There are about 100,000 inhabitants in Arezzo, which is one of the main tourist attractions in Tuscany.Our picturesque vicinities go from the valley of the Val di Chiana to the hills of Castiglion Fiorentino to the highlands of the Apennines.
Its privileged location makes Arezzo an excellent starting point for exploring central Italy. Florence, Siena and Perugia are less than an hour drive away.
Arezzo is home to many masterpieces of the past: in the cathedral you can find the fourteenth century tomb of Pope Gregory X and the painting of Mary Magdalene by Piero della Francesca. In the church of San Domenico, founded in 1275, sits the Crucifix by Cimabue; and the fresco “The Legend of the True Cross” by Piero della Francesca is hosted by the Bacci Chapel, the Basilica of San Francesco.
Works of Vasari and Pietro da Cortona may be admired at the Church of SS. Annunziata. Among other places of interest are reminiscent of the Roman amphitheater, Petrarca’s house, the Fortezza Medicea, the Lodges of Vasari and Piazza Grande.
Between the years 1986 and 2006 Arezzo hosted major rock Italian event Arezzo Wave, which is nowadays the itinerant event known as Italy Wave. For the last five years the city has hold Play Arezzo Art Festival, having had performances of renowned artists such as Negrita, Ben Harper, Subsonica, Patty Smith and many others.
The astonishing beauty of Arezzo and its province were locations to movies like: “The Cyclone” (1996), “Life is Beautiful” (1997) and “Under the Tuscan Sun” (2004).
You may also enjoy yourself paying a visit to our museums:
Archeological Museum State Gaius Maecenas Cilnio
Municipal Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Arezzo)
State Museum of Medieval and Modern Art
House-Museum “Ivan Bruschi”
Arezzo is a stone throw from other amasingly interesting cities in Tuscany such as Florence (1h by train), Siena (15 min E 1h by bus), Cortona (25min by car), Pisa and Lucca, among others. A short trip by train will take you to Rome (1h and 30 min) where you have all the fun offered by a big town and also enjoy the quiet and typical scenery of the Tuscan countryside which are frame to the city (Casentino, Val di Chiana, Val d’Orcia, Val Tiberina, Chianti, etc.).