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Basilica di San Francesco

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  • Arezzo
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Updated 12/04/2013

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The famous Piero della Francesca frescoes depicting The Legend of the True Cross (1452–66) were executed on the three walls of the Capella Bacci, the main apse of this 14th-century church. What Sir Kenneth Clark called "the most perfect morning light in all Renaissance painting" may be seen in the lowest section of the right wall, where the troops of Emperor Maxentius flee before the sign of the cross. The rest of the church is decorated with 14th-, 15th- and

16th-century frescoes of mixed quality. Reservations are recommended June–September.

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Piazza San Francesco, Arezzo, 52100, Italy

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  • €8
  • Mon.–Fri. 9–6:30, Sat. 9–5:30, Sun. 1–5:30

Updated 12/04/2013


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May 14, 2005

English Patient Frescoes

I was determined to see this chapel last summer while driving through Tuscany. These frescoes were magnificent. We had a hard time finding the place since a lot of the citizens of Arezzo did not know where this place was. Just ask for the main center where the antique stores are. As a side note, I asked the attendant in the chapel if these were the same frescoes from the scene with Juliette Binoche in the English Patient. The attendant replied

that this is the same one. The piazza in front of the church was the setting for a few scenes in "Life is Beautiful."

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