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Review of Piazza Grande

Piazza Grande
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$207.72*
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Full-Day Private Tour to Arezzo and Cortona from Siena
Ranked #1 of 82 things to do in Arezzo
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Owner description: The spacious and lovely main square features the Town Hall, which dates back to the 6th century.
England, United Kingdom
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“I want to buy it and take it home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

the loveliest town square I have ever seen in Italy - and probably anywhere else. Unspoilt, and when we saw it on a warm September lunchtime, almost deserted. Really, we should not be raving about it or more people will want to see it! Three cafes, of which we chose one of the two cheap ones, and I could have sat there all day. Hard to say why it is so special but I found it far more attractive than the Campo in Siena. Funny thing is, they call it the Piazza Grande but, actually, it isn't grand. It just..is...
We bought a beautiful, large plate at Arete, a pottery studio on the Piazza. Real, local majolica, made by the owner and sold to us by a charming young woman who was her apprentice. I have it on my kitchen wall. It reminds me of the Piazza and all that was best about the holiday.

Visited September 2012
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Reuver, The Netherlands
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“lovely piazza.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

It can compete with the piazza del Campo in Siena for the most beautiful piazza in Europe. For fans of the movie "la vita e bella" this piazza is a must see, because it brings back memories of this great movie

Visited September 2012
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“The place to be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

This is a wonderful piazza, relatively small, and very warm and friendly. It is a nice place to rest between exploring all the side streets.

Visited May 2012
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Salem, Oregon
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“Another great old piazza”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We just love these places. You get a good sense of the center of activity in the town and you are surrounded by history. Grab a guide book and read about the buildings around you. As always, there is a church. Be careful on the steps! They are very uneven.

Visited April 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Charming piazza”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

This is similar to the famous square in Siena. They both have 'medieval' horse riding events (in this case in June and September) and are both on a considerable slope. Arrezzo is much smaller though, although that makes it rather more intimate and the crowds are non-existent here. The loggia on the north side of the square was designed by Vasari (he also designed part of the Uffizi in Firenza) who was a resident of Arezzo. In fact a visit to his house is well worth the short walk.
The apse end of Santa Maria della Pieve backs onto the square. There is a lovely romanesque arcade around it. See if you can spot the strange bent pillar. There are a number of other fine and interesting buildings.

Visited June 2012
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