Museums in Province of Arezzo

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Museums in Province of Arezzo

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  • Il Vàgero
    Viareggio, Italy413 contributions
    Something very special for this Tuscan town that seems not to offer very special attractions. The museum has been recently modernized and believe or not, if offers very special surprises among its collections. The star of course is the Elephant meridionalis, a kind of mammut...
    If you see the bigger picture, the museum is ESSENTIAL for the understanding of the Valdarno area as it was in prehistoric times.
    Recommended if time is enough!!
    Written 14 January 2016
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  • SQ01273
    East Sussex, UK935 contributions
    Small and on 2 floors. We were lucky enough to have the whole place to ourselves. It would very easily feel crowded. The staff were friendly and helpful and it was the right size to spend an hour. Memorable
    Written 24 April 2018
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  • Mauro C
    Milan, Italy160 contributions
    Interesting experience to see how pharmacy used to work in the past. The aboca experience is nice but too much related to the comoany that produce medicines….
    Written 4 August 2021
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  • Kegs23
    East Lansing, MI60 contributions
    We had some hesitation about visiting this museum, but we are all glad we did. The museum features outstanding paintings from Cortona's own artists from 14th Century to the 20th Century. Very doable in 60-90 minutes.
    Written 29 September 2021
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  • Been a few places
    Epsom, UK1,118 contributions
    We were passing through Anghiari and decided to stop as it looked really pretty and worthy of a leg stretch. It didn't disappoint despite its small size. There are some lovely lived in streets in the old town to explore and it offers superb views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Definitely worth an hour if passing through.
    Written 23 October 2020
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy10,918 contributions
    When, in the first year of high school, I read Virgil's Aeneid, I learned, like everyone else, that in chapter III the Aeneas' ancestors appear in a dream to the hero - while he is encamped in Crete with his companions - and they reveal to him that the order previously received from the oracle in Delos, to "return to the land of the ancestors", must refer not to Crete but to Italy, homeland of the true founder of the Trojans, the hero and demigod Dàrdanos.
    Dàrdanos, mythical son of Zeus and Electra, according to a tradition collected by Virgil would be a native of Coritum, that is Cortona; and this would traditionally be the oldest city in Italy.
    Obviously no one today believes that Dàrdanos, even if he ever existed, is the son of Zeus and Electra; but the tradition of Cortona's Dàrdanos is firmly established: “Via Dàrdano” is one of the main streets of the historic city. And as for the other related myth, Cortona as the oldest city in Italy, archeology doesn't credit it; but even this, despite being a fairy tale, is anyway a beautiful fairy tale for the Cortona people.
    This whole chain of legends came back to my mind when I visited the MAEC in October (it was the third time for me). In fact, in the newest part of the Museum, located in the underground floors and dedicated to recent archaeological discoveries in the Cortona countryside, space is given, among other things, to passages by ancient writers who allude to the genealogy of Cortona and Dàrdanos.
    This new part of the Museum is very modern from a museographic point of view: the view of the finds is captivating and everything is perfectly bilingual Italian / English.
    In this section I particularly appreciated the so-called “Tabula cortonensis” in bronze: it is explained that it it's a sales contract, “disguised” however by a court sentence (I leave it to the visitor to understand why).
    The upper floors are the most traditional part of the museum: they date back to the time when it was really the "Academy Museum". The old wooden display cases for the finds have been deliberately preserved. Here is perhaps the most famous exhibit in the museum, the bronze Etruscan chandelier (unfortunately, however, the current lighting prevents a clear view of the details). And then the painted portrait of a girl nicknamed "Polyhymnia", believed to be of Roman age but imitation, perhaps from the 16th century; the sumptuous “Ginori temple”, from the mid-18th century, in white and blue porcelain; the Academy Library, on the top floor, which has preserved the ancient furniture.
    Overall, the MAEC is probably to be considered the central attraction of the city of Cortona.
    Written 16 October 2020
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  • Tsrwright
    25 contributions
    As with many Italian museums this one was worth a diversion which is now taking us to the coast. The newly restored Della Francesco Polyptych of Mercy is remarkably graphic and the museum is a delight. The bookshop with clever little 2020 calendars for one euro was very good too. See elsewhere for what to do when the place closes for lunch 1 to 2.30
    Written 28 June 2019
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  • Mara C
    6 contributions
    If anywhere near Stia stop and spend time educating yourself about the history of the wool trade in this area. Interesting!There is a modern day workshop here also, and we saw and amazing fiber arts show of hats. there is also a wonderful wool clothing store in town
    Written 8 July 2016
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  • Rob P
    Leeds, UK33 contributions
    Came here on the recommendation of the review above. This is not that gallery! The Fra Angelico is in the next town along the valley, San Giovanni Valdarno. This is a nice mini-gallery in its own right with couple of illuminated manuscripts, some nice frescoes, and a cool tempietto by Andrea della Robbia, but it is not the gallery reviewed above!
    Written 22 July 2018
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  • Cyril S
    6 contributions
    The museum itself was quite interesting, featuring some beautiful pottery, skillfully restored, featuring interesting decoration.
    There was so much to see, but for someone who does not understand the language, not all information was understood.
    From the museum, there was an excellent view of the 'Anfiteatro Romano' which needed not explanation, and certainly stirred the imagination.
    Archeaologists were uncovering some areas near the old walls, so there is still a lot of work to be done in that respect.
    Written 1 June 2018
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  • Loreen K
    Prague, Czech Republic251 contributions
    Thus is quite a small museum, but has some very lovely exhibits. Staff are very friendly and helpful. The museum has some lovely paintings, beautiful frescoes, is worthy of a visit if in the village,
    Written 7 August 2018
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  • Carla D
    Copper Mountain, CO10 contributions
    I have visited it for the yearly contest they promote among the stories they have collected for the museum. It was incredible!
    Written 27 July 2019
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  • linda G
    Province of Arezzo, Italy153 contributions
    The museum has beautiful works of art including Vasari and Signorelli and Della Robbia as well as displays of ceramics. The building is beautiful in itself. There's an outside garden which unfortunately has been neglected, if money was spent on this then it would make the museum one of the best in Tuscany. The museum is free.
    Written 14 July 2018
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