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Basilica di San Francesco, Arezzo
(4.1/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Could not fail to see the Church of San Francesco, there are frescoes by Spinello Aretino, Luca Signorelli, but I think the most beautiful work is the cross by Piero della Francesca Renaissance work.
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  • Excellent example of Tuscan art, preserved as a gem. Anyone walking in Arezzo should not miss the chance and the pleasure to visit this church.
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  • The frescoes are beautiful but the price there is seemed disproportionate to the duration of the visit. Friendly and professional staff
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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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