War damage has led to much rebuilding -broad avenues have replaced many of the medieval alleys. The Chimera fountain near the station remains, however, a firm reminder of the city’s past. It is a copy of an Etruscan bronze (see p40) cast here in 380 BC. Chimera fountain A San Francesco p196-7. ft Pieve di Santa Maria Corso Italia 7. Open daily. Arezzo’s main shopping street, Corso Italia, leads uphill to the Pieve di Santa Maria, with one of Tuscany’s most ornate Romanesque facades. The complex filigree of interlaced arches has, however, weathered badly. The splendid campanile, the tower of a hundred holes, dates to 1330.

Its name derives from the many arches running through it. ® Piazza Grande The square is famous for its regular antiques market (see p268). On the west side, the facade of the Palazzo della Fra tern ita dei Laid is decorated with a relief of the Virgin (1434) by Bernardo Rossellino. The lower half of the building dates to 1377. The belfry and clock tower date to 1552. The north side of the square is occupied by a handsome arcade designed by Vasari in 1573. Apse of Pieve di Santa Maria and Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici in Piazza Grande £ Fortezza Medicea e Parco il Prato H 0575)37 76 66. Open daily 0 Antonio da Sangallo the Younger’s imposing fortress was built for Cosimo I during the 16th century. It was partly demolished in the 18th century, leaving only the ramparts intact.


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