Francesco Petracco, the 14th century Italian writer known as Petrarch, was born in Arezzo in 1304. Like his friend Boccaccio (see previous post) he travelled widely in Italy and also spent many years in Avignon in the south of France.
Petrarch’s writing along with the works of Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio formed the basis of the modern Italian language. His rediscovery of Latin texts from antiquity and his philosophical writings influenced later thinkers during the Italian Renaissance.
Arezzo honours Petrarch with an impressive statue in the park behind San Donato Cathedral.