Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Donato

Santa Maria della Pieve

Basilica di San Francesco

Chiesa di San Domenico

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Palazzo Pubblico

Ospedale Santa Maria della Scala




Santa Maria della Pieve, view of the apse

Travel guide for Tuscany

Arezzo | Santa Maria della Pieve

The Parish of Saint Mary is one of the largest and most attractive Romanesque parish churches in Tuscany. Built entirely of sandstone, it is nestled between the historic centre’s cobbled main road the Corso Italia with its ornate apse or rounded end jutting toward Piazza Grande. The construction of this majestic building is an example of architecture from the earliest medieval days of Arezzo. It was begun in the second half of the 12 th century on the remains of a church that dated back to the year 1000. Remants of that original church are still visible in the decoration above the door at the via di Seteria side. The Pieve was not completed until the first half 14 th century. Alterations and restorations were carried out in the 16 th century, the 19 th and in modern times.


The Romanesque exterior facade was originally simpler, but with the rise of architectural influence from Pisa, a dramatic series of arches surmounted by three sets of horizontally crowned porticos was added to the lower floor. The interior opens into a wide nave, or main aisle, with two smaller aisles. The broad apse, or rounded end of the sanctuary, is very wide with a line of slightly pointed or ogival pre-Gothic columns surrounding an area for the clergy built above a crypt. The church boasts the famous multi-panelled painting or polyptych entitled Madonna with Child, Annunciation, and Assumption painted in 1320 by Pietro Lorenzetti for Arezzo’s 61 st bishop, Guido Tarlati. Lining the wall is the fresco titled Saints Francesco and Domenic by an early 14th century student of Renaissance master Giotto. Also here resides a 14 th century bust of Saint Donatus (San Donato), who was born in Arezzo in the 4th century and is now the patron saint of the city and province. Of the church’s wonderful sculptures, the 13 th century dedication to the Virgin Mary in the lunette (or archway) over the main door and the low relief carving from the same period portraying the passing of the months are both exceptional. The Campanile dalle Cento Buche, or Bell Tower with a Hundred Holes, built in 1330 offers an unusual contrast to the horizontal flow of the rest of the exterior. It gets its name from the 40 double arched mullioned windows, divided into five sections, which accentuate the ancient tower’s reach as it stretches upward almost 60 meters high.[1]

Parrocchia Dei Santi Donato E Pietro In Cattedrale
: 1 Piazza Del Duomo, Arezzo, AR 52100


Santa Maria della Pieve, the bell tower and façade. The bell tower, finished in 1330, is in Romanesque style.


Piazza Grande, Arezzo

Pietro Lorenzetti, Polittico Tarlati

This great polyptych, commissioned by the Ghibelline Bishop of Arezzo, Guido Tarlati, is Pietro Lorenzetti’s earliest documented work. The contract, signed on 17 April 1320, still survives. Local citizens made donations towards the cost, which continued until January 1324. The polyptych contains twenty panels, with glowing gold grounds. The lowest course shows the Virgin and Child in a patterned white gown lined with ermine (centre, more than life size), St John the Evangelist and St Donatus (left) and the Baptist and St Matthew (right). Above the centre panel is the Annunciation and above that, in a pinnacle, the Assumption of the Virgin. Other panels show half-length figures of saints, about half life-size. St Luke, the bearded saint to the left of the Annunciation, may be a portrait of the artist. Signed on the lower frame; another inscription (Petrus me fecit) was discovered on St Reparata’s sword during a restoration in 1979. The predella, mentioned by Vasari (who was himself responsible for removing the polyptych from the high altar), is lost, as are the frescoes of the Life of the Virgin in the apse of the church. Despite being dismantled and relocated several times, the remainder of the polyptych is largely intact and in tolerably good condition. 

Art in Tuscany | Tarlati Polyptych


Pietro Lorenzetti, Polittico Tarlati,
1320, a Santa Maria della Pieve, Arezzo






Art in Tuscany | Pietro Lorenzetti

Santa Pia, a renovated, comfortable farmhouse, situated in the green hills between Monte Amiata and the coast, is an excellent base for making excursions in southern Tuscany. The beautifully situated terrace has views over what seems like half of southern Tuscany. On clear days you can have a great view of the islands of Monte Argentario, Elba and even Corsica.

Case vacanza in Toscana | Podere Santa Pia


Surroundings of Podere Santa Pia