Arezzo: mappa del centro storico

The Surroundings of Arezzo: discover with Antiche Mura the Wonders of Tuscany

Ready to discover the surroundings of Arezzo? Antiche Mura stands in the heart of the Old Town, but our location is also ideal for visiting the surroundings of Arezzo and all the wonders Tuscany has to offer. The surrounding countryside hides treasures of inestimable value, ranging from Medieval and Renaissance villages to paths that immerse themselves in the most unspoiled Nature. A stay at B&B Antiche Mura will allow you to easily reach so many locations and explore the beauty of the Lands of Arezzo and its surroundings. You can explore from the nearest Four Valleys of Aretino to world-famous cities such as Siena and Florence.

Enjoy Florence…from Arezzo!

Florence is so easy to visit by being based at Antiche Mura that it comes to a paradox: we recommend that you stay in Arezzo to take in the sights of Florence! In fact, in Arezzo you can take a train that runs hourly and leaves you directly in the heart of the historic center of the world’s most famous Renaissance city. You will notice substantial financial savings by choosing not to stay in the center of Florence.

These reasons, combined with our passionate love for our land, prompted us to write this little guide. Read on to discover all the wonderful places you can explore by being based here at B&B Antiche Mura!

The Surroundings of Arezzo : The Casentino Valley. Marvel at the Pievi and Castles

La Valle del Casentino: meravigliatevi tra Pievi e Castelli

Casentino Valley is located north of Arezzo and offers you an enormous wealth of attractions, from the natural wonders of its landscapes to the villages that enchant at first glance to the peaks of the Tuscan Apennine Mountains teeming with ancient parish churches. Passing through villages where you will feel as if you are traveling back in time. The “Parco Nazionale delle foreste Casentinesi” (Casentino’s Forests National park)  is one of the largest natural parks in Tuscany, as well as being home to unique ancient chestnut trees. Casentino is a magical place, so rich in legends and traditions that it is difficult to describe in a few words. This Valley offers a very important perspective on the history of Tuscany and its medieval and Renaissance periods, linked to the struggles between the Signorie before the advent of the Grand Duchy.

Here is a list of things to see in Casentino : the Conti Guidi Castle in the Borgo di Poppi-it was home to Dante Alighieri-the Piana di Campaldino, the Pieve di Romena, and Pratomagno. Noteworthy towns such as Pratovecchio, Stia, Bibbiena with their hamlets surrounded by greenery.

The Surroundings of Arezzo: The Val di Chiana. From the shores of Lake Trasimeno to villages rich in history.

La Val di Chiana : dalle rive del Lago Trasimeno ai Borghi ricchi di storia

The beautiful Val di Chiana valley unfolds south of Arezzo, in an area rich in breathtaking scenery and charming villages. Cortona, with its vast historical and cultural heritage, holds eighteen areas of considerable archaeological interest, from the ancient Etruscan Tombs to the Pierle Fortress. Walking through the narrow streets of Castiglion Fiorentino, the medieval essence envelops every step, bringing to life a history that has never completely faded away. A visit to Lake Trasimeno, on the border with Umbria, offers unforgettable views that are fixed in the heart.

You can’t miss these things to see in Val di Chiana : Chiusi, Montepulciano, Sarteano, the Canale Maestro della Chiana. Noteworthy are Monte San Savino, the Museum of the Etruscan Academy of Cortona (MAEC) , Chianciano Terme and Lucignano.

Valtiberina is a beautiful valley east of Arezzo that will leave you amazed.Sansepolcro stands out in the valley for the artistic and cultural wealth it holds . Not far away are the historic walls of Anghiari and charming villages such as Pieve Santo Stefano, famous for its National Diary Archive and the well-known Pieve Prize. In this valley, among ancient parish churches and castles, paths open up that narrate distant eras, offering breathtaking itineraries. Michelangelo, Master of the Renaissance, was born here in the almost namesake village of Caprese Michelangelo. Piero della Francesca, born in Borgo San Sepolcro, masterfully captured the space and light of the region in his works.

Don’t miss these other things to see in Valtiberina: Montauto Castle, Alpe della Luna and Badia Tedalda. Don’t miss the Borgo di Sestino and the Hermitage of Cerbaiolo.

The Surroundings of Arezzo: the Valdarno. Valley from the Florentine Past

Il Valdarno : Vallata Dal Passato Fiorentino

Valdarno, between Arezzo and Florence, is a true Tuscan treasure. Situated between the peaks of Pratomagno and the Chianti hills, the Valley offers ancient villages and spectacular views. The Castle of Sammezzano represents an excellence of Arab art unique to Tuscany. Figline Valdarno boasts a historic center reveals the charm of the Renaissance. Castelfranco di Sopra will introduce you to the impressive Balze del Valdarno, almost otherworldly geological formations. Loro Ciuffenna is home to the oldest watermill in all of Tuscany, still operating today. Finally, San Giovanni Valdarno and Terranuova Bracciolini evoke historic Florentine rule.

Don’t miss these other interesting sights in Valdarno: Pieve di Gropina, Pieve di San Romolo in Gaville and Vallombrosa. Right here you will find the Abbey of San Giovanni Gualberto , and then Bandella Reserve and  Palazzo d’Arnolfo.

The Surroundings of Arezzo : the Val d’Orcia and the beauty of the Sienese territory

La Val d'Orcia : le bellezze del territorio senese

Val d’Orcia is the pride of the province of Siena and offers extraordinary landscapes and wonderful medieval villages such as Montalcino and Pienza. The Valley takes its name from the Orcia River, which runs through it and sculpts it. In the region you will be able to enjoy not only the view, but also the palate. In fact, here you will find such excellences as Pecorino di Pienza or the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino. In Val d’Orcia you will also discover sites of historical interest such as the Velona Castle or the Borgo di San Quirico d’Orcia. A unique experience is offered by the Historic Railway, which organizes trips on steam trains. The Val d’Orcia is also the territory of Eroica, a cycling sporting event that takes place on country roads. The area also shows the passage of the Via Francigena , which testifies to its historical importance of national and European character. Val d’Orcia, as a symbol of the Renaissance, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

What to see in Val D’Orcia

Other things to see in Val d’Orcia are the Chapel of Vitaleta, Pieve di San Quirico, Horti Leonini, the Casseri Tower, and Bagno Vignoni. Also noteworthy are the Bosco di Cipressi on the Via Cassia, Montalcino, Sant’Antimo and the Quercia delle Checche.

The Chianti Valley : Between Wine and Spectacular Landscapes

La Valle del Chianti : tra Vino e paesaggi spettacolari

The famous Chianti Valley covers a vast area that includes the territories of Arezzo, Siena and Florence. In addition to the acclaimed wine of the same name, the region offers countless other small and invaluable treasures to discover. Chianti is characterized by rolling hills crowned with cypress trees, where the landscape is colored in shades of green and yellow. This valley represents a flagship of Tuscany, preserving authenticity and traditions that will leave you fascinated. The Chianti Valley obviously sees the passage of the Strada del Vino (Wine Road), but the Strada dell’Olio (Olive Oil Road) is not to be outdone, representing another production of excellence throughout Tuscany. The landscapes in the Chianti Valley have been thrilling for centuries : these very territories are represented in important Renaissance works , foremost among them Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which is portrayed with Chianti in the background.

Don’t miss these things to see in the Chianti Valley : Meleto Castle, Greve in Chianti, Gaiole in Chianti, Chianti Sculpture Park, Brolio Castle and Castellina in Chianti.

Florence: World Capital of the Renaissance

Firenze: Capitale Mondiale del Rinascimento

Florence is a city so famous for its beauty that it would need little introduction. The city holds numerous churches, basilicas and cathedrals filled with unparalleled works of art, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, simply “the Duomo of Florence,” the Uffizi Gallery or the famous Baptistery. Its Duomo, with its white and green marble facade, leaves stunned entire crowds of visitors who pass through the city every year, while Brunelleschi’s Dome shows us, still after centuries, the power of human will.
Florence is very close to Arezzo, and as mentioned at the beginning of this page Antiche Mura turns out to be more practical and economical than staying in Florence itself to take in its sights.

Other things to see in Florence are the famous and inimitable Ponte Vecchio , Crypt of Santa Reparata, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio with its “Vasari Corridor,” Boboli Gardens, Museo degli Argenti, Botticelli’s famous Venus, Caravaggio’s Shield with the Head of Medusa, and Leonardo Da Vinci’s splendid Annunciation.

Siena, the red earth of Italy’s most famous Palio.

Siena, la Terra Rossa del Palio più famoso d'Italia

Siena is a city where deciding what to admire is not easy given the breadth of options. Indeed, this city of ancient charm offers countless wonders. In the heart of the city’s historic center stands Piazza del Campo, dominated by the Torre del Mangia, which towers over the per se beautiful Palazzo Comunale di Siena. The outskirts and countryside of Siena offer us vineyards and olive groves that tell stories of times gone by. This city is also home to the famous Palio di Siena , a tradition deeply rooted in the hearts of the Sienese that certainly deserves to be experienced and witnessed directly.

Here for you a list of things to see in Siena : the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta , Basilica Cateriniana of San Domenico, National Picture Gallery,  Baptistery, the Palazzo Pubblico and its Civic Museum and finally the Fonte Gaia in Piazza del Campo.

Antiche Mura: ideal base for your tour of Tuscany

A stay in the heart of Arezzo’s historic center opens a range of opportunities to curious travelers ready to explore. As you have been able to read in this section of our website, the wonders near the “Ancient Walls” are countless, even going outside the city walls. Whether you wish to stroll through the streets of small neighboring Borghi or want to broaden your horizons to more distant areas d towns Antichemura is the ideal support point for your Tuscan tour. The beauty and culture of the area span millennia of history, reflecting the different eras that have shaped the essence of Arezzo and Tuscany in general.

The B&B “Antiche Mura” is excited to offer you these small, detailed guides specific to each area of interest.  At Antichemura we want to support each visitor in building a unique experience. By choosing our B&B you will be sure to find a team dedicated to your satisfaction.

The riches of the surroundings of Arezzo are at your fingertips, and with a pinch of curiosity, you will discover priceless treasures of art, history and world-famous culinary traditions .