The most famous churches of Arezzo are the Cathedral and the San Francesco Church. However, there are a number of other very beautiful churches, graced by works of art by masters such as Donatello and Vasari.
San Donato Cathedral
The Cathedral (Duomo) of Arezzo is an imposing Gothic-style church. It stands on the top of a hill and overlooks the entire city. The main attractions are the Mary Magdalene fresco by Piero della Francesca and the baptismal font decorated by Donatello.
Basilica of Saint Francis
The San Francesco Basilica is best known for its 14th and 15th century frescoes. The frescoes in the Bacci Chapel or Cappella Maggiore have been converted into a museum (the Museo della Basilica San Francesco) and can be viewed only in small groups.
San Domenico Church
The San Domenico Church is a 13th century church in the square of the same name. The most famous work of art on display in this church is a “Crucifix” made by Cimabue. From a historical point of view, it is important because the very first conclave was held here.
Santa Maria della Pieve Church
The Santa Maria della Pieve Church is the oldest church in Arezzo. The main work of art in this church is the polyptych “Madonna and Saints” by Pietro Lorenzetti. The bell tower of this church is considered the symbol of the city.
Santa Maria delle Grazie Church
The Santa Maria delle Grazie Church is located south of the city center. Highlights are the beautiful portico and an impressive main altar made by Andrea della Robbia.
Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla
The Badia di Arezzo is located in the Piazza della Badia. The highlight of this church is the dome painted by Andrea Pozzo. The church originally dates from the 13th century and was completely rebuilt by Vasari three centuries later.