Born in Arezzo in 1511, Giorgio Vasari, like his friend Michelangelo, was a true Renaissance man. He was an accomplished artist and also an important architect, designing the Uffizi Palace in Florence, and the Vasari Corrido which connects it to the Pitti Palace on the other side of the Arno.
But Vasari’s main claim to fame is as a writer. His book, “The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects”, was published in 1550 and is still in print today. Vasari was the first to use the term “Renaissance” to describe the changes in art, politics and science which began in 14th century Florence, and he is sometimes now called “the first art historian”.
The Casa Vasari in Arezzo, where Vasari lived from 1540, is now an interesting museum. The mediaeval abbey (Badia) church of Saints Flora and Lucia in Arezzo was rebuilt from 1565 to a design by Vasari.