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Day 8
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Most visitors come to Arezzo solely to see the fabulous Piero della Francesca fresco cycle. As a result, those who linger a little longer are rewarded with a Tuscan experience unadulterated by numerous other tourists. Antiques are are a big deal in Arezzo. There are many dealers, and each month there's a large antiques fair. Neighboring Cortona doesn't have lots of great art to offer, but makes up for it with a beautiful location and some very fine restaurants.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Natural Beauty


  • See the moving frescoes by Piero della Francesca in Arezzo's Basilica di San Francesco and the Duomo.
  • The church of Santa Maria del Calcinaio in Cortona is an excellent example of Renaissance architectural principles at work.
  • Cortona's Museo Diocesano houses an impressive number of paintings from Luca Signorelli, as well as a stunning Annunciation by Fra Angelico.

Side Trips

  • Arezzo's Piazza Grande hosts an antiques fair on the first Sunday of each month, and a costumed medieval joust in June and September.

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