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The House of Francesco Petrarca

Francesco Petrarca is one of the most illustrious figures in the history of the city of Arezzo. Considered the precursor of humanism, Petrarca was a poet, writer, philologist and philosopher: one of the fathers of Italian literature. Petrarca was a modern man, a citizen of the world, who spent his entire traveling life constructing a cultural re-proposal of ancient and patristic poetics and philosophy through imitation of the classics, offering an image of himself as a champion of virtue and victor over vices.
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The House of Francesco Petrarca is one of the most famous buildings in Arezzo’s historic center.

Francesco Petrarca is one of the most illustrious figures in the history of the city of Arezzo. Considered the forerunner of humanism, Petrarch was a poet, writer, philologist and philosopher: one of the fathers of Italian literature.

Petrarch was a modern man, a citizen of the world, who spent his entire traveling life constructing a cultural re-proposal of ancient and patristic poetics and philosophy through imitation of the classics, offering an image of himself as a champion of virtue and victor over vices.

Francesco Petrarca: Icon of Humanism

Francesco Petrarch was born in Arezzo in 1304.

His father’s political exile took the family to Carpentras, near Avignon, where Petrarch grew up and flourished. Destined to study law in Montpellier and Bologna, it is evident that his spirit is called elsewhere.

In 1318, inspired by his mother’s death, he composed moving verses in Latin. 1326 marks a return to Avignon and a career change: he becomes a cleric, securing some economic stability.

1327 is an unforgettable year. Petrarca tells of a first meeting with Laura, his eternal muse. Despite doubts about her existence, Laura dominates Petrarca’s “Canzoniere.”

In the service of the Colonna family, Petrarca gets to travel extensively : he travels to France, the Netherlands, Belgium. In Liege he makes a revolutionary discovery: a manuscript of Cicero, which triggers a deep passion for ancient texts and makes Petrarca the father of Humanism.

After several moves, in 1337, he took refuge in the quiet of Valchiusa, devoting himself to writing. 1341 saw him crowned poet laureate in Rome, a supreme recognition.

A poet always on the move

The following years are a succession of travel, study and introspection.

Between Valchiusa and Italian cities such as Parma, Bologna and Verona, Petrarch reflects on life and spirituality, influenced by St. Augustine.

The discovery of Cicero’s letters in Verona shaped his epistolary style.

In 1348, shocking news: Laura is dead. From this grief comes the idea of the “Canzoniere.”

The 1350s saw him in Florence, where he crossed paths with the talent of Boccaccio. Milan then became his home for eight years, under the protection of the Visconti family. During this time, he wrote the Trionfi and other works in Latin.

After Milan, Petrarch moved between Padua and Venice. His last years saw him retired to Arquà, in the Euganean Hills, where, in 1374, he ended his days.

In addition to his works, Petrarch’s legacy includes a valuable collection of books, many preserved in Paris. Admired by his contemporaries, Petrarch remains a beacon in Italian humanism and literature.

The Birthplace

Petrarch’s birthplace has become a monument to his art and prestige today, and is the home of the Petrarca Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

It is a monumental building from the 16th century, partly restored after aerial bombing in December 1943. In the rooms on the ground floor emerge the remains of a 12th-century stately home where Francesco Petrarca was born in the early 1300s.

Where Petrarca’s House is located

Petrarch himself wrote in a letter of reply to his friend Giovanni Aretino – curious about his origins – that not only was he born in Arezzo, but that he was born “in vico intimo,” that is, in the center of the urban agglomeration.

In fact, the historic Casa Petrarca is located on Via dell’Orto number 28, in the very historic center of Arezzo, just a few steps from the Cathedral of San Donato and almost on the top of the hill overlooking the modern city.

How to reach the House of Francesco Petrarca

The historic building stands in the very center of the city, and tourists who would like to visit the home of the historic Petrarca Academy can easily reach Via dell’Orto by stopping at the Pietri parking lot and going up the handy escalator that leads in front of the cathedral.

Those arriving by train, on the other hand, will just have to go up toward the Cathedral via the central Corso Italia street, to find themselves in Via dell’Orto at the end of the climb.

Petrarch Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences

The historic building is now home to the Petrarca Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and houses the Casa Petrarca Museum, open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Inside, the museum houses large Renaissance canvases by Tuscan painters, Petrarchan relics and materials, a collection of 250 ancient coins, and a library full of works and volumes related to Petrarchism.

The proximity between the B&B Antiche Mura and the House of Petrarca

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Located just a stroll away from the House of Francesco Petrarca, the B&B Antiche Mura is an ideal choice for those who wish to immerse themselves in Arezzo’s history.

This historic home, with its cozy and refined rooms, is the epitome of Tuscan hospitality.

In addition to its proximity to the great poet’s home, the B&B is surrounded by the wonders of Arezzo.

TheBasilica of San Francesco with its famous frescoes by Piero della Francesca, theDome and the Piazza Grande are all within easy walking distance.

After a day spent exploring, Antiche Mura offers an oasis of comfort and relaxation, with spectacular views of the historic center.

For gourmets, the area is dotted with traditional restaurants where you can enjoy Aretine cuisine.

In addition, its strategic location in Arezzo makes the B&B Antiche Mura an optimal starting point for visiting other Tuscan cities as well.

The building’s ancient walls resonate with the echoes of history, but with the modern comforts that today’s travelers desire.

This perfect blend of ancient and modern makes for a unique experience.

In addition to art and history, the area also offers spectacular old markets and artisan boutiques. For those interested in culture, there are numerous events and performances taking place throughout the year, most recently the Arrezzo Science Festival. From the traditional Giostra del Saracino to contemporary art exhibitions, there is always something to do or see.

Come discover the magic of Arezzo and the inestimable value of its treasures and history, such as the Home of Francesco Petrarca , by staying at the B&B Antiche Mura, where history, culture, and comfort come together in an unforgettable experience.

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