Legend has it that lauded scholar and master poet Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) was born in this house in 1304 to Florentine parents living in exile. Other than soaking up the powerful sense of history and chatting to the enthusiastic docents (ask about directions to the "Pozzo del Boccaccio," the nearby well which features in Boccaccio's Decameron), there's not much to see as the building remains the home of the stuffy Accademia Petrarca -- the academy's extensive library of rare books is usually open. There's also a well-stocked bookshop.
Via dell' Orto 28, Arezzo, Italy
Our Rating Hours Apr-Oct daily 9:30am-6:30pm; Nov-Mar daily 10am-12:30pm and 3-5pm Phone 0575-182-2770 Prices Admission 4€ adults, 3€ students 6-25, over 65, free for 5 and under Web site Casa Petrarca
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