Monday, May 12, 2008

Arezzo

Arezzo is a town as well as a province and one of it's other famous sons is Petrarch who wrote the lovely poems about his unrequited love for Laura in the 1300's. The city is full of beautiful streets and shops like this one...
Architectural interest is abundant....beautiful doorways... the symbol of the Medici family in the Vasari loggia

Or this ancient balcony.
Ahh, here is another famous aretino, the Chimera of Arezzo but much to the chagrin of other aretini, he resides in the Archaeological Museum in Florence...

Piazza Grande is the center of the old town where they hold medieval a medieval jousting tournament called the Giostra del Saracino.
Arezzo is probably most famous for the chapel decorated by Piero della Franceso depicting the legend of the True Cross where photographs are not allowed. William Tode was on exhibit in the newer gallery in 2005 and I bought one of his signed prints.
Arezzo also has a fine Archaeological Museum next to the old roman amphitheater.

Where among many fine objects, you can see items recovered from gladitorial training. Err, looks pretty sharp to me for training....
This grappling hook looks like serious business, too!
Ouch! I think I'd want more than this helmet for protection!
Arezzo like many Tuscan towns, is lovely and beautiful. I made three trips to Arezzo and still didn't get to see the inside of Santa Maria della Pieve. Oh well, next time.....

4 comments:

joe@italyville.com said...

thanks for the tour.... still haven't gotten to Arezzo yet. As you said, "next time"

homebody at heart said...

Hi Joe,

I have lots of places I haven't gotten to yet... Assisi, Cortona, Pisa, Lucca, Volterra, Puglia, Imprunetta, Palermo... The trouble is, everytime I go to Italy, I like to go to the same places I went to before! I guess I just need to stay longer!

Cherrye - My Bella Vita said...

I haven't been yet, either. Well, now I feel like I have.

Do you need to add Catanzaro to that list or have you been here? :-)

homebody at heart said...

No, I haven't been to much of southern Italy :( but what I've seen so far, I love. And, when I do go to southern Italy again, Catanzaro will be sure to be on the list!