seeing the famous fresco cycle by Piero della Francesca in the church San Francesco in Arezzo, it's a gorgeous depiction of the legend of the cross. It's best to reserve in advance because when the tour buses arrive it's impossible to get into the chapel itself; however you can still enter the church and see them from a distance.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo

    San Domenico

    by Mikebond Updated Jul 15, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    San Domenico was founded in 1275 and the construction finished at the beginning of the 14th century. Later on, chapels and frescoes were added.
    The façade has a Romanesque portal and a Gothic campanile, which is rather uncommon.
    Inside you can see 13th- and 14th-century frescoes by Arezzan and Senese artists. However, the most important art work to admire in this church is without doubt the big Crucifix on a wooden panel painted by Cimabue in his youth (1260-65) and recently restored.
    I do have pictures of the inside, but I'm not sure photos were allowed, so I won't add them until I know it.

    San Domenico
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo

    Pieve di Santa Maria - inside

    by Mikebond Written Jul 9, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The dark inside of the church is divided into a nave and two aisles. The most ancient part is the presbytery, located over the crypt. The main artistic attraction is the large polyptych on the high altar. It portrays a Madonna with Child and Saints, the Annunciation, the Assumption and twelve Saints and it was made by Pietro Lorenzetti in 1320-24.

    Pieve di Santa Maria Lorenzetti's polyptych
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Arezzo

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

22 travelers online now

Comments

Arezzo Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Arezzo things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Arezzo sightseeing.

View all Arezzo hotels