Situated in Tuscany's east and bordered by the Apennines, the Province of Arezzo
encompasses the areas of Casentino
and Val di Chiana
. Each of these, comprising unique landscapes where natural beauty blends harmoniously with historic heritage and masterpieces of art.
The Casentino Valley is surrounded by high hills with ancient woods. Along the Tosco-Emiliano Apennine is the Casentino Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna National Park
, where among steep cliffs and thick vegetation two important spiritual locations are well worth a visit: the Sanctuary of La Verna
and the Monastery of Camaldoli
The Valdarno Natural Reserve holds many surprises; its characteristic landscape is dominated by the spectacular Balze
, yellow rock formations made of stratified clay, gravel and sand that rise up in diverse shapes.
The Val di Chiana landscape is a breathtaking succession of hills and valleys that are home to fine jewels of art, particularly Monte San Savino
Situated near the border of Tuscany, the Valtiberina
preserves an untouched environment otherwise sprinkled with castles, parish churches and historic villages such as Anghiari
. A number of spots are, as yet, unexplored, including the forests of the Pratomagno
Range and numerous protected areas of local interest.
The great Italian poet Petrarch was born in Arezzo, in addition to outstanding artists the likes of Piero della Francesca, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Luca Signorelli, Pietro da Cortona and Vasari. They all left signs of their creativity and genius in Arezzo and in other nearby towns. A blend of artistic itineraries, ranging from Piero della Francesca to the Della Robbia Family, offer a chance to admire the paintings, sculptures and architecture that make even the smallest hamlets of this region unique. Here, nature and a thousand years of man’s labor come together to create a millenary masterpiece that never ceases to astonish and enchant.
Arezzo: Gold, antiques and much more
is one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany. Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits atop a hill (where else?) at the crossroads of four valleys: Val Tiberina
, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana
Arezzo has plenty of monuments, churches and museums remaining that offer visitors a chance to step back into history. The Church of San Francesco
is probably the most famous in Arezzo, with the incredible Early Renaissance fresco cycle by Piero della Francesca
depicting the Legend of the True Cross
. You should then head uphill to the Medicean Fortress
, visit the Cathedral
dedicated to San Donato, then back down to the Roman Amphitheater
and the Church of San Domenico
with the woodenCrucifix
(if you love Piero della Francesca) and the beautiful castle of Poppi
- these are just some of the most beautiful towns in the province of Arezzo that wait to be discovered on your Tuscan trip.
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Arezzo has an enormous antiques market
on the first Sunday (and preceding Saturday) of every month, centred around Piazza Grande and Piazza Vasari.