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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  • August 17, 2017
    I agree with the comment, the price is a little expensive, but you can book and need to book tickets in advance because we can then choose her schedule otherwise when there is world it takes at least 1.30 or 2 h and we choose the single ticket € 8, but worth must have good explanations to understand the role of Piero Della Francesca
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  • August 16, 2017
    To see absolutely. Leave enchanted: for colors, to the depth that some tiles shall show, for the attention to detail, to the importance of this marvelous work. If you are visiting Arezzo you can't lose, but visits must be booked obligatorily.
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  • August 11, 2017
    In the heart of Arezzo, halfway between the remnants of Roman ruins and the piazza Grande, here's this unfinished façade Church, which houses the 12 paintings painted by Piero della Francesca, between 1452 and 1466 on the subject of legend of the true cross ". No doubt of the extraordinary nature of the work (unknown to most Italians, as Sgarbi discovered and revealed to my horror); reading it is difficult and, taking into account the price of the ticket (€8 + presale of 1.25), instructional support would be helpful. 6 and 9, interesting frescoes depicting scenes of armies on the run and in battle, the appearance of the flag of Byzantium (yellow with black two-headed eagle), symbol of the Eastern Church. To complete, the legend is attributed to Jacopo da Varagine and the beginning of the work is signed by Bicci di Lorenzo. The Church has also other paintings and a church below, used for exhibitions (currently there is one dedicated to the Grand Tour), with stained ceiling from seventeenth-century frescoes of uncertain attribution. No explanations aside, this is a must (better to reserve in advance)!
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  • It's nice but 8€ to see only a few church wall paintings is a rip off. It's like a joke. ( The Uffizi gallery costs €8 ! )Plus you can't really see it close, they re high up.
  • 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.
  • Koreans have vaguely known, but than also Arezzo Assisi he as a beautiful place. Movie life is beautiful and the English background of the place in the movie Faye shunt Juliet vino sugar swings going aboard Solomon's figure is in fact on the other side of the wall.
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  • Surely with the façade was a else. a style very close to us, anyway.
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