Arezzo is one of the most important cities in Tuscany. Etruscan of origin, after being conquered by the Romans, it served as a military station due to its geographic importance, situated on the road from Rome to Florence.
Part of the city was destroyed during WW2 and when rebuilt the small medieval streets and alleys were replaced by bigger streets.
Today the city is well-known for its antiques, gold ware and art collections. Arezzo is home to one of Italy’s biggest and oldest antique markets. It takes place on the first Sunday of every month in the area around the cathedral.
The Basilica of San Francesco, which dates back to the 13th century, is mainly well-known for Pietro della Francesca’s frescoes from the 15th century.