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Top 10 Florence and Tuscany by Alexandra Lawrence, Reid Bramblett

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Northeastern Tuscany

Arezzo’s province stretches from the thickly forested mountains of the Casentino in the north, down the northern arm of the Arno river valley, past the hamlet of Caprese where Michelangelo was born, to the wide Chiana Valley, the regional breadbasket. Aside from the happenstance of Michelangelo’s birthplace, artistically the province is dominated by two early Renaissance titans: Sansepolcro’s own Piero della Francesca in the province’s northern half, and, in the south, Cortona-born Luca Signorelli (1441–1523), whose fresco technique Michelangelo later studied avidly.

1. Arezzo

An Etruscan city, then ancient Roman pottery centre, ...

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