Situated in the east of the region, Arezzo is surrounded by some beautiful rural areas and if you book your self catering property in Tuscany in this province you can look forward to relaxing strolls and bike rides through the countryside.
But you can also expect to enjoy a fascinating day trip to the provincial capital, which was the most powerful city in Tuscany during Medieval times. It was overtaken by Florence during the Renaissance, but it won’t take you long after you arrive in Arezzo to appreciate how wealthy it must have been during the Middle Ages.
Many of the structures from that period have been immaculately preserved, as you will see as you wander through the narrow, winding streets of the upper part of this hillside city to reach the sloping Piazza Grande.
This red brick square was the centre of the old city and has magnificent period buildings on all sides. The 13th century Episcopal Palace, apse of the Santa Maria della Pieve church and Palace of the Lay Fraternity are all well worth seeing, as is Giorgio Vasari’s 16th century Vasari Loggia.
The Piazza Grande also plays host to one of Arezzo’s most famous events, the Joust of the Saracen. The festival, which is held on the first weekends of June and September, sees local people dressing in Medieval costumes as they watch knights take part in a series of contests to decide which part of the city wins The Golden Lance.
Arezzo Cathedral is another attraction you will not want to miss. Although the facade is no match for some of the great Italian duomos, the interior is stunning, with a remarkable marble arch dedicated to St Donatus, the tomb of Pope Gregory IX and seven stained glass windows designed by Guillaume de Marcillat.
There are plenty of great restaurants and cafes dishing up traditional Tuscan cuisine in Arezzo and you may wish to stop for a bite to eat before heading to the lower part of the city to visit the remains of a Roman amphitheatre. Alongside the site is an archaeological museum where you will be able to learn more about the city’s earliest times as an Etruscan settlement and its development under Roman control.
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