Length of Tour: 3 hours
This tour takes you through the historic center of Arezzo. Both its civic and religious architecture are extremely well-preserved. With your guide you will visit:
Anfiteatro romano (Roman Amphitheater): The amphitheater is located in the south part of the walled city and was constructed between the end of the 1st – beginning of the 2nd centuries. Ruins of the stalls and ambulatories are still visible today. Over the years, it was often pillaged and part of the material was used to construct religious buildings. One such example is the Monastery of San Bernardo (Saint Bernard) that was built over the southern part of the amphitheater itself in the 16th century and today houses the Museo Archeologico (Museum of Archeology).
Piazza Grande (Large Square): also known as Piazza Vasari. This area is, in all probability, where the Roman forum was located. The west side of the square is characterized by the apse of the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria and the Baroque Palazzo del Tribunale (Court of Law). On the north side, there is the Palazzo delle Logge, designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1573. The Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen), is the most characteristic event held in the square and reenacts a part of the town’s history dating back to the Middle Ages. It consists of a colorful procession with over 300 characters and flag throwers in medieval costume and a jousting tournament where knights on horseback, representing the four quarters of town, charge toward the Saracen (a revolving armor-plated dummy in the center of the square) and attempt to hit his shield. The square also hosts the monthly Antiques Market begun in 1968 and made famous by the Tuscan actor and film director, Roberto Benigni, in his film “La Vita è Bella” (Life is Beautiful).
Church of San Domenico: founded in 1275, its construction was completed at the beginning of the 14th century. It contains the renowned 13th century wooden crucifix of Cimabue.
Church of San Francesco (Saint Francis): inside the church in the Bacci Chapel, there is an early Renaissance masterpiece, the fresco cycle by Piero della Francesca, titled The Legend of the True Cross. The entrance fee is 8 euro and reservations are OBLIGATORY.
Cathedral: dedicated to the patron saint of Arezzo, San Donato. The monument is predominantly Gothic in style. Among the works of art in the interior, there is the 14th century sepulcher of Pope Gregory X, the cenotaph dedicated to Guido Tarlati also dating to the 14th century, Piero della Francesca’s fresco, Mary Magdalene, and the stained glassed windows of Guillaume de Marcillat.
Santa Maria delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace): Late Gothic (15th century) sanctuary with a Renaissance portal by Benedetto da Maiano; other noteworthy works of art are the marble high altar and a rather unusual late 15th century glazed terracotta by Andrea della Robbia that portrays the Madonna and Child between two angels in the tympanum.
Half day (maximum 3 hours) € 125.00 for 25 people and 2€ extra for each person extra
Individual and family rates (1-10 partecipants)
Half day (maximum 3 hours) €145