Guided tour of Arezzo with visit to the frescoes by Piero della Francesca

Piero della Francesca's frescoes in Arezzo, a masterpiece of universal art

Piero della Francesca’s frescoes with the “Legend of the True Cross” in the Bacci chapel of the Church of San Francesco in Arezzo are a stunning masterpiece of Italian Renaissance art and absolutely at the top of an ideal list what to see in Arezzo.

The fulcrum of the tour are precisely the frescoes by Piero della Francesca in Arezzo, the cycle is taken from the “Legenda Aurea” by Jacopo da Varazze. The story tells the miraculous story of the tree born on Adam’s tomb and then used to build the cross of Christ, the instrument of the Passion. With a rational layout and a static and solemn painting, Piero della Francesca’s frescoes in the Bacci chapel express universal values of balance, harmony, order and symmetry. The importance of the frescoes also lies in being the only pictorial cycle left by the great master.

In the Cathedral of Arezzo, the fresco with “Mary Magdalene” by Piero della Francesca is almost hidden from view, a pictorial piece of exceptional quality.

Guided tour of Arezzo, the charm of a Tuscany of yesteryear away from mass tourism

In this guided tour of Arezzo we will let you discover the great artistic wealth of the medieval and Renaissance historic center of the city which preserves traces of the Etruscan and Roman periods.

Among the oldest cities in Tuscany, Arezzo was inhabited in ancient times by the Etruscans and then by the Romans as evidenced by the numerous finds found and preserved in the Archaeological Museum. The remains of the Roman Amphitheater of Arezzo testify to its importance in the imperial age when it was born there” Caio Cilnio Mecenate, friend of artists and Augustus’ “Minister of Culture” so much so that the word “mecenate” is still used in all modern languages to define a patron and funder of the arts.

Arezzo was also the birthplace of Guido d’Arezzo, inventor of musical notes in the 11th century, of the poet Francesco Petrarca, of the painter and architect father of art history Giorgio Vasari and of Pietro Aretino. Given the wealth of works of art concentrated in its historic centre, a guided tour of Arezzo allows you to discover the charm of this city still outside the mass tourist circuits.

Dettagli del Tour

What you will see during the guided tour of Arezzo

  • The extraordinary and unique frescoes by Piero della Francesca with the “Legend of the True Cross” (internal visit)

  • Piazza Grande in Arezzo, the beautiful sloping medieval square symbol of the city surrounded by tower-houses

  • The Loggias of Vasari in Piazza Grande

  • The Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici with the sixteenth-century astronomical clock

  • The Cathedral of Arezzo with the stained glass windows by Guillaume de Marcillat (internal visit)

  • The fresco with “St. Mary Magdalen Maddalena” by Piero della Francesca in the Cathedral

  • The church of San Domenico with the “Crucifixion” by Cimabue

Expert guide and art historian

History, art and architecture tour