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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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  • Anyone who goes to Arezzo and is interested in Italian painting must visit this church to admire the frescoes of painter
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  • There is little to do in Tuscany is beautiful but especially has a wealth of art and culture that needs to be filled with pride all Italians. We are beautiful are the biggest in the world! Just come here to Arezzo to figure it out. Come to the area around 9:00 in the morning or Giotto or afternoon around 15:00 free parking is available at the latest with the white stripes. Park and start walking on foot to via Roma enjoy the shops at one point you are on Corso iTALIA walks enjoy the luxury shops at some point on your left to go to Piazza grande, found a cross there is the Church of San Francesco! That structure that monument but above all that artwork. Throughout Italy will find other palaces and churches up to the square, there are also pizzerias and icecream
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  • Will that Piero della Francesca, I consider it the greatest painter of the Renaissance period, it will be because the painting cycle of the true cross is an absolute masterpiece, but in Arezzo just this church to justify the trip. The vision of the cycle of frescoes in the Church of san Francesco is just glorious. One is awed by the colors, from the stage, the characters and the topicality of these paintings. It's good to inquire a little of the significance of the cycle to fully enjoy it.
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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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