|Chiesa di Santa Maria||Palazzo Logge Vasariane||Santa Maria and The Mint||Near Piazza Grande|
Despite its genuinely ancient origins and prosperity, Arezzo, thanks to the growth in Florentine power in the 14th century and subsequent bombing in the second world war is not a major tourist magnet. However Arezzo's historic centre and particularly the area around Piazza Grande is well worth a visit. At the top of the Piazza is the Palazzo Logge Vasariane (1573) and at the bottom (with 15th century public fountains in front) the 12th century Romanesque Chiesa di Santa Maria and its 14th century bell tower.
Duomo & North
|Via dei Pileoti||Rear of Duomo||Duomo||Basilica di San Domenico|
A 5 minute walk up Via dei Piloti and you arrive at the rear of Arezzo's (originally 13th century but with early 20th century facade) Cathedral Duomo. A short distance away is the Chiesa di San Domenico, notable in particular for Cimabue's "Crucifixion" (1260-65) above its altar. Other notable places to see in Arezzo include the Basilica of San Francesco and the 1st century BC Roman Amphitheatre and Museo Archeologico with Roman and Etruscan artefacts. Arezzo's status as one of the original Etruscan cities traces its history way before the birth of Rome.