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“Unexpected and breathtaking”

Casa di Giorgio Vasari
Ranked #6 of 92 things to do in Arezzo
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Melbourne
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137 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Unexpected and breathtaking”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Vasari's house is unassuming from the outside but inside it is a real treasure trove. The ceiling decorations are stunning and the exhibition is well-organised with interpretive panels in Italian and English. The little garden is a delight to sit in and contemplate the beauty of Tuscany

Visited August 2013
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La Plata, Maryland
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“Art Lovers Will Enjoy Casa Di Vasari”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I went to Arezzo as part of my pilgrimage to sites on the Piero della Francesca Trail. Vasari was not a big draw for me, and the promotional posters or brochures I saw for Casa di Vasari were not particularly enticing. I debated whether it was worth my time. But then again, I rationalized, I loved Vasari's frescoed dome of the Duomo in Florence. Maybe his house was worth visiting after all?

Indeed it is! Some rooms are more elaborately painted than others, but overall the frescoes are simply gorgeous. Only a few of the oil paintings hanging on the walls are by Vasari, and as others have noted, there are no furnishings. This is probably a blessing! Without that distraction, the ceiling frescoes take center stage.

Thankfully, there are English brochures and interpretive labels, so the art experience is rich for us English-speakers. Unfortunately, the cases with the manuscripts and letters written by Vasari are not translated, though one gets the thrill of seeing the handwriting of an artist and author on the page. The very kind staff at the house encouraged me to explore the garden, which is lovely, and to see other Vasari artworks at the nearby Museum of Medieval and Modern Art. You can get a combo ticket for several art museums in Arezzo, which includes Casa di Vasari, for 12 euros. Otherwise regular admission is 4 euros.

Visited July 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Worth discovering”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Not a huge place but unusual and memorable. Small helpful staff. Entrance was 4 euros, more if a combined ticket wanted. Excellent descriptions. No photos inside are allowed, rightly so if using flash!

Visited April 2013
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Arezzo, Italy
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66 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“the home of Giorgio in his city”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

Giorgio was appointed by the Medici in Florence but he remained always linke tho his birthplace:works by him and his art collection and library including important letters bt Michelangiolo.

Visited December 2011
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Bethel, Connecticut
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

The home of the artist & archtect Giorgio Vasari is worth visiting if you are interested in art. The paintings are beautiful & the museum is well laid out with good explainations of the artwork. There is also a walled lovely garden with a goldfish pond that you can enjoy in good weather.

Visited September 2012
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