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Santa Maria della Pieve:  12th-century church is Lombard Romanesque architecture at its most beautiful, with a craggy, eroded facade of stacked arcades in luminous beige stone. The spaces between the columns of the arcades get narrower at each level, which, along with the setting on a narrow street, only adds to the illusion of great height. On the high altar above the raised crypt is a 1320 polyptych of the Madonna and Child with Saints -- all wearing gorgeously worked fabrics -- by Sienese master Pietro Lorenzetti.

Santa Maria della Pieve: 12th-century church is Lombard Romanesque architecture at its most beautiful, with a craggy, eroded facade of stacked arcades in luminous beige stone. The spaces between the columns of the arcades get narrower at each level, which, along with the setting on a narrow street, only adds to the illusion of great height. On the high altar above the raised crypt is a 1320 polyptych of the Madonna and Child with Saints -- all wearing gorgeously worked fabrics -- by Sienese master Pietro Lorenzetti.

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Arezzo is a very beautiful town in Tuscany. In the middle ages it competed with Florence in military power, now it tries to beat the old rival in beauty.

Enjoying a central position in Tuscany position located at equal distances from Florence, Perugia and Siena, Arezzo dominates the valleys of the Arno and Tevere rivers. The medieval historic centre, rich in traces of earlier Etruscan and Roman cultures, is set on a hillside surrounded by a fertile plain.

One of the highlights of Arezzo is found in the church of St. Francesco. The marvellous cycle of frescoes (dating from 1452) by the painter Piero della Francesca is a must see for anyone with an interest in art.

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