Central Tuscany: Arezzo

The “Inside Tuscany: A Second Time Around” Series


Revised and Expanded for 2016 through 2017

Enjoy setting up a base and living in a hill town.

To learn about Tuscany I suggest that you set up a base and live in a Tuscan hill town, if only for a few days. Here you discover the hill town of Arezzo, about 60 km southeast of Florence. Arezzo is large enough to have a lot to offer and small enough to maintain its age old traditions.

This is the most comprehensive English guidebook available and helps you . . .

    1. BulletLearn about the culture and festivals in Tuscany.

    2. BulletFind a place to stay by providing information on an agriturismo, a hotel, and a B&B.

    3. BulletEat at good restaurants and pizzerias.

    4. BulletUse GPS coordinates to find your way around.

    5. BulletOrder caffè in a bar.

    6. BulletParticipate in the evening passeggiata and local Saturday market.

    7. BulletDecode religious art.

    8. BulletEat at the best osteria in Arezzo, La Capannaccia.

    9. BulletGet an idea on the mobile accessibility of sites.

    10. BulletCook with 15 authentic recipes from my Italian cousins.

  1. Advantages of Arezzo:

  2. BulletLocation. Arezzo is nicely located for getting further into Tuscany. It's a short 45 minute train ride to Florence; 30 minutes by car from Cortona; 60 minutes from the Val d'Orcia where many of the wonderful sites of Tuscany lie, including the monastery of Sant'Antimo, where the monks still sing their daily prayers in the Gregorian Chant; 60 minutes to Montepulciano; and 90 minutes from the famous wine region of Chianti. On the western side of Arezzo is Ponte Buriano, the bridge in the background of the Mona Lisa.

  3. BulletJust the Right Size. Arezzo is large enough to have a lot to offer in terms of culture, churches, museums, art, hotels, shopping, and restaurants; yet small enough to maintain age old traditions like closing for lunch, the evening passeggiata, Saturday markets, and Medieval festivals.

  4. BulletLess Expensive. With Florence only 45 minutes away by train, you can stay in Arezzo for less. Moderately priced hotels and agriturismi abound, along with excellent restaurants.

  5. BulletArt Treasures. The Basilica di San Francesco houses Piero della Francesca's greatest work, The Legend of the True Cross. You can find works by many of the great Renaissance artists, e.g., Spinello, della Robbia, Vasari, and Marcillat, in the churches and the State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art.

  6. BulletFestivals and Markets. Arezzo hosts a monthly Antique Fair, considered by many to be the most important in Italy with over 200 dealers winding all around the old city center. Twice a year the four neighborhoods compete in the Joust of the Saracino, complete with full Medieval regalia. Every evening the locals walk up and down Corso Italia in the passeggiata to visit with friends before dinner. Saturday mornings are for the large open air market selling everything from food to shoes to toys to kitchen wares.

Arezzo Churches:

  1. BulletPieve della Santa Maria

  2. BulletIl Duomo

  3. BulletBasilica di San Francesco

  4. BulletBasilica di San Domenico

  5. BulletChiesa di Sant’Agostino

  6. BulletChiesa della Santa Maria in Gradi

  7. BulletChiesa della Santa Maria delle Grazie

  8. BulletBadia dell Sante Flora e Lucilla

  9. BulletChiesa della Santissima Annunziata

  10. BulletChiesa di San Bernardo

Arezzo Museums and Sites:

  1. BulletCasa Museo di Ivan Bruschi

  2. BulletMuseo Archeologico

  3. BulletTelecommunications Museum

  4. BulletCasa Museo di Giorgio Vasari

  5. BulletMuseo Statale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna

  6. BulletRoman Amphitheater

  7. BulletPiazza Grande

  8. BulletIl Prato and La Fortezza Medicea

  9. BulletBiblioteca

  10. BulletCasa Petrarca

  11. BulletMuseo Mudas — the Diocesan Museum

  12. BulletPalazzo del Comune

  13. BulletPonte Buriano, the bridge in da Vinci’s Mona Lisa

© 2015 Scott Grabinger

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Praise from Readers:

I was delighted to find your book on the area on Amazon before our visit earlier this month.

We went to Arezzo a few years ago, but this time, armed with your guidebook we visited again. I wanted to let you know how helpful the book was. I had not noticed the bas-reliefs on the barrel vault of the main door of Pieve Santa Maria or visited the Museo Ivan Bruschi before, let alone the Telecommunications Museum which, like you, we stumbled on unexpectedly.

I just finished your book and wanted to tell you I enjoyed it very much. I am planning to go to the Tuscany area next June for a wedding and it gave me a lot of usual information. Because of your book I plan on setting up shop in Arezzo for a few days.

I have your guide books which have been very useful.


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