Walking Arezzo


Church of San Gimignano

Church of San Gimignano

The best way to take in all the hidden art treasures Arezzo has to offer is by walking the ancient paths of this Tuscan city:

Begin at La Porta S. Lorentino, one of the four gates in town and also known as Fiorentina. This gate built was completed sometime around 1644. As you enter through the gate, looking to the right is the Baluardo of St. Lorentino and where about halfway through construction, and the almost century that the gate was under construction, the statue of the Chimera was unearthed.

As you make your way to the Porta dell’Angelo, an important portal of the city you will observe one of the best examples of fourteenth century architecture in Arezzo. This is where you will find the Museum of Medieval and Modern Art.

College of St. Caterina and the Monastery of the Society of SS.ma Annunziata was completed in 1588. Giorgi Vasari commissioned the design of the complex in 1551, but it was altered during later construction. The interior of the cloister still remains intact, with a chapel dedicated to St. Cristoforo, who was part of the old Ospedale delle Donne. Inside the chapel, there is a fresco by Parri di Spinello, with a preliminary sketch, and a sixteenth-century crucifix donated by Pope Guilio III.

Lavamani del Marcillat (Liceo F. Petrarca): Guglielmo Marcillat, in the mid 1500’s, designed a large wash basin and a stone altar for the Society of the Holy Trinity. The altar is now the Oratory of the Madonna del Duomo, The “lavamani,” or wash basin, which dates back to 1522, is “a work of rare majesty,” and was first proposed on this occasion to visit after centuries of neglect and abandonment.

Church of San Gimignano. The church is laid out and designed in the early medieval styles and is a beautiful example of eighteenth-century style primarily in stucco. The altar contains an inlaid crucifix on the cross. In the presbytery, two seventeenth century paintings by Salvi Castellucci depict the sacristy of the Romanesque structure.