Santa Maria delle Grazie

Church & Sacred Site


  • Renaissance architecture and Andrea della Robbia terracottas
  • Ancient monastery cloister
  • Parri di Spinello’s “Madonna of Misericordia” fresco
  • Benedetto da Maiano’s portico design
Off Trail
Via Santa Maria delle Grazie, 1, 52100 Arezzo AR, Italy


Discover the captivating Santa Maria delle Grazie, an architectural gem nestled in Tuscany. Marvel at its Renaissance architecture, adorned with stunning terracottas by Andrea della Robbia. This small sanctuary offers visitors an intimate encounter with the “Madonna of Misericordia” fresco by Parri di Spinello and the elegant portico designed by Benedetto da Maiano. A visit to Santa Maria delle Grazie is a must for any pilgrim or hiker on the Via di Francesco trail.

Culture & History

Santa Maria delle Grazie’s history stretches back to the Etruscan-Roman era when it was a sanctuary with a sacred spring dedicated to Apollo. In the Middle Ages, the site was known as Fonte Tecta. In 1425, Saint Bernardino of Siena attempted to destroy the pagan site but only succeeded in 1428. He then replaced the spring with an oratory, where Parri di Spinello painted the “Madonna of Misericordia” fresco between 1428 and 1431.

The church itself was built between 1435 and 1444, designed by Domenico del Fattore. The site later became home to the Carmelite Order in 1695. Over the years, the church and its surrounding buildings have undergone various transformations and restorations, with some frescoes being whitewashed multiple times. Today, the church and its surroundings offer a unique blend of ancient and modern history.

How to Get There

Santa Maria delle Grazie is located in Arezzo, Tuscany. To reach the church on foot from the historic center of Arezzo, head northwest towards Piazza della Libertà. From there, take Via Roma, crossing the roundabout onto Via Vittorio Veneto. Continue straight until you see signs for Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you’ll turn left onto Via di Santa Maria delle Grazie. Follow the street, and the church will be on your left. The walk is approximately 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) and takes around 20 minutes.

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