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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to delve into the wonderful treasures of Arezzo: – Arezzo is a city and comune in Italy, located in the Tuscany region. It is situated about 80 kilometres southeast of Florence at an elevation of 296 metres above sea level. Known as the city of gold and high fashion, Arezzo was home to artists and poets such as Giorgio Vasari, Guido of Arezzo, and Guittone d’Arezzo. Arezzo is an important Etruscan city, known to the Romans as Arretium. It was noted for its red-clay Arretine pottery. The city’s layout reflects its history, with a handsome Medieval square being one of the main attractions. This square was used in the Oscar-winning film “Life is Beautiful” and hosts the most popular Antiques Fair in Tuscany on the first weekend of every month. Art lovers will find Arezzo a delight, thanks to the stunning frescos by Piero della Francesca in the Church of San Francesco, and the main square Piazza Grande with the elegant loggia designed by Vasari. The city is also known for the impressive Medieval Church of Santa Maria della Pieve and the Cathedral. Arezzo might be a bit off the well-trodden tourist trail in Italy, but it still has plenty to offer. From its art to its shopping, with clothes, home-wear, jewellery and antique stores all jostling for space along the narrow streets, to its local cuisine with fresh products from the nearby Valdichiana and Casentino Valley, Arezzo is a place worth visiting

Piazza della Badia is a square in Arezzo, Italy, where you can find the Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla, a medieval abbey that houses some artistic treasures. The abbey was founded in the 13th century by the Benedictine monks and later rebuilt by the architect Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century. The abbey has a beautiful dome painted by Andrea Pozzo, a master of perspective and illusionism. You can also admire the glazed terracotta by Andrea della Robbia above the main entrance of the palace, which was once part of the monastery. The square is located between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Grande, two of the most important and lively places in Arezzo. Piazza della Badia is a charming spot where you can enjoy the history and culture of this Tuscan city. (Photos 1-2) – The Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla is a medieval abbey in Arezzo, Italy, that houses some artistic treasures. It was founded in the 13th century by the Benedictine monks and later rebuilt by the architect Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century. The abbey has a beautiful dome painted by Andrea Pozzo, a master of perspective and illusionism. You can also admire the glazed terracotta by Andrea della Robbia above the main entrance of the palace, which was once part of the monastery. The abbey is located in Piazza della Badia, a charming square between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Grande, two of the most important and lively places in Arezzo.

Piazza della S.S. Annunziata can be found along Via Giuseppe Garibaldi. (Photos 3-7) – Parrocchia S.S. Annunziata is a parish church in Arezzo, Italy, that is located in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata. The church was built in the 15th and 16th centuries by Bartolomeo della Gatta and Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, following a miracle that occurred in 1490, when a statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child wept in front of a pilgrim. The church has a Renaissance style, with a dome painted by Andrea Pozzo and stained-glass windows by Guillaume de Marcillat. The main altar houses the miraculous statue of the Madonna delle Lacrime, attributed to Michele da Firenze. The church also contains works by Spinello Aretino, Giorgio Vasari, Niccolò Soggi, Pietro da Cortona, and others. (Photos 4-5-6) – Via Cavour is a street in Arezzo which runs from Corso Italia to Piaggia di Murello. (Photo 8) – Piaggia di Murello is a street in Arezzo, Italy, that has some historical and cultural attractions. It is located in the upper part of the town, near the Piazza Grande, the main square of Arezzo. On this street, you can find the Antiche Mura: This is a bed and breakfast that offers cozy and elegant rooms with views of the city. It is housed in a 14th-century building that was part of the ancient walls of Arezzo. You can enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning and relax in the garden or terrace. The location is convenient for exploring the town and its monuments. (Photos 9-15-16)

Piazza Santa Maria in Gradi is a square in Arezzo, Italy, where you can find the Chiesa di Santa Maria In Gradi, a church that was built between 1591 and 1611 on an ancient sacred site with history dating back to the Roman era. The square is located between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Grande, two of the most important and lively places in Arezzo. (Photo 10) – Chiesa di Santa Maria In Gradi is a church that was built between 1591 and 1611 on an ancient sacred site with history dating back to the Roman era. The church has a simple facade and a single nave with walls decorated with pilasters with Doric capitals. On each side, there are three chapels with paintings, and also a glazed terracotta work by Andrea della Robbia’s workshop. The church has a wooden coffered ceiling from 1711 with golden monograms. On the church walls, there are a series of frescoes by various artists, depicting apostles and angels, using the trompe l’oeil technique to create false recesses in the wall. The church also has a bell tower from 1631 and houses the miraculous statue of the Madonna delle Lacrime, attributed to Michele da Firenze. (Photos 11-12-13-14)

Piazza di Murello is a square in Arezzo, Italy, where you can find the Monumento a Ferdinando III d’Asburgo-Lorena, a neoclassical-style marble statue and plinth of the Grand Duke of Tuscany who was praised for his project to reclaim the marshy lands of the Valdichiana1. The statue was sculpted by Stefano Ricci and inaugurated in 1822, but it was moved from its original location in Piazza Grande to the present location in 1932. The statue has been damaged by car fumes, lichens, vandalism, and earthquakes, but it has been restored several times. (Photo 17) – Via di Sasso Verde is a street in Arezzo which runs from Piazza S. Domenico to Piazza di Murello (Photos 18-19) – Piazza San Domenico is a square in Arezzo, Italy, where you can find the Basilica of San Domenico, a Gothic-style church dedicated to St Dominic. The square is located in the historic centre of Arezzo, near the Piazza Grande, the main square of the city. (Photo 20) – Basilica of San Domenico, a Gothic-style church dedicated to St Dominic1. The church was built between the 13th and 14th centuries and is especially renowned for housing a painted crucifix by Cimabue, one of the first works of the artist2. The church has a simple facade with a rose window and a portal with a lunette. The interior has a single nave with a wooden ceiling and a semicircular apse. The church contains some artworks, such as frescoes by Spinello Aretino, Parri di Spinello, Gregorio and Donato di Arezzo, and paintings by Giorgio Vasari, Giovanni di Francesco, and the Maestro del Vescovado12. The church also has a bell tower from the 14th century that was restored in 2003. (Photos 21-22)

Piazza del Duomo is a beautiful square in the city of Arezzo. It is the location of the Arezzo Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church that dates back to the 13th century and contains many artistic treasures. The square also offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and the Fortezza Medicea, a 16th century fortress built by the Medici family. Piazza del Duomo is a place where you can admire the history, art and beauty of Arezzo. (Photos 23-24-25-26) – Arezzo Cathedral is a magnificent Gothic church in the city of Arezzo. It is dedicated to Saints Peter and Donatus, and it contains many artistic treasures and historical testimonies. The cathedral was built on the site of a pre-existing Palaeo-Christian church and, perhaps, of the ancient city’s acropolis. The construction of the current structure started in 1278 and ended in 1511. The façade was completed in 1914.The cathedral has a nave and two aisles divided by piers with ogival arches, and a polygonal apse with double mullioned windows. It houses a large arch dedicated to Saint Donatus, sculpted by Florentine, Aretine and Sienese artists of the 14th century and it also has a wooden choir designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1554. The cathedral is famous for its stained glass windows by Guillaume de Marcillat, who also painted frescoes of biblical scenes on the ceiling. One of the windows depicts the vocation of St. Matthew.

Porta San Lorentino is a historical gate in the city of Arezzo. It is one of the four gates that were part of the medieval walls that surrounded the city. The gate was built in the 13th century and was originally named Porta Crucifera, because it had a cross on top of it. It was was renamed Porta San Lorentino in the 16th century, after the nearby church of San Lorentino, which was demolished in 1786. The gate is decorated with the coat of arms of the city and the Medici family, who ruled Arezzo from 1479 to 1737. It is also known for being the place where the Chimera of Arezzo, a famous bronze statue of an Etruscan mythological creature, was discovered in 1553. The statue is now displayed in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Florence. The gate is located on Via San Lorentino, a street that leads to Piazza del Duomo, where you can find the Arezzo Cathedral and other attractions. (Photos 27-28)

Fortezza Medicea is a historical fortress in the city of Arezzo. It was built by the Medici family of Florence in the 16th century to strengthen their control over the territory. It was designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, a renowned architect and military engineer who also worked on the Vatican and the Palazzo Farnese1. The fortress has a pentagonal shape with five bastions and a moat. It occupies the highest point of the hill of Arezzo, where the ancient acropolis and the Palaeo-Christian church of San Donato once stood. The fortress offers a stunning view of the city and the surrounding countryside. It is also used as a public park and a venue for cultural events, such as concerts, exhibitions and festivals.

Arezzo Cuisine:- The cusine in Arezzo is rich and varied. Some of the special dishes of Arezzo are:- Pappardelle all’aretina:- This is a type of homemade pasta, similar to wide noodles, that is cooked with a thick sauce of hare meat. It is a traditional dish of Arezzo that dates back to the Middle Ages. – Bistecca fiorentina:- This is a thick cut of beef steak, usually from the Chianina breed, that is grilled over an open fire without any seasoning or marinade. It is served rare and juicy, with a characteristic T-bone. It is a typical dish of Florence and the surrounding areas, including Arezzo. Crostini:- These are small slices of bread that are toasted and topped with various ingredients, such as olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, liver pâté, or truffles. They are served as appetizers or snacks and are very popular in Tuscany. – Schiacciata con l’uva:- This is a sweet flatbread that is made with flour, water, yeast, sugar, and olive oil. It is sprinkled with fresh grapes, usually of the Canaiolo variety, and baked in the oven. It is a seasonal dessert that is eaten in autumn, during the grape harvest.

 

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Photo Gallery of Walk in Arezzo – Piazza della Badia to Porta San Lorentino
Approximately 1.36 km – 0.84 miles

The walk starts in Piazza della Badia – Via Cavour – Piazza della S.S. Annunziata – Parrocchia S.S. Annunziata, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Cavour – Piaggia di Murello – Piazza Santa Maria in Gradi – Parrocchia S. Maria In Gradi, Piazza Santa Maria in Gradi – Piaggia di Murello – Via di Sasso Verde – Piazza Santa Maria in Gradi – Parrocchia S. Maria In Gradi, Piazza Santa Maria in Gradi – Via di Sasso Verde – Via Ricasoli – Piazza Del Duomo – Via Ricasoli – Via S. Lorentino – Porta San Lorentino