Archeological remains are
evidence of the existence of Arezzo since VI cent. The town kept being important in Roman
times. In the first Imperial time its ceramics in red coral with decorations in relief was
famous and copied all over the Empire. It was as famous as nowadays for its goldsmith's
that make of Arezzo one of the richest cities in Italy. Of its classic history the
Archeological Museum gives many examples: the most important piece is the Euphronios of
intense was its life in the Middle Age: the battle against Florence in Campaldino in 1289
is described by Dante Alighieri. The surroundings are rich of traces of the Florentine
poet. In 1384 Arezzo was almost sold to Florence and from that time its history was as a
Florentine republic first, Signoria and Granducato di Toscana later. The Medici Family
have left their trace in the '500 fortress in the north of the town.
centre if you walk along the Corso or the Medioeval streets that go to San Donato Church,
you get the feeling of being part of a fresco of Piero Della Francesca's "The legend
of the real cross", in San Francesco. In the background of the "Finding of the
three crosses", Gerusalem has the features of Arezzo in '400. Of the Romanic period
it's very important the Pieve di Santa Maria (XII-XIII cent.) that contains a polyptic by
Pietro Lorenzetti. In San Domenico Church there is another exceptional piece, the Crucifix
town Francesco Petrarca was born, and some centuries later, Giorgio Vasari.
every year the "Giostra Del Saracino "takes place. With a lance, some knights
attact the wooden figure of the "buratto" that ,in turn, can attack the knight
and the horse with a weapon he holds in its right hand.
Della Francesca "descovery of the cross" particular of the landscape of Arezzo
(San Francesco Church)