Your Authentic Tuscan Experience Off the Beaten Path
Itinerary for half-day (morning or afternoon) :
14 St. Francis Church (frescoes by Piero della Francesca ) - 10 Parish of St. Mary -5 / C -9 Praetorian Palace Piazza Grande Casa del Petrarca -6 -5 -4 Town Hall Cathedral Church of St. Dominic -1 -39 Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie .
Itinerary for the day :
Morning: 14 St. Francis Church (frescoes by Piero della Francesca ) - 3 Church of Annunciation -36 -1 Vasari's House Church of St. Dominic Cathedral -4 -5 -6 Town Hall House of Petrarch.
Afternoon: 8 Praetorian Palace Medici Fortress -9 -5 / C -10 Piazza Grande Parish of St. Mary - Roman Amphitheater 21 -39 Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie .
Itinerary for two days :
Morning: 14 St. Francis Church (frescoes by Piero della Francesca ) - 11 Church of SS . Flora and Lucilla in B. - 3 Church of Annunciation -35 -2 Modern Medieval Museum and the Church of S. Maria in Gradi -36 Vasari's House .
Afternoon: 1 Church of St. Dominic Cathedral -4 -6 -8 Medici Fortress House of Petrarch Praetorian Palace -9 -5 / C -10 Piazza Grande Church S. Maria della Pieve - 31 Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi ( Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo ) .
Morning: Roman Amphitheater 21 -38 -39 Archaeological Museum Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie .
2. Giorgio Vasari's House
3. Town Hall Building
6. Petrarch's House
7. Piazza Grande
8. The Pieve
9. Church of S. Francesco
10. Church of SS. Flora and Lucilla
11. Church of SS. Annunziata
12. National Museum of Art
13. Church of Santa Maria in Gradi
14. Roman Anphitheatre
15. Archeological Museum
16. Guido Monaco Square
17. Sanctuary of S.Maria delle Grazie
1. Where we are?
Arezzo Area is in the heart of Tuscany between the Florence Area and Siena Area. It's linked at east with the green Umbria and at north with Emilia-Romagna . It's crossed by Arno River (Florence's River) and Tevere River (Rome's River). It has 4 valleys: Valdarno, Valdichiana, Casentino, Valtiberina.
How to get here:
Take the autostrada A1.
Take Italian Railway going from Milan to Napoli
2. Festivals and Events
Antiques Fair at Arezzo
Time: The fair takes place on the first Sunday (and preciding Saturday) of every month in the historic town centre. Transformed into a large market place full of stalls, the center is crowded with antique dealers, collectors, onlookers and tourists. More than 500 antiques exhibitors come from all over Italy to meet here in Italy's oldest and most famous antiques fair.
(The Antiques fair at Cortona)
Time: August each year
Location: The antiques fair takes place in Cortona, a medieval dem in Tuscany. The fair has a charming and nostalgic atmosphere and is held in the prestigious setting of an ancient palace.
La Giostra del Saracino di Arezzo
Time: 3rd saturday of june and 1st sunday of september.
This historical commemoration of an ancient joust is a unique and essential event for the citizens of Arezzo and attracts many visitors. Dating from the 14th Century the Giostra is held in the splendid setting of Piazza Grande
Crossbow shooting at Sansepolcro
Time: 2nd Sunday of September. This event is highly characteristic of Sansepolcro and evokes the ancient military exercise of cross bow shooting. Every year since 1951 the town centre has recreated the magical atmophere of its Renaissance period. in the costumes based on those originally painted by Piero della Francesca, people waving flags parade in front of the crossbow competition to the accompaniment of drums and trumpets.The whole event is in honor of St. Egidio.
I suggest You to visit Lucignano (on the way to Montepulciano), a small but really beautiful medieval village, set on the summit of a gentle hill in the Val di Chiana, on the border between the provinces of Arezzo and Siena, where on 27th May 2012 it will take place the "Maggiolata", the May Festival with its marvelous parade, a procession of symbolic allegorical floats adorned with flowers (a reconfirmation of the ancient celebrations for the new spring and summer seasons after the long winter period) and with the participation of musical and folk groups that come from all over Italy and also from abroad. For more information You may also visit the "Maggiolata" web site.
5. Food & Wine Tour
In Castiglion Fibocchi area there are several vineyards, first of all those of my father in law just close to the apartment which is really surrounded by vineyards.
We also recommend You to visit the vineyards and wineries of two of our friends:
- "Belardini" winery, little but beautiful and close to the apartment
- "Tenuta la Pineta" whose owner is available to make a tour of the vineyards and winery. Normally he requires Euro 10,00/person.
We suggetst another important winery Il Borro
Both wineries make parts of the "Strada del Vino" (wine roads) association.
Siena area is really very beautiful and optimal for a wine tour.
Montepulciano is very famous for the "Nobile" wine.
There are several wineries to visit in Montepulciano area. I give You the address of a web site, in English, where You can find a list of wineries in Montepulciano area and make Your choice.
Note that on Sunday 27th May 2012 there will be the event "Cantine Aperte" (Open Wineries) where You can visit the wineries usually at a lower price.