Arezzo and its environs: agricultural and artistic landscapes

Our traveler directs the navigator towards


, preferably on a motorcycle or vintage spider, with the stereo tuned to one of Jovanotti’s albums, to heighten the excitement of the exclusive journey you’re about to take (the perfect slow drive is on a Giulietta, on a Beetle, or on a Spitfire, it’s almost impossible to find, info; At the entrance to the city, he will meet Guido Darizo, or Guido of Monaco, to welcome him into the monolithic square within the walls, before entering old Arezzo. The imposing statue created in 1882 by the sculptor Livorno Salvino Salvini, depicts the monk in Benedictine robe holding his right hand over the telephone containing the Hymn of Saint John, in Latin, from which the beginnings of the verses took the names of the musical notes (later replaced by do – re, mi, fa, sol, la, si). His hometown can be visited by going to

Tala in the Casino

where a documentary and educational museum has been created, with an interactive music track, ancient musical instruments and illuminated manuscripts coming from

La Verna Monastery.

Desire to stay in the tangle of streets

The historical center of Arezzo

Our traveler arrives at

Diocese Museum of Sacred Art

(Modas Museum) which is located within an unusual area

bishop’s palace;

It is a precious treasure of artistic testimonies that narrate the religious and cultural vitality of the region. Three majestic wooden crosses, among the oldest in Tuscany, works by local painters, a rare terracotta attributed to Bernardo Rossellino, a separate fresco by Bartolomeo della Gatta, the core of Vasari’s work and a large tondo dating from 1557, originally a sky-canopy. In red silk, the Madonna della Misericordia then depicted a collection of precious goldsmiths and sacred backdrops, including the polished “Salaam of Siena,” a French-made, early 15th-century collection. On the noble floor of the Bishop’s Palace, you can admire the frescoed halls and reception rooms, with the prestigious Episcopal Picture Gallery with works dating from between the 16th and 19th centuries, and not to be missed, the Popes’ Chamber, a room that has hosted Popes from all ages, even John Paul II and Benedict XVI Emeritus.

In the

garden alley

Meet hometown

Francesco Petrarca,

Today it is a museum and home to the Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences, as well as a library that brings with it ancient books, rare and unique texts, and a large coin collection with 500 coins minted 2,400 years ago.
A few more steps and our traveler arrives at

Basilica of San Francesco;

Behind the magnificent 13th-century crucifix hanging above the high altar, the gaze opens upon one of Tuscany’s greatest artistic jewels: the frescoed Basilica of Bacci by

Piero della Francesca,

He was executed around the middle of the 1400’s on the “Legend of the True Cross”.


the view outside the city,

Halfway between Arezzo and Florence, beside the slight mountain curves of which old dwellings often turned into reception structures, you can see strange blond reliefs, suggestive vertical walls, modeled on atmospheric factors by eroding debris, mud and sand millions of years ago: they”

Valdarno rocks

The genius was intrigued all his life

Leonardo Da Vinci

(Already wrote about it in Leicester Manuscript), to the point of being photographed in

The landscape behind the Mona Lisa,

In the’Annunciation In the baptism of Christ as well as in the paintings Santana and the rock maiden, Shrouded in fog and an aura of mystery. The most distinctive rocks are found in the village area

Castelfranco di Sopra,

On the road to the Zulfina water.

Back in the south, in the agricultural spirit of Tuscany, in green spaces that smell of orchards, wine, extra virgin olive oil and wheat, the village of Arezzo lies just outside of Arezzo.


The path immediately becomes gastronomic in the Terramira (Wonderful Land, by Chef Filippo Scapecchi. Our traveler stops at the privileges of the territory: Chianina meat and game, river fish and country herbs, farm eggs and seasonal fruits, almost of local origin because the constant search for quality ingredients – says the chef – should bring the aroma and flavor of that wonderful land that is the countryside of Arezzo. Even the house, warm and romantic with a view of the Arno, in the historical center of the city, with the recent renovation has preserved the old authentic atmosphere; To see the mastery in the kitchen, you have to sit at the coveted ‘Chef’s Table’, the counter placed in front of the kitchen, where the dining experience is taken face to face with Chef and Sommelier Lorenzo Scapicci.

A few minutes to return to Arezzo in the area

Forum portal

to the beautiful Renaissance Palazzo Bruni Ciocchi, also known as

della dogana palace

, now home to the National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, which can be considered among the most interesting in Tuscany for its richness and diversity of works: the amalgamation of numerous collections and collections of art from different origins, in a chronological and geographical sense. , has produced a unique museum, the emblem of the cultural history and artistic development of Arezzo. The large, elegant colonnaded courtyard of Pietra Serena could have been the parentage of Bernardo Rossellino, although the stylistic references are more in line with Brunelleschi; At the rear of the building there is a hanging garden with a Renaissance design.

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