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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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  • The exterior of this church is unfinished. According to our guide it is thought that perhaps the money ran out -- because clearly there was preparation for marble to be placed. Inside you'll find some...  more »
  • We visited the Basicila at around 11 in the morning and it was very quiet on our visit so walked straight in. The frescos are high on the wall so not so easy to view but are good. We can't say we were...  more »
  • This is a "must see" for art lovers. The stunning fresco cycle by Piero della Francesca in the Cappella Bacci (behind the main altar of the basilica) is an early Renaissance masterpiece that tells the...  more »
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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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