Visit Stunning Arezzo
Known for its Piazza Grande, this former Etruscan trade hub was overtaken by the Roman Empire and later bombed during World War Two, but those misfortunes have only made Arezzo stronger over time. Its historic center is truly a sight to behold.
The entire city oozes historic charm that is sure to be a delight while you stay at your holiday home in Arezzo. Arezzo lies just southeast of Florence, making it a popular tourist destination for a day trip.
The heart of Arezzo resides in Piazza Grande, the town center that sits on an incline. On the first Sunday of every month, Piazza Grande is transformed into the ultimate antique flea market. Locals and tourists alike flock to the sloping square to fight the crowds and get their hands on some unique items.
Popular items sold at this popup antique market include coins, clocks, and fine china. If you are a shopaholic, be sure to visit Arezzo on first Sunday. It is an interesting experience you don't want to miss out on!
One structure that points to Arezzo's history is the Medici Fortress. Under construction from 1538 to 1560, the magnificent fortress sits behind the city walls. From the top of the fortress, you can experience a roof-top view of Arezzo.
The fortress is a token of the city's turbulent past, but no less a sight to be seen. The French attempted to tear down the fortress in 1800. Evidence of an explosion is still obvious on the west side.
Another draw of Arezzo is its stunning Renaissance art. Located in the Basilica di San Francesco is a renowned fresco that depicts The Legend of the True Cross. Painted by Piero della Francesca, this 1466 masterpiece explains that the wood of the Cross originated in the Garden of Eden.
For more Renaissance wonder, Giorgio Vasari’s Renaissance home hosts detailed interiors from the period that are simply spectacular.
Don't be surprised if you see medieval jousters in the town square. Once a military custom, jousting has become a cultural tradition in Arezzo. Jousters from each neighborhood in Arezzo train year-round to compete in the Saracen Joust. This festive event takes place in June and September. All the participants dress in period attire. Crests and team colors are displayed gallantly in the square.
Your trip to Arezzo wouldn't be complete without visiting the Arezzo Cathedral. This Gothic cathedral sits boldly atop one of Arezzo's highest points. You will marvel at the interior as you tour the church. The baptismal features a relief by Donatello. Sunlight streams in through the stained glass and lights up the church. The Arezzo cathedral is home to a fresco of Mary Magdalene painted by Piero della Francesca.
If you are looking for a place to relax when the square gets busy, feel free to take a stroll through Parco Sandro Pertini. This park is well-shaded, making it a great place for an afternoon lunch. There is also a cycling trail that you can ride on in the lovely Arezzo climate.
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