Arezzo won the Oscar
Made popular thanks to Piero della Francesca’s frescoes within the San Francesco Church, the city of Arezzo is also renown for its goldsmiths, jewellers, and antique fairs, the most famous of which is the Fiera Antiquaria held every month. As the remains of the walls, the bronze statues and the necropolis nearby testify, Arezzo was particularly prosperous during the Etruscan period and then under Roman times, of which you can admire the Roman amphitheatre.
In addition to the cycle of amazing frescoes by Piero della Francesca representing The Legend of the True Cross, another must-see is the beautiful Piazza Grande with its Loggia deisgned by Giorgio Vasari. The Piazza hosts the famous event “Giostra del Saracino” twice each summer, a historical medieval tournament where knights on horseback have to fight the evil Saracen king (a wooden dummy). Arezzo is also famous as the birthplace of illustrious Italian artists and writers such as Guido D’Arezzo, Francesco Petrarca, Pietro Aretino and Giorgio Vasari. The city today still inspires the work of great artists; Arezzo was in fact chosen by Roberto Benigni as the setting for his wonderful movie “La Vita è Bella” which won the Oscar in 1997.