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Basilica di San Francesco, Arezzo

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Religious Site
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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  • If you go to Arezzo impossible not to visit it, is small and all stone and brick; is famosisdima because in it there is the legend of the true cross by Piero della Francesca. Attention, admission € 8 more recommended the audioguide, visits are 30 every half hour. In front of the churchyard stands the store (Bookstore) where he shot the film "life is beautiful" from benign.
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  • It is a church that acooglie the frescoes by Piero della Francesca, beautiful some renovation but a wonderful story and color ... a walk in breccetto with the artist ... If you like and if you know ... highly recommend!
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  • The basilica of san Francesco is the second largest basilica in Arezzo, after the Cathedral. Church built and renovated in different historical period is also famous for its paintings by Piero della Francesca. See for its historical importance.
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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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