Tour of Arezzo and its history

Arezzo, the charm of Tuscany of yesteryear

With a population of 100,000 inhabitants, Arezzo is a city to be discovered and where it is pleasant to dedicate at least one day to a guided tour to enjoy the extraordinary architectural beauty of its historic center and the many artistic treasures of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in peace. Arezzo is also a city where it is pleasant to spend some time for its slow rhythms, its tranquility and relaxation, coming across many pleasant aspects of the lifestyle of the Tuscan province!

Its beautiful medieval and Renaissance historical center was immortalized by Roberto Benigni in the famous film “Life is beautiful” which won three Academy Awards in 1999.

Etruscan Arezzo: one of the oldest cities in Tuscany

Among the oldest cities in Tuscany, Arezzo has been inhabited since the 8th-7th century BC. by the Etruscans and then by the Romans as evidenced by the numerous finds found and preserved in the Archeological Museum “C.C. Mecenate”. The remains of the Roman amphitheater of Arezzo testify to its importance in the imperial age when Caio Cilnio Mecenate, famous Minister of Culture of Augustus was born there, so much so that the word “maecenas” is still used in all modern languages to define a protector and financier of the arts.

Poets, writers, musicians and artists born in Arezzo

Arezzo was also the birthplace of Guido Monaco or Guido d’Arezzo, inventor in the 11th century. of musical notes, by Francesco Petrarca, Giorgio Vasari and Pietro Aretino. Given the wealth of works of art concentrated in its historic center, the guided tours of Arezzo and the tours of Arezzo allow you to discover the charm of this city still outside the mass tourist circuits.

Tour Details

Cosa vedrete durante la visita guidata di Arezzo

  • Piazza San Francesco with the exterior of the church of San Francesco which houses the frescoes by Piero della Francesca with the “Legend of the True Cross”
  • Piazza Grande, the beautiful sloping medieval square symbol of Arezzo surrounded by tower-houses which hosts the “Giostra del Saracino- The Saracen Joust” twice a year
  • The Loggias of Vasari in Piazza Grande
  • The Palazzo della Fraternita dei Laici with the sixteenth-century astronomical clock
  • The Cathedral of Arezzo with the stained glass windows by Guillaume de Marcillat
  • The fresco with the “Maddalena” by Piero della Francesca in the Cathedral
  • The church of San Domenico with the “Crucifix” by Cimabue

Expert guide and art historian

History, art and architecture tour