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Exploring the Treasures of Arezzo
Exploring the Treasures of Arezzo
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Arezzo is another must-see destination in the eastern edge of Tuscany, Italy. Its historic center is a delight to explore, with plenty of centuries-old buildings lining its cobblestone streets. Shopping enthusiasts will also find special treats in the area with the thriving industries of gold,…

Arezzo is another must-see destination in the eastern edge of Tuscany, Italy. Its historic center is a delight to explore, with plenty of centuries-old buildings lining its cobblestone streets. Shopping enthusiasts will also find special treats in the area with the thriving industries of gold, jewelry and clothing, among others. And, those who are passionate about art will find an abundance of reason to celebrate in this wonderful medieval city.

The nearest airports are those located in Rome and Milan. From these major cities, you can take the train or the bus and get to Arezzo in a little over an hour – make sure to take the express trains and not the interregionale trains. Once you get to the Arezzo train station, you are just a short walk away from the historic center, just follow the central via del Corso to get there.

If you love to shop, you are most likely going to spend plenty of time along via del Corso because there is a plethora of elegant and fancy boutiques along the way. You will also pass by quaint and charming trattorias, gelaterias, pizzerias and cafes. So, you can be sure to have your eyes and stomach full while exploring the treasures of Arezzo.

The city is home to some of the greatest artists, poets, artists and playwrights in Italy. Witness the vestiges of these great minds as you wander around the historic city and celebrate the gift of genius and remarkable creativity they have left behind.

Indulge in six centuries of remarkable architecture at Piazza Grande. This atmospheric square is flanked by 12th to 13th century houses, impressive palazzi and their soaring towers, and the magnificent Santa Maria della Pieve – lauded to be one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture. Other structures worth checking out in the area are the gothic and renaissance architectural mix of the Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laid, the 18th century courthouse and the 16th century Logge del Vasari.

Arezzo’s churches and cathedrals are also treasure troves of history and art. You can explore the 13th century Duomo and marvel at the spectacular stained glass windows of Marcillat. Walk around the cathedral’s impressive interiors and survey its collection of highly valuable art masterpieces. Another church worth a visit is San Dominico, also dating back to the 13th century and home to 14th – 15th century frescoes. Finally, there is the 13th century Gothic church of San Francesco which features an awe-inspiring nave and outstanding frescoes of the Legend of the True Cross.

If you are a fan of Roberto Begnini’s film, La Vita e Bella, then you will have a grand time reminiscing scenes from the movie as you walk around the historic center, following signs depicting photos of the scenes shot on location.

Finally, the Antiques Fair is very popular among visitors and locals alike in this area. It takes place on the first Sunday of the month (and the Saturday immediately before it), when Piazza Grande is chock-full of hundreds of stalls selling antiques and knick-knacks of all kinds. You can spend hours on end browsing through the goods or simply strolling around enjoying the vibrant atmosphere which is Arezzo.

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