Things to do in Arezzo

Things to do in  Arezzo

Silver screen splendor

It comes as no surprise that Arezzo was chosen as the setting for Roberto Benigni’s award-winning film, Life Is Beautiful—its mix of blockbuster architecture and small-town charm is made for the silver screen. Visitors get their fill of art and culture admiring the city’s Loggia Vasariana, Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, and Piero della Francesca frescoes. Set in Tuscany’s culinary heart, Arezzo is also a popular spot for wine tours, cooking classes, and day trips to foodie hot spots like Cortona, Pienza, and the hilltop villages of Chianti.

Top 4 attractions in Arezzo

Arezzo Piazza Grande

Arezzo is famous for its monthly antique market, the oldest in Italy, that takes over the sweeping Piazza Grande in the heart of the old town. Even those who aren’t on a hunt for antique treasures will enjoy visiting this medieval public square lined with handsome palaces and loggias dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries.More


The UNESCO-listed village of Pienza was little more than a sleepy Tuscan hamlet until the 15th-century reign of Pope Pius II. The pontiff enlisted the help of architect Bernardo Rossellino to transform his hometown village (previously called Corsignano) into an ideal Renaissance city full of stunning architecture.More

Santa Margherita Basilica (Basilica di Santa Margherita)

Overlooking Cortona is one of this lovely Tuscan Hilltown’s many architectural treasures, the Santa Margherita Basilica (Basilica di Santa Margherita). The church, with a history dating to the 13th century, boasts an imposing neo-Gothic façade and lavish interior, and the preserved body of its namesake, St. Margaret, still rests within.More

Prada Outlet

Italian style is famous the world over, and one of the most recognized fashion labels from Italy is Prada. To find this popular designer’s chic bags, shoes, and clothing at discounts of up to 50 percent off retail prices, head to the large Prada outlet (aka Space) just outside of Florence.More
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All about Arezzo

When to visit

Despite its movie-set-ready medieval center, Arezzo never sees the hordes of summer tourists that flood other Tuscan towns. This means you can soak in its sleepy small-town atmosphere even in the peak months, which are sandwiched between the city’s Joust of the Saracen festivals in June and September. Alternatively, visit in the spring or fall, when temperatures are milder, and enjoy people-watching from a cool café table in Piazza Grande.

Getting around

The pocket-sized historic center of Arezzo is best explored on foot; there are parking lots just outside the center where you can leave your car. If you’re arriving by train, and you don’t want to walk the .6-mile (1-km) uphill trip to the old town, you can take the AT bus from Piazza Guido Monaco. Arezzo also offers bike-sharing services, which are available the train station and other locations, but the steep streets can be challenging for all but the most experienced cyclists.

Traveler tips

Arezzo hosts one of Italy’s most popular antique markets on the first Sunday and preceding Saturday of each month. Set in the Piazza Grande, the Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo has been operating for 50 years and boasts antique and vintage art, furniture, knick-knacks, and everything in between. For the best browsing (and the best parking), arrive first thing in the morning. These market weekends are particularly lively, which can make for a fun visit, but you’ll want to avoid them if you’d prefer to stay away from crowds.


People Also Ask

What is Arezzo known for?

With its intact medieval old town and handsome main square, Arezzo is known for its historic Tuscan charm. The town hosts one of Italy’s most popular antique markets on the first weekend of each month, and its churches and museums are stuffed with Renaissance masterpieces.

How do you get around Arezzo, Italy?

Much of the compact old town in Arezzo is closed to vehicle traffic making it easy to get around on foot. Though it is set on a scenic hilltop, most of the town has gentle slopes that are less daunting than the steep lanes of other Tuscan hill towns.

How many days is enough for Arezzo?

You can take in Arezzo’s main sights, such as the Loggia Vasariano and Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, admire Piero della Francesca’s frescoes in the Church of San Francesco and Cathedral, plus browse the shops and relax over an authentic Tuscan lunch a single day.

Where is the train station in Arezzo, Italy?

Arezzo’s train station sits at the foot of the old town. The heart of the historic center is about half a mile (1 kilometer) uphill. The walk is pleasant, and you can take it slowly, but there is also a local bus that departs from nearby Piazza Guido Monaco.

What else is nearby Arezzo?

There are a number of charming historic hill towns that sit within striking distance of Arezzo, including Siena, Pienza, Montalcino, Montepulciano, and Cortona. The Chianti hills and their famed vineyards extend north of the town, where you can enjoy tours and tastings at landmark wineries.

Is Arezzo worth visiting?

Yes, Arezzo is worth visiting. Other Tuscan towns can be overrun by visitors in summer, but Arezzo is slightly off the tourist track and has retained a quiet, authentic atmosphere. There is just enough art and architecture to fill a day, plus local shops and restaurants to explore.

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