Arezzo is a great city in Tuscany that offers its visitors several attractions.
The heritage of Arezzo is not limited to its history; today, its beautiful surroundings offers scenery, art, and a great tradition of crafts and food.
Certainly, this city is worth more than one visit, or more than one day, but for those short on time, here are 5 must-see stops.
Italian artist Giorgio Vasari lived and worked for a long time in Florence and Rome, but was always deeply connected to his hometown of Arezzo, where he bought a house in which he collected many works of art.
Today, unfortunately, much of this collection is lost; nevertheless, Casa Vasari is a very interesting museum for the beauty of its architecture and decorations, and has preserved the look of a typical house of a Renaissance artist.
The Antiques Fair
If you are planning to visit Arezzo we advise you to do so on the first Sunday of the month, when the Piazza Grande hosts the famous antique fair.
This event is dedicated to collectors but is also recommended to curious people and involves more than 500 exhibitors.
Its success is due not only to the beautiful scenery in which it takes place, but also to the variety of objects and furniture that the visitor can find: from antique furniture and fittings, to small decorative objects, to costume jewelry.
Red Potatoes Tortelli
Arezzo has a large and ancient culinary tradition, too much to be described in a single post.
We simply advise that you not to leave the city without having first tasted the famous tortelli stuffed with red potatoes.
You can find them in all the best restaurants of Arezzo, and of course, they come with products from the Casentino area: quality red potatoes for the filling and mushrooms for a great seasoning!
There are many workshops in the city of various types. The artisanal tradition of Arezzo is very ancient and varied: there are processes such as ceramics and gold that date back to the Roman era and more recent ones, which, however, still draw on ancient knowledge, such as the furniture industry.
Furniture is a true passion for Arezzo and its inhabitants, and when walking around the city you will find many interesting factories and shops.
Furniture as well as textiles, small objects for the home, and a lot of other items are available in Arezzo to stimulate your curiosity.
The Medici Fortress
This place in Arezzo is a must see for the beautiful view it offers on the territory of the countryside.
The Fortress is located where once stood the medieval fortress of the city and is a fine example of military architecture. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times, most recently by the Medici, who became lords of Arezzo.
This visit requires a little training for the quite long climb, but the gardens that are located inside the Fortress allow a pleasant rest, especially for those who visit Arezzo in the spring or summer.