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Basilica di San Francesco

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  • Arezzo
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/23/2016

Fodor's Review

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 through September.

Sight Information


Piazza San Francesco 2, Arezzo, Tuscany, 52100, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €8
  • Mar. 21–Oct., weekdays 9–7, Sat. 9–6, Sun. 1–6; Nov.–Mar. 20, weekdays 9–6, Sat. 9–5:30, Sun. 1–5:30

Published 04/23/2016


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