The historic Palace Bruni Ciocchi, also known as the “Dogana,” is located on San Lorentino street in the old Chimera neighborhood of Arezzo. is located in this Renaissance building, considered the most beautiful in Arezzo. The museum has three floors filled with items that recount Arezzo’s history. Among the treasures are paintings by Vasari and Spinello Aretino, a precious collection of Majolica pottery, coin collections, weapons and goldsmithery. Each of the singular items are part of a larger collection of artwork that has been brought together in this museum thanks to the efforts of the first patrons and antique collectors from Arezzo. The Museum guides the visitor on a journey through the history of Arezzo, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Vasari’s “Convito at the Wedding of Ester and Assuero” is displayed here and is one of the largest panel paintings from the 16th century. Admission to the National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art is free and a stop here is perfect if you are looking to get out of the frenzy of the city and stay, even if just for an hour, in this place that is suspended in time.
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