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The province of Arezzo is situated in the east of Tuscany, almost directly at the heart of Italy. Like many other provinces its capital has the same name and the area has a population of around one hundred thousand people. The city of Arezzo is one of the largest in the region and is said to have been part of the Dodecapolis; twelve cities that were thought to be of great importance by the ancient Etruscans who used to occupy Tuscany.
It remains a busy tourist area today and many people head there each year to get a glimpse of its history and multiple architectural delights. So whilst you base yourself at one of our beautiful Tuscan villas in Arezzo, here are a few things you could get up to in the area.
Piazza Grande –The Piazza Grand is the main square in the centre of Arezzo and houses, among other things, the historical town hall which dates right back to the 6th century. Whilst talking a gentle walk around the square you can wonder at the way restored buildings blend in effortlessly with those that have hardly been touched since they were built. The city’s medieval roots are clearly on show as the architecture transports you back to the days of old.
The Ivan Bruschi House & Museum –Ivan Bruschi was a famous artist and antiquarian who was born in Arezzo in 1920 before moving away from and then returning to the area later in life. The house in which he was born has now been transformed into a museum and has been renovated in the modern era. The museum displays works that take you through the story of Bruschi’s life whilst there are also regular exhibitions of other artists’ works from around the same era. Even if you are not particularly interested in the art on display there is a wonderful view of the city from the terrace on the top floor.
The Monasteries Of The Casentino –If you are looking for something a little bit different and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre then why not visit this hidden gem just outside of Arezzo. Not many tourists venture into this wooded area but the locals are said to be fascinated by it and many others make pilgrimaes here from around the world. The Casentino forest is one of Italy’s many national parks and so your journey towards the hidden religious ruins is sure to be a beautiful one. The most famous of these ancient Benedictine monasteries is Camaldoli which dates back to the 13th century and is definitely worth the hike.
Arezzo Cathedral –If you are yet to have your fill of stunning architecture then why not head to the main cathedral in Arezzo. The construction of this magnificent building took almost two centuries to complete and sits at the top of the hill overlooking the rest of the city. The cathedral houses many interesting sights including a beautiful fresco of Mary Magdalene and the tomb of Pope Gregory X and should definitely not be missed.