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Arezzo and surroundings Geaway Incoming - The Italian Incoming Agency

Arezzo and surroundings

First Day:  AREZZO – The guided tour starts from the upper part of the city with the Church of San Domenic where we will admire the crucifix of the famous master of Giotto, Cimabue, and then continue with the Cathedral of San Donato, the most important church in the city casket of exceptional works of art including the Maddalena by Piero della Francesca. Descending towards the centre, after stopping in front of the birthplace of Francesco Petrarca, visit to the Parish Church of Santa Maria (with the splendid Romanesque cycle of the months in the arch of the main lunette) and Piazza Grande, defined as one of the most beautiful squares in Italy , in which more architectural styles (starting from the Middle Ages) merge together, today the scenery of the evocative Joust of the Saracen (Moor).

Second Day: Excursion MONTEPULCIANO and PIENZA The visit starts from Montepulciano and the marvel of Renaissance art, the Temple of San Biagio, begun in 1518 by the Florentine Antonio da Sangallo. The tour continues with the historic center of Montepulciano where we will see the home of the humanist Angelo Poliziano, Piazza Grande with its marvelous buildings and the imposing Cathedral, and then take the long course where we will admire the Church of Santa Agostino and the evocative Tower of Pulcinella. In the afternoon visit of Pienza, the ideal city symbol of the Renaissance that owes its name and fame to Enea Silvio Piccolomini who became famous as Pope Pius II. Visit the square with the Cathedral, Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Piccolomini (exterior), the church of San Francesco and the most characteristic streets.

3° giorno: Excursion ANGHIARI and SANSEPOLCRO Anghiari is a medieval jewel perched on a hill dominating the valleys of the Tiber and Sovara, with enchanting views and ancient origins. The guided tour starts from the upper part of the city and then goes up to Piazza Baldaccio, an ancient mercatale of the medieval city, through very narrow streets, admiring beautiful buildings and ancient churches. In the afternoon guided tour of Sansepolcro. The tour begins with a visit to the historic center: Piazza Torre di Berta, the Cathedral (with the Volto Santo, a splendid ancient crucifix, as well as important works by Perugino and Raffaellino del Colle) and Palazzo delle Laudi. It ends with the beautiful churches of San Rocco, Santa Maria delle Grazie and the church of San Lorenzo, inside which you can admire a splendid and poignant Deposition of the brilliant Rosso Fiorentino.

4° giorno: CORTONA We start the tour from the highest part of the city, where, after having covered the ancient Etruscan walls, we find the Sanctuary of Santa Margherita, the patron saint of Cortona, a figure of great importance during the Middle Ages. Then continue with the historic center, starting from Piazza Garibaldi, commonly called “Carbonaia”, from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno, the “Ruga Piana”, that is the main course that leads us to the two main squares , formerly the Roman Forum, and then, with a little ‘climb, to the Church of San Francesco, which houses relics of St. Francis and the Holy Cross. The tour continues with a visit to the Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, and Vicolo Iannelli, a medieval alley overlooking the beautiful medieval houses.