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Basilica di San Francesco, Arezzo

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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. Put Basilica di San Francesco into our Arezzo trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • My girlfriend bought me the entrance, but the ticket. He knew that I would have enjoyed seeing the scenes from the legend of the true cross by Piero della Francesca, located on the walls of the apse. This realization is inspired by a text in the vernacular of the ' 200, which is about the history of the true cross. The Church of course is not the only opera. There is also a nice pictorial cycle that begins with the death of Adam and this same scene is very nice, I've never seen a representation not of this time. Frescoes by Spinello and contemporary of Cimabue crucifix
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  • On the road of Pier della Francesca, this is a must. You must however have the audioguide or else so as not to miss the meaning of the artist's work
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  • Visited for the first time in 2012. Aiming for antiques fair is held once a month and say. From Florence by train about 40 minutes (this train also depends on). Walk down station so ago walking on the road straight up (all there) and on both sides start line the street of antique shops, antique shops and chatting. Main Street, narrow streets, jewelry, old books, posters, clothes. Also to move large furniture, such as an increase. Stocks, weather good, in the morning. Shop start putting away, but depending on the season and start too 14:00 comes out. Because after that, since Christmas of 2016 visited Italy last year, looked at the site. (Italy is) will know and will be held in the new year's Eve and new year's day, new year's day holiday throughout the city of Florence is nowhere to be, so visit the antique city, has been doing,. I would also say one day the weather was. It was a time open shop stalls than the last time, many people and so much fun. I think that was totally not see Japanese tourists, so much is not yet known. When planning your Florence, Arezzo antique fair dates check the fit might be better.
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  • A spare interior behind a rustic facade gives no clues to the art treasure on the walls. The Legend of the True Cross, though faded and peeling in places, remains a staggering work of Renaissance brilliance. Not to be missed. Admission is timed, so you need to allow for the possibility of a short wait.
  • Spectacular frescoes, in a calm, quiet, reflective space as soon as the bunch of people admitted on the half hour moved on. It's worth reading up on the story being told by the frescoes before you go in.
  • Ancient medieval Basilica, St. Francis is famous for the Bacci Chapel, where Piero della Francesca fresco walls explained the history of the true cross, as they are narrated by Jacopo da Varagine (Varazze). Beautiful frescoes that restoration has returned several years ago to their original color.
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  • Basilica where Piero della Francesca did sublime frescoes, to visit.
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  • Maybe I'll be knowing because of the number of sites you have visited but this church itself is not amazing, but for sure the frescoes by Piero della Francesca are worth the visit. Unfortunately, unlike other churches of Tuscany or Umbria, much of the original frescoes are lost. Aside from the price a little high compared to what there is to see, I find absurd the fact of being forced to book a tour instead of leaving free access to the Church and just putting a person to adjust the flow to the chapel with frescoes. Among other things the frescoes are already largely visible without having to get into the chapel.
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