Certainly not known like Tuscany’s capital, Florence, the city of Arezzo is nevertheless a little gem, enriched by the remains of its grandiose past, and where life is joyfully light and serene.
Arezzo seems, in fact, to have remained untouched by modernity and its stressful rhythms. And visitors who come to discover or rediscover it, represent a refined, highly cultured portion of all the tourists coming to Italy.
Arezzo is perched on a steep mount and its historic heart boasts innumerable architectural gems, such as the beautiful Fortress, built by the Medici family, immediately visible while arriving to the city by car, a superb cathedral and many other elegant, centuries-old buildings, squares and churches.
The city’s history is, in fact, rooted in a very ancient past. Considered one of the twelve most important Etruscan cities in Italy, Arezzo still boasts some vestiges of this era, such as the acropolis of San Cornelio, and the Etruscan necropolis of Poggio del Sole.
In 311 BC, Arezzo became part of the Roman Empire which transformed it into a military station on the pivotal via Cassia. The city is still enriched with the remains of a Roman amphitheatre from that time.
COUNTLESS SUPERB CHURCHES
In the 3rd century (and for 100 years), Arezzo was an important Episcopal centre. From that time, the city acquired a national importance and started to enrich its architectural skyline with superb churches. The Cathedral of Saint Donatus is, for example, with its Gothic façade and its beautiful interiors, and enriched with a Piero della Francesca’s fresco, the very symbol of the power of the Catholic Church. Not to mention…the marvelous Basilica of San Francesco, boasting a unique Tuscan-Gothic style and, in addition, the 15th century fresco by Piero della Francesca: the History of the True Cross.
In spite of the historic centre’s sometimes narrow streets, it is possible to reach this beautiful church by car, possibly with a BMW Cabrio or, even better, a little Abarth 500 Cabrio!
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