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Piazza Grande - Arezzo's historical centre

Arezzo is a city in Tuscany, Italy that was an important Etruscan town. It was known to the Romans as Arretium. Arezzo was made in the 11th cent. a free commune, siding with the Ghibellines. Arezzo is also famous for Guido d'Arezzo, the Medieval abbot who originated solfeggio (the mnemonic music system known to many from the song in The Sound of Music that starts "Doe, a deer"). Nowadays, it is an agricultural trade center and has machine, clothing, gold, and jewelry industries and is also a tourist center.

Get in

By plane

Arezzo can be reached by flying to Italian major international airports in Rome and Milan, or to the two airports in Tuscany:

  • Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei (IATA:PSA) [10], located 1.5km (1 mile) south of Pisa city centre.
  • Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci (IATA:FLR) [11], Located four kilometers from the center of Florence.

By train

Arezzo's train station, which is located at the edge of the historic old town, offers frequent connections to cities like Florence and Rome.

Get around

Arezzo's historic old town is small enough to explore on foot. If you have a rental car, you can park in one of the municipal lots for under ten Euros for the entire day, then walk up into the historic centre. WARNING: Arezzo is atop a steep incline, and you will feel as though you are walking uphill pretty much everywhere. Wear comfortable shoes.

ATAM [12] runs the city bus service (there is also a "Centro Storico" line that covers the historic old town).

The taxi service is efficient and not too expensive.


  • Piazza Grande, the most beautiful square in Arezzo, is surrounded by marvelous old buildings and hosts the Giostra del Saracino twice a year.


  • Arezzo Cathedral (Duomo), Piazza del Duomo. Daily 7AM-12:30PM and 3-6:30PM.
  • Church of San Francesco, Piazza San Francesco, Tel. +39-0575-20630.
  • Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, Corso Italia 7, Tel. +39-0575-22629.
  • Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, via S. Maria delle Grazie 1.


  • Museo del Duomo, (on the back side of the Duomo).
  • Museo Archeologico "Gaio Cilnio Mecenate", Via Margaritone 10
  • Museo Statale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna, Via San Lorentino 8
  • House-Museum of Ivan Bruschi [13], Corso Italia 14

Of Cultural Interest

  • Casa del Petrarca Only open if you knock and ask nicely if you can come in; this is the home of famous Italian medieval poet Petrarch. Hours vary depending on the mood of the proprietor, but it is totally worth it.
  • La Vita è Bella Roberto Begnini's Academy Award-winning film was shot here in Arezzo, and as you proceed through the city centre, you will see colorful signs featuring pictures from the film at the specific locations of actual filming. Spend at least an hour wandering from sign to sign.


  • The Antiques Fair [14] that occupies Piazza Grande and many of the streets leading to it, with an array of some 500 stalls by which is fun to browse though. Arriving by car it's best to leave it in the Pietri free parking lot and go up to the Duomo on the escalator.
Dates: Takes place on the first Sunday and the Saturday preceding it of every month -
  • Not being a big touristic city like Firenze it is most recommended to stroll in the charming old city center along the small alleys and enjoy its quiet streets. a good panoramic view of the city can be seen from the tower of "Palazzo dei Priori" in Piazza della Libertà, or walking through the "Il Prato" park up to the Medicea fortress.


  • Arezzo is home to an annual medieval festival called the Joust of the Saracens (Giostra del Saracino). In this, "knights" on horseback representing different areas of the town charge at a wooden target attached to a carving of a Saracen king and score points according to accuracy. Virtually all the town's people dress-up in medieval costume and enthusiastically cheer on the competitors.
Dates: The third Sunday of June and on the first Sunday of September.
  • Arezzo was also home to an annual popular music and culture festival, each July, called ArezzoWave [15]. Publicly funded, it attracted bands of high repute and attendees from all over Europe and North America. It also featured literary and film expositions. From summer 2007 Arezzo Wave moved to the outskirts of Florence, where it is now known as ItaliaWave.
  • The Arezzo Festival [16] - an annual summer theatre festival that brings together emerging professional and university-based performance groups from all over the world.


  • Typical Tuscany wine Miseria e Nobiltà, Piaggia s. Bartolomeo 2 - near Piazza grande, +39-338-2056240, [1]. 11:00-24:00.


Arezzo is famous for its cuisine too. The most famous dishes of Arezzo are Acquacotta, a bread soup made with porcini mushrooms and Ribollita, a bread soup made with many different vegetables. But you can also taste the wonderful Chianina Steak and all sorts of pastas. Arezzo's wines are also very much appreciated all around the world.


  • La Taverna del Pittore, via Vittorio Veneto n.72, +39-0575-908050. 19:00-23:00. € 15-30.
  • Miseria e Nobiltà, Piaggia S.Bartolomeo 2-near Piazza Grande, +39-057521245, [2]. 11:30-24:00. € 15-30.
  • Il Saraceno, Via Mazzini 6, Arezzo (Just east of the Corso d'Italia in the old town), 0575 27644, [3]. Great place featuring local Aretine and Tuscan favorites at reasonable prices. Good selection of wines at a reasonable price. Lots of locals, not so many tourists.
  • Trattoria del Leone, Piazza del Popolo 11, Arezzo, 0575357927, [4]. This restaurant offers high-quality modern adaptations of traditional favorites with aplomb. Try their tasting menus for 25 or 20 Euros or order a la carte.
  • Il Boccon del Re, Via Carvour 42, Arezzo, 0575 22542, [5]. Just off the Piazza San Francesco this place offers a menu of Tuscan fare and pizzas. Try the Pici or anything with a truffle sauce!


  • Miseria e Nobiltà, Piaggia S.Bartolomeo 2-near Piazza Grande, +39-057521245, [6]. 11:30-24:00. € 15-30.
  • Enoteca Charleston, Via della Chimera 121, Arezzo (Just outside the old-town), [7]. 06:00-20:30. A not-to-miss enoteca run by the Mearini family with quite possibly the best selection of wines in eastern Tuscany. Let Stefano or Paolo help you find a bottle - something for dinner or that special occasion - or enjoy wines by the glass. Open for coffee and pastries at breakfast time.
  • Terra di Piero, Piazza San Francesco 3, Arezzo (Right next to the Basilica San Francesco), 0575 333182, [8]. A very small wine bar with a selection of wines by the glass that change daily and a wider selection of bottles. They also have an assortment of items in a deli case in case you want some antipasti.



  • il paradisino, delle paniere, Tel. +39-348-6412433, Fax +39-0575-295567. Rates: Double €50-60.
  • Hotel Euro, [17], Località Pieve S. Stefano, Arezzo, Tel. +39 0575.797055 Fax +39 0575.797166. The Hotel is the best solution for independent travellers and also for groups of people who want to discover Tuscan Arts and Heritage, culture, traditions and religion sights.


  • Residence Il Pozzeto, Via Casale, 16 Località Preconne 52031 Anghiari (Arezzo), 0575 723248 (fax: 0575 724351), [9]. In Preconne, a small village between Arezzo Cortona, and S. Sepolcro, you can find IL POZZETO, a wonderful residence which is the result of the refurbishment of an architectural work.


  • Castelletto di Montebenichi Locality Montebenichi, Bucine, Ph. +39.055.9910110 Fax +39.055.9910113. [18]. A luxury hotel in an antique castle in the heart of Chianti. Standard double room €250.
  • Etrusco Palace Hotel, Via Fleming 39. Tel. +39-0575-984066, Fax. +39-0575-382131, email: [email protected] Rates: €143-214.
  • Hotel & Apartment Villa Cassia Di Baccano, Via Setteponti Levante, 132. Tel. +39-055-9772310, Fax +39-055-9772898, email: [email protected] Single €113-180, Double €157-260, Triple €171-290, Quadriple (2 bathrooms) €190-330.
  • Agriturismo Foresteria Il Giardino di Fontarronco, Località Monte San Savino. [19] A Cozy Agriturismo and wonderful base [email protected]
  • Badia Di Campoleone Green Resort, Località Castelluccio 38, Capolona. Tel. +39-0575-451561, Fax +39-0575-451492, email: [email protected] [20]. 4-star resort with modern comforts and services to surrender to the relaxation of Tuscan country. Double from € 200.
  • Relais Villa I Bossi B&B [21] Arezzo, Tel. +39 0575 365642 Fax +39 0575 964900 E-mail [email protected] Bed and Breakfast in Tuscany, in a relais with a beautiful and quiet Italian-style gardens with two swimming pool.

More information

Tourism agency of Arezzo[22] - Piazza Risorgimento, 116 Tel: 0575 23952/3 Fax: 0575 28042, [email protected]

Information offices - Piazza della Repubblica, 28 Tel: 0575 377678 Fax: 0575 20839, [email protected]

Centro Accoglienza e Informazioni Turistiche - Via Ricasoli Tel: 0575 377829

Get out

Cortona and Lucignano are both within a short drive. Florence can be easily reached by train.

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