Arezzo & Cortona
Arezzo might be less famous than its neighbourhood provinces Florence and Siena, however it doesn’t make this area any less special. In fact it is the opposite. The wild countryside is a phenomenal place for nature lovers, hikers and cyclists. In the historic centre of Arezzo we even find history from the middle ages. A wondrous mixture of sights, art, gold, jewellers and events. Did you know that the Etruscan town Cortona is part of the Arezzo province? Maybe this Tuscan town is even more famous than Arezzo itself.
5 Tips to discover the province of Arezzo
Jewels and antiques – getting married in Tuscany
Did you know that the best gold is to be found in Arezzo? Since the Etruscan times, Arezzo has been and is still one of the richest cities in Tuscany. Even today the jewellery industry and especially the quality of gold is the best in all of Italy.
Events – to do tips in Tuscany
Experience the medieval festival, ‘La Giostra del Saracino.’ During the months of June and September the inhabitants and tourists of Arezzo re-live medieval times at their ‘Piazza grande.’ If you have seen the movie ‘La vita è bella’ this square could seems familiar to you.
Sport, nature and wine
Whether it is mountain biking, walking, bird watching, or a photography workshop: Arezzo is your place! The green valley’s of Val di Chiana are wondrous to explore and also the place where the Syrah wines find their origin. A wine tour through these vineyards including a wine tasting is highly recommended!
Neighbour Umbria with the Trasimeno lake
Neighbour of Umbria with the Trasimeno lakeUmbria with her ‘chocolate’ capital ‘Perugia’ and the lake of Trasimeno are around the corner! Tuscany and Umbria can be discovered in one holiday! Truely adding an extra dimension to your holiday in Italy.
Cultural holiday: Art & antiques
Every first Sunday of the month the largest antique market in Italy takes place in Arezzo’s city centre. Also a lot of master art pieces and ‘church art’ can be found in the historical centre of Arezzo. Let’s som up:
- the Duomo
- The ‘Vasari’ museum (Giorgio Vasari was born in Arezzo)
- Basilica di San Francesco withfamous frescoes from Piero della Francesca, also born in the province of Arezzo
- The ‘Cattedrale di San Donato’, is richly decorated with art treasures such as ‘the holy Magdalene’ by Piero della Francesca
- The ‘Petrarca’ museum with special oil paintings and literature from Francesco Petrarca, born in Arezzo
How to get to Arezzo
Arezzo can be reached from Florence airport as well as from the airport of Perugia. The best way to discover this province is definitely by car.