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The Old Town of Arezzo

Discover the Old Town of Arezzo, a place steeped in charm and history that stands majestically on the hills that separate the Arno Valley from the Val di Chiana. The Old Town of Arezzo is truly a treasure of medieval and Renaissance monuments, where every stone tells a story of centuries of culture.
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The Old Town of Arezzo

The Old Town of Arezzo is certainly the nerve centre of the city:  built on the slope of a hill that stretches between the Arno Valley and the Val di Chiana,Arezzo  is one of the cities with the greatest number of medieval and Renaissance monuments. Here, in fact,  one can admire artistic and architectural beauties, the numerous churches, galleries, palaces , museums and much  more.

If you want to reach the Old Town of Arezzo by car, after exiting the Arezzo highway tollgate – which is about 10 kilometres from the city centre – you will have to park your vehicle in one of the numerous car parks, some of which you have to pay for, others completely free of charge. All parking lots are located in strategic and convenient points to reach the city centre in a short time.

I suggest you opt for the Pietri car park located on Via Pietri, as it is always open and has both paid and free parking spaces. Alternatively, you can choose from the paid Multipiano Mecenate car park, which is open 24 hours a day, the paid Piazza del Popolo car park, the Baldaccio car park, the Eden car park, the one located in Piazza A. Fanfani , the one located in Viale A. Fanfani Fanfani or the one located in Viale Piero della Francesca.

Buildings of Cultural Interest in the Old Town of Arezzo

Once you reach the heart of the city, I suggest you visit some cultural buildings, churches and museums including:

  • The Fortezza Medicea located in Viale B. Buozzi, is a building built by the flourishing Medici family in the 1500s. It is currently used as a public park
  • The Museo Diocesiano located behind the Duomo, where you can appreciate numerous works by Giorgio Vasari and Bartolomeo Della Gatta
  • The Palazzo della Fraternità dei Laici in Piazza Grande, built in different styles and eras
  • Piazza Grande or Vasari, the oldest square in Arezzo
  • The Casa Vasari, in Via XX Settembre, where you can admire the decorations made by the famous painter
  • The Palazzo del Priore, seat of the Town Hall, in Piazza della Libertà, a 14th-century building with a quadrangular tower and an imposing loggia. Here you can appreciate frescoes by Teofilo Torri and Parri di Spinello as well as some works by Giorgio Vasari
  • The Gallerie di Arte Contemporanea, at the Palazzo Ciocchi in Via S. Lorentino, houses Aretine masterpieces from the 13th and 14th centuries
  • The Praetorian Palace in Via Dei Pileati, on the building you can see the various coats of arms of the podestà of Florence
  • The House of Petrarch, in Via dell’Orto, where the illustrious poet was born, was rebuilt and restored in the 16th century
  • The Roman Amphitheatre, although located outside the historical centre, more precisely between Via Crispi and Via Margaritore, is well worth a visit. Made of sandstone and bricks, it dates back to the 1st century AD. I suggest you do not overlook the Archaeological Museum, created in 1822 by the Fraternita dei Laice, located on a part of this building

Churches, Basilicas and Sacred Art

  • The Duomo, a Gothic church, is located on the highest point of Arezzo’s hill. It was built at the end of the 13th century according to a design by Margaritone at the request of the Bishop of Arezzo and finished in the 16th century. Inside you will find impressive masterpieces of art
  • The Basilica of St. Francis, a must for anyone visiting Arezzo thanks to the famous frescoes by Piero della Francesca
  • The Church of S. Maria della Pieve, in Corso Italia, is in Romanesque style; construction began after 1140 and was completed in the early 1300s
  • The Church of S. Maria in Gradi, located in the square of the same name, was built in the 16th century according to a design by Bartolomeo Ammannati
  • The Church of Santa Annunziata, in Via Garibaldi, is in Renaissance style with three naves. It was designed by Bartolomeo della Gatta and finished by Antonio Sangallo
  • century AD. I suggest you do not overlook the Archaeological Museum, created in 1822 thanks to the Fraternita dei Laici, located on a part of this building

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