Arezzo, Giorgio Vasari

Visit the home of the famous sixteenth-century painter, architect and biographer

Via XX Settembre, 55
The home where the Medici’s favourite artist, Giorgio Vasari, lived features a number of frescos by the artist.

He purchased the house in Via XX Settembre in 1540 and was personally involved in its restoration, which was completed in 1548. The house consists of two floors and boasts a small garden which Vasari mentions in one of his letters. The artist is believed to have lived there with his wife, Niccolosa, but did not take up residence due to spending long periods in Florence and Rome.

The rooms of the first floor were richly decorated by Vasari himself and some of his students and are named after the same decorations: "Sala della fama e delle arti", "Sala del camino", "Sala di Apollo e delle Muse"; in this last there is a beautiful fresco which portrays Vasari's wife, while in the "Sala del camino", there is a curious self-portrait from behind, as he reads at a window.

The museum, which belongs to the 'Soprintendenza di Arezzo', conserves works of other Tuscan artists, from the second half of the XVI century, and keeps an important archive of letters written by Michelangelo
The centuries-old city of Vasari and Piero della Francesca
Not everyone knows that Arezzo is an ancient city, older than Alexandria in Egypt! To discover Arezzo you need to have a smattering of understanding about its past. Arezzo was one of the main Etruscan city-states. ...