excavations in Arezzo
Directed by Dr.P.Zamarchi
H O M E
Evidence of the notable economic prosperity enjoyed by Arezzo for the whole
of the Hellenistic and the successive Roman age can be seen from the monumental
buildings, like the powerful sanctuary of San Cornelio-Castelsecco, which stood
outside the city and probably dates from the 2nd century B.C.; it was later
was given an impressive scenographic setting thanks to the addition of a binomial
theatre-temple, modelled on similar sanctuaries in Lazio.
Once it had become one of Rome's satellites and a "municipium", it was furnished with great public buildings, like the baths and the theatre, which stood near the Fortress, and the Forum, which probably stood somewhere between Porta Crucifera and Piazza Vasari; various residential areas have also recently been discovered in Piazza Vasari, Via Albergotti, Via dei Pescioni, Piazza Colcitrone, San Niccolò, Via Cesalpino, etc.
The 1st century A.D. marked one of the periods of greatest splendour of the city, thanks to the flourishing pottery industry; some splendid examples of this craft, marked with the Arezzo stamp, can be admired in the "Gaio Cilnio Mecenate" Archaeological Museum. Arezzo continued its expansion until it reached the slopes of the hills of San Pietro and San Donato (areas previously occupied by burial grounds and workshops), with Via Crispi and Via Guadagnoli at its extreme limits; a nymphaeum and the amphitheatre, which today contains the Archaeological Museum, were built here in the 2nd century A.D.