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Welcome to Arezzo

It comes as no surprise that Arezzo was chosen as the setting for Roberto Benigni’s award-winning film, Life Is Beautiful—its mix of blockbuster architecture and small-town charm is made for the silver screen. Visitors get their fill of art and culture admiring the city’s Loggia Vasariana, Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, and Piero della Francesca frescoes. Set in Tuscany’s culinary heart, Arezzo is also a popular spot for wine tours, cooking classes, and day trips to foodie hot spots like Cortona, Pienza, and the hilltop villages of Chianti.

Top 2 attractions in Arezzo

Arezzo Piazza Grande

Arezzo is famous for its monthly antique market, the oldest in Italy, that takes over the sweeping Piazza Grande in the heart of the old town. Even those who aren’t on a hunt for antique treasures will enjoy visiting this medieval public square lined with handsome palaces and loggias dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries.More

Santa Margherita Basilica (Basilica di Santa Margherita)

Overlooking Cortona is one of this lovely Tuscan Hilltown’s many architectural treasures, the Santa Margherita Basilica (Basilica di Santa Margherita). The church, with a history dating to the 13th century, boasts an imposing neo-Gothic façade and lavish interior, and the preserved body of its namesake, St. Margaret, still rests within.More

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When to visit

Despite its movie-set-ready medieval center, Arezzo never sees the hordes of summer tourists that flood other Tuscan towns. This means you can soak in its sleepy small-town atmosphere even in the peak months, which are sandwiched between the city’s Joust of the Saracen festivals in June and September. Alternatively, visit in the spring or fall, when temperatures are milder, and enjoy people-watching from a cool café table in Piazza Grande.

Getting around

The pocket-sized historic center of Arezzo is best explored on foot; there are parking lots just outside the center where you can leave your car. If you’re arriving by train, and you don’t want to walk the .6-mile (1-km) uphill trip to the old town, you can take the AT bus from Piazza Guido Monaco. Arezzo also offers bike-sharing services, which are available the train station and other locations, but the steep streets can be challenging for all but the most experienced cyclists.

Traveler tips

Arezzo hosts one of Italy’s most popular antique markets on the first Sunday and preceding Saturday of each month. Set in the Piazza Grande, the Fiera Antiquaria di Arezzo has been operating for 50 years and boasts antique and vintage art, furniture, knick-knacks, and everything in between. For the best browsing (and the best parking), arrive first thing in the morning. These market weekends are particularly lively, which can make for a fun visit, but you’ll want to avoid them if you’d prefer to stay away from crowds.

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